Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia is hosting a global conference tomorrow in Australia entitled Khilafah Conference 2012: “Muslims Rise – Caliphate Imminent.” Considering the events of the past week and the history of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the timing here seems rather ominous. In fact, just yesterday the Hizb ut-Tahrir group organized a protest in Indonesia:
A speaker from the pro-Caliphate organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir that organized the protest, told the crowd: “This film insulted our prophet and we condemn it. The film is a declaration of war.”
The crowd shouted back: “Allahu akbar!” (God is greatest), while police clad in riot gear stood guard nearby.
Another speaker declared: “The US does not deserve to stay here,” as the crowd roared that Americans be expelled from the world’s largest Muslim nation.
In addition to their regularly scheduled program, they promise to address the week’s events:
Response to the vilification of the Prophet (saw)
In light of developments this week concerning the film insulting our Prophet (saw), a special address will be given in the Khilafah Conference this Sunday to address this issue.
There is no doubt as to what the intent of this group is, as further explained by DiscoverTheNetworks:
Rejecting Western notions of both democracy and capitalism as tools that allegedly have led to colonization and subjugation of Islamic nations, Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s long-term objective is to replace existing governments with theocratic Muslim rule and to bring about a worldwide Islamic government under a single ruler (caliph). In such an ideal Islamic state, says Hizb-ut-Tahrir, “all of life’s affairs in society are administered according to Shari’ah rules,” or Islamic law.
Today Hizb-ut-Tahrir, although splintered into four factions (most notably Hizb Waed) reportedly has tens of thousands of secret members across the Muslim world, attracted by its triumphalist Islamic future. Hizb-ut-Tahrir is outlawed in Russia, Germany, France, the Netherlands and numerous Muslim countries (including Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia) that regard it as a radical, subversive, terrorist organization that spreads “hatred and violence and seeks to overthrow their governments.
Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a legal political party, however, in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Yemen, and most Western nations. The organization gained a foothold in the United Kingdom under the leadership of Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, the Al Muhajiroun founder who joined Hizb-ut-Tahrir as a teenager in Lebanon during the early 1970’s. For awhile Britain considered outlawing Hizb-ut-Tahrir, but then-Prime Minister Tony Blair decided against doing so after he was advised that forcing the group underground would be an even less desirable alternative than permitting it to function legally.
Indeed, they have been quite active in the U.S., where they have held numerous conferences in Chicago. As Newsmax stated regarding the 2011 conference:
A radical Islamist group which claims a presence in nearly 50 countries is so confident it can help establish a global Muslim government-or caliphate-that it distributed a draft constitution during a recent conference outside of Chicago. It calls for the death penalty for apostates and for creating a government department dedicated to jihad.
Looks like things didn’t change much for the 2012 Chicago gathering:
Hizb ut-Tahrir America (HT), the U.S. arm of the international organization with a long record of hostility toward Israel and the Jews, plans to hold the conference, dubbed “Revolution: Liberation by Revelation-Muslims Marching Toward Victory” in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. This year’s conference will once again be held against the backdrop of the revolutions engulfing the Middle East, which the organization seeks to use to promote its vision of establishing an Islamic Caliphate.
When a group with this kind of history convenes a global conference at this time, telling us that a global caliphate is imminent, maybe it’s a good time for us to pay attention. It might even be something Obama and his State Department might want to take a look at, if they can find a little extra time these days between appearances and celebrity events.