Allah (‘azza wa jal) says:
“Among the believers are men true to what they promised Allah. Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration” [Ahzab: 23]
Shaykh Abdul Azeez Al-Badry was a prominent man of knowledge, preacher and political activist in Iraq in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Having been educated by some of the prominent scholars of Iraq, he was also one of the early and prominent members of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Iraq who struggled in the work for Allah’s deen and gave his life in its cause, murdered by a brutal regime and a martyr (insha Allah) for a great cause.
Early Life, Education and Activism
He was born in the city of Samarra in Iraq in 1929. He grew up in a scholarly environment and received his religious lessons from a range of esteemed scholars of Baghdad, such as Sheikh Amjad Al-Zahawy, Sheikh Muhammad Fu’ad Al-Alusy, Sheikh ‘Abdul-Qadir Al- Khatib, and others.
He finished his studies and became Imam of the Soor Mosque in 1949 and the Khafafeen Mosque in 1950. He went on to teach and preach at various other mosques in Baghdad over the years to come.
After reading the books of Shaykh Taqiuddin Al Nabhani and meeting with members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Shaykh was impressed with the Hizb’s project and in particular its pioneering work in agitating against Arab Socialism at the time. He joined the Hizb’s work in the 1960s in Iraq, becoming a prominent member of its work. He studied directly with Shaykh Taqiuddin Al Nabhani alongside Shaykh Abdul Qadeem Zalloum, who would go on to become the second Ameer of the Hizb after Shaykh Taqi. Shaykh Al-Badry called and worked tirelessly for the establishment of the Khilafah and the implementation of Shariah, and the ideas he held shaped his acts of bravery that were to define the rest of his life.
Shaykh Al-Badry with some of his teachers
Intellectual efforts against Arab Socialism/Nationalism and its proponents
The late 1950s and 1960s were defined by the vogue of Arab Socialism, which had taken hold of many countries in the Middle East and had been the discourse many in the region used to articulate an opposition to Western imperialism. Socialism, including its Arab variant, contained many ideas which nonetheless contradicted Islam and this was a cause taken up by several scholars and movements. Among them was Shaykh Al Badry.
Shaykh Al Badry wrote his well-known book The Islamic Rule on Socialism (Hukm al-islam fi al-ishtrakiyah) in which he vehemently attacked the fundamental notions underpinning Socialist thought and refuted the supposed existence of “Socialism within Islam”, a slogan several thinkers and polemicists, as well as Government-sponsored scholars, had taken up as their intellectual cause. The famous Shaykh Amjad Al-Zahawy writes, describing Shaykh Al Badry’s work, that:
Al Badry pointed out that there was no socialism in Islam, and that socialism contravened the holy Islamic law and its principles. This was explained in clear terms, supported by conclusive proof that was beyond any shade of doubt in that they were in full conformity with the unequivocal Shar’iah law. That was done by way of advice to the Muslim Ummah.
A notable example of his courageous work was his response to pro-Government scholars that were sent to him under the auspices of the regime of ‘Abdul Karim Qaasim, the Iraqi Prime Minister who had overthrown the monarchy of King Faisal II in the 1958 coup d’état. This was done when Shaykh Al Badry was in his first period of house arrest (see below) and such Government scholars proceeded to advise the Shaykh of the “error” of his ways and the error of “involving religion with politics”. In response, the Shaykh wrote the book Islam Between the Scholars and the Rulers (Al-Islam bayn al- ‘ulama wa al-hukkam). In it he highlighted the deeds of the pious predecessors and great scholars who had stood up to the injustice of oppressors and offered great sacrifices in defence of Islam and Muslims from the early tabi’een (followers of the Companions of the Prophet) to recent times.
His stance on the issue of Palestine
Shaykh Al Badry was a prominent personality of his time and well known not just in circles of scholarship but also by the Governments of the region. Indeed, his activism and awareness of it was not restricted to Iraq, but extended to rulers of the region who knew about his work. Following the capitulation of Arab forces in the 1967 war in the face of Israel, Shaykh Al Badry sent telegrams to all heads of states in the Islamic world, holding them responsible and accusing those who agreed to the cease-fire of being traitors. He formed a delegation of notables that travelled to several Muslim countries, urging Muslim forces to take up their responsibility to defend Palestine.
Following his return to Baghdad after visiting Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan and other places, he held an event in which he lamented the way some had restricted the issue of Palestine to being an “Arab issue” as opposed to a broader Muslim issue.
Agitation against Iraqi leadership and rallying popular support
‘Abdul Kareem Qassim (ruled 1958-1963)
Among the Shaykh’s most important and telling work was his opposition to the ruler of Iraq, ‘Abdul Kareem Qaasim, who held office from 1958 to 1963 and who increasingly lent towards the Socialists for support as his rule progressed. Qaasim was responsible for an aggressive, oppressive rule over the country which was characterised by purging those he suspected of being against his agenda from among the people, the scholarly community and the army.
