Per A. Christiansen overgår seg selv i dagens kommentar i Aftenposten om den norske delegasjonens rundreise i Midtøsten. Den sunni-islamske skriftlærde Yusuf al-Qaradawi betegnes som en fredens mann, som Al Qaida har lagt for hat.
Delegasjonen startet tirsdag med et besøk hos en av den muslimske verdens best kjente teologer, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, opprinnelig egypter, men gjennom flere år bosatt i Qatar. Hans innflytelse over de mer ekstreme muslimene er imidlertid relativt begrenset.
Terrornettverket Al-Qaida og dets støttespillere har lagt ham for hat fordi han konsekvent har fordømt deres terroraksjoner.
Saudi-Arabias religiøse ledelse har vendt ham ryggen fordi han preker fredelig sameksistens med andre religioner og sivilisasjoner. Og andre konservative muslimer misliker hans relativt liberale synspunkter, blant annet når det gjelder kvinnens rolle.
Likevel er det ikke tvil om at Qaradawi har en meget betydelig tilhengerskare i Midtøsten, ikke minst på grunn av sitt faste fjernsynsprogram som kan ses over alt i den arabiske verden.
Sammenlign med hva Wikipedia skriver om Qaradawi og hans standpunkter:
Many secularists have criticized Qaradawi for allegedly using his fatwas and other public statements to advance reactionary beliefs. Qaradawi has supported suicide bombings, and more specifically the killing of Israeli children , as well as of American civilians in Iraq. Critics allege that in his book, The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam, Qaradawi supports the execution of all males who engage in homosexual acts.   He has also stated that he «personally supports» female circumcision, albeit one of the less destructive types of female genital mutilation,  and that Muslims who have turned away from their faith «deserve killing» . Although Qaradawi says that he believes that domestic violence is undesirable, he has supported a husband’s light beating of a difficult wife .
In addition, Qaradawi also made some unequivocal statements about secular democracy: «Secularism may be accepted in a Christian society but it can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.» , and «Since Islam is a comprehensive system of `Ibadah (worship) and Shari`ah (legislation), the acceptance of secularism means abandonment of Shari`ah, a denial of the Divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions.».
In the same line, on the relationship between universal human rights (as laid down by a human vote) and on the shari’ah (as believed to the the exact instructions of Mohammed) he states: «the Shari`ah cannot be amended to conform to changing human values and standards, rather, it is the absolute norm to which all human values and conduct must conform».
These opinions and others have made him a target of many secular groups in the West. Qaradawi has been banned from the United States of America since 1999.
At Christiansen i det hele tatt kan ta ordet «relativt liberal» i sin munn om denne mannen, er ikke til å tro. Qaradawi er 2_kommentarstream. Det er bare det at islamsk 2_kommentarstream er blitt radikalisert og voldelig. Menn som ham spiser ikke gjester som kommer på besøk. Domprost Olav Dag Hauge ante ikke hvem han var, men sa det var en vennlig gammel mann. Jada, og datteren studerer i USA.
At det finnes folk som er enda mer ekstreme, og som synes Qaradawi er soft, forteller bare om at det finnes forskjellige grader av galskap.
Hva slags veiledning gir Qaradawi europeiske muslimer som kommer på besøk, f.eks. fra Norge? Det er ikke sikkert alt som sies er ment for norske ører.
At Christiansen kan få seg til å si at Qaradawi «konsekvent har fordømt deres terroraksjoner», stemmer dårlig med virkeligheten.
«An Israeli woman is not like women in our societies, because she is a soldier.»
«I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an evidence of God’s justice.»
«Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do».
Dette sa han til BBC Newsnight. At det finnes enda mer ytterliggående muslimer, de såkalte salafistene, som betrakter ham som for mild, gjør ham ikke moderat i våre øyne.
I fredagsbønnen 3. februar uttalte han seg om Muhammed-tegningene, og la ikke skjul på hva som er de muslimske ledernes mål i Vesten: lovforbud.
«The nation must rage in anger. It is told that Imam Al-Shafi’ said: ‘Whoever was angered and did not rage is a jackass.’ We are not a nation of jackasses. We are not jackasses for riding, but lions that roar. We are lions that zealously protect their dens, and avenge affronts to their sanctities. We are not a nation of jackasses. We are a nation that should rage for the sake of Allah, His Prophet, and His book. We are the nation of Muhammad, and we must never accept the degradation of our religion.»
«We must rage, and show our rage to the world.»
«The governments must be pressured to demand that the U.N. adopt a clear resolution or law that categorically prohibits affronts to prophets – to the prophets of the Lord and His messengers, to His holy books, and to the religious holy places. This is so that nobody can cause them harm. They enacted such laws in order to protect the Jews and Judaism. Like some Danes have said: ‘We can mock Jesus and his mother.’ They were asked: ‘Can you mock the Jews?’ Here they stopped. The Jews are protected by laws – the laws that protect Semitism, and nobody can say even one word about the number [of victims] in the alleged Holocaust. Nobody can do so, even if he is writing an M.A. or Ph.D. thesis, and discussing it scientifically. Such claims are not acceptable. When Roger Garaudy talked about it, he was sentenced to jail, according to the laws. We want laws protecting the holy places, the prophets, and Allah’s messengers.»
«Stand Up and Prove That You are Muslim, That You Protect This Religion With Zeal»
«Before ending my sermon, I would like to issue several warnings. The first warning is directed at our feeble governments, which are trying to gauge America’s position: Will America be pleased with us or not if we rage about this? They fear the Creator more than they fear His creation [sic], and try to please people more than they try to please Allah. To those feeble governments we say: Take a courageous stand. Stand up and prove that you are Muslim, and that you protect this religion with zeal. We want our governments not to split from their peoples. The masses throughout the Islamic world have made their position clear. They have displayed their rage. The governments must not split away from these masses.»
Europeans’ Silence Over Such Crimes Begets Violence, Generates Terrorism
«The second warning I direct at the Westerners, the Americans, and the Europeans who follow them, who claim to be fighting terrorism, and struggling against violence throughout the world.
«I say to them: Your silence over such crimes, which offend the Prophet of Islam and insult his great nation, is what begets violence, generates terrorism, and makes the terrorists say: Our governments are doing nothing, and we must avenge our Prophet ourselves. This is what creates terrorism and begets violence.»
«We say to those Europeans: We can get by without you, but you cannot get by without us. We can get by without your products. We will buy from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, from the Asian countries. We will say what King Faysal – may he rest in peace – said in 1973, in the days of the petroleum war. He said to them: We can get by without the petrol, and return to our days of yore. We will make do with milk and dates. We will drink the milk of our camels, and eat the dates from our palm trees. King Faysal said this when there was a threat to Arab honor. It is all the more true when there is a threat to our Islamic honor, to our prophets, and our religion.»