Hizb ut-Tahrir's caliphate conference in Jakarta.
About 70,000 people attended the International Khilafah Conference at Senayan stadium in Jakarta on 13th August hosted by Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), in the interests of furthering the goal of restoring the caliphate, or worldwide Islamic state.
Waving flags and chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great), the crowd included a large number of women and children. After a number of speeches the conference ended with a theatrical performance purporting to show the Islamic nations of the world being invaded by Western imperialists. The last scene showed a triumphant Islamic Caliphate expelling the westerners and restoring the unity and glory of the Muslim world.
Two speakers for the conference, Sheik Ismail Al Wahwah from Australia, and Imran Waheed from Britain, were denied entry to Indonesia on arrival at Jakarta airport, while radical Indonesian-Arab cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was ordered not to attend by police. heraldsun
A number of mainstream Indonesian Muslim leaders attended, and sometimes addressed the crowd, including Din Syamsuddin of Muhammadiyah, and randy preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar or Aa Gym.
Aa Gym said Hizb ut-Tahrir should be accepted because they were not violent.
Din Syamsuddin, who was not killed in the Garuda crash of March this year, said the idea of a caliphate was fine as long as it recognised the unitary state of Indonesia and the pluralism of the country. The caliphate was mentioned in the Quran, he said, but these days it should be understood not in terms of a concrete political structure but as a way of uniting the world's Muslims, in some uncertain way.
Even though Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in most Muslim majority countries, and also in Germany and Russia, he said it should be tolerated because Indonesia was democratic and pluralistic, and those who attempted to suppress the caliphate movement were being anti-democratic and anti-pluralistic. antara
Muhammad Ismail Yusanto.
Muhammad Ismail Yusanto of HTI said the organisation rejected the democratic system because it placed sovereignty in the hands of the people rather than God. However HTI was willing to participate in elections, and was quite willing, in a pluralistic spirit, to cooperate with other Islamic groups, and it abhorred violence. antara
A video collation of news reports of the event: