Muslim Brotherhood in Qatar

Place(s) of Operation:
Qatar

Qatar

The official Qatari chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood disbanded in 1999,Christa Case Bryant, “Behind Qatar’s bet on the Muslim Brotherhood,” Christian Science Monitor, April 18, 2014, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0418/Behind-Qatar-s-bet-on-the-Muslim-Brotherhood. but Qatar has continued to provide the organization with financial, media and diplomatic support including through the Qatari-owned satellite network Al Jazeera, which has been accused of bias toward the Brotherhood.Christia Case Bryant, “Behind Qatar’s bet on the Muslim Brotherhood,” Christian Science Monitor, April 18, 2014, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0418/Behind-Qatar-s-bet-on-the-Muslim-Brotherhood. Qatar is also home to prominent Brotherhood leaders such as the group’s spiritual leader, Yusuf al-Qaradawi.“Al Qaradawi in Al Azhar,” Asharq al-Awsat, July 17, 2008, http://www.aawsat.net/2008/07/article55258254/al-qaradawi-in-al-azhar;
Habib Toumi, “Cleric Yousef Al Qaradawi denies he is leaving Doha,” gulfnews.com, April 20, 2014, http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/cleric-yousuf-al-qaradawi-denies-he-is-leaving-doha-1.1321789.
Khaled Meshaal, the former leader of the Brotherhood offshoot Hamas, has long been based in Qatar.“Hamas Political Chiefs Exit Syria,” BBC News, February 28, 2012, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17192278.

Qatar has a long history of supporting the Brotherhood and its offshoots. During the Brotherhood’s year in power in Egypt, Qatar loaned President Mohammed Morsi’s government approximately $7.5 billion.“Egypt has paid back $500 million to Qatar: central bank governor,” Reuters, October 11, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/11/us-egypt-qatar-deposits-idUSKCN0I009A20141011. Qatar also reportedly aided Morsi’s regime with grants and “energy supplies,” according to Reuters.“Egypt to repay $2.5 bln Qatari deposit at end-Nov-Cbank source,” Reuters, November 6, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/egypt-qatar-deposits-idUSL6N0SW1U420141106. During Morsi’s presidency, funds as high as $850,000 were reportedly secretly transferred to the Brotherhood from Qatar’s former Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.Paul Alster, “Secret Document Appears to Show Qatar Payoffs to Key Morsi Cronies,” Fox News, June 9 2013, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/09/secret-document-appears-to-show-qatar-payoffs-to-key-morsi-cronies/. A document dated March 28, 2013, details the allocation of funds from Hamad bin Jassim to a “long list” of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders.Paul Alster, “Secret Document Appears to Show Qatar Payoffs to Key Morsi Cronies,” Fox News, June 9 2013, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/09/secret-document-appears-to-show-qatar-payoffs-to-key-morsi-cronies/ Egyptian courts have also charged Morsi and his aides with leaking state secrets to Qatar.“Egyptian court puts ousted president Mursi on trial over Qatar link,” Reuters, February 15, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/15/us-egypt-mursi-idUSKBN0LJ0ET20150215;
“Deposed Egyptian president Mursi to face military court,” Reuters, February 17, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/17/us-egypt-court-idUSKBN0LL1JX20150217;
“Egyptian court recommends death penalty for journalists, Mursi verdict postponed,” Reuters, May 7, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-court-idUSKCN0XY0A9.

Qatar has also provided political and economic support to Hamas, the Brotherhood’s most notorious offshoot. In 2008, Doha reportedly pledged $250 million to Hamas one year after the terror group violently seized control of the Gaza Strip.Adnan Abu Amer, “Hamas Ties to Qatar Have Cost,” Al Monitor, April 22, 2013, http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/hamas-qatar-relationship-independence.html. In 2012, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani became the first head of state to visit Gaza, pledging $400 million to Hamas.Jodi Rudoren, “Qatar’s Emir Visits Gaza, Pledging $400 Million to Hamas,” New York Times, October 23, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/world/middleeast/pledging-400-million-qatari-emir-makes-historic-visit-to-gaza-strip.html. Since then, the Qatari government has continued to send money to Hamas. In July 2016, Qatar announced a payment of $30 million to Hamas-hired workers in Gaza.“Qatar Says Gives $30 Million to Pay Gaza Public Sector Workers,” Reuters, July 22, 2016, http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-palestinians-gaza-qatar-idUKKCN1021B6.

