I found the culture of Hizb ut-Tahrir profound. No other organisation presented Islam as comprehensive way of life that was capable of solving the worlds problems. Poverty, rich poor divide, corruption, inflation – they had a solution to everything that was based on the words of Allah (swt), the teachings of the prophet (saw) and his beloved companions.
I remember well the first major UK conference held at Wembley Arena in 1994 attended by 8,000 delegates. I was fortunate to be asked to give an address on the critical matter of education in Islam. I also found the Global Islamic Economic Conference in the wake of the financial crisis held in Khartoum, Sudan (Jan 2009) attended by 6,000 delegates from around the world to be enlightening. It was a great honour to be able to participate in such a debate with many scholars and lay people setting out radical solutions to the crisis.
The Quran stresses:
… كَيْ لَا يَكُونَ دُولَةً بَيْنَ الْأَغْنِيَاءِ مِنكُمْ …
“In order that it does not make a circuit between the wealthy from among you” [TMQ Hashr 59:7]
This verse encapsulates so well why Capitalism will never meet the needs of the masses, and how Islam is so distinctive with unique solutions to poverty and the distribution of wealth. The focus on zakat, sadaqa, spending one’s wealth rather than accumulation, and its unique wealth oriented taxes like kharaj all provide emphasis upon the circulation of wealth – a particular problem in todays moribund capitalist economies where the infamous 1% just keep taking wealth out of circulation to the detriment of all.