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PRESS STATEMENT WHICH IS BETTER TO SUBMIT TO: DIVINE LAW OR THE RULING OF IGNORANCE BASED ON THE WHIMS OF MAN?

The Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) introduced the new marriage bill which proposes that the banning of payment of Dowry as well as men contracting more than one marriage! The Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa is not surprised at such foreign proposals but feels sadly that this bill is constantly harassing the dignity of the women and continuing the attack on Islam. As for not being surprised by the contents of this bill, this it is because Kenya is among those countries in the world which has adopted the western creed of detaching religion from life affairs (Secularism). This doctrine was initially established in Europe as an experimental solution claimed to liberate the common people who were experiencing injustice and oppression from tyrannical kings in cooperation with a corrupt Christian clergy. This oppression led to an intense debate among western philosophers who finally concluded secularism should be a new alternative. This creed defined that religion must be separated from the state i.e. man should have an absolute sovereignty to legislate while ignoring divine revelation. The founders of this corrupt and apostate thought assert that they are not denying religion nor the existence of the Creator. However, they strictly insist upon separating the Creator from worldly affairs while delegating the authority of the state to human beings and manmade institutions such as Parliament to legislate laws. Due to this, controversial debates have emerged all over the world on Islamic laws/rulings related to all aspects of life including inheritance, marriage and minarets. Currently we have witnessed the French government banning the Hijab (head scarf). Switzerland banned building of the minarets etc all as part of the western civilisational onslaught against Islam led by the head of disbelief, USA, under the guise of the ‘war on terror'. Similarly in Kenya which is still slavishly tied to the colonial capitalist ideology, the new Kenyan constitution (like the old one) is secular and thus many things banned by divine law have been legalized such as interest/usury, wine, fornication etc. In the western world, ‘homosexual rights' is the current fashion and in the near future Kenya may follow the suit and as the new chief justice indicated that the rights of gay and lesbian should be protected! Yet, ironically, at the same time they want to ban dowry and say that Islam retards women's dignity; how crazily they judge!

In the Islamic perspective, marriage between men and women is a divine ruling of and this point should be understood by all. Marriage is the basis of a unique social system that binds a man and a woman into a strong bond and honour the woman status. Allah, the sole creator of the universe, knows and understands our needs/interests far better than we do and He has allowed polygamy and obliged men to pay the dowry. These are definite Islamic rulings which cannot be debated and anyone who assaults them is, like the West, engaged in open war against Islam. Under the western colonial capitalist system, women today are overwhelmingly exploited for their femininity and depicted as sexual objects. This is happening because humanity today worships its lusts and has distanced itself from the correct Islamic social system which guarantees harmony and preserves woman dignity. The Hizb openly opposes this exploitative western culture and exposes its filth as this culture is the prime source of evils engulfing every aspect of life. As for the promoters of this bill, they are promoting the continued oppression of women who are mere playthings under the destructive Western culture which views her has mere commercial and sexual object under the false guise of ‘women's liberation'. The critical and real question that all persons of sanity must address here is: Is it better to follow the guidance from the sole Creator or laws enacted by weak fallible human beings who cannot even guarantee their very own breath?

فحكم الجهلية يبغون ومن احسن من الله حكما لقوم يوقنون)

"Is it the law of ignorance that they seek? And who is better than Allah in judgement/legislation for those who have conviction?" [TMQ 5:50]

 

 

Shabani Mwalimu
Media Represantative
Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa

 

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  FALSE AND MISLEADING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIZB UT-TAHRIR

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DIRECTOR
RADIO IMAN FM
MOROGORO
TANZANIA

Please refer to above subject.

Some Radio Iman presenters have been for a long time pursuing a harsh, dirty, false and deliberate smear campaign against Hizb ut-Tahrir. Their aim is to mislead and discredit Hizb ut-Tahrir's good name and its positive image before the Ummah. They undertake this negative campaign against Hizb ut-Tahrir completely contrary to media ethics and devoid of any fairness by refusing to listen to our side, and above all they bear a heavy burden of sin before Allah Ta'ala.

