RIYADH - Yusuf al-Qaradawi's deputy Abdallah bin Beyah resigned on Friday from the International Union of Islamic Scholars, a loud supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Bin Beyah, a 77-year-old Mauritanian living is Saudi Arabia, said in brief message addressed to the Secretary-General of the Union of Islamic Scholars that “the path for reform and reconciliation requires a speech that does not fit with my role in the Union," without clarifying the motives behind his abrupt resignation.
Bin Beyah is a specialist in all four traditional Sunni schools, with an emphasis on the Maliki school of Madh'hab.
In his youth, he was appointed to study legal judgments in Tunis. On returning to Mauritania, he became Minister of Education and later Minister of Justice. He was also appointed a Vice President of the first president of Mauritania.
He is presently involved in number of scholarly councils including The Islamic Fiqh Council, a Saudi-based Institute.
He is also a member of the Dublin-based European Council for Fatwa and Research, a council of Muslim clerics that aims at explaining Islamic law in a way that is sensitive to the realities of European Muslims.
Bin Beyah was ranked amongst the 50 most influential Muslims in 2009. He has recently founded the Global Centre for Renewal and Guidance based in London. The Centre seeks to provide a true image of Islam, and promote the values of tolerance, and openness.
Some observers believe that the speeches, and the positions of the Chairman of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, which call for violence in the Arab Spring countries, and the declaration of Jihad on some regimes, do not conform to the vision of Bin Beyah, who prefers to help stop the bloodshed, and promote tolerance, and peace.