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(Posted on Sunday, 18 Sep 2011)
By Emily Dugan
One of the world’s leading Muslim clerics will issue a global
declaration against terrorism at a speech in London on Saturday. Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
will make the declaration at the ‘Peace for Humanity Conference 2011’ at Wembley
The peace declaration, which will call for an end to terrorism and for the protection
of human rights in new Arab regimes, is expected to be signed by major religious
and political leaders, including David Cameron and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Tariq Jahan, whose son was killed in the Birmngham riots, is also expected to attend.
The Pakistani scholar who lives in Canada is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Qaran International,
a Sufi-based organisation that promotes moderate Islam. He issued a fatwa against
terrorism last year and has since received death threats from many groups, including
al-Qi’ada. A $10m bounty has reportedly been placed on his head.
The Muslim scholar has been running de-radicalisation youth camps across the
UK, America and Europe for several years. He believes the declaration is urgently
needed because he sees a growing number of young Muslims who could easily be swayed
He said: “We want to give the message to the whole of the Muslim world and the
youths who have been brainwashed that this is Islam and what it stands for: peace,
harmony, tolerance, moderation and love and compassion for humanity. This message
will go out all over the world, from coast to coast.”
He said the “historic document” was needed a decade after 9/11 to combat extremism
and ensure the Arab Spring became an opportunity not just for democracy but also
the upholding of human rights.
Outlining the content of the declaration he said: “Number one will be the absolute
condemnation of terrorism; number two the protection of complete human rights, as
it is seen in the Western world and endorsed by the United Nations”.
It will also call for “support for the concept of humanity and fraternity between
all cultures, religions and human beings”; “democracy and good governance in the
Muslim world” and “total ecological and environmental responsibility”.
“We want to emphasise education to bring an end to extremism, violence, hatred
and racism,” he said, “To educate the Muslim people and youth and at the same time
educate the West so that the hatreds are removed. We will be condemning every kind
of racism and xenophobia and we will support all Muslims living in Western countries
to have integration and citizenship and we will condemn isolation.”
The day will include what the group claim is the first collective cross-religious
peace prayer instigated by a Muslim. The last collective peace prayer was called
by the late Pope John Paul in Assisi a decade ago.
“Mankind is burning now in a fire of hatred and fanaticism and aggression and
terrorism,” said Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. “The peace prayer is another way to show that
all religions can come together to pray for global peace.”
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri believes it is essential to rebuild the boundaries between
Islam, terrorism and politics. “I look around me and I see people are confused”,
he said. “Extremists and terrorists have created a very big misunderstanding in
the minds of generations. They have mixed up religion with international and political
“By talking of the Palestine issue, the Israel issue, the Afghanistan issue and
the occupation of Iraq, they have mixed up these political issues with the issue
of Islam. They have connected their terroristic and criminal activities with the
political issues of the Muslim world, making many young people confused.
“My struggle is to differentiate between the issues – to take the political issues
as a totally separate agenda that has no link with suicide bombing and these crazy
activities,” he said.