Qaasim infamously had himself labelled “the only master” by his subordinates and attempted to popularise this title among the masses. Shaykh Al Badry, defying this, attacked him in his sermons, leaflets and lectures, calling him instead a “cruel, illegitimate pretender” in the language of the Qur’anic Arabic (Surah Al Qalam: 13). He also used to begin his Friday Khutbah by adding to his salutations the adage “and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our rulers”, alluding to Qaasim and the Iraqi regime.
One of the most infamous actions of the Qaasim regime was the execution of notable officers in the Iraqi army who were known for being men of faith and harbouring Islamic sentiments. They included the likes of Naazim at-Tabqajli and Rifa’t Al-Hajj Sirri, who were hanged.
Shaykh Al-Badry was aggrieved at their execution and led popular demonstrations against Qaasim, including one in which 40,000 people participated, an unprecedented show of support at the time in the face of an extremely violent regime. The Shaykh openly called for the ousting of Qaasim, and also issued a fatwa declaring the kufr of the Communists who were supporting Qaasim and on whom Qaasim increasingly relied as his original power base (cabinet ministers) shifted towards the pan-Arab Ba’ath Party, which differed with the Communists on several ideological points.
First and second arrests and torture
As a result of these activities, Shaykh al-Badry was put under house arrest for one year from December 1959. As soon as the house arrest was lifted, he continued his work actively. He was arrested once again in July 1961, and then released in December of that year as part of a general amnesty for prisoners due to popular unrest against Qaasim’s regime. During this time he is known to have suffered serious torture and was offered several incentives to abandon his call and instead turn into a supporter of the Qaasim regime, as many scholars had done.
A famous incident: confronting Nadim Al Baytar
Following the 1967 defeat of the Arab states to Israel and the public discourse surrounding it, secularists and socialists on the one hand and Muslim activists on the other attempted to define the causes of military defeat and the ongoing humiliation of Muslims and Arabs. Iraqi secularists invited the Arab-American thinker Nadim Al-Baytar from Canada to give lectures in Iraq. His message emphasized that Muslims’ infatuation with bygone Islamic ideals, which he dubbed “invisible” values, was the cause of defeat, and that no victory would be scored over Zionism unless these “invisibles” were totally abandoned in favour of alternative identities and politics.
Prior to Baytar’s most widely advertised lecture (in Baghdad), Sheikh Al-Badry demanded the then President of Iraq ‘Abdul-Rahman ‘Arif (ruled from 1966-1968) either allow the Shaykh to give a counter-lecture in the same hall, to allow him to engage in a public debate with him, or to prevent the speaker from giving his lectures. When his requests went unanswered, the Shaykh decided to lead a demonstration on the day the lecture was due to be given. Following the ‘Asr prayer, the Shaykh lead chants of the takbir and marched from his mosque to the lecture hall followed by many active Muslims. Baytar’s supporters, fearing riots might ensue, evacuated the lecture hall and whisked Baytar on the first flight out of Baghdad.
Final arrest, torture and martyrdom
The Shaykh was arrested once again following relentless activities against the Ba’athists in the June 1969, who by then had been in power for 6 years following their overthrow of Qaasim’s regime in 1963. He was arrested by the intelligence services of Iraq, led by none other than Saddam Hussein himself, who had not yet become outright leader (this would take place de facto in 1976, and formally in 1979). This arrest happened at the behest of the then president of Iraq, Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr.
The Shaykh was kidnapped late at night as he made his way home. With a precarious security situation and conflict within the Ba’ath Party, Ahmed Al-Bakr and Saddam Hussein sought to minimise political opponents and agitants. Shaykh Al-Badry would be the victim of this grim strategic direction. The Shaykh was taken to one of the notorious prisons in Baghdad where he was tortured severely using the most gruesome of methods.
Some of those who had been detained with the Shaykh and were later released narrated about his time in prison:
The Shaykh was severely tortured, yet he faced that torture a steadfastness and perseverance that exceeded all expectations. The man was proud of his faith and unflinching in adherence to the truth, defying his jailers to the point of death. His fellow detainees used to beg him to keep silent in order to avoid them inflicting more torture upon him, yet he became firmer and prouder of his faith whenever the jailers increased their torture. He never bowed his head to them, nor did he give them any legitimacy or support. He would insist during interrogations that they were agents, lackeys and spies of the colonisers. During the early days of investigations, he raised his hand and hit the chief investigator, Nazim Kazzar, after he insulted him. At that point they beat him everywhere using different means until he fainted, and then they threw him into a cell that had no window and was no more than one meter wide.
During this period of arrest, the Shaykh had his limbs cut alive. The Ba’athist inspired torturers also ripped out his beard, in a mockery to his observance to this part of Islam. They finally proceeded to cut off his tongue, as a retribution for his constantly speaking the truth. He breathed his last during this period of arrest and merciless torture, before had had reached the age of 40.
