Several years ago I wrote about the Islamist Manifesto — the blueprint for a worldwide Islamic revolution as laid out by the radical international group Hizb ut-Tahrir (“The Party of Liberation”).
If you examine their proclamations and manifestos, you’ll notice that Islamic extremists have adopted large chunks of communist rhetoric and methodology. Marxist-Leninist thought can be adapted very easily to the purposes of the Great Jihad, with just a few substitutions in the core jargon to make it fit.
The modus operandi for both groups is the same: the suppression of all dissent, the rewriting of history to accord with the exigencies of ideology, an all-encompassing explanation for all events that occur, a chiliastic promise of a glorious future for everyone who abides by the doctrine, and the use of extreme violence to attain ideological ends. Exchange the Communist Manifesto for the Koran, and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat for the Worldwide Caliphate, and you’re in business.
When I posted about Hizb ut-Tahrir back then, I quoted from one of their websites (which has since been taken down). Here are some excerpts from the party manifesto:
The work of Hizb ut-Tahrir is to carry the Islamic da’wah in order to change the situation of the corrupt society so that it is transformed into an Islamic society. It aims to do this by firstly changing the society’s existing thoughts to Islamic thoughts so that such thoughts become the public opinion among the people, who are then driven to implement and act upon them. Secondly the Party works to change the emotions in the society until they become Islamic emotions that accept only that which pleases Allah (swt) and rebel against and detest anything which angers Allah (swt). Finally, the Party works to change the relationships in the society until they become Islamic relationships which proceed in accordance with the laws and solutions of Islam. These actions which the Party performs are political actions, since they relate to the affairs of the people in accordance with the Shari’ah rules and solutions, and politics in Islam is looking after the affairs of the people, either in opinion or in execution or both, according to the laws and solutions of Islam.
What is manifested in these political actions is culturing the Ummah with the Islamic culture in order to melt her with Islam and to cleanse her of the corrupt creeds, false thoughts and erroneous concepts including the influence of Kufr thoughts and opinions.
[Hizb ut-Tahrir’s] aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world. This objective means bringing the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life in Dar al-Islam and in an Islamic society such that all of life’s affairs in society are administered according to the Shari’ah rules, and the viewpoint in it is the halal and the haram under the shade of the Islamic State, which is the Khilafah State. That state is the one in which Muslims appoint a Khaleefah and give him the bay’ah to listen and obey on condition that he rules according to the Book of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saw) and on condition that he conveys Islam as a message to the world through da’wah and jihad.
The Party, as well, aims at the correct revival of the Ummah through enlightened thought. It also strives to bring her back to her previous might and glory such that she wrests the reins of initiative away from other states and nations, and returns to her rightful place as the first state in the world, as she was in the past, when she governs the world according to the laws of Islam.
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.
As you can see from the above, Hizb ut-Tahrir is a dangerous and subversive organization. Despite its disclaimer of non-violence, it’s obvious that the party’s stated aim is to overthrow all existing secular governments and replace them with a single Islamic state. It’s no wonder that HuT is banned not only in major Islamic countries, but in many Western nations as well. Great Britain and the United States are exceptions.
Hizb ut-Tahrir was back in the news a couple of weeks ago when the party announced a conference in Chicago on “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam”. Later reports said that the event had been canceled, but it seems that it took place last weekend as scheduled, after being moved to a different venue.
If you relied on the MSM for your news of the Chicago conference, you wouldn’t know that there was anything special about Hizb ut-Tahrir. As Newsbusters reports, the media did their best to make HuT seem like any other religious or charitable organization, just like Presbyterians only wearing funny hats:
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Little has been made about yesterday’s “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam” conference that was held at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom in Oak Lawn, IL. The conference was held by the group Hizb Ut Tahrir; a group that has been banned in Germany, Russia, Pakistan and several other Middle Eastern countries. Yet most mainstream media organizations in the United States didn’t even bother to mention the event.
Indeed. Although the story did appear in Chicago’s suburban Southtown Star, the paper’s sister publication, the Chicago Sun Times penned it as an “economic session” and homogenized the coverage as follows:
The estimated 800 attending the conference discussed issues related to the global capitalist economic system and Islamic alternatives to that system, said spokesman Mohammad Malkawi. Opinions about Hizb ut-Tahrir varied widely. Outside the hotel, protesters said the organization is simply another terrorist group. — Chicago Sun Times, Muslim group’s economic session draws opponents
So opinions “varied widely” and only the protesters thought the group had anything to do with terrorism. But the Investigative Project delves into the matter in a bit more detail:
Hizb ut-Tahrir: Shariah Takes Precedence Over U.S. Constitution
Imam Promises to Fight “Until Islam Becomes Victorious or We Die in the Attempt”
Oak Lawn, Illinois — Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the international movement to re-establish an international Islamic state or Caliphate — kicked off a new campaign to win American recruits Sunday afternoon in this Chicago suburb. Nearly 300 people packed the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel for its Khalifah Conference on “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam” to listen to HT ideologues blame capitalism for World War I and World War II; the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown; the current violence in Iraq and Afghanistan; world poverty and malnutrition and inner-city drug use.
