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December 9, 2005 Special Dispatch No. 1045

Leading Islamist Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: ‘We Will Be Victorious, Allah Willing – Despite the Traps Set by Judaism & Crusaders’

December 9, 2005
Special Dispatch No. 1045

The following are excerpts from Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi's Friday December 2, 2005, which aired the same date on Qatar TV. Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi is head of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS), and the spiritual guide of many other Islamist organizations across the world (including the Muslim Brotherhood). In this sermon, he discusses the Jews at the time of Muhammad, as well as the situation in Iraq, calling for Iraq to be protected from the "American Satan."

For more on Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi, see accompanying list.

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Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: "These polytheist pagan invaders were joined by the Jews - the Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe, who remained in Al-Madina, and who did to the Prophet Muhammad things that require punishment, by forging an alliance with the Banu Nazir tribe against the Prophet. But the Prophet forgave them and allowed them to remain in Al-Madina. Nevertheless, their nature got the better of them, and they violated the treaty and the covenant of protection between them and the Prophet.

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"How great is the similarity between past and present, brothers. We Muslims are besieged by many forces that want to uproot the Muslims under various pretexts - the pretext of terrorism, the pretext of fundamentalism, this pretext or that pretext. The goal is to fight this nation. They want to eradicate the nation of Islam.

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"We are now under a siege that resembles the Siege of the Trench, the Siege of Akhzab.

"But we will be victorious, Allah willing - despite the traps set by Judaism and the Crusaders, and despite the deeds of those who set traps and who deceive.

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"The Prophet besieged them for 25 days until they surrendered and agreed to accept his reign. The Prophet called upon them to choose a judge, and they chose Sa'd bin Mu'az, who had been their ally in the Jahiliyya [the pre-Islamic era].

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"He decided that the only treatment they merited was to have their fighters killed, their women taken captive, and their property seized as booty.

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"Some Orientalists claim that Muhammad was cruel to the Jews, but this is how determination should be. One must be firm when firmness is warranted, and gentle when gentleness is warranted.

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"I place the responsibility on the Shi'ite brothers more than on the Sunnis, because they are the ones who control the army, the police, the security forces, the regime, and the ministries. They have things the Sunnis don't have. They must not exploit this to kill their [Sunni] brothers, as they do. We want the great Shi'ite clerics, the ayatollahs, the Shi'ite sources of authority, the great authority Ayatollah Ali Sistani... We want the sheikhs of the Houza to issue fatwas forbidding the killing of Muslims by Muslims, fatwas forbidding the killing of Sunnis. The Sunnis issued such fatwas, but we haven't seen the Shi'ite brothers, their clerics, or their ayatollahs issuing similar fatwas. We want them to issue unequivocal fatwas forbidding Muslims from fighting Muslims and killing them on the basis of their identity.

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"Soon, on December 15, parliamentary elections will be held. The new parliament members will be elected. In the past, the Sunnis boycotted the elections because they bore the burden of resisting the occupation, and their circumstances prevented them from [participating]. There was no security, and there were many things that prevented them from doing so. Now I call upon the Sunnis to participate en masse in the next elections, to present their candidacy, and to vote. Some clerics issued fatwas saying that elections under the American occupation are forbidden. I say: No! Necessity makes them permissible, especially in light of the fact that the occupation does not appear to be intervening in these elections. If these are free and fair elections, we should participate in them, instead of watching from the sidelines. Then the pie will be divided between those who participated in the elections, and we will continue to fight, and a civil war will break out, and blood will be spilled. For what? I say to my Sunni brothers in Iraq: Participate in these elections en masse.

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"In the previous elections, they promised to amend the constitution after the coming elections. There are many things in the constitution opposed by the Sunnis, such as expanding the federations, the distribution of resources, and so on. This is your chance to say your piece and to amend this constitution. I call upon my brothers to join the political battle. We should not ignore the political aspect. I call upon my brothers, members of the Association of [Sunni] Muslim Clerics, headed by Sheikh Hareth al-Dhari and his brothers... I call upon them not to be extremist in this matter, to look at all sides of the issue, and to try to take advantage of this opportunity, so that others [the Shi'ites] won't later say: We gave them an opportunity, but they refused to take it. No. We don't want them to say that. We want to take advantage of this opportunity, and we insist upon realizing our right and not missing this opportunity.

