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A fatwa vs. suicide bombings

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There has never been a shortage of fatwas. These legal rulings or opinions made by religious authorities address a wide array of issues concerning politics and social norms, and have both justified and widely condemned the use of violence. In 1998, Al Qaeda ideologues Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri issued a fatwa “to kill the Americans and their allies.”

However, since then, a number of imams and scholars have issued fatwas against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.  In November 2008, for example, more than 6,000 Muslim clerics in India signed a fatwa against terrorism, following a similar edict issued earlier in the year by India’s top Islamic institution Darul Uloom Deoband.

Most recently, Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Barelvi Muslim scholar, issued a 600-page global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing, which provides a point-by-point theological rebuttal “of every argument used by Al-Qaeda inspired recruiters.” Although many scholars have released similar fatwas in the past, Dr. Qadri, the founder of Minhaj al-Quran International, “argued that his massive document goes much further by omitting ‘ifs and buts’ added by other thinkers,” noted the BBC.

According to the 80-page summary of the edict:

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri goes that crucial step forward and announces categorically that suicide bombings and attacks against civilian targets are not only condemned by Islam, but render the perpetrators totally out of the fold of Islam, in other words, to be unbelievers.
The fatwa has garnered much press attention among western news outlets, such as Fox News, CNN, and the Washington Post.  But while many have celebrated the release of a religious decree grounded in Islamic jurisprudence and history, others remain doubtful of its actual impact on potential young suicide bombers. While Minhaj al-Quran International is active in 70 countries and has 5,000 members in the UK, Qadri is considered to be relatively liberal and tolerant. Therefore, the people that would follow and accept his fatwa are unlikely to be the same as those susceptible to being recruited by Islamist militant groups.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, further emphasised, “The Sunni religious authority, as distinct from the Shi’a religious authority, is fragmented. So there’s not one figure who can issue a fatwa that every Sunni will listen to.” While Ahmed noted that any fatwa of this kind is important, the problem we are facing with suicide bombers “is that they are not from the same class [as moderate scholars like Qadri]. These young recruits respond much more to their own imams and preachers.”

No one questions the airtight credibility of Qadri’s text. But the issue we should raise is not whether the fatwa will have an impact, but how to ensure that it does. Fatwas or edicts of this kind can be influential if they are implemented in a culturally nuanced way, using language that can be understood by the intended target audience. In other words, if militant recruiters are using drone strikes to vilify the United States or the Pakistani government, countering this ideology requires messaging that takes similar realities into consideration. Although Qadri’s fatwa is based in exhaustive academic research, most young jihadists won’t take the time to sift through 600 pages in their decision-making.

Qadri may not be a universally accepted figure, but his text can be used as the focal point for a strategic communications campaign geared towards countering militancy and terrorism. This fatwa will only have the intended effect if local imams and religious leaders from various sects endorse and adapt it for their nuanced communities – applying Qadri’s language and framing it within the ground realities.

Madrassa leaders more open to reform can incorporate the fatwa’s text into their curriculum. Imams of local mosques can use the fatwa’s framing of terrorists as today’s Khaw?rij in their sermons, subsequently making it digestible for the public. Rather than simply shutting down jihadist chat rooms, intelligence agencies can create pop-up ads using language from the fatwa to vilify and undermine militant ideology. Pamphlets, billboard ads, and radio spots can be other potential mediums.

We are well-aware that Islam is a religion of peace, that it has been hijacked by militant and terrorist organisations to justify violence and intolerance against Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The question, therefore, is how do we use that knowledge to make a tangible difference?

Ultimately, Qadri’s 600-page fatwa has its limitations, and could very likely end up on the metaphorical shelf, gathering dust. But this airtight research could instead be used to enforce a more localised and nuanced campaign that could have a more strategic impact.

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Kalsoom Lakhani is director for Social Vision, the strategic philanthropy arm of ML Resources, LLC. She blogs at CHUP: Changing Up Pakistan and tweets at twitter.com/kalsoom82.

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Akbar Mar 12, 2010 09:45am
I think it would have been better if you have also summarized the arguments given by Maulana against terrorism in his fatwa.
Junaid Raza Mar 12, 2010 06:36am
Hi! It looks a keen step towards eradicating the wrong concepts from the mind of the people who use to assume that Islam Provokes terrorism. Its high time to enlighten the real concept of Islam, The religion of peace. I think, Our scholars should jointly announce an edict against militancy and Terrorism and preach this message in local mosques too. So that the people can understand the actual message of Islam.
Sujay Mar 12, 2010 07:03am
That's good.
Goga Nalaik Mar 12, 2010 07:57am
Islam is a religion of "peace".
Abdul-Basit Mar 12, 2010 07:58am
Great work by Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Goga Nalaik Mar 12, 2010 08:13am
This article is very nicely written. There is another problem: Taliban are being backed by some political parties as well, and all this, for the sake of their personal interests. They don't care if Pakistan is being destroyed slowly and people are getting killed every day. All these "enlightened" people want is to gain more power that will help them in becoming more and more corrupt. I sincerely think we are still not united on this very issue. We want PEACE and prosperity Goga Nalaik
Nadir El Edroos Mar 12, 2010 08:18am
Going down the road of promoting one Fatwa is likely to open a can of worms in the long run. Lets take the Pakistani state for an example, the moment a prominent "liberal" Berelvi cleric, who is resident in the UK is promoted in Pakistan for his given Fatwa (By promoted I don't suggest spots on TV, but as the author suggests widely penetrate the national social fabric) he is likely to be denounced by other sectarian groups and disgruntled clerics who unlike their peer haven't had the chance to be courted by the West. In a country where individuals of various sects are quickly denounced as non-Muslims, relying on Fatwas from any singular representative regardless of how air tight his argument is going to put the state in an awkward position and indeed actually jeopardise its credibility amongst other sectarian groups. One has to look back at the effectiveness of previous Fatwas, whether given to justify or denounce terrorist activities. The Red Mosque affair where the clerics leading the mosque made various pronouncements (I am not sure if they were deemed as Fatwas) against the sate and various parts of the society. What they said was plastered across the media and split the country in half. Some political leaders were sympathetic some were not, some media groups were sympathetic some were not etc. While I agree with the author that a 600 page Fatwa, well researched and debunking many commonly held beliefs is an important step forward. For the state or any organization to be part of a process of promoting it would in an ideal world be the natural thing to do. Sorry to sound so cynical but in Pakistan leveraging the work of a cleric to achieve even the best of intentions is going to fall prey to the law of unintended consequences.
Abhishek Mar 12, 2010 08:19am
Hi Kalsoom Would it be possible for you to emphasize the fact that such documents should not only be used to counter Al-Qaida but also for the militant organisations based in Kashmir who come in our country. They also employ the same methods and have similar effects. So such messages if used universally can be of great value to mankind in any place. But if it just used to counter Al-Qaida or Taliban, not only will it be unsuccessful, it will also be an injustice to the whole work done by these scholars. I don't allege you for supporting the militants in Kashmir, but this suggestion would also help your and my country to have peace eventually. Thanks
zehra Mar 12, 2010 09:28am
Fatwas will do nothing? we need some practical work for peace on earth and specially for third world countries which have become the graveyard of human bodies.
