CANADA: Fatwa against terror attacks
A group of Canadian and U.S. Islamic leaders have issued a fatwa declaring that attacks by extremists on the two countries would constitute an attack on Muslims too. Highlighting the religious freedoms that Muslims in North America enjoy – in many cases more freedom than many Muslim countries – the imams stated in their fatwa that ‘these attacks are evil, and Islam requires Muslims to stand up against this evil’. Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said ‘We are part of this society. This is my home, and if anybody attacks on Canada, in fact, attacks on my home…It is religious obligation upon Muslims, based upon the Qur’anic teachings, that we have to be loyal to the country where we live. We have no problems in Canada; we can practise our religion freely’.
SOURCE: Toronto Star, 8 Jan 10; Vancouverite, 9 Jan 10
NIGERIA: Muslim group condemns Christmas day terror attempt
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemned the attempt by Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a plane on Christmas Day. They described his action as a ‘criminal act, inhuman, horrifying, callous and thoughtless; a senseless action for him to have attempted to destroy a plane carrying more than 300 innocent people’. They added that the action was against the tenets and teachings of Islam which is based on love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence and urged Nigerian Muslims not to allow extremists to destroy the image of Islam.
SOURCE: Ibadan Nigerian Tribune Online in English 28 Dec 2009
NIGERIA: Muslims snub Al Qa`ida
Following media reports that Al Qa`ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM) offered to train and equip Nigerian Muslims to fight Christians, Muslim groups have spoken out to distance themselves from the terrorist group, insisting AQ would find no support from them. Abdul-Lateef Adegbite, the spokesman of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said ‘Al Qa`ida is not welcome here’.
SOURCE: Islam Online, 2 February 2010
PAKISTAN: Scholar explains religious ignorance of terrorists
Islamic scholar and television journalist Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan has written an essay unravelling the flawed religious logic used by extremists to justify the killing of ‘families, friends and neighbours’. Arguing that terrorists’ misconceptions are the result of a failure to understand the Qu`ran and Hadith, Dr Farooq sets out why individuals and non-state actors are not allowed to wage war in the name of Islam, highlighting the messages of respect for international law and the spirit of peace and justice that prevails in Islam.
SOURCE: Common Ground News Service (CG News); 5 Jan 10
SAUDI: Scholar says joining AQ is ‘haram’
Adviser to the Royal Court, Shaykh Abd-al-Muhsin Bin-Nasir Al-Ubaykan, has said that belonging to AQ is prohibited in Islam because they are ‘a group that has left the people of truth and taken up takfiri thought’. Calling on Saudi members of AQ in Yemen to return to the Kingdom, the Shaykh said ‘The people of the Sunnah and Consensus have ruled that one must hear and obey and not come out against the leaders, or create strife, or legitimize the shedding of the blood of Muslims or the protected without any right to do so’.
SOURCE: Saudi Gazette website, 12 Jan 10
UK: Muslims know a fatwa can support peace rather than terrorism
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, head of the British Muslim group, Minhaj ul Quran, and leading authority in Islam, has issued an unprecedented 600-page fatwa against terrorism and declaring suicide bombers ‘un-Islamic’. The fatwa says ‘Islam does not permit such acts on any excuse, reason or pretext’ and explains the misconceptions about Islam used by terrorists.
SOURCE: The Independent, 20 Jan 10