As Muslims, wherever we live, it is Islam – the Quran and the Sunnah – that provides the basis for our role and purpose in life as individuals or as a community. The fact that we live in 21st Century Europe does not change this fact; nor the fact that we have obligations and responsibilities placed upon us as part of this noble Ummah.
Our community may live in Europe, but finds itself in the midst of a much wider global struggle. In their desire to maintain their control of the resources of the Muslim world and maintain their strategic dominance, western governments have launched a war on Islam around the world.
Some of their plans are to secularise and assimilate Muslims in the West; to westernise them and ultimately to change Islam into a set of personal beliefs and ritual worship – like Christianity was changed some centuries ago.
They do this by bullying Muslims; by spreading propaganda and lies about Islam in the media; by trying to control masjids and madrassahs; and by trying to create a new secular liberal Muslim leadership.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has recognised these problems and proposed some ideas for a way forward. We believe that our community has an active and positive role to play in the UK from an Islamic basis. However, we also believe that many of the solutions currently proposed are flawed, counterproductive or contradict Islamic values.
This booklet puts forward our positive agenda for Muslims in Britain.