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Reason to Love Toronto: we’re a safe haven for an anti-terrorist

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Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a former Pakis­tan National Assembly member, is an international phenomenon among progressive Muslim scholars.

Qadri heads up the Minhaj-ul-Quran, a peace-and-tolerance-promoting Islamic education and charity organization with outposts in  over 90 countries and millions of young Muslim followers. Seeking a safe and pluralist home base for his activism, Qadri moved to the GTA five years ago (he won’t disclose his location to protect his wife and five kids) and has spent the ensuing time working on his magnum opus, a 600-page doorstop of an injunction against radical Islam. Last March, before a phalanx of international media, he released his fatwa on terrorism—the most unequivocal, comprehensive condemnation of the tactics used by al Qaeda and the Tali­ban ever written. And Qadri did it using the very religious conventions that extremist imams have exploited so successfully to violent ends.

Qadri has studied Islamic law for more than 35 years and perfected the art of the fatwa, parsing the Koran and the hadiths to show that suicide bombing is an explicit rejection of the Islamic faith. He’s a man waging what he calls “intellectual jihad” against fundamentalists who would use his religion as a cudgel.

“Peaceful people are always silent,” he complained recently. If Toronto has a role to play in offering safe haven to voices of peace, that’s something to shout about.

  • Amanat Chaudhry

    At a time when the entire world is faced with the phenomenon of terrorism and extremism, there is a need to project such people as Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. He represents the true face of Islam, which has, unfortunately, been hijacked by the extremists. One unique aspect of Dr Qadri’s Fatwa is that it knocks the bottom from under the feet of terrorists and extremists by invoking the Quranic verses and Prophetic traditions. It is our collective duty to strengthen the hands of people like Dr Qadri for the welfare of humanity and promotion of peace.

  • Kashif Javed

    It’s amazing to see a scholar like Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri who dares to speak against all odds. His Fatwa against terrorism and extremism captured global attention which is followed by Global peace and unity conference is surely a sign of his intellectual war AGAINST terrorism. GPU can be viewed at:

    Following in his footsteps Muslims should expect more scholars like him to step up to provide True concept of Jihad.

  • Ashfaaq Hussain

    It is amazing to see that a renowned Islamic Scholar from the Muslim world who is operating Islamic centers in nearly about 100 countries around the world have stud up against extremist in Islam, to explain us how peaceful is Islam and how much peaceful the Muslims should be. Looking at his struggle for peace, it looks like Dr.Qadri has dedicated his whole life to spread the peaceful message of Islam to all Muslims around the world.

    Continuing his struggle for peace, Shaykh Ul Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri is delivering another lecture at the United States Institute of Peace on the subject of “Shaykh Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Struggle against Radicalism in Islam”. The lecture, which would be webcast live at 2 p.m. US EST (3 p.m. US CST) on November 10, 2010, would be held at USIP Headquarters in Washington D.C. Shaykh Dr. Qadri would speak on the issue of terrorism and the real concept of Jihad and how Islam stands against militancy, extremism and terrorism.

    For more details, or to listen to this lecture live, visit following link:

  • Naveed Iqbal

    Infact now a days we Muslims are not following the thumb rules which are guided by the core principles of Islam. I came across many people acting like Muslims and are not well aware of the depths of Islam. There is a famous quote by an unknown person that if you don’t go in the depth of ocean, then how could you see the creatures in it. We see only the Ships and island. Whatever we read or see, we think that this is the right material of whatever. This is my Appeal to all Muslims that please read the books by Hazoor Tahir Ul Qadri Sb and compare his findings with other authors. You will find automatically the difference. HE IS A BLESSING FOR US. WHATEVER HE SAYS OR WRITE IS THE RESULT OF EXTREME RESEARCH.

  • jamil ajmal

    There is a dire need to promote and project the personality and work of Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri. His Fatwa is to save the future of the the whole world.

  • Sajjad Hussain

    It is a work of great admiration in which the true picture of Islam as a peaceful and acceptable code of conduct has been shown to the all world. The differences between the terriorists and the true Muslims have been projected in its true sense. This Fatiwa may bring harmony among the nations of the world. It is defending not only the Muslims of the wolrd but also giving guidance to the non-muslim nations. This Fatiwa is, actually, another volume of the series of the works by the great Leader, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri.

  • Sharjeel Ahsan

    Shaykh Dr. Qadri’s fatwa is not just an ordinary religious ruling that could be ignored by some, it is a comprehensive legal document sourced out from the Quran and Hadith (traditions of the Prophet (PBUH)), and the interpretations of the classical Islamic scholars of earliest centuries who have been considered authority on Islamic rulings. Only ignorants can deny the facts that have been presented in this 600 paged fatwa. All Muslim organizations should show support of that fatwa and raise a combined voice to highlight the true picture of Islam to the world.

  • Nousheen Fatima

    Aslam o Alikum.
    We muslims r blessed with such a brillient Scholor like Qibla Hazoor Dr.Tahir -ul-Qaderi g if QH would b become the Prime Minister of Pakistan thn Pakistan will b on the Top of the Map of World.

  • Stefan

    Mr Qadri is doing very good and putting his efforts in all his best to strengthen the peace and co-existence in this gloabal village arena. We all should foster such efforts, irrespective of the religion or ethnicity to prosper world’s peace.

  • syed samim abrar

    this fatwa is an authentic and absolute answer to most of question raised by these so called islamic fighters movements. the character and personality of tahir ul qadri make it more important and useful.




