Canada: Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) Supremacist Group to Meet in Govt-Managed Community Center
On Friday, July 31, 2009, the religious supremacist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir will be holding another public conference, this time in the Ontario, Canada city of Mississauga. Unlike the July 19, 2009 Hizb ut-Tahrir conference which was held at a private facility in Chicago suburb Oak Lawn’s Hilton Hotel, the Canadian Hizb ut-Tahrir meeting will be held at a Canadian government-managed public facility, the Mississauga Valley Community Center.
1. Hizb ut-Tahrir Seeks to Promote Supremacism in Canada
The Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) Canadian event is publicized on the Hizb ut-Tahrir web site as being sponsored by “Hizb ut-Tahrir Canada” as part of HT’s “2009 Khilafah Campaign,” which included the July 19, 2009 HT event in the Chicago Oak Lawn, IL suburb. HT has advertised this event to be held at the Canadian govt-managed facility in Mississauga for: “Friday, July 31st, 6.30PM to 8.30PM, Frank Bean Lounge — Mississauga Valley Community Center, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, L5A 3R8.” The HT Canada event has also been promoted by a Toronto, Canada website called “TorontoMuslims.com”. (R.E.A.L. contacted this Toronto Muslim website to ask why they were promoting such a supremacist organization’s event, and received no reply.)
The Hizb ut-Tahrir web site promoting the July 31 event in Canada also promotes a pamphlet (page 62) that supports killing those individuals who leave Islam as guilty of “treason and a political attack on the Khilafah.”
According to the Canadian Criminal Code Section 318:
“318. (1) Every one who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.”
“(2) In this section, ‘genocide’ means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely,”
“(a) killing members of the group; or”
“(b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction…”
“(4) In this section, ‘identifiable group’ means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”
Researcher Madeleine Gruen believes that U.S. member of HT Mohammad Malkawi may speak at the Canadian conference, because Mohammad Malkawi has previously given speeches in Canada. HT’s Mohammad Malkawi moderated the July 19 HT conference in Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn.
2. Efforts to Alert Canadian Government Agencies to HT Supremacist Meeting at Govt-Managed Facility
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has attempted to contact the Mississauga government to make them aware of the supremacist nature of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization that it has rented use of the Mississauga Valley Community Centre Frank Bean Lounge facility to for their July 31 conference. After speaking to a representative at the Community Centre (905-615-4670), we were re-directed to the Mississauga government agency involved in booking the Frank Bean Lounge facility, the Mississauga government recreation and parks department (905-615-4100, choose “facility booking”).
R.E.A.L.’s Jeffrey Imm spoke to a manager with the Mississauga recreation and parks department on this, and she stated that they are “looking into this.” The Mississauga recreation and parks manager also stated the person who made the booking of the Frank Bean Lounge facility for the Canadian Hizb ut-Tahrir meeting had held “previous meetings” there, and Mississauga “never had any problems or issues” with them. On the Mississauga web site regarding renting such facilities, one of the primary concerns is the use of such facilities in terms of serving alcoholic beverages.
In addition, R.E.A.L.’s Jeffrey Imm contacted the diversity relations unit of Mississauga local law enforcement — highlighting that the group promoting the Canadian HT event – is also promoting a brochure that calls for the death penalty for Muslims who leave Islam as guilty of “treason and a political attack on the Khilafah” (page 62).
3. Contact Canadian and Mississauga Legislators
We urge those concerned about the growing threat of the Hizb ut-Tahrir supremacist movement and its efforts to justify violence against those who seek freedom of religion to contact Canadian and Mississauga legislators to voice their outrage about this supremacist group using a Mississauga facility. Apparently, this is not the first time such proponents of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s supremacist ideology have used Canadian public facilities either. Contact Canadian and Mississauga government officials to get an answer as to why Canadian public facilities are being used to spread such supremacist hate.
Contact Mississauga Valley Facility Rentals:
Phone: 905-615-4670 — Fax: 905-615-4671
Check back at this posting to see if we get any additional Canadian government officials to contact.
4. Canada Supremacist Meeting Part of Global Efforts Against Freedom
The supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) group has been seeking to have international meetings to promote the creation of an international, supremacist caliphate. In addition to the July 31 scheduled conference in Mississauga, Canada, HT has met on July 19 in the United States, had a meeting on July 26 in London, and has another upcoming meeting on August 2 in West Bromwich, UK.
At the July 19 meeting at the Chicago Oak Lawn suburb, HT publicly promoted its goal as the “supremacy” of its view of Islam. HT speaker Dr. Jaleel Abdul-Adil called for conference attendees to achieve such a supremacist caliphate, work towards making Islam “supreme on this earth,” or to “die in the attempt.” HT justified its supremacist views by stating “every group tries to expand its influence,” while distributing a pamphlet to conference attendees that justified killing Muslims who choose to leave Islam.
The pamphlet ” ‘Islamic Reformation’ – Exposing the Battle for Hearts and Minds” distributed by the HT at the July 19 Oak Lawn, IL conference is also being distributed at the same HT website promoting the Canadian conference scheduled for July 31.
