“Terrorist war is part of a total war, which sees the whole of society as the enemy and all the members of a society as appropriate objects for violent actions. It is absolute war because its goal is absolute destruction of society and it accepts annihilation of persons as an appropriate means. Terrorists are the shock troops in a war to the death against the values and institutions of a society, a Western society, and of the people who embody it.”
– Jeane Kirkpatrick, Former United States Ambassador to The United Nations
For many Jews and non-Jews alike knowing the names of various terrorists groups can be counted on one hand. Daesh, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Boko Harem and the Muslim Brotherhood.
One group that is seemingly less interesting, with very little curiosity in the West, is the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, or Party of Liberation. I’ve written about them many times before. My message remains the same.
HuT for short, has significant following in many parts of the world. It is I quote, “a transnational Islamic religious-political organization which has presence nearly 50 countries across the world. Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks ‘implementation of pure Islamic doctrine’ and the creation of an Islamic caliphate… The group’s aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world. The ultimate goal of this secretive sectarian group is to unite the entire ummah, or Islamic world community, into a single caliphate. The aim is to bring the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life in ‘Dar al-Islam’ [the land where the rules of Islam are being implemented, as opposed to the non-Islamic world] and in an Islamic society such that all life’s affairs in society are administered according to the Sharia rules.'” (GlobalSecurity.org)
Get the picture?
The group claims to be a political party active in nearly 50 countries including the UK – its so-called international nerve centre – the USA, Australia and Canada. However, the group is outlawed in many Muslim countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan as well as in China, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands. It “vehemently opposes democracy claiming that it is inconsistent with Islamic principles of government and is a tool used by the West to further conquer Muslim lands.”
In Australia, Hizb ut-Tahrir “have accused the federal government of criminalising the Muslim community through its anti-terror laws and have cited singing the national anthem as forced assimilation.”
In a paper written by Sarah Swick and published some years ago by the U.S. based Muslim libertarian think tank, Minaret of Freedom Institute, she writes, Hizb ut-Tahrir “is rapidly growing in notoriety and popularity among Muslim youth in the Muslim world and in the West… The Party also focuses its recruitment efforts on university campuses. In Indonesia, the Party spent fifteen years as an “underground movement on college campuses in Java,” and, today, it remains a campus-based movement. This is also the case across the European continent, where HT is known to have a following primarily among second-generation immigrant Muslims attending university.”
Unlike Daesh and Al-Qaeda, Hizb ut-Tahrir says it is a non-violent political party which restricts itself to intellectual and political work.
What it says and what it does is entirely another matter.
In 2012, in Bangladesh it was reported Hizb ut-Tahrir was behind a failed coup where “some 16 Bangladesh military officers, who were members of HuT, were accused of planning to overthrow Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government. After the security agencies cracked down on the coup plotters, HuT claimed to have organized public speeches outside mosques across Bangladesh calling upon people to “protest against the Hasina government’s plot to subjugate the Muslim Army of Bangladesh to US-India.”
And today, as reported in the Dhaka Tribune it continues: “Hizb ut-Tahrir’s last major activity was monitored on September 4, 2015, when around 10,000 of its supporters joined in on an online video conference. As the police force continues its week-long sweep to detain militants, members of Hizb ut-Tahrir are trying to come out from hiding and reorganise their banned outfit again. As part of their efforts to regroup, Hizb ut-Tahrir is circulating leaflets urging the people to rise against the ‘tyrannical rule of Sheikh Hasina.'”
Hizb ut-Tahrir is as antisemitic in their rhetoric as it gets.
Swick states that in Germany, the group was spreading violence and hate and had called for the killing of Jews. “In an article that was previously posted on their website, HuT said, ‘The Jews are a people of slander. They are a treacherous people who violate oaths and covenants. They lie and change words from their right places. They take the rights of people unjustly, and kill the Prophets and the innocent. They are the most severe in their hatred for those who believe…This is how they are now, and this is how they will continue to be.'”
In addition, a Hizb ut-Tahrir speaker was quoted during a speech in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) saying, “Let’s be open about this – the Qur’an does not mention Zionists, it mentions Jews. They are our enemy and Insha’Allah we will finish them.”
In Copenhagen much more of the same. “The Jews are a people of slander… a treacherous people… they fabricate lies and twist words from their right context,” the leaflets read, before justifying suicide bombings in Israel as ‘legitimate’ acts of ‘Martyrdom.'”
Some years ago in Tunisia, “Hizb ut-Tahrir Tunisia organized a demo in support of Gaza on the night of Eid al Fitr to call the Muslim armies to remove the Jewish entity. It was held on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital.”
But of course, as they continually remind us, they are a non-violent political party which restricts itself to intellectual and political work. Right?
“HuT has the potential to become an even more dangerous terrorist group than IS [Daesh].”
Surinder Kumar Sharma of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses is quite forthright about them:
“Hizb ut-Tahrir is a slow and steady player; it has cleverly avoided any intense global scrutiny while spreading its ideology and support base in different parts of the world. HuT, therefore, has the potential to become an even more dangerous terrorist group than IS [Daesh].”
In Canada, where I am based, Hizb ut-Tahrir has also become both a source of recruitment and concern. Mazin Abdul-Adhim Mazin, a Canadian citizen of Iraqi descent living in London, Ontario and the ‘perceived’ leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir Canada in December 2015, was reported as saying:
“Helping Syrian refugees coming to Canada and building an Islamic caliphate are part of the same cause, according to a pro-Sharia speaker at an Islamic conference in Hamilton.… The refugee increases Muslims’ political and societal clout and strengthens these calls for “the full implementation of Islam.”
According to the Toronto Sun, Hizb ut-Tahrir Canada in a press release dated January 2016 stated: “Hizb ut-Tahrir considers it impermissible (sinful/Haram) to use violence as part of this work, as the Sharia (Islamic Law) forbids it. Furthermore Hizb ut-Tahrir does not promote hate speech, rather the efforts of the Hizb revolve entirely around creating awareness of the Islamic systems and how they correctly solve mankind’s problems and disagreements are respectfully addressed through discussion and sincere debates in an intellectual manner.”
“They also advocate that the end goal is the Islamization of Canada as part of this global caliphate. Article 62 of the Hizb ut-Tahrir Constitution also calls for compulsory conscription in their sought after caliphate. It states that every Muslim male who is “fifteen years and over, is obliged to undergo military training in readiness for jihad.'”
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir is against gender equality, irrespective of one’s race or nationality. The West is its target. It is intolerant of any hint of social equality for all, or of a democratic society that is open and accepting of minorities. They believe our established institutions, laws and customs are repulsive.
Perhaps as individuals the time has come for us to take a more meaningful pro-active response to this vile antisemitic, anti-democratic, anti-West and dangerous organisation. Who was it said “lost time is never found again?”