Bruce's MidEast Soundbites : Moderate Islam finds a voice
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Pakistan-born Muslim scholar Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri [pictured] has issued a 600-page fatwa in London which condemned terrorists as the enemies of Islam.
He said, "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....There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered Jihad."
"Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses or ifs or buts." Dr. Qadri is the founder of the global Minhaj-ul-Quran movement.
The Minhaj-ul-Quran movement follows Sufi teachings of peace and moderation, and advises the British government on how to combat radicalization in Muslim youth. Dr. Qadri is based in Canada.