Haitham al-Haddad

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Haitham al-Haddad is a British Muslim television presenter[1] of Palestinian origin.[2][3][4] Al-Haddad sits on the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations in the United Kingdom, including the Islamic Sharia Council. He is the chair and operations advisor and a trustee for the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.[5] Some of his views have been considered as controversial, including remarks on Jews, homosexuality and female genital mutilation.[4][6][7][8]

Educational qualifications[edit]

Haitham al-Haddad gained a PhD at SOAS, University of London[9] and is a Saudi-trained Imam.[10] In Medina he studied with a student of the influential Salafi scholar ibn al Uthaymeen, while he also obtained a civil engineering degree in Sudan.[11] His PhD thesis from SOAS, submitted in 2010, was on Islamic law and entitled "A critical analysis of selected aspects of Sunni Muslim minority fiqh, with particular reference to contemporary Britain."[12]

Cases against the media[edit]

Libel case against 'The Times'[edit]

In August 2015 al-Haddad successfully claimed for libel against The Times newspaper. Following the settlement the Sunday Times published a correction (16 Aug, 2015) clarifying amongst a number of false allegations, that al-Haddad had not praised Osama bin Laden, and neither had he been banned from speaking at the London School of Economics nor London Metropolitan University.[13]

Libel case against 'Telegraph Media Group'[edit]

In June 2019 al-Haddad settled a claim against the Telegraph Media Group. The Sunday Telegraph had published a series of articles during 2015, which it continued to publish online, which variously claimed that Dr Al-Haddad had described Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs”, and the “brethren of swine and pigs”.

As part of the terms of settlement, the Telegraph contributed £62500[14] towards al-Haddad's legal costs, published a statement withdrawing the allegations, and apologised[15].


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  10. ^ James Brandon, Salam Hafez, Crimes of the Community: Honour-Based Violence in the UK, p 91. ISBN 1903386640
  11. ^ John R. Bowen, On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shariʿa Councils, Princeton University Press (2016), p. 59
  12. ^ Record on E-Theses Online Service
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  14. ^ "Telegraph apologises and pays out in Dr Al-Haddad "apes and pigs" libel claim". Saracens Solicitors. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  15. ^ "Haitham al-Haddad - clarification & correction". The Telegraph. 2019-06-22. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-06-27.