Very few Christians really know what Islam is about. In fact, like most Christians concerning their own faith, most Muslims have only a limited understanding about their own branches of Islam. The zealots among both faiths know a great deal about a limited understanding of their own faiths. Nowadays, many headlines come from the zealots among us.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a highly organized group of Sunni Muslims. Sunni, followed by Shi’a, are the largest groups within Islam. Like zealous fundamentalist militant Christians, jihadist Muslims are fervent and certain. Their beliefs are the only understandings permitted.
Here is the beginning of an article from Germany’s Der Speigel news outlet. You can access the rest of it on Der Speigel.
Islam’s spiritual ‘Dear Abby’: The Voice of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – Der Speigel News International.
He is a hypermarket of dogma, dispensing advice on subjects ranging from mother’s milk to suicide bombing. But few have as much influence on Sunni Muslims as the Muslim televangelist Youssef al-Qaradawi. He says what the Muslim Brotherhood in Egpyt thinks — and he provides clues to how they might act.
This man is a word machine, a one-man talk show that leaves no subject unexamined. Youssef al-Qaradawi has to talk: about former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, about mothers’ milk banks, and about the right of Palestinian women to blow themselves up.
He is a driven man. There are so many decisions to be made in this godforsaken modern age, and yet there is only one mufti, only one Islamic scholar like Qaradawi, who knew the Koran by heart by the time he was 10, only one man who can help the faithful understand the world.
The Islamist group asked Qaradawi to be their leader in 2002, but he turned them down. Such a position would have been too limiting. He has a different mission. He feels compelled to talk.
The Al-Jazeera television network has been broadcasting Qaradawi’s program “Shariah and Life” every Sunday for the past 15 years. Some 60 million Muslims watch him as he talks imploringly about the genocide in Gaza or the unique dangers of female masturbation (“the hymen is very sensitive and could tear”).
‘Every Last One of Them’
Qaradawi advocates establishing a “United Muslim Nations” as a contemporary form of the caliphate and the only alternative to the hegemony of the West. He hates Israel and would love to take up arms himself. In one of his sermons, he asked God “to kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them.”