The Young Turks : Where are the Fatwas?

Posted by Mr Science
05/14/2010 09:07:41 PM EST

A point was raised by Cenk and Richard Eskow on the Friday's show about whether or not the muslim Imams and Clerics have condemned terrorism enough as being against Islam.

Richard said he did a search on the web and found a bunches who did. Only there's a problem. Where are the fatwas against specific terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders? Why don't they name names? Who does get their ass fatwa'd? Salmon Rushdie, Theo Van Gogh, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders for blasphemy, that's who NOT Osama Bin Laden for terrorism.

So don't believe the hype. When the Imams condemn terrorism and say it's not true to Islam but don't name names and issue fatwas then they are just paying lip service to the west. Those in the muslim world understand this.

against terrorism by muslims is a great start

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said there was no place for violence or terrorism in Islam [AFP]

A leading Islamic scholar has issued a fatwa in Britain condemning "terrorists" as the enemies of Islam, in a bid to deter young Muslims from extremism.

Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, head of the Minhaj ul-Quran religious and educational organisation, said suicide bombers were destined for hell as he released his 600-page edict in London on Tuesday.

"They can't claim that their suicide bombings are martyrdom operations and that they become the heroes of the Muslim Umma [the wider Muslim community], no, they become heroes of hellfire, and they are leading towards hellfire," he said.

"There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered Jihad," he said.

At a news conference, ul-Qadri said Islam was a religion of peace that promotes beauty, "betterment", goodness and "negates all form of mischief and strife".

"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," he said.

A number of edicts condemning extremism have been made by Islamic groups since the September 11 attacks on the United States, but ul-Qadri insists his is the most wide-reaching.

"This is the first, most comprehensive fatwa on the subject of terrorism ever written," he told the Reuters news agency.

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