Monday, March 21, 2005

Jilbab Schoolgirl is a Puppet of Hizb-ut-Tahrir

Natasha Tynes Mona Eltahawy revisits Shabina Begum’s suit against her school to be allowed to wear the jilbab.
I argued that Shabina was taking to an extreme the interpretation of modest clothing that Islam orders for both men and women. I also argued that the judge should not have accepted this extreme interpretation.

I was also angry that any discussion about Muslim women begins and ends with how they dress.

Since I wrote my article last week I have learned that the extreme fundamentalist organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir was involved in this case. [...]

As I was writing last week’s article, I kept wondering who was influencing Shabina. With all respect to 16 year olds -- I remember being 16 and how easy it is to be influenced at that age. Shabina’s parents are dead. Her guardian is her 22 year old brother. And if he is a supporter of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, it is easy to see how he convinced her to wear the jilbab.

How much choice did Shabina have in this? Listen to what the judge in the case that Shabina lost had to say about the influence of her brother: "One wonders why it should have been her brother who articulated what she was perfectly capable of saying herself."
You know, NatashaMona, I think you're 110% right!

But I've never heard of HuT. So let's see what I can google up.

Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation)

Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation) a radical Islamic political movement that seeks 'implementation of pure Islamic doctrine' and the creation of an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia. The group's aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world. The ultimate goal of this secretive sectarian group is to unite the entire ummah, or Islamic world community, into a single caliphate. The aim is to bring the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life in 'Dar al-Islam' [the land where the rules of Islam are being implemented, as opposed to the non-Islamic world] and in an Islamic society such that all life's affairs in society are administered according to the Shariah rules.
From the Heritage Foundation
Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation) is an emerging threat to American interests in Central and South Asia and the Middle East. It is a clandestine, cadre-operated, radical Islamist political organization that operates in 40 countries around the world, with headquarters apparently in London. Its proclaimed goal is jihad against America and the overthrow of existing political regimes and their replacement with a Caliphate (Khilafah in Arabic), a theocratic dictatorship based on the Shari'a (religious Islamic law). The model for Hizb is the "righteous" Caliphate, a militaristic Islamic state that existed in the 7th and 8th centuries under Mohammad and his first four successors, known as the "righteous Caliphs."
Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani al Falastini, the founder of HuT, was an appeals court judge in Jerusalem in 1952 when he founded HuT. His organization was from its beginnings influenced by the radical, violent, anti-Jewish beliefs of Sheikh Hajj Amin al-Housseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Nazi war collaborator, all-around evil swine. an-Nabhani joined the Muslim Brotherhood but rejected it as too soft. an-Nabhani's other inspiration was the organizational scheme of Marxism-Leninism.

Mix this all together, Nazi collaboration, International Communist revolutionary principles, and radical Islamism of the Qutbist school, and you get a potent mix. HuT is organized into secret cells of 3-8 members. It is extremely secretive, and though it has not been caught participating directly in violence, it is associated with other organizations that are quite violent. Nonetheless it has the most imprisoned members of any Islamist organization in Central Asia. It is especially reviled in Uzbekistan. It's illegal in Germany, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikstan, Kazakhstan, and a number of Middle Eastern states.
Hizb ut-Tahrir's spread around the globe, in Western Europe and often in authoritarian states with strong secret police organizations, is impressive. It could be accomplished only by applying 20th century totalitarian political "technology" melded with Islamic notions of the 7th and 8th centuries, as interpreted by medieval Islamic scholars. The genius of Hizb founder an-Nabhani was marrying Orthodox Islamist ideology to Leninist strategy and tactics.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a totalitarian organization, akin to a disciplined Marxist-Leninist party, in which internal dissent is neither encouraged nor tolerated. Because its goal is global revolution, a leading Islamic scholar has compared it to the Trotskyite wing of the international communist movement. Its candidate members become well-versed in party literature during a two-year indoctrination course in a study circle, supervised by a party member. Only when a member "matures in Party culture," "adopts the thoughts and opinions of the party," and "melts with the Party" can he or she become a full-fledged member. Women are organized in cells supervised by a female cadre or a male relative. After joining the party, the new recruit may be requested (or ordered) to relocate to start a new cell.

