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Gold Standard: The future for a stable global currency

With the European sovereign debt crisis threatening to dissolve the Eurozone and the US with record budget and trade deficits the world is facing a monetary crisis.

Central to the sovereign debt, housing and financial derivatives bubbles has been the provision of cheap and abundant credit. Money that has been simply manufactured from the keyboards or printing presses of Central bankers. As long as the financial system allows the effective counterfeiting of paper currency to meet ever increasing central spending – inflation and instability will ensue.

BOOK: Strategic Estimate 2012

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Strategic Estimate is Khilafah.com’s annual assessment on the global trends, the emerging trends and the developments that have taken shape during the year between the world’s powers.

2011 will remain long in the memory when the history books are finally written. What has now come to be known as the Arab spring began with a single man in the markets of Tunisia, which then spread to thousands on the streets in Cairo and evolved to hundreds of thousands demanding political change in the Muslim world. The self immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia created a sweeping wave, which crossed the artificial borders in the Muslim world encompassing Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain until it engulfed most of the Muslim world. 2011’s Strategic Estimate, Khilafah.com’s annual assessment of the global balance of power is dominated by the Arab spring.

BOOK: Democracy is a system of Kufr. It is forbidden to adopt, implement or call for it.

A debate is currently taking place in the Muslim world on whether democracy is against Islam or not. With Islamic parties taking power in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt this debate has intensified as these parties attempt to justify their actions. In addition to this some people are actively promoting Erdogan’s secular-democratic Turkish regime as a role model for governments post Arab spring.

Much of the debate on Islam and democracy is based on pragmatic thinking rather than the Islamic way of thinking. The correct approach to the question of whether democracy contradicts Islam or not is to study the reality of democracy in depth and then study the Islamic texts of Qur’an and Sunnah for an answer.

BOOK: Dilemmas of the Arab Spring

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Introduction

For the Muslim World, 2011 will remain long in the memory when the history books are finally written. What began with a single man in the markets of Tunisia spread to thousands on the streets in Cairo and evolved to hundreds of thousands demanding political change for the entire region. The self immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia created a sweeping wave, which crossed the artificial border to Egypt, then to Libya, Yemen and Bahrain until it engulfed most of the Muslim world. The Arab spring has seen many brave the streets to protest and change the status quo which has dominated the political, economic and social landscape for so long. The reaction of the Muslim rulers was as predictable as it was brutal with violent clampdowns leaving thousands dead and many more injured.

BOOK: Strategic Estimate 2011

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Strategic Estimate 2011 is the second annual assessment of the global balance of power by Khilafah.com. Our assessment focuses on the global trends, the emerging trends and the developments that have taken shape during the year between the world’s powers. We also give our assessment on what is likely to occur in 2011 based on the current international situation.

BOOK: Emerging World Order – The Islamic Khilafah State

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The world is at a cross road. Our time is difficult. The present is unstable. But Insha‘Allah the future is bright. The signs of ‘American century’ coming to an end are very clear. Anyone with profound knowledge can see this very happening. America is becoming weak. She is weary. She is fragile. Her global reach has been dented. Her global ambition is even challenged by countries like North Korea. She does not solely control the world any more. She is stabbed by the apparent rise of Russia and China. But there is an even bigger challenge she is facing; saving her status quo in remaining in the reign of world‘s only global state.

BOOK: The role of Muslim Women in re-establishing the Khilafah

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It is not a hidden fact that today all man made systems, based on rebellion against Allah, have failed to solve the problems of humanity. After the fall of socialism, the whole world is dominated by a secular, democratic, capitalist system and the world is in great misery under the brutal grip of this invalid, Western system.

BOOK: Essays on 21st Century Western Imperialism and the Return of the Caliphate

Since September 11 2001, the West has intensified its confrontation with Islam. This struggle is not a clash of civilisations as misunderstood by some; rather it is a war of civilisations and the Muslim world is the foremost of battlegrounds. Western powers are waging this brutal war with all of their might and wealth to ensure the survival of their political, economic, cultural and military domination of the Muslim world. Against this backdrop, I have authored a plethora of articles about several subjects that both Muslims and non-Muslims will find intriguing and intellectually stimulating.

BOOK: The End of the American Century and the Rise of the Rest

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The USA began the 21st century as the world’s unrivalled superpower. Globally the USA touched everyone in different ways, through Hollywood, US technology – Microsoft, fast food – MacDonald’s, fizzy drinks – Coca Cola, news media – CNN, print media – the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, internet – Google, Yahoo, and finance – Wall Street. For over a century the United States of America has dominated politics, economics, foreign policy and globalisation.

BOOK: Democracy in Crisis

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What started as an experiment in Athens over two thousand years ago eventually pervaded every continent and every land. Democracy, Democracy, Democracy is the repeated call that bellows from the four corners of the globe. It is the established order in a chaotic and unstable world, where every critic of democracy is viewed with heretical suspicion. For every political problem, we are told, lies a democratic solution. For every civilization, for every country for every tribe, for every time – goes the mantra – democracy is the claimed answer to all our ills. In the poetic words of a RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women in Afghanistan) activist, democracy will cure all wounds and bring a dawn of freedom.

