It took eight years to address a wrong?
A prominent Muslim theologian has slapped Islam’s terrorists with a 600-page “fatwa”, or legal pronouncement, urging imams to denounce “unbelievers” — without any “ifs or buts.”
Pakistani-born Sheikh Tahir ul-Qadri launched the decree in London last week, condemning terrorism in all its deadly guises in, arguably, what is the most extensive theistic reproach of Islamist terrorism to date.
A little too late? Better late than never?
Either way, the anti-climactic move comes way too long after Muslim terrorists hijacked four planes, crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, a third into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, killing 2,981 innocent people in less than two hours — a death toll exceeding that of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.
The UK daily The Independent reports that the scholar told fellow Muslims: “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses of ifs and buts. The world needs an absolute, unconditional, unqualified and total condemnation of terrorism.”
Astonishingly, it took 600 pages of reflection for a renowned philosopher to arrive at a conclusion which a child could have deduced in seconds and which apparently some Muslims were, heretofore, ignorant of despite their devout daily diet of piety.
The sheikh’s decree comes on the heels of a fatwa declared by Calgary imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, who states in a January 20 interview reported by the multi-language, international newspaper The Epoch Times: “We are asking Muslims here not only to condemn terrorism but to also see these events as attacks on themselves.” A point reiterated by this column throughout its 21-year existence.
Before we break open the bubbly, it is important to note that wolves don sheep’s clothing when it suits them. Not too long ago, Soharwardy accused Christian aid workers of kidnapping children in the tragic wake of the 2004 tsunami. Then, an article portraying the Jewish Talmud as hate literature reportedly appeared on his Web site only to quickly disappear. Then, he filed a human rights complaint — retracting it two years later — against a Canadian magazine publisher who reprinted the Danish Mohammed cartoons; a fiasco whose violent aftermath continues to define the militancy and lunacy of the Muslim community.
Fatwas against Islam’s idiots would have been more credible had spiritual leaders dispatched them on September 12, 2001. Today, better than bombastic words from formerly-oblivious imams would be a universal summons by the faithful to reclaim the world’s fastest growing religion from the poisonous tentacles of its sociopaths.
A good start would be for Muslims to mobilize a global convention on radical Islam, followed by a public apology and a pledge of allegiance to the Free World — including to Israel — and notarized by a commitment to excise human ticking time bombs, and the rogue regimes which sponsor them.