What we have seen of violence and chaos in Bangladesh in recent times is nothing more than the fruits of the failed Awami-BNP alliances’ politics of division, destruction and fitnah. The political alliances are positioning themselves ahead of the elections in order to turn things in the direction which favours their coming to power. At the same time the Hasina government, together with other anti-Islamic forces, is using the latest events to whip up a frenzy of attack against Islam and Muslims in Bangladesh.
Hizb ut-Tahrir condemns in the strongest terms the Awami-BNP destructive politics, vilification of Islam and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the heavy handed police tactics against the ordinary God-fearing Muslims of Bangladesh.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has been highlighting to the people of Bangladesh for the last 10 years that there is no future in the Awami-BNP politics other than more corruption, more division and more destruction. They compete with each other in spouting out cheap slogans of nationalism and patriotism to divert the people from the real issues facing the country. Unfortunately what we have seen in recent days will only continue to escalate as the election draws near.
We have also been advising our brothers in the Islamic groups that allying with the Awami-BNP politics will only blacken the name of Islam and will only help to maintain the corruption of the current system. It will do nothing to further Islam in Bangladesh. For more than 20 years the Awami-BNP have repeatedly used Islam and the Islamic groups for their own ugly political gains.
Bangladesh today is at a critical juncture. Aware and thinking people must realise that the country is heading into an ugly polarised politics that will only help outside powers like America and India to exploit this and implement their evil designs against the country, particularly establishing their domination over our military and strategic assets.
Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for a new politics based on Islam that will bring unity to the country as opposed to the corrupt Awami-BNP politics that has led us to where we are today. Islam will establish the rule of law in society where no person, leader or non-leader, man or woman, Muslim or non-muslim will be above the law. No man or woman will commit a crime and get away with it, whether he or she is a leader, activist or general public. Every victim of crime will receive true justice based on Islam. Islam will end divisive party politics as the leader of the Islamic state (the Khaleefah) will not be from one party or another, rather he will be the leader of all people, Muslims and non-Muslims. His responsibility will be to secure the rights of all people in society regardless of their belief, gender, race or status. People and the media will not only have the right but will be obliged from Islam to account the government on its duties and responsibilities. Islam will end the endemic corruption within society which is costing the country in millions every day. The current party political system in collusion with big businesses and outside powers have been looting the country’s wealth for decades such that the average family today is struggling to survive on $1-2 a day. Islam will end this gross inequality in wealth and will establish an economic system that ensures effective distribution of wealth.These are the real issues facing the country that the people are crying out to solve. The corrupt politicians have failed to address these over the last 40 years of the country’s history.
As we draw closer to the election, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls upon all the thinking, aware and sincere people from the Islamic groups, mosques, madrasahs, universities, bureaucracy, and civil society to come forward to establish an alternative political platform in the country – a political platform free from corruption and criminals, free from violence and destruction and free from the influence of US-Britain-India. This is the true politics for every Muslim based on the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. This political movement will, by the will of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, be a shining light in the current darkness the country is being plunged into. May Allah سبحانه وتعالى rid the country from the politics of division and destruction.
قَدْ تَبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انْفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
“Right guidance has become clearly distinct from error. Anyone who rejects false gods and has iman in Allah has grasped the Firmest Handhold, which will never give way. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”
(Surah al-Baqarah, 2:256)
16 Rabi al-Thani, 1434
26 February, 2013