ICEJ : Prominent Muslim scholar issues fatwa against suicide terror
By ICEJ News
03 Mar 2010
Sheikh Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri, a prominent Pakistani-born Muslim scholar who currently resides in Canada, issued a rare fatwa (religious ruling) against suicide bombings and terror attacks on Tuesday in London. “They can't claim that their suicide bombings are martyrdom operations and that they become the heroes of the Umma (Muslim community). No, they become heroes of hellfire,” Qadri wrote. “There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered Jihad… Good intentions cannot convert a wrong into good, they cannot convert an evil into good. 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." Qadri also noted that while his fatwa had been long hoped for in the West, it would not stop Islamic terrorism straight away. “But the trickle-down effect is important,” he added.