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Al-Qaradawi published in his memoirs about his early period in Qatar:
“Since the first speech I gave in high school on the occasion of Syria’s separation from Egypt, the speech was of a political nature. This is how the public was introduced to me as a new comer. Soon Sheikh Ibn Turki invited me to commemorate the Isra and Mi’raj event during high school. Whenever there was a religious, national or social event, I was invited to participate in it.”
After Qaradawi’s first Ramadan in Qatar, he was able to establish himself among the Qatari political elites. This was something the Muslim Brotherhood has always sought to achieve following al-Banna’s own guidelines.
“When the first Ramadan came while I was in Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad, Crown Prince and Deputy Governor invited me to his palace where his home and his office was. I would lead the Sheikh for Asr prayer, and then give him a lesson about the meaning of a verse or lecture on a particular topic or occasion, such as the Battle of Badr, Mecca’s surrender or Lilat al-Qadr. Sheikh Khalifa was keen to attend and never missed those sessions except due to an illness. In this mosque I met a number of friends including: Sheikh Salman bin Jassim, who came from Umm Qarn, Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad, one of the brothers of Sheikh Khalifa, with whom I became a close friend, he used to come from old Rayyan area,” Qaradawi said.
Al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, highlighted his status compared to other Qatari scholars, and those across the Arab world in general. His relations with the Qatari officials strengthened his presence in Qatar.
“The arrangement that Ibn Turki made for me was that I would go to the mosque for half a month, and the rest of the month another scholar would give a lesson. But Sheikh Khalifa called Sheikh Turki’s son told him: Why did you change Qaradawi? He said to diversify. He told him, “I do not want diversification, I don’t want any other but al-Qaradawi.’”
“I went back to Sheikh Khalifa Mosque and then when the Sheikh transferred his palace to Al Rayyan, and became the ruler of Qatar he replaced the mosque of Al Rayyan with a mosque inside his palace. Only the elite could come to him based on instructions from his security men. The Sheikh remained keen to attend my lectures and continued to do so until his son Sheikh Hamad became ruler. This lasted for 36 years during Ramadan, with the exception of one holy month that I missed.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s profound state in Qatar was not only reached by mingling with the ruling family and its branches, but also through Qaradawi’s invites to his friends and prison mates from the Muslim Brotherhood and giving them job contracts in Qatar.
This allowed the Brotherhood to intensify their activities and spread their political movement within the socio-political structure of the country.
Al-Qaradawi said: “I had another practice besides my regular lesson during Al Asr prayer, it was performing the Taraweeh prayer. Member Ahmad Al-Assal suggested that we read a full part of the Quran every night during Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan so that we complete it by the end of the month just the way we used to do while we were in the military prison. We held it in a mosque next door with the support of Azhari brothers such as Sheikh Abdul Latif Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed Mahdi and Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Musa and Sheikh Sayed Ragab.”
“We launched the prayer leading a row or a row and a half of praying men in this small mosque, and within a few days the number of worshipers multiplied, especially the Egyptians, Palestinians, Pakistanis and Indians,” he said.
Among the prominent names that al-Qaradawi brought from the Muslim Brotherhood was Hassan Issa Abdel-Zaher, who was famous for his research, which dealt with Abu al- A’ala al-Mawdoudi (the spiritual father of the movements of political Islam and lecturer of the principles of governance and ignorance), which was the first research done about al-Mawdoudi since his death. It was entitled “Abu al- A’ala al-Mawdoudi and half a century of Jihad in Islam”.
He had known Abdel-Zaher, who settled in Qatar in 1978, after he ascended the platform of the Ishaq mosque and Hessa al- Sweedy mosque and until he died in Doha.
In a few years, the Muslim brotherhood expanded. Yusuf al-Qaradawi said: “The number increased and with the emergence of contemporary Islamic awakening in the mid-70s of the 20th century, so we moved to the Al Shoyoukh Mosque, the largest widest mosque.”