Tens of thousands of radicals will meet today at the Jakarta Hizb ut-Tahrir Conference to push for global Islamic law starting with the re-establishment of a caliphate across the Muslim world.
Indonesian Muslim youth from the hard-line Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir wave black and white flags with the religious writing that reads ‘There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his prophet’ during International Caliphate Conference 2007 in Jakarta, Sunday, Aug 12, 2007. Nearly 90,000 followers of a hard-line Muslim group packed a stadium in the capital Sunday, calling for the creation of an Islamic state and thunderously chanting ‘Allah is great!.’ (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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100,000 are expected to convene as the Khilafah Conference opens in Jakarta.
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The radical Hizb ut-Tahrir conference opens in Jakarta, Indonesia today. Several speakers will push for expanding the Caliphate, or Khilafah in Arabic, during the massive sessions expected to draw 100,000 believers.
ADN Kronos reported:
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the world’s largest Islamic Caliphate conference to be held in Jakarta on Sunday.
According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, the pan-Islamist political party staging the conference, people will come from all over the world to hear speakers from England, Australia, Palestine, Japan and the Sudan.
Abu Bakar Bashir (pictured above from an Aussie interview), the controversial leader of Indonesia’s Mujahiddin Council, who is committed to transforming Indonesia into an Islamic state will address the conference.
He is the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah jailed for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings. Considered by many to be the mastermind of the attacks which killed 202 people, Bashir was found guilty of conspiracy, and sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.
The BBC is reporting that 60,000 are in attendance at the radical Islamic rally:
The organisation regards the Caliphate, or Khilafah in Arabic, as the ideal form of government which emerged from Islam 1,400 years ago because it is government according to the laws of God, as set out in the Koran, rather than by laws designed by man.
Its message is radical and non-violent, but many experts see it as ideologically close to violent jihadist groups.
Critics describe it as a secretive, militant and highly organised movement.
Here is a list of expected speakers from the Hizb ut-Tahrir website:
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1. Dr. Imran Waheed (Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain)
2. Sheikh Ismail Al Wahwah (Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia)
3. Sheikh Issam Ameera (Hizb ut-Tahrir Palestine)
4. Syeikh Uthman Abu Khalil (Hizb ut-Tahrir Sudan)
5. Prof. Dr. Hassan Ko Nakata (Japan)
* Hafidz Abdurrahman, MA (Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia)
* KH. Abdullah Gymnastiar (Popular scholar who regularly appears on Indonesian TV)
* Prof. Dr. H. M. Amin Rais ( Former leader of Muhammadiyah)
* KH. Ma’ruf Amin (Majelis Ulama Indonesia)
* DR. H. Adyaksa Dault, SH, M.Si.
* KH. Drs. Hasyim Muzadi (General chairman of the Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama)
* Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin (Current leader of Muhammadiyah)
* KH. Habib Riziq Shihab (General Chairman of the Islam Defending Front, FPI)
* KH. Zainuddin MZ (Reform Star Party, PBR)
One by one, over the past few days, seven of the delegates invited to speak have dropped out.
Controversial Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was asked to stay away on security grounds, while three national leaders cancelled at the last minute.
The Palestinian delegate was unable to leave the Palestinian Territories, and representatives from Britain and Australia landed in Jakarta on Friday but were refused permission to enter the country.