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Can Islam’s leaders reach its radicals?

Within hours of the attack on London, some of the Muslim world’s most influential preachers were expressing their outrage. Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, who runs the venerable Al Azhar university in Cairo, told Islamonline.com, “Those responsible for the London attacks are criminals who do not represent Islam.” Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Muslim scholar based in Qatar with a vast Internet and satellite television following, called the blasts “cruel and barbaric black actions that Islam harshly condemns.” But even a man like Mr. Qaradawi – a controversial figure who has some credibility with extremists for his past praise of suicide attacks against Israel – has little influence among the tiny sliver of Muslims who are now prosecuting what they see as a global jihad, analysts say. Full Story

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