UT-TAHRIR RESPONDS TO THE PRIME MINISTER'S BAN
(12 August 2005)
of thousands of Muslim worshippers will sign a nationwide petition
after Friday prayers today as part of a campaign opposing government
proposals to silence legitimate political expression in the Muslim
community including the banning of the non-violent Islamic political
party Hizb ut-Tahrir. The petition is being launched today [12 August]
at mosques and Islamic centres throughout the UK.
Imran Waheed, Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said,
The tens of thousands of Muslims signing the petition today
will attest to the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir is well known for its
non-violent approach and that this has been demonstrated on many
occasions including peaceful marches against military action in
Iraq and Afghanistan and against Frances banning of the Hijab
have been inundated with messages of support from the Muslim community
many of them know local members of Hizb ut-Tahrir who work
in their community as doctors, lawyers, accountants and teachers.
This petition will provide our community with an opportunity to
make their views on these proposals known.
a statement issued on 6 August 2005, Hizb ut-Tahrir responded to
the proposed ban of the party.
condemn outright the announcement by Prime Minister Tony Blair proposing
a ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir, the non-violent Islamic political party.
The banning of Hizb ut-Tahrir has as its aim the curtailment of
legitimate Islamic political debate. Even though the party has been
open to intellectual debate and even though the Prime Minister said
that he wanted a battle of ideas, it became apparent that this government
could not face the party through such avenues and resorted to such
ut-Tahrir has a record of over 50 years of following a method of
non-violent political activity against the unelected dictators and
despots who rule the Muslim world with the Wests approval.
In its work to establish the Islamic Caliphate, Hizb ut-Tahrir has
never resorted to any sort of armed struggle and nor has it ever
incited people to kill innocent civilians. It has throughout its
history worked through intellectual and political means while its
members have been tortured and killed in the thousands.
Britain the party has attracted to its ranks men and women, young
and old, from different walks of life and from different ethnicities.
Its activities including conferences, seminars and roundtable discussions,
have been attended by thousands of people. Annual conferences have
been attended by in excess of 10,000 people. In recent times we
have held panel discussions with non-Muslim politicians, thinkers
and personalities including Roger Mosey, Edwina Currie, Peter Hitchens,
Clive Crook and Michael Gove, amongst others.
response to the proposal to ban our organisation, we have held face
to face meetings with leading Islamic groups and personalities.
They have expressed serious concerns about the banning of the party
and intend to oppose this move as they feel this will hamper community
relations rather than bringing communities together.
respect to the London bombings, we once again state in explicit
terms that Islam forbids the killing of innocent civilians
we again express our denunciation of the London bombings of 7th
July 2005. Prior to that we have also expressed our denunciation
of the attacks of September 11th 2001. We would also like to point
out for the record that we have no relationship whatsoever, by word
or deed, with the organisation al-Muhajiroun.
organisation has faced banning by many of the tyrannical rulers
of the Muslim world who do not tolerate any political dissent whatsoever.
The ex-British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, exposed the
boiling alive of our members by the Karimov regime and the extraction
of false intelligence under torture for Western security services.
Every one of our members in prison in the Muslim world is there
for nothing other than expressing a political opinion, distributing
a leaflet or accounting a politician.
a ban on a political party with a 50 year history of non-violence
will lead many to question the talk of freedom of speech, tolerance,
people power, human rights and democracy.
we intend to exhaust all legal avenues in order to continue our
non-violent political work."