To the Rulers, the Kings, Heads of State and Chiefs….In the Muslim World, over the Pacific Ocean from Indonesia in the East, to the Atlantic Coast in the West.
All praise be to Allah (swt), His Messenger (saw), his family and those loyal to him,
As you are well aware that for a long time we have not sent delegations nor corresponded with you demanding your support for establishing the Khilafah ar Rashidah State, this was because we have been witnessing with our own ears and eyes that you have abandoned the Khilafah behind your backs and you are violating the authentic evidences of the Sharee’ah derived from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) which make it incumbent to work in order to establish the Khilafah . Not only that, but because every Muslim is required to have the bai’ah to the Khaleefah upon his neck, the authentic evidences have clearly rendered the death of the person who neglects the work to establish the Khilafah as the ‘death in ignorance’ or death of Jahiliyyah,. This is supported by the Hadeeth narrated in the Saheeh Muslim on the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Omar (r.a) that the Prophet (saw) said:
And whosoever dies without having a Bai’ah upon his neck (i.e without a system of Bai’ah existing), he dies the death of Jahiliyyah.
This Hadeeth underscores the importance of the work to establish Khilafah and points to the magnitude of criminal negligence of the one who ignores his duty to strive for the cause. This pertained to a Muslim from among the people in his individual capacity.
But so far as the rulers are concerned, the crime is far more grave and the punishment even more severe. Such rulers who do not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed, who do not declare the establishment of Khilafah State, the ruler who is engaged in whatever Allah has forbidden, who befriends the Kuffar and showers them with his affection and compassion while seeking recognition, honour and pride from them, such rulers have been promised severe punishment by Allah.
The ruler who does not rule by whatever has been revealed by Allah, indeed stands to deny Islam and Quranic Ayaat have termed him with kufr, Allah says:
ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الكافرون
“And whosoever does not judge by what Allâh has revealed, such are the Kâfirûn” [TMQ al Mai’dah: 44]
On the other hand, the ruler who also does not rule by what ever Allah has revealed, but at the same time does not refute Islam, is described in the following Ayaat as wrongdoer and oppressor, Allah says:
“And whosoever does not judge by what Allâh has revealed, such are the Zâlimûn” [TMQ al Mai’dah: 45]
ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الفاسقون
“And whosoever does not judge by what Allâh has revealed, such are the Fâsiqûn” [TMQ al Mai’dah: 47]
Yet another ruler who indulges in Allah’s prohibitions, befriends the Kuffar enemies of Islam and showers his affection on them in order to seek their approval and honour from them, such a ruler is categorised along with Munafiqeen (hypocrites) who await the severest of punishments. Allah says:
يا أيها الذين آمنوا لا تتخذوا عدوي وعدوكم أولياء تلقون إليهم بالمودة وقد كفروا بما جاءكم من الحق
“O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth” [TMQ al Mumtahina: 1]
بشر المنافقين بأن لهم عذاباً أليماً الذين يتخذون الكافرين أولياء من دون المؤمنين أيبتغون عندهم العزة فإن العزة لله جميعاً
“Give to the hypocrites the tidings that there is for them a painful torment. Those who take disbelievers for Auliyâ’ (protectors or helpers or friends) instead of believers, do they seek honour, power and glory with them? Verily, then to Allâh belongs all honour, power and glory”. [TMQ an-Nisaa’: 138,139]
In the light of these, and because such is your reality, as you are aware, we have had adopted such a stand regarding you and refrained from sending delegations to you nor urged you to support the formation of the Khilafah.
However, two facts have recently emerged which have further aggravated the reality and have prompted us to take up another stance, these prompting factors are:
The First: Muslims in general have responded tremendously to the call for Khilafah. Initially, the Muslims were gathering around the cause in tens and hundreds for seminars, sermons and conferences organized by the Hizb on the subject of Khilafah, whereas now they respond in thousands or even in hundreds of thousands or even more. This points to the fact that the Khilafah has become the vital issue on a functional level rather than merely an intellectual one.
Any thinking ruler, who contemplates on this issue and takes heed, would certainly not tread the course against tide of the Muslims rallying behind and overwhelmingly supporting the cause of Khilafah.
The Second: The new strategy for the Islamic region devised by the West and especially the United States foments unrest, encourages separatist tendencies and hostilities, wages wars and then engineers new agendas and planning for a variety of rulings systems such as federates, confederates or autonomous etc. and plant people designated as rulers who play their role. Thus such rulers, who have already lost their deen, now stand to lose this world as well because they do not rule by what Allah has revealed and because of their loyalty to the enemies of Islam. A thinker who considers these facts will observe at least some lesson.
