Scholar with a streetwise touch defies expectations and stereotypes

“Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, as respectful supporters address him, is a complex, international figure, whose religious pronouncements address the dilemmas confronting Muslims in the modern world. To many in the Middle East, the 77-year-old scholar is recognised more for having spoken out in condemnation of al-Qaida’s indiscriminate massacres than for supporting suicide bombers in Israel. He does not fit into the common stereotype of fundamentalist, militant preacher.”

The truth about Dr al-Qaradawi starts to get through.

Guardian, 9 July 2004