Qatar-based Sunni Muslim preacher Youssef al-Qaradawi. (AFP)
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Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born preacher whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar.Since the withdrawal of the Gulf ambassadors, Qaradawi has refrained from preaching during Friday sermons, a move seen as an attempt to calm tensions.In his Sunday statement, Qaradawi noted that he had been awarded prizes in Saudi Arabia and UAE for his work, adding he valued the awards highly.The UAE summoned the Qatari ambassador in February over what it said were insults by Qaradawi in a Qatar state television broadcast in which he condemned the UAE as anti-Islamic.
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