Perth-based think tank Future Directions International (FDI) says while Hizb ut-Tahrir does not advocate violence, its anti-Western rhetoric could pose a “socio-cultural” security threat by increasing the disharmony between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians.
In the long term, the group may pose a significant national security threat by indirectly instigating terrorist attacks, FDI warned in a study last week.
But Hizb ut-Tahrir says the study is riddled with errors and lacks proper analysis.
“The paper simply regurgitates a tired and discredited narrative about Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the group said in a statement at the weekend.
“The four-page article based entirely on secondary sources, primarily newspaper articles, reads more like a high school essay completed in a rush rather than a think tank paper.
“Bad research at best and cheap propaganda in the name of independent analysis at worst, the paper – whose author did not bother contacting Hizb ut-Tahrir for this work – is not worthy of a proper response.”
The group said the idea it may embrace violence is baseless.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has chapters in over 40 countries and has been banned in several.
The group aims to replace Western and secular governments and unite Muslim-majority countries under a global caliphate to be governed by Islamic law.
Australia has not banned the group, with successive governments arguing that would only drive it underground.
Hizb ut-Tahrir was last in the headlines in September when controversial British leader Taji Mustafa (pictured) visited Sydney for the group’s annual conference.
The conference coincided with riots sparked by Muslim outrage over an inflammatory YouTube film. Hizb ut-Tahrir denied any involvement in the violence.