H.E. Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah
HE Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah is recognised by Muslim scholars around the world as one of the greatest living authorities on the Islamic legal methodology known as Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence). He is known for his scholarship drawing on scripture and traditional texts across all four major Sunni schools of jurisprudence to address the crucial contemporary concerns of Muslim communities
The Shaykh has developed theories of Islamic jurisprudence in non-Muslim societies, called the Jurisprudence of Minorities (fiqh al-aqalliyyat). He is an outspoken critic of terrorism, authoring several articles and books exploring Islamic responses to the issue. The Shaykh’s work is focused on addressing some of the most pressing issues facing global Islam.
In 2014, the Shaykh established the Forum for Peace in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The vision of the Forum was to address the crises facing global Islam from a framework of Islamic tradition and legal theory, applied to local contexts. Over 1,000 of the world’s leading Islamic scholars and other leaders from a variety of traditions attended the FFP’s launch.
In January 2016, the Shaykh convened the Marrakesh Declaration, as the culmination of an effort running since 2011 to address the issue of violence and oppression against minorities in Muslim majority countries. The Declaration applied traditional Islamic texts to affirm the Islamic principle of equal citizenship as prescribed by the Prophet. It was signed by scholars and politicians from across the Muslim world.