Bin Ismail Mar 12, 2010 09:53am
Do we really need fatwas to be able to comprehend that acts of terrorism are evil acts? Next we'll be bragging about a fatwa issued in favour of abstaining from other crimes.
Ali Salar Mar 12, 2010 11:54am
Calling Mr Qadri Barelvi Scholar is an ignorant statement. Its good to do some research before writing something in media.
Khuram Mar 12, 2010 10:11am
May Allah(swt) reward him for his courage in standing up and saying the truth. I wish there were a lot more people like him who were learned, brave and articulate in expressing the deen.
Khurram Hameed Mar 12, 2010 10:13am
I dont think it would matter much because he is associated mostly with one of the sect in Pakistan or muslim world ..that is Barelvia..it would matter alot if there could be a united statement from scholars of all sect ,like the one given in India, in order to reduce the inclination of religious zealots towards suicide bombing.Furthermore,religious political parties should support such fatwas.
Khurram Hameed Mar 12, 2010 10:18am
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri goes that crucial step forward and announces categorically that suicide bombings and attacks against "civilian targets" are not only condemned by Islam, but render the perpetrators totally out of the fold of Islam, in other words, to be unbelievers. What does the scholar means by "civilian targets" ...that is dangerously vague statement by the way.
S.A.Khan Mar 12, 2010 10:20am
Fatwas are not needed by the scholars to decide issues. They could be decided by application of reasoning, tolerance and spirit of brotherhood without obstinacy and emotionalism by the individuals. Fatwas may not be acceptable to people who lack understanding of the thought process of a particular scholar.
Abdul Hameed Mar 12, 2010 10:24am
Democratically elected government in Pakistan should adopt and pass a resolution in its Parliament and Provincial Assemblies, adopting this "fatwa" as a State Policy and proclamation and then all Political parties or at least the major parties should seek votes during next election based on this state policy adopting the fatwa. The civilian Government should have authority on Army including ISI and make them accept as the policy of Army. Killing innocent human being or even animal (accept for halal eating) is crime against entire humanity, whether they are living in Pakistan, India, America or Afghanistan. I hope the Army, ISI, the political parties and civilian government fully adopt this fatwa and propogate it as their policy.
Ali Mar 12, 2010 10:40am
"Always blame it on Islam". Can you tell me there are no other seperatist groups in INDIA doing the same things as people from Kashmir.
Rauf Mar 12, 2010 11:09am
What good is a fatwa if it's intended audience can't even understand or read it, literally. There are too many illiterate muslims who listen to equally illiterate mullahs on a daily basis. Educate the people first then issue a fatwa so that they can atleast understand it. Read the Quran and one can see how beautifully Allah SWT invites mankind to think, dwell, reason with and understand what the message is. If people are educated and can read and understand the Quran by themselves then they won't need a fatwa.
ANUJ Mar 12, 2010 11:13am
No religion talks of anything but peace. Dr. Qadri a scholar, but if his words are 600 pages long, then there will be lower impact as against short slogans, which seem to work better in the sub continent.
Mrs. Abdul Munim Mar 12, 2010 11:36am
This was a brave thing for Dr. Qadri to do - putting himself on the line like this. The only way for this fatwa to work is for other immams and scholars to come forward and endorse it, so that their sects will also accept it. After all we are not talking about liberals, but about affecting the die-hards, who might be harboring ideas of joining some terrorist org. Also, if the other immams and scholors unite against alqaida, they will have great points to preach in their 'khitabs' from this point wise denouncement of alqaida's doctrines.
Chandra Mar 12, 2010 11:58am
Yes Ali, Extremists are everywhere and in all religions. These terrorism is impacting Aam-aadmi in both the countries. And do Aam-aadmi really care for these Fatwa's? And 600 page Fatwa, my goodness, god knows how many will read it. Even though this fatwa is against Terrorism but is it going to impact.
Rizwan Mar 12, 2010 12:40pm
I totally agree with Ali Salar, "Calling Mr Qadri Barelvi Scholar is an ignorant statement. Its good to do some research before writing something in media". Its better to read Fatwa before commenting becuse it does not represents one sect. of muslims, it concludes references from deobandi, Salafi(Wahabi) and barelvi scholors and all four Imams of Ahle Sunnat. Dr. Qadri never represents himself as Brelvi. He is Ahle-sunnat and follower of fiqah Hanafi.
haseeb Mar 12, 2010 12:29pm
Mentioning 'Civilian Targets' is absurd. a military person performing his duty as per the orders of state also deserves protection and sympathy. he also has roots in the very civil, relations and family to feed and to look after. There are clear punishments for those(terrorists) who wage war against state: as per Surah Maidah Ayat 33,'The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom'. such short descriptions from Quran may be understood by the unfortunate criminals.
Sehar Tauqeer Mar 12, 2010 03:47pm
Sorry! No doubt about greatness, tolerance and enlightened true scholar in front of religious orthodox Deobandi and Saudi funded Ahle-Hadith 'Ulemas' who consider suicide as 'Revenge' of these brainwashed 'Innocents'!. When we have powerful media backed journalists like Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir, Asma Sherazi openly supporting these people, What poor and alone Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri can do !
mir Mar 12, 2010 03:52pm
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is best. He is a great scholar.His teachings preach tolerance, unity among all Muslim fiqas. This is what we Pakistanis need today. He left politics to concentrate work for umah. Not like the others who are using religion for their own benefits. He is doing what every Muslim should be doing. Mir (Dallas TX)
mariam Mar 12, 2010 04:47pm
Civilian targets..... Anyone who is not working for the government or military or army would be a civilian I guess, so killing civilians be it in Pakistan/Afghanistan/America/anywhere in the world by the means of suicide bombing is not allowed.
R S JOHAR Mar 12, 2010 05:34pm
A very nice article by the author. However, it will be wishful thinking to expect these deadly outfits engaged in thrusting their ideology on Pakistan to pay any heed to fatwas, issued in India earlier and now Pakistan. Pakistan army who is leading a successful compaign against Pakistan Taliban must also engage Afghan and Punjab militants who are no assets or friends and may de-stabalise Pakistan at a belated stage when Afghan Taliban comes to power in Afghanistan.
