Hizb ut Tahrir Muslim Unity Conference blasts Blair attracts 2,000 at London venue under threat government ban
August 10, 2005
MIM:The article about the Muslim Unity Conference refers to "Muslim leaders" and mentions the Ramadhan Foundation but not Hizb ut Tahrir who organised the event. It is possible that HT is now going under the name of the Ramadhan Foundation, (in anticipation of a ban), like Al Muhajiroun 'disbanded' and regrouped under the name Supporters of Sharia.
This Muslim Unity Conference attracted over 1,000 people.
British resolve to fight terrorism was dealt a blow this August 7th and shows that the UK has not yet cracked down on radical Islamist groups despite Blairs announcement that Hizb ut Tahrir and Al Muhajirioun would be the first to be outlawed. Not only have they held their Muslim Unity Conference, they brazenly demanded that Blair ban far right groups and threatened the government that if Blair didn't "engage in dialouge" "if he was not to alienate a generation" simply put, this is a veiled warning that if Blair does not accomodate Muslims and ban groups like HT Muslim youth will resort to violence.
Note that they threatened the government.
"Shaykh Muhammad Umar, convention chairman, said Mr Blair needed to engaged in dialogue if he was not to alienate a generation..."
Ban racist Right, Muslims tell Blair
Muslim leaders urged Tony Blair yesterday to extend his proposed ban on "preachers of hate" to include members of far-Right parties.
The call came in Manchester at Britain's first convention on Muslim unity, attended by 2,000 people.
Opposition was voiced to anti-terrorist measures announced by the Prime Minister in the wake of last month's London bombings.
His plan includes deporting or debarring foreigners who encourage hatred and a ban on radical Muslim groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir and al-Muhajiroun.
But Mohammed Shafiq, of the Ramadhan Foundation, which organised yesterday's gathering, said proscription would serve only to push extremists underground.
The foundation was formed by young British Muslims who say they have lost confidence in their leaders and community representatives.
"We have a right to express ourselves in a peaceful way, but if anybody is inciting hatred then that's wrong and action needs to be taken," said Mr Shafiq.
"I suggest we make a request to Tony Blair that the BNP, National Front, those racist parties, are also banned. If that happens we can talk about it, but we are not going to get that are we?"
The convention observed a two-minute silence for victims of the July 7 bombings and other terrorist attacks.
Shaykh Muhammad Umar, convention chairman, said Mr Blair needed to engaged in dialogue if he was not to alienate a generation. "The youngsters of this country follow [Hizb ut-Tahrir] and listen to them," he said. "If we start banning them, caging them and putting them in prison and isolate them we are not going to get anywhere."
AMMAN, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The radical Islamist group Hizb ut Tahrir said on Tuesday a ban on its British branch would strengthen its appeal to young Muslims disenchanted by what it called Western intolerance towards their faith.
Abu Mamdouh Qutaishat, a leader of the party, said the British action, part of sweeping anti-terrorism measures after deadly London bombings, would make its followers more determined to advocate reviving an Islamic caliphate by non-violent means.
"What the British government is doing against us will only make Muslims more fervent in spreading our beliefs since this war is now exposed as one between the West and Islamic civilisation," Qutaishat told Reuters in an interview in Amman.
Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday Britain would ban the party's British offshoot as part of measures in response to the London bombings on July 7, when four British Muslims killed themselves and 52 others on three underground trains and a bus.
"Let no one forget this is the same Britain which worked with the infidel West for centuries to destroy the caliphate and is now demolishing its own democracy just to prevent Hizb ut Tahrir from expressing its views. This shows deep hatred of Islam and Muslims," Qutaishat added.
A caliph is a successor to the Prophet Mohammad. After Islam's early years, the caliphate was based in Damascus, then Baghdad, Cairo and finally Istanbul after Ottoman sultans took the title. Secular Turkey abolished the caliphate in 1924.
Blair said he wants new powers to expel foreign nationals who incite terrorism, shut mosques breeding "fanaticism" and blacklist clerics, Web sites and bookshops deemed extremist.
The British-based Hizb ut Tahrir is an offshoot of the party set up in 1953 by Sheikh Takieddin al-Nabahani, a Palestinian cleric, whose leadership is believed by experts to be in Jordan.
The party mainly distributes literature calling for Islamic revival as a prelude to a restored caliphate. Its leaders say no truly Muslim state now exists, and reject Western democracy.
Hizb ut Tahrir's followers, disciplined by long years of underground existence, will not be silenced, Qutaishat said.
"The party will not be deterred and will find ways to express its views by any means and continue to engage in the ideological conflict with the West and with even greater zeal to restore the caliphate state," Qutaishat said.
Qutaishat said Britain's behaviour was no better than that of repressive Arab states that outlaw the party, which is active in Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
"The ban goes against capitalist and democratic values in Britain that allows every person to hold his own beliefs. The voice of Hizb ut Tahrir is frightening them," Qutaishat added.