Qatar has also long hosted a Hamas delegation, enabling the group to set up an office in Doha. Khaled Meshaal, the former leader of Hamas, has held press conferences on behalf of the terrorist group at internationally owned businesses in Qatar, including at the Four Seasons hotel and the Sheraton Doha (owned by Marriott).Elizabeth Dickinson, “The Case Against Qatar,” Foreign Policy, September 30, 2014, http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/09/30/the-case-against-qatar/;
Jenna Lifhits, “Hamas Again Forced to Move Event Announcing Its New Charter,” Weekly Standard, May 1, 2017, http://www.weeklystandard.com/hamas-again-forced-to-move-event-announcing-its-new-charter/article/2007852.
Meshaal has previously resided “in the most luxurious hotel in the most beautiful district [in Qatar],” according to one Egyptian television host.Globes, “The Corruption at the Head of Hamas,” Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2014, http://www.jpost.com/Business/Business-Features/The-corruption-at-the-head-of-Hamas-363550. Meshaal is also reported to own four towers and a commercial center on a seven-acre plot in Qatar, developed by a domestic real estate agency.Globes, “The Corruption at the Head of Hamas,” Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2014, http://www.jpost.com/Business/Business-Features/The-corruption-at-the-head-of-Hamas-363550. Qatar has repeatedly denied rumors that Meshaal was evicted from Qatar, and in 2015 called him a “dear guest of Qatar.”Peter Kovessy, “Qatar FM: Hamas leader to remain in Doha as ‘dear guest’,” Doha News, January 13, 2015, https://dohanews.co/qatar-fm-hamas-leader-remain-doha-dear-guest/.

Qatar has hosted other internationally sanctioned Hamas officials as well. In June 2017, following pressure from several neighboring Gulf States, Qatar finally evicted U.S.-sanctioned Saleh al-Arouri, a senior Hamas military leader and financier who has directed Hamas military operations from both Turkey and Qatar.“Treasury Sanctions Major Hamas Leaders, Financial Facilitators and a Front Company,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 10, 2015, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0159.aspx;
Avi Issacharoff, “PA Security Raids Hamas Cell Planning Attacks Against Israelis,” Times of Israel, March 8, 2016, http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-security-raids-hamas-cell-planning-attacks-against-israelis/.
Additionally, after Ismail Haniyeh won Hamas’s May 2017 internal elections, the New York Times reported that Haniyeh would move to Qatar. Haaretz later reported that Haniyeh intended to travel between Gaza and Qatar, though the plans would be largely dependent on whether Egypt would allow him to exit Gaza.Jack Khoury, “Analysis No Reconciliation in Sight: Abbas’ Team Is Unenthused by Hamas’ New Leadership,” Haaretz (Tel Aviv), May 8, 2017, http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.787690;
Adam Rasgon, “Hamas Leader: Haniyeh To Return To Gaza After Qatar Stint,” Jerusalem Post, November 22, 2016, http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hamas-leader-Haniyeh-to-return-to-Gaza-after-Qatar-stint-473328.

