April 30, 2013 In a religious sermon at Friday prayers in Qatar, Egyptian preacher and theologian of the Islamic movement ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’, implored America to intervene with force in Syria. ‘The Syrians are killed every day with heavy weapons and combat aircraft’ complained Egyptian Islamist Sheikh Youssef Al Qaradawi during a sermon Friday at the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Mosque in Qatar.
‘We thank America for the delivery of non-lethal military equipment to Syrian fighters, but this is not enough,’ he proclaimed in the middle of the sermon on the value of prayer in Islam.
‘We implore America to make a move for the Syrian people for the sake of Allah, we ask Americans to behave like men of honor to intervene in Syria as they did in Libya,’, the religious leader of the Muslim Brotherhood urged before the worshippers.
Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide. He is based in Qatar and has said the Qatari Emir has protected from being designated as a terrorist by the US. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi has made frequent extremist statements including:
- Predicting that Islam will conquer Europe through peaceful means.
- Calling Hitler a divine punishment for the “misdeeds of the Jews” and that the Holocaust was exaggerated.
- Saying that he wants to end his life “in the service of Jihad” by visiting Israel and throwing a bomb, becoming a “martyr” in the process
- Calling for the death of all Jews.
- Calling for the collapse of the US if it doesn’t end its “unjust ways.”
Qaradawi has been banned from entering the US since 1999 and the UK since 2008. Last year, authorities also refused him entry into France.
In 2004, Qaradawi issued a fatwa (religious legal opinion) permitting the abduction and killing of American civilians in Iraq in order to pressure the American army to evacuate its forces.