Jordan has detained eight members of the Islamist group Hizb ut Tahrir shortly after they hung the outlawed party’s flags on mosque walls in the capital at the start of a Muslim feast, party activists said on Thursday.
The activists, who asked not to be named, said security forces arrested the eight soon after they hung the party’s flag on wallls of several mosques before the start of the Muslim Eid al Adha prayers on Tuesday.
The black flag is the banner of the Islamic caliphate which the party calls for reviving by non-violent means. [reuters]
Two days earlier, the Jordanian authorities arrested two members of the banned party in a camp for the Palestinian refugees near the capital Amman.
Thereby number of persons arrested from the Liberation Party increased during the four past months to more than 30 persons, according to the same source. The last shift of this group whose members were arrested in October 2005 after the distribution of al-Waee (the conscious ) magazine issued by the party to worshippers inside mosques in Amman.
The source added that those persons were brought the state security court under the pretext of being “members in an illegal organization” and working to establishing a Kheilafa based Islamic state. [arab news]
Hizb Al-Tahrir is one of those groups that I just can’t seem to get on board with. Is it just me or is every group that calls for a return to the Islamic Caliphate a little out of touch with current realities? Seriously, when I read the Tahrir’s constitution I get the sense that they really want to go back to those days, which were in part great, but long gone. In doing so however you destroy, neglect and dismiss hundreds of years of progress. Progress in society, in knowledge, in religion, in just about every area of life. There’s a reason why they call it a past.
While the Tahrir does not preach violent methods when it comes to revolution it is nevertheless pushing for one to happen and thus take the place of the monarchy in Jordan or whatever system is set up in any other Muslim nation.
There are things this group preaches which of course I have to agree with as they are derived straight from Islam, such as the replacing of clergy with personal ijtihad. Something that becomes more appealing everyday in a world where clerics are running towards TV fame by issuing lame and controversial fatwaÃ¢??s from their rears.
Women’s rights is another thing. Anti-torture. Pro-society. In short their social agenda is not so bad and in some cases their vision exceeds what’s available today in some parts of the Muslim world. On the other hand their foreign affairs department needs a little help. Being part of organizations like the UN and the WTO and so forth would be deemed “un-Islamic”. Jihad would be declared against Israel until it is destroyed and no more making friends with non-Muslim nations. Even the Palestinian Authority is a no-no; hence the whole ‘out of touch with current realities’ element. This of course is merely my opinion.
When it comes to Jordan it is of course a banned party since the 50’s I believe. They differ from the more extremist Wahabbi movement which tends to more violent in achieving political goals while the Tahrir see it as against Islamic teachings to use violence to change the system or to overthrow a ruler who is Muslim (which it is). Hence their process is more of recruitment and infiltration into the government to inspire a quiet revolution if you will. In Jordan however the group was instead infiltrated by the government from the beginning before it was banned.
The question is should this group be allowed to practice in Jordan? As an established political party perhaps. It is not banned in other Arab nations like Lebanon, Yemen and the UAE. Should it be allowed given the effects of recent events in Amman?
More importantly, is cracking down on the group in post-attacks only creating an environment in which its disheartened members will move farther to the right of the ideological spectrum? Will a generation of young disgruntled bystanders in Jordan be angry and fearful and resort to joining more pro-violent groups for protection?
Questions which need answers before it’s too late.