Muslim Brotherhood 'Godfather' Makes Appeal

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Last month in a speech in Tahrir Square, Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi urged his people of Egypt to "protect your revolution" and stand against any "hypocrites" who want to take over.

Qaradawi is the spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and this was his first public speech in more than 30 years. At least 200,000 gathered to hear him speak.

He also called for the liberation of his "brothers" in Palestine.

"As we have been liberated in Egypt, I pray you also will be liberated," Qaradawi said.

Qaradawi often described his beliefs as "moderate" and is a critic of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

But Qaradawi's views on the role of Islam are considered controversial and extremist, and his commitment to violence against Israel is well documented.

CBN News discussed Qaradawi's recent comments and the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood leading Egypt.

Is Qaradawi really a moderate Muslim looking to bring reform to Egypt? Click play for analysis from Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute and CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane.

*Originally broadcast on March 4, 2011.

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