Yusuf Al Qaradawi: The great Islamic scholar and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader dies at age 96

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The great Islamic scholar and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al Qaradawi  has died at the age of 96, his official website and Twitter account announced on Monday.

The cause of death was not immediately clear but he has faced years of poor health recently.

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His son, Abdul Rahman Yusuf al-Qaradawi, confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

Egyptian al-Qaradawi, who had been living in exile in Qatar since 2013, was granted the Qatari citizenship.

He had been tried and sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt in 2015.

He was also chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars since it was established in 2004 and held this position for 14 years.

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