Abdallah Bin Bayyah

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Abdullah bin Bayyah
Born 1935 (age 79–80)[1]
Residence Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Employer King Abdul Aziz University
Title Shaykh
Religion Sunni Islam (Maliki)[2] (Sufi)
Website http://www.binbayyah.net

Abdallah bin Mahfudh ibn Bayyah (born 1935[1]) was born in Mauritania. He teaches at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia.[3] He is a specialist in all four traditional Sunni schools, with an emphasis on the Maliki Madh'hab. Currently he is the President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. [4]

Bin Bayyah is involved in number of scholarly councils including The Islamic Fiqh Council, a Saudi-based Institute, he was also the Vice-President of International Union of Muslim Scholars.[5] from which he resigned mid 2013.[6] He is also a member of the Dublin-based European Council for Fatwa and Research, a council of Muslim clerics that aims at explaining Islamic law in a way that is sensitive to the realities of European Muslims.[7] Bin Bayyah is a Sufi.[8]

Shaikh Bin Bayyah was quoted by President Barack Obama during his speech before U.N security council 2014. [9]

He was ranked amongst the 500 most influential Muslims from 2009 - 2013.[10]

Early Career[edit]

In his youth, he was appointed to study legal judgments in Tunis. On returning to Mauritania, he became Minister of Education and later Minister of Justice. He was also appointed a Vice President of the first president of Mauritania.[3]

Amman Message[edit]

Bin Bayyah is one of the Ulama signatories of the Amman Message, which gives a broad foundation for defining Muslim orthodoxy.[11]


  • Manufacturing of Fatwa and minority fiqh, 2005.[12]
  • A dialogue about human rights in Islam, 2003.
  • Ideological opinions (فتاوى فكرية)
  • Amaly Alddalalat (Usul alfiqh), 2003.
  • Terrorism: a Diagnosis and Solutions
  • The Discourse of Security in Islam and the Culture of Tolerance and Harmony
  • Fatwas and Reflections
  • A clarification on the various legal opinions pertaining to financial transactions
  • The Benefits of Endowments
  • Evidence for those suffering from illnesses on the immense Divine award that awaits them
  • Aims and their Proof

Responsibilities and positions[edit]

  • Director of the Global Center for Renewal & Guidance, UK
  • Member of the European Research & Fatwa Council, Ireland
  • Deputy President of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, Beirut
  • Member if the Association of Indian Jurists, Delhi
  • Member of The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan
  • Member of the Counsel of Jurists attached to the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Jeddah
  • Member of the Specialist Panel presiding over the Prince Naif ben Abdul Aziz prize for Prophetic Traditions and Islamic Studies
  • Member of the Muslim League’s International High Council of Mosques, Mecca
  • Member of the International Aid Organisation of Kuwait
  • Member of the Lecturing Staff at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in which he is a lecturer
  • Member of the High Council in the Centre for Studying the Aims of Sharia, UK

Medals and awards[edit]

  • Awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal with the Rank of Distinction
  • Awarded the Jordanian Medal First Degree
  • Awarded the King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for Scholars and Callers to God, Jordan
  • The Degree of the Organisation of Islamic Conference with Distinction, and others
  • Awarded the Chinguetti Prize for the Category of Islamic Studies for his book “A Dialogue from Afar” [13]

See also[edit]

Prominent students[edit]


  1. ^ a b John Gallagher, Eric D. Patterson, Debating the War of Ideas, p 51. ISBN 0230101984
  2. ^ Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone, Mahan Mirza, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, p. 347. ISBN 0691134847
  3. ^ a b John Gallagher, Eric D, Debating the War of Ideas, p 51. ISBN 0230101984
  4. ^ "Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies". 
  5. ^ Members list (Arabic)
  6. ^ (Arabic)
  7. ^ List of Members of the European Council for Fatwa and Research
  8. ^ Islam Affairs: "Abdullah bin Bayyah: The Sufi Faqih" September 23, 2014
  9. ^ "Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence". September 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "500 Most Influential Muslims". December 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bin Bayyah's official reply to Amman Message
  12. ^ Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone, Mahan Mirza, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, p 347. ISBN 0691134847
  13. ^ Bin Bayyah's Biography

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