‘Could this be the fate of Muslims in the near future?’ Leader of hardline Islamic group says religion’s followers could be locked up in Australian ‘concentration camps’ like those used during war
- Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia held a conference in Sydney on Sunday
- The conference was called ‘Hatred Rising: Living Islam in a Hostile West’
- Group’s spokesman raised fears of concentration camps being used for Muslims
- They compared the idea with the Holocaust, which saw six million Jews killed
- The extremists also called on Muslims to restore a global Islamic caliphate
An Islamist extremist group says Muslims could be locked up in Australian ‘concentration camps’ and compared the possibility to the Holocaust.
Hizb ut-Tahrir wants to restore an Islamic caliphate based on sharia law and is so extreme with its calls for jihad that it is banned in Muslim-majority nations across Asia and the Middle East.
Its spokesman in Australia Hamzah Qureshi told a conference at Campsie, in Sydney‘s south-west, that ‘Australia had concentration camps’ during World War II and asked ‘could this treatment be the fate of Muslims in the near future?’.
During a later question and answer session, fellow leader Uthman Badar invoked the Holocaust, which saw six million Jews killed during the 1940s, and declared Muslims could not separate religion and politics.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia spokesman Hamzah Qureshi (pictured) told a conference organised by the group on Sunday they had seen a shift towards the ‘criminalisation of certain Islamic ideals’
‘The idea that it’s so inconceivable is always the case. If you asked someone in the 1920s whether something like the Holocaust was possible you’d be laughed at,’ Mr Badar said.
‘Things can, they may not, but they can go south very, very quickly. It’s something to keep in the back of your mind.’
He added that Muslims could not separate religion from politics.
‘For us, the political, the activism is necessarily and inextricably grounded in the spiritual. If you separate the two, that’s not Islam,’ Mr Badar said.
Media were banned from attending the extremist group’s Sunday conference ‘Hatred rising: Living Islam in a hostile West’ to possibly stop journalists from asking questions about their global constitution, which calls for ex-Muslims to be killed.
The event, however, was live-streamed on Facebook.
Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi said Muslims needed to re-established an Islamic caliphate
‘We need to be part of a global effort to restore the Khalifah in the Muslim world,’ he said.
‘We need to contribute the revivalist efforts.
‘There’s still a lot we can do politically and ideologically which doesn’t necessarily problematise our presence here.’
A flyer for the event compared the idea of concentration camps for Muslims with the internment of German and Japanese people in Australia during World War II.
Mr Qureshi said they had already witnessed raids and arrests on members of the Muslim community and a shift towards the ‘criminalisation of certain Islamic ideals’.
‘Could we see a future of complete state mobilisation against Muslims, large-scale arrests, raids or even concentration camps?’ he said.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia held a ‘Hatred Rising: Living in a Hostile West’ conference in the Sydney suburb of Campsie on Sunday
‘Surely such things cannot happen in modern Australia. Well brothers and sisters it did happen. Australia had concentration camps during both World War I and World War II.
‘This part of Australia’s history is not very well known.’
Hizb ut-Tahrir is now banned in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, and has a global constitution calling for the death of ex-Muslims.
It is so extreme it is banned in a range of Muslim-majority nations including Bangladesh and Pakistan and is considered a criminal organisation in Germany and The Netherlands.
Still, Mr Qureshi said the Australian government could round up Muslims to appease public opinion, even though secular Muslims reject sharia law and are keen to distance themselves from fundamentalist extremists.
‘Think about it, the people rounded up and detained in the past were not criminals but people with a certain ancestry or nationality and even admittedly to appease the public opinion that the government itself helped to shape,’ he said.
‘Could this treatment be the fate of Muslims in the near future?’
The conference inside the Campsie venue Orion Function Centre was live-streamed on the Hizb-Ut Tahrir Facebook page
The conference covered topics including ‘looking forward, looking back’ and ’embracing and confronting reality’
The conference also covered topics including ‘spiritual provision in dark times’ and activism in adversity, modes, means and ends’
Hundreds of Muslim men, women and children were seen entering the Orion Function Centre, which also hosted lunch and prayers.
Mr Qureshi had likened today’s Muslim community to the Jewish community at the hands of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler’s ‘final solution’.
‘Today… brothers and sisters there is a Muslim question. The same answers that were given for the Jewish question are now being suggested for the Muslim question – immigration, assimilation, deportation and so on,’ he said.
‘All this begs a confrontation question. What will be the final solution for the Muslim question?’
The conference heard ‘anything and everything to do with Muslims is open to not just critique but ridicule, degradation and mockery’
More than 100 people turned out for the conference which was held over several hours on Sunday
Hizb-Ut Tahrir Australia noted on their Facebook page there had been ‘a strong turnout’
The conference was held inside the Orion Function Centre in Campsie, Sydney’s south-west
Mr Qureshi also mentioned the Holocaust, which saw Jewish people killed in gas chambers including at Auschwitz in Poland, to criticise media coverage of Muslims.
‘Nowadays anything and everything to do with Muslims is open to not just critique but ridicule, degradation and mockery,’ he said.
‘And this is what forms public perception of Muslims.
‘Only a mere 70 years ago this very same process helped to produce one of darkest chapters in human history.’
In March, Daily Mail Australia captured Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar on camera saying capital punishment was an appropriate penalty for ex-Muslims during a lecture in Bankstown, which said Islam was incompatible with democracy, a secular separation of religion and state, and individual rights.
An ex-Muslim and a Hindu from Bangladesh told Daily Mail Australia how Hizb ut-Tahrir vigilantes in southern Asia had executed bloggers who had criticised the Prophet Mohammad.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Women in April released a video saying it was permissible for husbands to beat their wives with a stick, earning a rebuke from the federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott raised the idea of banning Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia in late 2014.