  • Kaleem Ahmed Khokhar

    at the present moment, the fictacious face of Islam which has been brought infront of the world by these extremist islamic groups, has been completely wiped off by Sheikh ul Islam Dr. Tahir ul Qadri…extremism has never existed in Islam but was created by these groups by wrongly interprating the teachings of Quran. Dr. Tahir ul Qadri’s teachings have always been according to Islam teachings which are “LOVE AND PEACE”. His fatwa against the terrorism has brought the real and peaceful face of Islam infront of the whole world. We hope it to reach to the every corner of the world to remove the misconceptions and ugly thoughts against Islam.

  • waqas

    i am very happy that Dr sb did,he is truly a BLESSING for us,May Allah Tala extend his life for us

  • Muhammad Aslam Ranjha

    Dr.Professor Tahir ul Qadri is really a great scholar and has devoted his life for peace and to show true picture of islam. He is committed to spread the Islamic faith and to give a practicable way of life needed by all the world from Qura’an and Hadith. May Allah almighty give him long life to complete his mission.A’amen.


    Dr. janab Tahir-ul Qadri is very need full personality for this time world,i wish for his long live with same energy,
    Mohammed Moiz Uddin

  • Muhammad Hanif

    Other Muslim scholars, like Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, should step forward and denounce terrorism in all forms.

  • imtiaz baig

    dr.tahir ul qadri is very much sincere with islam,he is truly expressing islam in whole world,its my opinion if we want to project islam in its original shape we must get benefit from this will come and show his talent globelly

  • aziz saleem hasan

    Allama Tahirulquadri is true face of islam he has revived the true teaching of islam overshadoed by wahabis in indian will be a great moment for us if he visits india and personallay to me a hajeakbar.

  • Sikandar

    Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri,no doubt is a great Muslim Scholar, a great Sufi of this time, he must be followed and his fatwa is really a great comprehensive work which can never be done by an ordinary person, A person must read it, solution of all the confusions about jihad, what jihad means, what it is, May God give him a long life and keep us on the path of great saints like him and give us toufeeq to complete his mission ….

  • Usman yaseen janjua

    Dr.Professor Tahir ul Qadri is really a great scholar and has devoted his life for peace and to show true picture of islam. He is committed to spread the Islamic faith and to give a practicable way of life needed by all the world from Qura’an and Hadith. May Allah almighty give him long life to complete his mission.A’amen

  • Rja Umer Qadri

    May Allah showers His countless blessings on Hazoor Dr. Tahir ul Qadri

  • Sheikh Karrim

    Though Sheikh ul Islam Muhammad al Qadri enjoins great praises for his declaration against those engaged in terrorism, we must bear in mind that the Quran does not support suicide under any condition and it is punishable in the Hereafter. The Prophet Muhammad (owbp) in his final message said that when he leaves this world he fears his Ummah will be divided in seventy three ways. He was asked which is the right way and he replied, the Holy Quran and the Sunnah(my way of life).

    In his twenty three years of struggle he did not use terrorist activities as he fought bitterly against the enemies. They were defeated with the help of Almighty Allah.

    The war of terrorism declared by the west against Al Qaeeda and Taliban must be studied carefully why it happened and how it is going for almost ten years with the might and money from those great nations involved in it, and there seems to be no end in sight.

    It is wrong to call these muslims fundamentalists. A fundamentalist is one who strives to be righteous. Chapter 2 Vs 177 in Al Quran describes righteousness; “It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousnesss -to believe in God (Allah) and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book (Quran), and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of the slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practise regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which we have made; and to be firm and patient,in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all prriods of panic. Such are the ruth, the Allah-fearing”.

    This is Islamic Fundamentalism any other theory is Fanaticsm.
    Chapter 103 of the Quran states:
    “By the time through ages mankind is in a state of loss , except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual teaching of Truth, and Patience and Constancy.

    Mankind must make a serious thought of where they are heading and analyze the actvities taking place in the world if they are righteous and if they will help them to achieve Paradise in The hereafter. This is our ultimate goal.

  • Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Hussain

    A true Muslim does not fear what people say about the truth infact a True Muslim Scholar Such Shaykhul Islam gives impotance to the pleasure of Allah by promoting the the real teachings of Islam based on Quran and Sunnah. Dr.Tahir ul Qadri has faced many difficult times in Pakistan while playing his role to free the nation from the hands of extremist rulers who are violating the basic human rights in his country. A brave Sholar like DR.Tahir ul Qadri can only raise the voice of true Islam for peace and harmony in Pakistan and the rest of the world. Those who speak against the historical fatwa should study Islam and study the Fatwa in the light of true Islam which is understood by the great scholars in the whole world. A true Muslim does not suffer with suspician about the true scholars. The Muslims of Europe ,America and Ustrailia are thankful to Shaykhul Islam for his historical Fatwa and they pray that may Allah enable the people of Pakistan to understand and support the mission of Dr.Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri.Thre is a great need for us to arrange the meetings of the scholars in our countries of residence and discuss on the historial Fatwa of shaykhul Islam Hafidhahullah. I am visiting USA and during my discussion with muslims I found that pleased is our community with this fatwa. we are requesting every one to study the Fatwa and let us know why you do not agree with it. our discussion must bebased on the true teachings of Islam understood and accepted by the great scholars in the past and present. May Allah bless us to understand the truth make us to be with the people of Truth. Ameen. From Ahmad Muhammad Hussain Sulaimani.