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this article is an exact copy of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir website's about page. I placed the attribution onto the article.

I also think that a good part of the info is relevant, especially the part referencing their view of the utopian caliphate's treatment of non-mislims, but as it is published presently on S/W, it is nothing more than republishing their own bias.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir is defined as a "terrorist" org, by Uzbekistan, although most other governments disagree, as they do not support violent uprisings, but they do support a worldwide Islamic government.

I have some referrences in articles i've collected for other purposes. i'll try to at least drop them here on the talk page when i run across them, maybe i'll even get around to working on this article.

--Hugh Manatee 04:37, 31 May 2005 (EDT)

a bit of sourcing

"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."

Gulnoza Saidazimova, "Kyrgyzstan: Banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Faces Dwindling Appeal, Internal Divisions", Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty , April 27, 2005

"Before the parliamentary elections that triggered Kyrgyzstan's March revolution, Hizb ut-Tahrir had called on voters to boycott the ballot.
The group has also rejected the new interim government, for the same reason it rejected that of ousted leader Askar Akaev: Neither is Islamic.
'Our position has always been the same. No matter who it is, a peasant or a head of state, our appeal remains unchanged -- we urge them to do good and to avoid evil; we call on them to follow Shari'a [Islamic law]," Dilyor Jumaboev, a Hizb ut-Tahrir member, told RFE/RL from the southern Kyrgyz town of Kara-suu. "[The Kyrgyz revolution] was a democratic process based on a democratic ideology. Muslims didn’t play any role in it. It wasn’t a victory of Muslims or of Islam.'
But it is precisely that democratic process that some say might have weakened the appeal of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Until recently, Hizb ut-Tahrir's popularity was partly based on its role as an outpost of dissent in the authoritarian countries of Central Asia."

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, "p Massacre at Andijan, Hizb ut -Tahrir perspective]", Muslim News (UK), May 25, 2005

Ariel Cohen, "Hizb ut-Tahrir: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Interests in Central Asia", Heritage Foundation, May 30, 2003

heavily biased without solid sourcing, in short, typical Heritage wonkage

Igor Rotar, "Hizb Ut-Tahrir Today", Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Today, Volume 2 , Issue 5, March 11, 2004

An Interview with Sadykzhan Kamuluddin by Igor Rotar
Sadykzhan Kamuluddin (Kamalov), president of the Islamic Center of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and former Mufti and member of the Kyrgyzstans Supreme Council, is one of the most influential religious leaders in Central Asia. Uzbek by descent, Kamuluddin resides in the town of Karasu, located on the border with Uzbekistan and a center of the Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) movement in Central Asia. Sadykzhan Kamuluddin is famous for his independence from the Kyrgyz authorities. For instance, he does not hide the fact that he has contacts with HuT members, which is prohibited in Kyrgyzstan and which aims to unite all Muslims in the world into a unified Caliphate. The local press often calls him a fundamentalist and an Islamic radical.

Decent piece. Of note is that the interviewer, Rotar was detained by Uzbekistan authorities in the fall of 2005. I believe he was released after several weeks thpough.

Igor Rotar, "Hizb Ut-Tahrir in Central Asia", Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, Volume 2 , Issue 4, February 26, 2004

"Without doubt, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) is one of the most powerful organizations operating in Central Asia. Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) is banned in nearly all Central Asian republics, but despite repressive measures undertaken against the party by the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, the underground organization’s efforts appear to continue. This article will examine the threat that HuT poses to stability in the region. Because this organization is widely prohibited, the author has not disclosed the names of some of those interviewed nor the names of party members from the region."

PDFs, and i don't have the urls handy

  • The Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World
  • Analysis Paper #4, July, 2004
  • Countering the CALL: The U.S., Hizb-Ut-Tahrir, and Religious Extremism in Central Asia
  • by Alisher Khamidov
  • <<<>>>
  • The Challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Deciphering and Combating Radical Islamist Ideology
  • The Nixon Center, September 2004
  • Zeyno Baran, Editor
  • <<<>>>
  • Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Islam’s Political Insurgency
  • The Nixon Center, December 2004
  • by Zeyno Baran
  • <<<>>>
  • House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia
  • "Uzbekistan: The Key to Success in Central Asia?"
  • Zeyno Baran, June 15, 2004

