Abig Message : Suicide Bombers – Heroes Of Hellfire, And Leading Towards Hellfire
March 3, 2010
For years, Muslim extremist groups like al-Qaeda justify sucide bombings cum mass murders from their own self-serving interpretation of the Quran. Every male suicide bomber is sure that he is going to paradise and be rewarded there with a bevy of 70 virgins. Now an internationally respected religious scholar has issued a 600-page fatwa that countered this view. The fatwa describes suicide bombers as heroes of hellfire, and instead of going to paradise after death, these suicide bombers are said to be leading towards hellfire.
The fatwa was written by Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri of Pakistan , founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran which promotes a nonpolitical and tolerant Islam. The fatwa calls for the absolute condemnation of terrorism. It seeks to ban suicide bombing “without any excuses, any pretexts, or exceptions.”
This fatwa was proclaimed at an event organized by UK government-funded anti-extremism think tank, the Quilliam Foundation. It effectively condemns terrorism and suicide bombings as “un-Islamic” and such perpetrators as being destined for Hell. The fatwa calls suicide bombings that destroy innocent lives as “absolutely against the teachings of Islam and that Islam does not permit such acts on any excuse, reason or pretext”.
A spokesman for Quilliam Foundation said: “This fatwa has the potential to be a highly significant step towards eradicating Islamist terrorism. Fatwas that demolish and expose such theological innovations will consign Islamist terrorism to the dustbin of history.”
Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman for Minhaj-ul-Quran UK, said: “He has hit hard on the terrorists as it prevents Islamists from considering suicide bombers as ‘martyrs’. This fatwa injects doubt into the minds of potential suicide bombers. Extremist groups based in Britain recruit youth by brainwashing them that they will — with certainty — be rewarded in the next life and Dr Qadri’s fatwa has removed this key intellectual factor from their minds.”
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said: “They can’t claim that their suicide bombings are martyrdom operations and that they become the heroes of the Muslim Umma, no, they become heroes of hellfire, and they are leading towards hellfire. There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered Jihad.”
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri also said: “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.”
The fatwa has been billed as “arguably the most comprehensive” theological refutation of Islamic terrorism to date by the Quilliam foundation.
Think about it. What impact, if any, will this fatwa have on terrorism and suicide bombings? Why should there be conflicting fatwas in the first place? And which fatwa should the average Muslim obey, if at all?