In his Friday sermon Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, perhaps the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, has suggested that U.S. President Obama be “loyal to his African and Muslim roots.” According to a Gulf media report:
Prominent Islamic scholar Dr Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi yesterday called on US President Barack Obama “to open a new page” in Washington’s policy towards Arab and Muslim worlds and not to follow the line of his predecessor. In his Friday sermon, Dr Qaradawi hoped that Obama could support “human rights and the oppressed around the world”, saying that the US had an opportunity under him to seek a new era and develop better relationship with Muslims. “I hope that Obama will be better than his predecessor and adopt a new way of thought in his dealings with Muslims,” Qaradawi said. He promised to seek a new way with the Muslim world and we hope he would be true to that promise. We are not seeking wars or eager for bloodshed. We ordered to only fight those who fight us,” Dr Qaradawi told a congregation of faithful at the Omar bin al-Khattab Mosque at Khalifa South town. “I wonder if Obama will be loyal to his African and Muslim roots or will follow the track of his predecessor. The whole world is expecting him to take the US to a new era,” he added.
The report also states that Qaradawi called for the opening of the Gaza crossings to ll types of aid, including weapons:
The Palestinian factions resisting the enemy should be supplied with weapons and money. Those Arabs who seek to deny the resistance its right of fighting Israel should be accused of religious and national treason. All the factions of resistance should be armed and develop its weapons. Why only Israel has this right?” he added.