Hizb ut-Tahrir declares it doesn’t send Muslims to Syria

6 September 2013 14:47

Hizb ut-Tahrir organization in Ukraine said it has no military wing and doesn’t finance any armed opposition in Syria. The statement was made in connection to information in the media that Hizb ut-Tahrir in Ukraine conducts active propaganda among Muslims to participate in the Syrian conflict on the side of the opposition.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party that works for resumption of the Islamic way of life through establishing of the Caliphate in Islamic countries. The activity of the organization is purely political; it rejects any kind of violence”, says the statement.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has no military wing which is engaged in the preparation and sending Muslims to fight, neither it finances similar activities, says the statement.

To recall, head of Mejlis Mustafa Jemilev said to Interfax-Ukraine that citizens of Ukraine of Crimean Tatar origin take part in military actions in Syria on the side of the opposition. At the same time he stressed that Mejlis doesn’t support their participation and doesn’t recommend Crimean Tatars to go to Syria.

“I know of one such case when a Crimean Tatar had died in Syria. He was an adherent of Hizb ut-Tahrir.  But Mejlis doesn’t support our countrymen to go to the war, this is not our war”, stated Jemilev.

Jemilev stressed that one cannot speak of mass representation of Crimean Tatars on the side of Syrian opposition.

“This is not so. Those are isolated cases when people go there on their own wish,” he said.

He also said, those who left for Syria are supporters of non-traditional for Crimean Tatars trends in Islam. “We on the contrary always say that one should not go to Syria. First, because it is a violation of the law, second, it is not clear what kinds of forces are represented there,” summed up Jemilev.