Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Theatrics in Islamabad



 Mohammed Tahir (alias Tahir-ul-Qadri) continues to lay a destructive path in the Muslim world with his exploitation of the under-educated and misinformed masses, by his latest fiasco, “The Long March.” Tahir claims the goal of his “Long March” was to rid Pakistan of corrupt government; however, it proved to be another ploy creating more popularity for himself at the expense of his own embarrassment and the lives of innocent children who died while standing in severe cold, as he was tucked away in a cozy, bullet-proof box. Charges are currently pending against him. 


  The question being asked everywhere: “Where is he getting his funding?” It is no surprise to discover that funding has reached him by those who support and project his recent publication in the form of “counter-radicalization programs” and such—most with the intent of controlling Islam. Norway’s Ministry of Justice recently funded an event run by Tahir’s organization, Minhaj-ul-Quran, International (MQI). (source: The International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence report, “Countering Radicalization in Europe”) 

Allah Ta’ala be thanked that Government officials, PPP leaders Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Khurshid Shah, Farook H Naek and Qamar Zaman Qaira; MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghauri; ANP’s Afrasiyab Khattak; PML-Q’s Mushahid Hussain Sayed; and Senator Abbas Afridi, thwarted what could have been a bloody incident due to the selfish and political desires of Tahir by convincing him to reconsider his demands of the government. The dissolution or dismissal of Pakistan’s National Assembly in an abrupt manner, as he demanded, would hurl the country into further destruction on many levels. In this case, what would have he gained? 

Members of the Minhaj-ul-Quran organization are actively campaigning on the Internet to promote this farce as a success and further promote Tahir’s image as a “progressive cleric that has stood up to corruption.” Responses in open forums and newspapers are anything but positive. Sajid Zia, reporter for The Nation, writes in his commentary that, “This all was pre-planned…” and “Dr Qadri only wasted time of the nation and hoodwinked the innocent people who followed him.” Zahid, another commentator, wrote: “Qadri hijacked their love of Islam by rallying a cry of Imam Hussein, etc. and abused them in this manner for his personal gain. What a horrible creature Mr. Tahir is who has proclaimed himself Shaikh ul Islam! For the love of all that's holy, please end this drama!!!” 

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