Tahir ul-Qadri

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This article is part of the Counter-Terrorism Portal project of Spinwatch.

Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, is a Sufi scholar, former Pakistani Minister and friend of deceased Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Dr Qadri now resides in Canada.[1][2] He is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran an international Islamic non-governmental organisation, claiming to be non-political,[3] that is based in Lahore, Pakistan. It has a presence in over 80 countries worldwide and was founded in 1980/1981.

Comments on Salafi and Deobandy 'well wishers' of terrorists

In an interview with Allegra Mostyn-Owen for the London Evening Standard, Dr Tahir ul-Qadri reveled his sectarian tendencies when he stated that "no terrorists have emerged from a Sunni or Sufi background: instead, they have come from the Salafis (Wahhabis) or Deobandi [backgrounds] ... every Salafi and Deobandi is not a terrorist but I have no hesitation in saying that everyone is a well-wisher of terrorists and this has not been appreciated by the Western governments.”[4]


  1. Ruth Gledhill, Muslim Group Minhaj-ul-Quran Issues Fatwa Against Terrorists, The Times, 17 January 2010, accessed 08.08.10
  2. Luke Baker,"Muslim Camp" draws teens to Combat Extremism, Reuters, 10 August 2010, accessed 08.08.10
  3. Screen-Print of Minhaj-ul-Quran 'About Us' website. Captured on 08.08.2010
  4. Allegra Mostyn-OwenIs this a triumph for the Islamic peacemakers?, London Evening Standard, 26 February 2010, accessed 08.08.10