Egyptian Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa calling for the killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi.  How could anyone be opposed to taking out the guy who killed over 250 people on Pan Am 103 and who now is killing protesters in the streets?

Certainly not me, but let’s put some historical perspective on some of al-Qaradawi’s other fatwas, such as his endorsement of suicide (martyrdom) bombings by women:

“The martyr operation is the greatest of all sorts of jihad in the cause of Allah. A martyr operation is carried out by a person who sacrifices himself, deeming his life [of] less value than striving in the cause of Allah, in the cause of restoring the land and preserving the dignity. To such a valorous attitude applies the following Qur’anic verse: “And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of Allah; and Allah hath compassion on (His) bondmen.” (Qur’an, 2: 207)

But a clear distinction has to be made here between martyrdom and suicide. Suicide is an act or instance of killing oneself intentionally out of despair, and finding no outlet except putting an end to one’s life. On the other hand, martyrdom is a heroic act of choosing to suffer death in the cause of Allah, and that’s why it’s considered by most Muslim scholars as one of the greatest forms of jihad.

When jihad becomes an individual duty, as when the enemy seizes the Muslim territory, a woman becomes entitled to take part in it alongside men.”

I previously have pointed out how al-Qaradawi’t theory of how to bring peace to the Middle East is to destroy Israel and have Jews live as Dhimmis under Muslim rule, and how over a million Egyptians packed Tahrir Square and its surroundings to cheer as al-Qaradawi called for a march towards Jerusalem.  Al-Qaradawi is a long-time anti-Jewish agitator and consistent in his message of Jihad against western influences.

So while we all can oppose al-Gaddafi’s brutality, don’t cheer al-Qaradawi’s fatwa.  You could be next.

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