In a move eerily reminiscent of Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran after the 1979 revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood’s internationally influential spiritual director Sheik Qaradawi plans to return to Egypt and preach in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the Friday prayer service tomorrow. Qaradawi is banned from the U.S. He lives in Qatar, where he has a weekly al-Jazeera television broadcast on sharia. He is infamous for calling on Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons “to terrorize their enemies,” issuing fatwas stating that “blows are not effective with every woman, but they are helpful with some,” and asserting “the right of Palestinian women to blow themselves up.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism has the story and the analysis.
by Nina Shea