Mufti Asif Umar was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age, he completed the memorization of the Quran at the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, IL, where he also pursued higher Islamic education by enrolling in the ‘Alim course. Mufti Asif was fortune to be amongst the final students of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Na’im (may Allah have mercy on him).
Upon graduation in 2007, Mufti Asif continued his education by enrolling in a course to specialize in the field of issuing legal verdicts (iftaa) under the tutelage of the renowned jurist Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allah protect him) in Durban, South Africa. After receiving authorization in 2009, he traveled to Cairo, Egypt where he spent a few months studying spoken Arabic at Al-Diwan Center, as well as studying privately under scholars from Al-Azhar University. He eventually returned to the US and started teaching Islamic sciences at Madinatul Uloom in Virginia before returning back to his hometown.
Mufti Asif has served as the imam of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis since early 2012, and is actively involved in other organizations, including the Imam Council of Greater St. Louis, the West St. Louis County Interfaith Discussion Group, and serving on the cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis.