Ismail ibn Musa Menk, also known as Mufti Menk (born 27 June 1975), is a Muslim cleric and Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe. He is a Hanafi in jurisprudence and has spoken out against labelling people into sects [3]. He is the head of the fatwa department of The Council of Islamic Scholars of Zimbabwe.[4][1][5]

He has been named one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan in 2013, 2014 and 2017.[6][7] In 2018 he published a collection of his sayings as a book titled Motivational Moments[8][9] and in 2019 published the second edition, titled Motivational Moments 2.[10]

Biography

Early life

Dr. Mufti Ismail Menk was born in Harare, where he undertook his initial studies. In the early stages of his studies, when he was young, he studied with his father, memorizing the Quran and learning Arabic, Urdu and Hanafi fiqh.[11] He went to St. John’s College (Harare) for senior school.[1]

He studied Shariah in Madinah and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University.

Work

Menk works for the Zimbabwe Council of Islamic Scholars (Majlisul Ulama Zimbabwe), which caters to the educational needs of the Muslim population of Zimbabwe. He is also an imam on a roster basis at Masjid Al Falaah in Harare.[1] Menk is known especially in eastern Africa and also teaches internationally.[13] He also runs a weekly Sisters Learning Programme for women under the Council of Imams in Harare. Menk frequently speaks at educational institutes, mosques and corporate companies upon invitation and has to date spoken in more  than 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and India.[1]

In 2001, Menk received first prize for presenting his research on “Effects of the Media on Islamic Dawah” to the Africa Dawah Committee in Saudi Arabia. The following year he presented research to the King Fahad Symposium held in Johannesburg, South Africa on “Obstacles Facing Dawah in African Continent and their Solutions”.