Qaradawi pre­dicts a Mus­lim apoc­a­lypse

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

THE UN­EX­PUR­GATED views of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi about Is­rael, Jews, Zion­ism and Pales­tine have been re­vealed for the first time in an English trans­la­tion of a book he wrote in Ara­bic four years ago.

In a com­pi­la­tion of 14 rul­ings on var­i­ous as­pects of the Mid­dle East con­flict called Fatawa on Pales­tine, or “Rul­ings on Pales­tine”, the Is­lamic scholar feted by for­mer Lon­don Mayor Ken Liv­ing­stone pre­dicts an apoca­lyp­tic fi­nal bat­tle be­tween all Jews and all Mus­lims that would presage the day of judge­ment. Mr Qaradawi be­lieves that: Is­rael should be re­moved from all Mus­lim land.

Mus­lims all over the world should in­volve them­selves di­rectly in the Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict and de­cide on the fate of Jerusalem — stat­ing that “Pales­tini­ans do not have the com­pe­tence to de­cide on the fate of Jerusalem”.

Mus­lims should not be friends with Jews in gen­eral and Is­raelis in par­tic­u­lar as this would di­min­ish their ap­petite for fight­ing. Ev­ery Jew in the world is an en­emy. The book also cov­ers his well­known views on the le­git­i­macy of sui­cide bombers and whether or not Mus­lims should buy any­thing that has any con­nec­tion with Is­rael and its sup­port­ers.

It has been re­viewed by Mark Gard­ner and David Rich of the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust for Democratiya, a quar­terly in­ter­net jour­nal based at Edge Hill Univer­sity, in Orm­skirk, Lancs, deal­ing with global pol­i­tics.

The bulk of the book forms a di­a­tribe against Is­rael and Jews.

In their re­view for Democratiya, the pair say that Sheikh al-Qaradawi “per­son­i­fies the com­bi­na­tion of the­o­log­i­cal anti-Ju­daism, mod­ern Euro­pean an­tisemitism and con­flict­driven Judeo­pho­bia that make up con­tem­po­rary Is­lamist at­ti­tudes to Jews”.

Mr Gard­ner, the CST’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­mented: “Sheikh al-Qaradawi’s views are even more ex­treme than we had thought pre­vi­ously. This is an im­por­tant book as it is writ­ten in English for an English-speak­ing au­di­ence.

“It re­veals the aw­ful ex­tent of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s hos­til­ity to all Jews and their de­sire to ex­tend the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict across all borders.

“It should put an end, fi­nally, to the idea that Qaradawi is a gen­uinely mod­er­ate voice.”

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Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi: book trans­lated from Ara­bic

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