On October 7, Radio Liberty published the news that: “Every morning, schoolchildren on duty meet schoolgirls at the gates of schools in the Tashkent region and demand that they remove their headscarves before entering the school building. School administrations declare that in this way they fulfill the Cabinet’s decree on a school uniform.
On October 3, the editors of Radio Liberty had an audio recording made during a recent meeting in one of the district public education departments of the Tashkent region. “The voice of a representative of the district public education department is heard on the audio recording, who explains to the meeting participants about the inadmissibility of schoolgirls wearing headscarves and instructs them to put schoolchildren on duty at the school gates from the end of September so that they do not let students in Muslim headscarves enter the school premises.”.
A ban on wearing headscarves for girls in schools, a ban on wearing beards for young men, a ban on attending Friday prayers for young people, a ban on women wearing headscarves in public places, arresting Muslims and accusing them of terrorism and extremism are daily realities for Muslims in Uzbekistan!
13 centuries ago, Islam came to these lands. The comprehensive and complete implementation of Islam in life has led the peoples of these lands to development and greatness. The fulfillment of all Shariah laws, the requirement for knowledge and the spread of religion rooted Islam in these peoples for many centuries. Great Muhaddis like Imam Bukhari, Imam Tirmidhi, astronomers and mathematicians Mirzo Ulugbek, Abu Rayhon Beruni, Muhammad al Kharezmi and other great scientists were born and raised on these lands.
The collapse of the Khilafah (Caliphate), the absence of a righteous ruler who rules on the basis of the Quran and the Sunnah, served as the basis for the plight of Muslims of Uzbekistan today. But the absence of the Khilafah (Caliphate) and the righteous ruler did not cancel the orders of Allah to swear oath to the Khaleefah (Caliph), the implementation of Shariah in life and the spread of Islam throughout the world. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: «وَمَنْ مَاتَ وَلَيْسَ فِي عُنُقِهِ بَيْعَةٌ مَاتَ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً» “He who died without taking an oath to the imam died the death of jahiliya” (Sahih Muslim). This requirement obliges us to work on the revival of the Khilafah (Caliphate) and the oath to the Khaleefah (Caliph). This work is carried out according to the method of Prophethood following our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and according to the order of Allah Almighty: وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ “And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful” [3:104].
That is, the creation of a group that will call for the full implementation of Islam in life and will carry out ideological and political work is the duty of Muslims. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ also said: «مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ» “If one of you sees the reproached, let you change it with your hand. And if you can’t do it with your hand, then with your tongue. And if you cannot with your tongue, then with your heart, and this will be the weakest manifestation of the iman”. (Sahih Muslim).
What is happening today both in Uzbekistan and in other countries is a condemned, hated by Allah action. The laws of Taghut are being enforced, chaste Muslim women are being persecuted, and God-fearing Muslims are imprisoned and many other actions reproached by Allah and His messenger are happening.
Muslims, we must correct these condemned actions by one of the listed methods of actions, and even more correct this vicious reality. And if we don’t do this, then the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warns us by saying: «وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَتَأْمُرُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَلَتَنْهَوُنَّ عَنْ الْمُنْكَرِ أَوْ لَيُوشِكَنَّ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَبْعَثَ عَلَيْكُمْ عِقَابًا مِنْهُ ثُمَّ تَدْعُونَهُ فَلَا يُسْتَجَابُ لَكُمْ» “I swear by My soul that you must command the good and forbid the reproach, otherwise Allah will send you punishment from Him, and then you will begin to cry out in prayer (to Him), but your prayers will not be accepted.” (Imam Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah).
The silence before arbitrariness of the tyrants taking place is inevitably entails punishment and humiliation from Allah, both in this life and a great loss in the future life. So hurry to save yourself from the punishment of Allah. Work on correcting vicious reality! Do not be silent before the actions reproached by Allah! Join the work of Hizb ut Tahrir on the revival of the Second Righteous Khilafah (Caliphate) state according to the method of Prophethood. And may Allah help us!
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir