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  • Zafar Khan
    Sep 1, 2003
      British Muslims Against Eulogizing 9/11 Hijackers

      "These benefits should not be lost by such
      irresponsible acts," Sawalha

      By Hadi Yahmid, IOL France Correspondent


      PARIS, August 29 (IslamOnline.net) - The Muslim
      Association of Britain (MAB) Thursday, August 28,
      slammed plans for a conference commemorating those
      believed to be behind the September 11 hijack attacks,
      saying the organizing group is marginal and
      unrepresentative of the Muslim communities in Britain.

      "Jama'at Al-Muhajirun (the Immigrants) has a limited
      influence on Muslim communities here," Mohamed
      Sawalha, an MAB member, told IslamOnline.net.

      The group, of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir (a political group
      otherwise known as the Islamic Liberation Party), had
      said it would organize a conference on motives leading
      the 19 attackers Washington blames for the September
      explosions to commit that crime.

      Sawalha decried groups as such "do not realize the
      negative impact their actions are afflicting on Muslim

      He noted that after the September attacks, Muslim
      communities better took their way forward, made the
      British government more aware of their rights and
      joined in the political arena in a more organized
      form – advantages Sawalha said should be boosted.

      "These benefits should not be lost by such
      irresponsible acts," he said.

      ‘19 Speakers’

      The posters were seen in the Birmingham conference

      In the meanwhile, the leader of Jama'at Al-Muhajirun
      Omar Bakri said the conference is to probe reasons
      for the attacks, warning they could stand a repeat.

      "We will discuss the causes; and If they are still
      there, results would be the likes of them," Bakri said
      in an interview with the London-based Al-Sharq
      Al-Awsat newspaper Wednesday, August 27.

      He said that 19 speakers of the Khilafa (succession)
      group, an off-shoot of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, would give
      speeches on behalf of the "real suicide bombers".

      "The conference will also disclose the recommendations
      of the suicide attackers, as well as reading out a
      speech by Osama bin Laden," said Bakri.

      Observers said the party is to further ostracize
      itself in the British society by misusing the
      atmosphere of freedom to propagate “its extremist

      "The party also gives justifications for itself being
      besieged and blown as part of the war on terrorism,"
      said Bakri.

      Bakri and members of the party earlier came under
      inquiry by the British police since September 11
      attacks, and many of them were imprisoned.

      Hizb-ut-Tahrir was established in Jordan in 1953 with
      the aim of creating a single Caliphate-style Islamic

      It has been banned in some countries including Egypt
      where three Britons are awaiting trial for allegedly
      promoting the group.

      Thousands of people attended a conference organized at
      Birmingham's National Indoor Arena where about 7,000
      delegates met Sunday, August 24, for debates led by

      However, Birmingham's only Muslim MP likened the group
      to the British National Party (BNP) and said he fears
      that the organization is misleading young people.

      There are some 1,546,626 Muslims in England and Wales,
      representing nearly 2.5 per cent of the general
      population, according to the 2001 National Census.

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