This refers to the news report “Tahir-ul-Qadri to Deliver Lecture at Hazratbal” which appeared in your newspaper on Saturday. I am really surprised to see how some-media persons, under their ideological influence, are going hammer-and-tongs at Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, framing their reports negatively and spreading false information before his visit to the Valley. Difference of opinion is a fundamental right of every human-being, but facts should not be distorted to denigrate someone you do not like. Such reporters and columnists may have a difference of opinion with him, and may not agree with him, but why resort to creating misunderstandings about his personality through negative slants, and by producing parts only and ignoring other parts? They are the people who are not in the habit of doing any research, and instead jump to conclusions by reading or watching only limited information, which is not a healthy trend for real journalism.
It is critically important for Muslims in general, and journalists in particular, to be very careful when arriving at conclusions about people, particularly those like Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri who are regarded among the world’s most learned scholars.
He has been doing a great amount of work for the Muslim Ummah. He has written several hundred books on various aspects of Islam. Dr. Qadri has been regarded as one of the highest authorities on the subject of Islam by several Islamic scholars, institutes and organizations in the Indian subcontinent and the Arab World.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is not a mullah. But he is misunderstood and misquoted under an agenda.
He has a long-term strategic vision to promote religious moderation, effective and sound education, inter-faith dialogue and harmony. His organisation has expanded to more than 100 countries around the globe. Its emphasis is on improving the social, cultural and religious condition of the Muslims, enlightening the masses with the knowledge of their rights and duties, and presenting a realistic, rational and scientific picture of Islam.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri does not belong to any of the present-day sects or ‘schools’ of Islam like Barelvi, Wahabi, Salafi, Deobandi or Tableeghi. He is a man with a distinct vision. He always has a Shia scholar accompany him everywhere, and is among those Sunni scholars who are loved, respected, admired and invited to speak at majalis by the Shia community.
Dr Qadri is the foremost scholar working to remove and correct Sunni-Shia misunderstandings, which is the need of the hour. If one cannot appreciate his efforts, one should not resort to creating misunderstandings either.
Recently, the Indian Express published a news report of a similar nature with a hidden agenda without much concern and, of course, without making transparent the reporter’s background and agenda.
Such attitudes by reporters and columnists reflect their selective morality and unprofessional approach to journalism.
May truth win and may we all unite under the banner of truth, not lies and propaganda.