I can never get enough of (my pal) Dr.Andrew Bostom’s research and insight on understanding the contemporary Islamic world through the eyes of his historical research, whether it’s (in this case) recent modern history or dating back to he period of the founding of Islam. He (Bostom) manages time and again to uncover obscure gems of interest that would otherwise remain hidden and undisturbed, and apply them to a modern event.
The subject of Yusuf al-Qaradawi is something of a pet project of Bostom’s who has devoted very long columns fleshing out what exactly this man believes, where he bases his understandings on, and who the audiences are influenced by his writings, speeches and behind the scenes wheeling and dealings. Please take the time necessary to read this latest column of Andy’s, if you want to educate yourself, his writings are a must. KGS
Friday February 18, 2011 marked the triumphal return to Cairo of Muslim Brotherhood “Spiritual Guide” Yusuf al-Qaradawi. After years of exile, his public re-emergence in Egypt was sanctioned by the nation’s provisional military rulers. 1 Qaradawi’s own words were accompanied by images and actions during his appearance whichshould have shattered the delusive view that the turmoil leading to President Mubarak’s resignation augured the emergence of a modern, democratic Egyptian society devoted to Western conceptions of individual liberty, and equality before the law.
Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi could be seen prominently behind al-Qaradawi for the duration of the latter’s speech. Recently Higazi, during his Arabic-language program “Age of Glory,” broadcast on the Egyptian al-Nas satellite television network, issued an unabashed call for aggressive violent, jihad. He quoted a hadith from ‘Ali, the son-in-law of the Muslim prophet Muhammad and Islam’s fourth “Rightly Guided” caliph, in which ‘Ali tells his sons: “Go, fight, and please your grandfather [i.e. Muhammad]. Let him be pleased with you. Fighting is what pleases the prophet (peace be upon him).” Higazi also urged jihadists, graphically, when attacking non-Muslim infidels to “Strike and split the head, and cut it in half.” 2 Equally plain are Higazi’s goals for this brutal jihadism—the re-creation of a transnational Muslim Caliphate: 3
I am convinced that Islam is imminent, the caliphate is imminent. One of these days, the United States of Islam will be established. Allah willing, it will be soon. Egypt will be one state in this [United States of Islam.] Morocco and Saudi Arabia will be states as well.