In addition to supporting the Brotherhood and Hamas through political and economic means, Qatar also stands accused of promoting extremist groups like the Brotherhood and others through Qatar-run news outlet Al Jazeera. Iraq banned the channel in April 2016 and Egypt has arrested several Al Jazeera reporters on charges of supporting the Brotherhood.“Former imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist says Canadian PM betrayed him,” Deutsche Welle, April 28, 2016, http://www.dw.com/en/former-imprisoned-al-jazeera-journalist-says-canadian-pm-betrayed-him/a-18779904;
“Al Jazeera says it has been banned from Iraq over its reporting,” Deutsche Welle, April 28, 2016, http://www.dw.com/en/al-jazeera-says-it-has-been-banned-from-iraq-over-its-reporting/a-19221499;
Louisa Loveluck, “Egypt arrests al-Jazeera journalists,” Guardian (London), December 30, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/30/egypt-arrests-al-jazeera-journalists.
Al Jazeera has long broadcast a program hosted by Qatari-based Brotherhood ideologue Yusuf al-Qaradawi, famous for his incitement against Americans, gay people, and Jews. Qaradawi has also expressed support for domestic violence against women.Melanie Phillips, The World Turned Upside Down (New York: Encounter Books, 2010), 214; “Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators But Their Harm Is Less When Not Done in Public,” MEMRI, June 5, 2006, http://www.memri.org/clip_transcript/en/1170.htm;
“Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Theologian of Terror,” Anti-Defamation League, March 15, 2011, http://archive.adl.org/nr/exeres/788c5421-70e3-4e4d-bff4-9be14e4a2e58,db7611a2-02cd-43af-8147-649e26813571,frameless.html.
Yigal Carmon, president of the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), told the Washington Post that Al Jazeera attacks the military and defends the Brotherhood “in every way possible.”Paul Farhi, “Al Jazeera Faces Criticism in Egypt over Its Coverage of Muslim Brotherhood,” Washington Post, January 6, 2014, http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/al-jazeera-faces-criticism-in-egypt-over-its-coverage-of-muslim-brotherhood/2014/01/05/04a397f4-74b3-11e3-9389-09ef9944065e_story.html.

Qatar refused to join its Gulf neighbors when a number of states labeled the Brotherhood a terrorist organization in 2013 and 2014. However, in mid-September 2014, top Brotherhood members claimed that they had been “asked to leave Qatar” as the small Arab country came under pressure from neighbors to cut off support for the Brotherhood.David D. Kirkpatrick, “Muslim Brotherhood Says Qatar Ousted Its Members,” New York Times, September 13, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/middleeast/bowing-to-pressure-qatar-asks-some-muslim-brotherhood-leaders-to-leave.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East%C2%AEion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article. An unnamed Qatari diplomat told the New York Times that Qatar had not forced the Brotherhood members out and that they were welcome to return.David D. Kirkpatrick, “Muslim Brotherhood Says Qatar Ousted Its Members,” New York Times, September 13, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/middleeast/bowing-to-pressure-qatar-asks-some-muslim-brotherhood-leaders-to-leave.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East%C2%AEion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article.

In June 2017, several Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in response to that country’s ongoing support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist and internationally-sanctioned terrorist groups.Patrick Wintour, “Gulf Plunged into Diplomatic Crisis as Countries Cut Ties with Qatar,” Guardian (London), Jne 5, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/05/saudi-arabia-and-bahrain-break-diplomatic-ties-with-qatar-over-terrorism. In response, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told the Associated Press that the country has the right to support groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.Malak Harb and Jon Gambrell, “Arab Nations Add Names to Terror List amid Qatar Dispute,” Associated Press, June 9, 2017, https://apnews.com/0f252c487b7b431682a3555f68703eeb. Speaking about Hamas—the Brotherhood’s most notorious offshoot—Al Thani called it “a legitimate resistance movement.”“Qatari FM Insists Hamas ‘a Legitimate Resistance Movement,’” Times of Israel, June 10, 2017, http://www.timesofisrael.com/qatari-fm-insists-hamas-a-legitimate-resistance-movement/. The United States has routinely criticized Qatar for its support of Hamas.Associated Press, “US Congress criticises Qatar support for Hamas,” Gulf News, November 16, 2017, http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/qatar-crisis/us-congress-criticises-qatar-support-for-hamas-1.2125553.

In June 2018, two American consultants employed by the Qatari government to improve its image in the United States resigned over Qatar’s continued support of Qaradawi.“US advisers quit Qatar role as emir dines with Muslim Brotherhood leader,” The National (Abu Dhabi), June 7, 2018, https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/us-advisers-quit-qatar-role-as-emir-dines-with-muslim-brotherhood-leader-1.737981. In April 2019, French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot published The Qatar Papers – How the Emirate Finances Islam in France and Europe. The book details Qatari financial support for 140 mosques and Islamic centers throughout Europe, including several linked to Brotherhood-related individuals and groups. Among the groups and individuals the authors cite in the book is the Geneva-based museum Le Musée des civilisations de l’Islam, which allegedly displays Muslim Brotherhood propaganda and received 1.4 million Swiss francs from Qatar.“Qatar ‘spent huge sums on Muslim Brotherhood groups in Europe,’” The National (Abu Dhabi), April 5, 2019, https://www.thenational.ae/world/qatar-spent-huge-sums-on-muslim-brotherhood-groups-in-europe-1.845510; “French book reveals how Qatar funded Muslim Brotherhood mosques in Europe,” Al Arabiya, April 7, 2019, https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2019/04/07/French-book-reveals-how-Qatar-funded-Muslim-Brotherhood-mosques-in-Europe-.html. The authors further allege they found multiple books by Qaradawi when they visited mosques and schools funded by Qatar around Europe.Sami Moubayed, “How Qatar funds Muslim Brotherhood expansion in Europe,” Gulf News, April 17, 2019, https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/qatar/how-qatar-funds-muslim-brotherhood-expansion-in-europe-1.63386835.

