A prominent contemporary Muslim jurist who has written on Islamic medicine and biomedical ethics. He obtained his B.A. in Islamic Law (1964) from Damascus University and earned another B.A. in Law (1965) from Damascus University. He continued his postgraduate studies in Egypt and received his M.A. in Islamic Law (1966) and another M.A. in Hadith sciences (1967). He earned his Ph.D. (1975) in Comparative Fiqh (Jurisprudence) from Al-Azhar University, Egypt. He is a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah and also of the European Council of Fatwa and Research. He is currently Chairman and Member of the Sharia Supervisory Boards of several Islamic financial institutions. He has authored books about the Islamic jurisprudence and rulings of contemporary issues and is a regular speaker at Islamic conferences and forums.
<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).