SPECIAL REPORT: Hizb ut-Tahrir. Why should you care about them?
- 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.
Australia, 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?
So, 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 Mosque 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:
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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