Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Islamic cleric and spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is calling on the U.S. government to wage jihad for Allah in Syria, according to Raymond Ibrahim in an article at FrontPageMagazine.com. Unfortunately, it seems, the Obama administration has accepted the invitation.
The article reports that a video being broadcast on Arabic media outlets is showing Qaradawi thanking the United States, somewhat sarcastically, for supporting the "freedom fighters" in Syria, adding that "Allah willing, your [U.S.] aid will increase."
This "aid" is currently in the form of the U.S. providing only weapons (secretly, of course) to the "moderate" jihadis in Syria, to the frustration of Qaradawi, who wants the United States to do more in the "cause for Allah:"
We want America to take a manly stand — a stand for Allah!
Ibrahim points out that this is solid proof that Qaradawi and the Brotherhood are simply "mercenaries who interpret jihad any which way, so long as it helps them consolidate power." Qaradawi and other Islamic extremists view America as the infidel, so the only explanation for wanting to align with the infidel is by loose and convenient interpretations of Muslim doctrine.
As Ibrahim further notes, the fact that the U.S. has been asked to "stand for Allah" by waging a strike against Syria's President BaBashar Assad, is the same as asking the U.S. to fight "in the cause of Allah."
The classic formulation of the Arabic word jihad, as in "fight," appears in the Koran with the addition fi sabil Allah, that is, "fight in the cause of Allah."
Amazingly, then, Qaradawi employs classical jihadi rhetoric to incite American leadership to action.
A political commentator in Egypt noticed this consonance saying, "Now jihad is being asked of America and to be waged against Muslims."
In an unsettling exposé by Clare Lopez of the Gatestone Institute, the Obama administration has "responded eagerly" to Qaradawi's call for jihad:
The current administration consistently and repeatedly appeared to respond eagerly to the calls for revolution from the Muslim Brotherhood's senior Islamic scholar, Yousef al-Qaradawi. When al-Qaradawi said that Mubarak had to go, the U.S. waited a whole three days before throwing America's key ally in the Middle East for over three decades under the bus. When al-Qaradawi called for Libyan rebels to kill Muammar Qaddafi (so the al-Qa'eda jihadis in his jails could get out and join the revolution), the U.S. led the Western military campaign that brought al-Qa'eda, the MB, and chaos to Libya. And when al-Qaradawi issued a call for jihad in Syria, in early June 2013, the U.S. quickly issued an invitation to Abdullah bin Bayyah (al-Qaradawi's vice president at the International Union of Muslim Scholars), who told an Al-Jazeera reporter that, "We demand Washington take a greater role in [Syria]." It took the U.S. less than one week after al-Qaradawi's fatwa to announce authorization of stepped-up military aid to the al-Qa'eda-and-Brotherhood-dominated Syrian rebels. The White House announcement came just a single day after bin Bayyah met with National Security and other senior administration officials.
In Ibrahim's conclusion, he sees no other interpretation of Qaradawi's rhetoric than the Muslim Brotherhood aligning themselves with America in struggling "in the cause of Allah." And Qaradawi is using this rhetoric to remind Obama of his duty.
But perhaps even more ominous than Obama needing a reminder of his Muslim duty of jihad, is the fact that the president has fundamentally altered the foundations of America, thereby allowing these Islamic extremists to view him as an ally. Lopez eloquently sums up this disturbing reality:
What these policies make painfully obvious that the United States of America has apparently abandoned the core principles of its Founding Fathers and capitulated to the forces of jihad and shariah. The vision of America as "Shining City on a Hill," an exceptional nation whose leaders champion the natural rights of the individual against the liberty crushing oppression of totalitarian theocracy, for the moment at least, has been suborned to a different vision: the vision of an America as a force for harm in the world, that apologizes for its exceptionalism, abandons its friends and allies, emboldens its enemies, and seeks unilateral disarmament so as to better meet its president's desire to be just another "citizen of the world."