|Alma mater||Jamiah Islamiah Talimuddin Dabhel|
|Known for||AskImam Fatawa Portal|
|Disciple of||Mahmood Hasan Gangohi|
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He runs the fatwa website Ask Imam, an online Islamic questions and answers database of Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah. Previously, he used to head the Dar al-Ifta of Madrasah In'aamiyyah.  He is currently the senior lecturer of Hadith at Darul Uloom Nu'maniyyah in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal and Madrasah Hameediyyah in Durban.
After completing his study in Dars-i Nizami, Desai pursued a takhassus (specialization) course in ifta under Ahmad Khanpuri of Dabhel for two years. There he learned the principles of issuing fatwas. After completing this course, he completed another year of studies in ifta under the former Grand Mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband, Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, the author of the multi-volume Fatawa Mahmudiyyah.
In March 2008, he travelled to Hong Kong to lecture students at the Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College (IKTMC). He currently teaches Bukhari at Darul Uloom Nu'maniyyah and Darul Uloom Hamediyyah and heads the Darul Iftaa Mahmoodiyyah at Sherwood, Durban, South Africa.
Desai's fatawa portal AskImam has been a subject of academic study of master's level at University of KwaZulu-Natal. The study entitled An analysis of the discursive representations of women’s sexual agency in online fatwas : a case study of askimam.org was done by Farhana Ismail in 2015.
Desai authored two books, “Introduction to Hadīth: A general introduction to Hadīth and its sciences” and “Introductions to Islamic Commerce”. His fatawa have been compiled in a book titled Al-Mahmood. Another compilation of his talks at the Shariah Compliant Business Campaign is Shariah Compliant Business Campaign. The latest compilation of contemporary verdicts is Contemporary Fatawa which has been published in 3 volumes.
- Abdur Rahman Bangladeshi
- Fazlul Haque Amini
- Azizul Haque (scholar)
- Islamic Research Center Bangladesh
- Muhammad Faizullah
- Mizanur Rahman Sayed
- Darul Uloom Zakariyya
- Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood HasanGangohi - His Life And Works. Talimi Board. p. 67. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- Nahouza, Namira (2018). Wahhabism and the Rise of the New Salafists: Theology, Power and Sunni Islam. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-83860-983-2.
- Farhana, Ismail (2015). An analysis of the discursive representations of women's sexual agency in online fatwas : a case study of askimam.org (Thesis). University of KwaZulu-Natal. p. 13. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- Mohiuddin, Afshan; Suleman, Mehrunisha; Rasheed, Shoaib; Padela, Aasim I. (2020). "When can Muslims withdraw or withhold life support? A narrative review of Islamic juridical rulings". Global Bioethics. 31: 29–46. doi:10.1080/11287462.2020.1736243. PMID 32284707.
- Mohiuddin, Afshan; Suleman, Mehrunisha; Rasheed, Shoaib; Padela, Aasim I. (2020). "When can Muslims withdraw or withhold life support? A narrative review of Islamic juridical rulings". Global Bioethics. 31 (1): 29–46. doi:10.1080/11287462.2020.1736243. PMC 7144300. PMID 32284707.
- "Mufti Ebrahim Desai". Wifaqul Ulama (Britain). 25 September 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- "Muslim 500 Profile". Retrieved 6 May 2020.
- Farhana, Ismail (2015). An analysis of the discursive representations of women's sexual agency in online fatwas : a case study of askimam.org (Thesis). University of KwaZulu-Natal. p. 14, 19. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
- "A inspirational talk was held for S.1 and S.2 students on 26-03-2008." IKTMC Archived 2011-06-25 at the Wayback Machine