History

 

Designations by Governments and Organizations

Qatar has not designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. 


For a complete list of countries and organizations that have designated the Muslim Brotherhood, please see the Muslim Brotherhood's full report

In Their Own Words

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi 2001

    “There are various ways to prepare for Jihad: there is mental preparation, there is physical preparation, and there is material preparation, meaning the preparation of the weapons. The Prophet [Muhammad] prepared all his friends first mentally, since equipment and weapons cannot fight by themselves but rather need hands to operate them, and those hands must also have a purpose.”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish 'The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi May 9, 2013

    “Our wish should be that we carry out Jihad to death… We should seek to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine, inch by inch.”Nidal al-Mughrabi, “Influential Muslim cleric visits Hamas-controlled Gaza,” Reuters, May 9, 2013, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/us-palestinians-gaza-cleric-idUSBRE94714Y20130508.

  • Yusef al-Qaradawi Jan. 30, 2009

    “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.”“Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Allah Imposed Hitler On the Jews to Punish Them – 'Allah Willing, the Next Time Will Be at the Hand of the Believers,” MEMRI, February 3, 2009, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/802/3062.htm.

  • Yusef al-Qaradawi Jan. 28, 2009

    “To conclude my speech, I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. 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.”“Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Allah Imposed Hitler On the Jews to Punish Them – 'Allah Willing, the Next Time Will Be at the Hand of the Believers,” MEMRI, February 3, 2009, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/802/3062.htm.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi June 5, 2006

    “[A gay person] should be punished just like a fornicator. What is fornication? It is a sexual perversion. A perversion cannot possibly be innate.”“Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators But Their Harm Is Less When Not Done in Public,” MEMRI, June 5, 2006, http://www.memri.org/clip_transcript/en/1170.htm.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi June 5, 2006

    “The schools of thought disagree about the punishment [for gay people]. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement…the important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”“Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators But Their Harm Is Less When Not Done in Public,” MEMRI, June 5, 2006, http://www.memri.org/clip_transcript/en/1170.htm.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi Aug. 22, 2004

    In reference to the Iraq war:
    “All of the Americans in Iraq are combatants, there is no difference between civilians and soldiers, and one should fight them, since the American civilians came to Iraq in order to serve the occupation. The abduction and killing of Americans in Iraq is a [religious] obligation so as to cause them to leave Iraq immediately. The mutilation of corpses [however] is forbidden in Islam.”“Reactions to Sheikh Qaradhawi’s Fatwa Calling for the Abduction and Killing of American Civilians in Iraq,” MEMRI, October 6, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1231.htm.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi May 28, 2004

    “The Jews caused us a great injustice, the greatest injustice. They have expelled our people, stolen our land, shed our brothers’ blood, and are still shedding blood, and there should be no contact between them and us. How could I agree to meet with them? They have killed our brothers in Rafah and destroyed their homes, and today I am supposed to shake their hand? The problem between them and us should be solved first. There is no way I will take part or agree that any observant Muslim take part in a dialogue with those Jews before our problem with them is solved. True, there are a few Jews who do not agree, but about these, Islam says that the majority rules all, while the minority has no influence. We judge according to the majority… The Jews around the world, as a rule, support Israel. And this is well known. Therefore, we will not agree to meet with them until our problem with the Zionist entity and those Westerners and Christians who support them is solved.”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish 'The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi May 15, 2004

    “Judaism is the No. 1 propagator of violence.”Steven Stalinsky, “Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics’,” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi 2004

