Ahmad Kutty

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Ahmad Kutty (born 1946 in Kerala, India), is a prominent North American Islamic scholar.

He arrived in Canada in the 1970s as a student and has since obtained Canadian citizenship.

Kutty graduated in the traditional Islamic sciences and received the Ijazah (title) of al-Faqih fi al-ddeen (first rank) from Islamiya College Santapuram, a leading Islamic institution in south India.[1] He then obtained his Licentiate in Usul al-Ddeen (first rank) from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. In 1973 he earned an M.A. in Islamic studies from the University of Toronto. From 1975 to 1980 he pursued his Doctoral studies in Shari’ah thought at McGill University.

Kutty has served on the Fiqh Council of North America, the pre-eminent Islamic law body on the continent. He has served as Imam and resident scholar at various institutions in Montreal and Toronto, including Toronto's Jami Mosque and the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. He is currently resident scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto.

Kutty is a prolific writer and has written a number of articles, books and journal articles. He is a regular scholar answering Islamic law questions on IslamOnline.

In addition to his participation in lectures, seminars and inter-faith dialogues in North America, Kutty is invited as a guest speaker in functions all over the world.

Ahmad Kutty considered one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.[2]

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Kutty made international headlines when he and Imam Abdul Hamid[disambiguation needed] were detained and held in a Fort Lauderdale jail after disembarking from their flight on September 11, 2003.[3] The two were travelling to Florida to speak at an Islamic conference. He is a well-known scholar, preacher and speaker on Islam and Muslims. Ironically, among the topics to be discussed at the conference was the danger of Islamic fanaticism. After returning to Canada, Kutty asked:

"But if the American immigration officials can go after me and Hamid who are well-known for preaching moderation, what happens to ordinary Muslims?" [3]

Kutty was one of the 120 imams across Canada who signed a statement condemning acts of terrorism. The statement coordinated by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations read:

“Anyone who claims to be a Muslim and participates in any way in the taking of innocent life is betraying the very spirit and letter of Islam.” [4]

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