Go To Canada : Influential Pakistani cleric based in GTA
March 30th, 2010 at 11:15pm
An Islamic scholar, who drew worldwide attention when he issued a fatwa condemning suicide bombings a month ago, spoke to CBC News in an exclusive interview from an undisclosed location in a Toronto suburb on Tuesday.
Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri’s Canadian locale is not widely known by his followers, most of whom are in Pakistan.
Qadri, who recently spoke out in the United Kingdom against suicide bombings, left the Muslim world for Canada five years ago.
“Multiculturalism has its own beauty,” he said. “I say that Canadian society is the paradise of the present world.”
Qadri said his recent fatwa is the strongest condemnation of “terrorism” to date. He said “terrorists distort, twist, and confuse the entire Islamic concept of Jihad” and that “terrorism is forbidden, and an act of rebellion and brutality and indeed of infidelity.”
“They are out of the fold of Islam. They have become infidels. They have no relationship with Islam,” Qadri told CBC News.