London, UK, August 12 2007 – Today’s Khilafah [Caliphate] conference in Jakarta brought 100,000 people to the 10th largest stadium in the world. The vast majority, according to BBC news reports were women. The well organised conference discussed the urgent need for the re-establishment of the Khilafah in the Muslim world.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, is widely portrayed by western media and governments as one of the more secular Muslim countries. Despite this portrayal, the conference illustrates the wide popular opinion for the Khilafah and Islamic governance in South East Asia, and indeed across the entire Muslim world. Last weekend, an audience of thousands attended the London Khilafah conference that discussed the need for an alternative to chaos and oppression, the Islamic obligation of the Khilafah and the political method of Hizb ut-Tahrir to achieve this goal.
Commenting on today’s successful conference, Dr Abdul Wahid, the Chairman of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK Executive Committee said, "Hizb ut-Tahrir has spearheaded a crucial debate on the future for the Muslim world – an alternative to corruption and dictatorship. This weekend there were hugely succesful gatherings in Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia and the Netherlands discussing the Khilafah and over 10,000 people gathered in Palestine. The coming weeks will see similar events in Yemen, Pakistan and Denmark."
"The Khilafah is increasingly seen as the alternative to corruption and tyranny in the Muslim world, where the population see Islamic governance as an inherent part of their way of life. To deny this or work to undermine its establishment, as western governments have done as part of their ‘war on terror’, is to deny the legitimate aspirations of people in the Muslim world."
"Western governments have to get used to the fact that the populations in the Muslim world are increasingly looking to Islam for political solutions. The winds of change blowing across the region, carrying with them the ideas of Khilafah, Shariah and Islam, will blow away the suffocation of the past nine decades. We sincerely hope that anyone who seriously thinks about the future of the region will engage with us in a dialogue and debate on the most vibrant and stimulating political model gaining momentum in the Muslim world today."