by Jawed Iqbal
Due to the prevailing global political scenario and the most recent episode of
the West’s war against another terrorist group in the Middle East, Muslims around
the world find their religion being identified and related to these terrorists by
Western governments and media. The roots, background, sudden emergence, prominence
and rise of Daesh along with many other questions with regards to who is funding
and arming the group are unclear. Conspiracy theories aside there was an article
Guardian newspaper that said that it
was actually the US that funded and armed Daesh by the anti-Assad assistance it
pumped into Syria. There are many questions that the western media do not address
regarding Daesh and the West’s war against it, because of which the situation is
very confusing and unclear for anyone who pays attention to the issue. Indeed
these questions have led many credible voices to doubt the West’s narrative and
intentions, and some have even gone far enough to say that the West is actually
behind ISIS as the guardian article also suggests. It further states that
a declassified US intelligence report written in August 2012 predicted and effectively
welcomed an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq controlled by al-Qaida (which became
Daesh in Iraq).
Western countries have a history of creating or promoting armed groups for their
own motives such as the US with Taliban and al-Qaida, and then after no longer requiring
these groups, leaving them to cause havoc in their respective countries or regions.
The US and its allies are on the same side as al-Qaeda as stated in this
in Syria and Iraq against Daesh and the Assad government. So the actual reality
regarding the various sides in Syria and Iraq and who is actually supporting and
assisting who is very murky, and the truth behind the creation of and assistance
given to Daesh is murkier still.
Irrespective of the reality behind all of these questions, one reality that has
dawned upon all Muslims is that because of Daesh, Islam has been terribly affected
and it has been presented by the western media as an evil, horrific and brutal religion.
It is absolutely true that Daesh is an evil, horrific and brutal group but as it
claims to represent Islam and claims to be following Islam together with the Western
media referring to it as ‘Islamic State’ then the activities of Daesh will be understood
by many to be representative of Muslims and Islam. This issue has also become
a great threat to world peace. Because of this there has been a need to present
the true Islam and to rebut the misuse of Islamic ideology especially that of Jihad
by the terrorists. One of those people who have been leading this quest globally
has been Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri came to international prominence when he launched his Fatwa
on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings in 2010. However he had been working in this and
similar fields for over 30 years prior to that. He endeavoured to work in order
to revive the true teachings of Islam, the inexistence of which was cause of sectarianism,
disunity, social unrest, and many other societal ills. In particular the existence
and rise of conservatism, extremism, radicalism and terrorism were all due to the
deviation from true teachings with the rise of sectarianism further fuelling them.
So in order to practically work for interfaith harmony, intra-faith harmony, and
to communicate to the whole of humanity the ultimate, realistic, rational and scientific
message of Islam, that it is all about love, peace and mutual coexistence, he set
up Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) in 1981. It had a long term
to promote religious moderation, interfaith harmony and mutual coexistence.
was born in 1951 in the city of Jhang, Pakistan hailing from a family of scholars
and teachers. He completed the traditional studies of classical and Arabic sciences
under the tutelage of his father and other eminent scholars of his time. He
continued to travel around the Islamic world in pursuit of sacred knowledge and
studied under many famous scholars of Mecca, Madina, Syria, Baghdad, Lebanon, the
Maghreb, India and Pakistan. In the academic sphere he received a First Class
Honours Degree from the University of the Punjab in 1970. After earning his
MA in Islamic studies with distinction in 1972 and achieving his LLB in 1974, he
began to practice law in the district courts of Jhang. He moved to Lahore
in 1978 and joined the University of the Punjab as a lecturer in Law and completed
his doctorate in Islamic Law. He was later appointed as a professor of Islamic
Law and was the head of the department of Islamic legislation.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was also a jurist advisor to the Federal Shariah Court and
Appellate Shariah Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and an advisor on the development
of Islamic Curricula to the Federal Ministry of Education. Within a short span of
time Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has emerged as one of Pakistan’s leading Islamic jurists
and scholars and one of the world’s most renowned and leading authorities on Islam.
