“The most influential Sunni Muslim cleric in the world” misunderstands Islam, calls on the warriors of Islam to murder Gaddafi. From “Libya in crisis – live updates,” from the Guardian, February 21 (thanks to Axel):
9.22pm: A prominent Egyptian cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has called for a fatwa against Muammar Gaddafi.
He made a public statement tonight that any Libyan soldier who has the opportunity should shoot and kill the Libyan leader.
Al-Qaradawi might be familiar to many in Britain. The government was criticised back in 2008 by moderate Muslim groups after it banned him from entering Britain and branded him an extremist.
Qaradawi (above), who was banned from entering the United States, had previously visited the UK in 2004 at the invitation of the London mayor, Ken Livingstone, sparking protests from Jewish groups and gay people, who regard him as anti-Semitic and homophobic.
However, he is also arguably the most influential Sunni Muslim cleric in the world and has regularly spoken in the past in support of democracy.