Hizb ut-Tahr seeks to establish the Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world via peaceful means using a vanguard group that spreads the Islamic ideology to build public opinion and through military support bring it to power.
According to Zeyno Baran, the group's “greatest achievement to date” is to have created a worldwide ummatic consciousness, and a consciousness regarding the need to re-create the Islamic Caliphate (Hizb ut-Tahrir: Islam’s Political Insurgency, 2004).
Hasan Azad in his Columbia University doctoral dissertation states:
"...HT has not been the first Islamist group to call for the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate. This need has been expressed (with differing modes) by Abul A’la Mawdudi (1903-1979), the founder of Jama’at-i Islami (The Islamic Group), as well as Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949), the founder of Ikhwan al-Muslimeen (The Muslim Brotherhood) – and others. What is significant is that HT’s ideology (as enunciated by al-Nabhani, and which has surprisingly remained consistent, for the most part) has as its very raison d’être the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, to the apparent detriment of other aspects of Islam as a “complete system.” (Although the rigidity within HT’s methodology appears to have been changing over the past decade or so. This change in HT’s methodology is something I examine during the course of my dissertation.) On the other hand, groups such as MB and JI have the establishment of the Caliphate as their utopian ideal; while, in practice, they are willing to conform to the political realities in which they find themselves." (Hizb Ut-Tahrir, The Islamic State, & Modern Muslimness, 2017)
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