Indonesia: Islamic Caliphate to attract 100,000

Jakarta, 10 August (AKI) - More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the world's largest Islamic Caliphate conference to be held in Jakarta on Sunday.

According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, the pan-Islamist political party staging the conference, people will come from all over the world to hear speakers from England, Australia, Palestine, Japan and the Sudan.

Abu Bakar Bashir, the controversial leader of Indonesia's Mujahiddin Council, who is committed to transforming Indonesia into an Islamic state will address the conference.

He is the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah jailed for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings. Considered by many to be the mastermind of the attacks which killed 202 people, Bashir was found guilty of conspiracy, and sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.

But not all the Indonesian speakers support the concept of a Caliphate like Hasyim Muzadi, the president of the Indonesian cultural organisation Nadhlatul Ulama, which has an estimated 40 million members.

Founded in Lebanon in 1905, Hisb ut-Tahrir is committed to uniting all Muslim countries in a single Islamic state or Caliphate led by a single, elected head of state.

The organisation promotes Shariah law and is openly anti-Zionist supporting the dismantling of Israel.

It has spread its message to more than 40 countries and claims to have more than a million members.


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