London, UK, October 5 – A high level delegation from Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain will visit the Home Office this Friday [7th October 2005] to deliver a letter to the British Home Secretary Charles Clarke outlining the party's vision of the Islamic Caliphate that it is working to establish in the Muslim world. The letter is being sent in the light of Prime Minister Tony Blair's August 5th announcement of his intention to proscribe the party and the subsequent lack of communication from the Home Office, despite Hizb ut-Tahrir being an open organisation that is not afraid of debate and discussion.
The letter highlights Hizb ut-Tahrir's 50-year non-violent struggle against the corrupt dictators of the Muslim world. Throughout this period the party members have been subjected to imprisonment, torture and murder, yet the party continues to struggle politically against these regimes following the example of the Prophet Muhammad.
The letter outlines that Hizb ut-Tahrir, from its inception in 1953, has held detailed views regarding every aspect of the Caliphate State it is working to establish. Contrary to the statement of Tony Blair depicting the Caliphate State as a backward state, Hizb ut-Tahrir has always had a comprehensive vision of the Caliphate State from ruling and governance, state, public and private property, taxation, currency, foreign trade, the role of men and women in society, the rights of non-Muslim citizens, the judiciary, modern technology and the role of the state in international politics. Unfortunately the international propaganda against the Caliphate State is attempting to depict this state as the goal of some fanatical individuals who are seeking to establish such a state through armed struggle. The reality is that today, the non-violent political work of Hizb ut-Tahrir led by some of the leading thinkers, scholars and politicians of the Muslim world spans across the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, the Far East, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain and a member of the delegation, said, "Following the announcement by Prime Minister Tony Blair on August 5th that Hizb ut-Tahrir would be proscribed, we immediately wrote to the Home Office to ask for further clarification. Although more than 8 weeks have elapsed we have not received a reply from the Home Office about this matter. Given the unprecedented nature of banning of a non-violent political organisation we feel it only right that we volunteer information that many might think the Home Office ought to have requested from us."
"The British government having failed to face the party intellectually and politically has resorted to the same methods as her allies amongst the dictators in the Muslim world. The desire to replace the corrupt dictators, kings and monarchs in the Muslim world by a sincere Islamic leadership is carried by millions of Muslims throughout the world. You may ban organisations and detain people indefinitely, but one wonders how these measures will change the ideas and beliefs that people are yearning to establish. Hizb ut-Tahrir will continue its non-violent political work and continue to dispel the myths and propaganda against Islam and present the Islamic Caliphate as the true alternative to the global injustice and oppression caused by Capitalism."
The letter will be delivered to the Home Office [2 Marsham Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 4DF] at 12.00 p.m. on Friday 7th October 2005.