I know Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri since my school days. In Pakistan, he always tried to play a role for bringing the interfaith harmony between the followers of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism. Sometimes Dr. Qadri also delivered sermons to the Shia people during Muharram, although he represents the Sunni (Barelvi) community. He claimed that he wanted to bring Shia and Sunni Muslims close to each others. However most of his religious and political opponents called such efforts as cheap publicity stunts. I also had a similar opinion about Dr. Qadri.
On Saturday, 17 July 2011 I got a chance of attending Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri’s lecture in Sydney, NSW, Australia. I could never imagine that after listening to this learned person, my opinion about him would be totally changed. Dr. Qadri presented beautiful examples from the life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through which he proved that how much kind he was towards the ladies, kids, animals and his fellow beings. Dr. Qadri also cleared with convincing words that Islam teaches humanity and terrors have no link with this greatest religion. He also advised all Muslim people there to follow the Australian laws and love this land as their motherland.
More than 500 guests from different faiths and backgrounds attended the programme. Guests were highly impressed with him after attending his 2 hour long lecture. Aussie non-Muslims shook hand with Dr. sahib and got his book ‘Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings’ with his autograph.
I feel that at this time people like Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri are doing great job by teaching peace, love and respect to their followers. Such leaders can bring us peace and love, which we need badly at this time. I was highly impressed to see his Minhaj Ul Quran team members from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh there who managed the event successfully. Taj Mahal Events, a Pakistani’s event organisation company, decorated the beautiful conference hall and provided state of the art audio visual facilities. The hall is owned by a church working for the interfaith dialogue.