2016 Free Expression Awards

Abdallah Bin Bayyah

Abdallah Bin Bayyah (Ari Vitikainen/Suomen Lähetysseura)

Abdallah Bin Bayyah

Religious Freedom Award

A lifelong advocate for peace, Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah is president of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies and one of the world’s most respected Islamic scholars. He is a leading voice for religious freedom in the Sunni Muslim world. Bin Bayyah employs dialogue and education to combat ideologies that fuel extremism. Using social media and other means, his organization combats terrorists’ recruitment efforts with Islam’s messages of peace and tolerance. Bin Bayyah is co-moderator of Religions for Peace, an interfaith coalition dedicated to advancing common action among the world’s religious communities for peace.