DOHA: With Egyptians heading to the polls today to vote in the first presidential election since Mohamed Mursi was ousted from power last summer, noted Doha-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi has reiterated his call to the Egyptian people to boycott the election.
Addressing the Egyptians in a televised speech yesterday, Qaradawi said it is forbidden for the “free Egyptian people” to “betray the January 25 revolution and its martyrs and hand over power to the killers.”
“It is forbidden to betray your future and your children… Don’t elect someone who betrayed the trust and breached his oath,” said Al Qaradawi, in a veiled reference to Abdul Fattah Al Sisi, who led the military takeover and is poised to win the elections with a huge majority.
“Don’t be part of aggression and crime by electing a man who the Zionists are happy to see in power... This is a historical moment to fight against aggression,” added the scholar.
“I appeal to all Egyptians to sit in their homes tomorrow… The real scholars of Al Azhar are those young men who are resisting the coup,” said Al Qaradawi.
Qaradawi’s appeal has evoked angry reactions from scholars affiliated to Al Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic seminary.