Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hizb ut-Tahrir

The aim of Hizb ut-Tahrir is available online, in English here, where we learn:
Its aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world.
It also aims to bring back the Islamic guidance for mankind and to lead the Ummah into a struggle with Kufr, its systems and its thoughts so that Islam encapsulates the world.
It's rather unambiguous.

What about Hizb ut-Tahrir in Toronto? We can find some discussion about it. Here's a posting from someone on a Canadian forum:
The method of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (from what I've seen) is based on Islam, regardless of how people percieve it, or how hard the reality seems. We, the Muslims, have Allah behind us and whoever has Allah with them cannot lose.
Read these postings here. Here's another posting from that URL:
All the members of Hizb ut Tahrir I know are Computer Science graduates, doctors, Chartered Accountants, Aeronautical Engineers, Civil Engineers, etc. As for those without degrees, they are hard working and refuse to take handouts. We are an honourable Ummah, and we do not extend our hand to people for personal donations, even if it might be permissible in Islam.

As for "abusing" the "freedoms" in the West...where are you coming from? They destroyed our Islamic State, they stole our oil and resources, they killed our people, they cut our lands up and set up tyrant regimes to crush our Ummah's spirit and destroy Islam, and they enslaved our people. And you sit there comfortably on your computer critisizing those who are spending every waking hour calling to the Khilafah all over the world, the Muslim world as well as the West.

[...] Conferences are not a possibility. But in the West, we can do this, and why not? Look at the tens of millions of Muslims living in the west. It is an opportunity that must be taken.
The poster is from Toronto, and posts under the name kijeyholo.

I'm still wondering about the 'stole our oil' rant. Unless I am mistaken, we have been purchasing that oil. I believe the real issue is that the Middle East dictators kept the proceeds for themselves.

We will then hear how these dictators are propped up the by US in order to ensure that the oil is sold cheaply - or "stolen" (ignoring completely the OPEC cartel formed to ensure oil was not cheap). Which came first? The dictators, or the oil? Why didn't democracy take hold in the Middle East? Secondly, when the US intervenes to rid a Middle East country of one of these dictatorships, that is decried.

The USA can't win with these zealots: it is a Satan if it supports a reviled government; it is a Satan if it takes a reviled government down.

All of which says, the US actions are not the issue. It is the mere fact of US power that is the issue.

It's a familiar tale. World domination. There are many paths to power. Socialism has been tried a few times. Religion has been tried a few times. It's being tried again. A few megalomaniacs believe that the vehicle of Islam will mobilize an army that will take them to victory, and unbridled power.

That's how I see it. I've written about the Muslims in our midst before, and I welcome them as long as they sign up for deal in our society. We did not allow them to bring their religion here in order to take us down. The way forward is a shared understanding about what is taking place. It's not about Islam. It's about power. Plain and simple. I am not prepared to yield to a barbaric theocrat any more than I am willing to yield to communism, or any other crackpot ideology that deprives me of my liberty.