Dear Supervisor of “At-Talee’ah” website,
Your website published an article titled “Khilafah of Skulls” by Yahya Abu Zakariya. Please publish the response below.
The author questioned in his article, “Is what is required the destruction of all official political systems and then establish an Islamic Khilafah state?” We do not know why the unknown form is used in the question regarding who is the one who sets the ‘requirement’. If he were clearer about the one setting the requirement then he would have answered his question.
Weren’t the existing political systems in the Muslim countries directly imposed by the Crusader West after the demolition of Khilafah State? Didn’t they shield the Jewish entity and enabled it to survive, and even expand, while these regimes suppress not only all who call and work to remove the Jewish state but also who seeks to remove Western colonialism, and wipe out its effects on the region.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan has issued a Publicized Policy Position (PPP) regarding the scourge of sectarianism and how the Khilafah will engender respect for difference of opinion and end factionalism
A. Preamble: Democracy causes division, factions and conflict, including sectarianism
Democracy is a system of governance which allocates state’s resources and attention according to the political power of different groups in the society. Those groups enjoying more political power and having more political weight, influence the legislative agenda of the state, and get more resources and more concessions from the state. Thus a democratic state only guarantees the rights of those citizens who can generate enough political pressure on the state that the state cedes to their demands. Therefore the idea of representative governance in democracy generates a feeling of insecurity amongst different groups in the society as they struggle to draw the state’s attention to their demands. At the local level political leaders find it expedient and sometimes necessary that they fan divisions and highlight the unique identity of the faction and the group which they represent as they feel that maintaining their unique identity will guarantee them political weight and hence the state’s attention. Thus democratic governance encourages divisions, factions and groupings in the society where each faction competes with the other for the attention of the state. This phenomenon is seen wherever there is democracy, with all manner of groups fighting for their rights. Democratic politics has encouraged the formation of many factions in Pakistan based on ethnicity, race, nationality and religious difference of opinion. The devastating ethnic clashes between the Mohajirs, Pathans and Sindhis in Karachi, between the Baluchs and the Pakistani state in Baluchistan and the formation of sectarian parties in Pakistan is a direct result of democratic politics which encourages factionalism. This in turn creates a volatile situation which can be ignited at any time by foreign powers.
The statement of Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan regarding the Khilafah has sparked much controversy and debate, and this statement was in an episode recorded by Rotana channel prior to month of Ramadan, was aired on Saturday, July 13, 2013, and in this statement he said the following: “If the Righteous Islamic Khilafah is to be established, it must be launched from the land of the two Holy Mosques – Saudi Arabia – just as it had started, it will return from here once more” We in The Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir would like to clarify the following:
Dear brothers of the Al-Watan Newspaper,
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmat Allahu wa Barakatu,
Please publish the following response to the mentioned article, in accordance with journalistic professionalism, and because retreating from error is a virtue, and the truth is the most deserving to be followed:
-It is evident in the mentioned article the absence of the correct conceptualization of the Khilafah state and the lack of the understanding of its obligation and importance, and the truth is that the Quranic texts dictated ruling by Islam in its numerous texts, furthermore the noble Sunnah came with sayings and actions that indicate that the Khilafah is the method of instituting this ruling, like when the best of creation, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
The Express Tribune in Pakistan ran an opinion piece on 23rd March by Pervez Hoodbhoy: “On choosing popes and caliphs” which criticized Hizb ut Tahrir’s work to revive the caliphate as “impossibly difficult.” Before refuting this claim, we object to three words that are so out of place in the writer’s introduction to his argument that they cannot be left without contention: “Today, several Muslim groups are marketing the idea that restoring ancient glories is contingent upon reviving the caliphate”.
