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The International Union of Muslim Scholars is headed by the highly-popular
cleric, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is also the spiritual leader of the
Muslim Brotherhood. Point being, when these guys issue a statement, you can
pretty well consider it the view of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Here they warn the Israelis that any stone disturbed on al-Aqsa will be met
with “heavy bloodshed”; they call for the Palestinian factions to unite
against Israel; they call for the withdrawal from any peace initiatives
with Israel; and they call for Muslims to revive the duty of jihad and
prepare for victory against Israel.

In sum, this looks like no more or less than a call for war against Israel
(translated from, 24 Nov 2011):

The International Union of Muslim Scholars Calls on All Muslims to Make
Next Friday, 25-11-2011, Al-Aqsa Friday

24 November 2011,

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) calls on all Muslims to
make next Friday, 25 November 2011, al-Aqsa Friday, and to stand with it
physically and spiritually, and to give the Zionists a stern warning
against trying to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque. (The IUMS) calls on the Arab
and Islamic world to protect it. The IUMS continues to be deeply concerned
for what is happening in all of the blessed land of Palestine, from the
al-Aqsa Mosque and al-Quds (Jerusalem) to the West Bank and Gaza. (The IUMS
is) especially (concerned about) Zionist attempts through all means
available to target the al-Aqsa Mosque in order to demolish the Mughrabi
Gate Bridge, which connects the Wailing Wall and the blessed al-Aqsa
Mosque. This is in order to build an iron bridge to allow artillery, tanks,
and soldiers into the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and threaten the
security of the mosque and of praying Muslims. This is part of a terrible
Judaization scheme, which has grown to the point of 37 tunnels underneath
the al-Aqsa Mosque at a depth of 90 meters, building 50,000 settlement
units, and changing 200,000 Arab names into Hebrew names, as some
authorities have frankly admitted.

Before this imminent danger and these repeated attacks, the IUMS calls for
the following:

1 – The IUMS issues a stern warning to the Zionists against proceeding with
this dangerous plan (attempting to demolish al-Aqsa), which would inflame
the conflict in the region. Al-Aqsa is the first of the two qiblas
(direction to which Muslims turn when praying), and the site where the
Messenger (PBUH) ascended. The site is also considered sacred to our
Christian brothers.
Our basis for this stern warning is the deep Islamic and Arab roots is the
powerful sentiment of Muslims toward their blessed holy sites, in addition
to the fact that the Arab revolutions have paved the way for unity in the
Islamic Ummah, which contains more than 1 billion 700 thousand people. All
of them are of one heart concerning al-Aqsa and al-Quds (Jerusalem). Let
the Zionists know that every stone, even every atom of al-Aqsa (which is
disturbed) will be met with heavy bloodshed.

2 – The IUMS calls on the leaders of the Arab and Islamic Ummah to bear
their responsibility for every stone in the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque through
the following measures:

A – Support the resistance with all available resources, which is the only
option for ending the occupation and protecting the holy sites.

B – Withdraw from the Arab peace initiative with the Zionist enemy, which
no longer serves any benefit.

C – Suspend all peace treaties and expel Zionist ambassadors which remain
in the country.

3 – The IUMS calls on the Ummah and its intellectuals and their parties to
make Friday, 25 November 2011, “Save al-Aqsa Friday” through Friday
sermons, sit-ins, prayers, and peaceful demonstrations.

4 – The IUMS calls immediately for the union of the Palestinian resistance,
to be one rank (Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle
array, as if they were a solid cemented structure.-Qur’an 61:4). (The IUMS)
also calls on the entire Ummah to revive the duty of jihad in all its
forms, and prepare for the hour of victory and the liberation of al-Aqsa,
al-Quds (Jerusalem), and Palestine from the Zionist enemies. It is coming
by the promise of Allah Almighty to the believers, saying, “And another
(favour will He bestow,) which ye do love,- help from Allah and a speedy
victory. So give the Glad Tidings to the Believers” (Qur’an 61:13); “And We
gave (Clear) Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice
would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance
(and twice would they be punished)! When the first of the warnings came to
pass, We sent against you Our servants given to terrible warfare: They
entered the very inmost parts of your homes; and it was a warning
(completely) fulfilled.” Allah has spoken the truth.

