Qaradawi Aide Lectures Americans On Democracy, Freedom And Pluralism

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French media is reporting that the Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has lectured the American people on democracy, freedom and pluralism. According to the AFP report, Ali Qara Daghi delivered his remarks in the context of the current Republic electoral campaign of Donald Trump:

April 14, 2016 AFP DOHA, Qatar — A leading Islamic scholar has claimed Muslims are ‘annoyed’ by the level of support among Americans for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Ali Qara Daghi, Secretary-General of the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said late Wednesday that Trump was also using ‘attacks on Islam’ to try and secure his bid for the White House.

‘This is really annoying us so much that he has these levels of support,’ he said.

‘We do not want this for the American people or America, which was founded on democracy, freedom and pluralism.

‘His remarks are not consistent with common sense or moral values because he is not honest and exploits attacks on Islam in order to gain access to power,’ Qara Daghi added.

The IUMS is an influential but controversial organization based in Doha.

It is headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, considered a spiritual guide to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted from power in the North African country in 2013 and later blacklisted.”

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The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi to London for a meeting of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Qaradawi is the IUMS President while  many prominent individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas serve as IUMS Trustees. The track record of the IUMS and its leader Qaradawi casts serious doubt about the credibility of Ali Qara Daghi’s lecture to the American people on “democracy, freedom and pluralism.” In the past, the IUMS has:

  • Criticized French military intervention in Mali aimed at Al Qaeda
  • Helped Qatar draft a law aimed at banning attacks on or offenses to religion
  • Demanded that Pope apologize “just as he apologized to the Jews”
  • Called for punishment of U.S. soldiers who burned Korans
  • Ruled that “resisting occupation troops in Iraq is a ‘duty’ on able Muslims in and outside the war-torn country and that “aiding the occupier is impermissible.”
Statements by IUMS leader Qaradawi have included:
  • 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.”
  • Debating whether the proper method of punishment for homosexuals is throwing them off a cliff or burning them.

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