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At massive rally, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for a global Muslim state

More than 80,000 Muslims gathered in a Jakarta stadium, where clerics also called for implementing sharia.

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On Sunday more than 80,000 members of the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir filled a stadium in Indonesia's capital to call for a united Muslim state that would span the entire Islamic world. Speakers, who came from around the world to Jakarta, blamed Indonesia's economic and social troubles on secularism and democracy. Hizb ut-Tahrir professes to be a peaceful group, but critics accuse it of radicalizing young people and driving them toward violence. Indonesian officials denied several foreign speakers from entering the country for the event. This latest rally has spotlighted once again conflicting views about the role of sharia, or Islamic law, in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

At the massive gathering a spokesman for the Hizb ut-Tahrir's Indonesian branch called for the resurrection of a Muslim caliphate that once reached from North Africa to Asia. He also argued strongly for the implementation of sharia, reports The Brunei Times.

"We are calling (for) the fight against secularism (because it is) the mother of all destruction, and for a stop to all filthy practices such as corruption, the spread of porn through the media," according to Ismail Yusanto, the spokesperson of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia. "We are also calling on the Muslims to stand up and (be) united to establish shariyah, revive the Khilafah Islamiyyah 'ala Minhajin Nubuwwah (the Islamic caliphate based on the Prophetic tradition) that will bring a blessing for the universe and restore izzul Islam was Muslimin (the dignity of Islam and Muslim.)"

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