Skip to comments.Muslims should fight U.S. in Iraq: cleric
Posted on 09/03/2004 7:10:55 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
CAIRO (Aljazeera) --An Egyptian cleric based in Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq, including U.S. civilians, his office director has said.
But the cleric, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, said that two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq should be freed immediately. "All of them (U.S. military personnel and civilians) are invaders who came from their country to invade our country and fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty," said his office director Essam Talima on Thursday, quoting a fatwa or ruling on religious law by al-Qaradawi.
Al-Qaradawi is revered in much of the Muslim world for his intellectual rigor and ability to adapt the fundamental tenets of Islam to the modern world.
The cleric was quoted by pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat as saying that the French journalists should be freed.
"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists," the newspaper quoted him saying.
Al-Qaradawi said the presence of the French journalists "broke the American monopoly on relaying information and facts (on the situation in Iraq) to the outside world". He also referred to France's foreign policy in dealing with the Islamic and Arab worlds, which he said could serve as an example to other countries. "If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists"
Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi The kidnapping of Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot on 20 August by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq has deeply shocked France which was a fierce opponent of the U.S.-led invasion and has no troops in Iraq.
The kidnappers have demanded that Paris rescind a law banning Muslim headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols from state schools. The deadline passed on Wednesday and France enforced the ban from Thursday.
Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures who in August called on Muslims around the world to support resistance against U.S. forces in Iraq and its appointed interim Iraqi government. After the 11 September 2001 attacks al-Qaradawi urged Muslims worldwide to donate blood to help the victims and also condemned the 2002 Bali bombing as barbaric and immoral but he caused controversy during a visit to Britain in July after condoning some attacks by human bombers against military targets. Reuters
kill the pig.
There would be outcry at first but I guarantee you within a year we'd have cut off one "intellectual center" of the world's Islamist movements.
There are times in history when the barbarians just need a good killing.
CIA assassination squad ought to be roaming the globe looking for "accidents" to cause.
Since the US lacks any real balls to send the Islamic world a message, I really hope that Putin does. He should pick the most populated Islamic cities in Chechnya and nuke them, Hydrogen bomb and all. Then tell the Arab world that the next attack by Islamic facists and "we'll nuke Medenia and then Meeca." Knowing that they possess the capability to do this and that they are a 3rd world sh!t hole, I would bet that Islam backs off in a hurry. You'd see Mullahs slaughtered by the thousands by regular muslims who finally stand up for their religion
What a joke.
What a joke.
Obviously, described incorrectly as such.
Kill this pig. Pigs, however, can be very useful in this struggle.
He's based in Qatar.
Those moderate Muslims sure make me feel sympathetic to their cause.
It is too bad that all of the other Muslims (both of them) have to endure the ire of those of us Infidels who are not very understanding.
The US and Russia against the Islamic Terrorist Nations. I like the odds.
I think the article is BS.
That is exactly the Bush plan -- fight the Muslims over there rather than here at home.
The enemy is playing right into Bush's hand. How delicious. And how sad so many Americans don't recognize his brilliance.
Are we still sending US $$ to that hellhole of a "nation"? If so, WHY? So some wanker in the State Dept can have a job???
We killed and imprisoned moderate Nazis in WWII. The only difference I can detect is that today's moderate Islmofascists wear dirty nightshirts and turbans instead of brown shirts and swastika armbands.