When a critical mass of cells is achieved, according to its doctrine, Hizb may move to take over a country in preparation for the establishment of the Caliphate. Such a takeover would likely be bloody and violent. Moreover, its strategy and tactics show that, while the party is currently circumspect in preaching violence, it will justify its use--just as Lenin and the Bolsheviks did--when a critical mass is achieved.

Hizb's platform and actions fit in with "Islamist globalization"--an alternative mode of globalization based on radical Islam. This ideology poses a direct challenge to the Western model of a secular, market-driven, tolerant, multicultural globalization.
The leadership of HuT is unknown, as might be expected from such a secretive organization. Not only is the identity of the current leader not known, even the country in which the leadership resides is unknown. Rumor and hearsay has it that the leadership is somewhere in Britain (!), and that the middle and upper ranks of HuT are filled with European converts (presumably with Communist leanings).
The current leader of Hizb is also unknown, as are where he resides and the identity of the senior officers of Hizb. Upon his death, an-Nabhani was succeeded by Sheikh Abd-el Qadim Zaloom, another Palestinian cleric and a former professor at Al-Azhar in Cairo. Zaloom was with Hizb for 50 years and died on April 29, 2003. While anecdotal reports place the organization's headquarters in London and indicate that many European converts to Islam are staffing mid- and senior levels of the organization, very little evidence confirms this. These questions need to be answered, and a joint international program of collecting intelligence on Hizb and countering its activities must be developed.
I would take the conclusions a bit further. As the Heritage Foundation notes, HuT has declared war on the US and its allies.
Hizb has called for a jihad against the U.S., its allies, and moderate Muslim states. The purpose of the jihad is "to find and kill the Kufar (non-believers)," in fact rejecting the Islamic notion of Greater Jihad against one's own as a sin.

In documents drafted before 9/11, Hizb leaders accused the United States of imposing hegemony on the world. After 9/11, Hizb claimed that the U.S. had declared war against the global Muslim community (Umma), had established an international alliance under the "pretext" of fighting terrorism, and was reinforcing its grip on the countries of Central Asia. Hizb further claimed that the U.S. accused Osama bin Laden of being responsible for the 9/11 attacks "without any evidence or proof."
These actions echo the fatwas made by Bin Laden in 1996, well before 9/11 energized US response against him. If the USA and allies wait to oppose HuT, we are a soft target for the long-term plans of an international Communist, Islamist, Totalitarian, genocidal conspiracy whose structure is a collection of sleeper cells.

In the words of HuT, published after the 9/11 attacks
Muslims! You are religiously obliged to reject this American question which takes you lightly and despises you. America does not have the sublime values that entitle it to tell you what to support and whom to fight against. You possess a divine mission. You are the ones to bring guidance and light to mankind. God described you with the following words: "You are the best people brought forth for the benefit of mankind. You enjoin good and forbid evil. And you believe in God."

As for is legal, in fact it is an obligation, it is the apex of Islamic ethics, as Almighty God says, "Keep in store for them whatever you are capable of, force and equipment with which you can frighten those who are enemies of God and enemies of yourselves...." God's Messenger (Mohammed) said, "Islam is the head, prayer is the backbone and Jihad is the perfection."

Muslims! The law of religion does not allow you to give to America what it is trying to impose upon you. You are not allowed to follow its orders or to provide it with any assistance whatsoever, no matter whether it be intelligence or facilities of using your territory, your air space or your territorial waters. It is not permissible to cede military bases to the Americans, nor it is allowed to coordinate any military activities with them or to collaborate with them. It is not allowed to enter into an alliance with them or to be loyal to them, because they are enemies of Islam and Muslims. God said, "Believers, Do not befriend my enemy and your enemy.... They have rejected the truth that has come to you."
They will offer us no quarter. They will not allow non-Muslims to survive in their world, should they achieve their stated goal of world domination. They are precisely as violent and dangerous as International Communism ever was, and must be opposed as fiercely. Their funding sources must be dried up. They must be rooted out. They are a deadly sickness in Islam and in the non-Islamic world.

In the 14th century AD, a plague came out of Asia to kill almost half of Europe. It lasted until the 17th century, though it was less virulent over time. The Islamic Totalitarian Crusade is just such a plague, but a plague of ideas, not of bacillus. In the vector of this plague, Hizb-ut-Tahrir is the head of the rat and Al Qaeda is the plague-infected flea on its back. We cannot defeat the plague while sparing the rat that carries it.

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