Muslim Brotherhood Leader Never Saw Cartoons Before Sparking Global Controversy


According to a local media report, a Danish documentary film shown for the first time on October 5 reveals that Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, the most influential leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, had never seen the infamous Danish cartoons yet nevertheless helped spark the worldwide crisis by declaring “Anger Day” on his popular TV show carried on Al-Jazeera. According to the report, the film contains footage of the Danish director showing the Mohammed drawings to Qaradawi who views them for the first time. Interestingly, a report from 2002 indicates that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim World League, two organizations strongly associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, played a role in a much smaller but not dissimilar cartoon controversy by demanding an apology from a Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist that depicted a Middle Eastern-looking man behind the steering wheel of a nuclear-bomb laden truck under the headline, “What would Muhammad drive?” According to the report, the cartoonist said he received more than 4,500 e-mails from angry Muslims, some threatening death and mutilation. He also stated that he did not have Muhammad in mind when he drew the picture of the truck driver, but rather a “generic” Arab headdress-wearing man. Previous posts have also discussed the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the latest Swedish cartoon affair.

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