Islamic media is reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi has weighed in on the current crisis in Egypt by calling on Egyptians to engage in dialog to reach a solution. According to an OnIslam report, Qaradawi addressed the Egyptian people in a televised speech broadcast by Al-Jazeera in which he said that according to the tenets of Islam, “we are ordered to obey him [Morsi] so that chaos does not prevail:
01 July 2013 As the political crisis in Egypt escalates, dividing Egyptians into supporters to President Dr. Mohamed Morsi and protesters, Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradwi addressed the Egyptian people in a televised speech broadcasted by Al-Jazeera Channel on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Dr. Al-Qaradawi called Egyptians to adopt dialogue to reach a solution for the current deadlock and to steer clear of all causes of disagreement.
‘It is saddening me that I cannot find you (the Egyptian people, united) in one camp so that I can address all of you.
Unfortunately, Egyptians are divided. So I refused to respond to support one party at the expense of the other… because I would like to address the whole [undivided]Egyptian people as I did before in the Victory speech that marked the triumph which Allah granted to the (January 25th) revolutionaries.’
Back to the Spirit of January 25th
Dr. Al-Qaradawi evoked the unique spirit of January 25th and urged Egyptians to get inspired by its values,
‘[in the January 25th revolution]everyone loved his brother as he loved his own self; even preferred his brother to himself. We saw individuals who tired themselves so that their brothers would be comfortable, stayed up at night so that their brothers could sleep… some even received bullets (to protect their brothers.)’
So frustrated by the current situation, Dr. Al-Qaradawi asked,
‘What is wrong with the Egyptians? What made them so divided? Instead of cherishing love and selfless, brotherly feelings towards each other, enmity and hatred prevailed.
Have not we participated in the (January 25th) revolution (together)? Have not all of us been victims to tyrannical, oppressive regime that stole our wealth, violated our rights, and threw people in jails?
Now as Allah has relieved us of that (oppressive regime), why should not all of us get united again?’
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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.
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 attacks on US troops and civilians in Iraq along with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah.
- Calling for the collapse of the US if it doesn’t end its “unjust ways.”