Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Al-Qaradawi Calls for an End to Capitalism

Replace Capitalism with Islamic Financial System, says Qaradawi

(as if there was just one view of what an "Islamic" system is)

Agence France-Presse [October 13, 2008]

DOHA: Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi said on Sunday.

"The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up," said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric. "The Western system has collapsed and we have a complete economic philosophy as well as spiritual strength," he said at Sunday's opening of a conference on Jerusalem.

"All riches are ours... the Islamic nation has all or nearly all the oil and we have an economic philosophy that no one else has," Qaradawi said.

He urged Muslims to "profit from the crisis to bring about the triumph of the (Islamic) nation, which holds the spiritual and material resources for victory."

The sixth conference on Jerusalem is being attended by around 300 people representing political parties as well as Muslim and Christian NGOs, from various countries. It is staged by Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Institution, which is dedicated to the conservation of the holy city and its sacred places. Participants include Khaled Meshaal, exiled head of the Palestinian movement Hamas, and Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khamenei. [He's not just a "spiritual" leader, he is the supreme religious "guide" who has immense political power, supposedly justified under Twelver Shi'i "religious" traditions, as envisioned by the late Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ruhullah Khumayni.]

The three-day conference will look at ways of protecting Jerusalem and its holy sites, which participants believe are threatened by Israel.

Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is a leading Sunni religious scholar from Egypt who resides permanently in the Arab Gulf state of Qatar. He was jailed several times in Egypt for his ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, a widespread socio-political movement that is banned by the authoritarian government of President M. Hosni Mubarak. Al-Qaradawi is both widely published and popular, frequent commentator on Arabic-language television. The Al-Jazeera Television program Shari'a wa'l Hayah ("Islamic Law and Life") is a popular, regular program on which he appears. Once a proponent of dialogue between different Muslim groups, al-Qaradawi recently stirred up controversy when he called Shi'i Muslims "heretics" who were "infiltrating" Sunni countries, a charge similar to those of some Sunni Muslim takfiris, or those who proclaim other Muslims with whom they do not agree theologically apostates or non-Muslims.

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