Banned Jihadi Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi to Lead Friday Prayers in Tahrir Square
So this is how democracy in Egypt begins, with one of the world's most notorious jihadist mouthpieces--the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood--invited back after a 30-year ban to lead Friday prayers before a massive crowd. Here's more from al-Arabiya:
For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday.
Sources told Al Arabiya that a military force will accompany the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars from his home to Tahrir Square, provide security for the prayers and accompany him back to his residence.
Al-Qaradawi last delivered a Friday prayer sermon in Egypt in 1981 after the assassination of former President Anwar el-Sadat.
Other prominent Muslim scholars were also banned from delivering the Friday sermon, such as Abd al-Hamid Kishk, Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghazali, and Sheikh Ahmed El-Mahallawi.
El-Mahallawi lately returned to leading Friday prayers during the revolution at al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria.
Sheikh Qaradawi confirmed in a telephone call with the German Press Agency that he would lead tomorrow's prayers in Tahrir, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend.
Could this be a Khomeini-returns-to-Tehran moment? Stay tuned.