Funding ‘coup’ is ‘haram’: Fatwa by a Kuwaiti preacher
Kuwaiti preacher Tareq al-Swidan - YOUM7/Hisham Said

CAIRO: Kuwaiti preacher Tareq al-Swidan issued a fatwa declaring money which goes to “the coup plotters” in Egypt and Libya “haram,”or religiously forbidden, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported Saturday.

Swidan, whose views support the Muslim Brotherhood against what he calls “the July 3 coup,” added “we are innocent from every dinar and dirham go to the coup plotters, because it’s Haram and void.”

The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist group Dec. 25, 2013, and many of its former leaders are currently facing trial for killing protesters and inciting violence.

He added in a conference about the Islamic movements held by the Moroccan Movement Tawhid wa l’Alislah , that “some gulf countries seek to hamper Islamic movements,” the paper reported.

Magdy Qurqur, a prominent leader of the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy, said not all Gulf money is haram, adding but it depends on that where the money will be spent.

If the money were devoted to charity, it will not be haram but it would be haram if it was devoted for “bringing weapons and torture tools to be used against the people to support the coup,” Magdy Qurqur told The Cairo Post, who said the that Qatari money donated during Morsi’s presidency was not haram, since “Morsi did not face the demonstrators with violence.”

Gulf countries, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Emirates announced after the events of June 30 they would grant Egypt $12 billion to bolster foreign reserves and support the faltering economy.

Swidan was the general manager of Resala Channel, which focuses on Islamic teachings, before being removed by channel owner and Saudi businessman Al-Waleed bin Tala, due to Swidan’s opinions on social media which the channel saw as against its policy.

Swidan has almost 3 million followers on Twitter.

The Gulf News website reported June 2 that Saudi Arabia banned the sale of books of the authors affiliated to Muslim Brotherhood; the ban included Swidan and the Saudi thinker Salman al-Odah.


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