Absent the opportunity to see what a Democratic Government might look like (Iraq / Afghanistan), the article below never happens. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will go down in history as the beginning of the “reformation” of Islam.
Only Bush would have seen this through. Reagan punted in 1983, and Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Obama would never have even started. Realpolitik isn’t real, and it isn’t politik. It’s status quo, and only an idealist can drive real improvement.
A prominent Islamic scholar will use a speech in London to issue a 600-page religious edict, denouncing terrorists and suicide bombers as “unbelievers”.
Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri is a leading figure who has promoted peace and interfaith dialogue for 30 years.
He said he felt compelled to issue the fatwa because of concerns about the radicalisation of British Muslims at university campuses and because there had been a lack of condemnation of extremism by Muslim clerics and scholars.
Ul Qadri says his fatwa, which is aimed at persuading young Muslims to turn their backs on extremism, goes further than any previous denunciation.
“This is the first, most comprehensive fatwa on the subject of terrorism ever written,” said ul Qadri, who has written about 350 books on Islamic scholarship.
He is a scholar of Sufism, a long tradition within Islam which is widely seen as focusing on peace, tolerance and moderation.