Tariq Mian (Canada) Mar 12, 2010 05:46pm
Dr. Qadri should have known by now that religious faction or groups have nothing to do with the wave of terrorism in Pakistan. Yes! it is certain that "fake organisatins" posing as Muslims are invovled to commit the proxy war against Muslims and against Pakistan. This is all being done to divert the attention of the naive-world, while the real agenda of the united enemy of Pakistan is getting ahead successfully. However, all the scholarly imams throughout the world must come forward with a "unanimous FATWA" against killing and destruction, and this includes state-terrorisn and non-state terroism. Allah SWT (God) created the world for peaceful purposes, not for enchroaching upon the rights of others. The world was created to promote humanity, peace, love and justice for all and hatred for none.
arif Mar 12, 2010 05:57pm
This is great work to aware all the muslim and western people with all detailed and proof islam is most peaceful religion in the world. He is brave scholar because he gave the difference between jihad and terrorist. Now succider have to now they are killing innocent.
Abdur Rehman Mar 12, 2010 06:00pm
I completely agree with Abdul Hameed but the basic question is " do we need any more fatwas " in the presence of a full fledged constitution which accepts Allah or God as the supreme authority in the state of Pakistan and guarantees that in the (so-called) Islamic republic, no law will be made in conflict with the shariah. Thus Islamic laws are already present which declare suicides as HARAM or forbidden. The real problem is not making new laws but enforcing the pre-existing laws and constitution in their true spirit. Our constitution guarantees that the real power is with the people of Pakistan and people enforce their power through democratically elected representatives and all such institutions like the Armed forces are to serve and protect the people and the state. Unfortunately, our history depicts quite the other face of the picture, our so-called democratic leaders are highly corrupt and our army has always been power hungry. Although the constitution brings the armed forces under the direct authority of the elected civilian goverment, but under the present circumstances, thinking that our Army and especially ISI would accept and follow the authority of the civilian government, is like living in fools paradise. In a society in which corruption, mis-use of power, brutalities and torture by police and secret agencies, abduction and disappearance of citizens and keeping them in illegal confinement without trial and mis interpretation of religion by the self-proclaimed religious leaders, is a common thing, would fatwas against any thing including suicide killings work ? So Dear Dr Qadri, your Fatwas can serve only one purpose, they can sure make you prominent in the domestic and international media, otherwise nobody needs them.
p. denison Mar 12, 2010 06:25pm
Something has gotten lost in this discussion: murder is murder whether committed against women, children, innocent bystanders, police and security personnel, whether Muslim, Hindu, Buddist or Christian. Who says so? Allah and God do in their printed Word. Murder is an act against the Creator God Himself. It is particularly despicable when against care & assistance organizations like Red Cresent, World Vision etc. who are helping the poor and distressed people within our societies.
mohammad ateeq Mar 12, 2010 07:17pm
Qadri Sahab Zindabad!!
Kalsoom Mar 12, 2010 07:48pm
Regardless if Dr. Qadri is considered Barelvi or not (http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/john_esposito/2010/03/influential_pakistani_cleric_issues_fatwa_against_terrorism.html) doesn't mean his fatwa only pertains to fellow Barelvis. In fact, Rizwan you are right the fatwa itself is an effort to reach out to a broad range of Muslims. I read in numerous sources that he was Barelvi, but ultimately he's a Sunni scholar who is more tolerant in his teachings and leanings and does a lot of interfaith dialogue. If he's not Barelvi, then I apologize for that association. However, focusing on that small point neglects to note the major points of this piece, that his fatwa is positive and makes a broad attempt to address the issue of terrorism and suicide bombings.
Israr Mar 12, 2010 07:53pm
I agree and totally endorse it. If we know the root cause, we all need to act upon it without loosing any time. There is a need to find out those illiterate so called mullahs and hold them accountable.
Ahmad Mar 12, 2010 08:10pm
First.. DOES IT MATTER IF HE'S BARELVI OR DEOBANDI OR SUNNI OR SHIA? NO! It doesn't! Second.. people who ask the question.. 'why do we need Fatwas?' and 'Shouldn't tolerance and reasoning be good enough?' I would like to mention to them that not all people are alike.. some need Fatwas to wake them up others are naturally more tolerant and reasonable. It doesn't matter how (using Fatwas or whatever.. I would keep the army out of this.. that's another issue) we do this or who starts this campaign.. we simply need more such things and we need to spread these far and wide.
Pak_Crazy Mar 12, 2010 08:15pm
One's terrorist is one's freedom fighter. Kashmir is completely different to the ideology of AlQaeda and the Taliban.
rajaofdubai Mar 12, 2010 08:43pm
I have been crying for a long time that a joint fathwa is the need of the hour, this fathwa document should be studied by all ( we can start by having DAWN post it in a blog), then a vote of sorts on its admissability in the parliament, where it should be adopted by the state and requested by the state to the other religoius heads/scholars to extend it, then passed on to each mosque in the country for its serial implementation in the mosque Khutbas and should be enforced. Our aim to turn the general population clearly against the terrorists as not all are against them, as there is a clash of religious ideals, which will be exposed by the fathwas. The muslim popultion is religious and afraid of taking sides so as not to offend Allah swt, they need clear guidance, including the recruits going the wrong way. A state jihad needs to be declared against the terrorists. Brave and concerted effort by Qadri, it should not go to waste, but the country should unite behind it to bring about the wave which is desperately needed.
Khan Abdul Mar 12, 2010 08:50pm
Islamic terrorism has destroyed the social fabric of the world. In the name of Islam terrorists are kiling, raping, looting and converting innocents. Unless the religion does not become liberal, open and tollerant the world will perish by the so called Islamists.
Talat H Malik Mar 12, 2010 09:52pm
Mr. Rauf's comments are nice and I agree with him about his point on paying attention to education. That is what we need in our society. Education opens minds, allows you to think logically and forces to apply wisdom in religion or elsewhere. Rauf's reference to Quran is very valid point as Quran is Allah's clear message and Allah has invited at several occasions in the Quran to apply wisdom in various issues. No one can be distracted or take wrong path if he or she understands and pays attention to what Quran is saying. These fatwas will hardly make any difference. Another point in Rizwan's comments that "Dr. Qadri never represents himself as Brelvi" is surprising. Does it matter if Dr. Qadri lables himself as Brelvi or not? His actions are very well known and anyone who has little knowledge about different masliks, can easily tell where Dr. Qadri belongs to.
Atiq Mar 12, 2010 09:54pm
Very Good work
honest Mar 12, 2010 10:10pm
The problem I see is.........If the imam goes through the same torture, poverty, uneducation and supression as the people who are actually going through it, it will be very difficult even for him to keep a cool head. From what i see, we lost the ground when we started caring about ourselves only, and forgot about the pains and sufferings experienced by our muslim brothers/sisters.
S.A.Khan Mar 13, 2010 09:45am
Pakistan should delate "Islamic" from its name to be Republic of Pakistan. World Islamic singles it out as pa particular kind of State and implies people of other believe are not the same as believer of Islam. Pakistan minorities of Parsies, Ahmedis, Christians are more mentally disciplined then ordinary people. Society should take full benefits of their intellectual cultural potential for its progress rather than shun them of different believe and second class citizens. The other counntries calling them Islamic are 500 years behind. Iran, Saudi Arabia. Oil helps intellectual progress, but cannot erode 500 year behind cultural values. Hedjab, Veils sheltering woman with in four wall as practice in Iran, Saudi Arabia followed in Pakistan. "Islamic" gives encouragement to Taliban to spread Islam by sword.
malik101 Mar 12, 2010 10:53pm
Yes, and you are big scholar too.
malik101 Mar 12, 2010 10:54pm
Good. Thanks.
sarim Mar 12, 2010 10:58pm
Kashmiris are freedom fighters not Militants they were written their Fatwa to fight against the infidel till the last drop of their blood.
