Al-Qaradawi: Muslim killed in military operation aimed at expelling U.S. forces from the Gulf is ''martyr''
Prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi said earlier this week that anybody killed in a military operation aimed at expelling U.S. forces from the Gulf is a martyr due to his good intention.
However, according to Al Quds Press, Al-Qaradawi noted that a difference should be struck between U.S. civilians and its government and military which are nothing more than a colonizing force and enemy stepping into the land of Muslims without their own agreement.
“Those killed fighting the American forces are martyrs given their good intentions since they consider these invading troops an enemy within their territories but without their will,” Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric based in Qatar, has told Al-Quds Press Agency.
But he stopped short of calling for fighting the U.S. army, in what seems to be a concerted effort not to trigger a clash of the Arab nations with their governments as he repeatedly asserted before.
“Although they are seen by some as being wrong, those defending against attempts to control Islamic countries have the intention of Jihad and bear a spirit of the defense of their homeland.”
The Muslim cleric pointed a finger at the United States for launching a fierce war against the Islam and its believers and showing an interest “to be a god worshipped away from Allah”.
“The U.S administration wants to maintain a grip and keep an eye on everything in an attempt to be a god,” Al-Qaradawi conveyed. "In this perspective, we refuse, resist and disbelieve these invading power," he argued. (Albawaba.com)