Some clear examples of this dirty campaign can be traced to the programme named ‘Islamic Groups in the 14th Century' which was aired on Monday 25/10/2010 by presenter Mubarak Wazir wherein he fabricated a clear lie in claiming that Hizb ut-Tahrir was founded in England. The same falsehood was repeated on 1/12/2011 and 2/12/2011 in Radio Iman's morning programme named ‘Kidokezi' (Just get an Idea'). On both days, as a result of hot discussion between your presenters and our member Maalim Chande, after your presenters failed to rebut Maalim Chande's strong arguments they shamelessly resorted to making a direct personal attack with disgusting un-Islamic statements against Maalim Chande together with forging more lies against Hizb ut-Tahrir. On 21/12/2011 your presenters fabricated more lies when they claimed they had made inquiries and confirmed that Hizb ut-Tahrir does not even exist in Palestine. Furthermore, without the good sense of repenting to Allah Ta'ala, your presenter without shame continued with insults in the question and answer programme called ‘Adhauq wa Shauq' aired on 23/12/2010. In this programme your presenter made absurd false claims (buhtaan ‘adheem) that Hizb ut-Tahrir is a group formed by trial and error, a Shi'a group, a failed group and ever worse that it is that failed in its course and, worst of all, that it is a group of ‘misguidance'. When a listener (erroneously) responded to one of the presenter's questions by answering that Hizb was founded in Saudi Arabia, the presenters rebutted the listener's statement by saying Saudi Arabia is a ‘holy' place that cannot be associated with Hizb ut-Tahrir thereby implying that we are an evil group. And yet more similar lies not to mention your presenters including their arrogance in looking down upon the Islamic solution of Khilafah "Caliphate", hatred laced with deameaning personal comments against the listeners who supported our views together with the disrespect shown in cutting off audience phone calls that carried comments pointing their errors.

Unfortunately, your presenters undertook this smear campaign without getting any official statement or clarification from the the official media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Interestingly, sometimes your presenters alleged that what they are saying has been stated following discussions with relevant persons; who are these persons among us whom they have discussed with? Yet when your presenter address the issue of ‘moonsighting' for Ramadhan or confirming the day of ‘Arafat', they act in a very serious manner and invest huge efforts in phoning and obtaining clarification from parties holding a contrary opinion. Why then, in all issues concerning Hizb ut-Tahrir do they not seek any clarification from us and instead they pretend as if they are themselves the media representatives of Hizb ut-Tahrir? This is a clear indication that your presenters are unjust and lack sincerity, despite the fact that your radio station brands as an ‘Islamic' Radio station, and at the same time you persist in the exercise of fundraising to establish a would-be ‘Islamic TV' channel.

With regard to this issue wherein our written response against these false allegations will soon reach you, we hereby demand that Radio Iman immediately undertakes the following measures:

1. To immediately stop its presenters from making false allegations against Hizb ut-Tahrir, and these presenters should immediately repent to Allah Ta'ala and retract their fabrications. This should be done on your programme of Thursday 30/12/2010 which is a continuation of the last ‘Adhawq wa Shawk' programme that aired fabricated allegations. We emphasize this allegations must be rebutted on air because your audience heard this falsehood on air. However, should your presenters be unable to do so, then let them give us an opportunity to speak on air so as to rebut, clarify, correct and answer each and every question made by the audience relating to Hizb ut-Tahrir

2. If your presenters are certain that their false allegations are the truth and have evidence at their disposal, then still for the sake of fairness they must to stop their smear campaign immediately because they did not give the other party an opportunity to be heard as required by Islam. In this case we demand that they arrange an open debate within a week from the date of this letter. They can seek assistance for their views from anyone they wish, whether within or outside the country, but we insist that the debate must be held at an open venue readily accessible by the general public and also that the debate must be publicized in advance and aired live by Radio Iman. On our part, we are ready and and available for this debate at any time.

3. Should Radio Iman fail to take any of the above-mentioned measures (No. 1 & No. 2), and yet your presenters fail to stop their false allegations against Hizb ut-Tahrir, at this point it would have become clear to us the extreme level of evil of Radio Iman, and our relationship with Radio Imaan will thereafter be based upon this basis. In this case we openly state that you will neither be able to harm our Islamic call nor Hizb ut-Tahrir itself. Rather you will harm only yourselves since evil deeds encompass none but the evil-doers.

وَلاَ يَحِيقُ الْمَكْرُ السَّيِّئُ إِلاَّ بِأَهْلِهِ

"Evil plots encompass only the one who makes them" [TMQ Al-Fatir:43]

 

Masoud Msellem
Deputy Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa

CC:

1. Director, Islamic Foundation
2. Media Institutions
3. Muslim groups
4. All Muslims

 

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PRESS STATEMENT   READING ANNUAL BUDGETS WILL NEVER SOLVE THE PRESSING ECONOMIC HARDSHIP. THE TRUE SOLUTION IS SCRAPPING THE CAPITALIST ECONOMIC SYSTEM!  