--Hugh Manatee 03:27, 21 Feb 2006 (EST)

Well .. this is Abu husam comment Hizb ut tahrir is becoming the largest single political party in the whole globe ,, in the sense that there is no one single political party whaich has as much as hizb ut tahrir in universality of presese and unity of structural organization ever . .. hizb ut tahrir is Muslim made ,, all ingredients made by muslims and islam ,, ,, its ideas ,, financials , agenda all came from this ummah ,, and it(the hizb ) will by Allah will lift up the Ummah of islam ,, so it will be once again the #1 state of the world .. Khilafah is not a myth ,, it is a goal in the make . it is a promiss of allah subahanu wa taala

it is a duty upon muslims ..

Abu husamuddeen ,,

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The Hizb ut-Tahrir Side

The following is taken from the About page of Hizb ut-Tahrir's website:

Who is Hizb ut-Tahrir?

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam, so politics is its work and Islam is its ideology. It works within the Islamic Ummah and together with her, so that she adopts Islam as her cause and is led to restore the Khilafah and the ruling by what Allah revealed. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political group and not a priestly one. Nor is it an academic, educational or a charity group. The Islamic thought is the soul of its body, its core and the secret of its life. Hizb ut-Tahrir started its work in al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1953 under the leadership of its founder, the honourable scholar, thinker, able politician, and judge in the Court of Appeals in al-Quds (Jerusalem), Taqiuddin an-Nabhani.

What is the aim of Hizb ut-Tahrir?

Its aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic Call to the world. This objective means bringing the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life in Dar al-Islam (the domain of 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 (lawful) and the Haram (prohibited) under the shade of the Islamic State, which is the Khilafah (Caliphate) State. The Party, as well, aims at the correct revival of the Islamic 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.

How will it achieve this aim?

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam. The party works throughout the Islamic world to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate). The party adheres to the Islamic Shari'ah in all aspects of its work, and takes its methodology from that of the Prophet Muhammad that he used to establish the first Islamic State in Madinah. The Prophet Muhammad limited his struggle for the establishment of the Islamic State to the intellectual and political domains. Hence the party considers violence or armed struggle against the regime a violation of the Islamic Shari'ah.

The Party has been clear, open and challenging in the carrying of its thoughts and in confronting the false thoughts and political parties, both in its struggle against the colonialists and in its struggle against the corrupt Muslim rulers - this has exposed it to severe harm committed by the rulers against it; such as imprisonment, torture, deportation, pursuit, attacking members livelihoods, impairment of interests, banning from travelling and murder. The oppressive rulers in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Uzbekistan and others have killed dozens of its members. The prisons of Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are full of its members. Though Hizb ut-Tahrir committed itself to be open, clear and challengingly in its call, it restricted itself to political actions alone and did not exceed them by resorting to material actions against the rulers or against those who opposed its call, following the example of the Messenger of Allah who restricted himself in Makkah solely to the call and he did not carry out any material actions until he had migrated to Madinah.

The Place of Hizb ut-Tahrir's Work

The whole world is a suitable location for the Islamic call. But since the people in the Muslim countries have already embraced Islam, it is necessary that the call start there. The Arab countries are the most suitable location to start carrying the call because these countries, which constitute part of the Muslim world, are inhabited by people who speak the Arabic language, which is the language of the Qur'an and Hadith, and is an essential part of Islam and a basic element of the Islamic culture. Hizb ut-Tahrir began and started to carry the Islamic call within some of the Arab countries. It then proceeded to expand the delivery of the Islamic call naturally until it began to function in many Arab countries and also in non-Arab Muslim countries as well. Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) in the Islamic World.

Does Hizb ut-Tahrir operate under any other name?

Hizb ut-Tahrir is not known by any other name throughout the entire world. It has signed all of its leaflets, books, political analyses and other publications with the name Hizb ut-Tahrir ever since its formation in 1953. Hizb ut-Tahrir has no association with any other Islamic or non-Islamic movement, party or organisation by name or deed.

What is the Khilafah (or Caliphate)?

