Ground Zero mosque Imam Rauf has praised Qaradawi, claiming that he has condemned terrorism done in the name of Islam: “The broader community is in fact criticising and condemning actions of terrorism that are being done in the name of Islam. I just came from a conference in Jordan, Amman where there were over 170 leading Muslim scholars from almost every part of the Muslim world, including some of the most important names like Sheikh Tantawi of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, who is the Chief Mufti of Egypt, the Chief Mufti of Jordan, the Sheikh Al-Qaradawi, who is a very very well known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world.”
Al-Qaradawi has also been praised as a “reformist” by Saudi-funded pseudo-academic John Esposito.
“Sheikh al-Qaradawi Doubts Muslim Involvement in Alexandria Church Bombing; Points to Unnamed ‘Foreign Hand,'” from Translating Jihad, January 3:
Yusuf al-Qardawi [sic], President of World Union of Muslim Scholars, joined other Islamic leaders yesterday in condemning the attacks, and also in pointing the finger of blame at an unknown foreign hand. He didn’t go so far as to say that the Zionists were behind it, but he did say that it didn’t make sense for a Muslim to be behind it. (See the original Arabic here.)
Al-Qaradawi: Those Behind the Alexandria Bombing Are Criminals and Blood-Shedders; Islam Is Innocent of Them
…He pointed to the possibility of a foreign hand being behind the attack, with the purpose of igniting sectarian strife in Egypt, stating: “I fear that there may be a foreign hand behind this action, for it does not make sense for an Egyptian or a Muslim to be behind it. Perhaps a foreign hand is attempting to ignite sectarian strife.