Saturday, October 20, 2007

Candor from Qaradawi

The Gulf Times of Qatar has a most revealing story about Muslim TV preacher Yusef Al-Qaradawi’s exhortation to the faithful to fight the U.S. in the event that it attacks Iran:


“In an interview with the IslamOnline radio on Thursday, Qaradawi stressed that all Muslims have the duty of launching jihad (holy war) against any enemy attacking a Muslim country.”

Hey! “Holy war?” Doesn’t “jihad” really mean an inner spiritual struggle to make oneself a better person?

“Iran is a Muslim country which all Muslims should defend while the US is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support.”

Hey! “... the U.S. is an enemy of Islam?” “... that has already declared war on Islam?” Isn’t Qaradawi a Muslim “reformist”? Didn’t Georgetown University's John Esposito say so?

Guess I must be missing something.

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