Former Hizb ut-Tahrir member urges engagement with ‘Muslim grievances’ in Ireland

Maajid Nawaz, former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and executive director of the Quilliam Foundation, urges a more pro-active stance of the state in integrating Muslims in the Republic of Ireland. Speaking at the World Summit Against Extremism in Dublin, he emphasises the question of identity as crucial to the integration of Muslims. The state and the public need to engage in a debate on national identity in order to avoid the mistakes of other European countries where there are often tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims and a lacking sense of belonging felt among Muslims to a particular society. Therefore, Irish society needs to engage with the grievances of Muslim, ‘real or perceived’. Of particular importance, according to Nawaz, is the promotion of ‘counter-narratives’ against extremism and radicalism by charismatic Muslim leaders who stir young Muslims away from violence.

Hizb ut-Tahrir Norway

Verldens Gang reports that the Islamist network Hizb ut-Tahrir is trying to establish themselves in Norway. Norwegian secret police (PST) says they have got individuals involved with the network under surveillance. Anonymous sources say to Verldens Gang that Hizb ut-Tahrir have been recruiting among young Muslims in Norway since some time.

Norwegian Pakistani columnist Usman Rana says Hizb ut-Tahrir breaks off from traditional Islam in their radical interpretations of the religion. He asks from the great majority of Norwegian Muslims to take a stand against the network.

Asghar Ali, secretary of the Muslim Council Norway, says he is not worried about the Hizb ut-Tahrir. They have tried to establish themselves in Norway before, he says, but never succeeded.

Hizb ut-Tahrir encourages armed resistance Against Sscandinavian Soldiers in Afghanistan

The Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir will be encouraging armed resistance against Scandinavian soldiers at a debate meeting about the war in Afghanistan in January.

The invitation to the meeting at the Royal Library in Copenhagen showed photographs of Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian coffins on a map of Afghanistan.

According to the invitation, the debate will “focus on the duty of armed resistance for Muslims in Afghanistan and surrounding nations. We see this form of resistance as entirely legitimate. In this context, the authorities’ attempts to criminalize and intimidate all war opponents will also be highlighted”.

Chadi Freigeh, a spokesperson for the organization’s Scandinavian branches, said he did not consider the message offensive. “If anyone should be blamed for the Danish soldiers that are dying in vain in this war, it’s the Danish politicians who have cold heartedly sent them out on a mission that only serves American strategic interests in the region,” Freigeh told public broadcaster DR.

Several countries have banned Hizb ut-Tahrir and Denmark has attempted to do the same. Representatives from the Danish People’s Party and the Social Democrats said officials should continue to look into whether the group can be considered illegal. “Hizb ut-Tahrir has been embarrassing Denmark for too long for this kind of thing. Now they’re really playing dirty,” Danish People’s Party MP Martin Henriksen said. Social Democrat MP Karen Hækkerup said the group’s message and the pictures on the invitation made her feel “uncomfortable”. “But as long as the organization is not banned, we have to respect that it’s an association that is allowed to exist and meet,” said Hækkerup.

Hizb ut-Tahrir: No such thing as a ’Danish-Muslim’

October 4, 2010
At its annual conference this weekend, Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir called on Muslims to be proud of their faith and not label themselves as Danish Muslims, British Muslims, French Muslims etc. During the conference, themed on the Muslims’ role in the West’, the message to Muslims was that their faith should be their identity.
At the conference, Jaweed Yusuf, a member of the group, explained that it was their duty to call others to Islam, however difficult that might be and whatever consequences it might entail.
The group, which has been subject to controversy in Denmark, had invited several MP’s, whom however chose not to participate in the conference. Hizb ut-Tahrir denied rumours that its members plan to run for parliamentary election, or that it supports the use violence to achieve its goals.

Dutch muslims targeted in voting campaigns

Various religious and social organizations are addressing the Netherlands’ Muslim population in advance of national elections on June 9, 2010. While some organizations are encouraging active participation in the election, others are urging Muslims not to vote. Radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir set up a website and handed out flyers at Dutch mosques urging Muslims not to vote, as no candidate provides sufficient support for Muslims while their participation would legitimize the election.

Alternately, the Council of Moroccan Mosques in North Holland is urging Muslim participation in the election.  The Dutch Moroccan Alliance has produced a video and will send representatives into the community to speak Moroccan youth in an attempt to “get out the Moroccan vote.”

“Wooing Recruits To Radical Islam Like ‘Dating'”, former Hizb ut-Tahrir member says

A former member of the radical Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir explains the psychology and tactics of enticing new recruits. Although he never met Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bombing suspect, Shiraz Maher recruited people like him. This article shows the radicalization strategies used by groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir in the UK and how some members even cross the line to violent extremism.

Disputes around Austrian women’s minister’s demand for burka ban

Social Democrat Women’s Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek has stirred emotions with her demand to ban the burka in Austria. In various interviews on December 23, Heinisch-Hosek said: “I consider the burka a sign of the submission of women. It greatly hinders women from finding jobs in the labor market. If more women wearing burkas appear in Austria, I will test a ban on them and enact administrative fines for women wearing them in public buildings.”

Now a banned Islamist organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir, sent a threatening letter to the minister, in which it condemned the minister’s remarks last week and threatened her using the sentence from the Koran: “And know that Allah is strong in punishment.” The Federal Crime Office (BK) took over the investigation, which is said to be the first serious case of Islamic fundamentalism in Austria.

Hizb ut-Tahrir barred from London University debate

The University of London has cancelled the appearance of a speaker from an Islamic group that opposes democracy and integration into British society.

A representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir was due to appear at Queen Mary college in east London to debate shari’a law in the modern world. But the group was told it could not take part after students campaigned about its “blatantly aggressive” views. The university’s union said the debate organizers acted to avoid controversy.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has previously said “those who believe in democracy are Kafir” [unbelievers] and said it was “dangerous” for Muslims to integrate into British society. A leaflet displayed on its website once urged Muslims to “kill [Jews] wherever you find them”. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK spokesmen deny links to terrorism and say the group, which is a legal organisation in the UK, opposes violence.

Protesters Gather Outside Islamic Conference Near Chicago

Roughly 500 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir — a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq’s onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — met inside a Hilton hotel in Oak Lawn, Ill., to host “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir insists that it does not engage in terrorism. The organization is not recognized by the State Department as a known terror group. Its supporters, however, blasted capitalism while calling for a rise of Islam during Sunday’s conference. “Free market, organization, capitalization — all has failed and brought disaster to America,” said one of the group’s speakers.

Dozens of protesters outside the hotel — many of whom held American flags — shouted as attendees left the conference late Sunday. No arrests had been made.

Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir reaches out to Young Muslims, calls for Islamic State

{Hizb ut-Tahrir is a international Muslim organization accused of sending followers along a path toward terrorism, while its defenders claim it gives a much needed voice to desires in the Muslim community for global solidarity. Still legal but viewed with much suspicion, this article explores a secretive community that seeks to strike a balance between Islam and Western life more than its critics recognize.} By Dominic Casciani Named as a danger to young minds, but never banned in the UK – what is the message of Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir? This coming weekend the global “political party” which campaigns for a single Islamic state across the Muslim world says it will be holding one of its largest-ever conferences in Indonesia. But as a warm-up, some 2,000 British Muslims arrived at London’s Alexandra Palace to hear the message from the party’s British wing. Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) has been accused of being a critical player in a so-called “conveyor belt” towards terrorism – that its ideas are part of the problem.