Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Theologian of Terror
In His Own Words
Posted: February 2, 2009
"Jerusalem is not for the Palestinians only, but for all Muslims, be they Arabs or not. It is a city for all Arabs, be they Muslims or Christians. Therefore it is incumbent on Muslims, wherever they may be, to shoulder their responsibility of defending Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque…offering in the process their lives, their money and all they possess, or else they will be subject to Allah's punishment…The Christian patriarch of Jerusalem handed it to `Umar ibn Al Khattab. Among the patriarch's conditions was that no Jew should live there."
-January 24, 2011, fatwa negating Jewish attachment to Jerusalem (OnIslam)
"There is nothing new about this planned project, except that the Zionist media machine has exercised its influence on the public opinion, turning them against Islamic manifestations. Now, their anti-Muslim feelings are rising day after day."
-October 18, 2010, interview regarding the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York (OnIslam)
"Not one inch of the land of Islam must remain in the grasp of infidels and occupiers…We must irrigate the tree of freedom with our blood. We must not leave the Palestinians alone. Every Muslim fulfills his role supporting our brothers in Palestine until they obtain their rights… Arms must not be laid down—he who wants freedom must pay the price."
-October 12, 2010, recorded speech played by the Hamas-affiliated Ministry of Religious Endowment in Gaza quoted by Sawt Al Aqsa, Gazan Radio station
"I supported martyrdom operations, and I was not the only one…This is a necessary thing, as I told them in London. Give the Palestinians tanks, airplanes, and missiles, and they won't carry out martyrdom operations. They are forced to turn themselves into human bombs, in order to defend their land, their honor, and their homeland."
-February 8, 2010, interview with BBC Arabic
"Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers."
-January 30, 2009, Sermon on Al-Jazeera TV (MEMRI)
"I will shoot Allah's enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus I will seal my life with martyrdom."
-January 28, 2009, Sermon on Al-Jazeera TV (MEMRI)
"Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people… do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one."
-January 9, 2009, Sermon on Al-Jazeera TV (MEMRI)
"I do not automatically permit martyrdom operations. I permit them under specific constraints, when necessary – like in the case of our Palestinian brothers, who are forced to defend themselves by turning themselves into bombs... I sanctioned bombings and sacrifice operations for the Palestinians only – not because their enemies are Jews, but because they are occupiers, and the Palestinians cannot fight them. They kill Palestinians on a daily basis, destroy their homes, burn their fields, uproot their trees, and so on."
-February 15, 2008, interview on Al Hiwar TV (MEMRI)
"I support the Palestinian cause. I support the resistance and the jihad. I support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah. I oppose the peace that Israel and America wish to dictate. This peace is an illusion. I support martyrdom operations."
-July 12-14, 2007, speech at the conference "Imam al-Qaradawi: A Forum for Students and Friends" (MEMRI)
"Actually, Muslim countries differ over the issue of female circumcision… I personally support this under the current circumstances in the modern world. But whoever chooses not to do it is not considered to have committed a sin for it is mainly meant to dignify women as held by scholars."
-July 1, 2007, Response to question about female circumcision (IslamOnline)
"It is incumbent on Muslims, wherever they may be, to shoulder their responsibility of defending Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is an obligation for them all. They are to jointly defend it, offering in the process their lives, their money and all they possess, or else they will be subject to Allah's punishment…"
-May 14, 2007, Response to question about defending Jerusalem (IslamOnline)
"O God, support us against your enemies, the enemies of Islam. O God, support us against the criminal, aggressor, and usurper Zionists and their rancorous and plotting crusader allies, and all your enemies, the enemies of religion."
-January 26, 2007, sermon on Doha TV (BBC Monitoring, January 30, 2007)
"When the enemy assaults a given Muslim territory, it becomes incumbent upon all its residents to fight against them to the extent that a woman should go out even without the consent of her husband… I think the committed Muslim women in Palestine have the right to participate and have their own role in Jihad and to attain martyrdom"
-November 6, 2006, response to question about use of women as suicide bombers (IslamOnline)
"We fight for the two good outcomes: victory or martyrdom."
-July 27, 2006, interview in Al-Wafd newspaper (BBC Monitoring, August 2, 2006)
"The nation must rage in anger…We are lions that zealously protect their dens, and avenge affronts to their sanctities. We are not a nation of jackasses. We are a nation that should rage for the sake of Allah, His Prophet, and His book. We are the nation of Muhammad, and we must never accept the degradation of our religion."
-February 3, 2006, sermon on Qatar Television, referring to what the Muslim nation must do in response to the Danish cartoon scandal. In the same sermon Qaradawi also argues that Jews are protected by laws that prohibit the debate on the number of victims in the "alleged Holocaust." (MEMRI)
"We do not disassociate Islam from the war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from the war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam....They fight us with Judaism, so we should fight them with Islam. They fight us with the Torah, so we should fight them with the Koran… Religion must lead the war. This is the only way we can win."