The HT pamphlet mocks human rights, freedom, equality, and justifies killing Muslims who choose to leave Islam. It is designed to reject the concept of any type of “Islamic reformation” demanding instead the creation of a supremacist caliphate. The HT pamphlet mocks the efforts by Canadian Islamic reformer Irshad Manji (page 6), condemns “Women’s groups engaged in gender equality campaigns” (page 13), claims that challenging the Taliban’s rejection of human rights was merely a ploy “to attack Islam” (page 16), mocks “The Fallacy of Western Universalism” (page 21), mocks “allegedly universal values of secularism, freedom, democracy, Human Rights, pluralism, and the rule of law” (page 23), calls for “Shari’ah rule” (page 39), and demands separate laws for men and women.
The HT brochure defends the death penalty for so-called “apostates” – who leave Islam (pages 62 and 68). On page 62, HT justifies killing other Muslims who leave Islam because HT views such Muslims as guilty of “treason.” (W. Heffening and others have stated that such calls for killing ex-Muslims is based on the opinions of others, not based on direct calls from the Qu’ran.)
The HT brochure rejects human equality stating (page 64), “Equality is not the basis of Islam and never has been in the history of Islamic jurisprudence. This is a term alien to Islam.”
In the most recent July 26 London meeting, HT claimed that “thousands” attended its London conference, where HT attacked U.S. President Obama as seeking to “reinterpret the Qu’ran.” In August 2007, Barack Obama identified as America’s enemies those who would create “a repressive caliphate.” Such a supremacist caliphate is the primary organizational objective of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
5. Supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir Groups Condemned by Muslims
The supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir group has also been condemned by various Muslims around the world.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) has stated that “Hizb ut-Tahrir’s actions, ideologies and mission are unacceptable” to Muslims.
Junaid Afeef, executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, has stated that Hizb ut-Tahrir is “antithetical to what we believe.”
British Muslim Ed Husain, a former member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, states in his book “The Islamist” that “Hizb ut Tahrir calls for an expansionist, violent, totalitarian Islamist state” and that HT’s “mindset”… “does not recognize the sacred nature of human life.” Ed Husain says that, under HT’s ideology, “entire populations would submit to an army of the caliph, or face extinction.” Ed Husain’s book quotes Hizb ut-Tahrir founder Taqiuddin al-Nabhani: “The Islamist does not flatter the people, is not courteous to the authorities or care for the people’s customs and traditions, and does not give any attention to whether people will accept him or not.”
6. R.E.A.L. on the History of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT)
At the July 19 Oak Lawn, IL pro-freedom conference challenging Hizb ut Tahrir, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)’s Jeffrey Imm spoke to Chicago area protesters about Hizb ut-Tahrir’s history and goals. He explained Hizb ut-Tahrir’s (HT) history since 1953 in seeking to develop an international organization to implement a supremacist caliphate, and how Hizb ut-Tahrir has been building an organization for the past 10 years covertly in America. The July 19 Oak Lawn conference, Imm stated, represented Hizb ut-Tahrir America’s (HTA) belief that they can now begin their more public “Stage Two” (as described in the HT manifesto) of their process of developing a supremacist caliphate. This “Stage Two” represented HT’s belief that a public outreach to their objectives for promoting such a caliphate should now be initiated.
Imm also pointed to the ultimate objective of the HT’s supremacist caliphate to create a multi-national “state” that would allow them to further promote and enforce supremacist rule through this “caliphate.” To that end, HT’s manifesto rejects what they call “Democratic Capitalism,” which is how HTA managed to manipulate the public and the press into believing their July 19 Oak Lawn conference was merely about “economics,” by titling their conference “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam.”
In fact, Imm addressed that HT is opposed not only to capitalism, but also to democracy itself. Referencing direct quotes from the HT’s manifesto, Imm pointed out that HT states that:
– “the democratic system… is a Kufr [infidel] system” (page 25)
– rejects democracy because it “is the rule of people, for the people, by the people” (page 24)
– “Democratic Capitalism” … “is a Kufr ideology and its ideas are Kufr ideas, and its systems are Kufr systems, and they contradict Islam” (page 24)
– “freedom of belief, freedom of speech, freedom of ownership of capital and personal freedom”… “are in conflict with Islam” (page 24)
– “personal freedom does not exist in Islam” (page 24)
– “liberty and democracy, and the Capitalist and Socialist systems… totally contradict with” Islam (page 7)
– freedom of religion is denied by HT, whose manifesto states the “Muslim is not free in the matter of his belief because if he apostasizes from Islam, he is asked to return. If he does not, the punishment is death” (page 24)
Regarding HT’s support for a supremacist caliphate, Imm pointed out that while the immediate stated goal of HT was the creation of a supremacist caliphate in so-called “Muslim countries,” the longer term goal was to use this international caliphate to further spread supremacism around the world. To that end, Imm pointed out the goals of the HT are to create a supremacist caliphate army, and calls for “every Muslim male at age 15 must be given jihad training” (page 37). Moreover, as HT has told the press, once the supremacist caliphate was in place, nations “allowed” to continue to be “non-Muslim” would have the choice of paying a tax to the supremacist caliphate, or according to HT “if non-Muslim countries refused to pay the tax, the caliphate would launch military attacks against them.”