Hundreds gathered at a convention yesterday in Sydney organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir about government intervention in the Muslim community. The conference saw prominent speakers address the said topic from various angles. (more…)
Prime Minister Tony Abbot paid a surprise visit to Australian troops, under high security, at the Tarin Kot military base in Afghanistan yesterday to mark the ‘ending’ of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan. He announced that the ADF mission in Uruzgan will be complete by year-end and the majority of Australian troops will return home, with around 300 to remain in Kandahar and Kabul in non-combative roles. Addressing the troops he said, “Australia’s longest war is ending, not with victory, not with defeat, but with, we hope, an Afghanistan that is better for our presence here.” (more…)
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.