6 October 2012
Muslim groups in the UK continue to protest against the provocative movie. In Bolton, hundreds of Muslims marched on Friday to protest the movie. The march was jointly co-ordinated by the Bolton Muslim Action Committee (BMAC) and the Naqshbandia Aslamiya Foundation.
Imam Muhammad Arshad al-Misbahi, of Manchester Central Mosque, described the film as “against Islam, against the messenger of Islam, and against the teachings of Islam” and he said “I have four children. My parents are both alive. But I am here to say I love my prophet more than I love my children. I love my prophet more than I love my own self.”
Earlier, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the leader of a Sufi group called Minhaj-ul-Quran, strongly condemned the movie in the statement of the organization. The statement said “The making of blasphemous films and subsequent publication of obnoxious cartoons is not only a step aimed at hurting the emotions of 1.5 billion Muslims in the world but also a heinous conspiracy to damage global peace and harmony.”
The group also reportedly planned to hold a demo in London against the movie.
On September 24th, roughly 12,000 Muslims gathered in London’s Wembley Arena for a peace conference organised by the Islamic group Minhaj-ul-Quaran. During the conference, the group’s founder, Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, gave a keynote speech, in which he condemned terrorism and promoted a moderate, inclusive version of Islam.
8 August 2010
Warwick University this weekend was the venue for what is billed as the
UK’s first anti-terrorism camp: 1,300 young Muslim men and women were
listening to Dr Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, an Islamic scholar with a gift
for rhetorical flourishes and what he describes as a message of love for
mankind. Talking in simple, slowly delivered sentences, the revivalist
Pakistani-born cleric takes his audience of predominantly young British
and European Muslims through what love means.
That anti-extremism message is at the heart of Dr Qadri’s worldwide
movement and its efforts to rapidly expand in the UK
Earlier this year, he arrived in London to launch a launch a 600-page
fatwa, or religious ruling against terrorism. It is not the first such
fatwa but Dr Qadri’s followers say it is the first to have “no ifs or
buts”. The weekend camp, called “The Guidance”, was organised to back up
that fatwa and has recruited participants from cities across the country.