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About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.

14 comments

  1. Good reminder mashaAllah!

  2. The reminder was excellent

    However I and many others would be more in tune with this thinking if our noble shuyookh who say all “halal mortgages” are impermissible would begin their speeches with a disclaimer about their OWN living arrangements ie renting, council housing etc.

    Rightly or wrongly many will comment that it is EASY to preach like this when one is comfortably living in a large semi- or detached council house in a nice part of London with benefits while preaching to the average middle class professional that he/she must rent.

    • I don’t see why someone, a Shaykh, or otherwise, needs to disclose personal information to discuss a hadith? And yes, you are making assumptions!
      Oh, forgot to explain myself, I live in a rented house in West Yorkshire, sorry not a semi or detached, a town house and a not so desirable area but plenty of Muslim. Not on benefits, pay our rent, council tax etc……
      And there are solutions, we rent!

      • Yes I rent too, and always have done. And please tell me where I made assumptions. I stated clearly my reference to council houses was relating to OTHER islamic personalities. And yes I don’t think it would do any harm if more shuyookh would come out and say “yes I rent and it’s no big deal” so they lead by example. They are all too willing to disclose endless other anecdotes about their personal affairs so why not this?

  3. The reminder was excellent

    However I and many others would be more in tune with this thinking if our noble shuyookh who say all “halal mortgages” are impermissible would begin their speeches with a disclaimer about their OWN living arrangements ie renting, council housing etc.

    Rightly or wrongly many will comment that it is EASY to preach like this when one is comfortably living in a large semi- or detached council house in a nice part of London with benefits while preaching to the average middle class professional that he/she must rent.

    • This is a presumption about the sheikh and may even be sinful unless you have hard tangible evidence to back this up. The Sheikh is saying something that is very very important and needed in today’s age of Riba being everywhere and widely used. Riba is the major sin that Muslims now think is not sinful.

      • Please read the post. There is no assumption about the sheikh. Whatsoever. Nor any suggestion or insinuation.

        The mention of nice houses in London refers to the council house residences of other well known islamic personalities who are also known to declare halal “mortgages” as outright haram.

        My point was that if our scholars want to lead by example they should tell us what THEY do so that we can do the same. I don’t believe it is enough just to tell us what is haram without giving us a solution. And clearly they have a solution for themselves, so let us know.

  4. ameela momoniat

    JazakAllahKhair Shaykh
    Brilliant reminder. Maa’sha’Allah

  5. May Allaah bless this Sheikh.
    This is a great reminder, alhamduillaah.
    How we are always looking to furnish this life with the luxuries, not worried about pouring many hours into work to gain this ,yet with roughly 15 mins a day we are guaranteed a house in Jannah.
    How many invest in this return?
    How many can offer in this life such a fantastic investment.
    Jazakallahukhairan for the a lovely talk.

  6. MashAllah Alhamdulillah I am glad that we have reminders that make us live for the akhira, I havn’t had that many dealings with mrdf but one time they told me “leave the past …and build for the akhira” this sentence changed my perspective of life itself.

  7. May Allah reward the Sheikh.
    To continue to put it into context:
    12 rakaah a day is approx. 3 hrs a week . Many spend half their income servicing their mortgage (half of the typical working week is 20 hrs)
    The abode of this life is the shortest, compared to the time in the grave and the hereafter. The intelligent one proportions his efforts accordingly.
    No repairs, failing boilers,leaking taps,peeling wallpaper … It’s a no brainer!
    May Allah forgive us and make it easy for us to focus on the reality,ameen.

  8. Subhan Allah! Alhamdulillah and jazak Allah khayr sheikh for the beautiful reminder, may Allah swt allow us to achieve our houses in Jannah even if we can’t in this life, aameen.

  9. Good reminder

  10. Very good, may allaah preserve the Shaikh! Ameen. Blessing to have him.

    Would be nice to also see if there is any alternative to loan, if there isn’t then khalas, haraam is haraam – no two ways about it.

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