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Sheikh Al-Qaradawi: The New York Times’ Fictional Portrayal Of A ‘Reformer’ Versus The Reality Of An Evil Man

Posted on February 25 2011 3:30 pm

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The Muslim Brotherhood‘s spiritual leader Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi returned from exile to deliver a rousing speech on February 18, 2011 to more than one million Egyptians. Some in the Western media have supported al-Qaradawi ‘s influence as a positive development, portraying him as a moderate Muslim thinker who seeks to reconcile Islam with modern day democracy.

They are the useful idiots for radical Islam, who are willing to vouch for a man whom, among other things, thinks that the Nazi holocaust was “divine punishment” for the Jews and wishes:

Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.

A prime example of the useful idiot in the Western media is the New York Times.  It published a news story describing al-Qaradawi’s Cairo speech in very positive terms:

Sheik Qaradawi, a popular television cleric whose program reaches an audience of tens of millions worldwide, addressed a rapt audience of more than a million Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate the uprising and honor those who died…he struck themes of democracy and pluralism, long hallmarks of his writing and preaching… Scholars who have studied his work say Sheik Qaradawi has long argued that Islamic law supports the idea of a pluralistic, multiparty, civil democracy.

We even get a glossy picture of al-Qaradawi’s family. His son is a poet who supported the Egyptian revolution, we are told. And not to worry that al-Qaradawi is “considered a religious traditionalist”, since three of his daughters hold doctoral degrees, including one in nuclear physics.  The message readers are supposed to draw is what an enlightened, feminist father al-Qaradawi must have been to have raised such accomplished daughters – except, unfortunately, for that little detail the Times article leaves out about al-Qaradawi’s approval of Muslim husbands beating their wives when “necessitated by certain circumstances for a certain type of woman and within limits.”

The Times article did acknowledge that al-Qaradawi has approved of violence against Israel and the American forces in Iraq, but then immediately quoted an Islamic scholar who said:

You call it violence; I call it resistance

What passes today for shabby, politically correct reporting at the New York Times omitted documented evidence from al-Qaradawi’s own words that he is a radical Islamist revivalist, not a true reformer.  Al-Qaradawi believes in the supremacy of Islamic law, or sharia, as the basis for governing society and opposes any free expression that he views as demeaning Islam. He has also said that Islamic law authorizes the execution of apostates and homosexuals for their crimes against Islam.

Since the New York Times considers itself a believer in Western conceptions of individual liberty and equality before the law, such as freedom of expression, a pluralistic, secular democracy, freedom of conscience and equal rights for homosexuals, I thought it would be useful to compare what the Times has said on these issues in the past to what al-Qaradawi has said.

If the Times had done this simple comparison itself, it may not have rushed to embrace the fictional version of al-Qaradawi portraying him as a modern day reformer who believes in “democracy and pluralism.” It may have seen through the phony facade to the core of an evil man who manipulates Western terms such as “freedom and democracy” to cover his agenda of imposing strict sharia law wherever possible. As American Thinker put it in its article “Qaradawi and The Treason of the Intellectuals,” al-Qaradawi is using “the standard modern era jihadist formulation, ‘Islamic State by the will of the people.'”

Test of Free Expression – The Danish Cartoons

New York Times, February 25, 2006, editorial “Silenced by Islamist Rage“:

With every new riot over the Danish cartoons, it becomes clearer that the protests are no longer about the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, but about the demagoguery of Islamic extremists. The demonstrators are undeniably outraged by what they perceive as blasphemy. But radical Islamists are trying to harness that indignation to their political goals and their theocratic ends by fomenting hatred for the West and for moderate regimes in the Muslim world. These are dangerous games, and they require the most resolute response.

Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, February 3, 2006:

We must rage, and show our rage to the world…The governments must be pressured to demand that the U.N. adopt a clear resolution or law that categorically prohibits affronts to prophets – to the prophets of the Lord and His messengers, to His holy books, and to the religious holy places…. Before ending my sermon, I would like to issue several warnings. The first warning is directed at our feeble governments, which are trying to gauge America’s position: Will America be pleased with us or not if we rage about this? They fear the Creator more than they fear His creation [sic], and try to please people more than they try to please Allah. To those feeble governments we say: Take a courageous stand. Stand up and prove that you are Muslim, and that you protect this religion with zeal. We want our governments not to split from their peoples. The masses throughout the Islamic world have made their position clear. They have displayed their rage. The governments must not split away from these masses.

The second warning I direct at the Westerners, the Americans, and the Europeans who follow them, who claim to be fighting terrorism, and struggling against violence throughout the world.

I say to them: Your silence over such crimes, which offend the Prophet of Islam and insult his great nation, is what begets violence, generates terrorism, and makes the terrorists say: Our governments are doing nothing, and we must avenge our Prophet ourselves. This is what creates terrorism and begets violence.

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