The Department for Communities, which runs most of the government’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” strategy, has tried building bridges with a variety of liberal-minded groups, but often found that they have limited actual influence at the grassroots.
It is narrated by Bukhari in his Sahih in the Book of Clothes, under the chapter “What is mentioned about gray hair”, that Usman bin ‘Abdullah bin Mawhab (r) said, “my family sent me to Ummu Salamah (r) with a cup of water.
The populist scholar developed his document last year as a response to the increase in bombings across Pakistan by militants.
The basic text has been extended to 600 pages to cover global issues, in an attempt to get its theological arguments taken up by Muslims in western nations.
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According to BBC News Today, one of the the influential Sufi scholars of UK Dr Tahir ul-Qadri has issued a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing.
They say it sets out point-by-point theological arguments against the rhetoric used by al-Qaeda inspired recruiters.
The fatwa also challenges the religious motivations of would-be suicide bombers who are inspired by promises of an afterlife.
It will be promoted in the UK by Dr Qadri’s organisation, Minhaj ul-Quran International.
Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman for Minhaj-ul-Quran in the UK, said the fatwa was hard-hitting.
The scholar describes al-Qaeda as an “old evil with a new name” which has not been sufficiently challenged.
The scholar’s movement is growing in the UK and has attracted the interest of policymakers and security chiefs.
And Ummu Salamah (r) brought out a silver bottle which contained one of the hairs of the Prophet (s), and it used to be that if anyone came under the evil eye or ill health they used to send her a cup of water through she would pass this hair [for drinking] and we used to look into the silver bottle: I saw some reddish hairs.” Imam Hafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, Volume 10, page 353, said, “they used to call the silver bottle in which the hair of the Prophet (s) was kept ‘jiljalan’ and that bottle was in the home of Ummu Salamah (r).” Imam al-‘Ayni said, “Ummu Salamah (r) had some of the hairs of the Prophet (s) in a silver bottle, and when some people got ill, they used to go and obtain blessings from these hairs and they would be healed by means of its blessings.