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Cleric who said UAE was “a country against Islamic rule” reappointed

The re-election of Yousuf Al Qaradawi may amplify tensions between Qatar & neighouring states that have withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha

Cleric who said UAE was “a country against Islamic rule” reappointed
Qatars Egyptian-born cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. (AFP/Getty Images)

Controversial Islamic scholar Yousuf Al Qaradawi reportedly has been re-elected as chairman of International Union of Muslim Scholars, an organisation of Muslims who have graduated from sharia universities or Islamic studies departments.

The appointment may amplify tensions between Qatar and the UAE, which has withdrawn its ambassador to Doha.

In a sermon in January delivered at a mosque in Doha and broadcast by state television, Al Qaradawi condemned the UAE as a country against Islamic rule, because of its stance against the Muslim Brotherhood, which is supported by Qatar.

Bahrain also condemned the cleric’s comments, describing them as a “deliberate” accusation against the UAE that intended to divide the GCC and “spark sedition” in the Gulf.

"Any affront to the UAE is tantamount to an affront targeting all GCC countries without exception," Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said.

On March 5, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain simultaneously withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. They are yet to return after reports last week there had been a breakdown in negotiations to improve the states’ relationships with Qatar.

In April, Al Qaradawi sent a conciliatory message to countries he had criticised in an apparent attempt to help end the rift.

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Ahmad 6 years ago

Anyone with an ounce of intelligence understands the agenda of this man and his organization. Firstly, the ONLY middle-eastern country that exemplifies the TRUE essence of the Islamic religion that ensures religious tolerance for ALL religions and reflects the Islamic religion as it should be in a modern world is the UAE. The rest of the countries need to look towards the UAE for inspiration on how they can run progressive Islamic societies in the year 2014 that balance economic growth with religious values.

Tariq AD 6 years ago

I have all respect for the UAE and for AlQaradawi. He expressed his opinion, and the sent a conciliatory message trying to repair the rift. All people make mistakes.

Mohamed 6 years ago

Am no ardent supporter of Qardawi but Ahmed are you for real when you say one shud look at UAE as the model Islamic Nation? I am not saying all citizens and residents in UAE are completely off the path of true Islam but one tends to wonder how a place such as Dubai for instance is epitome of Islamic values. If that's what it takes for anyone to portray Islamic tolerance then someone has advised very wrongly ...

Saajidh 6 years ago

I hope not all ppl sitting in UAE think the same way as Ahmad... I wonder which survey he took to come to his silly conclusion :-)

Dr.M.Inamullah 6 years ago

It is not the Qatar Government elects the Chairperson of Union of Islamic Scholars, also personal opinions of members not reflects the stance of IUMS...Dr.Qardawi is honored by Ulamas for his scholarly contributions..not politics.

It is clear he is against the coup in Egypt...and related regional and global moves... it is right right to hold that view and express it..

Please respect and honour leading scholars of Islamic world to express their views openly...they may guide the rulers reflecting the real feeling of people and save them all from unexpected disasters...

In Islamic world Only Islam could save Muslims...Not vise versa..rulers and people...

Let Islamic scholars of authenticity to guide the Ummath..Rulers as well as people.