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Know why Saudi Arabia wants Qatar to expel Yusuf al-Qaradawi?

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Qatar has received a charter of demands from four GCC nations including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The group of four countries has completely boycotted the tiny nation of Qatar and Saudi Arabia has closed the only land route into the country of 2.6 million people.

The four nations have asked Qatari citizens to leave their countries within fourteen days, banned Qatari aircraft from entering their airspace, banned its vessels or vessels headed to Qatar from docking at their ports and driven out Qatari envoys to those nations. Saudi Arabia has banned trucks carrying essentials to cross its border and enter Qatar. Even sympathizing with Qatar is sure to send you to jail for 14 years in UAE and Bahrain.

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But this is not everything. The King of the two holiest places of Islam, King Salman, has many other demands from Qatar and his nation has said that they will continue with the economic embargo of the nation till it stops supporting Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, removes their leaders from its land and drives out many Islamic scholars who support Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

One of the names who Saudi Arabia wants to be removed from Qatar with immediate effect is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the foremost Islamic scholar of our times. It is surprising to see the King of the land of the holiest sites of Islam seeking the head of a man who is one of the most respected scholars of Islam in the entire world right now.

The 90 year old Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is known as Shaykh among his disciples and admirers across the world, has published more than 120 books, including Fiqh al-Zakat, al-Halal wa al-Haram fi al-Islam, Fiqh al-Jihad, Fiqh al-Awlawiyyat, Fiqh al-Daulah, Madkhal li-Ma’rifah al-Islam. Qaradawi is known throughout for his scholarship and his interpretation of Islam keeping in mind the changes that societies and civilizations have undergone over the centuries. Egypt born Al-Qaradawi has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, although he has repeatedly stated that he is no longer a member and twice turned down offers for the official role in the organization.

His scholarship is not just accepted within the Muslim world, but also among the academics across the world. As of 2004, al-Qaradawi was a trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. In 1977, he laid the foundation for the Faculty of Shari’ah and Islamic Studies in the University of Qatar and became the faculty’s dean. In the same year he founded the Centre of Seerah and Sunna Research. He also served at the Institute of Imams, Egypt under the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments as supervisor before moving back to Doha as Dean of the Islamic Department at the Faculties of Shariah and Education in Qatar, where he continued until. His next appointment was in Algeria as Chairman of the Scientific Council of Islamic University and Higher Institutions in 1990–91. He returned to Qatar once more as Director of the Seerah and Sunnah Center at Qatar University, a post he still occupies today.

In 1997, Al-Qaradawi helped found the European Council for Fatwa and Research, a council of important and influential Muslim scholars dedicated to researching and writing fatwas in support of Western Muslim minority communities based in Ireland, and he serves as its head. He also serves as the chairman of International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The four nations have given no reason why they want Qaradawi’s head. But it is apparent that they want him punished for his moral support to Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood.

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