Doha: Top Scholar Slams Attacks on Christians in Muslim Countries

Doha, Jan 23 (Gulf Times) : Prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi yesterday denounced the recent violent attacks against Christians in Muslim countries, saying that most of these attacks were mainly due to “ignorance rather than intolerance” on the part of Muslims.

In his Friday sermon, Sheikh Qaradawi said Muslims should show respect to followers of other faiths since the “different religions” of the world were part of God’s will.

Qaradawi, who is the head of the Dublin-based International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), also lamented some Muslims’ ignorance of Islam.

He said Muslims are forbidden to have any prejudice against followers of other religions.
“According to the Qur’an, Muslims should not depart from justice even with those who hate them or to whom Muslims have aversion,” Qaradawi told a congregation at the Omar bin al-Khattab Mosque at Khalifa South town.

“No Muslim has the right to decide the result of the differences between the world’s religions. These differences would be only decided by Allah on the Doomsday as stated by the Qur’an,” he said.

The scholar, who is also the president of the European Fatwa Council, urged Muslims to help promote a culture of tolerance in the world, saying that dignity was bestowed by the Qur’an on all humans irrespective of their religious affiliations.

“In both the first and the last verse of the Holy Qur’an, Allah was mentioned as the God of all people irrespective of their faiths,” he added.

Giving an example of the tolerance of Islam, he referred to a Hadith which tells of Prophet Muhammad standing up for a funeral procession of a Jew to show respect.
“When the Prophet’s companions wondered how he stood up for a Jew’s funeral, he responded that it was for a human being. This Hadith was documented by both al-Bukhari and Muslim. It is not a fairy tale,” he said. 

Referring to the recent killing of six Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt, Qaradawi branded the accused as a “thug”.

“The man who attacked Christians was motivated by revenge rather than religion since revenge is a deeply rooted tradition both among Muslims and Christians,” the scholar added. “It is not true that brotherhood is only between the faithful of the same religion. It can also exist between those of the same country as is the case with Egyptian Christians who are part of the country’s original people.”

On January 6, the eve of Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, six Copts and a Muslim policeman were gunned down in front of a church.

Qaradawi also criticised the arson attacks by Muslims on churches in Malaysia, which were prompted by a controversy over the use of the Arabic word Allah by Christians.
“Allah is the God of all people on earth. Muslims are not fanatics but sometimes ignorance of the real Islam leads them to be so,” he added.

About the sectarian violence in Nigeria, he blamed it on “inter-class conflicts”, saying that it was more of a revolution by the poor against the rich rather than religious strife.


Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Barbara Bayer, Muscat, Oman

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    One Earth, one Sun, one Moon, Stars are millions… This one Sun shines over all the earth, while the moon lights up the night and dispels darkness, be it at a different time at different places. What happens if, like we humans fight and shed blood in the name of religion and claim territories, God too does the same. What if God stopped the Sun from shining and giving the world it’s warmth, the moon from lighting up the night skies, electricity fails and the most important of all, the AIR every living being’s vital need for survival was stopped? We spend so much time in destructive thinking, but not constructive. The world is in need of more people Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi to convey this message of peace and unity among nations. If God tolerates our misdeeds, weaknesses and wrong doings forgives us of all our iniquities, who are we to be accusing, hating, killing and despise brethren of God’s own creation. Who gives the permission to do so? Today a world in total chaos & turmoil lacks one thing in common irrespective of any religion – LOVE & PEACE. Let us wake up, realise our mistakes, our blunders and foolishness’ before God wakes up and thunders – It will not be just Haiti alone, many more will be shaken up world over…

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Jan 24 2010

    As Mr. Shahnawaz Kukkikatte has mentioned, may I request to the Editor to keep this article for a long time. Only a few of the readers might be commenting but thousands of people are active participants in such topics like religion. Peace is a creative force, whereas fight is a destrucive force. I pray that God may bring greater peace in the hearts of the Daijiworld readers through peaceful interactions. We live in an age of social and religious turmoil, and the most precious commodity is "peace".

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Jan 24 2010

    Let God raise more people like Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi to proclaim the message of peace and unity. Abraham is the great Patriarch of the Jews, Muslims and Christians. Also the virgin birth of Jesus, and many of the Prophets and Apostles are clearly mentioned in the Holy book of the Muslim brethren. How they can kill and burn each other? These radicals never have seen a copy of The QURAN and simply listen to the firey and radical rhetoric from some perverted people, and simply destory other people's houses of worship. " Religion is nothing else but love for God and man" Ibid. " Common men talk bagfuls of religion but act not a grain of it, while the wise man speaks little, but his whole life is a relgion acted out" Ramakrishna. " Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for" Sir George Savile, Lord Halifax:

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Usman, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 23 2010

    First of all we are all Human beings...............forget about religion.If your christian/Muslim or Hindu what's the difference it will make...........Only nature is the god.......Respect will protect you.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

    Sat, Jan 23 2010

    My sincere respect and thanks to Sheikh Qaradawi. I do admire his sermon and it is for the entire Religions of the world to take his very valuable advise. As he rightly mentioned we must not give any chance for "interclass conflicts" thereby the beautiful world can be a place of Peace and Harmony. Let us not be ignorant but remain united as worthy human beings. Long live Sheikh Qaradawi and Allah Bless him Abundantly.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Sat, Jan 23 2010

    This is true and original message of Islam. Oh fanatic muslims and terror promoters and haters of other faiths, please read Quran and its message. Islam preaches peace and co existance. Tolerance and respect for the followers of other faiths is essence of Islam. Ignorant mullas who give fatwas must take lesson from Mr Qardawi, who is one of the famous Islamic scholars of present day. Muslims also must love and respect their country and the land they are living. Patriotism is part of Islam. I request Daiji not to take away this article so soon. Leave it for some time so that comments and counter comments can prevail.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 23 2010

    Many more moderates need to come forward with these statements, to uphold the human dignity for all human beings. Hindu scholars need to come forward when their brethren are attacked for following different religons in India as well.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title: Doha: Top Scholar Slams Attacks on Christians in Muslim Countries

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.