Scholar Al Qaradawi admitted to hospital

May 16, 2011

Al Qaradawi

Qatar-based Islamic scholar Yousuf Al Qaradawi has been admitted to a hospital, a local paper has said.

According to Al Sharq, the Egyptian-born religious leader has not been able to deliver the Friday sermon at the Omar Bin Khattab Mosque in Doha.

The newspaper reported that circles close to the scholar are not willing to disclose what health problems he is suffering from.

“He needs absolute calm and people cannot visit him. We want them to pray for him to recover soon and resume his activities,” they said.

Last month, reports claimed that Al Qaradawi had lapsed into coma and was clinically dead.

However, sources close to the religious figure denied the claims, saying that he “had a cold and needed to rest after spending around two hours in the open air to receive condolences on the death of Shaikh Abdul Moez Abdul Sattar,” an Egyptian-born religious figure who was among the first activists within the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Qaradawi, 84, has a programme, Shariah and Life, on Al Jazeera and an online website IslamOnline he helped found in 1997. He has also published more than 80 books.

Al Qaradawi has been involved in most Arab uprisings. He made his first public appearance in Cairo since 1981 after the Egyptian revolution, but rejected claims that he wanted a religious state established in Egypt.

He has also issued a fatwa against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and has been a vociferous critic of Syrian President Bashar Al Asad. He refused to endorse the February and March demonstrations in Bahrain, saying that they were sect-driven.

Some of his views sparked controversies in the West as well as among Shiites who accused him of dividing Muslims. He is banned from entering the US and Britain.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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