An Israeli NGO is reporting that the International Union of Muslim Scholars has posted a proposed Friday sermon on the topic of Jerusalem that included incitement to violence, jihad, and self-sacrifice. According to the MEMRI report:
May 10, 2021 Praising the “heroic jihad operations” of the “jihad fighters in Palestine,” as well as the young Palestinians who are “deployed on the battlefront” in Jerusalem, the sermon states that “the Muslims’ foremost duty is to wage jihad by sacrificing their souls” for Al-Aqsa. It adds that whoever is unable to come to the battlefront himself must help the jihad fighters with money, and thus “illuminate Al-Aqsa,” just as the Palestinians who are deployed on the front illuminate it with their blood and their souls.
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Founded in 2004, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) is an international body of Muslim theologians based in Doha, Qatar, whose leadership is closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). Until recently, it was led by GMB spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi. Several prominent European Muslim faith leaders tied to the GMB were IUMS members and/or have served as IUMS Trustees, including former Oxford University Islamic Studies professor Tariq Ramadan and Ahmed Jaballah, a senior leader in the French and Global Muslim Brotherhood. Other Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on the IUMS has included:
- In December 2020, the IUMS encouraged a boycott of French products, dedicating a special online seminar to this issue.
- In March 2021, IUMS leader Ali Al-Qaradaghi sent an open letter to the French Minister for Citizenship, calling homosexuality an “aggression” against human nature and denouncing the Minister’s request for mosque imams to recognize the right to same-sex marriage in their sermons.
- In April 2021, GIOR reported that the IUMS had called on the French government to stop interfering with the “privacy of Islam,” rejecting a new French Charter of Republican Values aiming to curtail foreign influence over Muslim groups and mosques.