This coming Sunday the pro-Sharia Islamic hate group Hizb ut-Tahrir America will be holding a conference entitled "Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam" at the Oak Lawn Hilton.
This is what their website currently states.
"He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), that He may make it (Islam) superior over all religions. And All-Sufficient is Allah as a Witness." (TMQ 48:28)
The Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) will be protesting this conference and I encourage anyone in the area to join in the protest. If you are not in the area, please call or email the Oak Lawn Hilton and voice your opinion. For their contact info click HERE.
Lets fight back!!
Islamic 'fringe' group set to meet in Oak Lawn
July 17, 2009
By Casey Cora, Staff Writer
A controversial Islamic group is hosting a conference at the Oak Lawn Hilton Sunday, bringing with it a message of the evils of capitalism.
It' s called Hizb ut-Tahrir America, a faction of the international Hizb ut-Tahrir group, which advocates for implementing Islamic doctrine across the globe by organizing into a unified caliphate, a form of rule based on the Islamic religion.
Although the group dismisses democracy - the theme of Sunday's conference is the "Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam" - they hope to elect one Muslim worldwide ruler, or caliph, and hold that person accountable.
The conference, widely believed to be the first of its kind in America, includes lectures titled "The Suffering Under Capitalism" and "Ownership and Distribution of Wealth in Islam."
Multiple e-mails to a conference spokesman were not returned Thursday, but according to the conference Web site, Hizb ut-Tahrir "works to cultivate a Muslim community that lives by Islam in thought and deed, whereby adhering to the rules of Islam and preserving a strong Islamic identity. The party does not work in the West to change the system of government, but works to project a positive image of Islam to Western society and engages in dialogue with Western thinkers, policymakers and academics."
Critics say that's a revisionist overview of the group's role.
Junaid Afeef, executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, said Hizb ut-Tahrir's role locally has been relegated to fringe literature passed out at local mosques.
He said the group's "conspiracy theorist" teachings aren't "grounded in authentic Islam or rooted in reality."
As for the idea of caliphate, Afeef said that's an "aspirational" goal for all Muslims - just not in the way it's billed in Hizb ut-Tahrir promotional literature.
He explained that caliphate is "an idea that we need to work toward justice and just society, one that's ruled in a manner that promotes justice and equality to all people.
"That idea of a worldwide global empire run by a Muslim leader," he said, "it's a farce."
Sunday's conference was recently canceled when its original host, the Aqsa School in Bridgeview, retracted its invitation after school officials said Hizb ut-Tahrir misrepresented its intentions.
A representative of the school said the group said it wanted to host a bazaar to sell food and clothes, but when school officials learned more about the planned event they declined to host it.
On its Web site, Hizb ut-Tahrir refutes the school's claim, saying the school knew its plans all along.
The event found a new home at the Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S. Cicero Ave.
A hotel manager said the company is giving the group the same treatment as any other customers. They are, however, hiring extra security.
The gathering has drawn the ire of a Washington, D.C.-based peace group.
Jeffrey Imm, founder of Responsible for Equality and Liberty (REAL) group, called Hizb ut-Tahrir "Islamic supremacists" hoping to "impose their religious beliefs, their religious views on a form of governance and theocracy over other people.
"It's a systematic ideology of what we believe is institutionalized hate."
Imm is planning a protest to coincide with Sunday's conference, which begins at 11 a.m. and runs to 5:30 p.m.
"They have the right to speak against democracy," he said. "We have the right and responsibility to speak out for equality and liberty."
Afeef, with Chicago's Council of Islamic Organizations, said his group has a very active youth program and hopes the leaflets and Facebook pages that Hizb ut-Tahrir is using to advertise its Sunday's gathering aren't effective.
"If we see they draw a lot of people, that would be a great concern for us," he said. "It's antithetical to what we believe."
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