The government has recently announced measures designed to bolster already overreaching anti-terror laws. The appointment of a National Counter Terrorism Coordinator and a ministerial position, targeting of school children and legislation that potentially removes citizenship are some of the introduced and proposed changes. Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia says:
1) Such measures gloss over the obvious – Western foreign policy is the root cause of legitimate Muslim grievances. Strengthening anti-terror laws serves to entrench an arrogant attitude of denial and of causing the problem and then shifting the blame, only to demand Muslims accept collective responsibility.
2) Anti-terror legislation is specific to Muslims in what is now plainly a two-tiered legal system that targets a section of society and treats them as a national security concern. Discrimination has been drafted into law and the government threatens to walk in the footsteps of regimes that have instituted marginalisation followed by wholesale state oppression.
3) The government has deemed that Muslims may have their citizenship revoked, effectively allowing free reign to dispose of any concept of rights and accountability when politically expedient. The government has awarded itself the ultimate "get out of gaol free" card.
4) In a deplorable move, the government now seeks to attack the most vulnerable of the Muslim community – its children. To have Muslim children viewed through the lens of terror marks a new low, as suspicion and racism would be rubber stamped within the education system.
5) It is now clearer than ever that the government has Islam itself in its sights and seeks to beat the Muslim community into submission. Pretences of "moderate" and "extreme" have only ever been smokescreens veiling the true evil intent of the government. It seeks to bulldoze the Muslim community with the anti-terror laws battering ram.
6) The reason the Muslims are being targeted is due to the sublimity of their Islam and adherence to its values that lead to accounting of injustice. The government seeks to silence the Muslim community's staunch opposition to state harassment, and in the face of attempted intimidation the principled voice of the community must echo ever louder.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia
26 May 2015
90 years of pain and humiliation,
Witnessing Al Quds in Christian hands
The Muslims dreamed of peace and liberation,
For Jerusalem, the heart of Muslim lands
The home of our father Ibrahim,
The noble rasul’s ascension to ar-Rahim,
The first qibla of al muslimeen,
The holy land cited in al Quran al Karim
“How blessed is Al Sham!” peace be upon him said
Over which the wings of Allah’s angels spread
There is not a single inch in Al Quds, Jeru-salem
Where a prophet did not pray or an angel did not stand
Where is the sense of honour of the Muslimeen?
Where is the pride and zeal of the Mu’mineen?
A brave man of mission, devout servant of the deen
Called out to men – Kurdish, Turkish and ‘Arabiyyeen.
The language of nationalism, he did not understand,
The only language he understood was that of Islam
For 18 years he persisted and patiently planned
To unite the ummah’s hearts as one strong band
“This is the moment to cast off laziness”
He summoned, all men from far and near
Be confident and sure with no drop of vagueness
In Allah’s help, that’ll come like a flying spear
A father deeply attached to his family and sons,
Chose a life of sweat and toil
He renounced all worldly temptations,
And to Allah he kept most loyal
As the leader of Egypt and Damascus,
On his people he kindly spent
Winning the hearts of many,
While he lived in a humble tent
The Crusaders heard of his successful rule,
And were convinced he’d soon overtake them
Indeed, he was chosen as Allah’s tool
Promising his next goal to be Jeru-salem.
And the other Muslim rulers of his time said,
“Oh Salahuddin, we’ll give you money, turn back”
To preserve their kingdoms, from Jihad they fled
But to preserve this Ummah, he was sure to attack
They unleashed Reginald,
A great arch enemy of Islam;
A cruel and heartless man
He attacked a Muslim caravan
Broke the truce and spread fitna in the land
He threatened to bring the ka’bah to the ground,
Insulted and disrespected our rasul
Salahuddin raised his sword and sincerely vowed
To kill Reginald, the wretched fool!
Such was his deep love for rasul Allah,
Sallahu ‘alayhi wassalam
1187, the famous Battle of Hattin
Salahuddin brought forth the mujahideen
The Franks and allies that fought against him;
Were crushed, their morale further sinking
Their great cross captured, a heavy blow
Their morale sunk lower and lower than low
In desperation, the enemy decided for safety
And handed Jerusalem over to Salahuddin
In submission, they pleaded for his mercy
Assuming they’d be butchered on the scene
The Muslims dismounted and to Allah they prostrated
In thanks, they wept from joy
Rajab brought another cause to be celebrated
A victory for the ummah to enjoy
Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!
La ilaha illallah
The joyful shouts reached to the sky
‘Ulama joined from surrounding lands
To raise Islam’s flag, most high
Imagine, just imagine;
The first friday khutba at Al Aqsa
After almost a century of occupation
Qadi Muhi’aldin assembled the minbar,
Thanking Allah with full appreciation;
“Slaves of Allah!
What a great favour it is
To be the army that conquered Alquds.
Preserve this gift that Allah granted you
Protect it with piety and shukr.
Beware of retreating and continue in Jihad
What a victory of victories it is!
Not from your swords, nor your power
But Allah, glory and might is His!”
The Muslims rejoiced, now living under Islam
Lives, blood and honour protected with salaam
A testimony of faith to every scholar and nobleman,
Strength regained; ruling by Al Quran
Order was kept in every street,
The people of the book he would kindly treat,
What a far cry from when the crusaders did defeat,
In 1099 where they tortured, burnt and brutally beat
Defenceless Muslims forced to die, nothing to eat
A stark stark contrast did the Christians meet
“I will sail on the sea far to its lands and waters
Until there shall not remain any belying
kaffir sons or daughters
...or I will die, I will die trying.”
This was Salahuddin; the legend of Islam
Feared by many, respected by all
What is it that he and his soldiers had?
An ideological edge, unity and iman
Love for the shahada and pleasure of Allah
Sincerity, hoping to be martyred for Islam
You might be thinking,
What a nice story this is
But how are we to solve today’s miseries?
You see, the Muslim world
Is forever waiting
For another Salahuddin
To come rescuing
Do you see the qualities
That this servant of Allah had?
Raise your sons and daughters
To be united in times, good or bad
Make your goals and visions, huge and grand
Don’t rest until under Allah’s shade you stand
So ya Muslimeen, don’t live off this legacy,
But aspire and live a similar victory!