Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri speaks at Global Peace & Unity Event

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that Islam stands for peace, love and human dignity and there is no room for terrorism in Islam. This was stated by him in a powerful speech to a gathering of thousands of British Muslims at the Global Peace & Unity event.

In a passionate speech replete with references of the Holy Quran and hadith reports, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Islam stands for peace, love, compassion, human dignity and mercy. He said “Islam does not stand for any kind of violence, militancy, terrorism, and brutality.” He said that “This is Islam which dawned at a time when mankind had lost its dignity and brutality and violence prevailed. People were cutting each other's necks. There was racial, religious and tribal discrimination and the affluent would make the indigent and the destitute their slaves. At that time Islam stood up for the poor, the oppressed the orphans and women and gave respect and dignity to the mankind irrespective of their race, creed, colour and culture. This is Islam which came for promotion of global peace and mercy and dignity.”

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said “I want to communicate this message of Islam to the whole mankind. People have misled the youth by wrong perceptions and interpretations of Islam.” Speaking on “Jihad: Perception and Reality”, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri added that the perception that Jihad is a holy war is completely wrong and younger generation has been misled on this count. He held that it was due to various reasons. Jihad is seen as an act of violence which is against the concept of jihad.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri clarified that “the literal meaning of Jihad is exertion, struggling, striving, and putting extreme efforts according to abilities, to counter evil, to achieve good for the sake of Allah.”

He added that “the defensive struggle against your enemy, defensive struggle against your lower-self, hatred, arrogance, corruption and bigotry is one dimension of Jihad. And this is for the safety of the mankind, not for mass killing and genocide."

Dr Qadri said that he wanted to address the Muslim audience who were misguided or mislead and the western world that there is NO verse of the Quran which advocates killing, brutality and terrorism.” He said that “there are two ways of determining the meaning of a verse, either through its actual text or context (a verse which comes before or after). There are in total 35 verses in the Holy Qur’an which mention the word ‘jihad’. There is no single verse in the Holy Qur’an which has both words i.e. jihad and ‘qitaal’ (fighting) in the text of the same verse. There are only 4 verses which mention jihad (in the sense of lawful defensive fighting) in the context of qitaal; qitaal is mentioned in some verses either before or after, but not in the same verse. This means that jihad and qitaal (fighting) have not been mentioned together in the whole of the Quran from Al-Fatiha (first chapter) to An-Nas (last chapter). This means that Jihad does not necessarily mean fighting”. Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said "Let me make it very clear, correct the wrong notion and remove the ambiguity if any that no leader or a group has any authority to declare Jihad. If a leader or a group does that, it is terrorism and not jihad." He also made it clear that “it is solely the prerogative of a state authority to declare Jihad and only as a matter of last resort when diplomacy and all other efforts to make peace fail.”

Finally he asked the audience to support a declaration against terrorism and to raise their hands and stand up against the suicide bombing and terrorism. The whole crowd stood up and agreed with Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, by raising their hands.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has been promoting the anti-extremism message in the UK and western world for last three decades and has issued his 600-page fatwa on terrorism. Last summer he spoke at the 3-day residential anti-terror camp. He will be speaking to a Washington DC audience next month.