Qaradawi, of course, is a forthright and unapologetic pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist. “Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi Joins In Support for Anti-Regime Demonstrations in Arab Countries,” from MEMRI, January 28 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
In response to the wave of mass anti-regime demonstrations currently taking place in several Arab countries, prominent Sunni cleric Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, joined in support for the protestors. […]
The website Onislam.net, which is close to Al-Qaradhawi, posted a chapter from his 2009 book “Laws of Jihad,” stating that jihad against corruption and tyranny in Muslim lands is the highest form of jihad – even more important than jihad against external enemies. In the chapter, Al-Qaradhawi wrote: “The laws of Islam instruct us to… oppose the tyrant… All types of oppression [including] of subjects and peoples by their rulers – are reprehensible and forbidden, and jihad must be waged against them.”
The following are excerpts from the interviews and from the chapter posted at Onislam.net.
Al-Qaradhawi on Al-Jazeera: People Must Take Action to Confront the Corrupt Arab Rulers
In his January 20 interview on Al-Jazeera TV, Al-Qaradhawi said: “Oppression is the reason for corruption on Earth. It is the root of all evil – the oppression that people inflict one upon the other, as well as people’s silence in the face of the oppressors. Why doesn’t Allah take revenge upon the oppressors? Because people must take action. They must confront the oppressor. One must not allow the oppressor to behave unjustly, and people to follow him, applauding him, and saying: ‘Long live so-and-so,’ while poets venerate him, and journalists heap praise upon him. It is inconceivable that Allah will take revenge upon such an oppressor, as long as people behave this way. […]
“We have seen those rulers who transfer millions and billions from their countries to banks abroad – in Switzerland, in the US, and elsewhere. They transfer billions. This is what we are seeing in our countries, I’m sad to say. These people will get their comeuppance from Allah in this world and the Hereafter.
“If only the policemen in our Arab and Islamic countries knew that they are prohibited from killing people who have not committed any crime… Demonstrations take place in all countries throughout the world. How come people are not killed there? How come in our countries alone, people are killed because of peaceful demonstrations? Because we have brought up these soldiers upon a culture of… Not us, but these rulers have brought them up to believe that they are slaves, who must do as they are told. This is a poisonous culture, a culture that leads one astray, a culture that is wrong, which has absolutely no root in Islamic law.
“It is a sin to kill people, in order to protect a tyrant, to protect such a great idol. You kill the people in order to protect idols!? We must raise our sons in all countries upon a new culture: You are absolutely prohibited from killing an innocent person, for killing is the worst crime after polytheism. ‘Whoever kills a believer intentionally – his punishment is Hell, to abide therein. The wrath and curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.’ […]
That’s Qur’an 4:92.
“Zitouna University must be restored to its former status as an Islamic university, not merely a college. It has become the Islamic Zitouna College. It was the first university – even before Al-Azhar. Zitouna University has turned into a place where girls who study Islamic law come without a hijab, wearing short sleeves and mini- and micro-skirts. It has a mixed swimming pool for boys and girls. Zitouna University must be restored to… The hijab must return. At the very least, it should be permissible.
“The hijab-clad women should be treated the same as the others. It is inconceivable that a government that prohibits the hijab and considers it sectarian clothing will remain in power. All these things must change. […]
The following is an excerpt from the chapter of Al-Qaradhawi’s book “Laws of Jihad” posted online by Onislam.net: “One of the forms of jihad in Islam is jihad against evil and corruption within [the Islamic lands]. This [form of] jihad is crucial in order to protect society from collapse, disintegration, and perdition – for Muslim society has unique characteristics, and if these are lost, forgotten or destroyed, there will be no Muslim society…
“According to the laws and instructions of Islam, each and every Muslim is responsible for what goes on in the society around him… He must rectify whatever is wrong or distorted… and correct those who oppress [others], until society conforms to what Allah has decreed…
“The laws of Islam instruct us to advise [others to follow] the religious [edicts], to urge them to good deeds… to oppose the tyrant, and to abolish vice, whenever it occurs, by [fighting it] with our hands, with our tongues, or in our hearts – [with the last type of struggle] being the lowest degree of faith. [The Muslim] must fend off the oppressor until he stops [his oppression], and assist the oppressed until he achieves his rights…
“Islam makes two basic demands of the Muslim: not to oppress [others] and not to aid the oppressor. Those who aid an oppressor will accompany him to Hell. That is why the Koran condemns the soldiers of tyrants just as [harshly] as it condemns the tyrants themselves…
“All types of oppression – of the poor by the rich, of tenants by their landlords, of employees by their employers, of soldiers by their commanders… of women by men… of subjects and peoples by their rulers – are reprehensible and forbidden, and jihad must be waged against them to the best of one’s ability, by the hand or by the tongue, or in the heart….
“Why did the Prophet Muhammad exalt this jihad and believe it to be the best [form of] jihad?… Because if internal corruption grows, it may pose a great and terrible danger to the nation. That is why Islam [praises] jihad against internal oppression and corruption, giving it precedence over jihad against the infidels and external attacks. For in many cases, internal corruption paves the way to an attack from without…”