Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an internationally renowned scholar. He is also head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Yet at the behest of the Egyptian dictator, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Interpol on December 5 issued an arrest warrant against the Sheikh. Will Interpol act on it and if so, what ramifications will it have?
Monday December 15, 2014, 18:34 EST
What in the world is going on? Interpol has issued an arrest warrant against Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradwi at the behest of Egypt’s military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
One need not be a follower or admirer of Sheikh al-Qaradwi but for Interpol to issue an arrest warrant December 5 against a respected Islamic scholar is a new low level and is troubling.
What crime did Sheikh al-Qaradwi commit? Has he murdered anyone or is support for the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon such a serious crime that Sisi would go to Interpol to arrest the scholar?
General Sisi is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Egyptians in August 2013 following his military coup.
Interpol should be issuing an arrest warrant against Sisi, who is guilty of war crimes.
He overthrew the legitimately elected government of President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013. Dr Mursi is currently in prison facing various “charges” including treason. A number of other Ikhwan leaders are also facing similar serious charges.
Sheikh al-Qaradawi is not a member of the Ikhwan al-Muslimoon but has expressed strong support for it and is considered its spiritual mentor.
He currently resides in Doha, Qatar where he has close relations with the ruling family. He also has a regular program on Al Jazeera television with some 60 million followers.
Would the Qatari government now “expel” Sheikh al-Qaradawi under Egyptian or Saudi pressure?
The Sheikh has received strong support from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He expressed his resentment at the Fifth Religious Council held in Ankara on December 8.
Erdogan said: “Look, a person who came to power through a coup is giving instructions to Interpol. Based on this instruction a step is being taken for the arrest of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, President of the [International] Union of Muslim Scholars. What kind of a business is this?”
Sheikh al-Qaradawi has condemned the takfiri terrorists operating under the label of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). He is also staunchly opposed to the Zionist occupation of Palestine.
Sisi, on the other hand, has very close connections with the Zionists. In fact, there are reports in Egypt that Sisi is not only of Jewish origins but a hardcore Zionist.
His mother was a Jewish woman from Morocco while his maternal uncle was for 15 years a member of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.
Sheikh al-Qaradawi is also a strong opponent of the US. In April 2004, he issued a fatwa declaring boycott of US and Israeli products by all Muslims.
“To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression,” he wrote. “Buying goods from them will strengthen them; our duty is to make them as weak as we can.”
Perhaps this has contributed to Sisi’s anger since Sheikh al-Qaradawi has called for boycotting of goods from two countries that are supporting the military coup in Egypt and providing it material, financial and intelligence support.