Al Jazeera Star: Death to Apostates

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, host of a popular Al Jazeera television show and a highly influential Islamic cleric with a long history of poisonous views toward women, homosexuals and Jews, has now sanctioned the killing of those who leave Islam.

The 86-year-old Egyptian-born cleric, who has been called the spiritual and intellectual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, aired his enlightened views on the deadly Islamic punishment for apostates on a recent broadcast of Shariah and Life — his long-running program that enjoys an estimated worldwide audience of 60 million viewers.

Qaradawi addressed his Al Jazeera viewers, quoting from a series of Koranic verses and hadiths, which read in part, “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle is that they should be murdered or crucified…Kill whomever changes his faith [from Islam]…”

Moreover, according to Qaradawi, Islam’s diligent use of executing apostates had served to ensure Islam’s survival since the 15th century, telling viewers that “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

Unfortunately, Qaradawi’s on-air fatwa carries some considerable weight given his standing as one of the most influential Sunni Muslim clerics in the world, prominence gained as host of Shariah and Life, founder of the popular website IslamOnline and author of over 100 books on Islam.

Yet, while Qaradawi has studiously over the years tried to posit himself as the tolerant face of Islam, his efforts have been belied by his long-standing endorsement of, among other things, wife beating, Palestinian suicide bombers, and the killing of homosexuals and Jews.

For starters Qaradawi believes it acceptable under Islam to punish disobedient wives by using them as human speed bags, having once said that while beating a wife is “neither obligatory nor desirable” it is “acceptable as a method of last resort – though only lightly.”

For those who may be unclear as to what Qaradawi defines as “lightly,” one can reference his 1984 book, The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam, in which he wrote “a husband may beat his wife lightly with his hands, avoiding her face and other sensitive areas.”

While Qaradawi sees being cuffed around as the Islamic price a woman pays for being disobedient to her spouse, he also believes being raped is the Islamic price a woman pays for being immodestly dressed.

That enlightened view was offered by Qaradaw in 2004 when he was asked if raped women were punished under Islam, to which he opined:

“To be absolved from guilt, the raped woman must have shown some sort of good conduct,” adding, “Since Islam addresses women to maintain their modesty, as not to open the door for evil… for a rape victim to be absolved from guilt, she must not be the one that opens… her dignity for deflowering.”

While Qaradawi may eye beatings and rape as acceptable Islamic consequences for improper feminine behavior, his views on the consequences for being a homosexual or a Jew are far more deadly.

In 2004 Qaradawi wrote a fatwa on IslamOnline that offered burning or stoning as an acceptable punishment for those who practice homosexuality, adding, “While such punishments may seem cruel, they have been suggested to maintain the purity of the Islamic society and to keep it clean of perverted elements.”

Not surprisingly, Qaradawi holds Jews in the same esteem, views he clearly expressed on Al-Jazeera in 2009 during the Gaza when he said: “Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them…Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.”

If Allah isn’t available to kill the Jews, Qaradawi has endorsed utilizing suicide bombers to accomplish the task, a position he expressed in a 2005 BBC interview in which he said:

Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have, and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs, as Palestinians do…I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an evidence of God’s justice.

In fact, Qaradawi’s fondness for suicide bombing includes utilizing women as human projectiles, a position he articulated in a 2004 fatwa posted on his IslamOnline website, in which he wrote: “The committed Muslim women in Palestine have the right to participate and have their own role in jihad and to attain martyrdom.”

Though Qaradawi’s theological viewpoints may be par for the Islamic course, his disturbing message offers a small glimpse into the type of hate-filled programming that may become standard viewing fare for Americans when Al Jazeera America begins broadcasting into the United States this summer.

That unnerving prospect became a looming reality in January when Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt engineered the sale of the leftist American news channel to the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera news channel for a reported $500 million.

For their part, Gore and Hyatt had rejected earlier offers from conservative Glenn Beck to buy Current TV because reportedly they felt who “the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.”

Of course, that should come as little surprise to those few who have watched the rogue’s gallery of leftist ideologues, crackpot entertainers and ex-Democratic politicians who have populated the airwaves of Current TV, luminaries such as Keith Olbermann, Joy Behar, Eliot Spitzer, and Jennifer Granholm.

Nevertheless, Hyatt and Gore did manage to find an ideological soul mate in the Al Jazeera news channel, an attraction, according to Hyatt, which rested on the fact that “Al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current.”

That compatibility aside, for now it remains unclear if Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi will be accepted as part Al Jazeera America’s future on-air talent pool. What is far more certain, however, is that his hate-filled message would be more than welcome.

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    Am I happy that Al Gorezerra was a commercial and critical failure?

    You bet.

    • Mary Sue

      Let us wish for Al-jizzera to suffer the same fate.

  • AdinaK

    WITHOUT a scintilla of a doubt, the bombastic cleric is telling the truth. In fact, all his exhortations are backed up by Sharia Law & this is beyond dispute. In fact, when Osama Bin-Laden "justified" his 9/11/01 slaughter, under the banner of Islam, he too was theologically correct.

    Dear readers, it is what it is, therefore, you need to understand the underpinnings. No time to lose.

    In this regard, being a broken record is a good thing, for as long as it takes for westerners to catch up to speed.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Joseph E

    And they that jihadists are a fringe element !!! Well look at Muslims Leaders statements . It is compatible with the Eurabia & the AmerIslamia leaders, supremacists, antisemites & antizionists feels

    • Joseph E

      Oooops! the word " say" as in And they say … didn't appear . sorry folks !

  • logdon

    'Kill whomever changes his faith [from Islam]…'

    So getting this straight, Obama was born the son of a Muslim, received an early education in a madrassa and then was baptised at Holy Trinity.

    Seems to fit Qaradawi's profile.

  • WhateverMan

    So he is not a secret Muslim?

    • Mary Sue


      • WhateverMan

        The Pope.

  • WhateverMan

    Adina's friends, in their own words:

  • Raymond in DC

    "Al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current." So Current was founded to advance the interests of Qatar?

  • JacksonPearson

    "The 86-year-old Egyptian-born cleric, who has been called the spiritual and intellectual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, aired his enlightened views on the deadly Islamic punishment for apostates on a recent broadcast of Shariah and Life — his long-running program that enjoys an estimated worldwide audience of 60 million viewers."

    Explains Egypt's new president Morsi statement of:
    "The Koran is Our Constitution, the Prophet is Our Leader, Jihad is Our Path, and Death in the Name of Allah is Our Goal."

  • midnighteye

    I hope he gets right up there on television and spews it all out in the open, where all can see it and none can deny it with calls of "Islamophobia." Perhaps fatty Gore will have done the country a great service after all.

  • Denis

    Just a thought. Every time a fatwa is issued by an imam, he is calling for some form of violence against a person. Many times he issues a call for death of an individual such as is the fatwa against Rushdie, for his book the "Santanic Verses' or this Imam calling for the beating of women. Perhaps declaring the issuing of a fatwa a HATE CRIME, we could then sanction the arrest or more against the person who issued the fatwa. In reality the declaring of a fatwa is a crime against humanity and needs to be addressed as a crime by court of law in the civilized world.

  • esperanto

    "The Best Book in Slovenian Literature,”Alamut”(1938),by Vladimir Bartol,is about the Assasins,the Second Terrorist Group in Islam’s History"

    "Another Case of Not Practicing what You Preach by Allah in the Koran,the Case of the Golden Mean in the Koran"

  • pinnie

    Al Gore can be considered an Enemy of the State along with the slobs in DC….Al Jazzzeeeeeeera will be broadcasting and has broad cast filth and Murderous statements… terrorists threats.Period..A call to arms …Nasty jailable offenses..under normal circumstances……Oh wait thats the *N word …. im sorry!!

  • TimN

    At the beginning of WWII George Marshall called on Frank Capra to produce some films explaining to the public what the war was about. Capra protested that he'd had no experience producing documentaries. Marshall replied "I've had no experience being cheif of staff. Thousands of boys have had no experience getting their legs shot off." At that Capra agreed to make the films. He pondered it for a while and then decided the best approach was to let the enemy speak for himself in his own words. The result was the "Why we fight" series, which showcased Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo et al speaking their own ideas in their own words. Powerful stuff, and very effective. It showed these people for the monsters they were.

    For me, my opinion of Islam was formed not by Fox news (which I scarecly watch) or for that matter FPM. My opinions were formed by reading the Arab News, and the videos and articles on MEMRI and other sources which directly showed them in their own words.

    Let Al-Jazeera play away. Let's let them have their own words and let the anti-"Islamophobes" explain the bile that comes from practitioners, leaders, camp followers, and adherents of the "religion of peace".

  • rob

    In case you haven't heard my song called 'Taqiyya Dance', which I wrote to help expose islam for what it is, here it is:

  • jerome

    What good bedfellows al gore and al jazeera make!
    Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is obviously invisible to the
    left wing squawkers , his pronouncement making no more of a dent
    on their ears than a mosquito flying into a boeing 787.
    With all the grammar excluded and expunged from the whitehouse lexicon that may vaguely
    hint at terrorism or insurgents or threats to security, the mainly left wing democrats are content to bask in the mistaken belief that they are now safe and inured from terrorism , because it just does not exist
    any more!
    Like ostriches these folk have their heads buried in the sand and they uselessly scratch each others backs
    while aiding and abetting the enemies of the state and western civilization to impose their will by means of quiet infiltration and jihad that is creeping up around us like moss on a west coast tree bole.

  • Suzanne

    The SOB admits openly that if it weren't for the death penalty for people choosing to leave Islam, Islam would no longer exist. So much for a "religion" standing on its own merit.

  • dave1543

    These people have to be the biggest morons on the planet. Muhammad, death and hell be upon him.


      dave1543 AKBAR!

  • Elsa_is_Elsa

    I was especially interested in al-Qaradawi's statement, that death to apostates is required for the survival of Islam – or the religion would have died with the founder. This message has gone a tiny bit viral on Facebook. I did an image for this, and so far there have been over 27,000 views of the post. I've kept it the top post here:

  • Elsa_is_Elsa

    By the way, if you want to watch the video where Qaradawi says that Islam only exists because there's a death penalty for leaving it, you can see it here:….

    • MFE

      I think you're distorting what Qaradawi meant. I watched the video. He was almost certainly referring to the wars fought by Abu Bakr (the first caliph after the death of the Prophet) against those in the Arabian peninsula who refused to pay Zakat (the mandatory charity/tax for the poor taken from Muslims). These were the "ridda wars," ridda being translated these days as apostasy. But it was more than just leaving their faith for these tribes, It was essentially treason and rebellion, and the early Muslim caliphate was not going to allow its dissolution. Had that happened, the Muslims would have been vulnerable, and tribal warfare (or foreign invasion by other empires) would have been their lot and may have destroyed them. So yes, fighting these "apostate" forces kept the Muslim community intact and allowed it to go on and become what it became over history.
      He did NOT mean that Muslims today are only Muslim because they fear being killed. That's silly.