Indonesian court upholds government decision to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has upheld a government decision to ban Islamic political group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The Jakarta State Administrative Court rejected an appeal by Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia to challenge a decision to revoke its legal status and disband the organisation.

HTI was banned on the basis of a 2017 presidential decree that gives the government powers to disband groups deemed a threat to national unity.

The judicial panel said it had rejected HTI’s petition because the group’s activities went against the Pancasila state ideology.

The panel also said the evidence proved that HTI had tried to spread teachings about the Caliphate in an effort to alter the state ideology, for example by holding a caliphate conference in 2013 at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

“The HTI was not a congregation but a political party,” the panel said.

The Islamic group, which had an estimated 10,000 members in Indonesia before it was dissolved, supports the establishment of a global caliphate.

Ismail Yusanto, a Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia spokesman, said it would appeal the decision.

“If we accept, that means accepting injustice, that we allow injustice and we accept that preaching our ideals is wrong. Are you willing to let the teachings of Islam be blamed?” Yusanto was quoted as saying by CNN Indonesia.

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT 5PILLARS

Add your comments below