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Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia was invited to attend a panel discussion on the 20th of October 2014 hosted by the student publication, Woroni, at the Australian National University entitled “The Rationality of Terror”. However, after the ANU's office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs (SCAPA) ‘interfered’ with proceedings, leading academics withdrew their participation and the event was forced to be cancelled. Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia notes:

 

1. Once again, the Muslim voice is condemned before it is even expressed and assumptions were being made about our positions before they were even articulated. It seems Muslims are only invited into discussions when the parameters are not questioned and where they are expected to only affirm existing narratives, but not challenge them.

 

2. The circumstances surrounding this event are indicative of the poor state of academia in this country. We were prepared to be interrogated by no less than five leading academics at a leading university before a critical audience. Yet under all these conditions, a lone voice was unable to be confronted.

 

3. This incident is indicative of the West’s inability to confront what it terms ‘the extremist narrative’. ‘Extremism’ only ever refers to Muslims who challenge the government’s murderous foreign policies or insidious local ‘counter-extremism’ policies. All the talk about confronting ‘extremists’ and undermining their narrative has proven to be nothing more than hollow rhetoric.

 

4. There is no longer any serious attempt to capture the hearts and minds of dissenting voices. The government is now primarily concerned with hard power measures designed to punish dissent. Anti-terror laws, anti-terror raids and policies of exclusion are now the centrepieces of the government’s ‘counter-extremism’ policies.

 

5. What message is the government, including those who are mirroring government, sending to oppositional voices in the community? What options remain to those who find they are left with little or no avenues of expression? The government should not underestimate the intelligence of the discerning public who, despite all attempts by government, are more than willing to engage in genuine and rigorous discussion.

 

6. We note that Woroni, the student publication that organised and was to facilitate the panel discussion, was keen to have the event proceed. Sincere attempts to have frank and open conversations on serious issues should be acknowledged. It is an affront to students and an insult to their intelligence to have them prevented from even participating in a conversation. Worse still is the fact that an establishment that claims to be a bastion of intellectualism is preventing exploration of ideas.

 

7. Despite overt attempts to silence critical voices, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia will continue to champion real debate by organising an alternative forum where the critical issues that were to be addressed in the panel discussion can be given their due time. The event will be open to all and sundry and the details will be announced shortly.

 

Hamzah Qureshi,

Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia was invited to attend a panel discussion on the 20th of October 2014 hosted by the student publication, Woroni, at the Australian National University entitled “The Rationality of Terror”. However, after the ANU's office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs (SCAPA) ‘interfered’ with proceedings, leading academics withdrew their participation and the event was forced to be cancelled. Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia notes:

 

1. Once again, the Muslim voice is condemned before it is even expressed and assumptions were being made about our positions before they were even articulated. It seems Muslims are only invited into discussions when the parameters are not questioned and where they are expected to only affirm existing narratives, but not challenge them.

 

2. The circumstances surrounding this event are indicative of the poor state of academia in this country. We were prepared to be interrogated by no less than five leading academics at a leading university before a critical audience. Yet under all these conditions, a lone voice was unable to be confronted.

 

3. This incident is indicative of the West’s inability to confront what it terms ‘the extremist narrative’. ‘Extremism’ only ever refers to Muslims who challenge the government’s murderous foreign policies or insidious local ‘counter-extremism’ policies. All the talk about confronting ‘extremists’ and undermining their narrative has proven to be nothing more than hollow rhetoric.

 

4. There is no longer any serious attempt to capture the hearts and minds of dissenting voices. The government is now primarily concerned with hard power measures designed to punish dissent. Anti-terror laws, anti-terror raids and policies of exclusion are now the centrepieces of the government’s ‘counter-extremism’ policies.

 

5. What message is the government, including those who are mirroring government, sending to oppositional voices in the community? What options remain to those who find they are left with little or no avenues of expression? The government should not underestimate the intelligence of the discerning public who, despite all attempts by government, are more than willing to engage in genuine and rigorous discussion.

 

6. We note that Woroni, the student publication that organised and was to facilitate the panel discussion, was keen to have the event proceed. Sincere attempts to have frank and open conversations on serious issues should be acknowledged. It is an affront to students and an insult to their intelligence to have them prevented from even participating in a conversation. Worse still is the fact that an establishment that claims to be a bastion of intellectualism is preventing exploration of ideas.

 

7. Despite overt attempts to silence critical voices, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia will continue to champion real debate by organising an alternative forum where the critical issues that were to be addressed in the panel discussion can be given their due time. The event will be open to all and sundry and the details will be announced shortly.

 

Hamzah Qureshi,

Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia

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Introduction

It is narrated that the Prophet (saw) said three times: "The deen is naseeha (sincerity, good advice)", We said, "Towards whom?" He (SAW) said "Towards Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and the generality of them" (narrated by Muslim).

