HC allows Islamic scholar’s speech

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, allowed the lecture of Pakistani Scholar Tahir Ul Qadri, rubbishing the claim that his speeche could lead to communal tension.

The division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said that “the people have become wise…Even after the verdict of Ayodhya there was no untoward incident,”

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Raza Academy, on Wednesday, seeking directions to the police to restrain Qadri from entering Mumbai and addressing a gathering as his speech could instigate the communities. The court had sought a report form Mumbai Police about Mr Qadri’s visit and proposed meetings on Thursday and Saturday.

The Bombay High Court granted conditional permission to the lecture after an undertaking was given by the organisation stating that the speech will not be anti—India and that a transcript of the entire lecture will be submitted to the court on the next date of hearing on Friday.

During the lecture on Qadri argued that anyone who commits an act of terrorism is not a Muslim as the religion preaches peace and love only. Quoting the Quran and texts on the life of Prophet Mohammed, Qadri said that the Islam religion’s basic foundations were ‘knowledge and humanity’. He read verses from books that detail the eye witness account of Prophet Mohammed’s life, “Form the first time that his character is described we see kindness, charity, humanity, love and generosity…He gave strict orders to soldiers that even during war a true Muslim will not hurt any unarmed man, no women, no child, will not demolish any building, will not loot, will not even cut a fruit bearing tree of the enemy land!”

Before starting the lecture he observed a moment’s silence to show his solidarity with the victims of 26\11 attack. He said that people who mislead youth to believe that killing can lead to paradise forget that Prophet had said that, “Even if you kill one innocent person, you have killed the entire mankind and you will be in the eternal fire of hell- not paradise.” He concluded his lecture by comparing texts from Bhagwat Gita, Upnishads, Vedas, Buddhist texts and Quran, “Every single one of these says that irrespective of you faith – love and harmony is the only way to reach GOD.”

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