He is also a prolific author,
researcher and orator with over
500 books published
(with over 500 in various stages of publication) and has delivered over
(in Urdu, English and Arabic) on a wide range of subjects.
MQI has branches and centres in more than
around the world. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is the chairman of the Board of Governors of
the Minhaj University Lahore
which is chartered by the government of Pakistan. He is the founder of
Minhaj Education Society which has
established over 630 schools and colleges in Pakistan. He is also the chairman
of the charity Minhaj Welfare Foundation
(MWF) which is engaged in humanitarian
and social welfare activities around the world.
There are many reasons why Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has emerged globally as a voice
against extremist ideology. One of them is that because he has been working
on these lines for over 30 years, that gave credence and credibility to his message
unlike others who may have recently adopted this course. Due to the fact that his
whole vision on Islam was that if its true teachings are adhered to then Islam is
a complete way of life and provides solutions to all modern day issues. Thus his
propagation of the true teachings of Islam through his lectures on
TV in the 1980s, circulation of his
lectures on audio/video cassettes and CDs and his books automatically tackled inherent
problems such as ignorance, lack of proper education, sectarianism and socio-economic
inequality. Sectarianism was linked to extremism and terrorism as it is always
sectarian groups that turn to terrorism. Thus he addressed the root causes of extremism
and terrorism by addressing sectarianism, conservatism and extremism which lead
to radicalisation and terrorism.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri established the Muslim Christian Dialogue Forum (MCDF)
In addition to this he had been working on issues that had been affected by conservative
and extreme interpretations of Islam such as clarifying misconceptions and misunderstanding
on many aspects in Islamic creed and the perception of Islam in the West.
From the Islamic view on women rights to the concept of integration, he had dealt
with such issues. He had practically demonstrated interfaith harmony in Pakistan
by setting up the
Muslim Christian Dialogue Forum (MCDF)
in 1998 and having regular
meetings and events with Pakistani
Christian leaders. The most renowned of those was when he invited the Christian
worship in the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque
following in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who allowed a Christian
delegation to pray in the Prophet’s Mosque. Furthermore he regularly
celebrated Christmas with the significant
Christian community of Lahore. Thus he was already very well known for his
interfaith, intra-faith and coexistence credentials and for presenting Islam as
a modern progressive religion.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri hosting Christmas celebrations for the Christian community
In addition, in all conferences that he addressed around the world from the 80’s
to the present day, he made sure members of other faiths, members of the government
or political parties and different segments of society of that particular country
were also guests at the conference so that along with the message of interfaith
harmony, rebuttal of extremism and violence, the message of integration, multiculturalism
and being a proud citizen of one’s respective country are also given together with
prominent sections of society receiving this unique message and vision of Islam.
This can be seen in the high profile conferences he addressed in Europe in the 80’s
to South Africa, US, Canada in the 90’s, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, in the 2000’s,
UK, USA, Canada, Australia in the 2010’s, to many other countries around the world
in every decade. These conferences ranged from interfaith conferences to those
addressing misconceptions on Islam to international geopolitical issues. These conferences
promoted brotherhood between the different communities around the world and in particular
for the Muslim community to mutually coexist with other communities and members
of other faiths with peace, love and harmony. Misconceptions about Islam propagated
in the media were solidly rebutted with the true concepts of Islam regarding those
particular issues being highlighted. These conferences were a means of building bridges and to create trust and understanding between different communities, faiths,
cultures and civilisations. The message delivered by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was
that there is no clash of civilisations but rather the major religions are all linked
to each other by all of them being Abrahamic religions. They had many things
His vision and ideology has from the very first day rebutted and rejected conservative
and extreme interpretations of Islamic teachings. Which leads onto another reason
why Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has emerged globally as a voice against extremist ideology
which is his theoretical destruction of extremist ideology based on classical Islamic
sources. Being a leading authority upon Islam, this is why his views and opinions
have more weight than those expressed by extremists upon what Islam really is.
This is why when he launched his Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings in 2010,
it hit the
global headlines and his message
that the terrorists are the
‘Dogs of Hell Fire’ was aired on
TV screens and printed on newspaper front pages around the world. He had made it
clear to the world that the terrorists had hijacked Islam and especially the concept
of Jihad, which he had now set straight.
