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While the West supports the fight for "democracy and freedom" in Middle Eastern nations, influential Muslim clerics describe recent uprisings in the region as Islamic revolutions. Who is right?

Thousands of Egyptians listened to sheik  Qaradawi’s sermon at Tahrir Square where the recent revolution took place. He warned that revolution is not over yet and admonished Egyptians to hold on, proclaiming that it is a “victory of Allah.”          

 Imam Qaradawi is known as one of the leading spiritual leaders in Muslim Brotherhood. In 2009, he called Hitler one of Allah’s tools used to put Jews in their “proper place.” 

 He also linked Egyptian revolution with revolts in Tunisia, as well as Libya, and praised the military in these countries for siding with protesters thus supporting the will of God.Then prayed for the victory in retaking the Al-Aqsa Masque in Jerusalem, so that Muslims could pray there without fear.

 This is nothing short of inciting an open war against Israel. Qaradawi seems to be of one mind with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who also called these revolutionary movements as the victory of Islam.

 Despite explosive nature of this message, western media is strangely silent. It is rather embarrassing to report news like these after reporting Egypt’s revolution as a fight of the people for true democracy. Some even compared it to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.

There seems to be disconnect between the way western media and leaders, and Muslim leaders see the same events.

 If the series of uprisings sweeping the Middle East right now are in fact as Qaradawi claims Islamic revolutions, then it would explain why only the countries with ties to the West are being targeted.

 Unfortunately western politicians lead by U.S. President Barack Obama seem not to recognize it and are making the same mistake over and over again by supporting these revolutions as democratic exercises, while they might be well organized Islamic revolutions.

Their lack of understanding of the way in which  most of Middle Eastern society thinks leads to serious errors in decision making regarding issues in the region. Westerners have a hard time understanding why any people would not want western style freedom and are naive in thinking that given a chance, they would certainly choose it.  Ignoring the influence of religious leaders over the common people.

On the other hand more moderate Arab states like Saudi Arabia almost begged Obama not to be too rash to oust Hosni Mubarak. They have reasons to be nervous.  Being an ally of United States might put them next in line for this kind of rebellion, as all Muslims dealing with America are in the eyes of clerics like Qaradawi the “hypocrites” who must be removed from power by those who are faithful to Allah.

Another Muslim cleric living in U.K , Anjem Choudary, in the interview with CNN openly said that most Muslims do not think like people in Europe or America, and that their goal is to eventually implement the Shariah law in Western countries. He also sees recent Middle East uprisings as Islamic revolutions and if it is so, then the West is making a mistake of historic proportions.     

 

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