FILE – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
CAIRO – 29 November 2017: Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry filed a complaint before the public prosecutor against Abdul Rahman Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the son of the Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi for his betrayal of the homeland and insulting the Armed Forces.
Sabri said that he incites public opinion against the state as he has written on a website enumerating that Egypt should be saved because it is moving “rapidly toward an abyss.”
Sabri added that his text insults the Armed Forces and the state president, and disseminates false news to incite public opinion and to intimidate citizens.
At the same time, Sabri accused Yusuf al-Qaradawi for his involvement in inciting the attack against Al-Rawdah mosque on Friday. He called for al-Qaradawi to be investigated for this murder and that a report be submitted on him before the public prosecution.
He noted that al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa in a video ordering the storming of Ibn Taymiya mosque and killing worshipers in Gaza based on the dispute between Hamas and Ansar Allah group. He permitted Hamas to kill this group that tries to discourage them from fighting.
He added that those who carried out the attack against Al-Rawdah depend on this fatwa which has allowed for killing worshipers in mosques.
On June 9, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain designated 59 individuals and 12 entities as “terrorists”, adding them to a terrorism watch list. One of the individuals included in the list is leading figure of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Qaradawi has been long used by the Qatari administration to issue fatwas (a ruling on a point of Islamic law) that permit terrorist actions.
The Qatar-based IUMS was also expelled from the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Da’wah and Relief (IICDR) in December 2014 on allegations that the group mixed religion with politics and supported terrorism.
Qaradawi is considered one of the most controversial clerics in the Gulf and Arab regions, mainly for his provision of intolerance and violence-inciting fatwas.
In 2004, Qaradawi founded the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) in Qatar. The true intentions behind the institute’s creation became clearer a short while after its foundation.