JEDDAH — Sheikh Salman Al-Ouda tweeted today that Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, 86, has been hospitalized at the Jeddah Specialist Hospital, an Arabic daily reported. No more details have been given; however, Sheikh Al-Ouda urged Muslims to pray for Sheikh Al-Qaradwi, who is the Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Suffering from several diseases in the past, Sheikh Al-Qaradawi performed Haj this year.”
A post from May 2011 reported that Qaradawi had been hospitalized in Qatar with unspecified health problems. Previous posts have reported on other of the 85 year old Qaradawi’s illnesses and hospitalizations.
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 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.