Like the Left, Islam is out to destroy capitalism, but for slightly different reasons:
A speaker identified as Abu Atallah even blamed capitalism for the late singer Michael Jackson’s decision “to shed his black skin.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir aims to restore the Caliphate that existed during the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk abolished it in 1924 in an effort to create a secular, Europeanized state.
It’s interesting that gender-related conflicts between the sponsors of the conference and their useful-idiot allies on the Left have come out into the open:
In the ballroom where the conference took place, men and women were largely segregated, with men in the front and women in the back. This became a significant point of contention between HT supporters and several members of the audience who objected to this arrangement. At one point, an unidentified Hizb ut-Tahrir speaker became flustered over this line of questioning.
“Men and women,” he blurted out, must be kept separate “to prevent people from behaving like animals.”
So there you have it: men and women must remain apart so that the “catmeat” won’t drive good Muslim men insane with lust and cause them to sin.
The conference was sometimes poorly organized. There was no list of speakers, forcing reporters to sometimes guess at the spelling of speakers’ names. But HT certainly appeared to be serious about working for the larger goals of the conference: abolishing capitalism and imposing Caliphate rule over the world.
According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, the world’s social and economic problems will not be fixed until the world is governed by Shariah and the government controls all major industries. Lenders would no longer be able to charge interest, which one speaker decried as a “poisonous concept.” Charity, or zakat, was advertised as the way to alleviate “economic inequality.”
Is Barack Hussein Obama the solution for these problems? Hardly:
“Secular capitalism has made me devalue my skin” and “has kept my family in ghettos,” said one speaker, an African-American who went on to blame it for the fact that he smoked marijuana and his grandmother played the lottery. Capitalism, he added, is a form of economic “terrorism” and “causes us to be sent to mental hospitals.” Barack Obama’s presidency, he said, “is only a scheme or con” to trick people into thinking that things will get better under capitalism.
So not even the One is good enough: only the full Caliphate will do!
And there’s another resemblance between radical Islam and the communists. Remember back in the sixties, when you confronted a communist with the mass murders committed by Stalin? The stock answer was always: “Real communism has never been tried.”
It’s the same with Islam. Despotism in Saudi Arabia or Libya? Real Islam has never been tried!
But time and again on Sunday, Hizb ut-Tahrir officials seemed to be playing slippery rhetorical games of their own — particularly when it came to the behavior of despotic Muslim regimes and terrorists. When a few skeptical audience members pressed speakers over the fact that Islamic governments in Iran and Saudi Arabia are despotic, conference speakers claimed those weren’t “authentic” Muslim governments and that the CIA (and by implication, the capitalist U.S. government) was to blame for the problems in those countries. In an interview with WBBM-TV in Chicago, HT deputy spokesman Mohammad Malkawi refused to specifically condemn Al Qaida and the Taliban.
Zuhdi Jasser calls it right:
“Hizb ut-Tahrir preaches an ideology that calls for the destruction of the principles that America is founded on,” said Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy. “While their words are protected by our First Amendment, their actions and movement must not be allowed to take hold. The silence of American Islamist organizations like [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] CAIR and [the Islamic Society of North America] ISNA in condemning the ideologies of Hizb ut-Tahrir and their agenda of insurgency in America speaks volumes to their own, albeit, more camouflaged Islamist agenda.”
HT’s efforts to rehabilitate its image won’t be helped by the menacing tone on display Sunday. One late-afternoon panelist suggested that modern industrial powers could fall to Muslims the way Mecca fell to Mohammed nearly 1,400 years ago…
The panelist is right. This is exactly what can happen if enough infidels don’t wake up from their snooze in front of the TV and realize what’s happening.
Large parts of the Western establishment — and these include the U.S. State Department, half the Pentagon, the E.U., and many other governments — are acting out the role of the Imperial German General Staff in 1917. They’ve already put Lenin into the sealed railway carriage and are sending him on his way to the Finland Station.
Like the Germans, they’re playing a devious and cynical game for short-term political objectives. They don’t care to contemplate the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir and similar organizations have a wider perspective. Like Lenin, Islam takes the long view.
The world had to undergo 74 years of brutality, slaughter, and moral darkness before the German mistake of 1917 was undone. How long a twilight will we have to endure before the Islamintern is finally destroyed?
Hat tip: Paul Green.