Description: The English version of the historic fatwa on terrorism and suicide bombings includes a foreword by Prof John Esposito (Georgetown University, Washington DC) an Introduction by Dr Joel Hayward (Royal Air Force College) and a validation by Al-Azhar University, Egypt who have supported this fatwa. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is a globally recognised authority on the law and spirit of Islam. Drawing on his deep, erudite insight into the life and teachings of the blessed Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and fourteen centuries of Islamic scholarship, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s 512-page, detailed fatwa demolishes the theological arguments advanced by terrorists in prisons, on websites, videos and their literature.
Title: Fatwa on Terrorism & Suicide Bombings
Author: Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Foreword by: Prof John L Esposito (Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Introduction by: Dr Joel S Hayward (Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, UK)
Format: Hardback, 512 pages
Date of publication: 31 Jan 2011
Dimensions: 240 x 45 x 160 (mm)
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Comments/Reviews by academicians and international media
Certification from Al-Azhar, Egypt
The special committee of Islamic Research Council, Al-Azhar commenced its [the Fatwa’s] examination and scholarly review and found that the author’s book discusses terrorists who reside in Muslim states—that is, terrorists who frighten civilians, murder non-combatant women, children and elderly people, kill non-Muslim citizens, revolt against Muslim rulers and target homes, mosques and shrines. The author argues that those who perpetrate these actions are like the Kharijites who appeared during the time of the Messenger. The author quotes the opinions of Islamic scholars who considered it a religious duty to fight and kill the Kharijites if they refused to renounce their doctrine after receiving warnings and advice.
The author identifies the terrorists in Pakistan as rebels and purveyors of corruption, and contends that their traits and actions correspond to the Kharijites. The author maintains that these traits put the terrorists at odds with the main body of Muslims; and he considers it obligatory to warn them and advise them and, if unheeded, to fight against them until their threat subsides. This examination committee maintains that the author’s conclusions are in agreement with the principles and directives of Islam, especially considering the fact that he furnishes his judgments against them with proofs from the Book [Qur'an] and Sunna detailing their traits and actions.
The General Secretary of the Islamic Research Council of Al-Azhar hereby issues this certification, asking God—the Exalted and Sublime—to reward the virtuous scholar, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, with the best reward, and to place this book and the author’s other valuable works in his scale of good deeds, and to bestow upon him the spiritual openings of the Gnostics so the Islamic library may be enriched by many more beneficial books.
Dr Joel S. Hayward (Dean Royal Air Force College)
The power of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s argument stems from its completeness and comprehensiveness as well as from the fact that, for the first time in a fatwa, an internationally renowned scholar has left no stone unturned in his determination to demonstrate that there can be no possible justification for deliberate violence in the name of Islam outside of the context of organised warfare.
Prof John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Qadri’s fatwa is an exhaustive, systematic theological and legal study of the Islamic tradition’s teachings on the use of force and armed resistance to support an absolute condemnation of any form of terrorism for any cause.
Dr Hassan Abbas, Harvard University, US
Qadri has been very bold in saying that these terrorists are awaited in hell.
Prof Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware, US
Dr. Qadri’s fatwa is essentially an encyclopaedic compilation of the fiqh of the use of force. It basically accumulates all the various jurisprudential positions advanced by Muslim scholars and jurists of different schools… The extremists and their sympathetic scholars, I am confident, will not be able to produce a document that could trump Dr. Qadri’s fatwa.
Prof Manan Ahmed, Freie University, Germany
This is a landmark theological study—a careful and systematic treatment of a thousand years of legal tradition dealing with armed resistance against the state.
Fareed Zakaria, CNN
While past [fatwas] may have hemmed and hawed about where the Koran condoned terror or particular kinds of violence, this one is definitive. It says there is no theological justification for terror in Islam.
Nicholas Kralev, The Washington Times
… the new fatwa makes the most detailed and comprehensive case against Islamic extremist.
Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy Magazine
Qadri’s fatwa aims to establish a bit of healthy clarity. His finding, which builds its argument around a meticulous reading of the Quran and the hadith (collections of oral statements attributed to the Prophet Mohammed), makes the case that terrorist acts run completely counter to Islamic teaching… He’s especially keen on targeting the coming generation, younger members of the global ummah (the community of believers) who — he contends — have lost their bearings in the roiled post-9/11 world.
Carla Power, TIME
Qadri’s fatwa may well be the most detailed anti-terror fatwa ever written. . . . His fatwa: Terrorism is at all times, in all conditions, against Islam. The murders terrorists commit will send them, not to paradise, as often claimed, but to hell.
The Globe and Mail, Canada
It is a direct and powerful argument aimed at the young and at all those whose silence or equivocal statements have been understood by the young as tacit approval.
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