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Hizb ut-Tahrir: should Britain ban radical Islamist group?

The Week

Critics argue it is a ‘conveyor belt’ to terrorism, but the Home Office says it preaches non-violence

Australia and Denmark are debating whether or not to outlaw the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which operates freely in the UK, but is banned in a number of countries including Germany, Russia, China and Egypt.

It has been described as “one of Britain’s most shadowy political parties”, but the UK government has rejected calls for it to be banned.

It’s time that Muslims strategically boycotted the media

هَلْ أُنَبِّئُكُمْ عَلَىٰ مَنْ تَنَزَّلُ الشَّيَاطِينُ

تَنَزَّلُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ أَفَّاكٍ أَثِيمٍ

يُلْقُونَ السَّمْعَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمْ كَاذِبُونَ

وَالشُّعَرَاءُ يَتَّبِعُهُمُ الْغَاوُونَ

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّهُمْ فِي كُلِّ وَادٍ يَهِيمُونَ

وَأَنَّهُمْ يَقُولُونَ مَا لَا يَفْعَلُونَ

“Shall I tell you upon whom the shaytans descend? They descend on every evil liar. They give them a hearing and most of them are liars. And as for poets, it is the misled who follow them. Do you not see how they ramble on in every style and say things which they do not do”

(Ash-Shu’ara, 221-226)


5Pillarz

The CAGE controversy over the past few weeks highlights the need for Muslims to strategically boycott certain media outlets and platforms, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet you must have noticed the seemingly co-ordinated media attack against CAGE after they attempted to argue that Muhammad Emwazi’s actions were partially caused by security service harassment.

Renouncing Islam: Danish anti-immigration party suggest ‘grotesque’ program

وَمَنْ يَرْتَدِدْ مِنْكُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِ فَيَمُتْ وَهُوَ كَافِرٌ فَأُولَٰئِكَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

“As for any of you who revert from their deen and die kafir, their actions will come to nothing in this world and the Next World. They are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly, for ever.”

(Al-Baqara, 217)


RT

The Danish People’s Party has proposed a controversial nationwide program of assisting Muslims who want to renounce their religion. However, the ruling coalition wants the Danish state to distance itself from religious issues.

The opposition Danish People’s Party (DF), which according to a recent poll has 19.6 percent of voter support, has proposed that the Danish government could offer help to those Muslims who would like to abandon their religion but are afraid of threats and backlash from Islamist fanatics.

“We have seen many examples of people wanting to leave Islam but having a hard time doing it or not daring to do it because they fear reprisals from certain groups within the Muslim communities of Denmark. This is a way in which we can begin doing something about it,” the DF immigration spokesperson Martin Henriksen told Politiken, as cited by the Local.

Quest for ‘French Islam’ Goes to Classroom

أَفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ ۚ فَمَا جَزَاءُ مَنْ يَفْعَلُ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْكُمْ إِلَّا خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ

“Do you, then, believe in one part of the Book and reject the other? What repayment will there be for any of you who do that except disgrace in this world? And on the Day of Rising, they will be returned to the harshest of punishments. Allah is not unaware of what you do.”

(Al-Baqara, 2:85)


VOA

In a classroom of the Catholic University of Paris, overlooking the dome of a 17th century church, three Muslim women from Algeria pore over the origins of the word “secularism.”

It is through weekly meetings in this unlikely setting and others that France — a strictly secular state with a Christian majority — hopes to train the nearly 2,000 imams and would-be Muslim chaplains, like these women, spreading the word to some 5 million Muslims, its largest minority.

Encouraging them towards a more moderate “French” Islam is an old idea that has again surfaced in the wake of the Paris attacks by Islamist militants that killed 17 people in January.

Bert and Ernie ‘gay wedding cake’ case could set precedent forcing Muslims to print Prophet Mohamed cartoons, claims human rights lawyer

Independent

Aidan O’Neill QC said legal action against a Christian-run bakery could have far-reaching implications for ‘negative freedom of expression’

ANTONIA MOLLOY

A human rights lawyer has claimed that a potential ruling that would force a Christian bakery to bake a same-sex marriage cake could set a sweeping precedent – that could see a Muslim printer ordered to print images of the Prophet Mohamed or an atheist web designer forced to create a website about God.

David Cameron prepared to recommend harsher anti-extremist laws

يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَنْ يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ

“They desire to extinguish Allah’s Light with their mouths. But Allah refuses to do other than perfect His Light, even though the kafirun detest it.”

(At-Tawba, 32)


Guardian

Expected declaration that laws are defined too narrowly comes after a review into the Muslim Brotherhood, which cannot be banned under current UK legislation

David Cameron is considering whether to recommend a review of the legislation in the Tory manifesto for the general election.

Nicholas Watt and Ian Black

David Cameron is prepared to say that Britain’s next parliament should consider changing the law to make it easier to ban extremist groups which actively promote terrorism, after the government decided that there are no grounds under current legislation to ban the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mysterious ring reveals the Vikings’ reach: Purple stone found in 9th century grave is inscribed ‘for Allah’ showing warriors traded with Islamic civilisations

Daily Mail

Ninth century ring was discovered in a Viking grave in Sweden

The stone is coloured glass, not amethyst, as previously thought

Contains an inscription in ancient Arabic that says ‘for Allah’ or ‘to Allah’

Artefact adds weight to theory that Vikings traded with Islamic civilisations

By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE

A ring crafted more than 1,000 years ago confirms highlights the contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

Discovered inside a ninth century woman’s grave in Sweden, the stone inset into the ring bears an inscription that says ‘for Allah’ or ‘to Allah’.

