Some of Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Turkish fans and students have launched a website about him in the Turkish language. This Turkish website regularly translates Al-Qaradawi’s news and fatwas which are published on the Arabic website. In addition, it posts Al-Qaradawi’s books that are translated into Turkish as well as his lectures, sermons and pictures. The website is under the supervision of one of Al-Qaradawi’s students, Mr Musab Turan Kislakci, who attended the last forum and gave a speech on behalf of all students in the closing ceremony. Kislakci is a journalist at Time Turk and wrote an article entitled “A Week in the Company of Al-Qaradawi” after going back to Istanbul. Subsequently, Kislakci was interviewed by several Turkish media outlets to speak about Al-Qaradawi and his views. This step came as an implementation of the recommendation through Al-Qaradawi students’ forum hosted by Doha last February. After holding several intensive workshops, Al-Qaradawi students’ forum came up with ideas and practical projects to spread Al-Qaradawi’s methodology through translating his books into foreign languages, refuting suspicions on his ideology, dedicating an international prize to [honour]Al-Qaradawi’s ideology, convening periodic conferences between the Shaykh’s students, as well as coordinating with Al-Qaradawi centre for [Islamic] Moderation, which is part of the Faculty of Islamic Studies of Qatar Foundation, to put together all his works. Other ideas and projects include summarizing and publishing his books, having five of his books studied by his students every year, as well as adding Al-Qaradawi’s books to the curriculum of schools, universities and organizations, in addition to collecting the scientific papers written on the Shaykh from the world’s universities to post them on his website, and also identifying the topics that he did not write about or finish yet to give him the possibility to accomplish them later on. Al-Qaradawi students came up with a project that keeps them in contact with each other. This project is forming a union for Al-Qaradawi students. Five members were elected for its board of trustees.
Youssef Qaradawi is often referred to here as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide. Based in Qatar, Sheikh Qaradawi has reportedly amassed substantial wealth through his role as Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were instrumental in the development of the phenomenon. A recent post has discussed a video compilation of Qaradawi’s extremist statements.
Previous posts have reported on the pivotal role played by the Global Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza flotilla.
For the Turkish Qaradawi website, go here.
For the article “A Week in the Company of Al-Qaradawi” , go here.
(Source: Al-Watan website, Doha, in Arabic 18 May 10 BBC Monitoring World Media May 24, 2010 Monday Students launch website on cleric Al-Qaradawi in Turkish – Qatari paper Text of report by Qatari newspaper Al-Watan website on 18 May )[Unattributed Report: “Al-Qaradawi’s Website Launched in Turkish”]