Speaker - Rashad Ali

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Born and raised in Sheffield, Ali Rashad is a specialist in Islamist economic theories, Muslim sectarianism, and an avid reader of classical Muslim scripture. Until recently, he was a leading member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. He sat as an activities director on the secret command structure of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the Wilayah committee. He was a contributor and a member of the editorial board of the group’s flagship publication, Khilafah magazine. He regularly wrote and edited many of the mass-distribution leaflets HT produced. His seniority and grasp of Party literature led him to become head of the 'source cell' in Britain, or instructor to cell instructors. He authored HT’s widely distributed book (now retracted by him), The Method to Re-establish the Khilafah. After a period of suspension from Hizb ut-Tahrir, the global leadership of the Party - or al-Qiyadah - requested Rashad return from Qatar to Britain to help in reviving UK Party activities. By that time, however, he had begun his journey out of Islamism altogether. Soon, his public disagreements and condemnation of the leadership led to his expulsion from Hizb ut-Tahrir. Until early 2007, he was a lecturer at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also taught at Taybah University in Medina. He recently worked as a financial consultant with Royal Sun Alliance, specialising in research and development of Muslim-related products and markets. Rashad is the author of several articles on Islam and modernity, as well as demonstrating the scriptural deviancy of Islamism from traditional Muslim discourse. Rashad holds an MA in Islamic studies from Loughborough University, majoring in Islamic Law and Economics. Among his other interests are classical literature and music.

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Is Religion Still the Opium of the Masses?

03.06.08 | 01:56:26 min | 2 comments