BY SHIRAZ MAHER
So now we know. Hizb ut Tahrir, the group which loves to project itself as the vanguard of Islam has been receiving handouts from the British state to run a series of schools called the Islamic Shakhsiyah (means ‘personality’) Foundation (ISF). An investigation by Andrew Gilligan for the Sunday Telegraph found:
Accounts filed at the Charity Commission show that the Government paid a total of £113,411 last year to a foundation run by senior members and activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir – a notorious Islamic extremist group that ministers promised to ban.
Of course, HuT has tried all of its usual tactics to try and dismiss the claims as nonsense. Not least is the claim that these schools are run by individuals from the party solely in their personal capacity. HuT draws no such distinctions when it comes to promoting their beliefs. Indeed, the group believes their message should be pervasive, permeating every pore of an individual’s life – and that was certainly the case when I was a member too.
A few years ago my friend Shiv Malik also investigated these schools for the Sunday Times. He managed to get hold of their curriculum which confirmed my fears about what happens behind closed doors at the ISF.
According to the Islamic Shaksiyah Foundation’s curriculum document, children aged 7-8 are taught “our rules and laws come from Allah” and asked to contrast Islam with “other belief systems where human beings make rules”. At age 9-10 children should be taught: “There must be one khalifah [ruler of the caliphate].”
Be under no illusion, these schools are indoctrination factories.
Gilligan went further than Malik by revealing that the ISF has also received a breathtaking amount of public funds to brainwash children with the ideas of a revolutionary and transnational Islamist party. It doesn’t surprise me because I’ve long feared that bodies like OFSTED simply aren’t properly trained and don’t know what to look for when they visit a school like the ISF. It is not difficult to see what is going on there and this situation will have to be urgently reviewed now. After all, the school’s website itself states
Our intention is that this model is able to produce persevering Islamic personalities for the challenges facing us living here in Britain in the 21st century.
So, who are these ‘persevering Islamic personalities’? Well, we were given some idea when Tony Blair was heckled and branded a ‘terrorist’ during his visit to a Hebron mosque in the West Bank last week, because the man who abused him was later revealed to be a member of Hizb ut Tahrir. Sky News confirmed
he is a member of Hizb Tahrir, a radical Islamist movement.
The creation of the ISF presented new opportunities to HuT for recruitment or, at the very least, created new channels for them to disseminate their message. Universities were once their favourite targets – but now the group is reaching out to ever younger children, presumably because they are less able to challenge HuT’s worldview. This is not the first time a fascist group with global ambitions has tried to indoctrinate children – and we all know where it leads when they do.