A fatwa app developed by arch-terrorism supporter and spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi is available in the Apple store despite numerous attempts to get the tech giant to remove it.
The Euro Fatwa app, developed by the European Council for Fatwa and Research, a private foundation in Dublin set up by Qaradawi, was launch in April. It ranks in the top 100 downloads in one-third of European countries.
The app features an introduction by Qaradawi, where he spews vicious anti-Semitism and tells Muslims they do not have to obey European laws if they contradict Islamic law.
Google took the app out of its store immediately when notified of its content.
“We are reviewing Euro Fatwa again,” an Apple spokesman said. “If we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users, we will notify the developer and may remove it from the store.”
Qaradawi is banned from entering the U.S., the U.K and France due to his extremism, including issuing fatwas (religious rulings) advocating suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, supporting the killing of Jewish fetuses, calling on Muslims to perpetrate a second holocaust against Jews and expressing his desire to kill Jews personally.
In 2014, Interpol issued a “red alert” for his arrest to its 190 members. The same year United Arab Emirates joined Egypt and Saudi Arabia in banning the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The UAE banned 81 other organizations as terror groups as well, including many Brotherhood affiliates, including the U.S. Brotherhood-linked organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS).
“The app is a building block in the process of radicalization,” said Germany’s federal office for the protection of the constitution, as quoted by The Nation.
The news outlet also reported that a former French anti-corruption magistrate said the app was to blame for a nail bomb attack in Lyon on May 24, 2019 in which 13 people were wounded.
When the Gulf and other Arab states boycotted Qatar in 2017 for supporting terrorism, once of the reasons was the fact that Qatar was harboring Qaradawi.