Renowned Islamic scholar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, dies at 96


By Ismail Auwal

Prominent Muslim scholar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, breathed his last on Monday.

The Egyptian-born former head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), died at the 96 years old

Qaradawi, a spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood, was highly critical of the coup that overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013.

Al-Qaradawi was unable to return to Egypt following Morsi’s overthrow due to his opposition to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The religious leader had previously been in exile from Egypt prior to the 2011 revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.

Qaradawi has published more than 120 books, including The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam and Islam: The Future Civilization. He has also received eight international prizes for his contributions to Islamic scholarship, and is considered one of the most influential Islamic scholars living today.

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