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Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi-
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Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian best known for his TV program Shariah and Life broadcast through Al-Jazeera to an approximate 40 million people worldwide. Qaradawi has written and published more than 100 books and, in 1997, founded the popular website "Islam Online," for which he now serves as chief religious scholar. In late February 2011, after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Sheik Qaradawi spoke to cheering crowds in Tahrir square as part of his first public appearance in Egypt in more than 50 years. 
 
Qaradawi is widely viewed as a source of intellectual inspiration for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and, although he has twice turned down the opportunity to lead the group, he maintains  strong ties with its rank and file. A 2008 Foreign Policy magazine poll put Qaradawi third on its worldwide list of public intellectuals. Qaradawi was one of the first influential Islamic clerics to denounce the attacks of September 11, 2001; however, he publicly supports attacking U.S. troops in Iraq 
and suicide bombings in Israel 
 
The following is a sampling of his comments on Egypt , Israel, Jihad, the United States, the Arab world and Starbucks:
 
On The Muslim Obligation for Jihad
"It [is] obligatory upon every Muslim wherever he is to defend Jerusalem, and al-Aqsa Mosque. This is an obligation upon all Muslims to participate in defending Jerusalem with their souls, money, and all that they possess, otherwise a punishment from Allah shall descend on the whole nation."  
-The Atlantic, February 2011 
 
"Lebanon and Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are all neighbors of Israel, and whoever wanted to set out [on Jihad] from these countries could have done so ... But it is as if we have become the protectors of Israel."
-Al-Jazeera, January 2009  
 
"A message to our brothers in Palestine: I harbor the hope that Allah...will allow me to witness the conquest of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
- Egyptian Channel 1, February 2011
 
On Suicide Terrorism
"These martyr operations led by the Palestinian fighters against Israel spring from resistance and all Muslims who kill to defend their land, honor and religion are martyrs."  
- Agence France-Presse, June 2001    
 
"[Suicide bombings] are heroic martyrdom operations, and the heroes who carry them out ... are driven by an overwhelming desire to cast terror and fear into the hearts of the oppressors."
- Los Angeles Times, May 2001
 
On Israel
"The conquerors [of Palestine] are those with the greatest enmity toward the believers, and they are supported by the strongest state on earth - the USA, and by the world Jewish community. "  
-The Atlantic, February 2011  
 
"The least the Muslim can do is to boycott the enemies' goods. "
- The Atlantic, February 2011
 
"The Jews' claims to Al-Buraq [Western Wall] dates back only to recent times... those who claim that [Jews] have a long history in Israel are liars."  
- Islam Online, 2004  
 
On The Muslim and Islamic view towards Jews
"Receiving  enemies  in  our own countries and visiting  
them   in   the   occupied   lands   would  remove  such
a  psychological  barrier that keeps us away from them,
and  would  bridge  the  gap  that  keeps  the  desire for  
Jihad against them kindled in the hearts of the Ummah."  
-The Atlantic, February 2011
 
"We  believe  that  the  battle  between  us and the Jews
is  coming ...  Such  a  battle is not driven by nationalistic
causes;  it  is  driven  by   religious incentives. This battle
...  is  between   Muslims  and  Jews ...  This  battle  will  
occur  between  the  collective  body of Muslims and the
collective body of Jews."
-The Atlantic, February 2011
 
"Allah  lies  in  wait  for  [Jews], and He will not forsake  
[Islam].  He  will  not allow [Jews] to continue to spread  
corruption  in the land.  We wait for the revenge of Allah  
to descend upon them,  and, Allah willing, it will be by our  
own hands...This is my message to the treacherous Jews,
who have never adhered to what is right."  
-Al-Jazeera, January 2009
 
"Oh Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh  
Allah,  take  the  Jews,  the  treacherous aggressors. Oh  
Allah,  take  this  profligate,  cunning,  arrogant  band  of  
people.  Oh  Allah,  they  have  spread much tyranny and
corruption in the land. Pour Your wrath upon them."  
-Al-Jazeera, January 2009
 
 
On The United States and the West
"My message to the West, which collaborates with Zionism, and especially to America, which acts like a god on Earth... Nobody holds [America] accountable for the things it says, because it is like a god in this world. ... We say to the West, and especially to America, that Allah will not let you support falsehood. He will not let you support inequity against justice."  
-Al-Jazeera, January 2009 
 
"All of the Americans in Iraq are combatants...one should fight them, since the American civilians came to Iraq in order to serve the occupation...the killing of Americans in Iraq is a [religious] obligation so as to cause them to leave Iraq immediately."
- Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, September 2004  
 
On Arab Rulers in the Middle East
"This is my message to our rulers: They should heed their peoples when they make their decisions, or else history will sweep them up with its broom. These rulers are desperate, powerless, and incapable of doing anything."  
-Al-Jazeera, January 2009
 
"Many of the existing governments now do not have any popular support; they are governments that are hated by their peoples, and they govern their countries by brute force, and martial and emergency laws rather than governing through the consensus of the people."
- Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, December 2010   
 
On Starbucks
"We have Starbucks. They used to hang a sign on the doors of their shops: 'We benefit our most important partner, which is Israel, we help in the education of students in Israel and we help build up the Israeli defense arsenal,' ... Starbucks is Zionist."  
- Al-Jazeera, January 2009  
 
On The Egyptian Army
"I salute the Egyptian army...It is inconceivable that the army which waged four wars for the sake of Egypt and Palestine would betray its country or sacrifice its people for the sake of a single person."  
-Egyptian Channel 1, February 2011
 
"Rest assured that you will be victorious... the Rafah border crossing will be opened ... this is what I demand from the Egyptian army."
- Egyptian Channel 1, February 2011
 
On September 11th  
 
"I was the first who condemned the crimes of Sept. 11,  
even  before  it  was  clear  to  many that al-Qaida was  
behind  the  attacks.  There  is  certainly a difference if  
violence  is   used   in  a  blind   terrorist  act  or  if  it  is  
used  in  rebellion  against  a  foreign  occupying  force."
-Der Spiegel, September 2005
 
"It is clear that it is a crime to transform airplanes full of people into rockets and use them to destroy buildings."  
-Der Spiegel, September 2005
 
 
On Homosexuality
"There was a demonstration against me in London because I spoke out against homosexuality. People seem to have forgotten that it wasn't me who came up with this [anti-homosexual] mindset. It's part of God's order spoken of by Moses and even mentioned by Jesus."  
- Der Spiegel, September 2005  
 
On Domestic Abuse
 
"The  man is the head of the  house and of the family.  
He  is entitled to the obedience and cooperation of his  
wife  . . . If   the   husband   senses  that  feelings  of  
disobedience and  rebelliousness are rising against him  
in his wife ... it is permissible for him to beat her lightly  
with his hands."  
-The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam, 1997