I highly recommend readers check out Mr Egypt’s post on Qaradawi. I write an introduction here because we have major copy and paste issues with Mr Egypt’s computer and I didn’t want to risk making it worse.
One of the things I wanted more of when reading about the Qaradawi case was the Islamic background and motives, meaning serious religious context from someone who is a Sunni Muslim. I saw very little of this in the English or Arabic press, So MediaShack turns to Mr. Egypt for some explanation. Mark my words, in a decade or so, Mr Egypt will be as well known to MediaShack readers as Fahmy Huwedi or Dia Rashwan. The coverage in the Arabic press focused on whether Qaradawi should have made these comments or whether they will create disunity between Shias and Sunnis. Noone seemed interested in explaining “why did he do it?” The second to last paragraph is the best analysis of what is driving Qaradawi’s comments that I’ve seen written in English or Arabic.
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