International Islamic Fiqh Academy (Arabic: مجمع الفقه الإسلامي الدولي) is an international Islamic institution for the advanced study of Islamic jurisprudence and law based in JeddahSaudi Arabia. It was founded following a resolution by the Third Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Mecca that called for the establishment of an Islamic Fiqh Academy. The International Islamic Fiqh Academy was established in June 1983 as a subsidiary organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It consists of 57 member states and representatives.

Based on both traditional Islamic sciences and modern fields of knowledge, the IIFA seeks to advance knowledge in the realms of culture, science, and economics. The main objective of the IIFA is to address issues related to humanity in accordance with Sharia and Islamic ethics. The IIFA’s activities revolve around concluding researches and documentations as well as organizing events and meetings between Islamic scholars and experts in various fields of knowledge. The resolutions and recommendations of the Academy deal with various global issues from the perspective of Fiqh.

The Academy is entrusted with elucidating the rulings and provisions of Shariah on issues of concern to Muslims around the world, in full independence and based on the Holy Quran and the Noble Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). It also studies contemporary life issues, performing an authentic and effective Ijtihad, aiming at providing solutions stemming from Islamic heritage and open to the developments of Islamic thought.

Role of IIFA



The IIFA serves as the OIC’s jurisprudential agency and legal arm. It also advises and cooperates with other non-Islamic organizations and Fiqh councils. The IIFA convenes annually gathering the most prominent Islamic experts on the globe. The Academy is endowed with a legal personality. Its members are eminent Muslim jurists, scholars, researchers, and intellectuals who specialize in jurisprudential, cultural, educational, scientific, economic, and social fields of knowledge from different parts of the Muslim world.


The current president is Sheikh Dr. Salih bin Abdullah al Humaid, Imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Its Secretary-General is Prof. Koutoub Moustapha Sano, a former Minister of Religious Affairs in the Republic of Guinea, a recognized Islamic scholar and thinker.

Member of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The International Islamic Fiqh Academy has 57 member states, which are also members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

1. Republic of Azerbaijan
2. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
3. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
4. Republic of Albania
5. Republic of Uzbekistan
6. Republic of Uganda
7. United Arab Emirates
8. Republic of Indonesia
9. Islamic Republic of Iran
10. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
11. Kingdom of Bahrain
12. Brunei Darussalam
13. People’s Republic of Bangladesh
14. Republic of Benin
15. Burkina Faso
16. Republic of Turkmenistan
17. Republic of Turkey
18. Republic of Chad
19. Togolese Republic

20. Republic of Tunisia
21. People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
22. Republic of Djibouti
23. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
24. Republic of Senegal
25. Republic of Sudan
26. Arab Republic of Syria
27. Republic of Suriname
28. Republic of Sierra Leone
29. Federal Republic of Somalia
30. Republic of Tajikistan
31. Republic of Iraq
32. Sultanate of Oman
33. Gabonese Republic
34. Republic of the Gambia
35. Co-operative Republic of Guyana
36. Republic of Guinea
37. Republic of Guinea-Bissau
38. State of Palestine

39. Union of the Comoros
40. Kyrgyz Republic
41. Republic of Kazakhstan
42. Republic of Cameroon
43. Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
44. Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
45. State of Kuwait
46. Lebanese Republic
47. State of Libya
48. Republic of Maldives
49. Republic of Mali
50. Malaysia
51. Arab Republic of Egypt
52. Kingdom of Morocco
53. Islamic Republic of Mauritania
54. Republic of Mozambique
55. Republic of the Niger
56. Federal Republic of Nigeria
57. Republic of Yemen

Visit by International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) 

Cytopeutics, the first Malaysian Stem Cells company endorsed by IIFA to be Shariah Compliant. 

Visit by His Excellency Prof. Koutoub Moustapha Sano, Secretary General of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) to Cytopeutics.

Endorsement letter from IIFA

Based on the letter from International Islamic Fiqh Academy dated 29th January 2023, Cytopeutics stem cells treatment:

  • Following the visit to Cytopeutics Research Centre and our stem cell manufacturing facility, as well as further evaluation of relevant documents by qualified Islamic scholars, IIFA has given a ruling on a point of Islamic law (Sharia) as a response to the question regarding the usage of Cytopeutics hUC-MSC for the treatment of various diseases.
  • IIFA has confirmed that extracting cells from the umbilical cord to be used for the medical treatments is HALAL ACCORDING TO SHARIA, provided that permission is obtained from the parents, their representative or relevant authorities and this practice made permissible by Sharia through numerous Quranic verses and Hadith to undergo the medical innovative method by Cytopeutics stem cells treatment.
  • Therefore, IIFA allows the usage of Cytopeutics stem cells treatment method and takes the opportunity to urge doctors and researchers worldwide to continue to find innovative and effective methods that protect life and aid healing.