The Khilafah is the global leadership for all the Muslims in the world. Its role is to establish the laws of the Islamic Shari'ah and to carry the call of Islam to the world. It is a model completely distinguished from any other ruling style such as democracy, theocracy or monarchy. The Shari'ah that is applied in founding the ruling, in caring for the citizen's affairs, and in the external affairs is from Allah. It is a system of unity not a system of union. The system of government in Islam, which is the system of Khilafah, is a unitary system of one state and not a federal system. Muslims all over the world are not allowed to have more than one Islamic State.

Is the Khilafah a Monarchical System?

The monarchical system is not an Islamic system and Islam does not approve of it whether the monarch is a figurehead who does not rule, as is the case in Britain and Spain, because the Khalifah (Caliph) is not a figurehead, rather he is the ruler and an executor of the laws of Allah on behalf of the Islamic Ummah; or if the monarch is the head and the actual ruler, as is the case in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. This is because the Khalifah does not acquire his position like the kings do; rather, Muslims select him and give him a pledge of allegiance. The hereditary system is not allowed in Islam; the Khalifah does not have more privileges than any other citizen and he is not above the law like the kings who cannot be tried, rather he is subservient to the laws of Allah and is liable to be accounted on every act he commits.

Is the Khilafah an Imperial System?

The regions ruled by Islam - though they are of various races and linked to one central place - are not ruled by an imperial system but by a system contradictory to the imperial system. The imperial system does not treat races equally in the various regions of the empire; rather it gives privileges in the ruling, finance and economy to the centre of the empire.

The Islamic way of ruling is to equate between the subjects in all the regions of the state. Islam grants non-Muslims who hold citizenship, the full rights and duties that Muslims have. They enjoy the same fairness as Muslims and are subject to the same accountability like them. Furthermore, every single citizen, regardless of his or her creed, enjoys rights that even a Muslim living abroad who holds no citizenship does not enjoy. With this equality, the Islamic system differs completely from the imperial one. It does not make the regions under its ruling into colonies, areas of exploitation, nor a source of wealth funnelled back into the central region for its own benefit, no matter how far apart they were, and no matter how different their races were. It considers every single region as a part of the state and its citizens enjoying the same rights as those in the central region. It also makes the ruling authority, its system and its legislation the same in all the regions.

Where is the Khilafah today?

The Khilafah does not exist today in any shape or form throughout the entire world. It was destroyed following World War 1 at the hands of Mustafa Kemal of Turkey. Commenting on its destruction, Lord Curzon, the British foreign secretary, told the House of Commons on 24th July 1924 "...Turkey (the seat of the Khilafah) is dead and will never rise again because we have destroyed its moral strength, the Khilafah and Islam."

What about Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan?

For a land to be considered an Islamic State, every single article of the country's constitution, every rule and law, must emanate from the Islamic Shari'ah. In every case of the above-mentioned countries however, these criteria are far from being met. In these places, Islamic law is only by writing the source of the country's legislation, with all types of secular legislation and customs playing along side it, while the constitutions give much more weight to democracy, socialism, capitalism and the like. But these are all concepts that have their roots in other than Islam. Thus it can, in no way, be claimed that any of the current Muslim countries are representative of Islam and the Islamic System of government which is the Islamic Khilafah.

Who will be the ruler in the Caliphate and will he be accountable?

The Khalifah (Caliph) rules the State according to the commands of Allah as laid down in the Qur'an and in the example of the Prophet Muhammad. The people choose and appoint the Khalifah. As a citizen of the Islamic State, whether male of female, Muslim or non-Muslim, you can approach the Khalifah. This may be done for any reason, be it to encourage him to fear Allah, or to ask him for your rights. People are obliged to remove the Khalifah if he implements other than Islam.

How will the Caliphate view science and technology?

When Islam came for the first time as a way of life, Muhammad sent Muslims on a special mission to ash-Sham (modern day Syria, Jordan and Palestine). At that time ash-Sham was not ruled by Islam and was dominated by a superpower of that time, the Romans, who were Christians. These Romans were very skilled in military technology and had developed two special catapults. Also, the Muslims acquired trench technology from the second superpower of the time, the Persians, via Salman al-Farsi and it was put to good use in the Battle of the Trench. This is allowed in Islam because the Muslims did not go to take their way of life from the Persians and Romans. They did not take on their beliefs, values and systems of life. They took only the technology from them, which in fact did not come from a particular belief and is for all human beings to find, by the grace of Allah. Muhammad by his example showed us that technology in its origin is permitted in Islam, but it must be put only to Halal (permitted) use. So a surgeon's knife can be used to heal, but not abort an innocent baby. TVs, Internet and DVDs can be used to propagate the truth or for educational purposes but not to exploit women as material objects.

