A feeling of helplessness can sometimes creep into our hearts today when we witness the situation of the ummah. The situation in Syria is a prime example: the powers of the world have gathered together quash a noble uprising that promised much hope for the future. When we look back to history it is apparent that the Ummah has overcome difficult situations that at first glance would look impossible to overcome. One such example is one of the famous battles of our beloved Messenger Muhammad ﷺ, the battle of Ahzab. In this article, we will take a look at the historical context, the events that took place and what lessons we can derive from it all.
Huge numbers of people in Turkey took to the streets these past few weeks, moved by the horrors they’ve seen inflicted upon our ummah in Aleppo (Halep’e, in these photos). Rushing to action, Muslims were seen in many places around the country holding placards, chanting, rallying and giving in charity for their hurting brothers and sisters. In Ankara, Istanbul, and many other cities, many large gatherings were called by the dedicated members of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Turkey chapter, and with gusto the ummah there answered the call, doing what they could to express that they had not forgotten the Syrian ummah, and to remind us who is responsible. May Allah reward the sincere da’wah carriers and groups in Turkey and bless the ummah in the heart of the last Khilafah.
Every so often the Muslim ummah witnesses the death of tyrants and people of evil. Whether the death of Gaddafi a few years ago, or the recent death of Islam Karimov, the butcher of Uzbekistan, or the death of a number of soldiers of invading or oppressive forces in the Muslim lands, these pieces of news often bring relief and joy, especially to those who have experienced directly their evil and oppression. Some Muslims, however, ask “is this allowed?” or “should we really celebrate the death of anyone”? This brief piece looks at some interesting historical, scholarly and jurisprudential points on this issue, clarifying that not only is this permissible, but that many learned people made a point of thanking Allah and being joyful at the progenitors of evil.
This article looks at the notion that the Ummah is going through suffering, being denied of victory and authority, on account of her sins. We have heard it from the pulpits. We have heard it in this lecture or that conference. Too many times to enumerate. We heard it when Afghanistan was invaded, likewise Iraq, when calamities hit Burma, CAR, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria…now we hear it for Aleppo.
But how much water does this narrative carry? Not much, on examination.
People the world over are paralysed with helplessness as they continue to watch unfolding events in Aleppo. Unfortunately though, it is simply a reminder to us of what’s been going on throughout Syria for over 5 long years now. To inspire us to continue to call for the change that’s needed, we have compiled a list of the worst atrocities in Syria to date. Take them not as compounded hopelessness, but as a reminder as to why people want action to supplement their dua for the victims of these crimes and against the perpetrators.
Aleppo. An ancient, majestic city, one full of historic architecture and rich in history, is now facing apocalyptic levels of destruction. Aleppo was once a great center of learning – a great number of famous scholars came out of Aleppo and it was seen as a prominent seat of learning throughout history. A fierce war of over 5 years has taken a visible toll on the city with landmarks and streetscapes seeing complete overhauls at the hands of relentless airstrikes & shelling through Russian and Assad forces. In this pictorial piece we share some archive images of the noble city and contrast them with the current scene. The damage to these structures pales greatly in comparison to the shedding of innocent blood, but we present these images as an indication of the extent of the horrific bombardment that the people have endured these past few years.
What’s the point of a protest? What’s the point of “just making noise, shouting slogans and delivering rousing speeches”? In the context of the present condition of the ummah generally and Aleppo specifically, some have asked these questions in response to rallies, protests and demonstrations that are being held. What are some responses to these questions and what indeed is the point of holding protests?
Following is a question posed to the Amir of Hizb ut-Tahrir on matters relating to Turkey (and Erdogan’s) moves regarding Syria and Russia, and an elaborated response from the Shaykh in kind. This Q&A was issued on the 7th of December, a few days before the final collapse of the resistance in Aleppo. It contains some points well worthy of consideration in relation to what has finally taken place in the besieged city.
As the ummah watches on in tears and shock, as the international community continues to feign its “horror”, as people in Syria continue to pay with rivers of blood, as we do what little we can to raise our voices at this moment, it is worth also remembering that in spite of this calamity, in the long run victory will be for the Muslims of the Levant. The Amir of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Sheikh ‘Ata Abu Al-Rashta, has shared some poignant words in this regard. Despite the current sadness, they should give us cause for perspective and pause.
In the midst of the sheer terror, murder, rape and chaos that has taken place in Aleppo there have been stories of immense anguish. But there is one story emerging about a brave band of fighters from a small rebel brigade that have all perished protecting their city and giving their lives for Allah (swt). This, in brief, is their story. A story of immense bravery. May Allah accept their martyrdom and raise thousands more like them.