Fatwa on Terrorism: factsheet
Islam is a religion founded upon the principle of peace, love and harmony and the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose and condemnterrorism. Moreover, the global atrocities committed by terrorists and suicide bombers are rightly rejected by the Muslim community as goingagainst the teachings of our religion. In March 2010, a signicant fatwa was launched which certies this view by ofcial religious ruling. The fatwaannounces categorically that terrorist attacks are not only outlawed by Islam - they also render those behind these violent crimes completely out of the fold of the faith. When the forbidden element of suicide is added, the severity is even greater.The edict is seen by a number of religious authorities as a crucial step in tackling terrorism and countering the damaging and unfair impact it hashad in bringing Muslim communities into disrepute. This factsheet includes key facts about the fatwa, what it says and what that means for Muslimcommunities.
What is a fatwa?
A fatwa is an Islamic religious ruling. In Britain, there is a widely heldmisunderstanding that a fatwa is a violent call to arms but its realpurpose is to provide a religious decree, giving a certied Islamicviewpoint on controversial issues and offering guidance for believers.
Why is this significant?
The publication of this 600 page fatwa is the rst time such a detailedand comprehensive analysis of the issue of terrorism has beenpublished. It is based on thorough research and references from theQur’an, Hadith and Prophetic traditions. The fatwa comes with theprestige of being delivered by Dr Muhammed Tahir-ul-Qadri, one of theworld’s most senior and highly regarded Islamic scholars.
How is the fatwa relevant to me?
The vast majority of Muslim communities believe that terrorism andsuicide bombings go against the grain of Islam: the fatwa providesofcial backing for this, demolishing the theological arguments oftenused by terrorists.Terrorist groups use their networks to prey on vulnerable youngMuslims - in Britain and other countries worldwide. They takeadvantage of confusion about religious teachings and capitalise on theghting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, using it for their own despicableends. They hijack the strong feelings it has created amongst Britain’slarge Muslim population in order to recruit suicide bombers in the UK,using the guise that their murderous acts are carried out in the name of Islam and are in some way justiable.The hefty collection of evidence within the fatwa exposes the seriousaws in these arguments used by violent extremists. By taking such aclear stance it better equips young people, families and communities totake an even stronger stand against terrorism and the impact it has hadon global perceptions of Islam.