Shaykh Allie Khalfe invested over a decade immersing himself in diverse traditional Islamic teachings under the guidance of Shaykh Seraj and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, esteemed figures at the Azzawia Institute, Walmer Estate, Cape Town. These distinguished Shaykhs have their academic roots in Umm al-Qura University, Mecca, focusing on uşül al-fiqh. They devoted a significant decade to the profound insights of al-Sayyid Muhammad b. ‘Alawi al-Mälikī al-Hasanī. In this period, Shaykh Allie acquired from them the esteemed ijāza, permitting him to share knowledge across multiple Islamic domains including figh, ‘ilm al-tawhid, and tasawwuf.
Gaining Wisdom at Al-Azhar Mosque
The grand al-Azhar mosque in Cairo beckoned Shaykh Allie for two enriching years. Here, he engaged with an assembly of today’s leading Islamic scholars such as Shaykh Sa’id Mamdüh, Shaykh ‘Alī Jumu’a, Shaykh Fathi Abd al-Rahmän al-Hijāzī, Shaykh Hasan al-Shāfi’ī, and Shaykh Hishäm Kämil. These interactions led to Shaykh Allie receiving their blessings and ijāza to share traditional Islamic texts.
Shaykh Allie Khalfe’s Academic Pursuits
Shaykh Allie is on the path to completing his Masters in Islamic Studies, concentrating on theology, at UNISA. He’s the visionary behind The IslamicText Institute, located in Surrey Estate, Cape Town. His expertise is also shared at esteemed institutions like the International Peace College of South Africa (IPSA) and the Madina Institute. Recognising his profound knowledge, Dār al-Iftā al-Mişriyya in Egypt has endorsed him as an ambassador.
Engagements with Eminent Scholars
Under the mentorship of luminaries like Shaykh Seraj Hendricks and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, Shaykh Allie Khalfe received the esteemed ijāza, empowering him to transmit a range of Islamic teachings such as Fiqh, Aqida, and Tassawuf.
At the Islamic Text Cape Town Institute, which he founded, Shaykh Allie imparts teachings from seminal texts like Imam Laqqani al-Maliki’s “Jawhara Al-Tawhid”, Shafi’i fiqh, and Imam al-Ghazali’s “Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din”. He further enlightens students at the Madina Institute with teachings from “Beginning of Guidance” by Imam Al-Ghazali.
Shaykh Allie’s Time with Distinguished Scholars
Shaykh Allie had the privilege of learning under the guidance of revered scholars such as Shaykh Mamud Sa’id Mamduh, receiving private hadith teachings. His ijāza lineage extends to include luminaries like Shaykh Ali Jumua, Shaykh Ahmad bin Muhammad bin ‘Alawi al-Maliki, and Habib ‘Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmad Mash’hur Haddad.
His time at the Azhar Mosque was graced by the presence of the venerable Shaykh Hasan Al-Shafi’i, a stalwart of the Grant Al-Azhar. This octogenarian was the first to applaud Shaykh Allie’s upcoming work, an English commentary on “Al-Jawhara al-Tawhid”.
Moreover, Shaykh Allie spent meaningful time under the tutelage of leading scholars like Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Shaykh Muhammad Fathi Hijazi, and Shaykh Hisham Kamil. Their blessings and ijāza enriched Shaykh Allie’s quest for knowledge.
The Islamictext Institute
The Islamictext Institute, under Shaykh Allie’s visionary leadership, offers a unique blend of classical Islamic teachings integrated with contemporary relevance. The curriculum delves into various branches of knowledge, including Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), theology (‘ilm al-tawhid), and spiritual sciences (tasawwuf). Shaykh Allie, drawing from his extensive learning and experiences, has designed the courses in a way that they resonate with today’s seekers, addressing modern-day challenges while staying rooted in the rich Islamic scholarly tradition. This balanced approach ensures that students gain not only theoretical knowledge but also practical wisdom applicable in their daily lives.
Shaykh Allie Khalfe’s contributions to the world of Islamic education, particularly through the Islamictext Institute, have had a transformative impact on countless lives. The institute has not only become a hub for academic pursuit but also a sanctuary where souls are nurtured, minds are expanded, and hearts are connected to the Divine. Shaykh Allie’s vision of creating a space where authentic Islamic teachings meet the needs of contemporary society has undoubtedly been realized through the Islamictext Institute, making it a pivotal institution in the landscape of Islamic education.
His literary contributions to the Islamic community are vast, including works like;
- Sura al-Fatiha: A Fellowship of Faith
- Mind, Body and Soul”
- The Honour and Status of the Human Being
- The Legacy: a Spiritual Journey to God
- The IslamicText Family Trivia Game
- An Outpouring of Subtleties Vol.1
- An Outpouring of Subtleties Vol.2
- Journey Through Time with Al-Shafi’i Vol.1
- Journey Through Time with Al-Shafi’i Vol.2