About

Taji Mustafa is an IT professional with a degree from a London university.

He has appeared in interviews on CNN, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, and many other media outlets. As a prolific international speaker, he has addressed conferences in Indonesia, Lebanon, Denmark, Malaysia, Kenya, Holland and other countries. Following cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (salalahu alayhi wassalam), he famously took part in a Channel 4 TV debate on free speech.

He has been active with Hizb ut-Tahrir for over twenty years.

Why Hizb ut-Tahrir?

Whilst attending university and interacting with other Muslims, I came to realise that Islam is a comprehensive way of life that addresses humans spiritually, economically, politically, and morally. This was contrary to the ‘Islam is just five pillars’ view I had grown up with. This generated a thirst for Islamic knowledge and activism so I used to attend the circles and talks of different groups and speakers, including those from Hizb ut-Tahrir. What I found most convincing was Hizb ut-Tahrir’s reference to the Quran, sunnah and seerah of the Prophet (saw) and hence the view that the abscence of Islam as a comprehensive way of life that addresses all of life’s problems and is implemented by the Islamic Khilafah system in the Muslim world – is a much neglected duty from Allah (swt). Hence I joined and have worked with the Hizb for over two decades, alhamdulillah.

What is a challenge you face in the dawah?

Trying to get a clear but nuanced messages out in a media climate which is only interested in discussing ‘extremism’ or ‘trerrorism’ when it comes to Muslims and Islam.

What's been the highlight of your time in the Hizb?

I have had the opportunity to address Muslims up and down the UK and in places I never imagined. By Allah’s will, I addressed a conference in the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Indonesia. Speaking to 100,000 plus people chanting the name of Allah, calling for the return of the shariah and the Khilafah was an amazing experience. I have also been able to take part in some TV programs and debates.

Which verse in the Quran motivates you the most and why?

One of them is “Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know” [Sura Yusuf 12:21]. It sums up the central theme of Sura Yusuf and is a great reminder from Allah that He supports the believers, no matter how bad things appear and that He (swt) will aid and grant victory to them – whatever the obstacles we might face.