Google bans Qaradawi's app over inciting hatred



Tue, 14 May 2019 - 01:03 GMT


Tue, 14 May 2019 - 01:03 GMT

FILE – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

FILE – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

CAIRO - 14 May 2019: Google banned Tuesday a mobile application known as Euro Fatwa App for the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 93, because it contains contradictory fatwas (a ruling of Islamic law) that incite hatred.

Euro Fatwa App was launched by the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) in Dublin for the purpose of guiding “European Muslims to adhere to the regulations and manners of Islam.”

In the introduction to the app, Qaradawi makes anti-Semitic references while discussing previous fatwas, or rulings regarding Islamic law.

In 2004, Qaradawi founded the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) in Qatar. The true intentions behind the institute became clearer a short while after its foundation.

When asked in an interview on the Doha funded Al-Jazeera channel if it is permissible to bomb oneself to target a gathering affiliated with an oppressive regime, knowing that there will be casualties among civilians,Qaradawi replied that the 'norm' in such matters is that suicide attacks are not permissible unless they are planned by a group.

“Normally, a person fights then gets killed. But to bomb oneself, the group must decide it needs this,” Qaradawi said. “If the group believes it is in need of someone to bomb himself in the midst of others, it is a necessary action,” he added.

On Palm Sunday in April 2017, twin bombings on two churches in Alexandria and Tanta took place, reaping the lives of dozens of civilians and Christian worshipers.

On May 22, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 22 people, including seven children, at a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester.

Qaradawi said the decision to conduct a suicide bombing should not be left to individuals only.

“You have to act within the limits of what the group demands,” Qaradawi stressed. “The group deploys individuals depending on its needs and depending on the demands; individuals do not act on their own.”

In October 2004, Qaradawi was mentioned among ”The Sheikhs of Death” as over 2,500 Muslim intellectuals from 23 countries signed a petition addressing the UN to raise awareness on the use of religion for violence incitement. Qaradawi was accused of “providing a religious cover for terrorism”.

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.

The Qatar-based Qaradawi was also refused entry into Ireland in 2011.

Additional Report with Mohamed Zain



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