Lexis Nexis : Pakistan-born Muslim leader issues 600-page anti-terror fatwa in London

March 2, 2010 Tuesday

LONDON _ The leader of a global Muslim movement has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that he calls an absolute condemnation of terrorism.

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a former Pakistani lawmaker, says the 600-page fatwa bans suicide bombing ''without any excuses, any pretexts, or exceptions.''

Tahir-ul-Qadri has issued similar, shorter decrees, but Tuesday's event in London was publicized by the Quilliam Foundation, a government-funded anti-extremism think-tank and drew strong media attention.

The religious scholar is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Qur'an, a worldwide movement that promotes a nonpolitical, tolerant Islam. The group has hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, most of them in Pakistan or Pakistanis living in other countries.

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