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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sufi Islamic scholar issues 600-page fatwa against terrorism

People of Shambhala
Sunday February 26, 2012

Sufi scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri's 600-page fatwa was described last week by the India Islamic Centre as “one of the most extensive Islamic anti-terrorism rulings," and as "an absolute condemnation of terrorism without any excuses or pretexts....”

Speaking at the center in India, for the launch of his book, Fatwa on terrorism and suicide bombings, the Pakistani-based scholar, told the audience that terrorism is completely prohibited in Islam, reports The Indian Express

Fatwa on terrorism and suicide bombings is an English translation of Qadri's 2010 fatwa in Urdu.

However, Qadri is not uncritical of the West. Notably, during the Mohammed cartoon crisis of 2005 Qadri called for the newspapers that had printed the images to apologize, and for legislation to be introduced to "balance the right to freedom of speech with the rights of individuals and communities that their sacred beliefs should not be insulted and ridiculed."

He also criticizes the Western media in his fatwa for over reporting terrorist attacks and not mentioning the "positive and constructive aspects of Islam."

Qadri also speaks of the "injustices being currently meted out to the Muslims in certain matters" and "the apparent double standards" of the "main powers" (presumably the US and Britain) in their military engagements in Muslim majority countries. 

"But," Qadri says, "the terrorists' recourse to violent and indiscriminate killings have become a routine affair, taking the form of suicide bombings against innocent and peaceful people, bomb blasts on mosques, shrines, educational institutions, bazaars, governmental buildings, trade centres, markets, security installations, and other public places: heinous, anti-human and barbarous acts in their very essence."

The terrorists, says Qadri "justify their actions of human destruction and mass killing of innocent people in the name of Jihad (holy struggle against evil) and thus distort, twist and confuse the entire Islamic concept of Jihad. This situation is causing Muslims, the young in particular, to fall prey to doubts and reservations, muddling their minds in respect of Jihad, because those perpetrating these atrocities are from amongst the Muslims. The perpetrators practice Islamic rituals, perform acts of worship and put on outward forms set down in Sharia."

Qadri declares, in his fatwa, that:

"Avenging a wrong done by a non-Muslim to others is forbidden."

"Humiliating non-Muslim citizens is forbidden."

"Breaking into the enemy houses and looting them is forbidden."

And, "Killing a non-Muslim and destroying his property due to religious differences is forbidden."