The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) is a Dublin-based private foundation, founded in London on 29 March - 30 March 1997 on the initiative of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe. The Council is a largely self-selected body, composed of Islamic clerics and scholars, presided over by Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
The ECFR aims "to present to the Muslim World and the Muslim minorities in the West particularly" its interpretation of "the manifestation of Allah's infinite mercy, knowledge and wisdom". For the ECFR, the shariah clearly embodies the superior rules in life: "the Shari'ah cannot be amended to conform to changing human values and standards, rather, it is the absolute norm to which all human values and conduct must conform; it is the frame to which they must be referred; it is the scale on which they must be weighed." They are referring to shariah in ones personal life, they are not advocates of replacing the current legal system with shariah law.
It wants to achieve these through:
bringing together Islamic scholars who live in Europe
attempting to unify the jurisprudence views between them in regards with the main Fiqh (islamic law) issues, especially with regard to the minority status of Muslims in Europe;
issue collective fatwas which meet the needs of Muslims in Europe, solve their problems and regulate their interaction......