Strike Hold : Fatwah Issued Against Terrorism

17/03/2010 / 18:30

The terrorists who recently killed more than 2 dozen people in Baquba, Iraq, in a series of pre-election suicide attacks, were not on the receiving end of a message sent earlier this month by a prominent Muslim scholar.

Pakistani-born lawyer and Islamic scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, founder of the worldwide movement Minhaj-ul-Quran, issued a 600 page fatwa, or religious edict, denouncing terrorism and describing suicide bombers as destined for hell.

In a news conference in London, Mr. Tahir-ul-Qadri said, “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence, and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it. … The world needs an absolute, unconditional, unqualified and total condemnation of terrorism.”

Mr. Tahir-ul-Qadri said the actions of suicide bombers make them non-believers, and said, “Their act is never, ever to be considered jihad.”

Since the struggle against violent extremism has taken shape over the past decade, a significant number of Muslim groups and leaders have condemned the justification of violence in the name of Islam. Mr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s fatwa is noteworthy for its length and unequivocal stance.

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