Top scholars from Turkey support Al Qaradawi
16 Jun 2017 - 1:50
Istanbul: Leading Muslim scholars from Turkey published a statement yesterday, in support of chairman of the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars Yusuf Al Qaradawi.
"We declare that we are with the Qatari state and scholars like Qaradawi, who are against imperialism. We demand that the irrational action against them ends," the statement said.
It described the treatment which Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas received as unjust.
"Accusing these two distinguished movements [Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas] as terrorists, and counting everyone close to them as enemy, is tantamount to wanting to destroy everyone who thinks of the Ummah and opposes imperialism," the statement said.
"Yusuf Al Qaradawi and other scholars like him are the honour and the conscience of this Ummah," the statement added. It was also stated that US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia became the reason for the blockade against Qatar.
The signature included those by scholars Ahmet Agirakca, Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, Ramazan Kayan, Nureddin Yildiz, Ahmet Tasgetiren and Ali Riza Demircan.
On June 9, a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organisations in Qatar of being “linked to terror”.
Qatar hit back on Friday in a foreign ministry statement which described the accusations as “baseless and slanderous”.