Abdallah Bin Bayyah, last known to be living in Saudi Arabia, is a well known global Muslim Brotherhood figure originally from Mauritania. According to an on-line biography, Sheikh Bin Bayyah was born in Eastern Mauritania and was the son of “one of the greatest scholars of his time.” According to this source, Sheikh Bin Bayyah was taught Islamic subjects by his father and in his early 20’s, was sent by the Mauritanian government to Tunis to study Islamic jurisprudence. Upon his return to Mauritania, he became a judge in the Ministry of Justice. He was also chosen to be the head of the Shariah section of the court of appeals and later to “High Authority for Religious Affairs.” Sheikh Bin Bayyah held numerous government posts including Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Permanent Secretary of the People’s Party of Mauritania. Sheikh Bin Bayyah is a former Vice-President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader and a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) essentially comprising the European Muslim Brotherhood. Both the IUMS and the ECFR are headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. In September 2013, Bin Bayyah reportedly resigned from the IUMS but he remains a member of the ECFR.