Photo: Representative of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury asking a question in
Another reason for the success of the Fatwa and the impact it had especially
in the western world, was his continued struggle against extremism, radicalisation
and terrorism such as the annual
al-Hidayah Youth Camps which were
being held since 2004 in the UK for western Muslim youth, which were addressed by
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in English. The aim of these retreats was to prevent radicalisation
of Muslim youth by extremists, by presenting the true spiritual teachings of Islam
together with addressing misconceptions and rebutting warped extremist concepts.
These 3 day retreats were attended by over a thousand youngsters from the UK, Europe
and North America every year. Again rather than restricting the message to
the participants, the media are always invited to such events which is why the 2010
retreat was presented by the media as an
‘anti-terror camp’. The coverage
of the media took the message to the public regarding the true teachings of Islam
opposed to what they hear about Islam normally through the media. It also
sent the message out that there are organisations and scholars who are rebutting
extremism and who see terrorism as an affront to Islam.
Photo: Up to a thousand youngsters attended the annual al-Hidayah Retreats
The al-Hidayah retreats resulted in the Western media recognising the work and
efforts of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and identified his high profile upon tackling extremism.
This was the launching pad for the Fatwa in 2010. The annual al-Hidayah retreats
for the past six years had consistently conveyed the message of Islam being a religion
of peace, love, mutual coexistence, advising Muslims in the West to conform to western
ideals as well as Islamic ideals by embracing integration as well as multiculturalism.
Above all they were taught to be proud and responsible citizens of their respective
western countries. The media was always invited and was present in these retreats
so they were by now fully aware of the teachings of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri against extremism
and terrorism and his stance on mutual coexistence and integration.
Also the role and power of the media was also clear to all, and the extremists
were fully benefitting from the media and were having their warped version of Islam
aired by the world’s media. This was the reason why it was said that the terrorists
had hijacked Islam and people were beginning to accept Islam to be what they saw
on the media. Recognising this, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had made the media a crucial
part of his anti-extremism strategy. The media were doing the job of the terrorists
for them by airing their message of hate. This is why in the launch of the
Fatwa Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri raised this issue with the world’s media and said that they
must stop giving terrorists the publicity, as it is inadvertently strengthening
them. Secondly he said that referring to terrorists as Islamic or Muslim also
gave their cause credibility, where in reality the activities of the terrorists
were an affront to Islam and Muslims.
Photo: Q&A during launch of Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings
Thus Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s continual work on extremism and radicalisation and his
engagement with the media had placed him in the right place in order to successfully
launch the Fatwa. So in 2010 the Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings was
officially launched in London at
a news conference by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri himself. Other than the national and
international media, the launch was attended by members of the UK and EU parliaments,
together with ambassadors, scholars, academics and representatives of think tanks.
In his address Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri made it clear that the 600 page Fatwa was a total
and categorical condemnation of terrorism without any ifs and buts together with
a comprehensive rebuttal of all the theological arguments that the terrorists use
in order to present their ideology and practice to be Islamic. He said it
was an authentic and comprehensive scholarly response to the warped ideology of
the terrorists, which was the first of its kind. He made it clear that in the past
some scholars did not wholeheartedly condemn terrorism due to their ideological
or theological conformity with the terrorists and always made excuses for the terrorists
such as western military interventions in Muslim countries. He made
it clear that an act of terrorism takes the perpetrator outside the ambit of Islam
because the act directly contradicted the clear cut teachings of the Holy Quran
which state that taking one human life unjustly is tantamount to killing the whole
of humanity. He said terrorism had destroyed world peace.
He made it clear that Islam had given clear rules of combat in lawful war, the
conditions of which had also been clearly laid out. Non-combatants together
with women, children, elderly, traders, farmers and diplomats could not be attacked
but rather had to be protected. War can only be declared by the head of an
Islamic state which is the case for Jihad. Lawful war is only that which is
in self defence. He also discussed the concept of Jihad in detail, clarifying
what is and is not Jihad. Jihad can only be declared by an Islamic state and
not by any group or individual. Any acts of violence perpetrated by any group
or individuals in the name of Jihad will actually be a violation of the Holy Quran.
