90.000, 80.0000, no: 70.000
You think? NOT!
They want to bring you the caliphate instead. Because only MORE Islam can cure Islam’s ills:
Hizb ut-Tahrir managed to fill the Gelora Bung Karno stadium
Almost like the Nuremberg rallies…
The dull roars of a football match, the twanging music of a youth group concert – from a distance it is not always easy to tell an Islamic conference from a holiday crowd.
Inside Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium the clues get easier. There are about 100,000 people inside, and everyone is in Islamic dress.
The women’s section – by far the biggest – is a pitter-patter of ice-cream colours. On their parasols, one word is printed over and over again: Khilafah, caliphate.
This is the reason why people have come here. To show their support for a single, unified, Islamic state.
Maybe I chose Hizb ut-Tahrir because it unites the masses better than other Islamic organisation
Yani, Hizb ut-Tahrir member
They have been invited by the international Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir. Not everyone believed they would fill the stadium, but Hizb ut-Tahrir is good at bringing in supporters – and keeping them.
Milling around outside the stadium we found 24-year-old Akbar.
He was not a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, but he said: “This conference is not just for one group. In my opinion, if you support there being sharia law in Indonesia, you’ve got to be here.”
Yani, a student from Bogor, said she had come to show there was support for Islam, and support for a Caliphate too.
Next to her, Wisnu told us she was there to increase ties with other Muslims.
“Maybe I chose Hizb ut-Tahrir because it unites the masses better than other Islamic organisations,” she said.
But if the audience turnout was impressive, not so the speakers lined up to address the crowd.
One by one, over the past few days, seven of the delegates invited to speak have dropped out.
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Controversial Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was asked to stay away on security grounds, while three national leaders cancelled at the last minute.
Hizb ut-Tahrir – or Liberation Party – was founded in Jerusalem in the 1950s by Palestinian religious scholar Taqiuddin an-Nabhani.
Many experts see it as ideologically close to jihadist groups, and suspect its commitment to peaceful means is purely tactical.
Hardliners call for Islamic state
NEARLY 90,000 followers of a hardline Muslim group have packed a stadium in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, calling for the creation of an Islamic state and thunderously chanting “Allah is great!”
Hizb ut-Tarhir, a Sunni organisation with an estimated one million members, is banned in some Asian and Arab countries, but drew supporters from Europe, Africa and the Middle East to Indonesia for a meeting of the group that is held every two years.
However, Sheikh Ismail Al Wahwah, of the group’s Australian branch, was one of two international speakers prevented by Indonesian authorities from entering the country to attend today’s huge conference.
Speeches called for the return of the caliphate, or Islamic statehood, across the Muslim world. The crowd, divided into sections for women and men, roared in support.
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The event, touted by the group’s spokesman Muhammad Ismail Yusanto as an international conference entitled “It is now time for the Caliphate to reign,” is hearing several speakers, including foreign invitees.
Hizbut Tahrir advocate the return of a caliphate — Islamic rule — to govern the world.
The organisation is banned in several Middle-eastern countries.
But Yusanto said that two speakers — Imran Waheed from England and Syeik Ismail Al Wahwah from Australia — had been denied entry and deported from Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-populated country, when they arrived at Jakarta international airport on Friday.