Yesterday the 2010/2011 budget was read with the highest ever estimates amounting to expenditure of Kenya Shillings (Ksh.) 1.155 trillion and revenue of Ksh. 787 billion. The budget deficit amounted to Ksh. 236.4 billion. At the same time, it was claimed that during the last financial year the economic growth rate was 5.6%. Different economic sectors were supposedly favored with increased expenditure that was claimed to prove the government's intention to eradicate poverty and foster development. Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa, the well known political party, clearly states that reading of the budget was nothing more than political sophistry meant to delude a public that continues to suffer severe afflictions including starvation, disease and a collapsing public education system. The Hizb announces that the government will never solve the endemic economic crisis affecting the masses since the government continues to faithfully bind itself to a corrupt capitalist economic model initially brought by the colonialists. We know full well that the Ksh. 1.155 trillion budgets will be a millstone on the neck of the common man who pays 90% of public revenues. Already the government has a debt burden of Ksh. 1,377.07 billion based upon domestic and external borrowing that indicates an imminent budgetary crisis similar to that which afflicted the bankrupt Greek economy. We are also well aware that it is none but the common man that will be milked beyond imagination to pay these outstanding unproductive loans that are used only to fill the stomachs of prominent politicians! How shameful for any government that claims to be sovereign to fail to fulfill its citizens' basic needs except via harmful usurious loans. Most of these loans come from the western colonial powers particularly USA and Britain as a vicious means to force the government to be subservient and bind itself to the corrupt capitalist economic model. Hizb ut-Tahrir persists in its noble duty to inform the Kenyan masses not to expect any economic improvement based upon the reading of budgets as long as Kenya has bound itself to the western nations and their colonialist economic model. The true solution lies in uprooting this corrupt capitalist model and replacing it with the Islamic ideological economic model that will be implemented by the Islamic State, Khilafah "Caliphate". The Khilafah "Caliphate" will not waste time in the public relations exercise of reading budgets since its revenues and expenditures are divinely revealed and set in stone. It will not impose taxes on people's salaries (PAYE) or normal income (income tax); rather it has its specific sources of public revenue including natural resources e.g. mineral resources to meet the needs of citizens without harming the common man. Everyone will witness justice and equity, and the Khilafah "Caliphate" shall chase away western multinationals that today occupy our lands and loot public resources so that public wealth shall be utilized to meet everyone's needs without discrimination. This Khilafah "Caliphate" shall soon be established in a suitable major Islamic country and spread worldwide so as to liberate the world's population from excessive tyranny and endemic poverty by Allah Ta'ala's command.

 

Shaban Mwalimu
Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa

 

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PRESS RELEASE   HIZB UT-TAHRIR EAST AFRICA SENDS A SPECIAL DELEGATION TO CONDEMN THE BRUTALITY OF THE PAKISTAN REGIME!

The Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa sent its special delegation of two members namely Shabani Mwalimu (Media Representative) and Abdulrahim Abi Elmi (member of the Central Communication Committee). The delegation arrived at the Pakistan Embassy at 10:15 am on Monday, 8th August 2011. Apart from visiting the Embassy, the delegation on the same day visited the offices of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR).

The delegation's objective was to meet Pakistan's High Commissioner to Kenya in order to deliver to him a special letter written by Hizb ut-Tahrir Pakistan containing detailed information of the abduction of some prominent members of Hizb ut-Tahrir by Pakistan's government. Those abducted were: Imran Yousafzai (Deputy Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir Pakistan), and 3 Hizb members namely Hayan Khan, Osman Hanif and Dr Abdul-Qayyum a renowned and well respected dental surgeon, who was abducted few minutes before midnight by masked thugs while taking his young daughter to dinner. The thugs left his daughter alone at night with no one to look after her! The delegation failed to meet the High Commissioner who was said to be travelling outside the country but met with his deputy Muhammad Ali Soomro to whom they personally delivered the letter.

