From my earliest days as a Muslim, my companions and mentors always steered me away from groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir and Al-Muhajiroun. I am perplexed, therefore, that today so many seem to hang upon every word of HT-inspired media outlets and advocacy groups. Either they are genuinely unaware of the background of these loose organisations which now dominate our public discourse, or there has been a tectonic shift of opinion in our midst.