-February 25, 2006, sermon on Qatar Television (MEMRI)
"O God, make Islam's word the highest, and the word of the enemies of Islam the lowest. O God, support us against your enemies, the enemies of Islam wherever they may be. O God, support us against the treacherous, usurper, oppressive, and arrogant Jews and against their allies, the plotting rancorous Crusaders… O God, make fate turn against them and send affliction in their way and stop their domination of your land. Don't let them dominate any of your faithful subjects. O God, unleash your might on them; the might that cannot be faced by criminal people. O God… defeat them and give us victory over them. O God, support our brother mujahidin for your sake in the land of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir, the Philippines, and all Muslim lands…."
-June 10, 2005, sermon on Qatar television (BBC Monitoring, June 13, 2005)
"The battle between us and the Jews began when they occupied the land of Palestine, expelled its residents, and perpetrated all their deeds. They are the ones who started the hostility, not us…
"[During the time of the prophet Muhammad] the problem began with the Jews, and by them…. [They] sided with [those who fought against Muhammad] and abandoned the Muslims…they wanted to exploit this opportunity to bring about the Muslims' total annihilation….
"The problem with the Jews is not their faith or law, but of greed and the events that led to this [Muslim] attitude toward the Jews since the time of the Prophet… ever since they began to covet the holy and blessed land of Palestine….
"I say 'the hostile Crusaders,' and I mean 'the aggressive Americans who lean towards Israel'…
"A few years ago the Vatican published a document proclaiming the Jews innocent of spilling Jesus' blood, but whoever reads history knows how the Jews incited the Roman governor to crucify Jesus…we believe that the Jews, I mean, they commit this crime."
-January 16, 2005, Al -Jazeera TV (MEMRI)
"[A campaign against me] has been unleashed by World Zionism and its strategic ally the United States….The United States has proven its ability to manipulate the written, audio and visual media and to recruit people to condemn and defame anyone….
"O God, support our brothers in Palestine and Iraq and our Mujahidin brothers everywhere….deal with the arrogant tyrants and aggressors against Muslims, oppressive Zionists and arrogant Americans. O God, deal with every oppressor of Muslims. O God, deal with them powerfully."
-January 7, 2005, sermon on Qatar television (BBC Monitoring, January 11, 2005)
"Oh My nation, the struggle has become obligatory….We should no longer speak with words; rather let the spears have their say…
"The Crusaders have returned once more…They spread perversion in the land…They are again spilling blood, without shame of exposure. And the Shi'ites play well the role assigned to them. The treacherous role, whose beginning and end are known to all….
"They gleefully abuse the victims' corpses, and violate the honor of women, fearing no retribution or punishment….Don't you see how conspiracies against Islam are hatched openly in the light of day?...Don't you see how the Jews commit outrages…They violated our Palestine, and declared that they will not leave it….
"Young men who offer up their blood – and he who offers up his blood is blameless…"
-January 5, 2005, poem posted to Qaradawi.net (MEMRI)
"Look for the Zionists behind every disaster. We have found their fingers in Darfur, and their fingers are in Iraq and Kashmir. Everywhere where the Muslims can be hurt – you will find them there. It obligates us to be cautious of them."
September 10, 2004, interview with Al Sharq, an Arabic-language Qatari newspaper (Qaradawi.net)
"Fighting American civilians in Iraq is a duty for all Muslims… Americans in Iraq are all fighters and invaders. There is no difference between a civilian and a military American in Iraq."
-August 31, 2004, address to the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo (Associated Press, September 2, 2004)
"Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do."
-July 7, 2004, interview with BBC TWO's Newsnight
"O God, deal with your enemies, the enemies of Islam. O God, spare us their plots, blunt their weapons, and remove their empire and power from your earth…O God, make the word of Islam superior and the word of the enemies of Islam inferior. O God, we turn to You against them. Spare us their evil."
-April 30, 2004, sermon on Qatar television (BBC Monitoring, May 2, 2004)
"Women's participation in the martyrdom suicide operations carried out in Palestine - given the status of the land as an occupied territory, in addition to a lot of sacrilegious acts perpetrated by the Jews against the sanctuaries – is one of the most praised acts of worship…
"I think the committed Muslim women in Palestine have the right to participate and have their own role in jihad and to attain martyrdom."
-May 25, 2003, fatwa (The Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2003)
"The American aggression on the whole region wants to impose the total American hegemony on us, and such a procedure cannot be accepted at all. The one who launches attacks against the American presence is really carrying the spirit of true defenders. When one dies while carrying out such attacks, then he is a martyr, in sha' Allah if his intention was to do the act for Allah's Cause, even though some people consider him committing a wrong."
