Having experienced life with American/Canadian & European Deobandee Ulama, I humbly believe (without ever visiting there) that South African Doebandi Ulama are Masha’Allah doing a great job at serving the Deen of Allah (SWT). I also scan South African media and news from time to time and it is my observation that Deobandee Ulama are trying their utmost in providing direction to common people in many aspects of daily life from Halal food to politics to International affairs etc.
American & Canadian Deobandee Ulama have taken some very significant steps in that direction Alhumdo-lillah, and have great presence in large cities like Toronto, New York, Chicago etc and understand that work needs to be done.
If not knowing English considered to be a disadvantage (in UK) then there are many Indian/Pakistani Ulama in UK of the calibre of “Mufti Navaalur Rahman” but none have his cyber-space presence.
Deobandi presence can be felt when visiting Toronto or New York, visiting London, Na-Da!
British Deobandee Ulama are another matter altogether; their Fatawa works and dissemination is still at rudimentary levels for Europe and their public profile is non-existent…Just take a look at Darul-uloom Bury’s web-site and Darul-Iftaa capabilities to start with…I have personally met the Akabireen of Darul-Bury about the web-site and Darul-Iftaa capabilities many times (since 2000) and offered all sorts of assistance (and I personally know that others have as well)..I was told in 2000 that it was being revamped and it is still the same…
We have three separate Deobandee Khatme-Nabuwwat organisations; 3-4 Deobandee Halal Food Authorities, our moon sighting differences of opinion is common knowledge…Our differences of opinion over accepting dole (and X X X) between Darul-uloom Dewsbury and Darul-uloom Bury is also known...
England has 5 FULL-TIME Darul-ulooms for men and at least 2-3 FULL-TIME Darul-ulooms for women and it makes you wonder what is going in?
Having spoken to Akabir of both Darul-uloom Dewsbury and Darul-uloom Bury on numerous controversial issues (moon sighting included) the standard line is to forward issues to Pakistan/India or Mufti Ibraheem Desai…I am not a scholar but I don’t understand that at all? Don’t we have Muftees in England?
No disrespect intended, but isn’t it time British Muslims ask as to how Mufti Ibraheem Desai is able to accomplish so much more?
Since I have never been to South Africa, maybe my perceptions are completely off the wall, so please correct me!