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Top Islamic Leader Calls on U.S. to Wage ‘Jihad for Allah’

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A video of Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi calling on the U.S. government to wage jihad for Allah in Syria, is currently making the rounds on Arabic media and Facebook, to mockery and dismay.

In the recorded speech, Qaradawi—one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, author of over 100 books on Muslim doctrine, and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars—sarcastically thanks the U.S. for supporting the “freedom fighters” in Syria, adding that “Allah willing, your [U.S.] aid will increase.”

Then, while working himself up because the U.S is only providing weapons to the jihadis in Syria, as opposed to directly intervening, Qaradawi declares in frustration: “We want America to take a manly stand—a stand for Allah!

Needless to say, all Muslim Brotherhood opponents in the region are pointing to this as yet more proof that Qaradawi and the Brotherhood are mercenaries who interpret jihad any which way, so long as it helps them consolidate power: otherwise, how can “infidel” America take “a stand for Allah” by waging jihad on fellow Muslims?

It should further be noted that the classic formulation of the Arabic word jihad, as in “fight,”  appears in the Koran with the addition fi sabil Allah, that is, “fight in the cause of Allah.”

In other words, calling on the U.S. to strike Syria’s Bashar Assad—and calling it “a stand for Allah”—is essentially synonymous with calling on the U.S. to fight “in the cause of Allah.”

Amazingly, then, Qaradawi employs classical jihadi rhetoric to incite American leadership to action.

As one televised political commentator in Egypt discussing this anecdote put it,

Sheikh Qaradawi of course is the great and prominent Sheikh of Jihad, who issues those famous fatwas we all know of to kill and destroy on his orders.  Really, the man has reached the point where he is now calling on America to wage jihad and take a stand for Allah.  No comment; what’s there to say at this point?…  Now jihad is being asked of America and to be waged against Muslims.

Nor is it any secret that this administration does act on the calls of  Qaradawi.  As Clare Lopez summarizes for the Gatestone Institute:

[T]he current administration consistently and repeatedly appeared to respond eagerly to the calls for revolution from the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior Islamic scholar, Yousef al-Qaradawi. When al-Qaradawi said that Mubarak had to go, the U.S. waited a whole three days before throwing America’s key ally in the Middle East for over three decades under the bus. When al-Qaradawi called for Libyan rebels to kill Muammar Qaddafi (so the al-Qa’eda jihadis in his jails could get out and join the revolution), the U.S. led the Western military campaign that brought al-Qa’eda, the MB, and chaos to Libya. And when al-Qaradawi issued a call for jihad in Syria, in early June 2013, the U.S. quickly issued an invitation to Abdullah bin Bayyah (al-Qaradawi’s vice president at the International Union of Muslim Scholars), who told an Al-Jazeera reporter that, “We demand Washington take a greater role in [Syria].” It took the U.S. less than one week after al-Qaradawi’s fatwa to announce authorization of stepped-up military aid to the al-Qa’eda-and-Brotherhood-dominated Syrian rebels. The White House announcement came just a single day after bin Bayyah met with National Security and other senior administration officials.

The problem, then, is not that Qaradawi has in desperate senility confused the U.S. with the jihadis, but rather that he may know that prominent elements of U.S. leadership are committed to struggling “in the cause of Allah”—and so he unwittingly employed jihadi rhetoric to remind them of their duty.

Unfortunately, in today’s surreal climate of U.S. politics, no interpretation is so absurd as to be implausible.

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  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Ray, you are suggesting Obama gets his marching orders from this guy?

    • Michael Trofern

      Perhaps Obama has already tried to follow his command when Obama wanted to strike the government, but was prevented by international outcry.

  • friendlykamustaka

    This is the same devout muslim who admitted that, but for the killing of apostates, “Islam wouldn’t exist today”.

    How weak is this “religion£ that it has to kill those who have the good sense to leave it….

  • hadenough57

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin warned us that the Tsarnaev brothers were possible terrorist threat, he was ignored, and people died.

    Egyptians have warned us that Obama is a terrorist supporter, with muslim brotherhood members in his administration-

    Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

    Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser,

    Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference,

    Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director,

    Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America,

    Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

    Many that are being allowed to cross our southern borders are otm, possibly muslims, as prayer rugs have been found in the dessert. Obama and his administration are letting them in our country, unimpeded.

    People are so focused on supporting the first black (biracial) president, that they are possibly handing muslims the rope with which to hang us.

    Qaradawi seems to think so.

    • Larry

      NO! NO! NO!








    • Elwi Ali Helal

      Obama Ben Laden still support the Muslim brother in spite of the fact that they are clearly a terrorist group and considered the origin of most of the Islamic radical groups and their banker When the American Citizen made the necessary pressure against US Administrative to stop their support Is it possible they have Forgot 9/11

  • Andy_Lewis

    We already are.