Johnny Mar 12, 2010 11:00pm
I guess that is the point. No religion teaches that suicide attacks are good.
Shoaib C. Patail Mar 13, 2010 12:08am
It is so sad to hear and watch seven bomb blasts in our beautiful cultural capital Lahore. At least, Maulana regardless of the Sect he belongs, he truly showed his guts condemning the terrorism and extremism. My biggest issue is Why our leaders from different political parties do not come forward and condemn in a very strong statements and do something about it. All they do is appear in one of the Maverick TV Station and talk and talk. We need Leaders who Walk the Talk. I believe all the political parties, civil societies and Judiciary, and NGOs should join and work in unison against this menace and do not support the culprits causing the atrocities and mayhem to innocent Pakistanis no matter what ethnicity they belong to. They also need to support Pakistan Army to go all the way and get rid of them. No Guts No Glory. ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONCE. We pray to Allah (SWT) to protect Our beautiful Pakistan. Ameen.
Tahir Rizvi Mar 13, 2010 12:32am
Killing of innocent people, what terrorists do, cannot be condoned by God no matter which religious holy books one can look into. These current terrorists who call themselves Jihadists portray themselves to be Muslims, in this fatwa Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has researched the Quran in substantial detail to prove and advise those misguided people that Quran does not condone/approve their acts. Muslims have a right and duty to protect their faith, the Quran and condemn misrepresentation of the holy book. We all should thank Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri for his research of Quran and defense of it so that the so called Jihadists do not misinterpret and misrepresent the holy book. To call them a Jihadist is not right and Muslims should not allow this misrepresentation of acts which do not conform to the act of Jihad. We should all pray for the guidance of these missguided people and more people should do what Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has done to prevent misrepresentation of the the holy book, the Quran.
Syed Ali Mar 13, 2010 01:00am
Yet Mr. Rizwan sticks to sectarian discord and fanatical mindset, whilst its true that Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri, does not consider himself a Barelvi, it is also true he consider himself a Muslim foremost and only.
adeel Mar 13, 2010 02:31am
This is a very good Fatwa.
Sumit Mar 13, 2010 02:56am
Dear Ali, There are many seperatist groups in India and most of them (other than Islamic militants) do not believe in religion itself. Naxalite movements are there who hate religion especially Hinduism to which they belong to. So, for those militants Hinduism is not the reason for their inhuman activities where as Islamic militants are motivated by their religion and its scholars to do these. Can you please understand the difference between Islam and other Indian religions? Jains will not even kill an animal or even as insect.
Zahra Mar 13, 2010 03:14am
There are a million things that we know are sins but we still do go ahead and do. Fine. Good. We know suicide bombing is wrong. Most of us probably suspected it from before. But now we know it. Where do we go from here? Everyone knows burglary, mugging and kidnapping is wrong. Also mobile-snatching too. It still goes on... Same for suicide bombing unfortunately :(
Shahid Mar 13, 2010 03:14am
Hi guys and girls: First of all I think all of these sects are man made and Wrong ! Secondly If Dr. Qadri has took a pledge to stand against the terror for which he is Risking his own Life for sure, like Maulana Sarfaraz Naeemi Shaheed then I must say that Pakistanis must stand beside this man and support him. Today Lahore is Rocked by a series of Bomb Blasts and Terror is prevailing our beloved Nation. We need to unite ! United we stand Divided we Fall . Thanks
Abraham Haque Mar 13, 2010 03:40am
There actually are a lot of people who are willing to tell the truth but the problem is whether Muslims in Pakistan who are emotionally high strung are ready to deal with the truth?
Rehan Mar 13, 2010 05:09am
It is truly an outstanding fatwa and leaves no doubt that terrorism is haraam (forbidden).
Satish Mar 13, 2010 06:32am
God! This is pathetic. Another blasts in Lahore and Swat, We can only pray for this Armageddon outta here!! I have a high respect for the Sufi saints, a lot of them left their legacies behind in India. But the way their teachings were misinterpreted marring the very spirit of Islam by some power seeking tribes men and the government encouraging them for fear or vested interests is causing even greater problems. We need not wait for an outer space meteorite to come and destroy us, the next tribes man is good enough to accomplish that Job for you. May god help Pakistan in clearing out the mess created by its own citizens in encouraging extremism. It just back fired.
Naved Haider Mar 13, 2010 06:35am
The sincere intellectual effort of Dr.Qadri is really commendable. It may help to guide advocates / religious leaders who support extremist version of Islam. In fact, the real terrorists are semi-literate and brain washed people they don't have time to read and contemplate, they just act on the advise of their closest religious leaders. Suggestions: I believe efforts like, release of audio / video cassettes with solid anti- terrorism stuff, which is accessible to such type of elements, could be more practical step in this regard. Keeping in view the alarming situation I think that at least for six months, in all mosques of the country, the Friday prayer khudba should be issued by the government on anti-terrorism topic only. The SHO of each police station should make it sure that same government provided khutba prepared by agreed religious scholars should be read-out in their area mosques. This type of actions will be more helpful to change the misguided mind set and reach out the masses. The policy of live and let live with peace needs to be nurtured with concrete actions not just by lip service, as people at the helm of affairs are doing now a days.
