Wafa Sultan appeared on Al-Jazeera again earlier this month, and the shock waves are still reverberating throughout the Islamic world. The day after her appearance Al-Jazeera issued a public apology for her “offensive” remarks, but did not specify what exactly she said that was so terrible. Last week, however, the influential Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not so circumspect.
Qaradawi, whom Saudi-funded academic John Esposito has praised as a “reformist,” in 2006 exhorted Muslims to fight against Israel by invoking the notorious genocidal hadith in which Muhammad says that on the Day of Judgment “even the stones and the trees will speak, with or without words, and say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there’s a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”
But now he has directed his rage against Sultan, a fifty-year-old Syrian-American psychologist: “She said unbearable, ghastly things that made my hair stand on end.” Specifically, “she had the audacity to publicly curse Allah, His Prophet, the Koran, the history of Islam, and the Islamic nation.” He repeated that she “leveled accusations against Islam and the Muslims, and cursed Allah, His Prophet, the Islamic nation, the shari’a, and the Islamic faith and culture.”
These are serious charges, and Qaradawi states them in terms that his jihadist minions will understand as meaning that she must be killed. Given that Qaradawi has justified suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and American soldiers in Iraq, it is clear that he has no distaste for violence, and thus law enforcement officials should take his latest fulminations against Wafa Sultan very seriously indeed.”
It’s high time that the Islamic Society of Finland officially condemns the serious charges leveled by Sheikh al-Qaradawi at Wafa Sultan, and to publicly distance themselves from his teachings that preach intolerance of non-Muslims and violence towards Israelis. Since the ISF is headed by one of the imams that protested on the streets of Helsinki concerning the dreaded cartoons of Mohamed, Imam Khodr Chehab, I don’t believe any condemnation of al-Qaradawi will be coming any time soon. More here. *L* KGS
Note: The Tundra Tabloids received a note from Vasarahammer that the Islamist Finnish Islamic Party has a new website up and running. It appears that they’re gearing up for their run for local elections. More on them later.