Last night, I gave a talk at the invitation of the Seattle World Affairs Council on ‘What the Quran Really Says.’ Many thanks to a wonderful audience.
In the discussion afterward, we talked about how the many Muslim leaders who speak out against terrorism in the name of Islam are consistently ignored. The most striking example was the 600-page fatwa against terrorism and suicide bombing issued by the highly respected Pakistani cleric Sheikh Tahir ul-Qudri on March 1 this year, which was barely mentioned in the American media despite — or in fact because of — its close and detailed argument, which does not lend itself to the easy sloganeering of what passes for political discussion these days, let alone religious discussion (for a mere 80-page English-language summary, click here).
Autumn Lerner, vice-president of Seattle WAC, mentioned a short video released this past summer in which leading American Muslim scholars speak out against terrorism, but neither of us could remember its title. So for those who were there, and those who were not, I just did a quick online search and found it: