Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

The following is copied off wikipedia “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusuf_al-Qaradawi#Non-Muslims” stating Yusuf Al-Qaradawi’s acts, thoughts, and experience regarding non-muslims. See? Islam never taught vioence. We love peace :)

Al-Qaradawi has strongly pressed for dialogue with Non-Muslims. He also puts emphasis on conversations with the West, including Jews, Christians, and secularists. He writes that this effort should differentiate itself from a debate, for the latter does not often result in mutual cooperation. In his book titled Priorities of The Islamic Movement in The Coming Phase, he recounts his experience:
I will never forget what one of the participants, a nationalist Christian, said to me at the lunch table. He said, “We have changed our opinion about you completely”. I asked, “And what was your opinion?” He replied, “that you are a hard-liner and a fanatic”. I said, “Where did you get this idea about me? He answered, “I don’t know, but, frankly, that was our impression about you”. I asked “And now?” He said, “Now we have learned through seeing, hearing, discussion and direct contact what has changed this unfair idea about you completely. We now see you as a man who respects logic, refers to reason and knows how to listen to the other opinion as a man who is not stubborn or adamant, but extremely flexible and tolerant”. What I want to convey by telling this story is that direct contact and reasonable, quiet dialogue that is held on equal footing is in the interest of the Islamic Movement, which stands to gain from it and will lose nothing at all in it.[51]
Regarding the rights and citizenship of non-Muslim minorities, Qaradawi has said:
“those people who live under the protection of an Islamic government enjoy special privileges. They are referred to as “the Protected People” (ahl al-dhimma or dhimmis), meaning that AllahHis Messenger … and the community of Muslims have made a covenant with them that they may live in safety and security under the Islamic government. In modern terminology, dhimmies are “citizens” of the Islamic state. From the earliest period of Islam to the present day, Muslims are in unanimous agreement that they enjoy the same rights and carry the same responsibilities as Muslims themselves, while being free to practice their own faiths.[52]
In his book titled The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam, al-Qaradawi wrote:
Islam does not prohibit Muslims to be kind and generous to peoples of other religions, even if they are idolaters and polytheists, … it looks upon the People of the Book, that is, Jews and Christians, with special regard, whether they reside in a Muslim society or outside it. The Qur’an never addresses them without saying, “O People of the Book” or “O You who have been given the Book,” indicating that they were originally people of a revealed religion. For this reason there exists a relationship of mercy and spiritual kinship between them and the Muslims, all having in common the principles of the one true religion sent by Allah through his prophets …: He has ordained for (the Muslims) the same religion which He enjoined on Noah, and that which We have revealed to thee (Muhammad) and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: that you should establish the faith and make no division in it. (Qur’an 42:13)[53]
In May 2008, al-Qaradawi told visiting Rabbis from Neturei Karta movement,
“T are very close to Muslims.here is no enmity between Muslims and Jews….Jews who believe in the authentic Torah
He also added that relations between Muslims and Jews only became strained with the emergence of Zionism and the establishment ofIsrael.
“Muslims are against the expansionist, oppressive Zionist movement, not the Jews.”

re-blog from Mba Zaf's tumblr

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