In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
The Ikhwaani (see footnote a) Innovator in religious affairs, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi – (see footnote b) – stated, “Brothers, before I leave this place of mine, I would like to make a statement about the results of the Israeli elections. (see footnote c)
The Arabs were pinning all their hopes on Peres’s success. This is what we praise regarding Israel, we hope that our country will be like this country. Due to a group of few people one is removed (i.e. from office). It is the people who rule, there are no four nines or five nines that we know in our country- 99% out of a hundred. If Allaah had presented Himself to people, He would not have taken this percentage. What is this lying, cheating and deception, we salute Israel for what it has done”.
Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] commented on this statement of Yusuf Al-Qaradaawi as follows: I say this statement about elections in one of the countries and it was mentioned that a man got ninety-nine of the seats; then he (i.e. the utterer of this statement) said that “If Allaah had presented Himself to people, He would not have taken this percentage”. I seek refuge with Allaah. It is obligatory that he repents- repent from this, otherwise he is an apostate, because he declared the creation greater than the Creator, therefore, it is obligated on him to repent to Allaah – Allaah accepts repentance from His servants; otherwise it is obligated on the Muslim ruler to strike his neck (i.e. execute him for apostasy by the Muslim ruler). (see footnote d)
Footnote a: http://www.ikhwanis.com/index.cfm
Footnote b: Why mention Al-Qaradaawi by name? https://salaficentre.com/2020/01/16/is-it-necessary-to-mention-the-names-of-the-deviants-when-refuting/
Footnote c: The Interplay Between Democracy, Tahazzub (Illegal Partisanship), Deception, Greed and Khurooj (Rebellion):https://salaficentre.com/2022/04/10/the-interplay-between-democracy-tahazzub-illegal-partisanship-deception-greed-and-khurooj-rebellion/
Footnote d: Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan On Those Who Ought To Pronounce Takfir and Establish the Hadd Punishment:
Finally, read: Readings in Qaradawism