Ex-HuT speaks before US Senate Committe on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
According to Mr. Nawaz, these elements are not representative of previous interpretations of Islam nor of current Islamic thought held by the vast majority of Muslims:
1. Islam is treated as a political ideology rather than as a religion. There is an “Islamic Solution” to everything.
2. Sharia law must be codified into state law.
3. The ummah has a political identity, not just a religious one, and there is no allegience to any other body or group, including non-Muslims.
4. Muslims must strive to create an expansionist state, the caliphate.
Mr. Nawaz analogized between these elements and the elements of Communist ideology as proposed and developed by and through the leaders of the Sovet Union. He traced the roots of these elements, in part, to membership in the Marxist-oriented Baath Party of the 1920s by the founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani.
Mr. Nawaz also described three types of Islamists:
1. Political Islamists, nonviolent “5th columnists” who work behind the scenes;
2. Revolutionary Islamists, such as Hizbut, which seek to overthrow secular Arab regimes but are peaceful in the West;
3. Militant Islamists, such as Al Qaeda, who use armed struggle at all points.