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IS ‘anti-Islamic’: al-Qaradawi

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The organisation of exiled Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Wednesday that the actions of “deviant groups” like the Islamic State (IS) were in violation of Islamic law. Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) described as “criminal and unlawful” an offensive led by the group’s fighters against non-Muslims in northern Iraq earlier this month.

The Egyptian-born cleric wields huge influence with the Brotherhood’s supporters across the Arab world through his frequent appearances on Al-Jazeera television from his base in exile in Qatar. His group said it “categorically prohibits the actions of some excessive and deviant groups, such as killing innocent Muslims and non-Muslims, under the cover of repugnant sectarianism one time, or under the name of the so-called Islamic State the other time.”

It was the latest in a series of condemnations of the Islamic State by Qaradawi’s organisation since the fighters launched a lightning offensive in Iraq’s second city Mosul in early June, swiftly overrunning much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad. The group also controls much of eastern Syria, including the whole of the Euphrates Valley province of Raqa and much of Deir Ezzor province downstream. A UN-mandated probe charged Wednesday that public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixions have become a regular fixture in areas of Syria controlled by IS.

Qaradawi, who was born in Egypt, has been based in Qatar for decades.
He is seen as a spiritual guide to the Brotherhood of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and is wanted by the authorities in Cairo where he faces trial in absentia.

Qatar had close ties with Egypt during Morsi’s turbulent single year in power but relations nose-dived after his overthrow in July last year.
The gas-rich Gulf state has given refuge to a number of Brotherhood leaders who fled the bloody crackdown that followed Morsi’s ouster.
Egypt has called on Qatar to respect a 1998 Arab counter-terrorism treaty and hand over Qaradawi and other wanted Brotherhood members. SAPA

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  1. Yawn! A little too late in the bigger scheme of things but thats reflective of the way we Muslims conduct our affairs. Always reacting to something that has already taken on a momentum of its own rather than trying to prevent or curtail it before it becomes a monsterous problem that we cannot deal with. As an observation, when they were killing shias in Iraq, nothing was said from an official platform. Now that the monster has turned its attention to you, its time to have multinational conferences on the “problem”. Well better late than never but thats the story of our lives.

  2. hes crazy, dilly dallying when real le3adership is required, hes steered by his paymasters too

    years ago he was reasonable on many issues, then when the “king’s court” decided for him he suddenly became sectarian and anti shia,

    he supported the brutish fore-runners of the IS in the form of the fsa alqaeda al nusra isil, so whats the big deal with the IS?

    the world spotlight is on them because theyre killing christians and other minorities

    when the atrocities was only against the shia it was no big deal wothy of comment ditto our ulema here

    when the brutality started against the sunnis they still remained quiet ditto our local ulema

    but they dont want to fall short of the anger of world christendom, the anger of the quran didnt move them when the brutalities were against muslims !!

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