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Monday, September 17, 2012

Qaradawi: Moderate or Giver of Fatwas of Violence

Nadene Goldfoot
Youssef al-Qaradawi is a Muslim leader born in Egypt who was ousted due to his radical stance.  He was accepted by Qatar and given prominent importance there, where he has created a worldwide audience through the Web and a show on Al-Jazzera TV which comes from Qatar.

The leaders of the United States see him as a moderate, for that is what he projects in English while he entertains such people as Hillary Clinton on February 15, 2010.  Qatar is a tiny country with lots of money and has also become important by sponsoring teachers and materials to teach Arabic in many American schools, like Lincoln High in Portland, Oregon as well as a grade school here.

The Oregonian's article this morning ran his recent words from his Friday sermon from Doha, the capital.   "Our manner of protesting should reflect sense and reason."  What is he actually saying in Arabic?  Americans see him as competing against opposing calls that tap deeper passions like political factions and hard-line clerics across the Muslim world who are quick to try to capitalize after other perceived offenses against the faith.He has the Western world either fooled or in denial.

He is the very man who has called a fatwa against all Jews to be killed.  Though he's in a wheel chair he relishes the idea of killing Jews with his bare hands.  He's a" radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue.  He shows consistent support of terrorist groups that seek to undermine a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."   He endorses Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.  He calls for another Holocaust against Jews but this time at the hands of the Muslims.  It's he that's making this a religious war.  As he told his Al-Jazeera audience on January 2009, "Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them (Jews). Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one."  We don't have to check out Mohammed in the Koran.  Qaradawi makes it very plain to his audience as to what to do.

He wrote Fiqh (Jurisprudence) of Jihad (2009).  He's the man that chastises Muslims who do not observe jihad as an obligatory duty.  He tries to legitimize suicide bombing in his book or "martyrdom operations".  He says that "Zionist massacres of today" are a continuation of alleged Jewish calls to genocide in the Old Testament."  So he's getting even with Jews of almost 5,000 years ago today.

The Emir of Qatar has been responsible for keeping his name off the US list of designated terrorists. He was back in Egypt after Mubarak was imprisoned to speak to the multitude there and stir them up some more.  He is the spiritual guide for Hamas who shell Israel everyday.

As for Libya and his influence there, Gaddafi died October  20, 2011.  Qatar was the first Arab state to formally recognize the Libyan opposition Interim Transitional National Council (TNC) and is one of 2 Arab governments contributing military aircraft to coalition operations to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.  Qatari C-17i aircraft and Mirage fighter jets supported the coalition air operations.  Some unconfirmed reports suggest that Qatar has supplied defensive weaponry to some opposition forces.  They pledged $400-500 million to support temporary financial mechanisms planned for the TNC meeting on May 5, 2011 in Rome.  Behind the scenes will be Qaradawi giving his imput.

From Doha comes backing of Sunni Islamists in Libya, Egypt and Syria so they can replace them.  The tiny Qatar, an emirate, is playing a center-stage role in birthing a new age in politics of the Arab world.

Reference:  Oregonian Newspaper 9/17/12 Front page and A4: Rage over film reveals sharp divides in Islam
ADL,DB7611A  I ran off on 11/21/2011  Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi:  Theologian of Terror
Congressional Research Service
MEMRI  Sheikh Al-Qaradawi & Qatar's Education City Hosting American University Branches 

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