Fiqh Council Of North America Meets At IIIT


The website of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S Muslim Brotherhood organization, posted a rare if not very informative notice about the activities of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), announcing that the organization is engaged in a discussion about Islamic jurisprudence:

The Fiqh Council of North America is engaged in a discussion of what role custom and customary practice in a society play in the formulation of Islamic jurisprudence. A full-day of presentations and discussion was hosted by IIIT at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia on July 31. The Council is likely to issue a opinion paper following its next round of deliberation on this subject.

FCNA is an organization comprised of Islamic scholars, most if not all of whom are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood global network, including Jamal Badawi who has been identified in a recent post as probably associated with the Shura Council of the North American Brotherhood. FCNA grew out of the activities of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and later became affiliated with ISNA, itself an outgrowth of MSA. FCNA maintains a relationship with other similar bodies in the global Muslim Brotherhood including,the European Council for Fatwa and Research headed by Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi as well as the Islamic Fiqh Academy in Saudi Arabia. FCNA has members that have been also part of IIIT such both Taha and Zainab Al-Alwani. It is not clear how active FCNA has been in recent years as very little information has been publicly released about it activities other than the issuance of a fatwa against terrorism in July 2005

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