Following are excerpts
from an address delivered by Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, Chairman of
the International Union of Muslim Scholars, which aired on Al-Jazeera
TV on February 21, 2011.
Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi:
The truth is that I do not want to say anything to Al-Qadhafi, because
one should only address people who are reasonable. People who are not
reasonable should not be addressed. That man is no longer reasonable.
He has been crazy for a long time.
Among the signs of his
madness, as we have seen, he wanted to be a philosopher, and come up
with theories, like Marx and Mao Tsetung... He invented the Third Theory...
We have seen his peculiar
behavior. He has become the laughing stock of every Arab summit. He's
the joker. He travels all over the world in his colorful clothes, carrying
his tent with him all over the globe, no matter the cost, in which he
hosts his visitors.
This is on top of the
kind of life he imposed on Libyan society, where there is no parliament,
no Shura Council, no political parties, no institutions... He himself
embodies the institutions. He is everything and nothing. He says: "I
am not a president." So what are you?! He is everything.
If you are indeed [the
father of] the people, where is your compassion for them? You claim
to be a commander and a father, but does a father ever kill his children?!
Does a commander ever kill his soldiers?! And in this manner!
We haven't seen anyone...
Even Israel, when it attacked Gaza... These Jews were described as cruel:
"Then your hearts were hardened, and became as rocks, or even harder."
Even the Jews did not do such a thing.
This man is not even
worthy of me addressing him. I thought that his son had a grain of sense
or belief in him. He is called Seif Al-Islam ["Sword of Islam"),
but he is one of the swords of pre-Islamic ignorance. He wants to pit
the tribes against one another. Praise be to Allah, the tribes have
thrown them into the garbage bin.
Therefore, I address
the Libyan army, which is definitely endowed with faith, manliness,
and honor. They must not attack their own people. Who would kill their
own people?! Would you sacrifice an entire people for the sake of a
It is forbidden to obey
the order of a human being in defiance of the Creator. If the army is
ordered to attack the people with airplanes, I say that they must not
do so. Rather, they should attack whoever gave them that order.
I hereby issue a fatwa
to the officers and soldiers who can kill Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi: Whoever
among them can fire a bullet at him, thus relieving the country and
the people of him, should do so. This man wants to annihilate the people,
so I am protecting the people.
I rule that whoever can
fire a bullet, and relieve us, as well as Libya and its great people,
of this man's evil and danger, should do so.