Published On: Wed, Dec 24th, 2014 on 2:18 pm

Leeds imam: TTP terrorists ‘violated the laws of God’

Imam Qari Asim

Imam Qari Asim MBE.

EXCLUSIVE: A religious leader from Leeds has said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group ‘violated the laws of God’ after an attack which killed over 120 innocent people in Pakistan.

Imam Qari Asim MBE, the imam of Leeds Makkah Masjid, criticised the TTP’s justifications for the attack that took place at a school in Peshawar last week.

The majority of victims were children.

The TTP said the attack was in response to the recent military operation that the Pakistani Army had commenced against the Taliban in the region.

A day after the attack took place, a Taliban spokesman quoted a saying from historical Islamic sources (hadith) in order to justify the TTP’s actions.

It referred to warriors being ‘killed’ and children and women being ‘taken as captives’.

But Imam Asim argued that the source had no bearing with the murder of innocent children and is a flawed justification.

He noted the hadith is concerned with a historic incident that took place during the early Islamic period, when there was a treaty between Muslims and a non-Muslim tribe, Banu Qurayzah, regarding protecting the state of Madinah.

Imam Asim said: “During the life of the treaty, whilst Muslims were being attacked by an external enemy, Banu Qurayzah violated the terms of the treaty and attacked Muslims from within Madinah. Accordingly, the traitors of the state of Madinah were dealt with by the law of the state of Madinah at the time.

“There was/is no treaty between the TTP and the citizens of Pakistan. It is not the people of Pakistan, but the TTP that has violated the laws of God by taking innocent lives and has also broken the laws of Pakistan.

“In that hadith no reference is being made to killing children, whereas in the school in Peshawar 132 children have been killed by the TTP. Therefore, the TTP’s attempt to justify its actions through this hadith is, at best an intellectual and religious dishonesty and, at worst, a defective and deeply flawed argument.”

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