Friday, July 01 2016

Tahir ul-Qadri's sectarianism on show again

 The papers on Tuesday widely covered (The Times, Telegraph, Independent and Evening Standard) the fatwa issued in London by the Pakistani cleric Dr Tahir ul-Qadri (pictured) of Minhaj ul-Quran condemning suicide bombers. The BBC reported:

‘In his religious ruling, Dr Qadri says that Islam forbids the massacre of innocent citizens and suicide bombings.

‘Although many scholars have made similar rulings in the past, Dr Qadri's followers argue that the massive document being launched in London goes much further.

‘They say it sets out point-by-point theological arguments against the rhetoric used by al-Qaeda inspired recruiters.

‘The fatwa also challenges the religious motivations of would-be suicide bombers who are inspired by promises of an afterlife.’

600 pages seems an awfully long-winded way of reiterating messages repeatedly espoused by British Muslim scholars, on a number of occasions, propounding Islam’s denunciation of terrorism and suicide bombing.

Following the horrors of 11 September 2001, the MCB gathered British Muslim scholars from a range of different schools of thought in central London to denounce the justifications given by the hijackers involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center, that their actions were consistent with Islamic teachings.

The statement, available here, made clear:

 ‘It is a criminal act to take the life of a human being without due process of law. The killing of innocent people whether done by individuals or state institutions is condemned in Islam.

‘On this basis the meeting absolutely condemned the atrocities in America on 11 September which resulted in the loss of almost 7000 lives.’

And in a statement endorsed by UK scholars in the wake of the London bombings of July 2005, they reiterated:

‘We are firmly of the view that these killings had absolutely no sanction in Islam, nor is there any justification whatsoever in our noble religion for such evil actions. It is our understanding that those who carried out the bombings in London should in no sense be regarded as martyrs.’

Qadri accompanied his statement with some viciously sectarian remarks about others Muslims. He was quoted in the Evening Standard as saying:

"Every Salafi and Deobandi is not a terrorist but I have no hesitation in saying that everyone is a well-wisher of terrorists and this has not been appreciated by the Western governments."

Muslims are unlikely to take very seriously comments from a 'scholar' who makes such divisive, ignorant and downright offensive remarks.

Yusuf Smith of Indigo Jo Blogs marvelously dissects the sectarianism employed by ul-Qadri’s movement, tactics that are almost certainly likely to dilute the fatwa’s significance and reach.

And Brian Whitaker on Comment is Free critiques the industry of ready-made fatwas that undermine the authenticity of the process by which fatwas are sometimes devised.

It is perhaps indicative of the short-term memory banks of policymakers and the media, always on the lookout for some new body of Muslims to repeat Islam’s injunctions against indiscriminate murder, that the statements of Muslim scholars in UK that are already in the public domain should be treated as passé and the announcement by Dr ul-Qadri deemed a worthy new initiative, irrespective of the complexities of the derivation of juristic rulings in Islam.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 18:34


0 #18 600 page fatwa following with strongest argumentsmuhammad shafiq butt 2011-02-28 10:26
time will tell who says right or wrong
read his fatwa that contained with Qur'an,Hadith, and any imam of muslim school of thoughts
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0 #17 He speaks the truth - thats allmuslim UK 2011-02-20 17:42
Wow - you people say everything but state the bleeding obvious - suicide bombings are haram - and there is plenty of evidence for it which he has presented. So the author of this piece doesn't bother addressing that issue. But just like the right wing press do in the UK you choose character assassination instead as a 'defence'. Why? Because the truth is on Tahir Ul Qadri's side and not yours. And the truth is never popular. Pathetic. Wake up before its too late
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0 #16 shoaib malik 2010-06-14 03:28
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0 #15 Rafiq 2010-03-25 21:44
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is one of the most learned and qualified authorities of Islam at this present time. See his biography:

His work is meant to unite people. Whoever reads his fatwa will have no objection to it.
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0 #14 Dodgy scholars...Javed 2010-03-19 17:10
Tahir ul-Qadri is one of those scholars who compromises and goes with whatever the prevailing ideology is - at the moment it is democracy so he will twist Islam to fit that and avoid any confrontation with it as will his followers... shame as Islamic scholars are meant to be the inheritors of the Prophets and he let's this tradition down!
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0 #13 Dr Qadri a Champion for UnityAbbas 2010-03-11 07:24
Anybody remotely familiar with Dr Qadri or his organisation will know that he is anything BUT sectarian. His strenuous efforts spanning over 3 decades with the intention to facilitate Muslim unity for which he has received severe criticism throughout his life from all corners has yielded practical and effective results. As a direct result of his intervention and facilitation Shia and Sunni’s in certain parts of Pakistan have learnt to live in peace with their differences resulting in many innocent lives being spared the fate of sectarian bloodshed. By setting up the Muslim Christian Dialogue Forum in the 90’s Dr Qadri proved instrumental in helping protect minority rights in Pakistan calling on the majority Muslim population to respect and honour the constitutional rights of Pakistan’s religious minorities. One should ask the Christian communities in Pakistan what they feel about Dr Qadri and his interfaith work in order to ascertain a more accurate and reflective opinion.
In the 1980’s when there existed wave of accusations and counter accusations whereby different Muslim schools were declaring takfir on one another it was Dr Qadri that promoted the acceptance of differences and counselled the various schools in Pakistan to refrain from calling one another Kafir. Below is an interesting link of a talk delivered in the 80’s in which Dr Qadri presents his position on deobhadhi’s and wahabi’s. As you’ll find contrary to the unfounded accusation on this website Dr Qadri’s views are anything but sectarian.
History does not lie, this man has been promoting tolerance and acceptance of difference both within the Muslim community and other religious communities for decades and his position has been consistent. This latest accusation is just a cheap gimmick on the part of those who find themselves unable to refute his exhaustively researched work on terrorism based on the Quran, Hadith and the opinion of classical Islamic scholarship. This inability to refute the fatwa has resulted in people using cheap tactics such as slurring Dr Qadri with allegations of sectarianism to divert attention from the real issues dealt with by his fatwa. It’s very easy for uninformed Muslims residing in the in the safe and secure environment of the UK to make ill informed comments in the knowledge that at the very most people will differ from their opinion. However, Dr Qadri has shown courage and bravery to tackle these immensely sensitive issues in a very hostile environment (Pakistan) where merely airing a different opinion from fellow countrymen can have one killed. Incidentally Dr Qadri has been the target of numerous failed assassination attempts because of his accepting disposition. How hypocritical for people who have never faced such hostility to spout rubbish on websites such as this one knowing full well the truth is something contrary to that which they publicise.
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0 #12 Sam 2010-03-10 18:45
'Tahir ul Qadri's sectarianism on show again' oh come on get a grip, we all know that the Muslim Ummah will be split into 73 sects as has been told to us through Hadith and we also know that the ones on the right path within all these sects will be 'Al Jamah' I say you ask yourself who Al Jamah within our Ummah is and then question where the sectarianism is coming from.
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0 #11 MRAsad Sulami 2010-03-10 14:07
The discussion/accusation about Dr Qadri being sectarian is completely baseless as the BBC has discovered. I have studied his life through various sources on the internet and have come to know that he has authored a 1000 books of which he has publsihed 400 and it is clear that none of them are sectarian and there is no evidence of sectarism in his 7000 speeches. Since 1981 he has been giving TV lectures and for the last 5 years he has given daily lectures on Islam and you will never find any evidence or any words spoken about sectarism. If you read the fatwa you will not find a single word which indicates anything of this kind.

