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Hard-Line Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State

Nearly 90,000 followers of a hard-line Muslim group packed a stadium in the Indonesian capital Sunday, calling for the creation of an Islamic state and thunderously chanting "Allah is great!" Hizbut Tahrir, a Sunni organization with an estimated 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.

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. "We need to carry this message from every corner from the east to west, so that on judgment day we can be proud," said Salim Frederick of Hizbut Tahrir's English branch. The freedom of expression that Muslims enjoy in Indonesia is a luxury compared to most other countries, said Hassan Ko Nakata of the Japanese Muslim Association.

High school teacher Erni Tri, 40, said she drove two hours with her husband and three children to attend the prayers, music and speeches in Jakarta. Hizbut Tahrir "is firm and uncompromising toward un-Islamic cultures," she said. "It is driven by love for Allah and has no hidden agenda to get votes or power." The group, though radical, does not support violence to obtain its objective.

Speakers from England and Australia, Imran Waheed and Sheikh Ismail al Wahwah, were deported upon arrival in Indonesia, a spokesman said. It was not immediately clear why they were not allowed to attend. "Those responsible for this are being paranoid," Ismail Yusanto told reporters. "This has hurt our right of freedom of expression."

Though Hizbut Tahrir's rallies are usually peaceful, the U.S. Embassy last week cautioned its citizens against going near the gathering, noting that some recent demonstrations in Indonesia — the world's most populous Muslim nation — have turned violent.
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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 05:09:50 PM »
Though Hizbut Tahrir's rallies are usually peaceful, the U.S. Embassy last week cautioned its citizens against going near the gathering, noting that some recent demonstrations in Indonesia — the world's most populous Muslim nation — have turned violent. 

Surprise, surprise.

Otherwise, I'm glad they get the freedom to assemble in Indonesia.  Not like they'd extend the same privileges to others if the Caliphate was re-established (as they want it to be).
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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 05:48:45 PM »
So much for the so-called "moderate" Muslim country model...it does not exist.
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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 06:08:27 PM »
Life, liberty, and intollerance for all.  Spread the word by mouth or the sword to the unbeliever, for the love of Allah.  Lovely people, really. :-[
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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007, 07:46:45 PM »
So what else is new.  Islam is Islam. It will always be focussed on world dominatuion until they control everything with their Caliphate and Shira Law.
Then we will all be second calss citizens.

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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2007, 01:26:15 PM »
congrats to the most heavily populated muslim nation in the world for finally taking the route to self destruction.
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Re: Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008, 09:53:31 AM »
It was bound to happen.. look out Australia its at your doorstep !  Bali wont be a happy place for frolicking Aussies much longer unless you want another "smiling assassin" to blow you away.
Seems to me the end times are much nearer and our governments are much stupider... after all their has been a lot of Muslim "refugees fleeing" to Australia and NZ from predominantly Muslim countries (obviously from oppression ??) .. I cant believe their getting in yet Christian refugees from Europe are not accepted very readily at all ???
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