Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a theologian known as “the spiritual head” of the Muslim Brotherhood, returned to Cairo’s Freedom Square to lead Friday’s prayers today. The Brotherhood is portraying his celebrated return as only natural, given “his role in mobilizing support for the Egyptian revolution.”
Qaradawi has a controversial history in Boston. He was nominated to be an original trustee of New England’s largest mosque, despite his radical teachings of hatred for Jews, women and gays.
Qaradawi preaches that the Holocaust was a “divine punishment of the Jews.” He publicly prayed for the opportunity to personally kill a Jew, even in a wheelchair: “I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah.” On videotape, Qaradawi has said that homosexuals should be killed. When he was a trustee of the Boston mosque, its website featured teachings on how to beat one’s wife.
In 1999, President Clinton barred Qaradawi from the United States. Unable to bring him to the United States, the Boston mosque featured a video address by Qaradawi at a major fundraiser for its construction at the Boston Sheraton.
Since then Qaradawi has preached that Muslims should acquire nuclear weapons “to terrorize their enemies,” and ruled that Muslims are permitted to kill Israeli women because they serve in the army.
While the leaders of the Boston mosque deny that Qaradawi continues to have any relationship with the mosque, he is in fact a leader of a major subsidiary of the Muslim American Society (MAS) – the organization that runs the mosque. Qaradawi heads the Islamic American University, which the MAS claims is one of its most important projects and which offers classes at the Boston mosque. The relationship between MAS and Qaradawi is not surprising, given that federal prosecutors have labeled the MAS as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
“Considering the relationship between New England’s biggest mosque and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, it would seem that the nation’s concern over this extremist group should extend from Cairo to the Hub”, said Dr. Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance.