Founding member and Head of the Dawah Committee at the International Union of Muslim Scholars and member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. He teaches and supervises research on Maqasid Al-Shariah at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Doha. He has a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Islamic law from the University of Wales, UK, and a Ph.D. in systems analysis from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an M. Jur. thesis on the Maqasid/purposes of the Shariah from the Islamic American University. Early in his life, he studied Fiqh, Usul, hadith, Sunnah, and memorized the Quran in the halaqas of the Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He was previously a founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London, a founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha, a professor in the Faculty of Law, Alexandria University, Egypt, the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, American University in Sharjah and the University of Waterloo, Canada. He lectured on Islam and its law and ethics in dozens of universities and institutes around the world, and wrote a number of books, some of which were translated to fifteen languages.
<p>Searching for guiding principles has always been central in the Islamic tradition and some distinct scholarly disciplines already bear the word "principles", or other synonyms, in their names such as Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh).