The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has announced that it held a seminar on Jerusalem last week featuring IUMS leader Youssef Qaradawi and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal. According to the announcement:
IUMS hold on Sunday 11 May in Doha, a Seminar on ‘Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa between conspiracy and confrontation’, with the participation of a quorum of Scholars and personalities, the most prominent Eminence Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, dr. Ali Muhiuddin Al-Qurra Daghi, Sheikh Ikrama Sabri, and Mr. Khaled Masha’al.
The Seminar is one of the Union’s contribution in the efforts of civil society organizations, and others in the Arab and Islamic world, to advocate the issues of the Arab and Islamic nation, and a reply to repeated Zionists abuse on Al-Aqsa, Al-Quds, and other religious sanctities, and Judaization attempts of the enemy and normalization by others.
The Seminar aims to return Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque to focus attention to the public and their leaders, to define the conspiracies and intrigues carried out to Judaize Al-Quds and change its nature, adding to this the attempts by some of the normalization of some Muslims with the land rapist.
It also aims to try to activate and develop proposals, to defend Al-Quds issue in particular and Palestine in general, and to coordinate the nation effort toward the issue.”
However, NGO’s in the US have provided a somewhat different account of the seminar based on the IUMS Arabic report. According to a translation by the US-based Anti-Defamatiion League (ADL):
In his speech, Qaradawi reiterated his past anti-Semitic remarks glorifying the killing of Jews as part of the Islamic tradition.
According to the IUMS website: “He [Qaradawi] delivered the good news of Muslims’ victory over Jews with evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah including the saying of the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘The last hour would not come unless you fight the Jews and the stone, with a Jew behind it, would say: oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’”
Qaradawi also reiterated his opposition to Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the former general who is poised to be elected as Egypt’s next president following elections that will be held later this month. Qaradawi accused Al-Sisi – who led a coup against The Muslim Brotherhood–affiliated president last year – of being the choice of the Jews. According to IUMS’s website, Qaradawi also noted the “happiness of the Jews” with the Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. He stated, “the Jews consider him their Sisi and not our Sisi.”
Known for his antisemitism, Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement and 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. For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.
For more information on Khaled Meshaal, go here.