CAIRO: Twitter users launched a campaign against Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi under the Arabic hashtag #Qaradawi supports terrorism in Egypt, after he issued a fatwa (religious opinion) that participating in the presidential elections would be sinful.
During a Sunday conference on Jerusalem in Doha, organized by the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Qaradawi said that participating in Egypt’s presidential elections would be considered a sinful action, AFP reported.
He urged Egyptians to boycott the forthcoming presidential elections, saying, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi “deposed the elected president and took power unfairly.”
“Israelis have been happy since he [Sisi] has been in power, [and] we have seen nothing but death and blood since his arrival,” he added.
After he accused presidential frontrunner Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of taking over power, Egyptians and Arab twitter users started using hashtag #Qaradawi supports terrorism in Egypt.
Egyptian Twitter user @AhmedMansour190 tweeted, “Qaradawi calls for a revolution in Egypt, #al-Qaradawi supports terrorism in Egypt.”
UAE citizen @PEP_144 tweeted, “Qaradawi is trying to destabilize Egypt and is calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to fight the Egyptian people, confront him and tweet on this hashtag #Qaradawi supports terrorism in Egypt.”
While @HamadAlblooshi tweeted, “It is not new for Qaradawi to support terrorism in Egypt, it is a clear scheme to sabotage the country … but Egypt’s sons are free soldiers.”
Political figures denounced Qaradawi’s fatwa to boycott the approaching presidential elections, Youm7 reported.
The Egyptian National Movement called on the International Union for Muslim Scholars to “revise” the fatwa issued by Qaradawi, the union’s head.
The secretary general of the movement Hisham al-Haram told Youm7 that Qaradawi was abusing his ability to issue fatwas in order to achieve personal gains.
Furthermore, Islamic expert Hisham al-Nagar, commenting on Qaradawi’s fatwa, said that mixing religion with politics harms the national interest.
Egypt’s presidential elections are scheduled to take place on May 26 and 27. Former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi are the only two candidates running for elections.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Othman and Ahmed Arafa.