UK: Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist Islamist group banned in more than a dozen countries, is using British children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombings and jihad, according to new revelations brought up in an investigation by The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reports:
Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants to establish an Islamic state with Sharia law, has been holding a series of ‘roadshows’ across the country.
An undercover reporter who attended a number of the meetings was sold books suggesting suicide strikes are acceptable, and others saying jihad was ‘compulsory’ to spread the message of Islam.
The group allowed a 13-year-old to sell pamphlets comparing Westerners to animals over their ‘filthy promiscuity’ and urging followers to shun British culture.
The reporter also saw children as young as ten bowing their heads in prayer and reading from the Koran at meetings – despite Hizb ut-Tahrir’s claim only over-16s can ‘engage’ in its work.
Last night the Government’s new anti-extremism tsar Sara Khan told of her fears that the ‘Islamist extremists’ were recruiting children and students to help spread ‘supremacist ideology’.
Terrorism experts also called on the Government to ban the group for ‘radicalising children’ and spreading the ideology of Islamic State ‘into the heart of England’.
The Daily Mail investigation also found:
- A member boasted of having active recruiters at universities including Oxford, University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies – despite the group being banned from speaking on campuses;
- A separate Hizb ut-Tahrir speaker said ‘we need to try to change’ homosexuals;
- Devotees are warned that women will be punished for leaving home ‘uncovered’;
- Followers, who believe ‘jihad’ should be waged against Israel, back Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for ‘saying it how it is’ amid the party’s anti-Semitism crisis.
Two serving prime ministers have tried to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir. But despite being outlawed in Pakistan, Russia and most Arab countries, it remains legal here.
The undercover reporter attended several of the group’s events in the past five months in locations ranging from East London to Bradford and Rochdale.
They were sold five extremist booklets for £2 by a boy of around 13 running a stall at the Fairweather Event Hall in Bradford.
One, entitled ‘Stand For Islam’, contained a verse discussing suicide bombing and criticising the West for focusing on the acts.
But the passage went on to justify the attacks, saying: ‘Whilst Islam is categorical in the prohibition of committing suicide and taking innocent life, this does not entail that Islam … expects Muslims to accept the occupation of their lands and the desecration of their beliefs, values and dignity.’
Another book being peddled was called ‘Democracy is a System of Kufr’ – a derogatory term for non-believers.
It said: ‘It is obligatory on the Muslims to completely discard democracy. It is filth.’
The book goes on to disparage homosexuality before claiming that ‘sex with all animals’ is increasing in the West. At the same event, a child of similar age was pulled before a crowd of around 30 and read from the Koran.
The Daily Mail further reports:
Sara Khan, who leads the Government’s newly created Commission for Countering Extremism, told of her concern over the Mail’s findings last night.
She said: ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir are Islamist extremists who have been actively recruiting young people and spreading their supremacist ideology for decades.
‘It is concerning that, despite their no-platforming by the NUS, they are still very much active on campus but also in communities, recruiting children and students.
‘Non-violent extremism threatens the rights of others. I am undertaking a wide-ranging study into all forms of extremism to help us all do more to counter extremism.’
Security and terrorism experts called for action to stop Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘brainwashing’ youngsters.
Professor Anthony Glees, of the University of Buckingham, said: ‘They are radicalising children who should know nothing of the awful world which Islamic extremism promotes.
‘It is as if we are imparting the ideology of the so-called Islamic State into the heart of England.’