How will women be treated in the Caliphate?

Men and women have similarities in that they are both humans. They have minds, an ability to reason. They have feelings, instincts and needs. They are both accountable to Allah to contribute to the Islamic society in order to please Allah. So, Islam did not differentiate when it called both men and women to use their reasoning to study the world and understand that it is created. Islam ordered both to pray, fast and perform hajj (pilgrimage). Nor did Islam stop at beliefs and individual worships, because it is a complete way of life. Islam also called both men and women to deal in the affairs of society, such as buying, selling, renting, farming, trading, marrying with their consent, judging, providing medical treatment, electing and accounting the ruler. It also made the seeking and teaching of knowledge compulsory on both women and men.

How will non-Muslim minorities be treated in the Caliphate?

No one can deny the fact that the Islamic World was ruled and governed by the Islamic State. Many non-Muslims used to live with Muslims under the banner of Islam for almost thirteen centuries. Throughout those periods non-Muslims used to have the same high standard of living as the Muslims did. They enjoyed equal rights, prosperity, happiness, tranquillity and security.

Muslims along with non-Muslims only began facing severe hardships after the abolishment of the Islamic State and living under the rulership of the Colonialists.

By investigating the Islamic history in its entirety it is evident that non-Muslims lived amongst the Muslims under the Islamic rule. A Christian mother would breast-feed her Muslim child, Muslim men used to marry Christian or Jewish women, in-laws from them. Muslims used to deal with the Christians and the Jews in the life's affairs. The Jew and Christians used to be called Ahl al-Dhimma, People of the Covenant. The Prophet said, "He who abuses a dhimmi [non-Muslim citizen] then I will be his rival and dispute him on the Day of Judgment."

An Islamic classical scholar, Imam Qarafi, says, "It is the responsibility of the Muslims to the People of the Dhimma [non-Muslim citizens] to take care of their weak, fulfilling the needs of the poor, feeding the hungry, providing clothes, addressing them politely and even tolerating their harm even if it was from a neighbour, even though the Muslim would have an upper hand. The Muslims must also advise them sincerely on their affairs and protect them against anyone who tries to hurt them or their family, steal their wealth or violates their rights."

How does Islam view Capitalism?

This basis of Capitalism is the Capitalist creed, i.e. the creed of detaching "religion" from life. This creed does not result from a rational process, nor even from a logical one, rather it is a compromise between two contradictory ideas; the idea which the clergy used to call for in the "Medieval Ages", namely the submission of everything in this life to the "Religion", i.e. Christianity and the idea which some thinkers and philosophers called for, namely the denial of the existence of a Creator.

So the idea of detachment of the "Religion" from life is a compromise solution between these two sides. A compromise solution is conceivable between two similar views where there is some disparity, but it is inconceivable to exist between two contradictory views. Either there is a Creator who created man, universe and life and accordingly this discussion will then be about whether this Creator has prescribed a system for man to proceed with, in this worldly life, and Who will account him after death on his adherence to this system, or, there is no Creator and accordingly the religion would not be detached from worldly life but rather would be rejected from it.

But to say there is no importance in the existence or non-existence of a Creator is a matter which does not convince the mind or reassure the soul. Therefore the mere fact that the Capitalist doctrine is a result of a compromise in an issue which allows no such compromise is enough in itself to refute this doctrine for both those who believe in the existence of a Creator or those who deny His existence. The decisive rational evidence leads to the conclusion that there is a Creator Who created man, universe and life, and that this Creator has prescribed a system for man to follow in this life and He will account him after death on his adherence to this system. However, the issue at hand is neither to discuss the existence of the Creator nor the system which He set up for man, rather it is to discuss the Capitalist doctrine and to expose its falsehood. In this regard it is enough to establish the falsehood by the fact that this creed is a compromise between two contradictory opinions and that it is not built on reason.