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What is Going on in Bahrain is not a Popular Revolution, but a Sectarian one, Says Al Qaradawi
11 : 19 PM - 18/03/2011

Manama, March 18. (BNA) – What is going on in Bahrain is not a popular revolution, but a sectarian one, said the President of the International Union Of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, asserting that the situation in the kingdom is different from those of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

"In those countries, the whole population rose against oppressive regimes, while, in Bahrain, a sect, assisted by foreign sides, wanted to impose its will on the rest of the nation and this is where the problem lies," he also said during the Friday sermon in Doha.

"It's the revolution of all Shiites against all their Sunni compatriots, and this why it is not like the other ones," he added.

He also said that the rioters' polarization and restricted sectarian demands led 450,000 Sunnis to gather at Al Fateh Mosque and express their own demands, too.

Dr. Al Qaradawi also refuted the 'pacifism' claims of those who were at the Roundabout, pointing out that wouldn't have used weapons, stormed mosques or attacked Sunnis had they been "peaceful."

Al Qaradawi called upon the wise, from both sects, to respond positively to the dialogue initiative launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, in order to avert social division and disharmony.

"The problem arises when those protestors raise the photos of Ali Khamenae and Hassan Nasrullah as if they did not belong to Bahrain or to the GCC region," he said, wondering why they were renouncing their GCC belonging at a time when all efforts are directed to promoting and solidifying GCC citizenship.

Dr. Al Qaradawi also stated that Bahraini rulers have always tried to communicate with them for the sake of meeting their needs, advising Shiites to enhance national unity instead of separation and internal division.
"Real reformers are those who build their nations, spread welfare and unite citizens," he concluded.


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