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
Does this mean that the Muslim religion IS as the terrorist show it? Looks like the cleric is calling on them to kill Americans.
What a barbaric religion. It worships hate, killing, cruelty and does not know or even understand love. They worship the devil and don't even know it.
'Those moderate Muslims....'
A moderate muslim is a muslim who has run out of ammunition.
You might also have mentioned his conviction for vice crimes in the 1930's, says enough about the man's twisted morals and complete absence of respect.
Dirlewanger, I mean.
"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."
I see a war plan forming and it involves 93 targets, with this moron as a start.
What did Dirlewanger do in the 1930s?
GOOD POINT!...My hat off to you!
This is how EVERY Mohammedan feels, and if y ou don't recognize it, you're an idiot.
It's about too late for the baby killers. Islam is going to have a reputation for about the next 1000 years. Similar to the past 1000 years, but with the massacre of schoolkids in addition.