It is incumbent upon Muslim governments to eliminate such terrorists in their midst
as they are a threat to society at large. He also likened the terrorists and
their ideology to the Kharijites and proved this through primary Islamic sources
notably Hadiths of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which stated that Kharijites
will emerge throughout human history and that they are the ‘dogs of Hellfire’.
In addition the many beliefs, physical features, practices of the Kharijites that
were common with the modern day terrorists were also quoted from the Hadiths.
He also gave special emphasis upon the responsibility upon Muslims and the Muslim
governments to protect minorities living in their country. Along with giving historical
references from the Orthodox Islamic Caliphate to more recent ones, he quoted sayings
of the Holy Prophet Muhammad upon his utter condemnation of the mistreatment of
minorities living with Muslims. In particular that the Prophet had fixed capital
punishment for a Muslim killing a non-Muslim who was living under the protection
of the Islamic state. This was necessary due to the way terrorists treat non-Muslim
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri also gave the example of the first Islamic state that the Holy
Prophet (PBUH) setup in Madina and the Constitution of Madina commonly known as
the ‘Mithaq Madina’ which laid down equal rights and freedom of religion for followers
of all religions. It was the first written constitution in human history drafted
by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Due to the importance of this document
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has written a book on it which he also mentioned.
The launch of the Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings was a great success
due to the positive media coverage it received by the
international media with all major
news outlets giving comprehensive coverage to it, together with interviews of Dr
Tahir-ul-Qadri. This was a great step in taking Islam back from the terrorists
as the world heard loud and clear from a renowned authority upon Islam that the
terrorists had nothing to do with Islam and Muslims. It had also basically
knocked the extremists off the media as major news channels had adhered to the call
by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in not promoting terrorists. This was acknowledged by
a BBC reporter on air, that a famous extremist had turned up at their news studios
to give his response to the Fatwa launch but the BBC news editors decided not to
interview him. The Muslim community was in particular sick of seeing extremists
upon the media representing their faith and speaking on their behalf.
This great collaboration with the media in knocking off extremists from the media
and clarifying the misconceptions about Islam that were created by them would not
have been possible if Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri did not have a moderate, modern and progressive
vision of Islam as many conservative and extreme scholars do not permit photography
and video recording. Thus his vision of Islam enabled him to ideologically
combat and defeat a global evil which had threatened the very existence of the true
teachings of Islam and world peace. The Fatwa has also been translated in
Asian languages and in Arabic so
that it can be benefitted from in all over the world.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s keynote speech at the George Town University, Washington
Following the launch of the Fatwa along with the many interviews to international
media, he was invited to high profile conferences by governments, universities,
think tanks and organisations around the world. The most prominent of them include
a series of lectures in Washington DC in 2010. One of them was at the
George Town University where he was
invited by the renowned scholar Professor John Esposito. In his address to
US government officials, US Army, Navy and Air Force cadets, academicians, policy
makers and representatives of various organisations and agencies, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
focussed his lecture upon
the clarification of the concept of Jihad in Islam, the concept of the Kharijite
and clarification on the different abode classifications according to Islamic teachings
as the extremists and terrorists also misuse them. He said that all western
countries are not Dar al-Harab – ‘abode of war’ as the extremists claim but are
Dar al-Ahd (Abodes of permanent peace treaties) as they are part of the UN which
introduced an international treaty of peace.
Photo: Taking questions after his talk at the United States Institute of Peace.
Another such an important lecture was at the prestigious think-tank the
United States Institute of Peace.
