February 15, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10493

Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan Praises MB Spiritual Leader Al-Qaradhawi's Book On Jihad In Interview With Texas Imam Yasir Qadhi, Adds: Abdallah Azzam Was A Personal Friend, One Of The Giants

February 15, 2023
Kuwait | Special Dispatch No. 10493

Texas imam Yasir Qadhi conducted an interview with Kuwaiti Islamic scholar and Muslim Brotherhood leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan, which was posted on the YouTube channel of the East Plano Islamic Center on October 20, 2022. In the interview, Al-Suwaidan spoke warmly about Palestinian jihadi leader Abdallah Azzam,[1] saying he was a "personal friend and a dear teacher." He then praised recently deceased Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi[2] and particularly his book on the fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) of jihad. Al-Suwaidan stated that the biggest challenge facing the Arab world is Zionism, and added that the Zionists have "been able to corrupt our governments, making them accept their presence in our lands."

Tareq Al-Suwaidan currently resides in Turkey. He spent several years as an Islamic leader in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against Hamas terrorism funding by the Holy Land Foundation, and has been banned from entering several countries, including the United States and Belgium, for antisemitism and supporting terrorism. For more about Tareq Al-Suwaidan, see MEMRI TV clips 9784, 8842, 5816, 4638, 4361, 3394, 2980, 674.

For more about Texas imam Yasir Qadhi, who conducted the interview with Al-Suwaidan, see MEMRI TV clips no. 9417, 8433, no. 8401, no. 7640, and no. 7451.

To view the clip of Tareq Al-Suwaidan click here or below:

Palestinian Jihadi Ideologue Abdullah Azzam Was A Personal Friend And A Dear Teacher

Tareq Al-Suwaidan: "One of the giants — before I talk about Dr. Qaradhawi — is Abdullah Azzam, may Allah have mercy upon his soul, again, a personal friend and a dear teacher also.


Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual Leader Al-Qaradhawi Wrote The Book On Jihad

"By Allah, there is no one I would love to meet Allah with a word similar to his, more than Sheikh [Yusuf] Al-Qaradhawi."

Interviewer: "Allah be praised."


Al-Suwaidan: "He wrote the book on jihad."

Interviewer: "Yes."

Al-Suwaidan: "And so on, if somebody wants to read the details of the fiqh of zakat, don't waste your time, just go and read the three volumes of Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi. On jihad, three volumes on the fiqh of jihad and the details of that.


The Greatest Challenge Facing The Arab World Is Zionism And The Occupation Of Palestine; They Have Corrupted Our Governments, Making Them Accept Israel's Presence In Our Lands

"All of these challenges [we are facing in the Arab world] are small, [when compared] to our challenge in facing Zionism and the occupation of Palestine. This is in the heart of the Arab world and Muslim world and they have been able to corrupt our governments, making them accept their presence in our lands. Huge amounts of time, money, energy, and several wars have been spent facing them. All of this has been wasted. It could have been directed towards Islamic civilization."


[1], March 6, 2020.

[2] For a list of MEMRI reports and clips of Al-Qaradhawi, see Al-Qaradawi: Qatar's Islamist Empire Builder, October 3, 2022.

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