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August 1, 2013 Special Dispatch No. 5383

Leading Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradhawi Urges Egyptians To Defy Al-Sisi, Says Christians Participated In The Killing Of Muslims

August 1, 2013
Special Dispatch No. 5383

Following are excerpts from an address delivered by leading Sunni scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Al-Jazeera Network on July 27, 2013:

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Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: "[Egyptian Defense Minister Al-Sisi] believes that the people gave him the right to kill Egyptians, to cut off their heads.

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"Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi and his aides brought soldiers in multitudes – among them soldiers in uniform and soldiers wearing civilian clothing, including bullies, Christians, and others. They were recruited in order to kill the defenseless Muslims.

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"They all bear responsibility before Allah. No one will be able to say that he was following orders. Absolutely not. Nobody should follow an order to kill peaceful people. If you are ordered to kill peaceful people, you must refuse. Even if you are placed on trial for this, you will be deemed innocent by Allah and by the people.

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"Another call I address to Sheik of Al-Azhar, who said to Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi on the very first day: "You must do this, because one must choose the lesser of two evils." He believed that the lesser of two evils was for the ruler to kill the people. Who told you this, oh Sheik of Al-Azhar? Did you ask for a fatwa from the Council of Senior Scholars, from the Islamic Research Academy, or Al-Azhar's fatwa authority? Did you ask for a fatwa from the Muslim scholars? This is a very serious matter, yet you did not consult anyone. You are not allowed to act on your own.

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"I don't know what that human beast, Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi, is scheming. I don't know what evil plans he has for the protesters tonight, but this will not intimidate those who have been protesting for a month. They have been sleeping in Rabia Al-Adawiyya Square for a month. They are real men, as resolute as lions. They will not back down. They do not fear death. Those who die are not considered losses. On the contrary.

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"I call upon the Arab leaders and the leaders of the Muslim countries... I call upon King Abdallah, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his men, to stand by what is right. You gave them $12 billion. Did you give them all these billions so they could kill Egyptians?"

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