In 2010 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri produced a 500 page fatwa condemning all terrorism as unIslamic, “no ifs or buts”. It was welcomed by anyone wishing to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and has been used by “moderate” Muslims such as Mo Ansar and Mehdi Hasan to back up their claim that it is so.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch wondered why there was no attempt in it to explain why the so called terror verses do not mean what they appear to mean.
It turned out that there was no need because Tahir-ul-Qadri was working from his own translation of the Koran in which he simply interpolated comments magically taking the sting out of the verses by making them always defensive, for instance:
“And (during war) kill (the aggressing and combating disbelievers) wherever you find them, and drive them out (through military operation by the state) from where they drove you out. And rousing mischief and disruption is a severer (crime) than killing. But do not fight against them in the proximity of the Sacred Mosque (Ka‘ba) unless they themselves fight there against you. Then if they attack you, kill them (in defence), for that is the right penalty of (such aggressing and combating) disbelievers.
But if they desist, then surely Allah is Most Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.”
Who is this sleight of hand going to fool? Not the jihadis who know their Koran, that’s for sure, but possibly westerners merely hearing Ansar’s and Hasan’s assertions. But what of those two themselves, are they in on the joke or are they themselves innocently deceived? Now that Tahir-ul-Qadri has been rumbled I expect they will stop citing his fatwa – perhaps.