The Islamic Party Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa will continue to expose the heinous crimes committed by the treacherous rulers who have been rendered bankrupt in the face of the strictly non-violent intellectual and political campaign of Hizb ut-Tahrir calling for Islam as comprehensive ideology. Such regimes after having become frustrated at the strong intellectual arguments of Hizb ut-Tahrir are now turning to abduction and torturing of its members in the vain hope that their cowardly acts will stop the noble work of Hizb calling for Islam. Hizb declares openly and persistently that, despite the vicious regimes using torture against its members, the Hizb will never resort to violence as a method to reach to its goal not due to any cowardice but because this contradicts the method followed by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) until he successfully established the Islamic state that liberated people from oppression with the noble justice of Islam. Current events in the world today indicate the imminent re-establishment of the Islamic state, Khilafah "Caliphate", despite the efforts of the treacherous rulers who oppose the Islamic call by command of their western masters specially the US who dictates the policies of the Pakistan regime. These western states and their corrupt allies have a deep fear of the emergence of Islam since it is the only ideology that will sweep all the evil and decadence of their corrupt Capitalist ideology. On that day the vicious rulers will taste the just punishment of their evil crimes!

 

Shabani Mwalimu
Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa

 

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  PRESS RELEASE   THE FAMINE CRISIS HAS NOT BEEN CAUSED ONLY BY THE DROUGHT BUT RATHER DUE TO AN IRRESPONSIBLE CAPITALIST GOVERNMENT!  

It is now estimated that 3.5 Kenyans are faced with starvation. It is heartbreaking to witness the recent images of the hunger stricken families which shows emaciated children looking at their mothers while crying for food and very weak elderly people weak unable to stand who end up sleeping on empty stomach. It has also been reported that in Turkana family slaughtered their dog for food! While we are witnessing this hunger crisis, the government through its official spokesman has openly denied that any person has died of hunger! The government has blamed the situation solely upon a prolonged drought rocking Eastern African region.

The Islamic Party Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa feels deep sympathy for the suffering millions and categorically states that this situation is not solely caused by drought as claimed by the government but rather a result of government negligence and irresponsibility in caring for the affairs of her own citizens. The government did not take early measures but waited till people died in mass then pretended to act; where was it at the beginning? The drought has not come suddenly or without warning like an accident occurs; rather weather experts/meteorologists in the country studied and forecast this situation but the leaders recklessly ignored the warnings. Two ministers, Esther Murugi of Special Programs and her colleague Sally Kosgei of Agriculture, both declared just two months ago that no Kenyan will ever die of hunger because the government has a lot of food; then ironically the same government now declares famine as a national disaster!

The Islamic Party Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa is fully aware that Kenya has a vast resources including minerals, rivers, large tracts of fertile land etc but due to corrupt capitalist policies these resources are used only by corporate elites who benefit themselves while the masses ends up with empty hands! It is shameful for Kenya a country with an area 518.677 square km to import maize from Malawi a country with 118,484 square km only. Moreover this government sucks a lot of taxes from taxpayers that can be used to buy fertilizers for farmers, provide subsidies for them money to prepare their farms and set up irrigation schemes that will guarantee food security thus eradicating famine. Yet politicians continue to misuse public funds while ironically the government declares that it has no funds. These are the so-called leaders who instead of working out long-term plans to eradicate poverty are consumed in premature campaigns based on empty and dirty democratic politics. We believe that any government which is serious in eradicating famine should invest in the agricultural sector rather than importing food or depending on foreign aid which are used by the West as a potent colonial tool. At the same time, it is well known that these politicians monopolize the business of importing maize so that they use hunger as a tool to accumulate huge profits from the importation of the staple foods!

We conclude our press statement by urging all Muslims during this holy month of Ramadhan to redouble their efforts in helping the hunger victims as well as exhorting them to stand up to openly expose the evil of capitalism as their Islamic duty. We also assert that this situation in Kenya exposes the true nature of Kenyan leaders who prioritize their needs at the expense of the common people. The Kenyan masses should not therefore be enslaved by greedy democratic politicians inside or outside the government because they only work to fill their stomachs. Everybody should understand that the Islamic ideology is the only lasting solution to adopt, not the secular democratic constitution that was falsely sold to Kenyans as the guarantee for salvation one year ago!

