Group advocating global Islamic caliphate to hold meet in Chicago area

Participants set to debate desirable forms of government for Muslims

An international organization that advocates jihad to re-establish a global Islamic caliphate will hold a conference Sunday in the Chicago area.

The announcement of the event by Hizb Al-Tahrir, a branch of Hizb Al-Tahrir Al-Islami, attracted the attention of the American media and raised concerns about the group’s ideological campaign in the US, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.

The conference, entitled “Revolution: Liberation by Revelation — Muslims Marching Toward Victory,” is expected to focus heavily on recent events in Syria, however participants will also discuss what forms of government are desirable for Muslims: Islamic state, secular state, or democracy.

Hizb Al-Tahrir’s international network is well organized, reports the media watchdog, and has a strong presence in non-Islamic countries such as the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Australia, and the US.

According to Hizb Al-Tahrir America, only Islamic law will protect Muslims, even in countries where non-Muslims are in the majority.

The organization also holds the view that a Muslim country becomes Dar al-Kufr, or a Land of Infidels, by joining the United Nations.

In line with its advocacy of radical political change for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, Hizb Al-Tahrir’s branch in Bangladesh this year urged Bangladeshi military officers to overthrow the country’s secular government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and accused her of “collaboration in the War against Islam by America,” reported MEMRI.

Hizb Al-Tahrir’s Pakistani branch issued an open letter in February of 2011 urging the Pakistan Army to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.

According to MEMRI, Hizb Al-Tahrir America hopes that the downfall of autocratic regimes in Arab countries will usher in an era of Islamic government.

A location for the conference has yet to be announced, after organizers decided to move the event from its originally planned venue. A message on Hizb Al-Tahrir America’s website said the new location would be announced “closer to the date of the conference and will be in the Chicagoland area.” The website also noted that the event would be broadcast live, presumably as a webcast.

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