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PreppyMcPrepperson
03-02-2010, 08:23 AM
Cleric issues fatwa condemning terrorism:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8544531.stm
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23810140-is-this-a-triumph-for-the-islamic-peacemakers.do

Not the first time it's happened, but the first time one of these guys has secured backing from a Western group (a London semi-state-funded thinktank) for doing so and therefore first time the fatwa has had media play.

A counterpoint:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/02/fatwa-anti-terrorism-minhaj-qadri

Whatfur
03-02-2010, 08:49 AM
Cleric issues fatwa condemning terrorism:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8544531.stm
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23810140-is-this-a-triumph-for-the-islamic-peacemakers.do

Not the first time it's happened, but the first time one of these guys has secured backing from a Western group (a London semi-state-funded thinktank) for doing so and therefore first time the fatwa has had media play.

A counterpoint:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/02/fatwa-anti-terrorism-minhaj-qadri

:o
:)

Lyle
03-02-2010, 11:52 AM
Yay! :) About a decade after 9/11, but yay! Other Muslim clerics have been passing anti-violence fatwas for a while now, just not enough of them (like from the ones who celebrated 9/11). What, you thought I didn't know?

Of course there are guys like this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anjem_Choudary) still around, although this guy is the Muslim equivalent of David Duke in England (much more pro-violence though)... so that's good.

The Guardian article also points to the fact that the fatwa passing cleric is a Sufi and that, "Tahir ul-Qadri is not by any means a universally accepted figure in the Muslim community, either here or in Pakistan His fatwa will be accepted by his followers, who are likely never to have supported suicide bombings anyway, and ignored by a whole lot of other people." And, "By his own admission, Tahir ul-Qadri was a close friend of the late Benazir Bhutto which immediately puts him beyond the pale as far as Pakistani jihadists are concerned. He may well have "hundreds of thousands" of followers but among an estimated total of more than a billion Muslims around the world that doesn't make his organisation particularly large or influential. In Britain, it controls only a handful of mosques out of an estimated 1,600 or so."

So the violent fatwas will still be forthcoming unfortunately. Big ups to this guy though for sticking his neck out along with all the other Muslim clerics who preach non-violence.

claymisher
03-02-2010, 12:00 PM
I'm sure Lyle appreciates the attention.

Not feeding trolls is internet 101.