Doha (Qatar), 23 November 2011

Dr. ‘Ali al-Qarah Daghi, General Secretary
Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, President of the IUMS


Jihad of Self-Sacrifice and for Rejecting the Political Process

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), has recently voiced his opinion on various political issues, especially the Palestinian cause, claiming that the only way to liberate the occupied lands is through resistance. He called on Muslims to wage jihad of self-sacrifice, adding that those who are unable to do so should to take up other forms of jihad. He also criticized the Arab leaders for stubbornly clinging to the political process in general and to Arab peace initiatives specifically, which he claimed had achieved minimal results. Al-Qaradhawi praised Turkey for its contribution in the Gaza flotilla, and Mauritania for severing its ties with Israel. To view the MEMRI page for Al-Qaradhawi, visit  

Following are excerpts from some of his recent statements:

“We Must Revive What… Hassan Al-Bana Called ‘the Death Industry'”

During a May 19-20, 2010 visit to Mauritania, Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi called upon Muslims to sacrifice themselves in order to achieve their rights: “We must revive what the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan Al-Bana, called ‘the death industry’ in his article from the 1940s. The ummah today is in need of self-sacrifice for the sake of [achieving] rights, and thus victory will be attained.”[1] He added that pressure should be exerted to liberate Palestine and that “the inertia that has harmed everyone can change if the ummah finds the men who excel at dying for the sake of Allah.”[2]

In a Friday sermon on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba, Al-Qaradhawi called for jihad in order to return Palestine to the Palestinians: “The right of the Muslims to Palestine and [other lands] will be [realized] only by force. We can only realize our rights through resistance… We must stand beside our brothers, the mujahideen. I call [on the Muslims] to set forth on jihad, and on all the factions to fight the enemy together as one. There is no room for division and disagreement; we must work together, especially since the war [now] encompasses all levels – military, political, economic, cultural, and religious.”[3] Al-Qaradhawi stressed that he himself was praying to Allah to “help him fight the Zionists and cause loss of life among them, and that he be hit by a bullet that will separate his head from his body.” He stressed that “the best death a Muslim can hope for is not death in bed, but as a shahid on the battlefield for the sake of Allah.”[4]

The Palestinians Wage Jihad With Both with Their Money and Their Blood, So We Must at Least Help with Money

Al-Qaradhawi also expressed his support for other forms of jihad as a means of aiding the Palestinians: “Since the mujahideen among the Palestinian people wage jihad with their money and their blood in order to protect the Muslims’ holy places and in support of the faith of Allah, we must at least wage jihad with money, each according to his ability, to help our brothers in defending our land and holy places. We must support Jerusalem and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque as much as we can, through our blood, money, hearts, speech, and prayers, and by boycotting the enemy’s goods… The Muslim ummah is one body – if one of our limbs is in pain, the entire body suffers.”[5]

“The Arab Leaders… Do Nothing, and Wait for Israel To Hand Them a Palestinian State [on a Silver Platter ]”

Al-Qaradhawi condemned the Arab and Muslim leaders who avoid fighting Israel and cling instead to the peace process, despite its unsatisfactory results. In one of his Friday sermons, he said: “The [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and everything around it is in danger, and the ummah is doing nothing. Its leaders, whom Allah entrusted with the responsibility of defending land and honor, do nothing, and wait for Israel to hand them a Palestinian state [on a silver platter]… O people! Countries do not receive charity from their enemies, especially from the Jews! Would they give you charity? Is it conceivable that they would give [you] a gift for free?… If you do not set forth on jihad and do not resist, you will never get your [Palestinian] state. What was taken by the sword can only be retrieved by the sword… The leaders must say: We will support the resistance as long as Israel continues to steal, usurp land and build settlements… I also call upon the Arab and Muslim peoples to stand up to the thieves. The Zionists are not satisfied because they wish [to establish] Greater Israel, step by step.”[6]

In his Friday sermon on the occasion of Nakba Day, Al-Qaradhawi said that the establishment of the State of Israel was made possible by the Muslims’ failures: “At this time of year, we mark the anniversary of a painful [event], namely the establishment of the Zionist entity called Israel. Tomorrow, May 15, marks Israel’s 62nd [anniversary]. This is a painful memory which no Muslim or Arab must forget… The establishment of Israel was possible because Muslims forsook [the battle]…”[7]

Negotiations are Futile; The Zionist Entity Must Be Eliminated

During his visit to Mauritania, Al-Qaradhawi criticized the Arab states for clinging to the Arab peace process “despite all the harm [done by] the Zionists to the Palestinians and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” He condemned the Arab leaders for renewing the “futile [negotiations] with the Zionists,” which after almost 20 years have failed “to restore the land, to defend [Arab] honor, and to save the holy places.”[8] Al-Qaradhawi also claimed that “in the 1940s, the Arab armies served a significant role in delaying the occupation of Palestine, but it was the political decision [of the Arab leadership] that handed Palestine over to the Zionists on a platter of treachery.” He said that “it would be better for the ummah if the clerics were its leaders.”[9]

