Nov 05 2018

West plotting against Turkey's rise: Qaradawi


Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has accused the West of plotting against Turkey to derail its advancement.

“Turkey is facing plots by those who don’t like to see this nation [rising] and by the West,” the 92-year-old spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood told the opening session of the International Union for Muslim Scholars' (IUMS) general assembly in Istanbul on Saturday.

“They would have succeeded but for Allah’s support for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his brothers."

Al-Qaradawi, who has lived in Qatar for decades, went on to praise Turkey under Erdoğan's leadership and comment on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

“Khashoggi said he was not an opposition figure, but [the Saudis] didn’t accept that and killed him,” he said. “Khashoggi was afraid to be jailed when he entered the consulate, but he did not think that there were people who would kill him -- but they indeed killed him."