The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center For Muslim-Christian Understanding Invites You To: A Leading Islamic Authority Takes On The Radicals: A MAJOR FATWA AGAINST TERRORISM
Date: Monday, November 8th
Time: 12:15 p.m
Location: Copley Formal Lounge
Description: Dr. Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri, Founding Leader, Minhaj-Ul-Quran International. In recent years, the world has witnessed some tragic terrorist attacks around the globe, including the U.S., justified through the misinterpretation of Islamic teachings. Such events have widened the gap between Islam and the West. Consequently it has left many in confusion about key concepts of jihad and the Islamic legal stance on suicide bombings and terrorism, while also causing another threat of home-grown terrorism. On March 2nd 2010, Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri issued a comprehensive 600-page 'Fatwa' (religious ruling) condemning the perpetrators which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive condemnations of terrorism to date by any leading Islamic authority. This Fatwa is a direct refutation of the ideology of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It is one of the most extensive rulings, an "absolute" condemnation of terrorism without "any excuses or pretexts" which goes further than ever and declares terrorism as kufr (disbelief) under Islamic law. This ruling aims to help guide those who have been misled to the path of terrorism and clarify key concepts. Its implications are critical for the Muslim world and the West alike. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s talk will highlight its applicability, clarify key concepts of jihad, suicide bombings, dar al-harb (Abode of War) and dar al-Islam (Abode of Peace) and why terrorism is in fact a continuality of the Kharijites (Khawrij) or rebels.
Dr. Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri is the founding leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI), an organization with branches and centers in more than 90 countries around the globe. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri is a former professor at University of the Punjab, Pakistan and a prolific author and researcher. He traveled around the Islamic world and studied under famous Shuyukh of Mecca, Medina, Syria, Lebanon, Maghrib, India and Pakistan and received from them around 500 authorities and chains of transmission in Hadith and classical Islamic and spiritual sciences which are published in two of his thabats, al-Jawahir al-Bahira fi’l Asanid at-Tahira and as-Subul al-Wahabiyya fi’l-Asanid adh-Dhahabiyya. He has authored around 1,000 books out of which more than 450 have been published. As an unrivaled orator and speaker, he has delivered over 6,000 lectures and has been teaching Hadith, Tafsir, Fiqh, Theology, Sufism, Seerah, Islamic philosophy, Law and Islamic politics and many other rational and traditional sciences to thousands of people, including Ulema, scholars, Shuyukh, students, intellectuals and academics in the east and west. In March 2010, he pronounced the historic 600-page Fatwa on Terrorism which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive, unconditional condemnations of terrorism to date. Dr. Qadri is a living model of profound classical knowledge, intellectual enlightenment, practical wisdom, pure spirituality, love, harmony and humanism. He is well known for his ardent endeavour to strengthen bonds among people, by bringing them together through tolerance, dialogue, integration and education. He successfully bridges the past with his image of the future and finds convincing solutions for contemporary problems. Dr. Qadri is chairman of the Board of Governors of Minhaj University Lahore which is chartered by the Government of Pakistan. He is founder of Minhaj Education Society, which has established more than 570 schools and colleges in Pakistan. He is also chairman of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, an organization involved in humanitarian and social welfare activities globally.
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