Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential religious thinkers in the Sunni Muslim world, has died. Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian residing in Qatar, was the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars as well as the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. He was 96 years old at the time.
His death was revealed on his official Twitter account on Monday. Al-Qaradawi, who used to appear regularly on Al Jazeera Arabic to address religious issues, was a harsh critic of the 2013 coup that deposed Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Morsi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood before becoming president, and the movement supported him. Due to his opposition to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Al-Qaradawi was unable to return to Egypt following Morsi’s fall. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was formed in Egypt and has affiliates throughout the region, played a significant role in the 2011 protests that shook the Middle East and resulted in huge rallies in multiple nations. In Egypt, Al-Qaradawi was tried and sentenced to death in absentia.
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