Dara Khan - Canada Mar 13, 2010 06:39am
We need some real action to remove terrorism from Pakistan, none fatwas will help or save us. In Pakistan the real problem is corruption from top to Bottom. Many problems in Pakistan has nothing to do with terrorism or Taliban. Even terrorism became lucrative business, every country wants to join the big club and to make easy money. We need actions to remove all corrupt people from Pakistan, specially high levels. Taliban are not , they are fundamental Muslims. Not to forget Taliban have beaten / win 10 years war USSR and almost 9 years USA / European forces. How on heaven earth Pakistan Army can win war with these holy worriers. The only way to win war on Terrorism or Taliban is to engage them in dialogue. Every single country has realised now, they can only win war with Taliban is to win their hearts. Lets focus on real issues removing corruption, education, health, economy, poverty....Taliban or terrorism will finish itself. Pakistan people do not need fatwas to solve their problems. Time has come to fix the real problems of the country, corruption. Long live Pakistan. Dara Khan Canada
Aamer Aziz Mar 13, 2010 07:34am
Its high time that we take stock of the situation and move on war footing to make things right. There are HUGE problems in Pakistan, and one wonders where to begin to clean up the system. In my opinion, which many would disagree, but based on much international exposure, dissects the problem and give solutions. 1. Pakistan has to be made a secular state, whether people like it or not. Religion and state has to be separated, and any constitutional amendments be made. In fact it would mean re-writing the whole constitution. Stop pretending that Pakistan is the last fort of Islam and was made for religious zealots to control every fabric of society. 2. All religious groups, parties, politics, and schools of thought need to be banned. Just like they did in Turkey. 3. Education should be ONE system for all - irrespective of social strata, sect, geographical location or language. There should ONLY be an Urdu medium education with introduction of English in higher classes. More than 70% of world does not speak English and still thrive and survive in the world. 4. All madrassahs have to be closed NOW. One executive order saying that all religious schools, without exception, are to be closed at midnight tonight. They are taken over by police and locked for good. 5. Mosques are to be used ONLY for prayers with NO education or social function of them. Loudspeakers are only to be used for Azaan. 5. Complete eradication of corruption - this is the hardest part. Everyone in Pakistan is corrupt unless proven otherwise. The one who does not cheat or lie or misuse his authority has not got a chance yet. The only way to do this is citizens arrest and the mobilization of masses against corruption. Unfortunately the masses do not want a corruption free society because they wont be able to get their legal or illegal work done. Special courts, anti corruption teams, NAB or the like are not the solution.
simon M Mar 13, 2010 07:37am
Hello, I think Dr. Tahir Al Qadri has shown a great courage and gave this 600 pages fatwa. This will definitely help to remove the bad image of Islam. Terrorist have contributed a lot to create a bad name to Islam which is a peaceful religion. Such fatwas were long awaited. Well done Mulana Qadri. Simon
Anand Mar 13, 2010 07:39am
Hi Dara Khan , It's strange that , you have not condemned the acts of BARBARIC Taliban which is killing innocent people , particularly Women and Children in spite of being in a Western country like Canada , which values Human Life so much and provides immense freedom to individual and respects/celebrates Diversity. Essence of your post is that you are defending atrocities or Taliban , which seems to be against the tenets of Islam ( but again , you people know Islam better ) In short , Need many more fatwas from every Mullah/Maulvi/Iman against suicide bombing and killing of innocent people across the world.
BACHA Mar 13, 2010 07:45am
The eradication of terrorism requires honest and truthful leadership in this country. As a nation, we need to find out and choose leaders, who after coming in power educate the nation without any discrimination and ensure the distribution of wealth equally besides the provision of all basic facilities. Today in Pakistan, we cannot become a good democratic state due to corrupt politicians who know nothing about democracy but only paying lip services to the nation for the last many decades. We even cannot become an Islamic country because our religious leaders are against each other instead of paying attention to establish a welfare Islamic state.
Anum Mar 13, 2010 08:19am
The Lahore blasts yesterday and now today in Swat. Insanity man. What is required is not a fatwa by a single religious scholar but nation and worldwide condemnation of such attacks. Be it the small local mosque around the corner these clerics and imams are the people who have to preach against it. Its high time!
Zulfiqar Mar 13, 2010 08:31am
Dr Qadri fatwa's alone will not do anything to solve problems. What it should do is encourage others Islamic leaders to do the same. I also ask do the "sects" matter more to Muslims than the message of leaders? If Christian or Hindu leader say something which is logical and right should we dismiss the message? I am not a follower of Dr Qadri's group normally but I think what he has done is brave and deserves all our support no matter what religion or group you belong to. Killing innocent people in name of Islam is WRONG and AGAINST Islam! It is TIME so called other Islamic leaders tried to stand up to the lunatics amongst our religion and country before its too late. These so called MUSSLIM do the work of the DEVIL and they should be condemned no matter who they are!
Aziz Mar 13, 2010 08:49am
I strongly condemn terrorist activities in all over the world and especially in this region of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But one point to be noted that KASHMIR is not part of any country so far. But India is occupying this territory forcefully. So you must draw a line between Freedom Fighters and involve in mass killing in rest of the world. If we require peace then we both countries India & Pakistan must have to engage in fruitful and serious dialogues on Kashmir issue otherwise both of the countries will have to face these kinds of situations continuously.
Fozia Mar 13, 2010 09:22am
We must say Salam to Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri for his courageous effort.
Shamyl Mar 13, 2010 09:48am
Excellent job by Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri. But where are the other so called religious scholars aka hypocrites like Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar ? Last Friday the mullah in our area's mosque said that Taliban are fighting for Islam and their victory is Islam's victory. But the worst part was that many guys around me were shaking their heads in affirmation. Now I have decided not to pray behind that mullah again in my life. This is definitely not Islam.....this is MADNESS.
R S JOHAR Mar 13, 2010 09:58am
Excellent analysis 'Aamer'. Pakistan will be free from all problems if the first four suggestions are implemented. God bless you.
Babbarsher Khan Mar 13, 2010 10:43am
Though far fetched idea; but support Aamir fully. Pakistan is suffering from cancer and it requires very painful and immediate medication. Actually I would go one step further no loudspeaker should be allowed in mosques. Any one who wishes to pray can look at the watch and go for prayer. It is between an individual and the god, how they want to handle their relationship. No public coaxing either to pray or not to pray, period. Unfortunately who is going to do this in Pakistan? Pak Army is not like it's Turkish counterpart and Gen. Kayani is no Kemal Pasha. As regards to bureaucracy and political forces, less said is better! So in short run Pakistan will unfortunately remain a tormented nation, till people fed up with bearded preachers and their civilian, military and political disciples!
Laila Mar 13, 2010 11:10am
I fully agree with your thoughts however, it is very difficult to implement some of the ideas. Dr. Tahir Al Qadri has shown great courage and I hope other scholars who think on same lines will also take the step forward.
Naved Haider Mar 13, 2010 11:48am
Dara Khan, Please don't connect terrorism with irrelevant issues such a corruption. Corruption is bad, but it has nothing to do with the terrorism. By the way, Pakistan is not the only country in the world where corruption exists. The terrorism is thriving in Pakistan on the basis of distorted ideology of Islam. According to this ideology the misguided Taliban does not want any other religion or even sect of Islam to exist. They want to fly to flag of their cruel version of islam by doing so called Jihad. They are just using American occupation as an excuse to kill innocent & unarmed people in Pakistan. Kindly don't advocate taliban as supporting them is tantamount of supporting terrorism & extremism.
sher khan Mar 13, 2010 11:59am
No doubt the Fatwa is a bold step. The problem is not that there was no Fatwa? I understand that many known Ulmas have already given Fatwa that suicidal attack over innocent people is haram. The actual problem is that such Fatwas do not reach to those innocent children, who remain in custody of such misguiding people. Every one of us know that the students of Madrasas have no excess to print or electronic media. They just listen the sermons of their teachers for years with out having any link with the civilized world. For example a well known Moulvi who is heading a political party with share in Govt had got thousands acre of land for approving 17th amendment. When this fact was disclosed by a journalist, he was labeled as agent of Jews. Now the students at his Madrasa listen only the Moulana speech and they are not aware of the truth and facts. Try to find out ways and means, how to convey the true message and such Fatwas to the ignorant and illiterate students and people.