Addressing an audience comprising of senior scholars, doctors, professors, engineers,
policy makers and opinion leaders he gave a detailed lecture on the Islamic concept
of Jihad. He explained its actual meanings and categories and clarified the
various confusions pertaining to it particularly in the light of the very Quranic
verses that are used to misinterpret it.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri presenting solutions to tackle terrorism at the WEF
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was also invited to the annual meeting of the
World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2011
where he presented solutions in order to tackle terrorism. He gave a detailed talk
in which he also covered how terrorism comes into being by evolving through five
phases of conservatism, sectarianism, extremism, radicalisation and terrorism. He
said a multi-pronged strategy was required to defeat terrorism. The Fatwa was also
introduced to the audience by Mr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive
of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
also elaborated on its importance. He also addressed a workshop on ‘Religion’s role
in addressing global trends and challenges’.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri addressing The Peace for Humanity Conference, London,
In order to practically advance his message of interfaith harmony and the true
peaceful nature of Islam based upon integration, brotherhood and mutual coexistence
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s MQI arranged
The Peace for Humanity Conference
at the Wembley Arena, UK in 2011. This was a unique coming together of all
faiths on one platform in a practical show of unity, love, brotherhood and mutual
coexistence. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri presided over the Conference, which was also
attended by human rights and peace activists, religious scholars, opinion leaders
and key leaders and followers of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism
and Buddhism. Over 11,000 people attended the conference with the conference being
shown live on Muslim TV channels hence it was watched around the world. The
media also gave widespread coverage
to it. Leaders of all faiths prayed together for world peace according to
their own religions with them all holding hands together to show that there is no
mistrust or hate between them but they all respect each others faith. This
conference also shattered the myth created by extremists regarding the mistreatment
of non-Muslims. In his keynote lecture Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri gave the true
concepts of Islam and corrected the misconceptions upon Jihad, treatment of non-Muslims,
and many others. He talked on Islam and the establishment of global peace.
Photo: Leaders from all faiths attended The Peace for Humanity Conference
Other than the very high profile guests including the vice chancellor of the
world famous al-Azhar university of Egypt, Dr Usama al-Abd and faith leaders from
all of the religions,
messages of support for the conference
were played from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of OIC
Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar
University Shaykh al Azhar Professor Dr. Muhammad Ahmed al-Tayyib, British
prime minister David Cameron, British Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg,
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams,
including many other British parliamentarians, members of the European parliament,
academics, and many Muslim organisations.
The London Declaration
for Global Peace and Resistance against Extremism was launched at the conference.
It called for world peace, love, equality, brotherhood, mutual coexistence for members
of all or no faiths, wherever they lived in the world. It was endorsed by the Grand
Shaykh of Al-Azhar Dr Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyib, The World Association of Al-Azhar
Graduates, religious representatives of all faiths, scholars, politicians and 11,000
participants from all around the world. It was later signed by hundreds of
thousands of people online.
Photo: The Peace
for Humanity Conference was greatly attended
This conference also had a massive positive impact, it was viewed extensively
live on Muslim TV channels by Muslims. National and international media covered
it again, alongside interviewing Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and airing his lecture to the
conference. True teachings of Islam were again being presented to the world
and terrorist ideology was again dismantled and destroyed.
Photo: Leaders of all faiths standing hand in hand to show brotherhood and interfaith
This conference was further evidence of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s message and influence
reaching far beyond the general public through the media, as the corridors of power
were also recognising his efforts, message and mission. The invitation to
the WEF, the Washington DC tour and also this conference were proof of this which
was evidence that his solutions were being taken seriously by world powers, governments
and influential world bodies. In addition to this the United Nations Economic
and Social Council (ECOSOC) formally recognised and granted
'Special Consultative Status' to
Minhaj-ul-Quran International in 2011.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri addressing the GPU event in London, 2010
The high profile of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri resulted in him being invited to major
events organised by other organisations which may be considered to be having different
opinions to him on extremism and extremist organisations. He addressed the
Global Peace and Unity event in 2010
2013, organised annually in the London
Excel Centre by Islam Channel in association with many Muslim organisations.
This was an opportunity to address mainly British youth who may be at risk of radicalisation.
He explained the true concepts of Jihad and addressed the many misconceptions existing
upon the issue. Also addressing issues of terrorism, extremism, integration,
culture, citizenship and related issues. Hundreds of Muslims organisations,
academics, and people from all walks of life attended these events.
