Rant Rave : The Beginning of An End to Terrorism?
It is about time! Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a popular Muslim Cleric has finally declared a fatwa against terrorism. Gadri, the founder of the influential Sufi movement called Minhaj-ul-Quran, has mounted a "direct challenge to al-Qaeda's violent ideology". In a 600 page edict, Qadri declared "suicide bombings and attacks against civilian targets are not only condemned by Islam, but render the perpetrators totally out of the fold of Islam, in other words, to be unbelievers". "They can't claim that their suicide bombings are martyrdom operations and that they become the heroes of the Muslim Umma [community], no, they become heroes of hellfire, and they are heading towards hellfire," he said.
Most Muslims cannot read the Koran and they rely on their religious leaders to tell them what the Koran and their prophet Mohammad actually said. Therefore when an influential cleric comes out and explains that the Koran actually condemns killing of innocent civilians it is an important step towards Peace.
Now all we have to do is convince our good allies the Saudis. Saudi Arabia is home to the radical Wahhabi sect that Osama Bin Laden came from, and it is the sect that sets up most of the Maddrassas throughout the world that teaches the impressionistic young and ignorant to hate Americans, and that martyrdom, will be rewarded with heaven and 70 virgins.
Most Muslims are of course non violent, however Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda were able to influence many angry young men and convince them that terrorism was acceptable. This is an historic and important counterargument and it is one that all Imams should follow.
Changing religious behavior must be done from within the religion and cannot be done with military threats.
IMPORTANT! When you watch the video please skip ahead one minute to the English portion. The first minute is in Urdu.