Lord Prescott says Tony Blair’s ‘bloody crusades’ radicalised Muslims

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يُعْجِبُكَ قَوْلُهُ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيُشْهِدُ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا فِي قَلْبِهِ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ الْخِصَامِ

وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهْلِكَ الْحَرْثَ وَالنَّسْلَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْفَسَادَ

“Among the people there is someone whose words about the life of this world excite your admiration, and he calls Allah to witness what is in his heart, while he is in fact the most hostile of adversaries. When he leaves you, he goes about the earth corrupting it, destroying crops and animals. Allah does not love corruption.”

(Baqara, 2:204-205)


Telegraph

The former Labour deputy prime minister appears to link the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the radicalisation of British Muslims as he says that Mr Blair “wants to invade everywhere”.

By Peter Dominiczak, Political Editor

Tony Blair’s “bloody crusades” in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to the radicalisation of a generation of young British Muslims, John Prescott has suggested.

Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, said that Mr Blair is “unfortunately” a supporter of regime change in the Middle East and that he “wants to invade everywhere”.

Horrific moment Turkish shopkeeper is stabbed in the neck with kitchen knife by maniac who shouted ‘you foreigners are poisoning the British people’

Daily Mail

Andrew Jefferson, 52, stabbed Turkish shopkeeper in unprovoked attack

Screamed ‘you f****** foreigners coming to the UK to poison British people’

He then slashed Hilmi Uludag with a kitchen knife across the neck and arm

Jefferson was held by Mr Uludag’s colleagues and arrested by police

Mr Uludag needed stitches and ‘glue’ to the neck after savage assault

Now been found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced in April

UK Muslim community rejects the State’s criminalisation of Islam and condemns moves to silence legitimate critique and dissent

“The best Jihad is the word of Justice in front of the oppressive Sultan.”

(Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, ibn Maja)


JoinUKMuslimStatement

inthenewsThis joint statement expresses a position with respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain, their values as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.

We, the undersigned Imams, sheikhs, advocates, activists, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community, make the following points in this regard:

Russia declares right to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea – and may already have done so

Independent

Expert says Vladimir Putin is likely preparing his next move if the US sends arms to the Ukrainian government

ADAM WITHNALL

Russia has said that it has the right to deploy nuclear weapons to Crimea, a year after Vladimir Putin seized the territory from Ukraine following a referendum.

Home to the strategic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, which already housed Russia’s fleet before the Ukrainian crisis erupted at the start of 2014, Crimea is significantly nearer central Europe than any nuclear base Russia is thought to control.

France keeps 10,000 troops on streets after militant attacks

Al-Arabiya

By AFP | Paris

France will maintain its deployment of 10,000 troops that have been patrolling across the country in the wake of January’s militant attacks, the presidency said on Wednesday.

“The threat of terrorist attack against our country remains high,” the office of President Francois Hollande said in a statement after a special meeting of top ministers.

“The head of state has decided to maintain the level of the army on the national territory at 10,000 troops in support of security forces from the interior ministry.”

It added that “7,000 of them are deployed primarily for surveillance and protection at religious sites that are particularly threatened.”

Turkey police break up protests remembering slain teen

Al-Arabiya

By AFP | Istanbul

Turkish police on Wednesday broke up protests in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The activists were marking the first anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan who died on March 11, 2014, after spending 269 days in a coma due to injuries sustained when he was hit by a tear gas canister fired by police in the mass protests of early summer 2013.

Germany mulls ‘Islamist checks’ on army applicants

DW

Germany’s military has admitted it must act over findings that ex-Bundeswehr soldiers have served in the ranks of “Islamic State.” Counter-intelligence suggests more than 20 are fighting for the militant Islamist group.

Calls for so-called “Islamist checks” arose on Monday in response to a warning from the head of Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service, the MAD.

France women’s minister appears to support headscarves ban in universities

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لاَ يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالاً وَدُّواْ مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاء مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الآيَاتِ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

“You who have iman! do not take any outside yourselves as intimates. They will do anything to harm you. They love what causes you distress. Hatred has appeared out of their mouths, but what their breasts hide is far worse. We have made the Signs clear to you if you use your intellect.”

(Ali-Imran: 118)


Guardian

Socialist Pascale Boistard says: ‘I’m not sure the headscarf is part of higher education’ and reignites debate – but college leaders are against any prohibition

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

France is embroiled in a fresh row over the state’s attitude to the Muslim headscarf after the socialist minister for women’s rights appeared to support banning students from wearing veils at French universities.

Erdoğan uses Atatürk’s yacht for first time to host Bosnian leader

Sarajevo Times

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used the Savarona, the official yacht of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, for the first time ever to host a foreign leader.

Erdoğan was originally scheduled to meet Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow aboard the Savarona, which sits moored along the Bosphorus, before hosting Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the historic Mabeyn Mansion in Istanbul on March 4.

Caliphate conference’ held in İstanbul

Today’s Zaman

The conference was held in the Bağlarbaşı Cultural Center in İstanbul’s Üsküdar district. (Photo: DHA)

A “caliphate conference” organized by a magazine named “Radical Change” took place in İstanbul on Tuesday, with executives of the outlawed fundamentalist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) in attendance as speakers.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir from across Turkey and other countries participated the event, which marked the 92nd anniversary of the abolition of the caliphate.