Funeral: in the esteemed footsteps of Imam Abu Hanifah
His funeral and prayer were conducted at Masjid Imam Abu Hanifah
17 days after his death the Iraqi intelligence left his body in front of his house and told his family that he “died of a heart attack”. They ordered them to bury him without revealing his burial, but word got out and his supporters and family took his body to the Imam Abu Hanifah Mosque in the ‘Adhamiyyah District of Baghdad, where many could pray for him. The public witnessed the affects of the torture the Shaykh had endured in jail. He was buried in the ‘Adhamiyyah neighbourhood, close to the tomb of the great Imam Abu Hanifah, may Allah be pleased with them both.
As had the great Imam of Islam’s first school of jurisprudential thought, Shaykh Al-Badry too accounted the ruler and lost his life as a result of injuries sustained as a result of it. And just like him, he too died in jail in the very same city as Imam Abu Hanifah.
Description of him by Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-‘Uqayl
One of the Shaykhs that met him, Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-‘Uqayl, wrote about him thus:
That was Sheikh Al-Badry and that was his fight in the cause of Allah in more than one battlefield where he encountered more than one enemy, but he never flagged, gave in, or flinched from doing so. He would ever be on the front line, proceeding with courage and firmness, inspiring enthusiasm and determination. He stood against all kinds of oppression wherever he found it, bearing the consequence and unafraid of death. He would not run away from a battlefield. In that he was like those men of unflinching resolve in the past and at present”.
His books and an excerpt demonstrating his thinking
The Shaykh, further to his preaching and speaking, was also the author of several important books. All his books were relevant to the struggles of his time and helped create an intellectual response to the ideologies he worked to counter and the complicity of Government ‘ulema in the condition and apathy of Muslims. As mentioned above, at least two of his books were directly in response to Communism and the pro-Government ‘ulema. He authored the following books:
• Islam between the Scholars and the Rulers (Al-Islaam bayn al-‘ulamaa wal Hukaam) – a book that has been translated into Urdu and other languages
• The rule of Islam on Socialism (Hukm al-islam fi al-ishtrakiyah)
• The book of God - the eternal Qur'an (Kitab Allahu al-khalid al-qur’an al-karim)
• Islam is war on Socialist and Capitalism (Al-islam harb ala alishtrakiyah wa al-ra’smaliyah)
The Shaykh’s writings give an insight into his character and personality, and into how he was able to withstand what he did. In his book Islam between the Scholars and the Rulers, he wrote:
It is the will of Allah, Exalted be He, to put his creation to tests to separate between those who are true from those who are false, as he says in Surah Al Ankabut: “Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, ‘We believe’, and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false!”
Unjust rulers used to persecute those who opposed their deviant behaviour and resisted their wrong ideas and did not go alone with them in their whims. They used to put them through ordeals after they refused all kinds of rewards the rulers offered them in humiliation and inferiority. But what is it that would cause people of good nature to be lured by money, or hanker after the crumbs of life, or be won over by perishable goods of this life. As for the ordeals, they were prepared for them and bore their brunt with patience, steadfastness, perseverance, and a firm will in anticipation of a reward from Allah in the Hereafter.
This is because they understood well Allah’s statement “Say: ‘The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat’. If only they could understand” [Al-Tawba: 81] and believed the statement of the Great Creator when he says “And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of kindness to His devotees” [Al- Baqara: 207].
The Muslim scholars and Imams who earned the esteem, appreciation and loyalty of people were at the vanguard of those had gone through ordeals and suffered great afflictions, yet they came out victorious and distinguished.
And indeed, he is among those who have earned the esteem, appreciation and loyalty of this ummah, an ummah he strove so hard to revive and help defend against those who would seek to do it harm. May Allah (‘azza wa jal) have mercy on Shaykh Al-Badry, include them among the martyrs, and make him an example we seek to emulate.
In response to the recent and ongoing scandal in Lebanon concerning leaked footage of prisoners at Rumiya prison being tortured, Hizb ut-Tahrir Lebanon held a public demonstration and issued a statement on the day the video was leaked. An excerpt from the statement can be read below.
An excerpt from Hizb ut Tahrir Lebanon’s statement on these revelations:
Contempt for Muslims has exceeded all limits in Lebanon; their flesh and dignity have become the cheapest in the country
A video has been leaked from the infamous prison of Rumiya in Lebanon, showing Islamist prisoners being brutally whipped, tortured, and insulted by security agencies. The least form of torture is forcing a prisoner to kiss the boots of the torturer after he kicks him in the face with his boots, then hitting him on his private parts with a large stick. Other forms include peeling the prisoners’ skin off and mocking Islam and paradise and cursing Allah, in what confirms a blatant hate campaign against Islam. All this was relayed to the world via a video a mere few minutes long, meaning that this is the tip of the iceberg. What remains concealed is no doubt of greater gravity and depravity, including the forcing of prisoners to sleep naked outdoor in freezing conditions, forcing them to cramp inside cells where they cannot sit nor sleep due to overcrowding and other extreme forms of torture and humiliation besides. Some of them have lost eyesight as a result of the treatment that has been meted out. Moreover, news has been leaked of sexual abuses whereby a stick is forced into the back passage of prisoners, and in one case the forcing of a prisoner to rape his fellow inmate.
