Hizb ut-Tahrir. A peaceful revolutionary non-violent group? Poppycock!

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Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). No longer the whipping boy of the fervent minority demanding a world Caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is front and centre of an enthusiastic Islamist bunch of antisemitic, anti-West and anti-democratic educated ideological vicious revolutionists who, in the West, dress as if they are on the board of a blue-chip company.

by Alan Simons

Have I made myself clear? Do you get the message?

I venture to say many of us living in Canada and the USA have never heard of them. Well, you better start right now. I’ve been following and writing about this revolutionary group for years. They’ve matured into a sophisticated organisation that maintains the illusion, to us dumb Westerners, that they have an interest in reaching its goals of a Caliphate peacefully and through non-violent means. Poppycock!

For a start, the Britain’s think-tank, formally known as the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), now the Henry Jackson Society, stated with sources on page 28 of their HTs Ideology and Strategy report:

HT promotional materials have called for violence against Jews. Despite its official non-violent stance, HT has called for violence against Jews. In 2002, HT leaflets found in Denmark urged Muslims to kill Jews “wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have been [sic] turned you out.” A BBC report quoted the HT leaflet further: “The Jews are a people of slander…a treacherous people… they fabricate lies and twist words from their right context.”

 In 2003, similar anti-Semitic rhetoric resulted in the group being banned from many university campuses in Britain and a complete ban of the group in Germany.

HT photo 2HT supports not only violence against Jews in general but offensive jihad against Israel in particular.

HT believes Israel has “occupied Islamic lands”—lands once ruled by Islamic law. Accordingly, HT believes those lands should return to governance by Islamic law and supports jihad as a means to that end.

Accordingly, HT views violent acts against Israel as legitimate political protest until Israel no longer exists. The organization’s literature has supported Islamist suicide bombers in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank.

In 1994, HT’s global leader, Ata Abu Rashta, reiterated this point when he declared that Jews who came to Palestine after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire have no right to live there. He called for all Jews of fighting age in Israel to be “killed until none survive.”

It adds on page 29:

“HT also sanctions killing Jewish ‘women, children and elderly’ – innocent civilians – as collateral damage. In addition, HT “makes it permissible to bomb planes and carry out suicide bomb attacks, or any other means necessary, to kill the ‘enemy unbeliever’”.

So much for peaceful and non-violent means!

Now, of course I won’t be duly surprised if many western-based HT revolutionists will strenuously object to these obvious blatant so-called Jewish inspired lies. And when I watch a video that tells me Hizb ut-Tahrir America is again set to hold their annual conference in Glendale Heights, Illinois on Sunday, 23 April 2017, called “Falsehood Perishes, Islam Prevails,” I wonder what in hell is happening in America!

HT Photo 3By last count HT is operating in over 40 countries worldwide including the USA, Canada and the UK. Australia has been pussyfooting to ban the organisation for years. However, HT isbanned in many Muslim-majority countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In Malaysia, the Selangor Fatwa Committee  has outlawed HT, declaring the group ‘deviant.’   Last year in Singapore, an HT member was arrested for propagating online extremism.

The group is also banned in China and Russia. HTs British chapter in London is regarded as the “nerve center” of the movement.

On social issues, it’s been reported that “HTs ideology is reactionary. HT dictates subservient roles for women, who are required to obtain their husbands’ permission to leave the house and cannot go outside wearing perfume.” HTs doctrine also prohibits participation in other faiths’ celebrations, much to the angst of all of our societies’ religious communities. 

The very essence of a multi-faith society, the concept of which I adhere to, has no place with the likes of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Yet, in North America this revolutionary group, with their seemingly pharisaical Facebook site, remains in good standing. Go figure!

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Hizb ut-Tahrir: And the March Goes On.

SPECIAL REPORT: Part Two

“It would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

With the extraordinary amount of interest shown towards my previous report on Hizb ut-Tahrir, especially in the USA, the following summarises the various examples of how this extremist, and more often than not, threatening international Muslim political organisation, is making waves in many parts of the world.

