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Published on Feb 5, 2013
Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian-born fundamentalist cleric and a prominent leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Ikhwan was suppressed by the Egyptian establishment for decades, so Sheikh Qaradawi lived in exile in Qatar for almost fifty years, until February 2011, when the Arab Spring enabled him to return to Egypt in triumph.
In the interview above, Mr. al-Qaradawi not only acknowledges that Islam prescribes the death penalty for apostasy, but that if it weren't for this little nicety of Islamic law, Islam could not have survived as an ideology. Unfortunately, since the interview was conducted in Arabic, you won't be seeing this issue raised in the American MSM anytime soon.
By the way, while Muslims who present their religion as peaceful abound throughout dar al-harb ("house of war" - non-islamic lands), they are nearly non-existent in dar al-Islam (islamic lands). A Muslim apostate once suggested a litmus test for Westerners who believe that Islam is a religion of "peace" and "tolerance": try making that point on a street corner in Ramallah, or Riyadh, or Islamabad, or anywhere in the Muslim world. He assured me you wouldn't live five minutes.
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