After these leaks, the Interior Minister Nihad al-Mashnouq admitted what he denied two months ago, and said that these scenes are the result of a security operation which is implemented in the prison’s “D Building”. This was followed by news about the torture and brutal operations carried out on the prisoners, but the minister, the Government and the leadership of the “Sunni” Future Movement covered up the matter.
The Interior Minister lied at the time and denied that any harm would have been inflicted on the prisoners. He further said that it was a clean security operation. And now the Minister himself admits what happened, and then arrogantly tells the people that the attitude of this country towards torture is better than other countries. Sometimes he says that this is inevitable, and sometimes he says that this is the act of individuals, and sometimes says that this is out of his hand, and at other times says he closely monitors the operation.
Now that Allah has exposed him and his Government, he tries to fool the people again, trying to circumvent the issue, and making it a matter of individual errors committed by some “disobedient security personnel”, while everyone in Lebanon, the international human rights agencies and the international media know well that the torture policy in this country is a systematic policy carried out under the eyes of the authority and its men. A number of international human rights reports condemning the authority and its agencies have been issued in this regard, which reveal the situation of the detainees in Lebanon, and especially political prisoners, who are almost all Islamists. Several of these torture cases have ended with the death of prisoners.
To the people of Lebanon: Rulers like these who provide a cover for the systematic torture operations in their dungeons are unworthy to look after the affairs of this country. They are either unable to control their agencies, or directly guide such behaviour. If the Government of the country really holds the reins of the state then it is a disaster, but if this happened out of its control then the calamity is bigger still.
The Muslims of Lebanon must shun the current Government and the proxy agents of foreign regimes both global and regional who continue to humiliate its people.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Penultimate Call... from Hizb ut Tahrir
To the Muslim Ummah in general...and its People of Power in particular
Praise is for Allah and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions and all those who follow his way.
Dear brothers and sisters: May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you. We direct this call to you in the blessed month of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting about which Allah Subhanahu wa Taa'la said,
((شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ))
"The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Qur'ān was revealed as guidance for mankind, and as clear signs that show the right way and distinguish between right and wrong." [Al-Baqarah: 185]
Similarly, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said about it in the hadith Qudsi related by Abu Hurayra (ra),
«قَالَ اللَّهُ: كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ، إِلَّا الصِّيَامَ، فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ...»
"Every act of the son of Adam is for him except fasting. It is for My sake, and I will give a reward for it." (Extracted by Bukhari)
On the authority of Abu Hurayra (ra) narrated that Messenger of Allah (saw) said,
«إِذَا جَاءَ رَمَضَانُ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ النَّارِ، وَصُفِّدَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ»
"When Ramadan begins, the gates of Jannah are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained." (Extracted by Muslim)
We ask Allah, Glorified and Exalted, the Almighty, that your hearts open to us and your ears hear us such that you respond positively to this call, making you thereby of those about whom Allah (swt) said,
((الَّذِينَ يَسْتَمِعُونَ الْقَوْلَ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ أَحْسَنَهُ أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ هَدَاهُمُ اللَّهُ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمْ أُولُو الْأَلْبَاب))
"Those who listen to what is said, and then follow the best of it. Those are the ones whom Allah has guided, and those are the ones who possess understanding." [Zumar: 18]
Dear Noble Brothers and Sisters: You are no doubt witnessing what has befallen us and what continues to befall. The Kaffir colonialist states have gathered against us. Our lands have become coveted by every greedy soul, a target of exploitation for every person of evil intent. They are divided with nothing to unite them. Our blood has been shed with impunity, our resources exploited and our lands attacked from all sides, nay from its heart as well!
The Jews have occupied the blessed land of Palestine, the land of al-Isra' wa al-Mi'raj, the land of the first qibla. They have established a state for themselves in it, spreading corruption and more corruption therein. They expelled its people, removing them from their homes, denigrating their sanctities. They killed and shed blood, and continue to fill the land with corruption and injustice. America spilled the blood and destroyed the lands of Iraq and Afghanistan. It conspired against us in every land: Dividing Sudan, separating East Timor from Indonesia, facilitating Greek rule over most of Cyprus, and so on. Britain partook with America in all this corruption. If it was able by itself to kill and shed blood, it would have proceeded to do so. If it found itself unable, it partakes in the crime with America, by its side or behind it. It partook with it in the massacres of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. France too followed them in their massacres of Muslims, joining them in some and independently committing others, such as in Central Africa.
Then there is Russia and its massacres in Crimea, the Caucasus, Chechnya and Tatarstan; as well as China and its hostility of Islam in Turkistan; India in Kashmir where Muslims are ruled by Hindus through massacres and unspeakable crimes. Even the smallest of states are now partaking in the killing of Muslims! Burma, for instance, has subjected Muslims there to open slaughter and the denigration of their sanctities and the domination of the Buddhists over the Muslims... and much more.
