Director Maajid Nawaz visited Granada in Spain on 9th October 2008 and addressed a seminar on jihadist violence.
The seminar was organized by the University of Granada and attended by a range of individuals from across Spain working in academia, the police, the judicial system, the media and in counter-terrorism. Maajid spoke about his experiences with Hizb ut-Tahrir, and the four-year prison sentence he served in Egypt for his association with this party. He explained Al Qaeda’s obsession with reconquering Spain, which was once under Islamic rule, and that Hizb ut-Tahrir defends this ‘recovery’ of Spain. He went on to reiterate that this view is not shared by most Muslims and only by those who have been radicalized.
In theory Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has a presence in Spain (mainly in Catalonia) rejects violence. But along with Al Qaeda they share the core belief that the Caliphate (Khilafah) should be reinstated, and Spain should fall under its rule.
Asked for his opinion on the acquittal in July 2008 of four of the 21 convicted in connection with the Madrid bombings, Maajid reiterated the need to uphold the rule of law. Maajid went on to urge the Spanish people to celebrate Islam’s influence in Spain as part of all Spaniards’ heritage.