The 8th century Hijri scholar, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali, explained the naseeha towards the Muslims by quoting Abu `Amr ibn as-salah, "Sincerity (naseeha) towards the Muslims in general means to direct them rightly towards what is of benefit for them, teach them the affairs of their deen and of their dunya (worldly affairs), veil their faults and fulfill their needs, help them against their enemies, defend them and avoid deceiving them and being jealous of them, and love for them what one loves for oneself, and dislike for them what one dislikes for oneself, and everything that resembles that."

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NEWS AND COMMENTS:

News:
As a sarcastic reaction to the rising waves of Muslims condemning Islamophobic-firing topics such as ISIS, many Muslims have initiated and participated in a Reddit thread called: “As a Muslim, I condemn Ebola.” Muslims have long been fed up with the international pressure to condemn certain actions or tactics that they decided to mock Islamophobia by denouncing the deadly virus, Ebola, although obviously Muslims are not related to the epidemic in any shape or form. (The Stream, Al Jazeera)

Comment:
The very notion behind the birth of such a sarcastic initiative shows the ideological absurdity pertaining to the Muslims being pressured by the West to compellingly or impulsively condemn violent actions committed against innocent people falsely related to Islam if they were committed by some Muslims. The yearning for an “Islamic” condemnation is like a security cloak for the West to cover its own violent actions which is heavily soaked with the blood of innocent people. Logically speaking, it is unnecessary for the Muslims to keep condemning since they already, and unequivocally, should not side with violent actions committed against innocent people no matter who committed them. These actions have already been denounced via this Islamic value which has been clearly stated by Allah (swt) in the Holy Quran on the behalf of the Muslim population. However, it seems that some people don’t regard this Divine condemnation as sufficient enough to quench their domination thirst to have it repetitively confirmed, verbally or orally signed, and publically rubber-stamped by the general public and well-known people, particularly by the Imams of the Ummah.


The rising pressure of condemnation has always been aimed to enforce upon the Muslims the defeatist mentality, obliging them to safely assume that they “owe” an apology. Due to this, Muslims are now distracted from dealing with the real issues in order to search for ways to ward off the pressing desires of the West to have them condemn actions every now and then under the pretext of “calming” the so-called fears about Islam and the Muslims. As a result, social media has been used by some Muslims who have fallen into this trap to repetitively condemn, while other Muslims started to generate cynical threads in order to deride this Islamophobic malady which has been created by the West in order to divide the Muslims in their stance and label them as “modernist”, “feminist”, “extremist”, “radical” and others.


Apart from this, the mere reality that various free social media platforms have been facilitated for people, whether non-Muslims or Muslims, to outwardly express their concerns, rage, and inquiries, reveals a hurtful fact that they are in dire need to be heard by others due to the absence of honest, caring, and listening ears of the very institutions that claim to represent public opinion such as media, elected representatives and tyrant rulers. Not only this, these institutions have taken further advantage of these public platforms to freely propagate fear-mongering and Islamophobia so that they can continue acting in vicious ways against innocent people without being condemned for their crimes.

 

It should also be noted that apart from Muslims, even non-Muslims are participating in these social media threads which shows very clearly that there exist a clear disconnection. People have started realizing that the propaganda which has been forcibly fed to us is far from the truth, as the reality on the ground is completely different. People can see through the manufactured lies that falsehood is being enforced upon them as a disguised truth, and they see the extreme necessity to no longer remain silent. It’s quite obvious that people have had enough of sponsoring lies with their hard-earned money and valuable lives, and they had enough of being enslaved by the elites of the authoritarian hierarchy who keep exploiting the people to serve their own interests.

 

O Muslims around the world…

What threatens the Western interests is not limiting our efforts to just sarcasm alone, but it’s the call and action for an alternative world order based on Islam, i.e. Khilafah. We shouldn’t bow down to the pressure of the West to follow their vigorous orders as they wish and when they wish, since their main goal is to keep us away from striving to work hard in order to re-establish the Deen of Allah (swt) on Earth, re-establish the Khilafah Rashidah upon the method of Prophethood, unite the Ummah under the Khilafah’s protective shade, and rescue the Ummah from the Western plagues that have been violating mankind in general and the Ummah in particular. O Muslims of this blessed Ummah, remain united and follow the rules of the Creator Allah (swt) and do not fear the creation and do not fall into the trap of Secularism which arrogantly believes that the few elites have authority over all others. Allah (swt) has addressed us in the Holy Quran to remind us that only He (swt) has authority over us and to remind us how a believing Muslim should act:

﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّـهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ يُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَائِمٍ ۚذَٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّـهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ﴾
“O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion - Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [al-Maaida: 54]

 

Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Umm Adyan – Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia

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