Al-Qaradhawi also criticized the indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, claiming they would achieve nothing: “[The Arab leaders] decided to conduct indirect negotiations, and received a slap [in the face] from Netanyahu… I call upon them to stand as men alongside the Palestinian people and the residents of the West Bank and Gaza. [The Arab leaders] have held back the residents of the [West] Bank from resistance.”[10]

In another Friday sermon, Al-Qaradhawi said that Israel must be eliminated, as it was founded on lies: “Despite all of the international schemes and pressure, [nothing] has matched the achievements of the noble resistance. The Arabs tried with all their might to stop the establishment of this thieving entity. Seven Arab armies leapt the fray at that time. Some of [their soldiers] were killed or captured… They almost won, but [then] they agreed to a cease-fire, which was a lifeline for the Jews… who defeated the Arabs [when] they gave in at the end of the road… For years we have described Israel as deceitful… This deceitful [country] attacked on all fronts, while we merely denounced [it]. We have denouncements while they have iron and fire.

“In ’67, which I call the second Nakba, they took what was left of Palestine. Since then, we have not recovered a single part [of it], except for Sinai, on terms that limit Egypt’s freedom of movement in its own land. Afterward, some of the Arab countries, unfortunately, began signing agreements and establishing ties, publicly and covertly, with the Zionist occupation, leaving Palestine alone in the fray… There was a consensus among Arabs that Israel was a false entity, and that [an entity] established upon on false foundations is itself false. It must be eliminated, as it was founded on the basis of thievery… The Arabs agreed there was a need to implement this, but afterward they demanded only that the aggression of ’67 be undone, as if this aggression had negated the aggression of ’48. [This was tantamount] to forfeiting our original land. [But] even this did not happen, and Israel did not return to the ’67 borders, while we continue exhausting ourselves with [futile] negotiations…

“We used to say: We will resist and set forth on jihad, and what was taken by the sword will not be returned with a pen and negotiations. We made concessions by way of peace and went to Oslo, where it was agreed to defer [the discussions on] all the central issues, such as Jerusalem, the refugees, and the borders. What did they negotiate and what were they celebrating?… Sadly, there is a group among us still chasing the illusion of peace. What [have we gained] from this prolonged negotiation process that has failed over and over, each time under a different name: direct or indirect [negotiations], the two-state solution, the Road Map, and other meaningless names?…”[11]

In a Friday sermon on June 4, 2010, Al-Qaradhawi said that Allah would “eliminate the Zionist enemy’s country just as He eliminated all the tyrants on Earth, because [the Zionists] have acted tyrannically and corruptly.”[12]

Praise for Turkey and Mauritania following Gaza Flotilla

Following the events of the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed, Al-Qaradhawi praised Turkey for its contribution: “All the shahids are from among our Turkish brothers – scions of Muhammad the Conqueror and his mighty brothers.” He also thanked the other participants in the flotilla: the Europeans, the Americans, the Arabs, and the Asians, but especially the Turks, adding that “another flotilla will avenge the deaths” of the Turkish activists.”[13]

Al-Qaradhawi praised the president of Mauritania for severing ties with Israel in protest of the flotilla events, and said that it was this act that had enabled him to visit the country: “Today I am happy to visit his honor the president, Muhammad Ould ‘Abd Al-Aziz… For many years I have wanted to visit this country, but there was an obstacle which prevented me from doing so, namely the Zionist enemy’s embassy, whose flag waved above this Arab Islamic city [i.e. Nouakchott]. But the president, may Allah protect him, insisted on purging the land of this impurity, despite great pressure from the East and the West, and on restoring Mauritania as a true Islamic and Arabic land.”[14]


[1] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), May 24, 2010.

[2] Al-‘Arab (Qatar), May 23, 2010.

[3] Al-Raya (Qatar), May 15, 2010.

[4], May 22, 2010.

[5] Al-Raya (Qatar), May 1, 2010.

[6] Al-Sharq (Qatar), March 27, 2010.

[7] Al-Raya (Qatar), May 15, 2010.

[8], May 22, 2010.

[9] Al-‘Arab (Qatar), May 23, 2010.

[10] Al-Sharq (Qatar), March 27, 2010.

[11] Al-Raya (Qatar), May 15, 2010.

[12] Al-Sharq (Qatar), June 5, 2010.

[13] Al-Sharq (Qatar), June 5, 2010.

[14] Al-Raya (Qatar), May 20, 2010