 

Shabani Mwalimu
Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir East Africa

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Question 1: Turkey's Armed Forces Chief Of Staff General, Isik Kosaner along with General Erdal Ceylanoglu, the Chief of Army, Admiral Ashraf Ugur Yigit, the Chief of Navy and General Hasan Aksay, the Chief of Air Force announced their resignation on July 29th , 2011 and requested for retirement. They represent the highest level of the military leadership, along with military police chief, General Necdet Ozel, who did not resign. He has been announced to be the next chief of army and is now the acting chief of staff.
So what have been the motivations for this? Is it an internal matter of Turkey, i.e. the conflict between the armed forces and the government over power sharing, or is it due to international conflicts? Furthermore, what are the possible ramifications of these resignations?
Answer: By observing the situation and the relevant events, it becomes clear that this is caused by international conflict but spurred by the local situation... to explain it further, we wish to mention the following:
1: These resignations have come when intense tension surfaced recently between the military and political leadership of the country, represented by the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and his government. One of the main reasons for this was the continued arrests of military generals accused of attempting to topple the government. The latest of this was today. 29th July, 2011, coinciding with the resignation of these officers when the Attorney General of the Tribunal's thirteenth session in Istanbul pressed the court for harsh punishments, and according to its announcement, after taking the approval of the members of the court, issued orders for the arrest of 22 persons including, 7 generals which include General Nusret Tasdeler, the commander of Turkey's Aegean Army, former commander of the First Army, retired General Hasan Igsiz, under article 312 of the Turkish Penal Law which states: "Anyone who attempts to use force and coercion to topple the government of the Turkish Republic or to disrupts work in full or in part, shall be liable for life-imprisonment." The court announced that it ordered their arrest so that all evidences pertaining to them may be gathered, and also because there is a possibility of such punishment being meted out to them, that court has issued orders for their arrest and imprisonment, since these men are still serving officers in the armed forces. It may be mentioned that the arrests of retired military personnel along with politicians, journalists and writers affiliated to Kemalst fronts had been initiated in mid-2007, with respect to officers participating in the "Ergenekon" conspiracy to overthrow the government by force. This was exposed in early 2010, during the investigations into another conspiracy against the government, which had taken place in the year 2003 under the Balyoz, or the so-called "Sledgehammer" conspiracy. The implications of this case are still under way and arrests of serving senior military officers continue along with retired officers of the armed forces.
2: Last year, just nine days prior to the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ)'s meeting in August 2010, on the issue of promotions and retirements, which is an annual affair, Istanbul's 10th Court for Serious Crimes issued warrants for the arrest of 102 serving and retired officers, which included 11 generals who were expecting promotions. On the same day, a compromise was struck about certain high-ranking officers, whereby they were neither to be arrested nor retired, only their promotions were stopped. These included General Hassan Igsiz, commander of the First Army, who was one of the most important persons accused in the case. The military leadership was insisting on his promotion to become the Chief of Army Staff but Abdullah Gul, the President of the Republic and Erdoğan, the Prime Minister had flatly refused to promote him. Now today, i.e. on July 29th, 2011, the Attorney General issued arrest warrant to arrest General Hassan Igsiz along with other generals. It may be mentioned that the former chief of staff Mehmet İlker Başbuğ, who retired last year, had advised for the commander of the First Army, General Hassan Igsiz to be promoted to become Chief of Army Staff. so that later on he could become the Chief of General Staff in accordance with the Turkish military hierarchy. According to some well-informed military sources, the reason for this advice was the former chief of staff, Mehmet İlker Başbuğ, mentioned that "he wanted to ensure progress in the ‘plan to fight reactionary forces' in which General Hassan Igsiz is with us as a member of our group, and therefore we should work for his promotion so that he becomes the next Chief of General Staff." in keeping with the practice as mentioned earlier. But General Mehmet İlker Başbuğ's planning failed last year, through accusations levelled by Erdoğan, with which General Hassan Igsiz was charged by the Attorney General along with others. The Attorney General's issuing of arrest warrants today to arrest this general along with others is a decisive blow to the pro-British Kemalist forces. These generals know and have learnt that the British have bestowed their bounties upon them and that they were the ones to have founded and supported the republic and had helped Kemal Atatürk come to power after having destroyed the Khilafah "Caliphate" and established the Republic. The generals are aware that Kemal Atatürk was aligned with and fascinated with the Britishers, as was his associate İsmet İnönü, who was considered second only to Ataturk and was likewise loyal to the British. It was the British who placed him in a position of power and backed him after death of Atatürk. This is what they have learnt about these two men who are held in great esteem by them. Thus the loyalty of these generals lay automatically with the British and they look upon Erdoğan's government and its pro-US stance as their rivals...
