Watan Dost : Minhaj-ul-Quran to issue Fatwa against terrorists in London today
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2010
LONDON: The 600-page document, drawn up by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, declares that attacks on innocent citizens are “absolutely against the teachings of Islam”.
The Minhaj-ul-Qur’aan, a Sufi organisation based in East London, which advises the British government on how to combat radicalisation of the Muslim youth, will launch the 600-page Fatwa against suicide bombings and terrorism, declaring them un-Islamic, tomorrow.
It condemns the perpetrators of terrorist explosions and suicide bombings. The document, written by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, declares the suicide bombings and terrorism as “totally un-Islamic”. It is one of the most detailed and comprehensive documents of its kind to be published in Britain.
The Fatwa, which was released in Pakistan last month, uses texts from the Holy Qur’aan and other Islamic writings to argue that attacks against innocent citizens are “absolutely against the teachings of Islam and that Islam does not permit such acts on any excuse, reason or pretext.” Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said: “All these acts are grave violations of human rights and constitute Kufr, disbelief, under the Islamic law.”
Radical Islamists will dismiss the Fatwa, but it will be welcomed by many Muslims from the large community of South Asian heritage in Britain, among whom confusion about religious teaching is exploited by extremists seeking to recruit suicide bombers. “Extremist groups start brainwashing the young students from British universities and eventually convince them to oppose integration in the British society,” said Shahid Mursaleen, a spokesman for the Minhaj-ul-Qur’aan.
The Fatwa would help fight extremist recruitment of young Muslims and was “one of the most comprehensive verdicts on this topic in the history of Islam”, he added. Inayat Bunglawala, the former spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain and founder of the new group Muslims4UK, set up to counter the radical message of the newly-banned Islam4UK and other extremist groups, welcomed the Fatwa.