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A Reprise on Sheikh al-Qaradawi
It is always interesting to me to see what the supposed "moderates" with whom so many want an "interfaith dialogue" really have to say, in their own words, to their preferred audiences.

Because we are largely unable to grasp the concept of _taqiyya_ or spiritually-sanctioned deception of unbelievers, we always seem shocked when things and people are not what they appear on the Islamist side.

Yet it happens every day. The statements below have appeared, in varying forms, by Sheikh al Qaradawi and others, but I find it useful to remind myself of what we are really dealing with in the case of the Brotherhood and its attempt to straddle two worlds-the West through denial and deception campaigns, and its base of Islamists with a far different message than what we usually hear.

Thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute's TV Monitoring Project, we have the tape and translation of Youseff al Qaradawi,-the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and revered cleric in the Islamist movements-at his most comfortable, speaking on Qatar TV on Feb. 25, 2006.

This is not a marginal man on a speaking to the fringes. His books, sermons and interviews abound on the Brotherhood's official sites. By his own admission, he turned down the Brotherhood's top job , that of chairman. His TV call in shows and televised sermons are extremely popular in the Middle East, as are his online comments.
Let's go to the tape, as it directly relates to the physical, earthly Caliphate and the conflict in the Middle East:

"They must not allow anyone to take a single piece of land away from Islam. That is what we are fighting the Jews for...Our religion commands us, we are fighting in the name of religion, in the name of Islam, which makes this jihad an individual duty in which the entire nation takes part, and whoever is killed in this (Jihad) is a martyr. That is why I ruled that martyrdom operations are permitted, because he commits martyrdom for the sake of Allah and sacrifices his soul for the sake of Allah."

Perhaps those who have written and said it was not clear the Sheikh endorsed suicide bombing would reconsider. And those who seem to deliberately leave him out of their discussion of the Brotherhood do so, it is pretty clear why they do. But that is only the beginning.

Al Qaradawi gets to the heart of the matter in his sermon, Islam and war a little later. Again, to the tape:

"We do not disassociate Islam from war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam. Religion must lead to war. This is the only way we can win."

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