3: The British agents in the military and other agencies tried to topple the pro-US Erdoğan government and thus strike a blow to Erdoğan party and scuttle his moves in the ‘Operation Sledgehammer' as well as the ‘Ergenekon' conspiracy, through the Constitution Court, which in 2007 warned Erdoğan of being banned, if he violated the Kemalist secular principles again. This was due to the law enacted in the parliament by Erdogan and his AKP party, which calls for ‘not denying the rights of those studying in universities and higher educational institutions due to their dress or general appearance'. Thus Erdogan's links to the US, as well as that of his party, and the government is well-known to every one. Erdoğan implements American policies in foreign affairs and works to support US interests both internally as well as externally, whilst working to consolidate American influence internally. Erdoğan worked to incorporate constitutional amendments to bring about a presidential form of government, with wide ranging powers for the republic's president. He also planned to curtail military powers to prevent it from interfering in political affairs, and to make the political apparatus control the military set up and not the reverse of it, which is the reality even today. Erdoğan also tried to convert Turkey into a federal structure in order to solve the Kurdish conflict, in accordance with the American vision. Under such federal system, it was envisaged that the Kurd-majority provinces will be given autonomy or a federal system similar to what the US implemented in Iraq, when it formulated a new constitution during its civilian rule under Bremer. Whilst Britain, in order to safeguard its influence in Turkey, tried to topple the Erdoğan government or overthrow it through its Kemalist loyalists in the military, justice and other sectors...
4: Along with all of this, of late, the Turkish soldiers were exposed to attacks by elements from the Kurdish PKK which included the Silvan, Diyarbakir attack on 14th July 2011 which left 13 soldiers dead and 7 other soldiers injured. The media, loyal to the government, stoked public opinion against the military leadership by posing questions implying complicity of the military leadership in the attacks for the political objectives against the government. In the aftermath of this attack, Erdoğan, along with the president of the republic, met with the Chief of Staff and walked out of the meeting in anger and declared that he would increase the number of police force equipped to fight the so-called war on terror to 15,000, as well as increase its effectiveness and capabilities so that its worked with the gendarmerie force. He also declared that he would authorise the governors of Turkey's provinces to seek the help of land forces, and all of this would be accomplished under the aegis of the Interior Ministry, so that the forces are able to engage in combative action with the elements of the Kurdish PKK rebels. Erdoğan thus ensured that this scepticism grows into a lack of confidence in the military leadership and exploited this event to announce strengthening of a special police force equipped to fight terrorism, which would be a special force under his control. This was similar to what Turgat Ozal did, whose model Erdoğan said he follows. He said that Ozal formed rapid deployment police forces during his era, but after Ozal's departure from power, the armed forces were able to weaken this force and destroy ts effectiveness. Through such manoeuvres, Erdoğan also aims to bring the army under the governmental control by linking it with the Interior Minstry and placing the land forces under the command of the regional governors in the interior. Thus the conflict between Erdoğan's government and the armed forces intensified.
5: The en-masse resignations of those who are in the higher echelons of the military leadership came as a surprise after the conflicts and tensions. It appears that these men intended to embarrass and pressurise the government in order to demonstrate their stance opposed to government policies and thus win public sympathy. It may be noted that the army, air force and the navy commanders had already reached the age of superannuation and would be retiring anyway by the time of the military's consultative council, which is scheduled to be held after two days, i.e. on August 1st, 2011. Furthermore, certain well-informed sources have reported that at the recent meetings between the military leadership and Gul and Erdogan, the military leadership demanded the promotions of General Saldaray Berak, the Commander of the Third Army as the Chief of Army Staff and that of General Aslan Guner, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, to be promoted as Commander of the gendarmerie force, and this was turned down by Abdullah Gul and Erdogan in no uncertain terms. They declared that they would not sign upon the promotions of these commanders, rather with the indications of the accusations levelled against these officers in the conspiracy to over throw the government, their retirement could not be ruled out. Thus it appears that those generals realised that in the future meetings of the military council, they would not be able to achieve their aims and hence they resorted to use the last available