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Leading Muslim cleric slams violence over anti-Islam film
Published Saturday 15/09/2012 (updated) 17/09/2012 13:28
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A demonstrator holds a placard during a rally to condemn the
killers of the US envoy to Libya and the attack on a consulate,
in Benghazi on Sept. 12, 2012. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A leading Muslim preacher on Friday condemned the killing of US diplomats in Libya, and urged Muslims to halt violent protests and embassy attacks in response to a film mocking Prophet Muhammad.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the international union of Muslim scholars, told worshipers in Doha that Islam had endured a number of attacks from the West, and a better response is to explain the values of Islam, Sky News Arabia reported.

In a Friday sermon in the Qatari capital, the sheikh said that "responding to those who attacked Islam must be in line with our culture and noble-mindedness."

"Loyalty to Islam and our prophet, may peace be upon him, is better done through explaining to humanity how tolerant Islam is, and not through surrounding embassies," Qaradawi said.

He called on Muslim clerics to use all possible means to teach the world the story of Prophet Muhammad’s life, and how he taught humanity about noble-mindedness, and how just Islam is.

He added that Muslim scholars should write books and translate them into different languages, as well as making films and organizing panels online and on TV to show how tolerant Islam is.

The cleric said protesters who had responded with violence, including the killing of US ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues, had acted wrongly. Protesters across the Middle East turned their fury over the video on the US this week, marching towards embassies and burning American flags.

Islam has come under attack from the West "from time to time," Qaradawi said, referencing the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and Pope Benedict's 2006 remarks in Germany perceived as linking Islam to violence.

The latest incident, the publication of amateur film clips apparently made in the United States which ridicule the prophet, "was committed while Muslims were busy with their own affairs without harming anyone," the Sunni leader said.

Qaradawi moved to Qatar from his native country of Egypt under former President Hosni Mubarak after being jailed several times. He is considered a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
15/09/2012 18:33
It is seriously too little and too late, but at least FINALLY there's a Muslim Leader who "slams violence over a film" !!

2 ) Peter Pan / Neverland
16/09/2012 00:22
Thank you for making it crystal clear to Westerners what Islam is. Now, only the bloodthirsty convicts in Western prisons would consider conversion to Islam.

3 ) gabi / australia
16/09/2012 03:27
Tibi - finally? I have heard news reports of Muslim leaders deploring the violence at virtually every demonstration taking place - and that's certainly the case here.

4 ) hariri / ikwan
16/09/2012 05:11
qaradawi .what a useful politician..

5 ) @ Gabi-3 / USA
16/09/2012 21:33
You are right, that when they know that the international news medias are reporting it, Muslim leaders deplore the violence publicly, BUT privately to their people in Spoken or at prayer in their Mosques, they say entirely differen0t, hateful words, inciting them to violence, you should note that many/most of the violence starts after their prayers !!

6 ) Just asking / EU
17/09/2012 13:05
#5: how many prayers did you attend? Or you just read/hear about that from somewhere else?

7 ) gabi / australia
18/09/2012 07:06
#5 - "privately . .spoken to their people, or at the Mosque . . .inciting to violence . . " You are very knowledgeable - do you go to the Mosque often? And hear these private words often?

8 ) J.H.T.Steele / UK
25/09/2012 15:32
There are many wonderful people in the world, Moslems, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and many other good,kind people. They are the majority. I have met many in my work and life around the world. It is fundamentalists minorities of whatever belief that are causing strife.Sadly many in societies everywhere have become materialistic and forgotten the way of being a good neighbour,faithful friend and being kind and helpful without looking for something in return.

9 ) abaloneman / USA
25/09/2012 23:20
Most People in this world have never read the Qur'an & only repeat what they hear.I have read the whole Book & found it very offensive.Muslims are taught to KILL anyone who rejects Allah & his holy qur'an. They are taught by teaching themselves the guidelines in the Qur'an. They claim to be peaceful only long enough to learn about your way of life. They want to rule the world & they will if not stopped by populating it & entering into our Government one at a time until they are a majority.
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