Shaykh-ul-Islam Speaks at the United States Institute of Peace
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered a special lecture on "Islamic Concept of Jihad" at the US Institute of Peace on November 10, a prestigious think-tank. The audience comprised senior scholars, doctors, professors, engineers, policy makers and opinion leaders etc. Shaykh-ul-Islam who was on an important visit to the United States was accompanied by Sahibzada Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri.
Speaking on the subject drastically misunderstood in the West, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri unflinchingly declared that the Islamic concept of Jihad offers guarantee for the establishment of global peace and a welfare-oriented commonwealth of nations. It is unfortunate, he denounced, that the so-called Jihadi groups misinterpret this concept and use it for their nefarious agenda. He said that these groups misinterpret the verses that particularly deal with the concept of Jihad in the Holy Quran in order to suit their evil objectives. Consequently, the concept of Jihad gets confined to killing, which is not the case in reality.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that those who have wreaked havoc in the world through bomb blasts and suicide bombings are not Muslims. They belong to the Khawarij school of thought. It was the first group that attacked the fourth Caliph Hazrat Ali (RA), and founded the tradition of killing and violence under the excuse of establishing the Quranic rule. He said that there were more than one hundred Prophetic Traditions that clearly denounce the Khawarij and declare them out of the pale of Islam. These people have nothing to do with Islam any way.
According to Sahih Bokhari and Muslim, Islam fought two wars against terrorism in the first two centuries. He said that the signs of terrorists and Khawarij according to these Books of Tradition are the following: 1. They would be youth.
2. They would be brainwashed.
3. They would have thick beards.
4. They would be extremists in their views.
5. They would emerge from East.
6. They would be violent.
7. They would refer to the Holy Quran.
8. They would apparently project themselves as protector of Islam.
9. They would propagate good things but would be the utter evil of creation.
10. They would resort to killing and shedding blood with abandon.
11. They would continue to emerge with the passage of time till the Day of Judgment.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that jurists and religious scholars have described these signs of Khawarij in history. Their common sign is that they would resort to killing people indiscriminately by raising a banner of revolt against the government of the day. They would raise a slogan of imposing Islamic system.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Minhaj-ul-Quran International is making practical endeavours for the elimination of extremism and terrorism from the world. It has particularly focused its energies on the students and youths. It annually holds various programs in which the youths are imparted lessons of their religion against terrorism and extremism. Four-day Al-Hidaya Camp is a case in point.
After the conclusion of speech by Shaykh-ul-Islam, the audience asked various questions which he answered befittingly and in detail. The question-answer session continued for about an hour. The management of the US Institute of Peace thanked Shaykh-ul-Islam for his lecture.