In 2012 Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri conducted a successful
tour of India in which he
launched the Fatwa there and also
lectured all over the country to enormous audiences. He also met high level
officials and parliamentarians.
Photo: In the India 2012 tour Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri addressed mammoth audiences throughout
Although Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had categorically dismantled terrorist ideology through
his historic Fatwa, which contained crucial resources for scholars, academics and
think tanks to use against extremist ideology, there was a need to teach different
sections of society who interact with the public such as teachers, public sector
workers, Imams etc., so that people in all sections of society can be given the
teachings against extremism. Over the last few years Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had
written twenty books on terrorism and extremism, so in order to utilise them to
fulfil the above objective he devised an Islamic Curriculum on Peace and Counter-Terrorism.
launched in 2015 in central London
with many dignitaries attending the launch including members of parliament, academics,
scholars and representatives of many different organisations. Again the launch
received very positive
media coverage from the international
media. The curriculum will be used to design courses for young people, students
and various other sections of society such as teachers and Imams. This curriculum
can also be introduced into schools in order to prevent radicalisation and to present
the true teachings of Islam. In Muslim countries the curriculum is being introduced
in religious seminaries, schools and colleges in order to put an end to extremism.
The curriculum is available in English, Urdu and Arabic.
Photo: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri launching the curriculum in London, 2015
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has also addressed issues such as the publication of blasphemous
caricatures in western newspapers in 2006 and then again in 2015. He sent
a memorandum to the UN, EU, OIC, governments of all member states of the UN and
all embassy missions in Islamabad, Pakistan and concerned parties all over the world,
including world human rights organisations. In 2005 the memorandum was titled,
Call to Prevent a Clash of Civilisations’
and in 2015 it was titled, ‘Time
to Redefine and Protect Freedom of Speech and Expression’.
The memorandums stated that the failure of governments to address the publication
of blasphemous caricatures, has allowed it to spread all over the world, with no
end in sight; This situation has been unnecessarily allowed to spiral out of control
and has threatened the concept of peaceful co-existence; If not addressed, it can
lead to a potential clash of not only civilisations but religions as well as societies.
The detailed document gave ample evidence upon the fact that freedom of expression
is not absolute in the West so then why is it claimed to be so only when the matter
of blasphemous caricatures arises. It gave citations from the UN charter of
Human rights, laws of numerous Western countries, together with statements by UN
and other western officials. Furthermore, realistic and practicable measures are
proposed to address the issue. This issue has the potential sabotaging all efforts
that have been made towards interfaith harmony, mutual coexistence and brotherhood.
This is why Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri drafted these documents in order to curtail this threat
to world peace.
To spread the peaceful message of Islam and to counter conservatism and extremism
among Muslims in a more widespread manner, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has used the annual
festival of Mawlid for this purpose. Every year for over 30 years the
world’s largest Mawlid conference
is arranged at the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan ground in Lahore, Pakistan, which is
effectively a peace conference highlighting the greatness of the ‘Mercy for the
Universe’ the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s address to
the conference is shown live on Muslim TV channels and viewed all over the world.
This has the impact of tackling and eradicating conservatism and extremism through
teachings of love and reverence for the Holy Prophet and also that of Islamic spiritualism.
Similar conferences are held by MQI all over the world.
In conclusion, the comprehensive multifaceted efforts by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri towards
interfaith harmony, mutual coexistence and world peace coupled with the widespread
media coverage has taken Islam back from the terrorists and now it can no longer
be said that the terrorists have hijacked Islam. It is now the responsibility
of the media to responsibly report upon the terrorists and not to give them the
undue publicity which they crave and also not to give them the label of ‘Islamic’
or ‘Muslim’ as that would inadvertently strengthen and bolster them. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
has worked comprehensively in every relevant field in order to promote and spread
interfaith harmony, brotherhood and mutual coexistence among different religions,
races, communities, cultures and civilisations. The aim of his comprehensive
work over the last 35 years is to work towards world peace, which he sees to be
the ultimate aim of Islam.
Further details available on www.minhaj.org.