These two factors deeply influenced us to address this letter to you; do consider that in addressing this, we look upon you in three different categories:
The First Category: A state that is ruled by indigenous elements where our delegation can approach them, albeit with some difficulty. In such states, our delegations will carry the letter with them.
The Second Category: A state may be administered by indigenous elements but surrounded by persecuting security forces who are under orders to suppress the word of truth whether uttered by individuals or groups. To such category, this lettered will be reached by other means but not by a delegation.
The Third Category: A state ruled by non-indigenous elements and other rulers. It would be in vain to approach them…. We will be in no hurry send our communiqué to them.
These are the three categories in which we group you in addressing this communiqué.
Oh, the Rulers in the Muslims’ countries.
You may say what prompts the Hizb ut Tahrir to be so daringly adventurous so as to shut its door to us and address us without the protocol! Is it not scared of our brutal power? Do they not fear that their delegation may not return safely to them?
Well, we address you without the protocol because we do not like to encumber this letter with unnatural mannerisms and embellish it with flattery. As for not being aware of your brute power, well we do know it, the All-powerful has informed us:
وإذا بطشتم بطشتم جبارين
But at the same time, we also know the limitless and overwhelming strength:
إن بطش ربك لشديد
“Verily, (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) the Seizure (punishment) of your Lord is severe and painful.” [TMQ al-Burooj: 12]
As for we being scared of your brute force for our delegation, we are fully conscious that nothing wrong can befall us over and above what has been destined to by Allah (swt), He says:
قل لن يصيبنا إلا ما كتب الله لنا هو مولانا وعلى الله فليتوكل المؤمنون
“Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allâh has ordained for us. He is our Maulâ (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allâh let the believers put their trust.” [TMQ at Taubah: 51]
You may say that Hizb ut Tahrir is only interested in usurping power…
Well, we are concerned with reviving the Islamic way of life on earth by establishing the state of Khilafah ar Rashidah and it is this concern that warns us to respond positively to Allah’s commands and His Prophet (saw)’s orders. Our aim is not merely to occupy power; rather we aim to accomplish the command to establish the great Khilafah. This great command is not addressed to Hizb ut Tahrir alone, but it is upon every single Muslim individual and even more so for a ruler.
You may say that Hizb ut Tahrir’s attempts to from the Khilafah are merely a dream or even a mirage, or you may add that even assuming that Khilafah is established; the big powers will spell its doom and annihilate it!!
We would say to you that taking shelter under such comforting thoughts is the mirage, as for the Khilafah, Allah willing, it is a reality and this is corroborated by four facts:
The First Fact: Allah (swt) Himself has promised authority to those who believe in Him and accomplish good deeds like He had bestowed authority for those before, He (swt) says:
“Allâh has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allâh).” [TMQ an-Noor: 055]
The Second Fact: The Prophet (saw) has given glad tidings of the return of Khilafah ar Rashidah on the method of the Prophethood after the period of forcible reigns that we are under. The Prophet (saw) says in an authentic hadeeth narrated in Musnad Ahmad on the authority of Huzifah bin al Yaman (r.a) that the Prophet (saw) said:
“Prophethood will last with you for as long as Allah wants it to last. Then there will be Khilafah according to the Method of Prophethood, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be hereditary rule, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be an oppressive rule, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be a Khilafah according to the method of Prophethood.” Then he (saw) fell silent”
The Third Fact: The alive and vibrant Ummah has taken up the task of establishing the Khilafah and supporting the cause until the promise of Allah has been accomplished. And after its formation, the same Ummah will nurture and guard the Khilafah …From thereon, this Ummah will rapidly march to play its original role for which it was created, Allah (swt) says:
كنتم خير أمةٍ أخرجت للناس تأمرون بالمعروف وتنهون عن المنكر وتؤمنون بالله
“You (true believers in Islâmic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] and his Sunnah) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma’rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden), and you believe in Allâh.” [TMQ aal-‘Imran: 109]
The Fourth Fact: The Hizb is completely loyal & sincere to Allah (swt) and truthful to His Prophet (saw) treading its course, day in and day out until the promise of Allah and the glad tiding of His Prophet has been accomplished by it. In this path, the Hizb is not afraid of blame of the blamers nor weaken our resolve for this cause which will certain be a reality by the Will of Allah….. This is the reflection of the saying of the Prophet (saw) narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Thauban (r.a):
A party (Taifa) from my Ummah will be established upon the order of Allah, they will not be harmed by those who abandon them or differ with them, until the order of Allah comes and they are victorious over the people.
Each of these four facts are by themselves to conclude that the work to establish the Khilafah is not a mirage, imagine, we have the four on our side.
