An international Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, who had planned to hold its second annual conference in Oak Brook had to cancel the event after the hotel backed out of an agreement.
The group’s U.S. conference was to be held Sunday at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel on 22nd Street. Conference organizer Ayman Hamed has been telling news outlets the group had a contract with the hotel, but received a letter and a refund check two weeks ago.
The Marriott chose not to comment on the situation.
According to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Web site, the main objective of the group is to re-establish the Islamic way of life by creating an Islamic state that executes the systems of Islam and carries its call to the world. The group, founded in the early 1950s, publicly advocates peaceful government reform and condemns violence.
Critics of the group, however, felt Hizb ut-Tahrir’s conference was an effort to turn their followers against the United States government and feel the group’s beliefs are not as non-violent as they preach.
Last year the group held their conference at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn, drawing over 900 attendees and numerous protesters. The group had expected 1,000 to gather in Oak Brook this weekend.