Based in London, Dr. Haitham al-Haddad has been studying the Islamic sciences for over 15 years with a special interest in Islamic law and legal theory having graduated with a BA in Islamic Law.
He went on to write his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence in reference to Muslim minorities and was awarded a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). Dr al-Haddad has studied under the tutelage of various senior scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Shaikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz, Shaikh Abdullah Ibn Jibreen, the former chief judge of Riyadh and the retired Head of the Kingdom’s Higher Judiciary Council Shaikh Abdullah ibn Aqil, Shaikh Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen (for a short period) as well as various other senior scholars.
He has taught Manar al-Sabeel (legal text) and currently teaches comparative Islamic jurisprudence through the text Zad al-Ma’ad. He has taught a core group of students on a private basis and has completed Ibn Abi al-Izz’s commentary on al-Aqidah al-Tahawi(Islamic doctrine), Rawd al-Murbi’ with Ibn al-Qasim’s commentary (legal text), Mudhakkirah fi usul al-fiqh (legal theory), Mukhtasar Rawdah an-Nadhirwith the author’s commentary (legal theory), al-Muwafaqaat (legal philosophy), as well as other texts. He also delivers courses on Qur’anic and hadith sciences, Islamic legal theory, and theological studies – all of which are offered through MRDF’s Sabeel program.
Dr al-Haddad currently serves as a judge at the Islamic Sharia Council in London, acts as an advisor to various organisations, and serves as a trustee and chairman for MRDF.