The leader of the main Muslim organization in Mali praises the French intervention in his country and denounces Youssef Qaradawi
On January 15, 2013, on behalf of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Youssef Qaradawi criticized the military support given by France to the Malian army who is fighting numerous groups linked with al-Qaeda. Nova Scotia-based Jamal Badawi, a CAIR-CAN director and a leader of many more Muslim Brotherhood organizations in North America is also on the IUMS board of directors.
On January 22, European media RTL reported that the leader of the main Malian Muslim organization, the High Islamic Council, denounced Qaradawi’s position. The article does not refer to Qaradawi by name but identifies him by saying that he is “the most influential leader in the Muslim world” and that “(he) is based in Qatar.”
In 2010, Qaradawi’s disciple, Tariq Ramadan organized a meeting in Bamako with the above-mentioned Malian High Islamic Council. The event was covered in English by GMBDR.
RTL.be (January 22, 2013): Mali: The French intervention “is not an aggression against Islam” (Mali: l'intervention française "n'est pas une agression contre l'islam" – Archived on PdeB)
English translation by Point de Bascule
In 2009, the Malian High Islamic Council threatened to resort to violence in order to stop a reform of the Malian Family code that was favourable to women and children and that had been adopted by an overwhelming majority of parliamentarians. Point de Bascule covered the issue in the section Tariq Ramadan’s democracy of an article dedicated to Ramadan’s understanding of Islam.