A Muslim group whose teachings are considered dangerous by some scholars canceled its annual U.S. meeting after a suburban Chicago hotel backed out of hosting the event.
American members of Hizb ut-Tahrir had planned a 2010 conference at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook last weekend. Organizer Ayman Hamed said the hotel sent a late cancellation notice without explanation. The hotel didn’t return calls for comment.
The self-described political organization wants to establish a worldwide Islamic state. The group is banned in Turkey and other countries.
The group doesn’t advocate violence and isn’t considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., however several scholars criticize the organization’s secretive workings. One scholar has called the group a “conveyor belt to terrorism.”
Last year a conference in suburban Oak Lawn drew about 800 people and a handful of protesters.