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Georgetown University, Washington DC - March 2010
Political & Religious Radicalism, University of C0penhagen, Denmark
Launch of the historic FATWA, London - 2010
Jamia al-Azhar, Cairo Egypt - 2012
World Economic Forum with the Indonesian President
US Institute of Peace - March 2010
15,000 people attended Peace for Humanity Conference in the Wembley Arena in 24 September 2011
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by Samra Mursaleen (London)
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has spent his life in the service of needy people for the past three decades, during which he has worked tirelessly worldwide offer-ing educational seminars, lobbying for social and economic welfare rights and initiating institutions and organisations to carry out projects for the social, religious and economic development of communities.
From the very beginning of his life he has consistently present-ed a model of Islam espousing the universal values of the unity of mankind, inclusion, tolerance and the love of humanity. He has consistently condemned all forms of extremism, radicalism and terrorism. He recently authored the historical 600 page religious edict; Fatwa on terrorism and suicide bombings which elicited an extraordi0nary response from the world media, academics and politicians. Subsequently he was invited to speak on Islamic concept of Jihad at Georgetown University, US and the US Institute of Peace. In 2011 he was notably the only Islamic scholar who was asked to speak on the reality of terrorism at the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos and in 2012 was the keynote speaker at the Peace for Humanity Conference held at Wembley Arena, London.
His resolution to elevate com-munities and societies over the past three decades has involved a comprehensive and multi-layered approach. This includes promoting Peace and Interfaith Harmony, Womens Rights and Development, Social Welfare, Human Rights and Development of Education for all. This has been achieved through his academic lectures, books and nu-merous projects through his organ-isations. He has founded numerous institutions and initiated major and far-reaching programmes in order to realise his objectives covering all aspects of human life. Through his works as a religious scholar of the highest eminence and credibility, he is well known throughout the Muslim world as someone who has touched and inspired millions through his mes-sage of peace, unconditional love and tolerance for mankind.
An important endeavour has been his concern with empowering women. Through his actions and projects he has called for great-er educational and employment liberties for women, encouraged active participation of women in all aspects of society and has at-
tempted to address the significant cultural barriers undermining the status and role of women within traditional family and social struc-tures of the Asian Subcontinent.
With gender inequality being a major barrier to ending poverty, Minhaj Welfare Foundation has unceasingly campaigned against gender violence and canvassed for the promotion of womens roles by changing attitudes through education and providing training and opportunities for women to actively partake in society. Accord-ingly Minhaj Welfare Foundation set up Bait-ul-Zahra - an all-fe-male hostel that offers an environ-
ment conducive for young women to pursue their higher education without the fear socio-cultural issues. The majority of these young students who arrive from rural
areas and poverty stricken com-munities leave the scheme more empowered and equipped with the qualifications and skills to find work and to support their families and ultimately their communities. The foundation has also been funding wedding ceremonies and providing dowries for hundreds of poor young women who cannot afford to do so therefore enabling them to begin a new life.
In a country with a literacy rate of under 50%, Dr Qadri considered education to be a priority and in 1984 he established a university to provide higher education that would be accessible to the poor. A remarkable large-scale educa-tion project then followed in the early 1990s, which established hundreds of educational centres throughout Pakistan, accessible to both low income families and females. In the field of social wel-fare, disaster and poverty relief, Dr Qadri formed a new sister organi-sation in 1989, later to be known as the Minhaj Welfare Foundation, which has benefited victims of natural disasters such as the Tsu-nami affecting Indonesia; the Bam earthquake, Iran; the South Asian earthquake in Pakistan, along with various developmental and edu-cational projects in Pakistan and other underprivileged countries.
The promotion of peace and interfaith harmony, religious moderation and integration are key aspects of the mission of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and indeed have been the stated aims of his world-wide organisation of Minhaj-ul-Quran from its very inception. His efforts have also born fruit in
Humanitarian Efforts of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
World Economic Forum, Davos - January 2011
Peace for Humanity Conference, Wembley London - 2011
Peaceful Future in Afghanistan, Turkey - November 2011
Tehran, Iran - March 2014
Peace Conference at the Nassau Coliseum in New Jersey
NSW Parliament Legislative Council, Australia - 2011Historical visit to India - Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri speaking to the pact crowd in Banglore - March 2012
the various other countries of the world through the dissemination of his lectures and published works most notably his Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings and through the establishment of centres where religious modera-tion is actively taught and pro-moted, alongside the promotion of interfaith dialogue and integration.
In 2002, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri took the unprecedented step of allowing Christians to worship inside the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque, a bold and symbolic gesture in recog-nition of the right of freedom of worship of Christians and their friendship with members of the
Islamic faith. Today, in the history of Pakistan and the Subcontinent, is the first time that a Muslim scholar has welcomed members of the Christian community, of which it is not possible to find a similar example. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has opened the doors of Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque for us in which to pray. Dr Qadri has begun a new chapter in inter-religious rela-tions. (Bishop Andrew Francis, Chairman of Christian Coordina-tion Council, 15 March 2002).
Most recently in 2013 Dr Qadri led the historical Long March in Islamabad for the alleviation of poverty and the restoration
of social and economic rights of the poverty stricken people of Pakistan. In which he demanded that comprehensive political and electoral reforms were met to ensure that the poor and working class citizens of Pakistan can have protection and equal participation within Pakistani society. It was the first time that Pakistan had seen such a mammoth anti-corruption and pro-democracy protest March on this scale which remained fully peaceful. It was a demand for the end of a corruption ridden polit-ical structure and for elections to be contested between people who were declared eligible by the Constitution, in Dr Qadris words I want to tell the national institutions of Pakistan and the 180 million people: we do not deny politics. This address is for the sake of restoration of clean politics.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri draws his sup-port from millions of Pakistanis who have been frustrated with the domination of politics by a handful of tainted leaders from elite fami-lies; embittered by a political sys-tem riddled with corruption which enables its politicians to embezzle millions of rupees, and an elec-toral system that allows millions of votes to be falsely registered. In such conditions where free and fair elections is an unrealistic hope, Dr Qadri insists that only after an overhaul of the political system can real democracy prevail. Addressing a rally of hundreds of thousands of people in Lahore on 23 December 2012, he stated through change and reforms we need to restructure our political and electoral system for the sake of true democracy. In order to save our state, in order to save democ-racy, in order to save our political process, from collapse, we need
world-class structural renewal, and we need change, so that the poor and needy in our country can live a life of dignity free from poverty.
The increasing and widespread lawlessness, poverty and the lack of economic opportunities in Pa-kistan has meant that its become the 34th most corrupt country in the world according to Transpar-ency International. The increasing internal terrorism has rendered it the second most dangerous coun-try according to the latest Terror-ism Risk Index (TRI), with 35,000 people killed since 2010. Despite this the government has failed to formulate any laws on terrorism. In an interview with the Financial Times, Dr Qadri warned of Paki-stans break up unless ruling poli-ticians were forced to abide by laws that they have openly disregarded for years. The whole process is a total negation of the principles of democracy, he said. I only want the constitution to be enforced. Law breakers are the lawmakers in Pakistan, he said, adding sev-enty per cent of parliamentarians are tax evaders, so how could we expect them to think about the poverty stricken people. Delivering his speech in Islamabad Dr Qadri demanded reforms to end dynastic politics, widespread terrorism and mismanagement. The March ended with th