    “We must be aware that in regulating the sexual drive Islam has prohibited not only illicit sexual relations and all what leads to them, but also the sexual deviation known as homosexuality. This perverted act is a reversal of the natural order, a corruption of man's sexuality, and a crime against the rights of females. (The same applies equally to the case of lesbianism.)”“The Qaradawi Fatwas,” Middle East Quarterly, 2004, http://www.meforum.org/646/the-qaradawi-fatwas.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi 2004

    “The spread of this depraved practice [gay sex] in a society disrupts its natural life pattern and makes those who practice it slaves to their lusts, depriving them of decent taste, decent morals, and a decent manner of living.”“The Qaradawi Fatwas,” Middle East Quarterly, 2004, http://www.meforum.org/646/the-qaradawi-fatwas.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi Jul. 19, 2003

    “[T]he one who carries out a martyrdom operation does not think of himself. He sacrifices himself for the sake of a higher goal, for which all sacrifices become meaningless. He sells himself to Allah in order to buy Paradise in exchange. Allah said: ‘Allah has bought from the believers their souls and their properties for they shall inherit Paradise…[Koran 9:111]’”“Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Allah Imposed Hitler On the Jews to Punish Them – ‘Allah Willing, the Next Time Will Be at the Hand of the Believers’,” MEMRI, February 3, 2009, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/802/3062.htm.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi July 2003

    “Those who oppose martyrdom operations and claim that they are suicide… While the [person who commits] suicide dies in escape and retreat, the one who carries out a martyrdom operation dies in advance and attack. Unlike the [person who commits] suicide, who has no goal except escape from confrontation, the one who carries out a martyrdom operation has a clear goal, and that is to please Allah…”“Al-Qaradhawi Speaks In Favor of Suicide Operations at an Islamic Conference in Sweden,” Middle East Media Research Institute, July 24, 2003, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/914.htm.

  • Yusef al-Qaradawi Mar. 7, 2003

    "O God, destroy the Zionist, the American, and the British aggressors. O God, shake the ground under them and protect us from them.” Steven Stalinsky, “Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi March 7, 2003

    “[Suicide bombings are] the supreme form of Jihad… that is allowed by the Shari’a… These are heroic operations of martyrdom.”Steven Stalinsky, “Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics’,” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi Jan. 8, 2003

    “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… The issue is not with the Americans who are peace-loving, but with their arrogant government.”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi Oct. 18, 2002

    “Hamas and its counterparts cannot be wiped out, for they are the mouthpiece of the Islamic nation all over the world.”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusef al-Qaradawi Sep. 16, 2001

    “The West has made Islam his enemy for many reasons. One is [the Middle East's natural] resources. [Since] the days of the Crusades, there are some mental complexes from which the West has not freed itself. [The West] attacked the Muslim countries, but Islam triumphed, with 'Immad Al-Din Zangi, Saladin, Baibars , and others… Colonialism's aspirations are greedy and full of hate; this hatred still motivates it… The Taliban have nothing to do with this matter [9/11]; they are preoccupied with their own internal problems… I also think that Osama bin Laden no longer has the means to carry out something like this…”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish ‘The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004, accessed May 31, 2014, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1168.htm#_edn2.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi Mar. 2001

    “Muslim jurists have held differing opinions concerning the punishment for this abominable practice. Should it be the same as the punishment for fornication, or should both the active and passive participants be put to death? While such punishments may seem cruel, they have been suggested to maintain the purity of the Islamic society and to keep it clean of perverted elements.”“The Qaradawi Fatwas,” Middle East Quarterly, 2004, http://www.meforum.org/646/the-qaradawi-fatwas.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi 1999

    “[I support] 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 Mujahidden financially and morally so that they will be steadfast until God’s victory.”Lamar Smith, “Terrorist Threats to the United States: Congressional Hearing,” Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, 27.

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi 1995

    At a conference held by the Muslim Arab Youth Association in the Toledo, Ohio:
    “You shall continue to fight the Jews and they will fight you, until the Muslims will kill them. And the Jew will hide behind the stone and the tree, and the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh, servant of Allah, oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’ The resurrection will not come before this happens.”Lamar Smith, “Terrorist Threats to the United States: Congressional Hearing,” Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, 27.