(Agence France-Presse) The organisation of exiled Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Wednesday that the actions of “deviant groups” like the jihadist Islamic State were in violation of Islamic law.

Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars described as “criminal and unlawful” an offensive led by the group’s fighters against non-Muslims in northern Iraq earlier this month.

The Egyptian-born cleric wields huge influence with the Brotherhood’s supporters across the Arab world through his frequent appearances on Al-Jazeera television from his base in exile in Qatar.

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