This blood is not shed at the hands of the Kaffir colonialists alone. Nay, their agents and tools from among our own people fight amongst themselves shedding each other's blood. Some of the naive Muslims join them in this, thinking they are partaking in good. Thus they fight in Syria amongst themselves as one fights the worst of enemies. Likewise they fight in Iraq as if they are in the first Jahiliyya. So they fight fiercely in Libya and fight violently in Yemen and, to a lesser extent, in Egypt and Tunisia. This violence across these lands has witnessed immense crimes the like of which is unprecedented in Muslims fighting amongst themselves... and much more.
These bloody physical attacks are not the only thing that ravages the Muslim body, at the hands of other Muslims and the Kaffir colonialists. Nay, there are also attacks that do not injure the body but rather destroys the minds and hearts. The Kaffir colonialists have expended all efforts through means of deception, plots and plans, and various insidious tactics to target the call for Khilafah and those who work for it. At times they do this themselves, and at times through their agents. When their efforts to subjugate those who work for the Khilafah and push the Muslims away from the Khilafah failed, some Muslims stood and undertook what the Kaffir colonialists themselves could not. They convened conference after conference to distort words from their [proper] usages, propagating the idea that the Khilafah was a historical reality but not a Shariah obligation in Islam.
Others went further in the war against the idea of Khilafah, defaming its name, committing atrocities and crimes under its title. They claimed a Khilafah for what was anything but and undertook under its name the likes of which the human mind could not fathom, facilitating the path thereby for the Kaffir colonialists and all the enemies of Islam to exploit these crimes which were highlighted to the people to claim that the Khilafah is but mounting crimes and atrocities. They sought by this to make the people hate the Khilafah and to distance themselves from it, such that their positive conception of it as a noble, illuminating reality would change to a negative conception of it as repressive darkness!
Thus the state of the Muslims today is one of escalating darkness, a result not of the actions of the Kaffir colonialists alone, but also those who partook with them, or went beyond them, from among those who ascribe themselves to Islam, but those who harmed it, whether by raising slogans against it or raising slogans in its name!
O Muslims in general ...O People of Power in particular!
Our condition has reverted us to the period of Jahiliyya that befell the Arabs, in which they fought amongst themselves for forty years on account of a camel, buried girls alive, and worshipped idols made of stone and wood by their own hands. Indeed at times they would make idols of dates and when hungry, ate them! They would travel in the desert as a pastime without a worry in the world. They adopted no greater cause for their families or those around them, let alone for all humanity. As for the civilized from them, they affirmed loyalty to the major powers of the time. The Lakhmids in Iraq were allies of Persia, while the Ghassanids in Sham were allies of Rome. When the Romans were perturbed by the Persians or vice-versa the Lakhmids and Ghassanids would fight each other! This was the state of the Arabs at the time, whether they were the desert Arabs or the civilized Arabs...all except Makkah which Allah (swt) protected and secured in spite of it hosting as many idols as there are days in the year!
This is how the desert Arabs were in the Jahiliyya, spilling the blood of one another and fighting amongst themselves for meager tribal reasons and over nothing of worth. As for those who lived in the cities, they would fight amongst each other on many occasions for naught but the interests of the major powers of the time. They were divided without anything to unite them, nothing to prevent them for destroying themselves. Their condition resembles ours today, or we might say that our state today resembles theirs yesterday.
In spite of this, their rulers and tribal leaders still had chivalry, possessing honour, these two are not found in the rulers and leaders in the Muslim lands today. One evidence of this is the incident of the forty men whom the polytheists of Makkah sent to kill the Messenger of Allah (saw). They embarked at night to his (saw) house, finding it closed. They surrounded it waiting outside for him (saw) to open it so they could then kill him, because their honour prevented them for raiding the house by force. Their chivalry prevented them from entering the house whilst its inhabitants were asleep. As for today's rulers and their spies, they transgress all sanctities. They raid homes without permission or consent without batting an eyelid. They terrorize women and children, terrifying them from their sleep, trembling from fright. This is because the rulers of today and their spies have lost all honour and shame. The Messenger of Allah (saw) articulated the truth when he said,
«... إِذَا لَمْ تَسْتَحْيِ فَاصْنَعْ مَا شِئْتَ»
"If you have no shame, do as you wish..." (Bukhari)
O Muslims in general ...O People of Power in particular!
The Messenger of Allah (saw) was sent with Islam with which he revived the Arabs from that dark Jahiliyya, elevating them from their decline, raising them from sedentary and awakening them from their slumber. They became fighters for the sake of Allah, carrying with them a great message that spread goodness and justice wherever they turned. He (saw) did this by first secretly forming a group of those who believed in the home of al-Arqam ibn al-Arqam. After a few years, he announced them to society and they began interacting with the people openly, declaring the truth publicly in an intellectual and political struggle, fearing none but Allah. They were patient upon harm that came their way, boldly overcoming heavy obstacles without any weakening of resolve or conviction.
