Leading Sunni cleric says in fatwa Egyptians should back Mursi

RIYADH Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:14pm EDT

Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012.

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RIYADH (Reuters) - Egyptians should support ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military should withdraw from the political scene, leading Qatar-based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi said in a religious edict, or fatwa, on Saturday.

The Egyptian-born Qaradawi, one of the most prominent Sunni clerics in the Middle East, said the military's intervention to depose Mursi on Wednesday was against democracy and the constitution.

He added that many scholars from Cairo's al-Azhar Islamic university, the country's pre-eminent Muslim institution, agreed with him.

(Reporting By Angus McDowall and Amena Bakr; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Burns0011 wrote:
And this is why religion and politics should not mix.

Religious leaders should shut up when it comes to politics and stick to religious teaching.

If a cleric or priest believes his way is correct, then he should trust those who agree with him to follow WITHOUT needing explicit direction.

Jul 06, 2013 2:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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