In June 2017 Hizb ut-Tahrir Australian held in Sydney a conference entitled “Muslims in the west: Looking back, looking forward.”
In Europe during the 19th and 20th century the Jewish question interrogated the status of Jews and soon morphed from an allegedly neutral inquiry into a question of a serious threat. Numerous answers were proposed: resettlement, integration, assimilation, deportation and as Jews were labelled an obstacle to the German nation and the insidious enemy within. Germany historian and theologian Bruno Bauer (a student of Hegel) wrote a book called The Jewish question in 1843. In it he argued that Jews can achieve political emancipation only if they relinquish their religious consciousness. Soon enough hard high profile German figures across the board started to declare that the problem was inherently unsolvable. The Jews needed to go entirely. What resulted was, as it was called, the “Final Solution” to the Jewish question and that was the Holocaust. An attempt to effectively exterminate Jews under Hitler and Nazis during World War 2. Millions of Jews were killed in the most horrific ways. Today, though, brothers and sisters, there is a “Muslim Question.” The same answers that were given for the Jewish question and now being suggested for the Muslim version: integration, assimilation, deportation and so on. Muslims have become that existential threat, that enemy within and that persistent danger. Muslims are told that in order to be accepted they must conform to a certain set of values different to their own. All this begs the confronting question: What will be the “Final Solution” to this “Muslim question”?