Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
He is the first Egyptian on the terror list announced by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. The countries have collectively designated 59 individuals and 12 institutions that have financed terrorist organizations and received support from Qatar.
Over the years, Qaradawi issued numerous fatwas (religious edicts) that have been considered extreme and violent, even by al-Qaeda’s radical standards.
Al Arabiya’s Death Making” program on Jan. 17 will focus on those fatwas.
The most important of these fatwas came three years ago during his show on Al Jazeera channel when a viewer asked him about Syrian civilians in areas under regime and military control and whether it was permissible to kill them knowing that many of them would be supporters of Bashar al-Assad's government.
“We are not looking for intentions. Anyone who did not go out on Bashar al-Assad and remained under his authority must be fought and killed, whether civilian or military,” Qaradawi replied.
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