Considered the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar-based cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi came under fire recently on Twitter over statements he has made in support of suicide attacks, Gulf News reports. The criticisms come amidst devastating bombings in Baghdad and Medina this week.
On Tuesday, the Arabic-language hashtag “Al_Qaradawi_is_a_war_criminal” began trending, and is still being tweeted today. According to Gulf News, the controversy began when the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweeted that Qaradawi should be held responsible for his statements in light of the bloody attacks, believed to be the work of Daesh (ISIS).
When Qaradawi responded saying he denounces such tactics and condemned the bombings in Baghdad and Medina, Twitter went ballistic. The hashtag began trending, and Gulf News notes that Twitter users began posting videos showing Qaradawi condoning suicide attacks. On the other hand, some of the videos showed the sheikh condemning such operations.
Sheikh Qaradawi’s fatwas (Islamic religious edicts).
Some even implicitly linked him to Daesh.
Suffice it to say, it hasn’t been a good week on Twitter for Qaradawi.
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