March 9, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3656

Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi Attacks Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, Calling Him a 'Jurisprudent Dervish'

March 9, 2011
Libya | Special Dispatch No. 3656

Following are excerpts from an address by Libyan leader Mu'ammar A-Qadhafi to the Al-Zintan tribe, which aired on Al-Jamahiriya TV (Libya) on March 8, 2011.

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Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi: "[Al-Qaeda] considers all the people to be infidels. The Koran says: 'Leave none of the unbelievers in the land.' They deem all the people to be their enemies. We are all their enemies, and they want to kill us. They known nothing but killing.

"They put their fingers in their ears, cover themselves with garments, and persist in their arrogance. That's exactly how it is. When you debate them, they put their fingers in their ears, and say: 'You are infidels.'

"How can we be considered infidels?! We pray, and they don't. We fast, and they don't. They don't even pray.

"Yesterday, the security forces found a mosque full of alcohol in Al-Zawiya. In a mosque! Weapons, alcohol, and their corpses – all mixed up together.

"They come from Afghanistan, from Algeria, and from Egypt, and they lead our children astray. But for them to find among the youth of the Al-Zintan tribe a group of 100 or 200 whom they managed to lead astray, to brainwash them, making them forget the battle of Kardoun, making them forget the glory of your forefathers, as well as the achievements and glory of our Revolution...

"It is really painful that they have managed to find prey among the youth of Al-Zintan. The Al-Zintan youth are expected to be too strong to fall prey to Bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, or one [of those] heretics, or to fall prey to those jurisprudent dervishes, who cannot even speak Arabic properly. They do not know the religion, yet they preach in the mosques, and they preach and issue fatwas on Al-Jazeera TV, in the show 'Shari'a and Life.'

"This makes you laugh. By Allah, this makes you laugh. Such naïveté, such ignorance... these are beast-riding imams.

"The youth of Al-Zintan should be too strong to be influenced by such sick people, by such dervishes." [...]

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