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Qaradawi, controversial cleric and darling of Qatar

By AFP DOHA: Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has been refused a visa to France, shot to pan-Arab fame through Al-Jazeera television and has been a major supporter of the Arab uprisings. Accused in France of being anti-Semitic, the Egypt-born cleric threw his weight behind the NATO-led war on the regime of Moamar Qaddafi, …


Sarkozy says influential Muslim cleric not welcome in France

By AFP PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that influential Qatar-based Sunni Muslim cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France. Egyptian-born Qaradawi, 86, has been invited to visit next month by the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF). “I told the emir of Qatar himself that this gentleman was not welcome in the …


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