Killing a human is like disbelieving: Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri's book
Pakistan's firebrand cleric, Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, is in news these days due to his long march which has seen the participation of hundreds of thousands of people, demanding electoral reforms in the country. In his now famous book, 'Introduction to Fatwa on Suicide Bombings and Terrorism' Qadri says that 'killing a human is like disbelieving' and asks people to believe in the dictum 'vice cannot virtue due to goodness of intention'.
Qadri, the founder of a Sufi organisation Minhaj-ul-Quran International, reiterates his fatwa is a scholarly refutation of all kinds of terrorism and proclaims that terrorism had no place in Islamic teachings and no justification can be provided for it.
Published by Minhaj-ul-Quran Publications, the book is divided into four sections covering nine chapters renouncing the cult of violence and terrorism as an English translation of his a 600-page Fatwa on Terrorism in Urdu.
During his four-week tour of India in 2012, Qadri delivered a message of peace, saying "Terrorism has no place in Islam", while addressing the launch of this book in Delhi. He visited Gujarat also and both Hindus and Muslims along with government officials had gathered to listen to Qadri.
The book is being claimed to be the most comprehensive condemnation of terrorism till date and deals a devastating blow to terrorist groups and its affiliates by removing decisively any remnant of theological justifications for terrorism.
According to the author, it is unethical and unjustified by the terrorists and similar organisations to employ Muslim scripture with impunity to advance their cruelty on humanity.
The book has a foreword by Prof. John Esposito and an introduction by Dr. Joel Hayward argues well that the precept that terrorists have distorted the concept of Jihad as a rhetoric leading to violence and disorder.