Activists in Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) were given taxpayers’ money for a handful of schools that have HuT members as trustees and which are run along HuT lines:
Accounts filed at the Charity Commission show that the Government paid a total of Â£113,411 last year to a foundation run by senior members and activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir â€” a notorious Islamic extremist group that ministers promised to ban.
The schools claim that they are not run by HuT activists, and this might be true, but given that 75% of trustees are members of Hizb it is a worry regardless:
The three schools â€” in Tottenham, north London, and Slough, Berks â€” are run by the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, a registered charity. The foundationâ€™s lead trustee is Yusra Hamilton, a leading Hizb activist who is married to Taji Mustafa, the groupâ€™s chief spokesman in Britain. At least three of the four trustees are Hizb members or activists, including Farah Ahmed, the head teacher of the Slough school, who has written in a Hizb journal condemning the â€œcorrupt Western concepts of materialism and freedomâ€.
On their website, the schools say their â€œultimate goalâ€ and â€œforemost workâ€ is the creation of an â€œIslamic personalityâ€ in children The creation of an â€œIslamic personalityâ€ is a key tenet of Hizbâ€™s ideology. The schoolsâ€™ history curriculum states that children are taught that â€œthere must be one ruler of the khilafah [caliphate]â€. The schoolsâ€™ website says that â€œin the glorious history of Islam… the Sharia was the normâ€.
I am not sure that Hizb ut-Tahrir should be banned. Banning groups, whatever their views, is often pointless, as it is easy to regroup under a different name and with a few changes (the Lisbon manoeuvre). It is better to target individuals. HuT have also publicly condemned violence, at least in Britain, which again would make banning them difficult.
However, organisations associated with them (or controlled by them) should not be receiving public funds, especially since their constitution was made public. The constitution contains such pledges as the disenfranchisement of non-Muslims (article 7) and the death penalty for apostates (article 26).
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