MEMRI is reporting on a recently published fatwa (Islamic ruling) signed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi that called the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad “heretical.” According to the MEMRI report:
A fatwa recently published in Kuwaiti papers, issued by “the religious scholars of Kuwait,” states that the regime of Bashar Al-Assad is heretical and calls to sever all official ties with it. The fatwa forbids assisting this regime, calls on the Syrian ambassadors to resign, and exhorts the Arab and Islamic countries to assist the Syrian people. The fatwa is signed by several Kuwaiti religious scholars, and also by the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, the most prominent Sunni cleric of our time. At a press conference organized by The Gulf Association for Solidarity with the Syrian People, the fatwa was read aloud by the secretary of the Association of Shari’a Scholars in the Gulf, Dr. Shafi Al-Ajami, who is one of the signatories. Following are excerpts from the fatwa
 “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful, “A fatwa by the religious scholars of Kuwait… “Allah the Supreme said: ‘Your guardian can be only Allah; and His messenger and those who believe’ [Koran 5:55]. What has befallen our Muslim brothers in Syria compels the scholars to state the truth and deny the lies [regarding]the revolution [of the Syrian people].
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The MEMRI report identifies the signatories to the fatwa as follows:
The fatwa has been sent to, and approved by, the head and the secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars: “Secretary-General – Dr. ‘Ali Al-Fardaqi. “Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars – Dr. Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi. “The International Union of Muslim Scholars has endorsed [the fatwa]and it is currently being sent to scholars for approval. “Signed: ‘Ujail Al-Nashmi, Ahafi Al-‘Ajami, ‘Abd Al-Rahman ‘Abd Al-Khalek, Jassem Muhalhal Al-Yasin, Hamed Al-‘Ali, ‘Othman Al-Khamis, ‘Abd Al-Muhsan, Zain Al-Mutairi.”
Qaradawi, a virulent anti-Semite 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 leadthe 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.