CAIRO – 6 July 2017: Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 90, has been a leading figure in inciting violence through his religious opinions and writings, justifying assassinations conducted by Islamists against other groups.
Qaradawi has occupied the chairmanship of the International Union for Muslim Scholars since its foundation in 2004.
Qaradawi, born in Egypt, gained Qatari citizenship through his 56 year residency. His destructive opinions have been promoted through Al Jazeera network; the mouthpiece of the Qatari state. He is currently the head of the international Union of Muslim Scholars in Doha.
He is a leading figure of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Qaradawi was put on the terrorism watch list after being accused of escaping Wadi El Natrun prison, dropping his Egyptian citizenship, inciting violence against Egypt and joining a terrorist organization. He articulated his permission of suicide bombing if required by the group. He is banned from entering the US, UK and France.
Examples of Qaradawi’s violence-inciting statements include:
During an interview for Al Jazeera, Qaradawi was questioned by a viewer if it is religiously legitimate to target “soldiers of the national Syrian army” especially since some soldiers want to defect from the service, by saying that “we are not certain if they want to abandon the authority’s forces that must all be fought.”
“Anyone working with the (Syrian) authority, whether civilians, military personnel, educated or ignorant, must be fought,” Qaradwi said, adding that “those who get killed mistaken for being authority’s affiliates, God will take revenge for them from those in power.”
When asked about suicidal bombings in the same interview Qaradawi answered that they must be “coordinated with group rather than assumed individually.” He added that suicidal bombings should be conducted when “there is a real need”, and should only bare “the least damages possible.”
In 2011, al-Qaradawi called on Al Jazeera for Libyan “soldiers and officers” to assassinate then-President Muammar Gadhafi.