This Month, Rajab, of this Hijri year of 1442, marks 100 years since the formal destruction of the Khilafah in 1342 AH, corresponding to 1924 CE. It has been 100 years where the Ummah has been living without the comprehensive rulings of Islam in all aspects of our lives, a matter clearly obligated in the Islamic texts.  Allah(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) says:  

إِنِ الْحُكْمُ إِلاَّ لِلّهِ

“Verily Judgement rests with none but Allah” [6:58], and:

فَلاَ وَرَبِّكَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىَ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لاَ يَجِدُواْ فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِّمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيمًا

“But no! By your Lord, they will never be (true) believers until they accept you (O Prophet) as the judge in their disputes, and find no resistance within themselves against your decision and submit wholeheartedly” [4:65]

It has been 100 years where the Ummah has been without her ‘shield’ as described by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) where he (ﷺ) said: “Verily the Imam (khalifah) is but a shield from behind which the people fight and by which they protect themselves.[Sahih Muslim]

It has been 100 years without true unification of the Muslims, a matter emphasised the very moment the Prophet(ﷺ) formed the first Islamic state in Medina where he wrote in the covenant: the believers are brothers to one another to the exclusion of all other people (of the world).” And “the peace of the believers shall be one. If there be any war in the way of God, no believer shall be under any peace (with the enemy) to the exclusion of other believers, unless it (this peace) be the same and equally binding on all.” And where Allah(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) says:

وَالَّذينَ كَفَرُواْ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ إِلاَّ تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُن فِتْنَةٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ

“As for the disbelievers, they are guardians of one another. And unless you (believers) act likewise, there will be great oppression and corruption in the land”[8:73]

It has been 100 years since the Ummah had, looking after her affairs, a sincere shepherd/caretaker looking over her through the guidance of the Islamic texts. The Prophet(ﷺ) said:  “Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects….[Bukhari, Muslim]

And thus the result of this upon the Ummah has been calamity after calamity. Our lands were invaded, our loved ones murdered, our selves forced out of our homes, our devout ulama who uphold the truth persecuted, our riches plundered, and our sacred sites desecrated.  Examples of these need no introduction whether it be the recent escalation of tragedies of the Uyghur Muslims by China in East Turkistan, the Rohingya Muslims of Burma, the invasion and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, or the tragedies of Palestine, Kashmir and India. The list is never ending.

It is not only the Muslims who have suffered, the Communist and Capitalist Liberal ideologies that have dominated since the absence of Islam have wreaked havoc upon the earth due to the injustices of man’s rule. This can be seen in the misery that has overcome the vast majority of the world’s population resulting from the viscously destructive wars, major economic imbalances and injustices, disregard for the environment, the breakdown of the family structure, and the weathering of upright and righteous human behaviour.  Indeed, Allah(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) spoke the truth when He said:

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ

“Corruption has spread on the land and the sea in consequence of what people’s hands have wrought…”[30:41]

Is it then not time that the noble Ummah doubles her efforts to re-establish the righteous Khilafah, the glad tidings of which have been relayed to us by the Prophet(ﷺ):

ثُمَّ تَكُونُ خِلَافَةً عَلَى مِنْهَاجِ النُّبُوَّةِ ثُمَّ سَكَتَ

“ ’…and then there will be Khilafah upon the Prophetic method’ and then he remained silent.” [Ahmad]

The Khilafah that will bring security and safety to the believers on the back of those who believed and worked righteous deeds: Allah(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) says:

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُم فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا

“Allah has promised those of you who believe and do good that He will certainly make them successors(leaders) in the land, as He did with those before them; and will surely establish for them their Deen which He has chosen for them; and will indeed change their fear into security…”[24:55]

The Muslim will then not have anything to fear when travelling through the Earth as Islam will be victorious:

وَاللَّهِ لَيُتِمَّنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ حَتَّى يَسِيرَ الرَّاكِبُ مِنْ صَنْعَاءَ إِلَى حَضْرَمَوْتَ، لاَ يَخَافُ إِلاَّ اللَّه

“…By Allah, this religion (i.e. Islam) will prevail till a traveller from Sana (in Yemen) to Hadrarmaut will fear none but Allah…” [Bukhari]

The Obligation is a matter well established by all the classical ulama. Imam an-Nawawi(raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him)) says, “They (the scholars) consented that it is an obligation upon the Muslims to appoint a khalifah, and that its obligation is by revelation, not reason”  and Imam al-Ghazali(raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him)) said: “the obligation of appointing an imam is from the necessities of the shari’a that simply cannot be left, so know this – If the Imamah becomes void so too would the delegation (of authority). The judges would dissolve and join the ranks of the people. Proper legal disposal of rights with respect of life, blood, honour and wealth would be prevented, and application of the shari’a would end in all these important matters.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir warmly invites you, O noble Muslims, towards this great work. We invite you to learn more about this great obligation.  We invite you to seize the opportunity to carry out a task not asked of this Ummah since the time of the Prophet(ﷺ) and his noble sahabah(raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them)) – The task of establishing Allah’s(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) Deen in the lands!  Then we will return with grace, after our obedience to Him(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)), towards His(subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) Pleasure.

فَانقَلَبُواْ بِنِعْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَّمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُواْ رِضْوَانَ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ

“And they returned with Allah’s blessings without being touched by evil: for they had been striving for Allah’s pleasure (ridwaan), and Allah is limitless in His great bounty.”[3:174]

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7 Rajab 1442 AH

19th February 2021