Hizb ut-Tahrir Emerges in America
Khilafah Conference 2012
Posted: July 28, 2009
Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) convened its third Khilafah conference on June 17, 2012 in Hickory Hills, a suburb of Chicago. Unlike the previous year's conference when HT organizers withheld information about the event's venue, HT organizers promoted the 2012 conference and its scheduled location well in advance. After heavy pressure from concerned groups, the venue was changed to Lexington House Banquets, a country club that provides conference halls.
The 2012 conference, titled "Revolution: Liberation by Revelation," largely focused on the same themes as HT's 2011 Khilafah conference. Topics included promoting the organization's vision of establishing a worldwide Caliphate and how the revolutions in the Middle East have affected Western concepts of economics and governance.
One session, "Revolutions: Causes, Motivations, and Reasons," provided a historical overview of the Islamic Caliphate and the Ummah's desire for the return of the Khilafah. The session, which was posted on HT's website shortly after the conference, used examples of failed U.S. policies that fostered democratic values and ideals in Muslim countries as evidence for the need to reestablish the Khilafah. The revolutions of the Arab Spring were also identified as proof that capitalism and western culture have been unable to provide the basic needs for Muslims and that Islam still remains the only solution.
In another session, "Choices and Alternatives: Islamic State, Secular State, Democracy…?" the unidentified speaker said that Muslims are at a crossroads, facing the decision to either join the West or to embrace Islam. Throughout the session, the audience was warned that in the aftermath of the revolutionary upheavals in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, the West will seek a compromise with newly elected Islamist political parties. "This compromise will take many forms all done in an attempt to prevent Islam from returning to power."
One of the so-called "compromises" Muslims will encounter, according to the presenter, will be the Al Aqsa mosque, one of the most contentious points of disagreement in the Israeli-Arab conflict. According to the speaker, the West will seek new Arab leaders who will compromise on this issue, "and they will accept only those [leaders] that respect the Camp David agreement." The speaker continued, saying that those leaders who compromise on the issue of Al Aqsa and Palestine "are willing to put their hands in the bloody hands of murders and occupiers," and, "show no regard to the martyrs of this Ummah and its land."
The conference drew to a close with HT organizers urging members to be proactive in the struggle to reestablish an Islamic Khilafah.