Sheikh Al-Bouti is the leading Islamic scholar in Syria. He is a retired Dean and current professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University. Al Bouti preaches very often and is highly respected by many of the leading scholars in the Muslim world.
Sheikh Al-Bouti has made an impact on the Muslim World, in particular through his scholarly outreach. He writes for news publications and journals, and has developed a reputation for his ability to address and respond to queries regarding Islamic jurisprudence, and personal issues. Al-Bouti denounced the protests and called on protesters not to be driven by anonymous calls to incite sedition and chaos in Syria.
Anti-government scholars have critics him for not overtly taking their side. He has resolutely refused to leave Syria.