REPORT: Afghanistan – The West’s unwinnable war

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A major sign of incompetence is a person who does the same thing over and over again while each time expecting different results. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown seem to be trapped in such an illusion. In 2001, when Western leaders ordered the invasion of Afghanistan, they set out their objectives for its occupation. They talked of bringing peace to the region, establishing a government which is accountable, promoting economic and industrial development, ending opium trade and securing the rights of the Afghan people.

Strategic Estimate 2010

This is an assessment on the trends for 2010 and short to medium term – i.e. the next decade. This is based upon current trends, the plans of some of the world’s powers and the likely outcome of such manoeuvres. Like any assessment, they are merely estimates and forecasts; as global politics is always in a state of flux such an assessment will never remain static nothing can happen without the permission of Allah سبحانه وتعالى

BOOK: The Environmental Problem – Its Causes & Islam’s Solution

In relation to the ongoing debate on the climate and the increasing focus on the condition of the environment, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Denmark has issued a booklet titled “The Environmental Problem – Its Causes & Islam’s Solution”.

The booklet points out the cultural causes behind the incompetence of the Western capitalist states in solving the environmental problem. It highlights the major industrial countries’ erroneous diagnosis and treatment of the environmental problem, and it clarifies that the solutions of the Western great powers practically serve the interests of their large industries at the expense of the environment. Furthermore, the booklet explains the Islamic view on the environment, as well as the way in which the institutions of the coming Islamic Khilafah-state will deal with the environmental problem.

BOOK: Constructing the Khilafah’s Foreign Policy

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Introduction

A nation’s foreign policy is one of the most significant factors that determine a nation’s shape and architecture. A nation with a foreign policy whose objective is to trade, only results in an economy that is consumer oriented. As the country itself does not have a military capability, it leaves the economy open to interference by military powers. Countries such as Norway, Sweden, Morocco and the UAE have such a foreign policy. Given most wars are fought over resources and trade, such a policy will never lead to political or economic independence for a nation. President Woodrow Wilson once said: “Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?”

BOOK: Constructing an Industrialised Muslim World

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Introduction

Iran made history in February 2009 when it launched into orbit the Muslim world’s first domestically constructed satellite. What made this development even more stunning is the fact that under sanctions and with a belligerent US continually spreading propaganda against Iran, it has managed to indigenously develop a space based programme.

Iran has managed to develop advanced ballistic missiles and now satellites and is the only Muslim country to have launched these with little external help.

BOOK: The Sixty Sultaniyya – A collection of narrations relating to Ruling

Over the centuries there have been many collections of hadith compiled with the intention of reminding the Muslims the ahkam of Allah سبحانه وتعالى so as to apply them in their lives. The most famous, that many have read and benefitted from, is the Forty Hadith compiled by Imam Nawawi.

But today the most neglected of the commands of Allah سبحانه وتعالى is the command to rule by what Allah has revealed to His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

BOOK: The Institutions of State in the Khilafah

In this book we wish to present a clear understanding of the practical implementation of the ruling and administrative organisations of the Khilafah state. More importantly, through this clarity we hope to uplift the hearts of the Muslims, so that they can visualise what the Khilafah state will be and strive towards it.

Our motivation in writing this book is the fact that the present ruling systems in the world are not consistent with the ruling system of Islam in terms of their structures and their bases. It is clear to all Muslims that these ruling systems are not derived from the book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Messenger and the other sources of Islamic law that are referred to by them. There is no disagreement amongst Muslims that these systems contradict the system of Islam.

BOOK: Islam in the 21st Century

This booklet will explore and contrast some of the problems of the 21st century and compare the manner in which secularism and Islam attempt to solve them. This booklet will look at how the Shari’ah texts are capable of dealing with any issue, be they social, economic or international. The book will scrutinise the applicability of the shari’ah in the 21st century through looking at a variety of 21st century issues. A comparison will be made between the Shari’ah approach to tackling issues and the secular methodology and its effects.

BOOK: The Quest for Economic Progress – An Islamic Blueprint for Pakistan

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At this point in time when Capitalist economic solutions have a virtual monopoly in the discussion of economics for both Muslims and kuffar, it is critical that a working alternative model is presented to the world. As the recent Credit Crunch has shaken the global Capitalist structure to its very foundations, people world-wide are questioning its practical stability and intellectual validity. As the bankruptcy of Capitalist thought is revealed, there is an urgent need to replace it with a practical alternative model that is based upon sound ideas and has a pedigree of success.