As Surinder Kumar Sharma, of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses states in a recent article in Global Ecco: “While the world’s attention is fixed on the activities of the dangerous and ruthless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or simply ISIL), there is another militant organization worthy of serious attention. Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), or the Party of Liberation, is a radical Islamist group that, like ISIS, calls for the uniting of the Ummah and the return of the Caliphate.” He adds, “Given the fact that HuT already has a wide reach and is successfully inducting and radicalizing educated youth, the outfit has the potential to stage coups and uprisings against governments and regimes that it considers un-Islamic or aligned with anti-Muslim powers. HuT may well prove dangerous because it has immense influence on people, especially in the way that it legitimizes the cause to establish a Caliphate. While the world’s focus currently is on ISIS, it would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”

Dr. James W. Moore, Ph.D., LL.M., is a Defence Scientist in the Socio-Cognitive Systems Section at DRDC Toronto, Canada. Previously, he worked for twenty years as a Strategic Analyst responsible for research and reporting on the Middle East with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis/CORA at Canada’s National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In a report written  in The Canadian Military Journal and published by National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, he refers to the term ANSA and describes it as, “An autonomously operating planned group that has the capacity to use violence to achieve political ends.”

 Moore asks the following question:

“Is Hizb ut-Tahrir an ANSA? Should the group fall under our analytical microscope? Given the ambiguities in the group’s ideology and strategy with respect to the use of violence, culminating in the fact that we cannot with confidence rule out the group’s resort to such methods under certain circumstances, the case can be made that HT should be considered an ANSA for analytical purposes.”

Here’s a round-up of some of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s recent activities.

Indonesia- 150,000 attend the event

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party) in 35 different cities in Indonesia this year, as every year, on the anniversary of the abolition of the Caliphate, organized marches and demonstrations. The last of these in a series of events that occurred on the morning of May 30, 2015 took place in the capital Jakarta, with a capacity of 150 thousand at the international Bung Karno stadium. In the presence of famous writers, thinkers and opinion leaders a four hour conference took place. The head of the Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia, Ismail Yusanto, on behalf of the Caliphate Conference made an emphatic speech. University and high school students also held a conference organized by ongoing demonstrations, which was terminated by a prayer. kokludegisim.net

Gaza- Hamas struggling with emerging Islamist parties

Tensions are ongoing between the Hamas movement and the Salafist Ansar al-Dawla movement, which in February publicly declared its support for the Islamic State (IS), to which Hamas is opposed and which in turn does not look favorably upon Hamas. Meanwhile, on May 17, Hamas allowed another Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), to stage an event in the center of Gaza commemorating the 94th anniversary of the fall of the Islamic caliphate, last led by the Ottomans… “Destroying the Islamic caliphate led to the loss [under one flag] of Palestinian land and the rest of the Arabs,” Hassan al-Madhoun, spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in the Gaza Strip, told Al-Monitor. “Only the Islamic caliphate will fill the political vacuum experienced by the Arab and Islamic nations. It will liberate Palestine and unify the Arab and Muslim nations in light of the sectarian rivalry witnessed in the Arab region… “We call on the Muslim armies to direct their weapons toward Israel instead of Muslims in an Arab country,” Madhoun said. – Al-Monitor

West Bank – Hizb ut-Tahrir says PA arrested 10 West Bank members

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The political group Hizb ut-Tahrir said on Saturday that Palestinian Authority security services had arrested 10 of its members across the West Bank.Hizb ut-Tahrir, which translates as Party of Liberation, said in a statement that their members had been arrested over speeches delivered in West Bank mosques following Friday prayers that condemned a PA decision to ban a party conference that was going to be held in Ramallah.Hizb ut-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic political organization which was founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with the goal of uniting all Muslims into a united state with an elected Caliph at its head.They regularly promote their ideas through speeches in mosques or issuing statements following Friday prayer or at other large Muslim gatherings. – Ma’an News Agency

Denmark – Hizb ut-Tahrir has seized power in residential area. Threatens TV crew.

Last Thursday [March 26, 2015] a television crew from TV2 went to Islandshøjparken in Denmark’s Nordsjælland. But the TV crew suddenly became in serious trouble, says Nordsjælland Police according to Frederiksborg Amts Avis. The notorious Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir has just seized power of the resident board. At the annual meeting in February, Omar Saad was elected Chairman and several of his supporters also became members of the board. Omar Saad is an active member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and is against democracy, and for a caliphate governed by Sharia. That means a new era in the area. The TV crew were allowed to make recordings, but suddenly the interviewees regretted and demanded the tapes handed over. The TV2 team refused. But those interviewed did not take no for an answer. There were threats and one of them took out a knife and tried to cut the tire on TV2’s car. It is not only outsiders who feel threatened. Torun Have, who has lived in Islandshøjparken for three years, says that the sense of security is gone. Since Omar Saad became Chairman of the board, the mood has changed. “I’m afraid. Everything has changed, and it has become a war between them and us. Something I have never experienced before, though there have been Muslims on the board earlier,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. Several cars were driving past at high speed while Ekstra Bladet interviewed Torun Have. Some young men rolls down the window, and shouts provocative. The TV interview shows them shouting “Sharia” out the window. “It’s hard to explain, but right now there is a very ‘us against them-mood’, which is really uncomfortable.” It has never been like this before,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. – speisa.com

