American Muslims Host Islamic Scholar's Declaration of 'A Fatwa Against Terrorism'
Saturday, 28th May, 6:30 PM at Soundview Broadcasting Hall 36-01 37th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
HACKENSACK, NJ, May 25, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Minhaj-ul-Quran Educational and Cultural Center of America, a grassroots Islamic community and religious organization based in New Jersey, has announced the official launch of a Fatwa (religious decree) against terrorism and suicide bombing. The event was conceived and will be hosted by the organization's founder Shaykh-Ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri, who will be making a public statement concerning his firm stance against any form of domestic or international terrorism.
Highlighted by the doctor's speech and a dinner, the event will take place on Saturday, May 28th, 2011, 6:30PM, in the first floor ballroom at the studio facilities of South Asian television provider SoundView Broadcasting at 36-01 37th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.
On March 2nd, 2010, Dr. Qadri issued a 600-page Fatwa regarding terrorism, intended to be an "absolute" scholarly refutation of all terrorism without "any excuses or pretexts." Qadri claims his Fatwa - which declares terrorists and suicide bombers to be unbelievers -- goes further than any previous denunciation by an Islamic voice of authority.
A Sufi Muslim scholar of Pakistani origin, Dr. Qadri began his primary education at a Catholic mission school and his Islamic religious training at the age of 12 in Madinah Saudi Arbia. Studying law at the University of Punjab in Lahore, he graduated with an LLB and a gold medal for academic performance in 1974. He taught law from 1978 to 1983 at the University of Punjab, where he received his PhD in Law in 1986.
In response to the controversial "Burn a Quran Day" that some proposed in 2010, the doctor wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to do everything possible to prevent such hateful incidents from ever taking place. In a piece published on the CNN website, Dr. Qadri proclaimed that, "A handful of individuals, it does not matter whether they are related to mosque or church, cannot be given the right to flippantly play about with peaceful co-existence, and their so-called sentiments cannot be preferred over global peace.
Following his historic anti-terror Fatwa, Dr. Qadri was a 2010 guest of the United States Institute of Peace, a US Congess-funded think tank. He was a speaker at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been featured on international media including Sky News, BBC News, ITV, EuroNews, Al-Jazeera and CNN. In an interview with Sir David Frost Dr. Qadri has stated that the "purpose of his life is to bring peace and harmony in the world."