We are not for Caliphate in Crimea: Osman Bahhash

8 October 2013 12:24
Simferopol (QHA) - During the press conference of the Islamic political party Hizb-ut-tahrir in Crimea, head of the central information office of the party in Lebanon Osman Bahhash categorically stated that Caliphate is impossible in Crimea. Bahhash explained that Hizb-ut-tahrir promotes changes in the state system in Muslim countries only. Thus, even in the long run, Caliphate is not possible in Crimea. Representatives of Hizb-ut-tahrir organization gave an unscheduled press conference after they were banned into the building of the Ukrainian Musical Theatre in Simferopol (Crimea), where international forum of the organization was to take place. Representative of the information office of this organization in Great Britain Taji Mustafa explained that activities of Hizb-ut-tahrir in Ukraine, as well as in other non-Muslim countries can be divided into three areas: “The first area is promotion of Islamic values in order to prevent assimilation of Muslims in these countries. The second one – is work with ‘non-Muslims’ so they have the right perception of Islam. And the third one is to ensure that Muslims in non-Islamic countries support restoration of an Islamic state in Muslim countries.” As reported, an international forum entitled “Islamic call on the post-Soviet space and Hizb ut-Tahrir: Realities and Challenges” planned by Hizb-ut-tahrir organization for October 7-8 in Simferopol was canceled as law enforcement officers didn’t allow forum participants into the building. Following the ban, Hizb-ut-tahrir held a peaceful protest in front of the theater building, with about 500-600 participants. Protest participants left after they’ve listened to brief versions of some reports planned for the forum. Head of information office of Hizb-ut-tahrir in Ukraine Fazil Amzaev said that the forum might still take place the next day. However, he feared that “those who systematically undermine the activities of the party may obstruct the forum again”. Note: Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international pan-Islamic political organization. They are commonly associated with the goal of all Muslim countries unifying as an Islamic state or caliphate ruled by Islamic law (sharia) and with a caliph head of state elected by Muslims.