This continued until that year that was named the 'Year of Grief' because in it his (saw) uncle Abu Talib, who used to protect him, passed away and his (saw) wife Khadija (ra), the mother of the believers, who supported him returned to the mercy of Allah (swt). In this year of grief, which was the 10th year of Prophethood, Allah (swt) honoured his Prophet (saw) with two matters in which lay the honour of this world and the Hereafter.
This was during the tenth year of the Revelation. The Almighty honored him with the Isra' and Mir'aj, in which he (saw) was taken from the Sacred Masjid in Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa in al-Quds and from there he (saw) ascended to the highest heavens where Allah (swt) revealed to His chosen slave what He revealed. The second matter was the permission given to him (saw) to seek the nusrah, which culminated in the second Bay'ah of Aqabah, the bay'ah of nusrah, the bay'ah of ruling. This was in Dhul Hijjah of the 13th year of Prophethood. Subsequently, the Messenger (saw) migrated to Madinah in Rabi' al-Awwal of the first Hijri year where he established the State and gave strength to Islam and the Muslims. This was a momentous event; such that when the Muslims decided to establish their own calendar as Umar (ra) gathered them to study the matter, they concluded that the Hijra and the establishment of the State was a great and momentous event that deserved to be the starting point of Islamic history.
This is how the State of Islam was established. Islam illuminated the Arabian Peninsula and its surroundings. Then came the Khilafah Rashidah and afterwards the Khulafaa. The opening of lands expanded vastly, spreading goodness in many parts of the world, from east to west, from Indonesia to the Atlantic. If the mujahideen knew at the time that there were lands beyond the Atlantic, they would have embarked on it to liberate those lands and spread the goodness of Islam in them. As Uqba ibn Nafi' said, as he entered the shore of the Atlantic Ocean on his horse, "O Allah, if I knew that beyond this ocean lies land, I would have embarked on it to it." In another narration, he stormed into it on his horse until the water reached his neck then said, "O Allah, I make you my witness that I cannot cross it. Had I the means to cross it, I would have done so."
The condition of the Muslims continued as one of escalating strength and elevation. The Kaffir colonialists recognized that the cause of the Muslims' strength was in their ruling by Islam in the Khilafah State under the Uqab flag, the Rayah (banner) of La ila illa Allah Muhammad Rasulullah, so they expended all effort in destroying that state. Britain was the leading Kufr state at the time and worked on this objective from the beginning of the 18th century until it was able to destroy the Khilafah state in the first quarter of the 20th century utilizing some traitors from among the Arabs and Turks for this.
From this point on, the Muslims became divided. Every enemy of Islam from the powerful states, and even the weak ones, began trampling all over the Muslim lands. The Qur'an was denigrated, yet they did not move. The Prophet (saw) was insulted, yet the blood in their veins did not boil. Their sanctities and honour were transgressed, yet their armies remained stationed in their barracks. The rulers do not mobilise the armies except against their own people. They act like lions with the weak, yet are overtaken by cowardice and defeatism in front of the enemy... until the condition became as it is today!
O Muslims in general ...O People of Power in particular!
The affairs of the Muslim Ummah will not be set right except by what set them right in the first instance, namely ruling by Islam in the Khilafah Rashidah, under the shade of the Uqab, the banner of the Messenger of Allah (saw). This will only occur by the same method by which the Messenger (saw) did it: Through the formation of a group based on Islam alone which then interacting with the Ummah and seeking the nusrah from the people of power in it, persisting on this path until Allah Exalted Almighty gives it the nusrah and it establishes the rule of Islam and the State of Islam. This is the rectification of our condition, and by this alone will the Ummah revive from its decline, reviving its previous course: a Khilafah Rashidah that implements Islam internally and carries it to the world through da'wah and jihad, such that Allah the Mighty, the Wise, gives it victory.
((إِنَّا لَنَنْصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْأَشْهَادُ))
"Surely We do help Our messengers and the believers in the worldly life as we as on the Day on which witnesses will stand (to give their testimony)." [Ghafir: 51]
The necessity to work for the Khilafah is not just because the Khilafah is, in assessing the reality, the only path of salvation and victory. Rather, it is necessary, first and foremost, because it is a great obligation, the mother of all obligations and crown of obligations, by which the Shariah is implemented and the hudud established, and without which neither is possible...and that without which an obligation is not complete is itself an obligation. The establishment of the Khilafah and the appointment of a Khalifah are major obligations. Indeed he who does not work for them whilst being able to commits a grave sin such that he dies a death like the death of Jahiliyya, which indicates the severity of the sin. The Prophet (saw) said,
«... وَمَنْ مَاتَ وَلَيْسَ فِي عُنُقِهِ بَيْعَةٌ، مَاتَ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً»
"He who dies whilst not having a bay'ah on his neck, he dies a death of Jahiliyya." (Muslim)
Indeed, the establishment of the Khilafah and the appointment of a Khalifah are great obligations. Hence the Muslims began with it even before they proceeded with the funeral of the Prophet (saw) and his burial, notwithstanding the great importance of the latter. All this was due to the utmost importance of the Khilafah such that the senior Sahabah gave it priority over another great obligation: The burial of the Prophet (saw).
