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LIBYA: Popular TV cleric issues fatwa against Kadafi

Picture 26 Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, issued a fatwa on live television (Arabic link) Monday night urging the Libyan army to kill the country's embattled leader, Moammar Kadafi.

"It is not heroism to fight your people and to hit them with missiles," Qaradawi said in an interview with Al Jazeera, which also hosts his popular show, "Sharia and Life."

Libyan security forces waged a fierce attack on demonstrators in the two major cities of Tripoli and Benghazi on Monday, with many reports that the regime had ordered air strikes against protesters.

Those assertions were bolstered by news that two Libyan fighter jets had landed in Malta on Monday and that the pilots were seeking asylum after refusing orders to bomb demonstrators who had taken control of Benghazi, according to the Times of Malta.

"I say to my brothers and sons who are soldiers and officers in the Libyan Army to disobey when [the government] gives orders to kill the people using warplanes," the cleric said. "I now issue a fatwa urging officers and soldiers who can to kill Moammar Kadafi."

"Shoot him down and relieve the people and the country of his burden," he added. "This man wants to annihilate the people."

--Meris Lutz in Beirut

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@Asma: How is that so horrible? The man's killed over 7000 of his own people to date, and arresting him doesn't seem to be a viable option.

Islam, the religion of peace eh? Nice to see Islam is still stuck in the Crusades era

this is horrible.. How can one person issue a decree to murder some one..any one like this.. this is media terrorism where media assists such heinous crimes..They should have thrown this guy out of studio for issuing such irresponsible remark. If we do not stand up against tyranny of all sorts something would bite us in the butt sooner or later.


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