94 Muslim scholars condemn Muslim cleric for saying “Allah” means “God” and Jews and Christians aren’t unbelievers

Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri is widely hailed as a “moderate” because of his massive Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings, but that jaw-droppingly windy document is just another exercise in deception. In fact, Tahir ul-Qadri is the framer of Pakistan’s inhuman blasphemy laws. But these 94 Muslim scholars from the UK, India and Pakistan are still branding him as a heretic for saying that “Allah” is not a word exclusive to the Muslim deity, but can be used by believers of other faiths, and that Jews and Christians are not actually unbelievers.

What is noteworthy here is the fact that Muslim scholars and spokesmen in the West routinely assert that “Allah” simply means “God” and can be used of the Christian God (as some Arabic-speaking Christians do indeed use it), and that the Qur’an doesn’t consider Jews or Christians to be unbelievers. Yet here are Muslim scholars saying that such beliefs are heretical. Will Muslim spokesmen in the West produce a detailed refutation of this condemnation of Tahir ul-Qadri, explaining how his positions are completely Islamic? Don’t hold your breath.

“Scholars in the UK, India and Pakistan condemn Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri as ‘misguided,’” 5Pillars, July 5, 2019:

More than ninety Muslim scholars from the UK, India and Pakistan have issued an open statement condemning a controversial Pakistani cleric as “misguided”.

The 94 scholars signed the below statement criticising Dr-Tahir-ul-Qadri of Minhaj-ul-Quran for publicly espousing and propagating religious views that allegedly go against mainstream Sunni consensus.

“We, the undersigned, agree:

“Hundreds of leading noble scholars and muftīs of India and Pakistan have refuted, spoken, and issued edicts (Fatāwā) against the clear heresies and severe misguidance of Dr. Tāhir-ul-Qādirī due to his wrong beliefs and unlawful practices. Based upon this they have all declared him misguided….

“In this issue we support these noble scholars and muftīs of India and Pakistan. Furthermore we strongly urge the Ahl-us-Sunnah public to save themselves from the misguided beliefs and actions of Dr. Tāhir-ul-Qādirī.

“A summary of his famously known heresies, in addition to others also, are the following:

  • His opposition of the Ijmā’ of the Ummah on the issue of Diyat* [Speech in Lahore, Pakistan, 16/10/1984 — [https://youtu.be/CDdtQ89I89M]
  • His statement that differences between sects are not fundamental* [Firqah Parastī Kā Khātimah Kyūn Kar Mumkin Ho, page 35]
  • His statement that the word Allāh عزوجل is nothing special to Muslims but it means God, Brahma etc.* [Wembley Conference, London, UK, 24/09/2011 — [https://youtu.be/OKOq1nfSkfM]
  • His statement that Jews and Christians are believers not disbelievers (Kuffār)* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2006 — [https://youtu.be/m3ka_e2uCsI]
  • Opening of Masājid for Christians to worship therein in accordance to their polytheistic beliefs* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2005 — [https://youtu.be/ioxS7Q9JKko]
  • His celebration of Christmas and that too in a Masjid* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2005 — [https://youtu.be/ioxS7Q9JKko]
  • His denial of the overall superiority (Mutlaq Afdaliyyah) of Hadrat Abū Bakr Siddīq رضي الله عنه* [As-Sayf-ul-Jalī ‘Alā Munkiri Wilāyati ‘Alī رضي الله عنه, page 8]
  • His criticism of Hadrat Amīr Mu’āwiyah رضي الله عنه* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Workers Convention, Lahore, Pakistan, 08/04/2012 — [https://youtu.be/fhg4nUrdm6c]

“For detailed information regarding these issues, one can directly contact the noble scholars and muftis or the Dār-ul-Iftā Bareilly Sharīf, Jāmi’ah Ashrafiyyah, Dawat-e-Islami or other reputable Sunnī Institutions.”

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