BOOK: The Centrality of the Khilafah in Islam

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Introduction

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Verily, the knots of Islam will be undone one by one. Whenever one knot is lost then the people grabbed onto the one which came after it. The first of these knots will be the Ruling and the last will be the Salah.’ [Reported by At-Tabaraani]

Mustafa Kamal, forced the National Assembly to separate the Sultanate from Caliphate (Khilafah), attempting to create a constitutional Khaleefah, according to the republican system, where he is just the symbolic figurehead and has no political power. Following this, in 1922, ‘The Caliphate and National Sovereignty’ (Hilfet ve Hakimiyet – milliye) was published by the Turkish Grand National Assembly, justifying the dispossession of the Khilafah of all political powers, leaving him only ‘spiritual powers’. It started the early shoots of secular liberal thinking about this matter saying:

BOOK: Does Islam Oppress Women?

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Introduction

Nothing has received more vilification from commentators and writers across the world than the issue of Islam’s view on women. Images of fully covered women, with veils across their faces, leap to mind whenever the media discusses the issue. The treatment of women in any society has become a key benchmark measurement to its progress so when the Muslim world is assessed it miserably fails on the standard Western tests ranging from the treatment of women to their involvement in society.

BOOK: Economic Crises – Their reality and solutions from the viewpoint of Islam

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Sheikh Abu Yasin Ata ibn Khalil Abu Rashta is an Islamic jurist, ‘alim and writer and the Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir – the largest Islamic global political party under a single leadership.

He was born in 1943 in the small village of Ra’na in the Hebron area of the Palestinian territories. He observed first-hand the Israeli destruction of Ra’na in 1948 and thereafter moved with his family to a refugee camp near Hebron. He was educated in Hebron, Jerusalem and Cairo, and is a qualified civil engineer.

BOOK: Towards a Tranquil Safe World under the Shade of the Economic System of Islam

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Hizb ut-Tahrir, convened two press conferences in Beirut and London on Friday 3rd April 2009, a day after the London G20 summit, where it launched its new book “Towards a Tranquil Safe World under the Shade of the Economic System of Islam.”

The book examines the global economic crisis, explains its reality, critically examines its symptoms and exposes the flaws in the solutions proposed by the flagbearers of Capitalism. The book concludes by illustrating the correct solutions to the economic crisis from Islam – solutions that are from the Creator of the universe and the Creator of mankind, who knows what is best for His creation.

BOOK: Manifesto of Hizb ut-Tahrir for Pakistan

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Hizb ut-Tahrir wilayah Pakistan held a book launching ceremony of its manifesto in Lahore. The title of the booklet is ‘Pakistan, Khilafah and the unification of the Muslim world’. Speaking at the occasion the spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir Pakistan, Mr. Naveed Butt said that for the past fifty years Hizb ut-Tahrir is working for the reestablishment of the Khilafah and has emerged as the single largest Islamic political party of the world.

He said that the Hizb has published a huge number of books, booklets and leaflets in the past to eliminate the misconceptions and confusions in the Ummah related to the systems implemented in the Khilafah State, and today’s launch of the manifesto-booklet is also a step in this direction. A chapter each is dedicated for ruling system, economic system, judicial system, social system, foreign policy, internal policy, education policy and media.

BOOK: Geopolitical Myths

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Geopolitics has traditionally been the study of the relationship and links between political power and geographic space. The doctrine of Geopolitics gained attention largely through the work of Sir Halford Mackinder in England and his formulation of the Heartland Theory in 1904, which in reference to the British Empire at the time explored the significance of sea power in world conflict.

BOOK: The Global Credit Crunch and the Crisis of Capitalism

thumb_credit-crunch1 The Global Credit Crunch and The Crisis of Capitalism

The world is once again in the midst of a global crisis which began with the financial crisis, that  engulfed the world. The ‘Credit crunch’ as it has come to be known brought panic and turmoil in the summer of 2007 to the world’s financial markets causing the US housing market bubble to burst. The crisis threatens a worldwide economic recession, potentially bringing to a halt more than a decade of increasing prosperity and employment for Western economies and potentially wiping a staggering $1 trillion off of the value of the world economy.

The Global credit crunch, food crisis and oil crisis has once again highlighted the fragility of Capitalism, as the fallout from the credit crunch and the wider economic crisis continues, demands for alternatives are certain to grow.  The aim of this book, written by our expert Adnan Khan, is to scrutanise the causes of the current crisis and evaluate some concepts which go to the heart of Capitalism which will always cause such crisis. It will asses the various factors that have all contributed to the crisis and scrutanise why Capitalism regularly has economic crisis. The Islamic view on such factors will be presented in the form of an Islamic economy under the Khilafah in order to show how Islam will bring the much needed stability the world needs.

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Book – Islamic Reformation: The Battle for Hearts & Minds

 The West started the battle to reform Islam and is pushing and forcing Muslims to change Islam. This is being achieved by blaming Islam for the existence of terrorism and by directly attacking some of the thoughts of Islam. The aim here is to push Muslims into twisting Islam under this pressure. Hence any defence of Islam needs to be undertaken with knowledge and without appeasement. This book, produced by Khilafah.com addresses the propaganda offensive of the West to change Islam and how Muslims should respond.

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