Compiled by ‘Abd Allah bin Muhammad al-Afriqui
Mawlana Ibrahim Mia was born on the 19th November 1947 in Lydenburg, South Africa. He was the son of the late Hafiz ‘Abd al-Rahman Mia who was known as “the father of South African Huffaz”. After his initial learning locally, Mawlana Ibrahim proceeded to Dabhel to study at the Jami’ah Islamiyya Talim al-Din. Mawlana’s grandfather, Haji Ibrahim Mia of Simlak, Gujrat was instrumental in establishing this madrassah. Mawlana Ibrahim once said that he feels it was due to ‘Allamah Anwar Shah al-Kashmiri spending some time at the home of his grandfather, after he had left Deoband, that piety has been passed on through the family generations.
Mawlana Ibrahim went on to Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband were he completed the last two years of his ‘alim course. Amongst his teachers were the likes of Mawlana Sayyid Fakhr al-Din al-Muradabadi, Mawlana Sayyid Anzar al-Kashmiri, Mufti Mahmud al-Gangohi and others. Mawlana Ibrahim use to go to Saharanpurupon the advice of his teachers, in particular Mufti al-Gangohi, during the holidays to sit in the company of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Zakariyya al-Kandhlawi. Once, during the second ten days of Ramadan he along with his colleague, Mawlana Nanabhay of South Africa, had the privilege of taking the bay’ah (pledge) at the hands of Mawlana al-Kandhlawi physically placing his hands in the hands of Mawlana al-Kandhlawi. When Mawlana al-Kandhlawi migrated to Madinah he also went with him and spent a period of time. He was later granted khilafat (successor) as well.
Mawlana Ibrahim was instrumental in popularising and publishing a lot of the works of Mawlana al-Kandhlawi in English. In particular during the 1981 I’tikaf of Mawlana al-Kandhlawi in Stanger, Durban, Mawlana Ibrahim proposed to extract the 40 duruds from Shaykh al-Hadiths book, Fada’il al-Durud, and publish it separately. Mawlana al-Kandhlawi permitted and made lots of dua upon this.
Mawlana Ibrahim founded in Lenasia a khanqah and a madrassah for girls under the name of Mawlana al-Kandhlawi. This institute is known as Khanqah Masjid Shaykh Zakariyya and was established in 1991. Before this he was at the Ja’mia Masjid in Lenasia.
Amongst the salient features of Mawlana Ibrahim was that he personally replied and responded to all correspondence including letters, emails, sms’ as well as returning missed calls to numbers that he did not know. This is a lesson for all of us to learn and is from the Sunnah. He was extremely mindful of the Sunnah and would try to implement the Sunnah and speak about the Sunnah extensively. An incident mentioned is that before he left for India a senior ‘alim who is also a Shaykh along with his murids. Some food, snacks, etc. was brought for the guest and given to one of the murids to serve. The person first went to his Shaykh and Mawlana Ibrahim immediately told him not to do so and to being serving from the right as per the Hadith!
Above mainly taken from a talk on the life of Mawlana Ibrahim Mia which took place after his demise (download) as well as a tribute program held on Radio Islam featuring his sons, khulafa’ and other ‘ulama.
Shaykh Ibrahim Mia (RA) passed away on Saturday 2 November 2013 27 Dhu ‘l-Hijjah 1434 in India and was buried the same night in Mewat. Mawlana Ibrahim had many murids and makatibs in Mewat. Mawlana Ibrahim passed away after suffering from cancer for more than a year.
Tribute to Shaykh Mawlana Ibrahim Mia on Radio Islam. Featuring Mawlana Muhammad Wadiwala (son-in-law), Hafiz Isma’il Mia (son), Mawlana Abbas Sarigat, etc. Discussions on the life and legacy of Mawlana Ibrahim.