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OIC Leaders, Qatari Foreign Minister & other dignitaries meet Shaykh-ul-Islam at U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington DC

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and Shahid Malik (Former British Minister) during a sessions at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum

At the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington D.C., which was jointly organized by the Brookings Institution, the Qatar Government and the OIC, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri met with the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. They spoke about various issues of mutual interest and exchanged views on a host of issues.


View of the participants and speakers of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum 2011

The discussion focused on the recently authored Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings and ways of combating terrorism in the Muslim world. Prof Ihsanoglu highly appreciated the scholarly work and was impressed by the quality of content. He said that he is looking forward to reading the complete book. The OIC Director General Ambassador Hemayet Uddin was also present in the meeting. Both leaders were very pleased to meet Shaykh-ul-Islam. Mr Hasan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri was also present.

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri speaking
at the final session of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum

Shaykh-ul-Islam also met with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud and presented him a copy of the Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings who highly appreciated the great work. Senior Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, Prof Ibrahim Kalin also met Dr Qadri who was fully aware of his book against terrorism and was highly appreciative of the magnum opus on the subject of terrorism.

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Shaykh Bin Bayyah and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf during the first session of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum 2011 discussing minority rights in the west

U.S. President Obama’s Special Envoy to the OIC, Mr Rashad Hussain also called on Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri during the conference and spoke about the historic Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings. He said that they have received this book at the Whitehouse and were well aware of this great work. Mr Hussain discussed issues of mutual interest with Shaykh-ul-Islam. Mr Hasan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri and Shahid Mursaleen were also present in the meetings.

Mr Azhar Hussain, Imam Magid, Holland Taylor, Qamar-ul-Huda, Nihad Awad and others asking questions about Islam to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (Secretary General of OIC) meeting Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

The Vice President of Brookings Institution, Dr Martin Indyk, was pleased to meet Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri who spoke highly of the great work condemning terrorism. A signed copy of his Fatwa book was presented to Mr Indyk. Mr Stephen Grand and other senior think-tank representatives also held a meeting with Dr Qadri and exchanged view of mutual interest.

Shahid Mursaleen (Spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran) presented Fatwa on Terrorism of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and informed her about the uniqueness of this historic book Shahid Mursaleen (Spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran) presenting Fatwa on Terrorism of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to Madeleine Albright (Former U.S. Secretary of State)

In addition to that, various government officials, think tank representatives, policy makers, politicians met Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri during the course of the 3-day conference.

Ahmed Abdulla Al-Mehmood (Foreign Minister of Qatar) speaking to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri about the Fatwa on Terrorism Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri signing the Fatwa on Terrorism book for Dr Martin Indyk (Vice President of Brookings Institution)

Dr Qadri attended five different closed-door sessions and spoke on issues including the treatment of minorities, integration and identity, the impact of media and politics and security and counter-terrorism. The fourth session focused on the discussion around the historic fatwa on terrorism by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Prof. Din Syamsuddin (President of Muhammadiyah organisation of Indonesia) meeting with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Rashad Hussain (President Obama's Special Envoy to OIC) meeting with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

These sessions will help form future policy vis-à-vis terrorism and would offer recommendations to the think-tanks and the Government officials on handling various problems faced by the western and Islamic world.

Dr Qadri’s participation at the 3-day U.S.-World Islamic Forum was highly successful, which will help tackle terrorism from an ideological and intellectual perspective and also tackle anti-Islam views. Dr Qadri presented various core arguments on how to grapple with issues of minority rights, clarified issues of blasphemy laws and presented solutions to take on Islamophobia. He also presented ways of promoting integration in the west.

Stephen Grand (Director at Brookings Institution) meeting with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Ambassador Hemayet Uddin (Director General of OIC) speaking to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri about the Fatwa on Terrorism, Former Director of Operations of World Bank, Mr Ziad Alahdad is also in the picture.

At the gala dinner Shahid Mursaleen (spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran) who was present at the conference met with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and presented a copy of the book Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings to her. He briefed Secretary Clinton about the key features of the book and that it is the most comprehensive condemnation of terrorism to date from any Muslim leader. He said that this book will help in the fight against global terrorism. She highly appreciated the work and promised to read it.

Ahmed Abdulla Al-Mehmood (Foreign Minister of Qatar) and Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and others at the reception hosted by OIC Dr Martin Indyk (Vice President of Brookings Institution) meeting with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and receiving the Fatwa on Terrorism

Shahid Mursaleen also presented the book to Mrs Madeleine Albright (Former U.S. Secretary of State), Senator John Kerry (Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee), Senator John McCain (Former U.S. presidential candidate), Fareed Zakaria of CNN, Riz Khan of Al-Jazeera and Mrs Margaret Warner of PBS NewsHour.

The event was attended by around 300 participants from around 30 countries. Shahid Mursaleen, Dr Mansoor Mian and Sharjeel Ahsan attended the conference from MQI’s side in addition to Shaykh-ul-Islam and Sahibzada Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri.

Holland Taylor (Chairman & CEO of LibForAll Foundation) meeting with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Senior Jewish leader speaking to Mr Hasan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri during gala dinner  
Shahid Mursaleen (Spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran) presenting Fatwa on Terrorism of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to Margaret Warner (Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour) Shahid Mursaleen (Spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran) presenting Fatwa on Terrorism of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to U.S. Senator John McCain (Former U.S. presidential candidate)

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