Madiha Mar 13, 2010 12:46pm
Shamyl raises an important point. Small mosques all over the country are overflowing with preachers (and followers) who condone the actions of the Taliban every Friday afternoon. While Dr. Qadri has taken an important step, people like Maulana Fazlur Rehman are yet to denounce their longstanding relationship with Taliban. A much more diffusive effort is required to bring the maulvi sahib and his disciples to reality. Instead of waiting for the Maulanas who have the power to inspire these folks to 'volunteer' their services, the Government needs to 'ensure' their participation. The only choice they should get is between that or a conviction of being willing participants in terror acts.
tahir Mar 13, 2010 01:17pm
Thanks, Noted... U reap what u sow.. God Bless U & Pakistan..
Ashraf Wani Mar 13, 2010 01:23pm
Get yourself checked by a physician, are you still day dreaming, look into the world map and see under what country Kashmir is linked, for your information the topic is Dr Qadri and Fatwa's we discuss Terrorism and Islam, People like you always associate terrorism to Islam.
Sadhu Mar 13, 2010 01:32pm
Why Muslims are so blood thirsty - is it what is written in Quran - kill non-Muslims. Freedom fighters - freedom from whom, India? Sarim, why Pakistan is supporting them - just because they are Muslims?
A.Bajwa Mar 13, 2010 01:39pm
These belated fatwas by moderate mullahs are not going to help. The authority of extremist mullahs on both sides of the Durand Line is too well established and jehadi groups have been pampered too long. Unless Pakistan want to be another Cambodia all manifestations of religiosity will have to be banned and curbed ruthlessly.
Fawad Mar 13, 2010 02:54pm
Islam stands against oppression and for justice. To defend either, it encourages muslims to take up fight. In addition Surah, Tauba also talks about fighting and killing unbelievers. The context is not clear to everyone. Lack of understanding of Islamic history, and Quran leads to distortions and what we are dealing with today. There is no doubt in my mind that planting bombs in mainly civilian targets or suicide bombings in soft targets are against Islamic principle of justice and dignity of human life. However, Al Qaeda or myriad of militant organizations draw their inspiration from defending their land (or muslim lands) and are willing to go to any extent. They can easily take passages from the Quran and defend their actions or explain their actions to unaware, uneducated muslims. Unfortunately, many Pakistanis have similar ideas. Our blind support to Zia's Islamization is a testament to this.
Aamer Aziz Mar 13, 2010 02:59pm
Who knows Dr. Qadri .. who knew of this fatwa before this blog mentioned it .. how many TV programs discussed it .. how many anchors interviewed Dr. Qadri ??? All we hear are Imran Khan, Qazi Hussain and Munawwar Hassan - who try their best to "justify" these who are called "Taliban" .. there is rhetoric all day we hear on TV about America-Israel-Indian (they always say Jews and Hindus) lobby for all our misfortunes. These guys should be hanged publicly.
jkpakitani Mar 13, 2010 03:10pm
Agree. My heart is broken by these attacks.
Abbas Mar 14, 2010 09:06am
At last someone has the guts to say that it is UnIslamic...I would say why don't just get out of the religion for once and ask our self whether it is human of one to kill any innocent human...let alone talkingt about Islam....the fact that majority of Muslims don't even know the base of Jihad and it's consequences..but they still think that jihad is on??Muslims are listening to these Mulah's who have nothing to do but to earn their bread and better like Jamat-e-Islami and others...so it's better to use common sense also...if you have any...and if you think we as muslims are human also..not only muslims.....Good Work Dr. Qadri....
Tahir Akbar Mar 13, 2010 03:55pm
Dear All, The fundamental problem which we Muslims are facing is the misinterpretation of our religion. You may have observed in your daily life that people interpret verses of the Holy Quran according to their wishes & so they protect their interests. Otherwise no one can justify to kill innocent human being on the name of Religion as they did it yesterday in Lahore. The initiative taken by one of the leading scholar in Islamic world should be welcomed enthusiastically. He deserves special thanks for that. Some people argue that the war between Taliban & our society is basically a war of ideas, Taliban interpret Islam according to their interests so on one hand it strengthens their belief in the activities which they are doing and on the other hand it creates imbuguity in young generation's minds. In this scenario the FATWAA given by Dr Tahir is really a food for thought for those student who really want to know; "What Really Islam is??? & How it is being interpreted????? Along with this i would like to urge upon the young generation that they should read as much literature on Islam as you can, not for being a MOLVI, but for being a true & moderate muslim. May Allah Lead us to the right path.
ssaSSA Mar 13, 2010 04:14pm
Dr Qadri and others who have been issuing fatwas are doing thier part of the work to promote tolerance and raise their voice against extremism. However, to ensure safety of it's citizens, Government has to be responsible enough to understand it's responsibilities and make sure that law of the land is implemented. Governments of Pakistan have always seen these Jihadis and Mujahideens as a potent force to fight proxy wars in other countries, be it Afghanistan against Russia (with the help of americans though) or in Kashmir. Being under pressure from America, they have been hunting down these so called Jihadis in western borders but are still using organizations fighting thier proxy wars on the western border and beyond. As I see, they are not being guided by a religion, be it Afghanistan, Pakistan or Kashmir (India) but by their ambitions and thier hunger for power. Religion is only used to gather support, physical as well as mental. What Aamer Aziz suggests may sound radical but needs to be implemented over a period of time if any success and peace over this frankestein of terror is to be achieved. Not for the sake of any religion but for the sake of humanity which shoudl be preached as the biggest religion. There are still bloggers who use the words as infidels and non-believers. Non believers are those who are atheists but have a right to not believe if that's what they wish as for the people who have a right to their religiious beliefs. Interstingly, hinduism is not considered to be a monolithic religion while Islam is. My understanding of both the religion actually contradicts this myth. Hinduism believes in one god for all, and considers various followers of thier own faiths (be it Islam, christianity and various others) calling HIM merely by a different name; Allah, God, Christ etc. Muslims do not want to recognize any other version that Allah which narrowes down thier outlook towards remain 5 billion population of the world!
Naseem Hussain Mar 13, 2010 04:24pm
All edicts and fatwahs are useless and nonsense at best. Deeds speak louder than words. Create more 'balanced" educational institutions in the Country, with the aim to educate the 90% of Pakistanis who can hardly read or write. The 10% of the "self-styled" educated Pakistanis politicans, lawyers, journalists and businessmen included do not care a damn for whatever happens in the country as long as they have job security, can travel overseas, economically exploit the rest of the countrymen, and take care of each other's corrupted life-style. The problem in Pakistan is that there is absolutrely no sense of national pride or dignity. We are not sure where we are going; simply existing on a day-to-day basis in a sort of a "fool's paradise" like notion that all will be well by edicts and fatwahs. The problem lies in the economics of the country and inequal distribution of wealth. There is a lot of unjustified pride and self-justified prejudices in the Pakistani society. The sickness within has to be healed first before anything else.