I was present during his news conferences last week and I witnessed myself someone questioning him about sectarianism but he refused to answer it and he said his Fatwa is global regardless of any sects.

Analysts see this Fatwa as a benchmark which will expose those who support terrorism and those who do not. You have to question what are the real motives behind such unfounded and irrelevant statements? Why don't they say what they really mean? Are they trying desperatly finding a way to dicredit Dr Qadri because in reality deep down they disagree with the fatwa? And they have no other way to do this but with mere unfounded statements because they know that they cant challenge his authority, his works, nor his evidences in his 600 page fatwa book. It is a known fact that some Al Azhar scholars are Dr Qadri's students and have even written commentries on his books.

The fact of the matter is that this Fatwa simply couldn't be digested by some individuals and organisations. Since they cannot disagree with it openly they feel the need to go about it indirectly by desperatly trying to discredit Dr Qadri.

Instead of being thankful to Dr Qadri for clarifying many issues relating to the British youth, promoting the right message, they seek to do the opposite.
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0 #10 Mrtony ali 2010-03-10 10:50 I read through the comments I find myself ever more aware of why muslims continue to find themselves the butt of world criticism.

Who needs enemies when we so perfectly fight amongst ourselves. We all know that there will be a given number of sects till the day of judgement, and only God can judge us. So accept that fact and move on.

The ignorant argue, the scholars argue and those who have no knowledge and no care find themselves joining the party to argue. Follow what you believe, love your fellow muslim and let God decide who was right or wrong. For Allah knows best.

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0 #9 Tahir ul-Qadri pleases the IsraelitesIlluminati 2010-03-05 13:35
Qadri's fatuous fatwa has without doubt pleased the Israelites:-

No prizes for guessing why Qadri does not seem to have the courage to issue fatwa's against the occupation of Afghanistan and Palestine by foreigners.
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0 #8 I betAnti-fitna 2010-03-05 12:35
that those who so readily defend the good dactor are doing so in blind faith, also without bothering to read the masterpiece of quantity, the 600 page fatwa.

P.S. Can anyone assist those who cannot read Urdu in the UK & the rest of the world, by giving links to an online Arabic & English versions? Surely the good scholar, or his acolytes who were thorough enough to prepare this "comprehensive" fatwa had prepared the case for peer-review?

Is it wise to apparently libel a large part of the Ummah, those whom we count as fellow Muslims in our daily lives, standing shoulder to shoulder in the masjids? Is it not myopic to appease the Islamophobes, standing shoulder to shoulder for those extremist fringe elements created after 7/7 such as the ludicrously named Quilliam Foundation?
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0 #7 Guest 2010-03-04 17:17
Mr 'Nodding Disciple of Tahir Qadri' Amin wht did he then brazenly call all deobandi's and salafis terrorist well-wishers?
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0 #6 Is Takfirism Islamic?Chistiyya Sufi inclined Muslim 2010-03-04 15:08
I always thought that declaring a Muslim a non-Muslim was against the Sunna.

In recent years, we have been told that Takfiris are fanatics, exactly because they behave in this extreme manner.

With regard to the political context, this is very dangerous, as only the naive would neglect to factor that in. The Muslim world is at the centre of a hegemonic storm & this is well-documented prior to 11/9 & 7/7.

No to sectarianism & the rise of Neo-Qadianism.
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0 #5 Tahir ul qadriRob 2010-03-04 09:46
The gentleman in question would have made a impact with british muslims if he had bothered to start with words, no one has the right to take innocent life be he a state terrorist or a individual terrorist.
pressing a button to release a bomb which kills dozens of innocents is no diffrent from somone strapping a bomb and delivering it in person to kill innocent people.
Western state terrorism is a blot on western nations claims of human rights and democracy.
This is more or less a patwa to gain money and fame.
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0 #4 I betAbdullah 2010-03-04 09:36
i bet no one has bother reading the fatwa to see what it includes, and stupid people, we one to comment on something like we are master of the particular news or event etc..
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