Sydney, Australia, 18 September 2012 – In light of recent events and in response to media and political commentary about these events generally and about Hizb ut-Tahrir specifically, we emphasise for the public record the following:
1. We condemn, in the strongest of terms, insults to the Prophet (pbuh). The honour of the Prophet is a red line for Muslims. Insults of him will not be tolerated. Muslims should respond, loudly and strongly, through intellectual and political means. We reject justifications of insulting Islam and its sanctities in the name of freedom of speech.
Geert Wilders is in Australia for a speaking tour to allegedly warn people against Islam’. He claims that Islam and Muslims are a threat to Western societies who should ban their immigration. He has rightly been dismissed by most people as a hate-mongering Islamaphobe. ‘Mainstream’ politicians in Australia have also sought to distance themselves from Mr Wilders and his views.