Core Values of MQI

Core Values Related to Integration and Societal Cohesion of Minhaj-ul-Quran International

Muslims, especially those living as minorities in predominantly non-Muslim lands, will often hear the charge that their way of life is somehow alien or incompatible with civilised social and democratic values. This is a gross misconception on the part of those who harbour or promote these views and a sign of a lack of information or understanding of the true Islamic teachings as enshrined in the textual sources of Islam and the practices and traditions of the beloved Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings be upon him). Unfortunately, the behaviour and attitude of a minority of Muslims does nothing to invalidate this view and in fact many Muslims themselves, influenced by religious extremists, are unaware of the emphasis Islam places upon democracy, universal human rights, and progressive values. There is little doubt that Muslims living in many host countries enjoy freedoms and rights denied to them even in their countries of origin. However, there remains much confusion among Muslims about their responsibilities and duties to their host communities, often leading to questions from many quarters about whether Muslims truly believe in integration and democratic values.

Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) is an organisation that seeks to clarify the position of Islam and of Muslims vis a vis democratic principles and universal human rights. The founder and leader of MQI, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, has spent over a quarter of a century promoting the true vision of Islam as a religion of peace, harmony, and one that advocates societal cohesion and integration, democracy, human rights and social economic justice. All of these efforts are revealed in his many thousands of lectures and books available, but here is presented a list of ‘core values’ that encapsulate the message of Islam and MQI as found in Shaykh-ul-Islam’s teachings in relation to integration and cohesion, particularly for those Muslims living as minorities in non-Muslim countries.

The responsibilities of Muslims living as minorities:

  • To obey and follow the laws of the land
  • To live peacefully and in harmony with the host community
  • To integrate into the host society, respecting its customs, culture, festivals and religious beliefs, and by active participation in community affairs and political life for the common good
  • To recognise and build links with communities of all cultures and faiths
  • Recognise that being a Muslim and being a national of any country are not mutually exclusive – for example, one can be both ‘British’ and Muslim

The responsibilities of Muslims in the democratic process

  • To recognise that Islam promotes democracy and democratic values
  • To participate in the democratic process, whether in Muslim or non-Muslim countries, for the betterment of society
  • To use their right of vote to vote for whichever candidate or party he or she sees will not only represent their interests, but indeed will serve society as a whole, improve cohesion and provide socio-economic justice
  • To recognise Islam as the moderate way; the conduct of every Muslim should reflect this
  • Muslims should be a source of peace, tolerance, virtue, charity and work for the betterment of all of society, according to the Prophetic way

Combating extremism and terrorism

  • There is no justification whatsoever, whether religious, political or other, for terrorist activities and suicide bombings, and indeed the Qur’an and Sunnah and scholarly evidences place terrorists and suicide bombers outside the fold of Islam
  • It is incumbent upon every Muslim to discourage religious extremism and combat radicalism and terrorism to the best of their ability
  • In furthering the above, to use reasoned argument, debate and persuasion, and utilising evidences from the Qur’an, Sunnah and the Fatwa Against Terrorism and Suicide Bombings by his Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
  • It is the duty of every Muslim to report to the appropriate authorities anyone suspected of promoting or planning violence or terrorist activities

Respecting the rights of women

  • We recognise that women in many societies, whether Muslim or non-Muslim are denied basic rights, such as to education, financial independence, or employment
  • We believe in the equality of women, and recognise that Islam has given women full rights and special privileges
  • We believe that women are entitled to and should participate fully in all aspects of society, in community activities and political life
  • Islam is against any form of forced marriage and every woman (and man) should be able to freely choose their marriage partner without pressure or coercion
  • Women are entitled to seek a full and comprehensive education, and should be encouraged to do so unhindered
  • Women are free to work and entitled to full financial independence, and should be encouraged to achieve positions to the best of their abilities

Islam and freedom of religion

  • Islam recognises the right of every individual to have complete religious freedom
  • It is the duty of every Muslim to respect the religious beliefs of every non-Muslim and not to offend anyone’s religious sensibilities
  • There is no coercion in religion and everyone has the right to choose their religion or faith
  • No-one has any right to force their religious beliefs on others or harm anyone who does not follow their own viewpoint or take the law into their hands to harm someone accused of insulting their religion or beliefs
  • Mosques and centres of MQI are open to all religions to worship according to their customary faith and practice

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