Further, it is the Khilafah that delivers the opening and liberation of lands under the leadership of the Khalifah, the Imam. The Prophet (saw) said,
«... وَإِنَّمَا الإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ...»
"The Imam is but a shield, behind whom the Muslims fight and by whom they are protected." (Muslim)
Thus the Khalifah and the Khilafah are a shield, that is a protection and he who has protection is, by the leave of Allah, supported and victorious in the end. He does not lose his rights or his land. His enemies dare not come near him. This is what the history of the Khilafah speaks of. Where, for instance, are the Byzantine monarchs and their scepters of grandeur? Where is Mada'in and Chosroes (Persian Emperor)? Who proclaimed and extended the sound of the takbir in those lands across their length and breadth from the Pacific to the Atlantic except for the State of Islam, its soldiers and its justice? If the Khilafah knew of lands beyond these two oceans, east and west, it would have taken on their burdens to call toward Allah, the Gracious, Merciful, the Mighty, the Wise.
O Muslims in general ...O People of Power in particular!
We directed a call to you twice in the past:
The first time on 20 Rabi' al-Thani 1385 AH / 17 August 1969 CE, almost fifty years ago.
That call was sounding the alarm about the danger from the thwarting of the Islamic ideas and rules among the Muslims because this rattling had a reality affecting the Muslims in a palpably perceivable manner. And because the Hizb is the guide who does not mislead its own people, it struggled against this as much as possible to revive the confidence and trust of the Muslims in the ideas and rules of Islam and it succeeded in this noticeably, and praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
We called upon you the second time on 28 Rajab 1426 AH / 2 September 2005 CE, about ten years ago.
This call was in a fiery political environment. The West, led by America, saw that the Hizb and other sincere Muslims had thwarted its attempts of many years to shake the confidence of the Muslims in Islam and that the Muslims were moving in the direction of working of Khilafah. When the West saw this, its attacks against the Hizb increased, directly at times and through its agents at times. It had also by now waged wars, declared as "crusades", in Iraq and Afghanistan out of plain hostility against Islam and Muslims. Thus our second call clarified this hostility of the West, led by America, against the Khilafah, its advocates in particular and the Muslims in general. It showed that the enemies of Islam wished to hinder the Muslims from working for the Khilafah. We also elucidated that the Muslims were capable of defeating the West if they adhered to the judgments of Islam and were sincere with Allah with regards their Deen and returned to Him, the Powerful, the Mighty.
Now, we direct this penultimate call to you at a time in which the Khilafah has become the public opinion of the vast majority of Muslims...
Nothing remains now except the command of Allah for an Ansar to come forth like the Ansar and a Saa'd like Saa'd... men who would support their Deen by supporting those working for the Khilafah, by supporting Hizb ut Tahrir, establishing thereby the second Khilafah Rashidah, a Khilafah on the way of Prophethood after the present tyrannical rule we are in, as per the promise of Allah Almighty,
((وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ))
"Allah has promised those of you who believe and do good deed that He will grant them authority/leadership (istikhlaaf) in the Earth ..." [al-Nur: 24]
Also the glad tiding of His Messenger (saw),
«... ثُمَّ تَكُونُ مُلْكًا جَبْرِيَّةً، فَتَكُونُ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ تَكُونَ، ثُمَّ يَرْفَعُهَا إِذَا شَاءَ أَنْ يَرْفَعَهَا، ثُمَّ تَكُونُ خِلَافَةً عَلَى مِنْهَاجِ نُبُوَّةٍ»
"...then there will be tyrannical rule. It will remain as long as Allah wills it to remain, then He will lift it when He wills. Then there will be Khilafah on the way of Prophethood." (Ahmad)
- This is the penultimate call we direct to you for we wish the best for you. So move swiftly O Muslims, move swiftly O you who have power! Join the da'wah and give the nusrah. Move swiftly to establish the Khilafah with the Hizb, not to be left as mere witnesses of it, for the goodness and reward you will gain by joining the ranks today is not the like goodness and reward you will gain by joining tomorrow, even though there is goodness in both.