Australia – Women forced to back of lecture theatre at Hizb ut-Tahrir lecture

A university address by radical Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir saw women sent to the back of the lecture theatre while men took their place at the front. “Brothers to the front and sisters to the back” was the message from the preachers who were invited to speak at the meeting in sydney’s west on Thursday night. The Daily Telegraph reports men and women were segregated before the lecture to students at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus began. Women were ushered through a door marked “sisters” at the rear of the hall, while the “brothers” entered through another door and were told to take their place in “the front five rows”, the Telegraph reports. – femina.com

Malaysia – Hudud law in the country?

Hizb ut-Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law. A bill to implement hudud punishments has already been passed in Malysia’s Kelantan state. The new law bars non-Muslims from serving as legal witnesses in court, and introduces punishments including caning, amputation, crucifixion and stoning. Politicians are now attempting to bring hudud punishments before the national parliament. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is an international Islamist group focused on the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate, strenuously disagreed with implementing sharia law through democracy. Instead the group demanded that the hudud punishments be implemented immediately without regard to any parliamentary process.The Malaysian Insider

China –  Chinese authorities link Xinjiang unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir

The International Herald Tribune spotted a Chinese language press release in which Chinese authorities fascinatingly attribute the protests in Khotan as well as various forms of unrest and troublemaking in Kashgar, Urumqi, and Kizilsu Prefecture to the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, or the “Party of Liberation.” Hizb ut-Tahrir, or HUT (kind of like Jabba) has garnered quite the reputation in Central Asian nations as a rallying point for Muslims bearing religious grievances against oppressive, secularist governments. HUT has an elaborate set of written guiding principles, and allegedly one of these embraces non-violent means as the only proper means to attain the group’s goal of restoring the Caliphate, thus, their main methods remain limited, on the surface, at least, to the propagation of the “right ideas” through lectures, sermons, booklets, and pamphlets. There have been several instances where violent activities were attributed by governmental authorities to HUT,.. This is the first attempt by the Chinese government to link unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir that I’m aware of. It represents a significant and curious clarification of previous allegations of international involvement in Xinjiang incidents, the vast majority of which have involved a hazy specter of “international terrorism” or exile Uyghur organizations whose goals and aspirations remain quite distant from those of religious organizations. – Hizb ut-Tahrir Watch

Kyrgyzstan – Suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir detained in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK — Kyrgyz officials say several suspected members of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir have been apprehended across the country. Officials in the northern district of Jety-Oguz said on February 10 that four local men have been detained after investigators found a gun and “extremist” printed and electronic texts at their homes in the village of Ak-Terek. Another suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir member was reportedly apprehended in the southern Batken Province on February 10. On February 9, officials in the southern region of Osh province said they detained a local imam for being a member of the group. Kyrgyz authorities say Hizb ut-Tahrir plays a role in a strategy used by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to radicalize youth and recruit them to fight in Syria and Iraq. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned across Central Asia and in Russia, says it is peaceful. Radio Free Europe

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In 2013, Michael Whine MBE, Government and International Affairs Director at the Community Security Trust, was appointed to a five year term as new UK independent member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Mr Whine has been professionally employed as a researcher on extremism, antisemitism, and terrorism for over twenty five years. He also acts as Consultant on Defence and Security to the European Jewish Congress, and represents it at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Nine years ago, The Hudson Institute published a paper by Whine titled, “Is Hizb ut-Tahrir Changing Strategy or Tactics?  His assessment at that time could still reflect on where Hizb ut-Tahrir is today.

“It cannot be denied that members of HT continue to provide a manpower pool for terrorist recruitment. One former senior member stated some years ago his belief that ‘if Hizb ut-Tahrir [is] not stopped at this stage, and we continue to let them politicize and pollute the youngsters’ minds and other gullible peoples’ minds, then what will happen in effect is that these terrorist acts and these suicide bombings that we hear going on around in foreign countries, we will actually start seeing these incidents happening outside our doorsteps.’ It seems reasonably clear that the basic aim of HT—to re-establish the Caliphate and to extend it elsewhere—remains in place. It is indeed also the ultimate aim of all Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami, and the subsequent offshoots of these groups. It must be noted that HT was the first group to do so, at a time when the Brotherhood focused only on the Arab world, while the Jamaat concentrated solely on the Indian subcontinent. HT’s basic strategy also still remains, while it only occasionally makes explicit mention of the violence implicit in the third stage of its program—the seizing of power.” 

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SPECIAL REPORT:  Hizb ut-Tahrir. Why should you care about them?

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

For the past eight years I have been drawing attention “to the activities of one of the most blatant antisemitic and Islamic radical organisations allowed to flourish in many democratic nations. Hizb ut-Tahrir. (The Islamic Party of Liberation).” I’m quite sure the name means very little to you. It shouldn’t! Hizb ut-Tahrir. You had better take note of it now! I cannot stress this enough.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international Muslim political party, utterly rejects democracy. Its goal is jihad against democratic societies world-wide and to replace your nation with a Caliphate. Sounds familiar? This extremist group has in excess of one million members spread through an estimated 45 countries. Some countries have banned or severely curtailed Hizb ut-Tahrir, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Tajikistan. Russia, China, France, Germany and the Netherlands have all banned Hizb ut-Tahrir. They operate freely in the USA., Canada and Great Britain.

JIN Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia source freemalaysiatodayAustralia, because of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia calling for a Muslim army to impose Sharia law in the country, is also giving serious consideration to outlawing them. In addition, the country’s 7News has reported that a Muslim youth group with alleged links to Hizb ut-Tahrir “is under investigation after a disturbing video of children as young as six years old calling for an end to Australian democracy,” was released.

7News state: “The children promise to die fighting to end democracy in Australia, replacing it with a Caliphate ruled by Islamic Sharia law. They also call for American President Barack Obama to ‘go to hell’, for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be beheaded and for an end to Western ideals.”

Get the picture?

What is Hizb ut-Tahrir?

HizbTahrir logoSo, what is Hizb ut-Tahrir? Dennis Ignatius explains it below. He is a graduate in international relations from the University of Malaya and a 36 year veteran of the Malaysian Foreign Service. He advises us that, “he has served in London, Beijing and Washington and was subsequently appointed ambassador to Chile and later to Argentina. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Malaysia to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. From 2001 to June 2008 he was the High Commissioner (ambassador) for Malaysia to Canada.”

Writing in his blog earlier this month about Hizb ut-Tahrir, this, in part, is what he had to say:

[Hizb ut-Tahrir] happen to be one of the most dangerous extremist groups ever to have come out of the Middle East. The fact that they have been able to establish themselves here [Malaysia] and gain credibility so easily speaks volumes about the kind of nation we are becoming.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a pan-Islamic political organization, was founded in Palestine in 1953 by Taqi al-Din Nabhani, a jurist, cleric, former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ardent Wahhabi. Tapping into expectations that a Khalifah (successor or steward) would unite all Islamic lands and people, subjugate the rest of the world and restore Islam to its former glory, HT positioned itself as the party of the Khalifah with a mandate to rule. To this end, it seeks to overthrow existing Muslim governments and set up HT-led Islamic states.

Despite its religious overtones, HT is in fact a very structured totalitarian organization, akin to a disciplined Marxist-Leninist party. All policy decisions are made by its emir, presently Ata Abu Rashta (another Palestinian), and then implemented by local national committees. HT branches (or wilayah) across the world are, therefore, highly coordinated. Candidates for membership undergo two years of indoctrination before becoming full members and then operate within secretive and compartmentalized cell groups.

Unlike groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS which seek to gain power through violent confrontation,  HT works from within to seize control. It focuses on key sectors – particularly the military and bureaucracy – to infiltrate, recruit, indoctrinate and radicalize. They sow dissent against the government, undermine and discredit other Muslim political parties, and press for extra constitutional change.

“Conveyor belt for terrorists.”

