Ian C Adams : Islamic scholar issues terrorism fatwa
March 6, 2010
An influential Muslim scholar has issued a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing.
Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, from Pakistan, says his 600-page judgement, known as a fatwa, completely dismantles al-Qaeda’s violent ideology.
The scholar describes al-Qaeda as an “old evil with a new name” that has not been sufficiently challenged.
The scholar’s movement is growing in the UK and has attracted the interest of policymakers and security chiefs.
In his religious ruling, delivered in London, Dr Qadri says that Islam forbids the massacre of innocent citizens and suicide bombings.
Although many scholars have made similar rulings in the past, Dr Qadri argued that his massive document goes much further by omitting “ifs and buts” added by other thinkers.
He said that it set out a point-by-point theological rebuttal of every argument used by al-Qaeda inspired recruiters.
The populist scholar developed his document last year as a response to the increase in bombings across Pakistan by militants…
I am not personally familiar with Dr. Qadri or his organization, Minhaj-ul-Quran, however I am eager to read this new fatwa. And I hope that it is worth the time that I will have to put into it. After all, someone needs to have some success in condemning the actions of extremist groups like al-Qaeda.