Ismail ibn Musa Menk

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Ismail Ibn Musa Menk
Menk in 2015
Born (1975-06-27) 27 June 1975 (age 48)
Occupation(s)Motivational speaker, Islamic scholar, Grand Mufti[1]
Notable workMotivational Moments
HonorsThe 500 Most Influential Muslims (2013–2014, 2017)
Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe
EducationKantharia Darul Uloom[3]
Muslim leader
AwardsKSBEA 2015 Awards for Social Guidance, 2015
YouTube information
Years active9 November 2010–present
Subscribers4.48 million[4]
Total views391.2 million[4]
Associated actsMuslim Speakers
Huda TV
100,000 subscribers
1,000,000 subscribers

Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk (born 27 June 1975) is a Zimbabwean Islamic scholar of Indian origin.[5][6][7] He is the Grand Mufti[8][9] of Zimbabwe's Muslim community,[10][11] which makes up roughly 1% of the country's total population,[12] and head of the fatwa department for the Council of Islamic Scholars of Zimbabwe.

Menk was 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.[13][14]

In September 2023, International motivation speaker, Mufti Menk visited Trinidad and Tobago during his special visits in the Caribbean.[7] MP Saddam Hosein, while sharing a Facebook post expressed that he is honored with a visit from an international beacon of peace and understanding.[5]

Early life[edit]

Menk was born on 27 June 1975 in Salisbury to Gujarati Indian parents from the Bharuchi Vohra Patel community, being son of Maulana Musa Ibrahim Menk, a Muslim preacher in Zimbabwe.[15] Mufti Menk is able to speak Gujarati and Urdu[16] due to his parents being migrants from India, as common with the Bharachi Vohra community where he undertook his initial studies with his father, Moulana Musa, memorizing the Quran and learning Arabic.[17] He went to St. John's College (Harare) for senior school.[6] He then completed his religious education and Mufti course from Kantharia Darul Uloom located in Gujarat, India.[18] Menk has been identified as a Deobandi[6][19][20] as well as a Salafi[21] by different sources, though he has not publicly acknowledged his involvement in either movement.


Menk opposes terrorism and has pledged his aid in curbing religious extremism in the Maldives.[22] On 31 March 2018, he urged Liberian Muslims to avoid Muslim—Christian violence, arguing that Muslims and Christians are brothers and sisters from one father, the prophet Adam.[23] He blames western media for misleading the world that Muslims are terrorists.[24] According to Gulf News, Menk said that everyone on this earth is a part of a family and has one maker, therefore, no one has the right to force any belief or faith on another.[25]


In 2018 he published a collection of his sayings as a book titled Motivational Moments[26][27] and in 2019 published the second edition, titled Motivational Moments 2.[28]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Pakistan visit[edit]

Menk visited Pakistan in September 2022 to highlight flood-hit areas of Sindh.[32]


Travel bans[edit]

On 31 October 2017, Singapore banned Menk from its borders because it believes he expresses views incompatible with its multicultural laws and policies. According to the Straits Times, he has asserted that "it is blasphemous for Muslims to greet believers of other faiths during festivals such as Christmas or Deepavali". Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement that its decision to reject Menk's application for a short-term work pass stemmed from his "segregationist and divisive teachings".[33][34] The Majlisul Ulama Zimbabwe, Menk's own institution, released a statement to express "regret and dismay" regarding the ban. It said that Menk was an "asset to multi‐cultural, multi‐religious Zimbabwe" and that viewers should "listen to his sermons in full" and not "edited clips of a few minutes" to see the moderate path he has chosen.[35] Mufti Menk actually addressed this issue in a youtube video of his, in which he clarifies that he actually said, that you must not force your beliefs onto others.

In November 2018, the Danish government banned Menk from entering its borders for 2 years.[36][37]


The Huffington Post has described Menk as an "openly homophobic Islamic preacher" who has denounced the act of homosexuality as "filthy".[38] In 2013, he was due to visit six British universities – Oxford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Glasgow – but the speaking tour was cancelled after student unions and university officials expressed concern about his views.[39] Menk's controversial statement included these words: "How can you engage in acts of immorality with the same sex?... The Qur'an clearly says it is wrong what you are doing... Allah speaks about how filthy this is... With all due respect to the animals, homosexuals are worse than animals."[40]


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  3. ^ Ngom, Fallou; Kurfi, Mustapha H.; Falola, Toyin (26 September 2020). The Palgrave Handbook of Islam in Africa. Springer Nature. p. 197. ISBN 978-3-030-45759-4.
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