GROZNY - Chechnya's pro-Moscow leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has attacked prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi over his comments calling Russia an enemy of Islam over its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime in targeting peaceful protesters.
Primarily, they [Qaradawi's statements] are directed against the Muslims of Russia, who are citizens of this country, were born here and live here, and who care about their country, Kadyrov said in a statement cited by Interfax news agency on Monday, November 12.
The Russian-backed Chechen President claimed that Qaradawi's words represent an attack on the millions of Russian Muslims.
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Qaradawi's statements had given rise to amazement among the Muslims of Russia, the Chechen leader said.
The Muslims of Russia hope that Qaradawi will once again think about his statement, make a critical assessment of it, and realize the erroneous and destructive character of such statements, Kadyrov said.
And - which particularly important - ask himself who would benefit from representing the Islamic world and Russia as standing in contrast to each other. We call on him to do so.
Controversy erupted earlier in October when al-Qaradawi, the secretary general of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), demanded the Arab countries to impose political and economic boycott Tehran and Moscow due to their support for Damascus.
He also called on pilgrims to pray for toppling Bashar al Assad, elimination of Syrian army, Iran, Hezbollah, China and Russia.
Russia has become the first enemy of Islam and Muslims because it has stood against the Syrian people, al-Qaradawi said.
He pointed out that Syrian regime was killing people with the military aircraft supplied by Russia.
More than 30,000 Syrians have been killed by the weapons supplied by Russia, the prominent scholar added.
He said the stand of Russia and China at the UN Security Council was against the cause of the Syrian people. Yet, Russia went further by supplying the regime with lethal weapons.
Russia and China have repeatedly vetoed Western- and Arab-driven resolutions at the UN Security Council which condemns Bashar Al-Assad regime.
More than 36,000 people have been killed in Syria's 19-month revolution against Assad's regime.
Remaining loyal to Russian leaders, Kadyrov defended Russia's support for Assad regime, defending supply of weapons as a legal trade.
It is not Russia that is supplying weapons and money for the thousands of mercenaries from all over the world who have flooded Syria and are committing daily terrorist attacks, in which the blood of women, old people and children is shed, he said.
If Qaradawi tries to manipulate public opinion in the Islamic world by citing relations between Syria and Russia, he should know that our country has international obligations to that country, which has for many years been its ally, Kadyrov said.
If any weaponsdo find their way into Syria, it is through sales, something that any state would do.
Qaradawi, one of the most influential scholars in the world, is known for his moderate views and is widely respected around the world.
He is also the chairman of the European Council for Fatwa and Research and a trustee of the Oxford University Center for Islamic Studies.
He has published dozens of books, chiefly The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam.
He has vehemently condemned all terrorist attacks in the West, including the 9/11, Madrid and London, as well as the Bali bombing that targeted foreign tourists in Indonesia.
Moreover, he backed Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and has launched a fund-raising effort for the Syrian opposition.
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has described Qaradawi as a "leading progressive Muslim" and likened him to reformist Pope John XXIII.
He praised Qaradawi's staunch support to democracy and efforts to bridge the gap between Islam and the West.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net