The following are
excerpts from a statement by Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired
on Qatar TV on January 7, 2010, and a response by PA Minister of Religious
Endowments Mahmoud Al-Habbash, which aired on PA TV on January 12, 2010.
Qatar TV, January
Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi:
I have called upon the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, and several objective dignitaries, to investigate this issue.
If it is proven that [Mahmoud Abbas] incited Israel to strike Gaza,
he deserves not merely to be executed, but to be stoned to death. That
is what I said, and I do not think anybody can refute this – not even
Mahmoud Abbas himself.
Can he possibly deny
that someone who betrays his people, and calls upon his enemy to strike
at his own people with air raids and bombs... Execution is not enough
for someone who calls for this. He should be stoned to death, just like
the man who guided Abraha to Mecca, in order to destroy Kaaba.
PA TV, January 12,
The Prophet Muhammad said: "Cursing a Muslim constitutes moral
depravity, and fighting a Muslim constitutes heresy." When a person
dares to curse a Muslim, he engages in moral depravity. This is not
my own personal judgment, but the exact words of the hadith
of the Prophet Muhammad.
According to this reliable
hadith, the cursing of a Muslim constitutes moral depravity. When
any Muslim dares to curse another Muslim, this amounts to moral depravity
– all the more so when it is done by a scholar, who is considered
by some to be a source of authority in Islamic law. He dares to curse,
to slander, to make unfounded accusations, and to sanction the killing,
execution, and stoning of people. He uses black incitement against a
Muslim. This is the height of moral depravity.
Those who called for
the stoning of President [Abbas] – and this is foolish and distasteful
– are required by Islamic law to retract their words and apologize.
I personally have demanded and continue to demand, an apology – in
the name of the PA and in the name of every Palestinian, from Sheik
Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, in particular. This is an Islamic, religious, and
moral requirement. He must apologize for what he said against the president
and the Palestinian people.
[Qaradhawi and other]
Islamic scholars who went to Afghanistan in 2003 in order to save the
Buddah statues – we did not hear a single one of them issue a condemnation,
and none of them seethed with anger, when the house of Allah – the
Ibn Taymiyyah Mosque – was destroyed in Rafah, with the people in
it. People were killed inside the mosque. We did not hear anybody speak
This peculiar selectivity
is based solely on partisan interests, not the interests of the Islamic
nation. What is consistent with the party's [agenda], we accept, and
what runs counter to it, we reject, even if it pertains to the core
of the Islamic faith, and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.