Gaddafi Fatwa Issued by Leading Muslim Cleric

Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.

Having turned his military against his people has turned one of the Muslim world’s leading clerics againt Muammar Gaddafi.

Sky News (“Cleric orders Gaddafi killed“):

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so ‘to rid Libya of him.’

‘Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so,’ Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric who is usually based in Qatar, told Al-Jazeera television. He also told Libyan soldiers ‘not to obey orders to strike at your own people,’ and urged Libyan ambassadors around the world to dissociate themselves from Gaddafi’s regime.

Famous in the Middle East for his at times controversial fatwas, or religious edicts, the octogenarian Qaradawi has celebrity status in the Arab world thanks to his religious broadcasts on Al-Jazeera. He has in the past defended ‘violence carried out by certain Muslims.’

The West accuses the cleric of supporting ‘terrorism’ because he sanctioned Palestinian suicide attacks in Israel. Britain and the United States have refused to grant him entry visas.

The cleric, spiritual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and longtime resident of Qatar, heads the International Union for Muslim Scholars.

It’s difficult to imagine the head of an American scholarly society calling for murder. But I endorse his research findings.

(As an aside: What’s up with Gaddafi’s beard? He’s been sporting it for decades but it looks like something a teenager would wear. Either shave it off or grow it out, dude.)

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  1. narciso says:

    And he ordered a fatwa on Sadat, carried out by Istambouli, and supported suicide bombers in Iraq, I have to go with Mouammar on this one

  2. narciso says:

    A little more detail, on Quradawi: