Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Hizb ut-Tahrir in Sydney

The charming Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, is at it again. Having inexplicably escaped being banned in Australia and also in England, they are organising a conference later this month in Sydney, to promote the idea of the Islamic caliphate.

Spokesman Wassim Doureihi (pictured),

"The caliphate is a political reality. It's imminent. There is a burgeoning Islamic revival, and it's only a matter of time before the caliphate is a state"

No multiculturalist is Mr. Doureihi, as he added

"Just because Muslims were born in Australia doesn't mean we have to accept these conditions".

Conditions? Like freedom of speech, women and gay rights, tolerance and democracy?

Wassim and his delightful crew believe that the world was "plunged into darkness" on March 3, 1924, when Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk ended the Ottoman caliphate.

The promo for the conference can be found on YouTube, here.

The Aussie Hizb homepage is here.
Update; Bankstown Council has banned the lovefest.

Some background on Hizb, which Australian Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, ought to browse at his leisure,

Hizb ut-Tahrir was set up in 1953 by a Palestinian judge to inspire the creation of a Muslim Caliphate state. Its Sydney arm has more than 200 members. Hizb ut-Tahrir still endorses Sharia law, which stipulates the death penalty for gay and lesbian Muslims, apostates and unchaste women.

In a recent article in the Times (subscription only), Shiraz MaherPublished, a former member of the group, had this to say of the group.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is no paper tiger. It is a revolutionary movement seeking to overthrow governments in the Muslim world, establish a caliphate and then wage jihad on other nations. The mobilisation of British Muslims is an integral part of that vision. I know because for two years I was a member, recruited while studying for a degree in history. With a presence on campuses across the country, Hizb ut-Tahrir is experienced in avoiding detection. Its members were the architects of the national "Stop Islamophobia" student campaign launched last year. They have also organised seemingly innocuous football tournaments and "welcome dinners" for new Muslim students.

Recruiting such members of the UK's emerging middle class is particularly important to Hizb ut-Tahrir. Although the party's primary role in the UK is to articulate the case for Islam as an alternative to capitalism, such work is intrinsically linked to its wider ambitions.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is opposed to every regime in the Muslim world and has orchestrated coup attempts in Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Morocco. Exiled members who have regrouped in the UK have used the freedoms afforded to them here to seek to springboard their recruits and ideas back into the Muslim world. The effects have been felt most acutely in Pakistan, to which scores of British recruits, born and raised here, have returned since the late 1990s to propagate the party's message and incite the army to sedition.

While Hizb ut-Tahrir continues to mobilise British Muslims in pursuit of its cause, its threat to global security cannot be understated. Silencing the party is, therefore, not simply a debate about free speech or criminalising alternative opinions. It is about protecting ourselves, and our allies, from the excesses of a totalitarian Islamic movement with grand ambitions. Hizb ut-Tahrir's openly stated ambition of global conquest sits uncomfortably with its newfound obsession with free speech.

A party leaflet from 1999 reads: "In the forthcoming days the Muslims will conquer Rome and the dominion of the (nation) of Muhammad will reach the whole world, and the rule of the Muslims will reach as far as the day and night." It's a world in which freedom of speech, of course, would be notably absent.