As far the threat of the super powers will annihilate the Khilafah when it is formed, simply comprehending the current reality buries this scare-mongering beneath the sand. Remember, the main leader of these big powers, the US and its allies are, despite their utmost efforts, unable to sustain their stay in ‘Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of resistance by Muslim people who do not even have a fraction of material power at their disposal compared to their enemies enormous and awesome might. It becomes even more serious when you consider that these resisting Muslims are not a state of any worthwhile reckoning either in terms of manpower or resources.
If these countries and their super power leader are unable to consolidate in ‘Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of resistance of Muslim individuals, then how can these powers annihilate the Khilafah and spell its doom?! How?? Unless off course, the one who holds this view has lost his sense of sight and is unable to comprehend and appreciate the greatness of Islam and the Islamic State, and unless he does not regard the promise of the All powerful Allah:
“O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allâh, He will help you and make your foothold firm.” [TMQ Muhammad: 7]
إنا لننصر رسلنا والذين آمنوا في الحياة الدنيا ويوم يقوم الأشهاد
Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism) in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth (i.e. Day of Resurrection)? [TMQ al Ghafir: 51]
The one who holds such views indeed ignores the hadeeth narrated by Muslim and Bukhari and neither heeds the historical realities nor realizes that the Islamic army can not be subdued, the Prophet says as narrated in Bukhari:
These rulers will not remain around when the Khilafah is established, and who would dare to confront the Khilafah when the Ummah will stand up to protect and support it?? These rulers will disappear from the scene either on their own or they will be forced to, and then the enemy will not find such traitors who open the doors of the Islamic countries without any hindrance.
To conclude, you may say and believe that Hizb thinks that you might most probably not respond, then why does it send its delegation or even write to us?
And we say, yes, you may say and believe so, but we have sent our delegates and this letter in compliance of the word of our Master, Allah, the All-powerful and mighty, who says:
قالوا معذرةً إلى ربكم ولعلهم يتقون
(The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allâh), and perhaps they may fear Allâh.” [TMQ al-‘Araaf: 164]
You may take heed and remember the day of judgement, the day of reckoning where the All powerful will deliver justice, there will be no oppression on that day, and it will be either paradise or fire:
فمن زحزح عن النار وأدخل الجنة فقد فاز
“And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful.” [TMQ aal-‘Imran: 185]
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and realize that no matter what you do, it is inevitable that you will become part of sand, you will have to abandon your thrones and crowns, your wealth and riches and your lush garden, and you will have to fend for yourself then:
كم تركوا من جنات وعيون* وزروع ومقام كريم* ونعمة كانوا فيها فاكهين* كذلك وأورثناها قوماً آخرين* فما بكت عليهم السماء والأرض وما كانوا منظرين
“How many of gardens and springs that they [Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh’s) people] left behind, And green crops (fields) and goodly places, And comforts of life wherein they used to take delight! Thus (it was)! And We made other people inherit them (i.e. We made the Children of Israel to inherit the kingdom of Egypt). And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they given respite.” [TMQ ad-Dukhan: 25-29].
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and become fearful and realise the enormity of the sins that encumber you: your have suspended the rule by Allah’s commands; you have neglected and abandoned Jihad in His (swt) path; surrendered your loyalties to the enemies of Allah; willfully lost several Muslim lands like Palestine, Kashmir, Cyprus, East Timor, dismemberment of Afghanistan, ‘Iraq, southern Sudan, the butcheries in Somalia and Chechnya… the list is endless. In all these sins, you have either been the perpetrators of the sin or you have opted to remain silent like the people of the graves. Yet, you neither repent nor take heed:
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and consider the two facts that prompted us to address you and you may answer this call positively. This may lessen the burden of your sins and on the day of judgement, your books of accounts become when neither the huge amount of wealth and riches, nor your progeny will be in a position to help, except the one who comes with a pure and clean heart.
If you respond positively to our letter titled: “Our Support to the Khilafah”, our delegation will listen to you and will revert back to you accordingly. In you are to respond positively to this letter and our delegation is not sent you, our office addresses are given below. If we receive your response, we will some up with our suitable response on the issue.
If on the other hand, you choose not to respond, you will indeed not be able to harm Allah in the least, and neither will be able to hinder the formation of the Khilafah as promised by Allah (swt) and as foretold by His Prophet (saw). By this you only reach your humiliation and depravity in both the worlds:
وذلك هو الخسران المبين
“That is the evident loss.” [TMQ al-Hajj: 11]
And by this, we have given the call to you and warned you… and accomplished our responsibility.
والله غالب على أمره ولكن أكثر الناس لا يعلمون
“And Allâh has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not.” [TMQ Yousuf: 021]
The last ten days of Rajab, 1429 A.H
Hizb ut Tahrir
Hizb’s Main website: http://www.hizb-ut-tahrir.org
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(translated from the original arabic)