(لا يَسْتَوِي مِنكُم مَّنْ أَنفَقَ مِن قَبْلِ الْفَتْحِ وَقَاتَلَ أُوْلَئِكَ أَعْظَمُ دَرَجَةً مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أَنفَقُوا مِن بَعْدُ وَقَاتَلُوا وَكُلاً وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْحُسْنَى وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ)
"Those who spent before the Conquest (of Makkah) and fought are not at par (with others). Those are much greater in rank than those who spent later and fought, though Allah has promised the good (reward) for each. Allah is well aware of what you do." [al-Hadid: 10]
- This is the penultimate call we direct to you, so do not fear anyone except Allah Almighty, al-Aziz al-Jabbar. Do not say, "America and the West will stand against us if we support you", for the enemy's stand will falter and their strength will collapse in front of the one who believes, assists and supports for the sake of Allah. He (swt) says,
((وَكَانَ حَقًّا عَلَيْنَا نَصْرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ))
"And it is an obligation upon Us to help the believers." [Rum: 47]
- This is the penultimate call we direct to you, reminding you about your true strength and the weakness of your enemies. You are the Muslims, the believers in Allah as your Lord, Islam as your Deen and Muhammad (saw) as your Prophet. You are strong because of your Lord,
((لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ))
"There is no power except with Allah" [Kahf: 39]
And you are honoured because of your Deen,
((وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ))
"To Allah belongs all honour, to His Messenger and to the believers." [Munafiqun: 8]
You are the grandsons of the Khulafaa Rashideen and the liberators of Andalus and those who spread the Islamic civilization in it. You are the grandsons of Mu'tasim who led a victorious army to save a woman who upon being oppressed by a Roman called out, "wa Mu'tasima!" You are the grandsons of Harun al-Rashid who replied to the Roman King who broke his covenant with the Muslims with an army that the King would see before he would hear a reply. You are the grandsons of Salahuddin, the subjugator of the Crusaders; of Qutuz and Baybars, the subjugators of the Tatars; of Muhammad al-Fatih, the young man whom Allah honoured with the liberation of Constantinople, about whom the Prophet (saw) said,
«... فَلَنِعْمَ الْأَمِيرُ أَمِيرُهَا، وَلَنِعْمَ الْجَيْشُ ذَلِكَ الْجَيْشُ»
"How excellent a leader is its leader, and how excellent an army is that army."
You are the grandsons of the Khalifah Suleiman al-Qanuni whom France implored to save their imprisoned king, and of the Khalifah Salim III in whose time the United States paid an annual tribute to his governor in Algeria to permit American ships to pass through the Mediterranean Sea securely. You are the grandsons of the Khalifah Abdulhamid whom millions of gold coins offered by the Jews for the State Treasury did not deceive and who did not bow to significant international pressure seeking permission to allow Jews to settle in Palestine. He replied with his famous statement, "The Jews may keep their millions. If the Khilafah is one day destroyed then they will be able to take Palestine without a price. But while I am alive, I would rather push a sword into my body than see the land of Palestine cut and given away from the Khilafah State." He was a man of vision, may Allah have mercy on him, for this is exactly what occurred after the destruction of the Khilafah. The agent rulers lost Palestine, giving it away to the Jews nay protecting their state for them!
This Khalifah also forced Britain, a superpower of the time, and despite severe conspiracy against him and the Islamic state, to officially apologise to his embassy in London for one of its citizens publishing something insulting Islam in the late 19th Century (1890 CE). Now, the Noble Qur'an, the speech of Allah, is denigrated by the Kaffir West and the Jews with impunity. There is nothing of any apology because there is no Khalifah for the Muslims who takes the Qur'an as a constitution and who mobilises the State against the disbelievers who denigrate the Noble Qur'an in the slightest or remotest way!
This is the Khilafah and these are the Muslims who lived under its shade. They are your forbears, O Muslims, and those are their deeds. You are their progeny, so move to the Truth they followed to follow it, and to the honour they attained to attain it.
- This is the penultimate call in which we emphasise for you what we have said previously that you are, by the leave of Allah, capable of defeating your enemies. The Kaffir colonialist states are strong in appearance but weak in reality. They have advanced weapons but no real men. Weapons without men are of weak effect in front of a believing contingent who might be lesser in weapons but are more severe in fighting. This is a reality articulated by the wars fought by the Khilafah against the disbelievers. Thus superiority in material weapons alone does not suffice in war against the Muslims because they possess a true and vibrant creed which gives them a fighting ability unmatched by the tyrants led today by America. However they will see this truth with their own eyes when the dawn of the Khilafah rises, by the leave of Allah, and it moves from victory to victory, pushing the tyrants back to the lands, if, that is, there remains for them any land...
((وَلَتَعْلَمُنَّ نَبَأَهُ بَعْدَ حِينٍ))
"You shall certainly know of its truth after a while." [S'ad: 88]
- This is the penultimate call we direct to you, seeking your support, so join those who have preceded you in supporting us. We extend to you our hands, so grasp them and join the people of influence who have already pledged their support to us, for the caravan is about to set off so join the journey.
((وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَى هُوَ قُلْ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُونَ قَرِيبًا))
"They say, 'When will that be?' Say, 'Perhaps it is near.'" [al-Isra': 51]
We on our part are at ease with the support of Allah and His promise.
((وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ * بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ يَنْصُرُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ))
"That day the believers will rejoice, in the victory of Allah. He gives victory to whom He wills. He is the Mighty, the Merciful." [Al-Rum: 4-5]
The peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
Wa Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa Barakatahu
02 Ramadan 1436
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