Foreign Policy, Side Feature, The Khilafah

How the Khilafah will End Colonialism in the Muslim Lands

There are today more than fifty Muslim states, all claiming to have Islam as their religion and basic source of identity. All these nation states are constantly in a process of building and rebuilding in hopes of achieving the goals of development set by the West. These very goals are contradictory to the religion many have declared they have adopted as their state religion.

Physical and material problems have arisen from this spiritual disconnection, resulting in physical, psychological and emotional distress of approximately 1.8 billion adherents of Islam and will never be free of this till the actual cause of the problem, which is submission to the colonial masters, is completely rejected.

Muslim states are a victim of neocolonialism which is having power without responsibility, which in a way is a worse form of colonialism. The Khilafah State will make sure that no foreign government, organization, institution or players have any form of political, economic, military, or educational intervention or interference in the affairs of the state. It will end the manipulation of our economies to serve the interests of Western governments and foreign corporations. It will reject IMF loans and policies that are the main reason for cutting down of government spending on health, education, and other forms of welfare, and the decreasing value of Muslim money compared to the US dollar. The Khilafah state will implement the Islamic economic system which will not only give a solution to the Muslim lands for poverty and economic stagnation but will also be a source of invitation to the Islamic system to current Third World countries which are being financially strangulated by crippling capitalist policies and interest-based loans. Muslim money will be backed by gold and silver as per command of Allah (swt). This will mean that the concept of reserve currencies will collapse.

Politics is a very important component in the establishment of an Islamic state. Presence of Islamic emotions in the politics of colonial and later on decolonized states prevented secularism from completely taking over. Presence of Islamic groups is a proof that deep down people know that the solution for their problems lies only in Islam. Quran and Sunnah will be the only source of law and any political party practising or offering anything different than Islam will be rejected and prosecuted. The Khilafah State will be responsible to show the ugly face of selfish capitalist politics that has driven the world to the current craziness where the value of life is judged by money and race. This brutal political system that uses people like guinea pigs for medical, social, or economic experimentation will be uprooted in all Muslim areas and this will be a model for other countries and a way of dawah as well.

“Some of the most important political means are exposing of the crimes of other states, demonstrating the danger of erroneous politics, exposing harmful conspiracies and destroying misleading personalities.” (Article 185, Draft constitution of Hizb ut Tahrir for the Khilafah state)

Another Colonialist after-effect is the slave mindset of the people. With their intellect challenged, their capabilities mocked at, their knowledge branded as useless and their bravery labeled savagery, they disguised their resentment submissively as imitation. Emergence of the Khilafah will be itself a sign that the mindset has begun to change, and the rest will be done by the atmosphere that the State creates. Instead of being suppressed, Muslims will experience that they are valued and can play a useful role without compromising on their beliefs. The Khilafah state will design an education system that will cure the restless ailing minds and build a generation of true Muslims. The state will uproot the Western colonial intervention and manipulation of the education curricula in the Muslim lands that has aimed to implant Western concepts and allegiances into the minds of our Muslim youth and secularize and liberalize their tastes and emotions. Instead, the Khilafah will implement an education system built purely upon Islam that aims to create exemplary Islamic personalities and creative and leading minds in all spheres of life and study. It will nurture a generation that will once again provide the world with minds like Abd-al-Rahman al Sufi (discovered a star system beyond our Milky Way), Ibn Firnas (first man to fly), Fatima al Fihri (first woman to found a university), Al Zahrawi (expert of surgery). These are just a few names from a history full of outstanding Muslim achievers, and the reason of their success was the mindset developed by Islamic education.

“The purpose of education policy is to form the Islamic personality in thought and behaviour. Therefore, all subjects in the curriculum must be chosen on the basis of this policy.” (Article 171, Draft constitution of Hizb ut Tahrir for the Khilafah state)

The Foreign Policy of the Khilafah State will be Dawah and Jihad through which we will protect Muslims and spread Islam. Colonialism in the Muslim lands that started by the British Raj and other European countries entering the Muslim lands and looting their resources and killing their people still continues to kill and plunder. The Khilafah will remove all foreign military bases, forces and intelligence from its land and will never accept for a single one of its soldiers to be used as pawns to fight wars in the interests of foreign governments. The Khilafah state will also stop the persecution of the Muslims in non-Muslim countries. Instead of pleading for mercy to the UN, the Khilafah will mobilise its forces to liberate the people of Rakhine, Kashmir, Palestine, East Turkistan and Syria. Tyrant Muslim leaders like President Sisi of Egypt and Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia will have to answer for the wrongly spilt Muslim blood. Muslim nation-states’ diasporas will form a single whole under one unified state that wields immense international power and influence. Unity and power with true strength will make the Khilafah a giant, politically, economically and militarily that will be feared by all the kuffar. Under the shade of the Khilafah, Muslims will not only experience protection and safety but will also learn the true meaning of jihad. A well-trained army with a complete grasp on Islamic culture will be the backbone for the state.

“It is necessary to provide the army with the highest possible level of military education and to elevate its intellectual level as far as possible, and to provide every member in the army with the Islamic culture that enables him to have a general awareness of Islam.” (Article 67, Draft Constitution of Hizb ut Tahrir for the Khilafah state)

Dear brothers and sisters, we are all tired of the rotten leftovers of colonialism. The time is ripe to get rid of it and the ones who are upholding this rotten ideology. It has filled the world with enough pain and hurt and the cure lies in realizing the power given to Muslims by Allah (swt) – implementing the System of Allah (swt) upon this earth.

وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

“And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”



Ikhlaq Jehan

Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir