Fuelled mostly by the gutter “journalism” of rags like the Daily Telegraph and talk back radio shock jocks, the furore surrounding Punchbowl Boys High School shows no signs of abating. An impression of the school has been crafted – a hotbed of potential terrorism waiting to boil over into society, a harsh “Sharia” imposing institution and a modern ground zero in the heart of Sydney’s west for everything that is wrong with Islam and Muslims. This image has been manufactured with a narrative in which contradictions abound. (more…)
What is Islam’s position on apostates? What does sharia law say about gays? Does Islam allow men to beat their wives? Does the “Koran” tell you to kill non-Muslims “wherever you find them”?
These are the kind of questions that many Muslims who appear in the media are often confronted with. Essentially, the questions revolve around aspects of Islamic law and Muslims are put on the spot to either deny or confirm them. (more…)
This article looks at the notion that the Ummah is going through suffering, being denied of victory and authority, on account of her sins. We have heard it from the pulpits. We have heard it in this lecture or that conference. Too many times to enumerate. We heard it when Afghanistan was invaded, likewise Iraq, when calamities hit Burma, CAR, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria…now we hear it for Aleppo.
But how much water does this narrative carry? Not much, on examination.
What’s the point of a protest? What’s the point of “just making noise, shouting slogans and delivering rousing speeches”? In the context of the present condition of the ummah generally and Aleppo specifically, some have asked these questions in response to rallies, protests and demonstrations that are being held. What are some responses to these questions and what indeed is the point of holding protests? (more…)
Following is a question posed to the Amir of Hizb ut-Tahrir on matters relating to Turkey (and Erdogan’s) moves regarding Syria and Russia, and an elaborated response from the Shaykh in kind. This Q&A was issued on the 7th of December, a few days before the final collapse of the resistance in Aleppo. It contains some points well worthy of consideration in relation to what has finally taken place in the besieged city.
As the ummah watches on in tears and shock, as the international community continues to feign its “horror”, as people in Syria continue to pay with rivers of blood, as we do what little we can to raise our voices at this moment, it is worth also remembering that in spite of this calamity, in the long run victory will be for the Muslims of the Levant. The Amir of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Sheikh ‘Ata Abu Al-Rashta, has shared some poignant words in this regard. Despite the current sadness, they should give us cause for perspective and pause. (more…)
Between talks of another regional alliance with the United States – a continued commitment to a long standing neo-“Hashemite” tradition of traitorous agency to Western powers – and co-operation with Russia in killing Muslims in Syria, King Abdullah II of Jordan has found time to make it to Australia to rub shoulders with its political and economic elite and enjoy some light tourism. This visit comes forty years after the visit of his equally treacherous father, King Hussein, to Australia in 1976. (more…)
Australia’s Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, recently made some comments about poverty that are likely to be surprising for many. The ABC website did a “fact check” of these comments, concluding that “the basis for the Opposition Leader’s claim comes from a 2014 report commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Service which suggests that 2.55 million Australians live in poverty, with 23.6 per cent of them children.” (more…)
By Shafiul Huq
The language in which we articulate ourselves politically is inseparable from the the ideas in which our politics is grounded. Too often, Muslims and “community leaders” use terms and ideas that exist outside of Islam while ostensibly trying to defend it.
So why would Muslim leaders stand themselves so close to ideals and notable people that are time and again implemented to beat down on the very notion of Islam? (more…)
Hizb ut-Tahrir has issued a statement on the attempted coup on Friday 15 July 2016. Below is a translation from the Turkish of this statement.