If we think it’s just ISIS who wishes for an Islamic caliphate – think again. There is yet another who call on the followers of the “religion of peace” to form another Islamic state, governed only by Shariah law.
On Aug. 12, 2007, 100,000 Muslims gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, to call for the return of the caliphate. It was one of the largest political gatherings of Muslims ever to have taken place. The event was organized by the Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), whose stated intention is to create a new caliphate encompassing the “Muslim world.”
A key speaker,Dr Imran Waheed,was refused entry to Jakarta due his ties to terrorism and forced to deliver his speech by video link. Where does the good doctor live? Oh, he’s a psychiatrist living in England – too radical for Jakarta, but evidently not for politically correct England.
Every year since khilafah conferences have been held worldwide. They are also held here in America – right under our noses.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, Arabic for “Party of Liberation,” is an international organization that seeks to establish a global Islamic caliphate. Established in Jerusalem in 1953, HT claims to be a political organization “whose ideology is Islam.” A closer look at the group’s ideology and international activity reveals that HT not only promotes Islam as a way of life, but is also fundamentally opposed to capitalism and democracy and is explicitly hostile toward Israel and Jews. Their official flag is the black flag of jihad, flown by many terrorist organizations.
HT America held its first major event in the U.S., a conference entitled “Fall of Capitalism and Rise of Islam,” at the Hilton in Oak Lawn, Illinois, on July 19, 2009. It’s pretty clear what their mission is. No ambiguity there – and at the Hilton no less.
But none would be more indicative of its true beliefs than HT America’s 2011 khilafah conference, titled, “Revolution in the Muslim World: From Tyranny to Triumph,” on June 26, 2011. In the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, speakers at the conference focused on HT’s larger agenda of establishing a global Islamic caliphate, which entails ousting existing governments.
Illinois must be so proud to play host to such distinguished events.
So there can be no doubt where they stand, one session at the 2011 conference, titled “Breaking the Shackles,” gave voice to the organization’s idea that capitalist and nationalist systems of the West are “enemies to Islam,” and the only solution is for a unified Islamic state to replace such systems with “the rule of Allah,” Shariah and the Sunnah.
The last two 2011 sessions, “Shaking the Thrones” and “Life Under the Khilafah,” examined the state of suffering the unmah (Arabic for community or nation) and Islam have fallen into since the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate, and how everyday life will be governed once Islamic law is implemented worldwide with the rise of a new caliphate. One of the speakers, identified as Abu Atallah, emphasized that the rise of the caliphate would mean that borders become obsolete, nationalist ideology would be abandoned and Muslims would control the military.
The meeting ended with organizers stressing the importance of pushing forward for a unified Islamic state and that the “Quran is a message for all mankind and a solution to all of man’s problems.” This was detailed in a pamphlet, “Khilafah State Structure: Introduction to the Constitution,” that was handed out during the conference.
A few of the more pertinent articles of their constitution are as follows. (I could see James Madison authoring these – or maybe Abdullah Madison):
Article 1 states that ‘aqeedah (Islamic creed) will be the sole basis of the State’s foundation. The government’s structure in its entirety can only exist if it is from the Islamic ‘aqeedah.
Article 7 describes that the State will be charged with implementing “divine law”; therefore those “guilty of apostasy (desertion) from Islam are to be executed according to the rule of apostasy.”
In the “Army” section, Article 56 states, “Jihad is a compulsory duty for all Muslims. Military training is therefore compulsory. Thus, every male Muslim, 15 years and over, is obliged to undergo military training in readiness for jihad.” Does this sound just like our Constitution, or what?
Articles 108-118 describe the social system of the caliphate, which would strictly enforce gender segregation between the two sexes, and while women will have the same rights and obligations as men, a woman’s primary role “is that of a mother and wife,” and she may not hold any positions of power within the structure of governance.
With regards to Israel and the caliphate’s policy toward the Jewish state, Section 4 states that there can be no peace, and that “a state of war must be taken as the basis for all dispositions with them. They must be dealt with as if a rear war existed between us – whether an armistice exists or not.” Hear that, all you idiot politicians in Washington?!
At the 2009 conference, Abdul-Adil also urged the audience to never “stop calling for Islam as a complete way of life … unless and until Islam becomes victorious or we die in the attempt.” During a question and answer session following his presentation, Abdul-Adil was asked if Shariah, or Islamic law, would trump the U.S. Constitution. “Yes, it would be gone,” Abdul-Adil replied.
Attribution: Anti-Defamation League