Sally Neighbour has written a disturbing article in the Australian entitled “Muslims told to shun Democracy”.
She reports on a conference held in Western Sydney over the weekend featuring leaders of the global Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Neighbour writes “LEADERS of the global Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have called on Australian Muslims to join the struggle for a transnational Islamic state. British Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Burhan Hanif told participants at a conference in western Sydney yesterday that democracy is “haram” (forbidden) for Muslims, whose political engagement should be be based purely on Islamic law. “We must adhere to Islam and Islam alone,” Mr Hanif told about 500 participants attending the convention in Lidcombe.
“We should not be conned or succumb to the disingenuous and flawed narrative that the only way to engage politically is through the secular democratic process. It is prohibited and haram.”
He said democracy was incompatible with Islam because the Koran insisted Allah was the sole lawmaker, and Muslim political involvement could not be based on “secular and erroneous concepts such as democracy and freedom”.
The article continues with “The conference, which followed the theme “The struggle for Islam in the West”, was the first major event held by the Australian branch of HT since a seminar in 2007 which coincided with calls for the group to be banned. HT is outlawed in much of the Middle East but operates legally in more than 40 countries, campaigning for the establishment of a caliphate (Islamic state) modelled on the empire founded by the Prophet Mohammed in the 7th century. HT’s platform rejects the use of violence in its quest for an Islamic state, but supports the military destruction of Israel, which it regards as illegitimate, and endorses militant campaigns against foreign troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The federal government considered banning HT in 2007, but then attorney-general Philip Ruddock told parliament ASIO had advised him such a ban was not justified as the group did not support terrorism.”
The disturbing story has been picked up by other groups here, here and here (which included an interview by Chris Smith with someone who attended the meeting.) The attendee states “The problem we have is our apathy”
While the Australian reported on the meeting, the SMH and Daily Telegraph did not. Hmm!
(and although Israel was not the focus, what does the organisation have to say about Israel? Here is a UK branch statement “we completely reject Zionism represented in the form of Israel and Muslims worldwide are opposed to the continued occupation of Palestine by the Israeli State.”