Al-Qaradawi Center for “Moderation”
Al Qaradawi, the “reformer”, the voice of “moderation”: will he reform this?
In an amazing bit of irony, a Qatari government fund is creating the Al-Qaradawi Centre for Islamic Moderation and Renewal, named after leading Sunni scholar and self-proclaimed “Mufti of martyrdom operations” Yousef Al-Qaradawi. claims that the center will direct its “moderation” towards “politicians and economists,” train imams, and show the “huge difference between terrorism and jihad.”
Yet all of these stated goals directly contradict Al-Qaradawi’s statements in support of terrorism, his desire to overthrow capitalism, and his position as a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Director Hasan Khalifa is a professor of Comparative Religion at Cairo University and a great admirer of Al-Qaradawi. He stated that the organization “would direct its works at politicians and economists to help them promote moderation in their respective areas.”
In the realm of politics, there are numerous examples of Al-Qaradawi’s “moderation.” He has openlyÂ permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq andÂ praised the “heroic deeds” from “Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa Brigades, and others.” Reports by prominent London newspaperÂ Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, repeated Israeli claims that Al-Qaradawi was funding “the heart of Hamas,” the Al-Islam Charity, through his Welfare Coalition. He has also pledged to fight the United States if it attacked Iran,Â stating:
“When America threatened it [Iran], I said I am against America. Iran has the right to possess peaceful nuclear power, and if America fights it, we would stand up against it [America].”
To top it all off, Al-Qaradawi hasÂ proclaimed himself the “Mufti of martyrdom operations” and stated:
“I have been affiliated with a group considered by Zionists as their first enemy; it is the Muslim Brotherhood that has provided and still provides martyrs for the cause of Palestine.
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