Muslim scholar denounces US-led coalition

Scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi has criticised Washington's role in the campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.

Muslim scholar denounces US-led coalition

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.

An armed group Gulf Arab states pledged to fight at a meeting on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Qaradawi criticised Washington's planned campaign against it.

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.

Eventually the three states recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in March, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others' affairs. Qatar denies the charge.

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.

Qatar and Turkey were the only regional countries to back the Brotherhood after Egypt's army toppled elected President Mohamed Mursi last year after mass protests against his rule.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Eylül 2014, 15:47

Muhammed Öylek