The Khilafah historically had one of the strongest armies in the world with advanced technology. The cannon (used by the Muslims) in order to conquer Istanbul in 1453 CE was the first of its type. European nations feared the Khilafah due to its strength and economic might. Islamic military history is littered with generals and leaders such as Khalid bin Waleed (RA), Amr ibn al-As (RA), Tariq bin Ziyad, Salahudeen Ayubi and Sultan Muhammad al Fatih, the conqueror of Constantinople (Istanbul); these individuals served Islam and brought dignity to the Muslim Ummah. During the 16th century CE the Othmani Khilafah had the strongest army in the world and the Black Sea was known as the “Ottoman Lake” as the Khilafah’s territory surrounded the Black sea. Since the destruction of the Khilafah in 1924, the Muslim world has not developed any major military equipment and has also failed to produce the likes of the above mentioned leaders.
The 2010 monsoon rains have left death and destruction across Pakistan. The monsoon season due every year near the end of July has in 2010 produced a year’s rain in 36 hours. The Indus River which flows through Pakistan was overwhelmed leading to the flooding of many villages.
Images of the president of Pakistan shuttling European cities as his own citizens pulled dead bodies from the floods beamed around the world as Zardari confirmed once and for all his complete disregard for his own people in the face of this unprecedented disaster.
This week, on the 28th of Rajab, the Ummah will mark the 89th anniversary of the fall of the Khilafah. We should use this anniversary as a reminder of our obligation – as an Ummah – to resume the Islamic way of life, through the re-establishment of the Khilafah.
For thirteen centuries, the Muslim Ummah enjoyed unmatched prosperity in this life through the implementation of the rules of Islam. This prosperity was not limited to the advancement in science and medicine, as we often hear, but it spanned all aspects of life including social well being, healthcare and education. Even during the weaker periods of the Islamic State, the well being of its citizens, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, was always one of the primary functions of the State.
The 3rd March 2010 was the 86th anniversary of the destruction of the Khilafah. After tasting the bitter fruits of socialism in the 1950’s and then the mirage of independence throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, the situation of the Ummah across the world remains the same if not worse. As a result, the problems the Ummah faces have ballooned into many other issues.
The 3rd March 2010 marks 86 years since the formal abolition of the Khilafah. The Muslim world ever since has been divided into a number of different nations, with their own flag, national identity, ruler and their own borders. Whilst the end of the Khilafah has much to do with the weakness that overcame the Ummah in understanding Islam, the Western colonialist nations played a big role in the destruction of the Khilafah.
So that we can purify Islam from every doubtful thing, reject every fabrication and invalidate any deception, we must first free ourselves from this corrupt mentality that we have inherited from The West. That mentality, which makes us measure the affairs of the da’wah with the criteria of benefit, whims and desires; where whatever agrees with our whims and desires, we take, and whatever conflicts with them, we leave.
The coming of the Mahdi is one of the major signs of Judgement Day. Unlike the minor signs his appearance will signal that the Final Hour is near and that believers must ensure that they are ready to endure its trials and tribulations (fitan).
The Mahdi will come at a time when Muslims will have become disunited and where tyranny and corruption will have prevailed.The situation will be so bad that a person would wish he was not born or that if someone died he would wish that it was him.
The month of Rajab gives us an opportunity to reflect on the obligation (fardiyah) of the Khilafah. Recent events – such as the Chinese persecution of Uighurs, France’s attack on the Islamic dress code, America’s assault on Afghanistan/Pakistan, and the siege of Palestine – point to the dire need of the Khilafah Rashida: the Islamic State that will rule by what Allah سبحانه وتعالى has revealed and bring peace, justice, and security to the Ummah and all of humanity.
It has today become an indisputable reality that this Ummah yearns for the return of the Islamic Khilafah. She has witnessed much that solidifies this desire. Today, we find that Allah سبحانه وتعالى has brought back the desire in the hearts of the Muslims and this Ummah to return to the rule of Islam. Amongst them are those who are willing to dedicate their time and effort for the service of Islam. This article seeks to explain how such people can work for Islam and work for its noble aims.