Shaykh al-Qaradawi Doubts Muslim Involvement in Alexandria Church Bombing; Points to Unnamed "Foreign Hand"

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Translated from the original Arabic by Al Mutarjim


On January 2, 2011, Yusuf al-Qardawi, President of World Union of Muslim Scholars, joined other Islamic leaders in condemning the attacks, and also in pointing the finger of blame at an unknown foreign hand. He did not go so far as to say that the Zionists were behind it, but he did say that it did not make sense for a Muslim to be behind it. It is also interesting to note that the Muslim Brotherhood's official English-language website has a story on al-Qaradawi's comments, but in their translation they leave out al-Qaradawi's statement about how he does not think a Muslim was behind it.

...He pointed to the possibility of a foreign hand being behind the attack, with the purpose of igniting sectarian strife in Egypt, stating: "I fear that there may be a foreign hand behind this action, for it does not make sense for an Egyptian or a Muslim to be behind it. Perhaps a foreign hand is attempting to ignite sectarian strife...