Gulf media are reporting that the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, has called for a “Day of Rage and Support” in support of Syrian opposition forces engaged in combat with Syrian government forces and Hezbollah. According to a Gulf News report:
June 8, 2013 A Muslim union headed by Doha-based scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi yesterday called for a “Day of Rage and Support” for rebels fighting Syrian regime troops.
The Association of Muslim Scholars urged its millions of supporters to demonstrate, stage peaceful sit-ins, make speeches and pray for the Syrian rebels on June 14.
The association strongly condemned “the horrific crimes… committed by the Syrian regime, with support from Iran and its tails in Lebanon, in Qusayr”, the town rebels were ousted from on Wednesday.
Syria’s 26-month civil war erupted after forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, who belongs to the Alawite offshoot of the Shia sect, waged a bloody crackdown on democracy protests.
The conflict pitting regime forces backed by Iran and the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah against insurgents, has killed at least 94,000 people.
On Thursday, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia urged governments and fellow clerics to punish Hezbollah for its intervention in the war.
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The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by Youssef Qaradawi to London for a meeting of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Many prominent individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas serve as IUMS Trustees.
A post from last week reported on comments by Qaradawi calling on Sunni Muslims to join the Syrian rebels, described widely in the Mideast as a call for “Jihad.”
In 2008, Qaradawi caused a firestorm in the Islamic world when he accused Shiite Muslims of being heretics who were “invading” Sunni society, accusations he repeated in 2009.
Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and 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 U.S. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities helping to raise funds for Hamas and is the leader of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological body of the European Muslim Brotherhood.