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Muslim scholar condemns terrorism 2, March 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Terrorism.
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The BBC wesbite has a list of the articles from its website that have been shared the most i.e emailed from one person to the next. At 6:00AM GMT on the 3rd March 2010 the number one most sent article has the title ‘Muslim Scholar Condemns Terrorism’. Am I reading far too much into this or are people ‘so surprised’ that ‘a’ Muslim scholar is condemning terrorism, that they’ve just got to read it and send it onwards to a friend? That the phrase ‘Muslim Scholar condemning terrorism’ is so rare that the chance to read about one such proponent and share his ideas simply must be taken?

The article is referring to Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani scholar who has written a 600 page fatwa wholly condemning al Qaeda’s ideology. Whilst he is far from the first scholar to denounce terrorism, seemingly the length and rigor of his fatwa is unusually thorough. The BBC article is well worth a read.


1. Charlie - 2, March 2010

David – I just came back from the London launch of this fatwa. I think there are two things that distinguish this launch from previous attempts – 1) the degree of support it has galvanised from across the Muslim world and 2) that it is a written, comprehensive attempt to intellectually and theologically disable proponents of terrorism and suicide bombings – previous attempts have been largely oral and informal.

Either way – it was a very interesting and inspiring presentation.

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