Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Ramallah (file)
Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Ramallah (file)Reuters

Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist group that has operated for nearly a decade in Canada, held its annual meeting Wednesday in a community arts center in the western Toronto suburb of Mississauga.

During the event, called “The Real Khalifah” (Caliphate), the group called for the expansion of Islamist domination over the whole world.

The group is considered one of the most extreme among Islamist groups, and is banned in many countries including some Muslim states. According to the its philosophy, voting in Western elections is not allowed for Muslims, and soldiers in foreign armies are “war criminals” who must be dealt with appropriately.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was founded in Jerusalem, is also the main organization in charge of the rioting Islamist mobs on the Temple Mount.

Last May, the group's Imam Ismat Al-Hammouri preached at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling over loudspeakers in hearing range of thousands of people for the destruction of Israel and the United States. 

Residents were up in arms over the event, and demanded to know how and why city officials had given their authorization for the group to use the public Arts Center.

According to the Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network, speakers at the Hizb ut-Tahrir event “advocated the execution of anyone who leaves Islam and supports a global caliphate. The group also says that jihad is a duty and it should be commenced even if the enemy does not attack."

Why did the city not take steps to block such activity, especially given that the group openly advertised its presence?,” the group asked.

“Mississauga is one of the major centers of extremism and radicalization in Canada, so politicians and other civic leaders cannot claim ignorance. Where are Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Councillor Chris Fonseca, Councillor Sue McFadden and Councillor Jim Tovey on this issue?”

Last week, the city approved construction of an Islamic Center in the area, despite opposition from numerous community leaders, who cited Canadian government reports about how Islamists were seeking to set up “parallel societies” in which Sharia Islamic law would be an official component of the legal system.