Five years after he grabbed headlines globally with his acclaimed 2010 book “Fatwa
on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings”, noted Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
has come out what he calls “first” Islamic counter-terrorism curriculum. Targeted
at school and university students, imams and clerics initially across the UK and
Pakistan and to be launched in London on Tuesday, Dr Qadri said the curriculum is
part of the campaign to dissuade vulnerable teenagers from travelling to Iraq and
Syria to join the jihadist outfit ISIS.
“It took me five years to prepare this curriculum which takes the dangerous and
un-Islamic ideology of ISS head. The books draw heavily upon Quranic verses and
traditions of the Prophet to expose ISIS and other militant groups who have absolutely
no authority or legitimacy for setting up an “Islamic State. ISIS is an enemy of
humanity,” said Dr Qadri whose initiative Minhaj-ul-Quran International is engaged
in working against terrorism and for peace across the world.
Ever since four Kalyan youths joined ISS, a need has been felt here too to de-radicalise
the potential recruits of ISS in India. “Yes, after the London launch of the curriculum
we will launch it in Islamabad in July. I am very much interested to take this project
to India as well and am interested to collaborate with a like-minded organisation,”
said Dr Qadri.
When asked if British schools and universities will adopt his curriculum, Dr
Qadri said he had invited decision makers from different walks of life, including
academics, senior intelligence and police officers, senior government officers,
to the launch to understand its importance. He has also trained 50 young British
Muslims in the curriculum who counter the jihadist ideology of ISIS online.
Several clerics and imams have already endorsed the curriculum and will soon
start teaching it at many schools and madrassas in the UK and Pakistan. “Military
experts suggest carpet bombings of militant camps to end terrorism. Now through
this curriculum the dangerous mindset will be countered ideologically which is better
and durable solution than bombs and guns,” said Mumbai-based Rafeeq Ahmed Khan,
president, Minhaj-ul-Quran International (India chapter).