by Alan Simons
“Hizb ut-Tahrir. Their aim is to restore the Islamic caliphate. In this, their primary objective is no different than that of ISIS. Only the way it is attained is somewhat different. Wake up America! Wake up Europe! In God’s name, wake up World!”
For the past seven years I have been writing on the activities of one of the most blatant antisemitic and Islamic radical organizations allowed to flourish in many democratic nations. Hizb ut-Tahrir. (The Islamic Party of Liberation). In all probability the name doesn’t mean anything to you. Wake up! You had better take note of it now!
Hizb ut-Tahrir utterly rejects democracy. Its goal is jihad against democratic societies world-wide and their replacement with a Caliphate. Sounds familiar?
Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation knows all about the group and for many years. Eleven years ago he wrote:
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a totalitarian organization, akin to a disciplined Marxist-Leninist party, in which internal dissent is neither encouraged nor tolerated. Because its goal is global revolution, a leading Islamic scholar has compared it to the Trotskyite wing of the international communist movement. Its candidate members become well-versed in party literature during a two-year indoctrination course in a study circle, supervised by a party member. Only when a member “matures in Party culture,” “adopts the thoughts and opinions of the party,” and “melts with the Party” can he or she become a full-fledged member. Women are organized in cells supervised by a female cadre or a male relative. After joining the party, the new recruit may be requested (or ordered) to relocate to start a new cell.
Hizb ut-Tahrir represents a growing medium- and long-term threat to geopolitical stability and the secular regimes of Central Asia and ultimately poses a potential threat to other regions of the world. The party is transnational, secretive, and extremist in its anti-Americanism. It seeks to overthrow and destroy existing regimes and establish a Shari’a-based Caliphate.
Plainly put, this radical organization, which is in favour of the destruction of Israel, as well as the killing of Jews, -surprise surprise- is outlawed in many countries around the world including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, all the former Soviet states in Central Asia, Germany, Russia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Egypt. Yet, it operates freely in Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada. Currently, only Australia is considering banning the organization.
From its humble beginnings 61 years ago, as a Sunni Muslim organization in Jerusalem, Hizb ut-Tahrir has grown into a multinational, active in 40 countries, with a conservative estimated of over one million followers.
Today, its leaders are educated, articulate social mediarites, mostly in suits and well versed in how not to answer media questions. An example of this can be seen on the Australian link. I strongly suggest you watch it.
In a report published several years ago, the Dutch security service AIVD said:
The movement [Hizb ut-Tahrir] operates exceptionally secretly and has a cell structure with an almost military hierarchy. The ideology is characterized by virulent anti-Zionism, and intense aversion to secular governments and ideologies, the complete shunning of those who believe differently and prescribing a confrontational and strongly polarizing message.
As Wojciech Grabowski of the Department of International Relations at the University of Gdansk has stated in a published paper. “Hizb ut-Tahrir is in opposition to capitalism, democracy, Zionism (all dialogue with other religions is forbidden) and to the West.” He says every element of the organisation’s ideology has two sides: radical and liberal, peaceful and armed.
It was in 2009, that America finally got a glimpse of Hizb ut-Tahrir. With very little national media coverage, at a conference held n Chicago, they awoke to hear first-hand what this extremist group wants for America. Sharia law in place of the U.S. Constitution.
Here’s some of what Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPR) at the time had to say about the conference.
“”The conference was sometimes poorly organized. There was no list of speakers, forcing reporters to sometimes guess at the spelling of speakers’ names. But HT certainly appeared to be serious about working for the larger goals of the conference: abolishing capitalism and imposing Caliphate rule over the world.
According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, the world’s social and economic problems will not be fixed until the world is governed by Shariah and the government controls all major industries. Lenders would no longer be able to charge interest, which one speaker decried as a “poisonous concept.” Charity, or zakat, was advertised as the way to alleviate “economic inequality.”
This past Sunday, at a conference held n Chicago, the United States finally awoke to hearing first-hand what the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir also wants for America. Sharia law in place of the U.S. Constitution.
But time and again on Sunday, Hizb ut-Tahrir officials seemed to be playing slippery rhetorical games of their own – particularly when it came to the behavior of despotic Muslim regimes and terrorists. When a few sceptical audience members pressed speakers over the fact that Islamic governments in Iran and Saudi Arabia are despotic, conference speakers claimed those weren’t “authentic” Muslim governments and that the CIA (and by implication, the capitalist U.S. government) was to blame for the problems in those countries. In an interview with WBBM-TV in Chicago, HT deputy spokesman Mohammad Malkawi refused to specifically condemn Al Qaida and the Taliban.
A speaker identified by conference organizers as Imam Jaleel Abdul Adil said that “if they offer us the sun, or the moon, or a nice raise, or a passport, or a house in the suburbs or even a place to pray at the job, on the condition that we stop calling for Islam as a complete way of life – we should never do that, ever do that – unless and until Islam becomes victorious or we die in the attempt.” (To see the clip, click here.)
While Hizb ut-Tahrir’s controversial message attracted demonstrators and some media attention, the group at least is open about its ambitions. It not only is determined to destroy capitalism — it would shred the United States Constitution as well in favor of Sharia law.””
This past June in Hickory Hills, Illinois, Hizb ut-Tahrir America held its annual Khilafah conference, Muslims in America connected to the Global Ummah. According to the organizers, the conference theme highlighted “the importance of Muslim unity and the role Muslims in America can play in achieving global Muslim Unity.” They said, “the events that have unfolded over the past few years, specially the Arab Spring, have revealed an increasing awareness among Muslims worldwide. There is a growing understanding among the Muslim Ummah that the challenges being faced can only be resolved by reinstating the rules of Islam and the political unity among Muslims on a global scale.”
To simplify the language: Their aim is to restore the Islamic caliphate. In this, their primary objective is no different than that of ISIS. Only the way it is attained is somewhat different. Wake up America! Wake up Europe! In God’s name, wake up World!
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