HT Comment Spam?

by Nathan Hamm on 7/25/2004 · 4 comments

This looks like it might be. Name’s the same for each, email addresses are different. Interesting. If ever you wanted proof that Hizb ut-Tahrir is heavily influenced by leftist thought, check out the comments. Same strange capitalization patterns…

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haroon July 25, 2004 at 11:20 pm

HT is cool. They’re mostly non-violent, and they can provide hours of amusement, albeit of the more aggravating variety. But then again, we go to some movies to get the hell scared out of us — so why not upset ourselves too? This would be a better post if we had a Khilafah State. Also, I would be accepted into graduate school by now.

praktike July 26, 2004 at 10:37 am

Hey, just read their website!

Nathan July 26, 2004 at 10:57 am

I like to play around with the idea that the reason that HT is so damned popular in Central Asia is precisely because it blends the Communist assault on capitalism with calls for the restoration of Islamic glory.

praktike July 26, 2004 at 12:30 pm

I would say that Islam provides a lot of support to leftist economics:

Islam is “a straight path;” and naturally, its economic system is based on very balanced standards. Islam, in contrary to communism, recognises the concept of private ownership. But, in contrary to capitalism, Islam has limited the means of acquiring wealth to prevent the excessive accumulation of wealth in a minor quarter of the society.

The Islamic economic system is based upon the belief that only Allah is the real and actual owner of everything. But God has also implanted the concept of ownership in our nature; and thus, we are allowed to “own” the wealth of this world. The Qur’an says, “Whatever is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah.” (2:284) Allah is the owner of the whole universe. It is in this capacity that He has allowed us to own the blessings of this world by saying, “He has created for you whatever that is in the earth.”(2:29)

However, Islam also wants to prevent the excessive accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few people so the society may not fall into two classes: one is overstuffing, while the other is starving. The chance of such a situation is very real. A look at one of the richest nation in the world, the United States of America, and its problem of the poor, hungry and homeless people will bear us out. The Qur’an justifies the concept of tax by saying,”…so that (the wealth) may not become a monopoly of the rich among you.” (59:7)

I wish I could remember the name of the Iranian cleric — starts with S — that is said to have influenced Khomenei’s ideas on how to forge a coalition with Tudeh and other radical groups.

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