World Bulletin/News Desk
The chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars has spoken out against the U.S.-led coalition of nearly 40 countries against the ISIL.
Academic Yusuf al-Qaradawi commented: "I have completely different ideas and methods from IS. On the other hand, I do not accept the United States action to fight against them because the US follows its own interests, not Islamic values."
The comments were written in Arabic on Sunday on al-Qaradawi's Twitter account.
A group of nations, including 10 Arab states, have agreed to form a coalition to tackle IS in Iraq and Syria.
Qaradawi's outspoken support for Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood earlier this year contributed to an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Qatar and several of its Gulf Arab allies, who consider the movement a security threat.
Gulf Arab states have been unhappy with Doha for sheltering Qaradawi and for giving him air time on its pan-Arab satellite and state television channels. His religious shows on Al Jazeera television have been watched by millions.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain were especially angry over Qatar's support for the Brotherhood, whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule that dominates the Gulf.
In a sign that that pressure may be having some effect, the Brotherhood said on Saturday that Qatar had asked seven senior Brotherhood figures to leave the country.
Qatari officials were not immediately available for comment.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Eylül 2014, 15:47