Windian - Hindu Mar 13, 2010 06:12pm
Hi All, Islam is one of the oldest known religions of the world and it has survived so many years of its existence by teaching self-discipline, humanity and perseverance to the world. I have deep respect for this religion and many of my friends, in fact two of my best friends follow Islam.. I have found them very polite, humble, patient and soft-spoken in their talks and I love them a lot. Friends my deep sorrow and concern for what ever is happening in Pakistan. This fatwa is really a brave step. So, many people have suggested so, many nice things about coming out from the grave situation Pakistan is facing now. Completely agreed with them. Just one more thing to add to the story.. PAKISTAN GOVT SHOULD MAKE IT A NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY TO INCLUDE MODERN EDUCATION AS A PART OF ITS CURRICULUM FOR ALL OF ITS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES (including Madarsaas) and this should be followed strictly without any leniency. Insha-Allah next decade will be of Pakistanis coming up with great inventions and ideas.
Fawad Siddiqui Mar 13, 2010 06:34pm
That's the very bold step by Maulana Tahir. Well done !!
auranzeb Mar 14, 2010 08:26am
Dr. Qadri is respected personality among moderate Muslims. The dubious role of many religious parties is also a question mark when so many Al qaida militants have been trapped from their dens. However, these forces should know that when Pakistanis can be united against militants they would also be united to revolt against their collaborators. What should we be expecting from this Punjab government when they come to power in the center? More heavens for extremists! I m sure their actions do not go unnoticed both by Pakistanis and global community in their eternal love for man murderers.
Naada Mar 13, 2010 06:53pm
Sarim, Going by the same context, if militants are being cosidered as freedom Fighters even when they bomb and kill innocent people, the Taliban/AlQaeda are also doing the same by following Religious Teachings. Reproduced Text of Abdur Rehman says: March 12, 2010 at 23:00 ""In a society in which corruption, mis-use of power, brutalities and torture by police and secret agencies, abduction and disappearance of citizens and keeping them in illegal confinement without trial and mis interpretation of religion by the self-proclaimed religious leaders, is a common thing, "" Taliban is doing just according to their understanding of Islam. So, U should also accept the Taliban point of view without complaining. I think as long as people like you dont recognize the pain of death of any individual (whatever nationality & religion), extremism will continue and infact thrive. What goes around comes around. Almighty is always fair, whether on Individuals and nations.
Naveed Mar 13, 2010 06:59pm
Commendable work done by Tahir Ul Qadir as this will be the focal point to project our resistance against terrorism. We only need to own this message and communicate in our communities.
Abhishek Mar 14, 2010 07:54am
I know that Kashmir is not a place where all the people live willingly. And certainly dialogues are definitely needed to secure the country. But these terrorists from azad Kashmir kill people in Kashmir and all over India. If you guys dont condemn them, they will never allow us to have a talk. So let us stop them first and build some trust. How good would be a talk if a blast happens everyday.
Rafaay Mar 13, 2010 09:01pm
I am really proud of Dr. Tahir. All the more so because he is of Pakistani origin as well!
Nadeem Ahmed Mar 13, 2010 09:08pm
I don't think Mr. Qadri's Fatwa or anyother Fatwa will make any difference. Sunni Islam's four schools of thought and Fiqah Jafferia are so divided, its impossible that any Fatwa from one school of thought would penetrate the walls of other school. All schools of thought have created tremendous fire walls around the innocent brains. Most of the religious schools or training centers where suicide bombers and other terrorists are brain washed and prepared, they belong to a sect, which is open enemy of Mr. Qadri. In those religious schools and training centers, Mr. Qadri's and other Muftis Fatwas are forbidden and impossible to penetrate. According to relgious leaders of this sect, Mr. Qadri is not even qualified to deliver any Fatwa.
malik Mar 14, 2010 07:44am
True.
Syed Mar 13, 2010 09:18pm
The problem in Pakistan is the corruption that has infused deeply into the society. Allah has thus thrust corrupt rulers upon us. No doubt about it. The corruption has also found deep roots in the religion and this is the result: extremists killing senselessly in the name of jihad! A potential suicide bomber was apprehended and he started to cry. When asked the reason for crying, he said that he had to break his fast with the prophet Mohammad and these people disrupted his party. Vow look at the height of corruption: people can take appointments with the most esteemed prophet in the next world AFTER SHEDDING THE BLOOD OF SCORES OF INNOCENT PEOPLE. I pray for God to have mercy on us as a nation. We are certainly lost.
Ali Mar 14, 2010 07:46am
When the maulvi in our neighborhood mosque talked against Talibans, people around me said he is a govt. man.
Zain Quaid Mar 14, 2010 07:55am
Aamer I agree with you on most of the suggestions but closing Madrassahs is unacceptable..I am a youth myself and I live in New york and even here they have Madrassah's so how can you suggest to close Madrassah's in Muslim country. I agree they should be kept in constant check, there is no question over that. I just hope for the best. We are not eliminating Muslims here we are eliminating terrorists. We should use media, billboards, every newspaper..every medium we know, we should flood the fact that Islam only preaches love not violence, and with that we need to seal borders with Afghanistan. We all have to do our part..start today with any medium..write for a newspaper an article, or blog or mass sms. anything!
Zain Quaid-New York City Mar 14, 2010 08:03am
Dara khan Your analysis is totally wrong. Pakistan have to get rid of this disease, its now or never. If we give them time, they will regroup and make Pakistan worse than Somalia or Ethiopia. And for god sake wake up, these people won because they were real jihadis back than. Than were saving their own occupation and if you know they beat ussr, than you should also know without America's help it was impossible in fact no one could have even thought about that. So come out of your false realm and embrace the truth and you should also with us FIGHT Taliban. And don't give them time. Ifwe negotiate now they will regroup and come back worse than before and than we'll have no one to blame but ourselves.
fakhar Mar 14, 2010 08:13am
Actually Pakistani society needs complete overhaul of moral values. The institution which use to serve this purpose in now corrupt, I mean the social institution of Mosque and Mullah, Some times back people used to get social counciling from these institutions, now ordinary Pakistani is getting brain thirsting sessions of hatred and hate from this institution. No Mosque in Pakistan is now teaching people regarding their moral and social duties about there parents, family, professional and societal responsibilities rather they are teaching Jihad. If Pakistanis want to do Jihad the best way is to do Jihad in learning technology, and science, rather than hatred, Holy Prophet of Islam told us to Love for all and hatred for none.
sheharyar alam Mar 14, 2010 08:16am
Hello everyone, I would like to comment about the fatwas that have been delivered, As far as I am concern or the whole umma should be concern is the fact that innocent human lives are being brutally taken without their consent, why has this so called fatwas not come out before against these perpetrators or why wait so long for this fatwas to come into play, the belligerence of these imbeciles are at the peak today, it is important not only for the followers of Islam but also all the global authorities should have the right to take part in solving the matter. Again just to remind the readers, the word Extremism is a term used to describe the actions or ideologies of individuals or groups outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards, so keeping this in mind we would better understand how to deal with what the muslims are facing today. Spiritually speaking and with the firmness of the belief in my faith, truth will always prevail and falsehood will diminish, As simple as I can put it life is a life no matter a muslim or a non muslim everyone has the right to have the opportunity to prosper.
