Muslims Protest in London

Representatives from the Muslim Faith in London staged a protest today against the heavy pressure by authorities:

Up to 2000 people from more than 50 Islamic organisations in Britain have demonstrated in London to condemn what they called heavy-handed procedures in the fight against global terrorism.

“The basic message is that the Muslim community wants to voice its opposition to what it views as the oppression of the war on terror,” said Imran Wahid of Hizb ut-Tahrir, one of the groups behind the protest march.

He said Muslims were angered by so-called “control orders” imposed by the British authorities on terrorism suspects, and by the US detention of terrorism suspects without trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

For those of you who are not familiar with Hizb ut-Tahrir Party:

Its aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world. This objective means bringing the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life in Dar al-Islam and in an Islamic society such that all of life’s affairs in society are administered according to the Shari’ah rules, and the viewpoint in it is the halal and the haram under the shade of the Islamic State, which is the Khilafah State.

The Hizb-u-Tahrir or “Liberation Party” Party had been outlawed in England because of its aims to obstruct and overthrow state institutions:

Prosecutors on Saturday charged 54 men, including four Britons, with belonging to the outlawed Islamic group Hizb-u-Tahrir or “Liberation Party.” The men were remanded in custody for 15 days pending interrogation.

The suspects are accused of allegedly joining a secret, illegal group which aims to obstruct the legal system and undermine state institutions. According to prosecutors, members of the outlawed group studied means of overthrowing governments in various Islamic countries with the aim of reviving an Islamic Caliphate. In doing so, prosecutors said, they aimed at recruiting new members, especially political opposition figures.

The liberation party was founded in Egypt in 1974 by two Palestinians, Salem Rahhal and Saleh Serreya — only to be crushed by Egyptian authorities in the same year after being blamed for an attempted coup d’état known as “the incident of the Technical Military Academy,” in which armed militants attacked the Cairo- based academy.

Those charged are allegedly part of a larger group of more than 100 people who were arrested earlier this month in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria governorates. The indicted include four Britons, three of whom are believed to be of Pakistani origin. Reza Pankhurst and Ian Nisbett were detained earlier this month in Cairo, while Maged Nawaz and Hassan Rizfi were arrested in the coastal city of Alexandria. The party is believed to have branches in many Arab and European countries.

Imran Wahid, spokesman for the London branch of Hizb-u- Tahrir, reportedly said that three of the four Britons were members of the organisation. Wahid identified members of his group as businessman Pankhurst and students Nawaz and Nisbett, but said he did know anything about Rizfi.

Members of the Hizb-u-Tahrir Party were blamed for suidide bombings in Uzbekistan in 2004 although these bombings are still being investigated.

26 members of the organization were sentenced from one to five years in prison in Egypt last year for progating a banned ideology.

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