The Jakarta Post : Issues: ‘Muslim leader issues antiterror fatwa’
March 2, Online
The leader of a global Muslim movement has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that he calls an absolute condemnation of terrorism. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a former Pakistani lawmaker, says the 600-page fatwa bans suicide bombing “without any excuses, any pretexts, or exceptions”.
Tahir-ul-Qadri has issued similar, shorter decrees, but Tuesday’s event in London is being hosted by the Quilliam Foundation, a government-funded, anti-extremism think tank.
The religious scholar is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran, a worldwide movement that promotes a nonpolitical, tolerant Islam. The group has hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, most of them in Pakistan and Pakistanis living in other countries.