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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.


  1. OK…now I’m certain you are taking the mickey…

    Good luck mate

  2. Samy Merchant

    Dear Dr. Haitham and the British Salafi,

    Why don’t you wear the dress of the non-Muslim people you live with, like Tony Blair and Prince Charles. Did not our beloved prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) wear the dress of the non-Muslims he lived with, like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab? Dr. Haitham, are you, naudho billah, better than our prophet? STOP wearing that foreign Middle-Eastern dress and cap and ruining our image in the West. START following the sunnah, Dr. Haitham, and dress like the non-Muslims you live with.

    • I literally cannot tell whether this guy is serious or not. An inferiority complex is one thing, but an infatuation with the outward clothing of a few percent of the population (the ‘masters’) is starting to worry me.

      My friend, let me assure you, whoever you are, wherever you are, that we–real—British Muslims don’t have an immigrant mentality like yourself; we wear whatever we want just like the rest of the population. It is all the more important for scholars of the highest calibre to look distinct because this is what is expected from all such statesmen and leaders from all religions in the UK. You don’t see the Archbishop of Canterbury dressing like Tony Blair and that’s for a reason. So don’t half-learn our British culture and then try and force your “daleels” on others who are operating based on a much more holistic reading of Islam AND British culture(S). You are only making yourself look silly…

      • Samy Merchant

        You are a “real” Muslim and you want to wear whatever you like? Who gave you that authority? Do you know that you have to follow the sunnah? Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) wore the dress of the people around him-the pagans of Mecca like Abu Jahal and Abu Lahab. You have NO CHOICE but to follow Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) and dress like the people arund you.

        “The Archbishop of Canterbury????” You want Muslims to follow the religion of the the Archbishop of Canterbury? In case you don’t know, in our religion, which is Islam, scholars dress LIKE the people. Our beloved prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace), all the righteous caliphs, ALL the other sahaba scholars DRESSED LIKE the pagans around them. Unlike every other religion, Islamic scholars have no special dress. Maybe the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dalai Lama, the lubichvatzer Rebbi, the Pope, the Ayotollahs do, but our scholars DON’T. Next time, please don’t bring a daleel from
        the Archbishop of Canterbury!!!!

        If you don’t want to dress like the British, get OUT of Britain.

        British Salafi-TAKE OFF THAT THOWB!

      • could have said it better myself Matthew…Sammy need to learn about Islam.

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