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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad (23 Feb 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)

‘Terrorism has no place in Islam’: Sufi scholar Tahir-ul-Qadri

The Indian Express

23 Feb 2012

New Delhi: Sufi scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Wednesday said that peace is the source and crux of Islam, and that terrorism has no place in the religion.

Qadri, the Pakistan-based founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran, was delivering a lecture at the India Islamic Centre to mark the launch of his book, ‘Fatwa on terrorism and suicide bombings’.

The book is the English translation of a 600-page fatwa, in Urdu, issued in March 2010. A statement released at the venue described it as, “one of the most extensive Islamic anti-terrorism rulings, an absolute condemnation of terrorism without any excuses or pretexts....”

The Minaj-ul-Quran International is a Lahore-headquartered NGO founded in 1981. According to the organisation’s website, its aims include, “reviving the true values and principles of Islam”.

In his hour-long speech, Qadri sought to separate the usage of the word ‘Islam’ with violence: “...terms like Islamic Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Islamic Terrorists have come to be used in common parlance these days... why don’t we talk about Islamic Literature or Islamic Economic Theory? On the other hand, when Islam is used with a word like terrorism, it is implied that the act of terror is Islamic.”

Earlier report

Coming: Pak Islamic scholar who pulls no punches against terror

Pakistani Islamic scholar Tahirul Qadri, who has been facing threats for his condemnation of terrorism by various outfits in Pakistan, including Taliban, is scheduled to visit more than half-a-dozen places across the country from February 25 to March 18 amidst protest by some groups in Gujarat.

Coming to India on an invitation by Karjan-based Minhajul Quran International (India), a branch of the UK-based MQI headed by Qadri himself, the Pakistani academician, who subscribes to Sufi school of Islamic thought, will be specially focussing on anti-terrorism in his lectures.

After launching his programme on February 25 from Karjan, a small town 40 km from Vadodara that has a population of less than one lakh, he will attend functions in Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Bhuj. He will also deliver lectures in Hyderabad, Ajmer, Mumbai, Raipur, and Bengaluru.

In Vadodara, he will address MQI workers at Sayaji Hall on February 27 and religious groups on February 28 and 29 at Tandalja, a Muslim pocket on the outskirts of Vadodara.

Asked about the Qadri’s visit coinciding with February 27, the day Sabarmati Express in Godhra was torched in 2002 triggering riots, MQI (India) president Nad-e-Ali Saiyed said the programme was decided six months ago as these dates were convenient for Qadri.

Saiyed said Qadri had been invited to deliver anti-terror lectures because India was also facing terrorism. “Islam is all for peace. There is no place for terrorism in Islam,” said 50-year-old Saiyed, who has donated 4.5 bighas of his land in Karjan for MQI (India) headquarters.

Saiyed said Qadri’s visit was backed by Muslim Ittehadul Muslimin (MIM) MP Asaduddin Owaisi and Chhattisgarh Congress leader Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Gujarat BJP minority cell president Mehboob Bawa, human rights activist Yusuf Sheikh and former Vadodara deputy mayor Chirag Sheikh.

Yusuf Sheikh and Chirag Sheikh, when contacted, said they were supporting Qadri’s programmes because he had taken a stand against terrorism.

“We are supporting Qadri’s visit because he is working for peace and unity, and taken a strong stand against suicide bombings and terrorism,” said Mehboob Bawa. He added that Qadri had earlier delivered lectures condemning terrorism in the UK, US and at the World Economic Forum meet in Davos in the last two years.

Vadodara district in-charge Superintendent of Police S U Pandey said, “We know about his (Qadri’s) visit and working on the security aspect.”

Source: The Indan Express, New Delhi

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  • Mr. Zuma, is Bukhari your God? If not, then you must reply, about the link I sent to you, where lots of stupid things are written there in Bukhari? When you are such an expert on Bukhari, then you must have some answer for this. Or shall I assume that you are escaping those questions which are uncomfortable? What good use all your boqraati is when you cannot come on the point?
    By sadaf - 5/6/2012 12:44:46 PM

  • Sahih Bukhari, Book #83, Hadith #37, "...Allah's Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate."..." Meditate the paragraph above and you would discover that the Apostles did not aim at killing non-muslims or to create havoc in the society. The phrase, a man fought against Allah and his apostles, above implies that his apostles only fought against those that fought against them or in other words, fighting is only merely on defensive role instead of aggressive.
    By ZUMA - 5/6/2012 7:57:23 AM

  • Ayatul Islam would have been made Murga then. People like him are the ones who go and lick the black stone as if that Black Stone is a Hindu Shivling and Ayatul a Hindu Shiv-Sainik. That is the kind of reverence such people have for stone and stick. Maaro do kodey and he will start doing Sajda and maaro do kodey and he will stop doing Sajda to anyone and anything.
    By sadaf - 3/25/2012 11:25:37 PM

  • Sufi junks, ayatul isayatul islam? It is these "junks" who brought Islam to South and Southeast Asia at least where the overwhelming majority of world's Muslims live. What cheek?
    By Kahkashan - 3/25/2012 6:14:29 PM

  • ayatul islam Thank god, that the divinity chose to take the prophet back as divinity must have known about the follower like you to the prophet. Precisely this is the reason that divinity has chosen to keep the believers of book in this state of affairs like in afghan, iraq, pakistan etc..
    By satwa gunam - 3/24/2012 12:30:01 PM

  • Had the Prophet Muhammad(sallaalahu alihi wa sallam) been there today.He himself would have made sure that these sufi junks are removed from the face of the earth. there would not have been the need of the Ahle hadeeths or the wahabbis. May allah destroy all those who follow bidah and invent them. ameen
    By ayatul islam - 3/24/2012 5:31:48 AM

  • Mr Qadri is to be praised for his book but, can anybody ask him if murder of some one who "insults" the Apostle Muhammad (S) is allowed??
    By Mubashir - 2/25/2012 9:18:12 AM

  • Nice article. Hope more join the bandwagon so that the violence in name of religion can come down.
    By satwa gunam - 2/24/2012 10:30:02 PM

  • The hatred and intolerance spread by Wahabi and Ahle-Hadees kind of extremists against a proponent of peace and a fighter against terrorism like Tahirul Qadari is most unfortunate and must be rejected. You Tube videos denouncing Maulana Qadari are obnoxious and offensive. Our rituals and methods of worship may differ, but no one should try to impose their views on others. Peace makers have an exalted place in Islam.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 2/24/2012 3:10:51 PM

  • Excellent article.
    By Raihan Nezami - 2/24/2012 4:47:36 AM

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