means in order to pressurise the government, as well as motivate their friends in the military against the regime, and thus they submitted their resignations. The Army Chief has been succeeded by the Gendarmerie Forces Commander, Gen. Necdet Özel who is known to be close to the present government and its political dispositions. It also appears that Gen. Necdet Özel does not actually belong to their camp and the military leadership did not want him to be the commander of the Gendarmerie Forces last year, and in fact were working to scuttle his chances at this years meeting, which is to be held within days, but they failed. Erdogan and Abdullah Gul had worked for Gen. Necdet Özel's promotion at the cost of others, so that he could replace them, Gen. Necdet Özel was expected to become the army chief at the next scheduled appointments, so that after two years he could become the Chief of General Staff when General Isik Kosaner reaches the retirement age, which will force him to leave as head of the general staff under the army's promotions and retirement rules. Moreover, it appears that General Isik Kosaner realised that when commanders of his group resign, he would be left alone since none of his close circles would be promoted, and he would be surrounded by generals from other factions loyal to the government or those who have some understanding with it, particularly Gen. Necdet Özel. This is why General Isik Kosaner opted to resign instead of being rendered almost incapacitated thus he would be rendered lame and almost powerless to take decisions of his liking, especially if he had to go against the wishes of the present government. This is why, General Kosaner resigned, and requested retirement two years before it was formally due.
6: As for the consequences of these resignations, it is expected that after being made the acting chief within two hours of these resignations, after an emergency meeting between Gul, Erdogan and Gen. Necdet Özel, he would be declared as the next Chief of General Staff as well as the Chief of Army Staff, by the president of the republic. Also the political system of Turkey, as represented by the government, the republic's presidency and the parliament, which is under the control of the AKP, may now have the chance to exercise control over the armed forces by appointing those it wishes to, and those who demonstrate their closeness to the policies of the political establishment, and those whom the political establishment observes to be pro-America or treading its line.
This regime will keep working to purge all the people who oppose this trend and that will appear after two days when the military supreme consultative council meets to discuses the promotions of the officers and their retirement. Thus we can say that America began tightening its control over the army and strike the most important strongholds of the British in Turkey.
7 - The initial comment of the BBC was, "mass resignations of the leaders of the military as a result of the continuing tensions in years between the government and the army." The Guardian on its site stated similar to that. So the British and their agents express their concern for the outcome of the situation in Turkey as a result of their defeat in one of the battles of the conflict with the pro-American political regime. As for the reaction of the Americans, it was normal not to show their concern, rather reflect satisfaction at what is happening in Turkey. Mark Toner, US State Department Spokesman, described the resignations as, "an internal Turkish matter." He expressed the US administration's confidence in the current Turkish political system, saying, "our confidence in Turkey's institutions is absolute." (Voice of America site 29/07/2011)
Thus, we can say that what happened is a result of an international conflict, with a domestic trigger.
28 of Sha'ban 1432 H
29/7/2011
Question 2: On Friday, 22/7/2011, bombings occurred in Oslo and in Otoba island, that resulted the killing of about ninety people and a large number of wounded ... The responsibility for these bombings has been claimed by a Norwegian citizen, described as a right-wing Christian extremist ... The Prime Minister described the attack as the greatest Norwegian national tragedy since World War II ....
What motivated this? What of accusing the Muslims directly, before it was proved to be a Christian right-wing extremist? Does exposing the truth, that the bomber is not a Muslim, eased hatred toward Muslims, or it is the latent malice deep rooted in the West in general?
Answer: What happened is a major sign of the contempt and hatred which the West harbors against Islam and Muslims. as Allah says: ﴿قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ﴾ "Hatred has already appeared from their mouths and what their breasts conceal is greater." This shown in the review of the following:
1- Breivik's vilification of Islam is not an isolated event as the Western media would like to portray. On the contrary, Breivik's demagoguery and Islamophobic views are a product of the Western civilization, that resonate with many in the West. This could be clearly seen in the way the Western media and her ‘experts' quickly branded Islam and Muslims for the attack. Spurred on by this media frenzy against Islam, several Muslims in Norway were physically assaulted. As reported by BBC, Mehtab Afsar, Secretary-General of the Islamic Council of Norway, said, "We heard some Muslims had already been beaten up in Oslo, and women who were scared phoned me, asking for help". The attacks against Norwegian Muslims only abated when the true horror of the terror crimes committed by the Christian fundamentalist, Anders Behring Breivik, emerged.

