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LONDON – The first major Muslim event designed specifically to tackle Islamist
extremism and terrorism will take place in the UK this weekend.
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off on Saturday, al-Hidayah 2010 is a three-day event taking place at the
University of Warwick in the English Midlands.
Described as a “unique
anti-terror camp,” the conference is set to look at contemporary issues facing
Muslims such as terrorism, suicide bombing, jihad and other topical
An array of Islamic experts, academics and imams will present
keynote speeches and there will be workshops, discussions and questions and
It has been organized by Minhaj-ul-Quran UK – part of an
international group that describes itself as “a broad based Islamic
representing a moderate vision of Islam and Sufism, working for peace
integration” – with over 1,300 attendees pre-registering for the event,
paying £200 to attend.
“This is the first anti-terror camp of its kind
Britain has witnessed and I believe this will change the concepts of
youth who will learn directly from the scholar who issued the Fatwa on
Terrorism. It will be a severe blow to extremist groups in the UK,” said
Mursaleen, spokesman for Minhaj-ul-Quran.
Minhaj-ul-Quran is said to be
an extremely influential and respected organization among British
especially of South Asian background, and is also one of the largest
in Pakistan in addition to its many centers in the UK.
founder, Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a keynote speaker at the
headlines in March after he issued a fatwa against terrorism and suicide
in the name of Islam.
The 600-page fatwa described why suicide bombings
and terrorism are un-Islamic, scripturally forbidden and against the
The ruling is the most comprehensive theological refutation of
Islamist terrorism to date.
Dr. Qadri will explain the fatwa, train them
to recognize Islamist extremism in their own communities as well as give
the theological tools to tackle it themselves. The highly revered
condemns terrorism and extremism in the name of Islam and also critiques
Islamist concepts of the Caliphate and of making a single interpretation
Shari’a into state law.
“I have announced an intellectual and spiritual
war against extremism and terrorism. I believe this is the time for
Islamic scholars who believe in peace to stand up,” Dr. Qadri said prior
The Quilliam Foundation, a London-based antiextremism think-tank
led by former Islamists, said the event will give young Muslims the
and tools to root out the “virus” of extremism and intolerance in their
“When Dr. Qadri released his fatwa against terrorism earlier
this year, people asked how he would get this message to the people who
need to hear it. This weekend provides the answer: a three-day event at
major, genuinely moderate Islamic scholars will train 1,300 young
Muslims to recognize and tackle Islamist extremism. This event will give
Muslims the confidence and the theological tools to go back to their own
communities across the UK and root out the virus of extremism and