Riyadh bans Qaradawi books for supporting terrorism



Mon, 12 Jun 2017 - 10:23 GMT


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 - 10:23 GMT

Sheikh Qaradawi - File photo

Sheikh Qaradawi - File photo

CAIRO – 12 June 2017: The Saudi Education Minister Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Isaa banned all schools, universities, academic centers, and libraries from having written works by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, according to Arabia news channel on Sunday.

Furthermore, Isaa said that Qaradawi’s books, “constitute a threat to intellectual security."

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued earlier a list of 59 writers whose works are banned on accusations of being terrorist publications. Qaradawi is among the authors listed.

The Saudi newspaper Okaz


before that Saudi Arabian authorities may take decisive action and issue a decision in the coming period, which entails banning 112 books by the controversial Sheikh 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.

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.

The IUMS was founded in a bid to take over the role of Al-Azhar mosque, which is considered a beacon of moderate Islam worldwide.

In 2014, the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) approved a list of designated terrorist organizations and groups following the implementation of Federal Law No. 7/2014 aimed at combating terrorist crimes. The IUMS was included in the list.

On May 24, 2014, investigations by the U.S. Department of State’s Counter Terrorism Bureau shed further light on the controversial Muslim scholar whose organization reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

They revealed that one year after the Iraqi insurgency began in 2003 as a response to the U.S.-led invasion, Qaradawi issued a fatwa declaring that “it is an obligation incumbent on Muslims to kill American citizens in Iraq, since they are in Iraq in order to assist the soldiers and the occupation forces”.


October 2004

, Qaradawi was mentioned among ”the sheikhs of death” as over 2,500 Muslim intellectuals from 23 countries signed a petition addressed to the UN to raise awareness on the use of religion for violence incitement.

Qaradawi was accused of “providing a religious cover for terrorism”.

Qaradawi’s views and controversial fatwas have cost him access to the U.S. since 1999. Moreover, in 2008, the U.K. Home Office stated that al-Qaradawi was denied a vista to enter the United Kingdom. In 2012, France also blocked the entrance of Qaradawi to the country.

The Qatar-based IUMS was also


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 .

A video interview showed Qaradawi, a leading figure of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, articulating his permission of suicide bombing if required as a necessary tactic by a wider group and not an individual.

In an interview on the Doha-based state-funded Al-Jazeera satellite channel, the interviewer asked Qaradawi if it is permissible to bomb oneself in order to target a gathering affiliated with an oppressive regime, knowing that there will be casualties in the ranks of 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.

Several suicide bombings took place in a number of countries over recent months, with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization declaring responsibility for most of the attacks.

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

On May 22 a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 22 people, including 7 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, but individuals do not act on their own.”



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