Talk 1 : Taji Mustafa
Talk 2: Kamal Abu Zahra
London, UK, May 13th 2011 – On Friday 13th May, hundreds of Muslims from all segments of the community in Whitechapel attended a Seminar organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, titled ‘Middle East Uprisings – King Abdullah: Khadim of Haramain or Khadim of America?’ The audience included Community leaders, Imams, Professionals and Youth, and the event was well attended with all tickets sold out.
The first speech was delivered by Taji Mustafa (Media Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain), who began by giving a historical background of the Middle East dictators; how they were put in position by the Western colonial powers with the aim of serving them in the decades to come. He showed how this consequently meant that all these dictators were anti Islam and Muslims, and namely Saudi Arabia as she portrays herself as the guardian of the 2 holy sites, and covers her crimes against the Muslims with the ‘sell-out’ rubber stamp of the government scholars. In this sense there is no difference between Gaddafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali, Assad or King Abdullah, hence it is no surprise when they defend and give shelter to each other. Taji Mustafa concluded his speech by exposing the rulers as being the tools used by superpowers like the US and Britain to implement their global war on Islam. He added that this global war on Islam is the same as the campaign in Western societies to suppress Muslims, ridicule, undermine, belittle their values, to promote a Western friendly version of Islam, and to prevent the rise of true Islam in it’s political form – The Khilafah System.
Lecturer in Usul al -Fiqh and ‘Ilm al-Hadith, Kamal Abu Zahra (senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain), delivered the second speech. He began by refuting the positions/proposals being pushed by various organisations, explaining how the current Saudi model, as well as Western democracy, are not the ideals which Muslims are calling for and are completely contrary to the Islamic texts, the Qur’an and Sunnah. He also stressed that the passive approach by many Muslim leaderships and establishments is part of the British government agenda in distancing the Muslims of UK from the rest of the Ummah, again contrary to Islam. Kamal Abu Zahra concluded by demonstrating how only the Khilafah system will bring real change in the Middle East and achieve the ideals the Muslims are calling for, be it accountable government, freedom from the tyrannical oppression, political participation, unity, etc.
In the question and answer session, chaired by Business Consultant, Nazmul Hoque (senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain), the focus was on the role of Muslims in the UK in relation to the Middle East uprisings. Both speakers stressed for the Muslims not to fall under the agenda of the British government by being passive, silent, and only being concerned about own individual affairs rather than that of the Ummah. They emphasised that Muslims in UK must support the protests against the dictators by discussing at all levels of their community in whatever capacity they have, and they must promote the Khilafah system as the only solution from Islam which will bring about real change to the dire crisis of the Muslim World.