-March 24, 2003, fatwa on "seeking martyrdom by attacking US military bases in the Gulf" (IslamOnline)
"America is the Pharaoh of the new era, and the greatest deceiver in the world – killing people and assassinating them without properly charging them [legally]….
"Through the Iraqi issue America has distracted us from the Palestinian issue…as they distracted the world before by the Al Qaeda movement and Al Qaeda's leaders – bin Laden and al-Zawahiri….
"You can say that what is happening in Palestine is done by Israel with the help of America, or by America with the help of Israel, and there is no difference between them... What is happening in Iraq is serving Zionism and Israel. The first to benefit from all of it is Israel….Look for Israel, look for the Zionism – all of it is behind these events. You will find their hidden fingers behind many of the events."
-March 14, 2003, Friday sermon (Qaradawi.net)
"The Israelis might have nuclear bombs but we have the children bomb and these human bombs must continue until liberation.
"Calling for peace at this time is treason."
-April 28, 2002, Al Jazeera program "The Islamic Law and Life" (BBC Monitoring, April 30, 2002)
"Muslims are not allowed to indulge in any form of dealings with the militant Jews who tend to wage war against Islam and Muslims….
"The choice of peace is no longer practicable for us Muslims... it is obligatory upon Muslims to boycott the Jews economically, culturally and politically….
"[Muslims] should not buy from those who support the Jews and Zionists… It is well known that America plays the greater role in supporting those Jews and Zionists."
-April 28, 2002, fatwa (IslamOnline)
"Has fighting colonizers become a criminal and terrorist act for some sheikhs...Israeli society was completely military in its make-up and did not include any civilians. Men and women are soldiers. They are all occupying soldiers….
"I am astonished that some sheikhs deliver fatwas that betray the mujahedin, instead of supporting them and urging them to sacrifice and martyrdom."
-December 4, 2001, in response to condemnations of a suicide attack that killed 26 Israelis (Agence France-Presse, December 4, 2001)
"If the enemy of Islam invades a Muslim country, Jihad becomes an individual obligation upon the people of that country…As for Muslims living beyond the territories [that were invaded] they are required to back the wronged with all means possible."
-October 10, 2001, fatwa supporting resistance to American forces in Afghanistan (IslamOnline)
"If such attacks were carried out by a Muslim – as some biased groups claim – then we, in the name of our religion, deny the act and incriminate the perpetrator."
-September 13, 2001, condemning 9-11 (IslamOnline)
"These martyr operations led by the Palestinian fighters against Israel spring from resistance and all Muslims who kill to defend their land, honor and religion are martyrs."
-May 12, 2001 (Agence France-Presse, June 2, 2001)
"Israeli society is a military society, and every person is either a soldier in the Israeli Army or a reserve soldier. This society must be intimidated, until they return to the countries from which they came."
-April 11, 2001, interview with Al Jazeera
"They are not suicide operations. These are heroic martyrdom operations, and the heroes who carry them out don't embark on this action out of hopelessness and despair but are driven by an overwhelming desire to cast terror and fear into the hearts of the oppressors."
-April 2001 interview with Al Raya, a Qatari newspaper (Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2001)
"Groups like Hamas, Jihad and Hezbollah are legitimately fighting the forces that occupied their land, made their people homeless, confiscated their futures. Their religion (Islam) makes it obligatory for them to defend their land and homes….
"[Suicide bombers] are siding with the oppressed and with the powerless. Such operations limit the tyranny and wrong done to them….
"America gives Israel absolute and unconditional support. This has led to Israel wrecking havoc in earth, killing women, children and men."
-February 7, 2001 (IslamOnline)
The processes of normalization with the Zionist regime are prohibited and unacceptable from the Shariah [Islamic law] standpoint. This normalization necessarily involves recognition by Arabs and Muslims of Zionist sovereignty over the lands that they usurped and arrogated from the Muslims….
"The Islamic resistance in Lebanon and Palestine represents the glorious face of the Muslim Umma and serves as an example to that effect. As for the martyrs, I have issued a religious edict blessing the martyrdom operations in which a given Muslim fighter turns himself or herself into a human bomb that casts terror in the hearts of the enemy….
"If we can't carry out acts of Jihad ourselves, we at least should support and prop up the mujahideen financially and morally so that they will be steadfast until God's victory…"
-August 1999 interview with Gaza-based Islamist weekly Al Istiklal (published by Palestine Times, a pro-Hamas Web publication)
"There should be no dialogue with these people [Israelis] except with swords."
-January 7, 1998, Associated Press