Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Fatwa Issued Against 'Terrorism'

...or maybe, maybe not.

It depends on definitions.

The lack of definitions and specificity is obviously cause for skepticism, as expressed by Jihad Watch.

My impressions?  Perhaps the Islamic scholar who issued the "fatwa" should be more specific as to what he means by "terrorism" and "innocents" and so on and so forth, in order to quell the appropriate skepticism.  After all, Islam does recommend "Taqiyya", which involves lying or deception.  And failing to specifically define the terms of the fatwa, ie. what's forbidden, well, this could be construed as unacceptably vague and perceptively deceptive.

Obviously some clarity by the issuer of the "fatwa" is in order.

Absent necessary clarity, I'd say... meh.  Fatwa, shmatwa.  Yeah, right.  Suuuuure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Muhammad Tahir ul Qadriis a Sunni.
From Wikipedia
"In Sunni Islam any fatwa is non-binding, whereas in Shia Islam it could be considered by an individual as......"

So the Shia boys will have none of it. ...Also from Wikipedia
"A fatwa is not automatically part of Islamic teachings. While it is intended by the person issuing it to represent the teachings of Islam as accurately as possible, this does not mean that that person's interpretation will gain universal acceptance."

My interpretation is that a Fatwa is far more likely to get you killed than it is to help you. This Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri has spent his life trying to unify these two factions and promoting peace. They will probably kill him for this one. So yeah, don't hold your breath. This isn't a peace. It's more like a kid and a tank in Tiananmen Square.