has never made the statements attributed to him by the Telegraph
Mustafa Abdel-Halim, IOL Correspondent
July 14 (IslamOnline.net) - A British Muslim organization said on
Wednesday, July 14, it will sue the Sunday Telegraph for
"falsely attributing" statements to prominent Muslim scholar
Sheikh Yussef Qaradawi.
are seeking avenues and what legal action to take against the paper,
known for its right-wing stands and Islamophobic articles," Anas
Al-Tikriti, the spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB),
told IslamOnline.net over phone from London.
stressed that the MAB wants a "full apology from the paper as
well as resignation of the two writers of the story, published on
Sunday, July 11.
reporters alleged that Qaradawi said that rape victims should be
punished if they have dressed immodestly.
the Telegraph claimed "a panel, headed by Qaradawi"
made the pronouncement in a fatwa published by IslamOnline.net, the
website's officials denied Qaradawi has anything to do with the edict.
simple reading of the
page in question shows that Qaradawi did not write these
statements," said Kamal Badr, who wrote them.
added that the only time Qaradawi was mentioned inside the page was to
cite his encouragement of support for rape victims.
for the British newspaper argument on punishing raped women by laying
the blame on them in some cases, he stressed that his statements,
which were made in response to a relevant question, states in bold
letters that "raped women are not punished in Islam".
added that the phrases reported by the British newspaper were
"taken out of context. This is falsification of the truth,
nothing more nothing less."
reiterated that Islam calls for punishing rapists, adding that to
punish a woman for being raped is part of the "law of the
a fatwa on aborting
a fetus resulting from rape, Sheikh Qaradawi said that "any
woman, who, despite doing her utmost to resist these thugs and their
ilk, is raped is not
guilty of any sin, for the situation is beyond her
even said that "any
Muslim woman who has fallen prey to a rapist will be rewarded for
bearing this calamity with patience, if she seeks Allah’s reward for
the harm that has befallen her.
dismissed the Telegraph story as part of a "smear
campaign" targeting Qaradawi, after a media campaign against the
veteran scholar's visit to London "suffered considerable
demonstrates to us that the right-wing media in attempting to stoke up
the flames of hate against the eminent Muslim scholar have had to
resort to lying to make any sort of case against him," the group
said in a press release.
are thankful that their dodgy journalism has been exposed – the
article wasn’t just ‘sexed up’, it was made up."
said the "Telegraph is well-known Islamophobic
publication. They promote the right-wing statements."
recalled that Lord Conrad, the Telegraph's former shareholder,
and his wife, Barbara Aniel, a columnist in the newspaper before being
accused of abusing her position, were pro-Zionists.
was the speech writer of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon".
Mayor Ken Livingstone had apologized to Qaradawi for the vile campaign
unleashed against him and invited the prominent scholar back to London
behalf of the people of London, I want to apologize to the Sheikh for
the outbreak of xenophobia
and hysteria in some sections of the tabloid press which
demonstrated an underlying ignorance of Islam," he said.
British Muslims, by falsely attributing to Qaradawi statements he
never made the Telegraph would obstruct efforts for their
integration in society.
story has been seized upon by eager figures known for their opposition
to Muslims such as Peter Tatchell, who is not only quoted in the
Telegraph article, but has since repeated the falsehood on BBC’s
is unfair to launch a campaign on a man who was received with a
standing ovation in all the events he attend here and even supported
by the mayor of London," said Soha El-Samman, a resident of
Reading in Berkshire.
she said the response of Muslims to the entire anti-Qaradawi campaign
yielded positive impact.
the failure of attacks on Qaradawi, we feel how strong we are now
while acting as a lobby getting much influence."
others of the two-million Muslim community in Britain hope the lobby
will stand up to the more crucial battle of acceptance in the European
government will support a festival called Islam Expo 2005 that will be
held in London with millions of pounds.
want to remove the tarnished image of Muslims in media and in the
minds of Britons, who suffer lack of knowledge on the religion and its
principles," Zaher Biruui, the director of the political
perspective for studies and consultation organization.
still have a long way to go," he added.