That by which the Ummah has been put to trial in current times is the
emergence of a people who wear the gown of knowledge, abrogate the Shareeah in
the name of "revivalism" and facilitate all of the ways to corruption in the
name of "understanding the ease and lenience of Islaam". And so they opened up
evil and despicable avenues in the name of "ijtihaad". Then they belittled the
affairs of the Sunnah in the name of the "understanding of priorities" and they
also declared their loyalty for the Infidels in the name of "creating a good
picture of Islaam".
And at the head of them is the muftee known as Yusuf al-Qaradaawi who has
worked in order to spread this ideology by way of the Internet, lectures,
lessons, books and conferences and others ways.
This brief paper is only a summary of some of the ideas and thoughts of this
man. And this is by way of sincere advice to the Ummah and to be free of blame
and in order to warn from this man and his likes.
Detailed refutations of this man have already been written, such as "Iskaat
Kalb al-Aawi (Silencing the Hounding Dog)" of Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee, and
other works, both large and small in volume.
AL-QARADAWIS POSITION TOWARDS THE RELIGION OF CHRISTIANS
Al-Qaradawi has layed to waste and caused to die the creed of loyalty and
disownment (al-walaa al-baraa).
He said about the Christians, "Then all of the affairs are shared between
us since we are the sons of a single land, our destination is the same and our
Ummah is one. I say about them, Our Christian brothers and some people reject
this from me and say how can I say that they are our Christian brothers? [Allaah
says] "Verily the Believers are but a single brotherhood". Yes, we are believers
and they are believers from another angle". (Programme for Shareeah and
Life, in the lecture Non-Muslims in Light of the Shareeah, dated 12/10/97 in
Qunaat.) And the lectures and books of this man are replete with this theme,
such as what occurs in his book Fataawaa al-Muaasarah, al-Khasaais
al-Aammah lil-Islaam and Malaamih al-Mujtama al-Muslim. Likewise, he also
fills many of his dawah programmes with this theme as is well known.
He also said in the same gathering, "the Copts (Christians) have offered
thousands of "martyrs" (shuhadaa)
He also said, "There is no harm in a Muslim having love and intimacy
(muwaddah) with non-Muslim". (Non-Muslims in an Islamic Society, p.68). He
has also said this in the aforementioned programme and also in some of his other
books. Compare this with the saying of Allaah, the Most High, "You will not find
anyone who believes in Allaah and the Last day showing friendship for those who
resist and oppose Allaah and His Messenger, even if they be their fathers or
their sons or their brothers or their kindred
" (Al-Mujadilah 58:22)
He said, "The enmity that is between us and the Jews is for the sake of
land only, not for the sake of the religion
". (al-Ummah al-Islaamiyyah
Haqeeqah, Laa Wahm, p.70). He also corroborated this in his programme,
as-Siraa Bain al-Muslimeen wal-Yahood.
He also said concerning the saying of Allaah the Most High, "You will indeed
find the most severe in their enmity towards those who believe to be the Jews
and the Pagans
" that this is in relation to the circumstances during the era of
the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and is not in relation to the current
times. (In the programme, Ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat).
He also used the last part of the verse to justify closeness to the
Christians in the current times. (In the lesson entitled, Non-Muslims in the
Shade of the Islamic Shareeah, which was in the programme, Ash-Shareeah
He also affirmed in many places that Islaam as he claims reveres the
revealed religions. (In the lesson entitled, Deen ul-Bashaair
wal-Mubashshiraat, which was in the programme, Ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat, dated
And he stated that the adherents of other religions are like the Muslims, due
to them is what is due to the Muslims, and upon them is what is upon the
Muslims. (Islaam and Secularism, p. 101). He has mentioned this in many of his
other lectures and programmes.
And he claims that Jihaad is for the purpose of defending all of the
religions not just for Islaam alone. (In the lesson entitled, State Relations,
which was in the programme, Ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat).
He also made it permissible to give congratulations to the non-Muslims on their
days of celebration. (In the lesson entitled, Non-Muslims in the Shade of the
Islamic Shareeah, which was in the programme, Ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat).
NOTE Islam does not prohibit interaction with non-Muslims and nor being benevolent and kind to them (as long as those non-Muslims do not show any aggression), however there is a difference between loving non-Muslims on the basis of the religion that they believe in and between interacting with them in purely orldly things in which there are benefits. The discussion here is with respect to religious issues.