In a December 5, 2022 interview on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar), Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, praised Qatar’s da’wa (Islamic proselytizing) efforts at the 2022 World Cup. He said that Qatar is not ashamed of its Arab and Islamic culture, and that it "strives to turn it into a message for the whole world." He also said that 50 preachers from the Jerusalem area went to Qatar in order to participate in the World Cup da’wa efforts. It is noteworthy that a prominent preacher named Zakir Naik was also involved in da’wa at the World Cup (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9946).
Raed Salah was recently released after serving a prison sentence for inciting terrorism and for being a member of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement. For more about Sheikh Raed Salah, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9322, 6120, 4587, and 4525\
Sheikh Raed Salah: "Qatar excelled in adhering to our Arab and Islamic culture - not like someone who is ashamed of this culture, but like someone is proud of it, and strives to turn it into a message for the whole world. This is what characterizes Qatar's position these days.
"Therefore, it has opened the door to all intellectuals and [Islamic] preachers to come to Qatar, to meet with people from around the world, and to hold discussions with them, on the basis of Allah's words: '[We] made you into races and tribes so that you may know one another.'
"The great preacher Zakir Naik is there, along with preachers from all over the world. Suffice it to say that over 50 preachers from Jerusalem and its surroundings are now in Qatar, in order to fulfill this mission, in support of our Arab and Islamic culture, the culture of virtue, the culture of mercy, the culture of world peace, the culture of freedom and human dignity, the culture of purity, and distancing from chaos and immorality. This is what distinguishes our culture."