Muslim Scholars Criticize Terrorism
“It was the Islamic fatwa that echoed around Europe: Jihadists who resort to terrorism are not earning the blessings of paradise, but an eternity in hellfire.
What was unique about the ruling was that this anti-terrorist firebrand wasn’t an ex-Muslim with a grievance or a secular Western scholar, but the face of traditional Islam: gray-bearded, robed Anglo-Pakistani cleric Muhammad Tahir Ul-Qadri.
“Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence, and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses or ifs or buts,” Ul-Qadri said in his fatwa pronounced in March 2010 in London and beamed to the world.
Ul-Qadri is part of an elite group of reformists competing against extremists in the battle to define Islam. And they’re not shy about turning to ancient Islamic texts to support their anti-terrorism outlook. Ul-Qadri has strong links to the United Kingdom, but his philosophy has followers throughout Europe. They include Muslim leaders such as Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric, who spread the message that a political Islam that preaches death to dissidents has no place in society...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Muslim Scholars Criticize Terrorism,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 3, 2010: 46-49.
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