In July 2013, Imam Ismat Al-Hammouri—a leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir— seen here on the left, called for the destruction of America, France, Britain, and Rome, during a gathering at the Al-Aqsa JIN Hizb ut-Tahrir May 2015 Ismat Al-Hammouri Photo BlogspotMosque during Ramadan. He stated:

“We warn you, oh America: Take your hands off the Muslims. You have wreaked havoc in Syria, and before that, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and now in Egypt. Who do you think we are, America? We are the nation of Islam — a giant and mighty nation, which extends from east to west. Soon, we will teach you a political and military lesson, Allah willing. Allah Akbar. All glory to Allah.” – Times of Israel.

From the media in America? Hardly a whimper!

America’s media, for the most part, fail miserably – apathetic, comes to mind –  to inform its readers and viewers about Hizb ut-Tahrir America, which is rapidly consolidating its position in the country. In an article published in Al Arabia, Turkish American scholar Zeyno Baran described the organization as a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”

This Sunday, May 31 in Chicago, Hizb ut-Tahrir America commences its season of conferences, followed by Detroit, June 7 and Washington DC on June 14. Over the years it has seen fit to change its aggressive and ominous media campaign > >> seen here,<<<  to that of a benign and playful let’s-get-together-over-a cup-of-tea scholarly meeting inviting non Muslims to join them and to “engage in a healthy dialogue with society as a whole with thinkers, policymakers and academics.” Yeah! Don’t be misled by their smooth talk.

Antisemitism plays a major role in all that Hizb ut-Tahrir stands for. As reported recently in The Jewish Australian News, I quote:

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ISLAMIST group Hizb ut-Tahrir has again been condemned after a new video emerged last week filled with more anti-Semitic hate.

In the video, which was posted to the group’s internet video channel on March 3, Hizb ut-Tahrir spiritual leader Ismail al-Wahwah called Jews “the most evil creature of Allah”.

“Moral corruption is linked to the Jews. Prostitution in the world began with the Israelites. Usury and gambling began with the Israelites. Killing began with the Israelites,” he said.

“If the Jews were given the whole world, they would want the heavens. That is the nature of the Jews. It is a delusion to think that there can be peace and coexistence with the Israelites, with the Jews.”

He continued: “There is only one solution for this cancerous tumour: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from. They have corrupted the world with their corrupt media. The Israelites have corrupted the world with so-called art, cinema and corrupt films, and with sex trade, drug trade and moral depravity. They have corrupted the world in every respect.

“They will pay with blood for blood, with tears for tears, and with destruction for destruction.”

In Great Britain: “Antisemitism is rampant.”

In Great Britain, Hizb ut-Tahrir has stated, “Jews should be killed wherever they be found.”  And in banners and flyers distributed:

“[The Holocaust is] a tool used by Jews to justify their own hegemony over Muslims in Palestine. Much worse crimes have been committed against Muslims in Chechnya, Kashmir and Palestine.”

“The Jews are a people of slander . . . a treacherous people. . . . [T]hey fabricate lies and twist words from their true context.”

“Our state is a blasphemy according to Jewish law, so that makes you not only cowards, garbage, scum, thieves, I could go on, it also makes you blasphemers as well, according to your own religion. Then again what do we expect from the garbage of humanity, the most gangrenous part of humanity that has always killed its own prophets, betrayed its own people? It’s no surprise to any of us that [Jews] constantly lie and cheat in [their] religion. That is why in our religion [Jews] are described as pigs, swine and apes.”

In Canada: “Muslims are allowing our faith be hijacked from us.”

Raheel Raza is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to Canada. A couple of years ago in an article published by The Gatestone Institute she said this of Hizb ut-Tahrir after attending one of their Canadian meetings: “I left the meeting trembling, partly with anger and partly with fear: anger because I saw a straightforward attempt to hijack our freedoms and, by turning them against us, to impose sharia; fear because my fellow Muslims are allowing our faith be hijacked from us — into the hands of theocrats and thugs.”

Some years ago, the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI), a US-based public policy think tank, under its former name, The Nixon Center, published an all-encompassing report titled, “The Challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Deciphering and Combating Radical Islamist Ideology.”  In my opinion, it continues to be one of the more definitive papers written about this dangerous and vastly underrated organisation. I urge you to find the time to read it.

So, why should you care about Hizb ut-Tahrir? Robert Maynard Hutchins, the American educational philosopher and dean of Yale Law School had this to say about democracy: “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” Is this where you are today?

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