London, UK, August 14 – Over the last 48 hours, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the non-violent Islamic political party, has held a series of events in the Muslim community to address the atmosphere of fear and anxiety that has arisen in the Muslim community in the aftermath of the London bombings.
The open meetings, arranged at only a few days notice, have been held in Luton, Slough, Manor Park [London] and Walthamstow and have been attended by well over a thousand Muslims. Speakers at the meetings have included prominent members of Hizb ut-Tahrir and leading members of the community.
With standing room only, an audience of over six hundred people, from all sides of the political spectrum, attended the community event in Luton on Thursday evening. They were addressed by 14 panellists comprising local councillors, lawyers, doctors, businessmen and mosque leaders. The panel and the audience were unanimous in condemning the proposed banning of Hizb ut-Tahrir and calling for unity during these difficult times for the Muslim community.
In Slough, on Saturday evening, over four hundred Muslims, young and old, attended a community meeting held at Langley Pavilion Centre. Dr Abdul Wahid of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain delivered a speech urging the Muslim community to remain united and truthful in the aftermath of the London bombings. Dr Wahid pointed out that it was wrong to equate legitimate political expression with terrorism. The gathering was also addressed by the former Imam of Slough Mosque, Imam Qaiser. The overwhelming majority of those attending signed a petition against the banning of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
At the Shalom Centre in Manor Park, London, on Saturday evening, some one hundred and fifty local Muslims attended a community meeting to hear Taji Mustafa of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain explain the challenges facing the Muslim community at this time. Once again the audience were unanimous in condemning the proposal to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has a 50 year plus history of non-violent intellectual and political work. Many in the audience also expressed the view that the moves to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir were in fact intended to silence political dissent in the Muslim community. A letter was also read out from the CEO of the Islam Channel expressing his opposition to the moves to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir.
On Saturday evening, the Quaker Meeting House was the venue for over one hundred local Muslims in Walthamstow who discussed how to respond to proposals to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir and curtail political expression in the Muslim community. They were addressed by 10 panellists including prominent members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, local professionals, mosque committee members from 3 local mosques and community centre leaders.
Dr Imran Waheed, Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "With only a few days publicity, over a thousand Muslims have come out in four local Muslim communities to register their support for the non-violent political work of Hizb ut-Tahrir and express their astonishment at proposals to ban the party. Those speaking at the events have included local professionals, councillors, mosque Imams and committee members and businessmen."
Notes to Editors:
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain is the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global independent Islamic political party. The global leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Ata Abu Rushta, is in the Muslim world. The party works throughout the Islamic world to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate].