There are unconfirmed reports that Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa forbidding Iraqi and Afghan refugees “from acquiring US citizenship on the grounds that this is the nationality of an occupier nation.”
Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, the general manager at Al Arabiya TV, writes:
Perhaps Sheikh al-Qaradawi would be right to resort to the dangerous weapon of fatwas if there were a large number of citizens being granted naturalization, or if there were forced relocations to America, or if the Iraqi nationality was being revoked, but none of this is happening. In fact, the opposite is true, for of the thousands of Iraqi citizens who queue up to apply for visas to Western countries, only a few are granted.
According to MEMRI, “the ruling was inspired by similar rulings issued by Muslim clerics during France’s occupation of Tunisia.” Over at RRW, where a gleeful response might have been expected, the writer casts a pall over her nativist readership instead with a slip of wisdom, “I don’t get the impression that most Iraqi immigrants are ruled by faraway Imams.“