Skip to comments.Radical cleric calls for Islamic utopia
Posted on 01/27/2007 10:24:24 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
A radical Muslim cleric has urged hundreds of supporters meeting in Sydney's south-west to join a global push to create an Islamic utopia.
Indonesian firebrand cleric Ismail Yusanto outlined his plan for instituting Sharia law, the absolute form of Islam, to a crowd of about 500 people gathered at the Khilafah Conference in Lakemba.
The meeting was organised by the Australian arm of the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group widely known for its anti-democratic, anti-Semitic views.
The group believes that it can reduce suffering around the globe by introducing Sharia law and creating an Islamic utopia.
The NSW government has called on the Commonwealth to follow several European and Middle Eastern countries and ban the group.
Dr Yusanto called on followers to denounce capitalism, warning that if Islam was not followed in his Islamic super-state, jihad would follow.
From the nationalisation of utilities for the on-going funding of a jihadist army to fighting off an ensuing American-led invasion, he told the audience never to let pessimism enter their minds when seeking a utopian state of Islam not seen since 1924.
"Once the program is ready it must be implemented as soon as possible," Dr Yusanto said.
"Once successful, the new order would be just the beginning of the new era in the application of Islamic ideology.
The cleric went on to remind his listeners of the ultimate sacrifice in achieving a utopian Islamic state.
"There is no victory and glory without sacrifice and hard work," he said.
"No pain no gain."
Hizb ut-Tahrir is already banned in several European and Middle Eastern countries.
It has also been linked to the 2005 London bombings.
NSW Premier Morris Iemma called on federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to join countries including Britain and Germany and ban the group.
"This is not a case of someone being different, someone advocating a different point of view," he told Sky News.
"This is an organisation that is basically saying that it wants to declare war on Australia, our values and our people. That's the big difference.
"And that's why I believe that they are just beyond the pale, enough is enough and it's time for the Commonwealth to review this organisation's status and take the lead from other countries and ban them."
But federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said government agencies were monitoring Hizb ut-Tahrir, although its activities in Australia did not warrant it being banned.
"Proscription of terrorist organisations is an issue that is dealt with by the Commonwealth after a referral of powers from the states," Mr Ruddock said.
Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke called on newly appointed Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to consider cancelling Dr Yusanto's visa.
"There are clear character provisions in the immigration act that mean that if the government didn't want Ismail Yusanto here it could have stopped him from coming," he told reporters.
"The only reason we have someone in western Sydney right now preaching Sharia law is because the federal government chose to allow him to be here.
"My question and my comment to anyone from around the world who hates Australia is simple - if you hate the place, don't come here."
OK... show me a place under sharia law that doesn't have ~more~ suffering than before.
You'll be waiting a bloody long time!!!
Once again, it is time we came down HARD on these a**holes.
I support that. I hope more people realize that and we have to start to.... the sooner the better.
is'nt that an oxymoron!
heheh... roger that.
If this happened in America, the Government would treat them like the KKK... or not.
Why don't they attempt to form "Islamic Utopias" in Muslim lands?
They already are. Didn't you notice.
Ok. Let's reason our way through this.
This guy professes belief in Islam.
He wants to be in an Islamic paradise.
The fastest path to paradise, it says in the Koran I keep in my outhouse, is martyrdom.
So make him happy. Kill him.
Criminal Number 18F
Islamic utopia; now there's an oxymoron if I ever heard one.
Utopia= ?? no, and ?????, place. "no place" or "place that does not exist" or "no where"
Utopia was written as satire. Utopia is a joke; unfortunately, wingnuts that think it possible kill millions in the process of realization that it doesn't exist.
They can go claim their utopia in 72 virgins. Ya gotta die first though.
guess the greek font became ????
ou + topos
u + topia
no + place
"Fireband" is Arabic for "raving maniac"?
What is it with the media calling all these idiots, the Firebrand??
I much prefer "former resident"!!!!
This is coming to our shores.........Soon..
Let's hope that we never surrender like they have in Europe...
The Aussies I have faith, in...
Iemma just went up a big notch in my estimation.