Dr. Khurram Kayani - Sydney Mar 14, 2010 09:10am
Shahadat of any Pakistani is a great loss not only to his family but " FAMILY PAKISTAN" ... we have to think this way... "Family Pakistan"... why after every incident we check whether our immediate family is safe
utkarsh sriv Mar 14, 2010 09:41am
Pakistan is an Islamic republic only in name... Some soul searching will tell you why Allah's grace is tilted towards India.. Allah doesn't bestow His Grace upon "freedom fighters" who kill innocents.. Killing one innocent is like killing the entire humanity.. You seem to have forgotten the teaching of your own religion.. A Hindu has to remind you.
Sadia Akhtar Mar 14, 2010 11:29am
Dr. Khurram your analysis is 100% true and we have to change ourselves ... no new prophet will come to help us. We need to follow Quran and that's all... May Allah bless Pakistan.
Ahmad Mar 14, 2010 12:19pm
As the article mentions, there are many like fatwas out there for quite some time. On the other hand, for a liberal learned Muslim, it's already understood that killing innocents is against fundamentals of Islam. For those who are suggesting modernization in curriculum, they should understand that curriculum is already modern enough (our urban society is already fast enough to catch up with western norms and culture!) and that evidently, the terrorists are mostly from far north who do not benefit from this modern education. What we need, however, is inclusion of general ethics in curriculum. The already modern education is not producing good Muslims - it's producing a generation with no ethics and virtually no understanding of the religion.
Bobby Mar 14, 2010 04:53pm
Why blame Allah for corruption?It is us who are corrupt and accomplices to corruption which is deep rooted in our society. You are right that the brainwashed young extremists are at the forefront but they are not the problem. The problem is within our state,within our society where mullahs nurture these youngsters and poison their minds with misguided preachings and a free pass to "jannat".. It is happening in front of our eyes and we choose to shut our eyes.That is corruption!!
Ridwan Mar 14, 2010 06:26pm
You know, all this talk of Islam being a religion of peace falls on deaf ears for a good reason. For example, "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim" is 99.5% accurate. Why is this? How come if in the West you say you don't believe in God, the people say they will pray for you. If you say the same thing in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, the people say they will kill you instead.
Aamir Mar 14, 2010 07:27pm
I don
JJ Mar 15, 2010 07:01am
what we need is an approach that encourages open mindedness, questioning, and informed debate. we have become culturally inclined to believe everything that we see and read without trying to verify sources or credibility. this tendency can be found across all demographics in pakistan, including in the most affluent households.
Ahmed Khan Mar 15, 2010 07:45am
Excellent article and a very valid point made is that not every school of thought in the sunni islam will follow the fatwa, however, the intentions seem to be good on part of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri. We as a nation should take from it what is good to us and spread the message. Probably it might reach to a potential suicide bomber.
Hira Mir Mar 15, 2010 09:27am
Suicide is prohibited in Islam. Self torure is haram as well and killing of civilians is not justified not just in Islam but in any religion. This is very wrong and the lives that are being lost must be paid for. We should back the military and get rid of extremists for once and for all.
Aziz Mar 15, 2010 09:47am
AoA, I do agree with you brother, but our govt is not understanding the basic needs of general public and we the people of Pakistan and as a Muslims also forgive the golden lesson of Islam of Tolerance & Patience. May Allah bless true wisdom to all of us
Ammar Mar 15, 2010 11:44am
The fatwa by Dr.Qadri against suicide bombing backed by an extensive research must be welcomed. The clergy has hesitated to come up front and speak against Taliban as many of those who showed the guts to do so were brutally assassinated. The religious scholars are responsible for educating the masses that they should not fall prey to the
Ueremia Mar 15, 2010 02:38pm
It is a courageous move by Dr. Qadri to give a blunt statement against those who are not ready to listen anything else than their own ideology and belief. But it is a moral and religious obligation of religious leaders and scholars to come forward and bring the true teachings of their faith (Islam). It is not an easy task to teach a new lesson to these religious
Vinod Mar 16, 2010 05:02am
the best possible explanation that one can think about. But alas, 99% people do not think so. Dear Abbas, if people start thinking on this ideology as proposed by you, world would be a nicer place to live for one and all. We have to talk about HUMANITY first.
Tariq Mian (Canada) Mar 18, 2010 09:43pm
Terrorism in any form is a mental sickness and no religion will ever allow this. Terrorists deserve harsh punishment. Suicide bombers are either brain washed/ manipulated or they are unaware of their mission; and are controlled by remote-control devices. Issues should only be decided through dialogue on the table. Politics of guns must end in the 21st century of the civilized world.
pramod Mar 19, 2010 11:30am
Well said Aamir. Religion should come by itself and one should use his/her discretion before following some one and decide what is wrong and what is right for you and humanity. Just do that and there wont be something like terrorism in the world.
Zahid Mar 24, 2010 12:57pm
This is a very good work Fatwa.
Naushad Shafkat Mar 31, 2010 03:43am
A good piece by Ms. Kalsoom Lakhani. Dr. Tahir ul Qadri is to be commended for his scholarly work in the form of the Fatwa. Simply put we all know that suicide is strictly forbidden in Islam and that killing one person is akin to destroying all humanity. If our Madrassahs try to start by just explaining this basic philosophy of Islam to their students they would be doing great service to Islam. And to those of us fortunate enough to have read the Fatwa in its entirety I would request that a summary of the main points be made and publicized as much as possible and through all the available avenues. This too would be a service to Islam.
Iqbal Qasim Mar 31, 2010 03:00pm
Yeah, just what we need. Another mullah telling us what to do and what not to do. How can people decide which fatwa to follow - this one or the one issued by their mullah that beckons them to jihad. In the end, law and order by mullahs is a terrible idea and a slippery slope.
Vikram Asbe Mar 31, 2010 03:09pm
Ye achhaa tareekaa hai, Aziz. Terrorists are bad when they kill one kind of person but not another? When they kill that other type of person, they get shahaadat since they are good Muslims conducting jihad. When they kill that other type of person by committing suicide that's not ok but for this other struggle, it's fine? This is very very confusing. Clearly this fatwa is not going to go even to the end of the street, forget Afghanistan, Kashmir or even Pakistan...
Muhammad Hanif Apr 06, 2010 01:59pm
The Fatwa, those who have read it say, is authentic. It contains the opinions of four schools of thoughts and the views of Shias as well.