  • Wolff Bachner

    still think obama is a Christian?

    • Larry

      YO WOLF,

      Ex-CIA Agent: Obama Planned Massive False Flag Attack On America

      Breaking News |

      November 24, 2013

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      (William Wallace) Dr. Jim Garrow, the same one that reported the death of Andrew Breitbart and Tom Clancy, came out as an ex CIA Agent recently. The same Jim Garrow that runs Pink Pagoda Girls that rescues young girls from death and abortion in China.

      He revealed in a November 18th Facebook message that among the top
      brass being purged, actually prevented President Obama from creating a
      series of ”False Flag” events this fall. One of the incidents was to be
      nuclear, the other was make a calculated crippling of the infrastructure of our country.

      On November 19th, the entire posts, reposts, and comments were totally scrubbed by social media networks.and outlets. That evening he appeared on Full Contact with Eric Rush.

      You can see his scrubbed messages to Facebook here:

      Three individuals have just saved 300 million lives in the past 2 weeks. They saved the 90% of the population that would be dead if Bathhouse Barry had not been stopped from using 3 nuclear devices against the American populace. 2 Army Generals and 1 Navy Admiral, whose duties included the safeguarding and oversight of the nuclear arsenal. Obama ordered that 3 nukes be transported in a major breach of protocol and safety regulations of long standing. He wanted it NOW, and these officers were made aware of what the intention was. The admiral had the one Navy nuke taken 200 miles off South Carolina and detonated deep in the ocean. The other 2 nukes disappeared thanks to the handiwork of the 2 Generals, the numbers 1 and 2 men in charge of the Army ordinance. These three men are heroes of the highest order. Look up the events of 2 Generals and 1 Admiral being dismissed in the past two weeks and you will find their names. They saved your lives and the livesof 300 million of your fellow citizens.

      Mr. Obama’s intention was to set off the three nukes to devastate all
      computer related systems on the continent thus taking America back 200
      years and guaranteeing a total breakdown in society and with in one year
      the death of 300 million Americans. To see how this would be possible
      read, “One Second After”. You can get it on Amazon.

      We peered over the edge of the precipice of the death of our civilization and have lived to tell the tale. 3 heroes stood tall for America and the mad man in the white house was stopped for the first time in his life. He is unsure of what to do just now and he does not possess the keys to the nuclear submarines nor the two nukes that are now hidden. For the first time in his life someone said no, meant it, and stopped him from murder and devastation. The next few days are critical. Be afraid and go to prepper sites to find out how to save your family, if you can. – Dr. Jim Garrow, Nov. 18, 2013

      In the condominium complex in Casa Grande, Arizona, where I have a
      unit, a visit was made yesterday by a group of 4 men in a black Suburban
      with lots of antenna’s on the roof. The management of our large group
      of condo’s was asked to open the door of my unit. The badges were a
      combination of many different alphabet agencies including my former one.
      Interesting because after I posted about EMP’s and missing nukes my
      phone rang late in the evening and I was requested to cease and desist.
      My posts have been removed. I am not however repentant, nor cowed. If
      anything like this happens again I have instructed people to begin the
      release of documents and information as per prepared plans in the hands
      of these people. Obama is known for overplaying his hand, and now should
      be known far and wide as a dangerous amateur. He may have gotten
      Breitbart, Hastings and Clancy, but they were just writers. I hope that
      he enjoys the protests today in DC. – Dr. Jim Garrow, Nov. 19, 2013

      A quick search on the internet latter and you can indeed find three
      Military Men that dealt in Nuclear Arms dismissed in October. Major
      General Michael Carey and Vice Admiral Tim Giardina (fired amidst rumors
      of misbehavior involving alcohol and gambling) were both released, then
      a third one from the Pacific that never made it home. There was also a
      sizable earth quake off the coast of South Carolina that Russia Claims
      was an underwater explosion of an American Thermal Nuclear Device.

      We, as a nation, are totally in these men’s debt! – See more at:

  • Prime

    Never help a Muslim country out, if you give them weapons, they eventually turn on you and then wage Jihad on the hand that feeds them. Muslims are never at peace, they constantly have a struggle everywhere they go. Their divine Sharia Law is such bullshit, if it really worked then why the hell, are all Muslim countries constantly waging war, or is that what the Sharia wants? What fucking idiot desires that? Apparently all Muslims. Only 1% of all Muslims are peaceful. the ones that seem peaceful, secretly support Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaieda, they support terrorist organizations. Don’t believe the Lie that 1% of all Muslims are Radical Terrorists, it’s the other way around.