Jihadist caliphate violates Shariah: Qaradawi

 06 Jul 2014 - 5:30


DOHA: Prominent Sunni Muslim scholar Yousuf Al Qaradawi yesterday said that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by jihadists fighting the governments in Syria and Iraq violated Shariah law.
“We look forward to the coming, as soon as possible, of the caliphate,” Qaradawi said, of the form of pan-Muslim government last seen under the Ottoman Empire.
The influential cleric said the declaration and nomination of Baghdadi by a jihadist group “known for its atrocities and radical views” fail to meet strict conditions dictated by Shariah.
The title of caliph, he said, can “only be given by the entire Muslim nation”, not by a single group.