Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the founding leader and patron-in-chief
of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, has issued his detailed edict (Fatwa) against
terrorism which consists of more than 600 pages. The launching ceremony of the Fatwa
was held on March 2, 2010 in London (UK). Minhaj-ul-Quran International UK arranged
a press conference which was heavily attended by representatives of the international
media besides Labour party minister Shahid Malik, members of EU and UK parliaments
Sajjad Karim, Muhammad Sarwar, James Finter, ambassadors of Iraq, Germany and other
countries, officials of the Home Office, Commonwealth Office and Metropolitan Police,
Professors and Muslim and Christian community leaders.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri presented the anti-terror Fatwa in
Urdu and English languages before the international media. It should be kept in
mind that Shaykh-ul-Islam had declared to issue a detailed Fatwa against terrorism
and suicide bombings in December 2009, which was originally thought to consist of
300 pages, whose volume later on increased to 600 pages due to scholarly dealing
of the subject. This Fatwa is the only one of its kind in terms of its intellectual
value, penetrating research and authentic allusions. Hence, it is a scholarly and
Talking to the international media on the occasion, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad
Tahir-ul-Qadri said that ever increasing wave of extremism and terrorism has destroyed
the world peace. It is a matter of great misfortune that these terrorist activities
of the misguided elements have been bracketed with Islam though the reality is otherwise.
He said that majority of the religious scholars condemn terrorism but the condemnation
is merely rhetorical. No one has come forward with an authentic and intellectual
response to terrorism in the form of a patent decree. Minhaj-ul-Quran International
has told the world in no uncertain terms through issuance of this Fatwa that terrorists
have nothing to do with Islam. It is a peaceful religion, which not only condemns
but also prohibits every kind of terrorism at every level under any pretext.
He said that the suicide bombers are out of the pale of Islam. He hoped that
the youth would not become the fodder for the cannons of terrorist elements or extremist
organizations after studying the Fatwa.
The terrorist elements brainwash the youth by invoking wrong interpretations of
the faith. The youth who advance the objectives of the terrorists should regard
themselves out of the fold of Islam in accordance with the teachings of the Holy
Prophet (saw). He said that terrorism is terrorism and it cannot be justified under
any pretext through allusion to any real or alleged instances of injustice and there
is no space for terrorism in Islam.
He regretted the fact that the Islamic teachings, which are based on love, peace
and welfare, are being manipulated and quoted out of contexts to serve the designs
of the vested interests. He said that Islam spelled out a clear code of conduct
during the course of war and gave complete protection to the non-combatants including
women, the old, and children etc., so much so that trading centres, schools, hospitals
and worship places were also declared as safe.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that those who want to impose
the Islamic order on others by means of force and naked power belong to the group
of Khawarij who, during the Caliphate of Hazrat Ali (ra), took up arms and initiated
rebellion against the Islamic state in the name of enforcing the Divine Order. The
terrorists of today also belong to the same breed of Khawarij. They resemble one
another in their appearances, body demeanors and even working. He said that Islam
does not approve of the killing of innocent people under any excuse. There is a
judicial system to indict the wrong-doers and bring them to book. It is the responsibility
of the Islamic state to implement the system of justice and punishment through state-run
mechanism and none can be allowed to take law in his hands.
He vehemently condemned those who perpetrate terrorism in the name of religion
and branded them as the greatest enemies of Islam. He said that if at all these
people have to wage Jihad, they could do so against ignorance, corruption, dearness,
poverty and other social evils. He also blasted the opponents of democracy and said
that the Holy Prophet (saw) is the champion of the democratic and consultative system.
Shaykh-ul-Islam reminded the Islamic governments of the fact that it is their national
and religious duty to eliminate terrorism and terrorist networks from their midst.
They should continue the military action till the complete elimination of these
In reply to a question, he said that the Islamic governments should allow democracy
to flourish and strengthen political system and processes. If the enemies of Islam
and Khawarij are totally annihilated, the roots of terrorism would stand dismantled.
He deplored that the Muslim youth happened to be the first casualty of terrorism,
for they got trapped in the hands of the terrorist for the sake of religion. The
major advantage of the Fatwa would be that the youth would be able to know the reality
of their actions whether they are choosing the path to hell or heaven.
British cabinet minister, Shahid Malik, paid glowing tribute to Shaykh-ul-Islam
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and said that he has always projected the real teachings
of Islam. His Fatwa would have long-term positive and revolutionary impact on the
Muslim community living in UK and elsewhere and would transform mindsets. He assured
his full cooperation at the governmental level.
The media men asked Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri a number questions,
which he answered satisfactorily. The press conference continued well over three
hours. Shaykh-ul-Islam also gave short interviews to different media outlets on