"I pray for Allah to open our brothers' eyes, to make the present in Iraq better than the past, and the future better than the present. I pray for Allah to protect Iraq from overt and covert civil strife, to protect it from the evils of divisiveness and racism, and to protect it from the whispers of all satans, the human satans, the satans among the djinn, the American satans, and other satans."

MEMRI REPORTS ON SHEIKH AL-QARADHAWI

*Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in Two Languages: In a Der Spiegel Interview, and in a Denial on His Arabic-Language Website, November 3, 2005
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in Two Languages: In a Der Spiegel Interview, and in a Denial on His Arabic-Language Website.

*Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi and Other Islamic Scholars Debate Suicide Operations in a Counter-Terrorism Conference, August 26, 2005
Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi and Other Islamic Scholars Debate Suicide Operations in a Counter-Terrorism Conference.

*Leading Progressive Qatari Cleric: By Permitting Suicide Operations, Al-Qaradhawi and His Ilk Have Caused a Moral Crisis in Islam, August 25, 2005
Leading Progressive Qatari Cleric: By Permitting Suicide Operations, Al-Qaradhawi and His Ilk Have Caused a Moral Crisis in Islam.

*Progressive Columnist Criticizes the U.N. For Choosing Qatar to Host the Human Rights Center For Southwest Asia and the Arab Region, March 14, 2005
Progressive Columnist Criticizes the U.N. For Choosing Qatar to Host the Human Rights Center For Southwest Asia and the Arab Region.

*Al-Qaradhawi at Solidarity Conference: 'I Hope to Die a Virtuous Death Like a Jihad Warrior, with the Head Severed from the Body; The Qatar Authorities Do Not Interfere in My Sermons', February 25, 2005
Al-Qaradhawi at Solidarity Conference: 'I Hope to Die a Virtuous Death Like a Jihad Warrior, with the Head Severed from the Body; The Qatar Authorities Do Not Interfere in My Sermons'.

*Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi on Al-Jazeera: Our Problem is Not With Judaism as a Religion but With the Jews' Deeds; Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi on His Website: 'Oh My Nation, the Struggle Has Become Obligatory', February 4, 2005
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi on Al-Jazeera: Our Problem is Not With Judaism as a Religion but With the Jews' Deeds; Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi on His Website: 'Oh My Nation, the Struggle Has Become Obligatory'.

*Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Resistance in Iraq is a Duty of Every Muslim, December 14, 2004
Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Resistance in Iraq is a Duty of Every Muslim.

*Reactions to Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi's Fatwa Calling for the Abduction and Killing of American Civilians in Iraq, October 6, 2004
Reactions to Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi's Fatwa Calling for the Abduction and Killing of American Civilians in Iraq.

*Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish 'The International Council of Muslim Clerics,' July 8, 2004
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish 'The International Council of Muslim Clerics'.

*Criticism of Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi's 'Islamist Democracy' Doctrine, July 7, 2004
Criticism of Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi's 'Islamist Democracy' Doctrine.

*Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: 'There is No Dialogue between Us and the Jews Except by the Sword and the Rifle,' July 27, 2004
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: 'There is No Dialogue between Us and the Jews Except by the Sword and the Rifle'.

*Al-Qaradhawi Speaks In Favor of Suicide Operations at an Islamic Conference in Sweden, July 24, 2003
Al-Qaradhawi Speaks In Favor of Suicide Operations at an Islamic Conference in Sweden.

*Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: 'We Gave Up On Haifa and Jaffa;' 'I Am Opposed to Attacks in Islamic Countries', June 27, 2003
Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: 'We Gave Up On Haifa and Jaffa;' 'I Am Opposed to Attacks in Islamic Countries'.

*Leading Sunni Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi and Other Sheikhs Herald the Coming Conquest of Rome, December 6, 2002
Leading Sunni Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi and Other Sheikhs Herald the Coming Conquest of Rome.

*The Prophet Muhammad as a Jihad Model, July 24, 2001
The Prophet Muhammad as a Jihad Model.

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