2- Nevertheless, this did not prevent some European politicians from publicly expressing support for Breivik's anti-Muslim views. Jacques Coutela, a member of France's right-wing National Front party, wrote, "The reason for the Norway terror attacks: fighting the Muslim invasion, that's what people don't want you to know." Coutela also called Breivik, "the main defender of the West." In Italy, Francesco Speroni, a leading member of Italy's Northern League and an ally in Berlusconi's conservative coalition, said, "Breivik's ideas are in defence of Western civilization." Also, European parliamentarian, Mario Borghezio, told Il Sole-24 Ore radio station, "Some of the ideas he expressed are good, barring the violence. Some of them are great." This is not the first time Italian politicians have endorsed disparaging remarks directed towards Islam. A few years ago, Italy's Defense Minister, Antonio Martino praised Fallaci, who wrote a book entitled 'Anger and Pride,' in which she described Muslims as 'vile creatures who urinate in baptisteries' and 'multiply like rats'. No doubt such views are a conveyor belt towards radicalization, which eventual leads to the shaping of the Western government's domestic policy against Muslims. The banning of hijab, the restriction on building of mosques, the blatant spying of Muslim communities and the incarceration of Muslims without trial are just some of the draconian measures taken by Western governments.

3- The West claims that individuals are free to worship whatever deity they choose But in practice, this leads to perpetual conflicts amongst people, as religious beliefs and practices professed by some can be interpreted as offensive and insulting to others. Hence, Western governments are constantly intervening in the disputes and resort to legislation to protect the religious rights of some people, whilst at the same time depriving others. Often, the real benefactors of freedom of religion are those individuals, or groups, whose beliefs coincide with the interests of the government, or those who possess the ability to exert influence over the government. That is why so many institutions in the West are allowed to attack Islam because their fiery rhetoric and discriminatory policies are in full harmony with West's unfinished war on Islam. However, if the Western media, or its numerous institutions, were to insult Jews, or the Zionist state of Israel, Western governments would swiftly adopt stern measures to restrict their insults. Likewise, Western governments manipulate religious freedom as part of their foreign policy agenda to either pry open societies closed to Western values, or totally ignore religious freedom when it does not concur with their interests. In the case of the Arab uprising and the massacre of Muslims at the bloody hands of Western agents, the West has chosen to water down its response, as the protestors are avid supporters of Islam and not democracy. Such hypocrisy only serves to underscore the perception amongst Muslims that the America and Europe are solely interested in the utter destruction of Islamic values and practices.

4- On the other hand Islam stipulates that life, honour, blood, property, belief, race and the mind are to be protected by the Islamic State. All the citizens of this ‘Caliphate' are guaranteed these rights, irrespective of whether they are Muslim or non-Muslims. Islam also protects the rights of non-Muslims to worship without any fear of retribution or vilification of their beliefs. The messenger (saw) of Allah said: «مَنْ كَانَ عَلَى يَهُودِيَّتِهِ أَوْ نَصْرَانِيَّتِهِ فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يُفْتَنُ عَنْهَا...» "Whoever was on his Christianity or Judaism shall not be persecuted." Therefore it is prohibited for any Muslim to insult the beliefs of a non-Muslim, or to damage their places of worship. Islamic history is unrivalled in its ability to guarantee the religious rights of non-Muslims under the shade of the Caliphate. One only has to look at Spain and Palestine, to find that in the past Jews and Christians lived peacefully with Muslims. As for Muslims living in the West or residing in the Muslim world, they must redouble their efforts to support the re-establishment of the Islamic state. For only the Islamic state is capable of protecting the rights of Muslims, whether they choose to live within the confines of the state or outside.

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    RE: Abductions of members of Hizb-ut Tahrir by the Pakistani government

The High Commissioner

High Commission of Pakistan 

House NE(C) 2

Road # 71

Gulshan II

Dhaka, Bangladesh

As salamu a'laikum,

 

 

  In the last month, four members of Hizb-ut Tahrir in Pakistan have been abducted by government agencies. 

 

  1. Imran Yousafzai, the deputy spokesman of Hizb-ut Tahrir  in Pakistan, an accountant and father of two. He was abducted on 12 July whilst on his way to meet a journalist in Islamabad.
  2. Hayan Khan, a member of Hizb-ut Tahrir , a software engineer and recently married. He was abducted on 13 July on his way to work in Rawalpindi.
  3. Ousama Hanif, a member of Hizb-ut Tahrir , a telecommunications engineer and father of one. He was abducted on 21 July whilst on his way to work in Islamabad.
  4. Dr. Abdul Qayyum, a member of Hizb-ut Tahrir , and a renowned dental surgeon from Rahim Yar Khan. He was abducted at night on 27 July, and his 11-year old daughter who was with him in the car was left all by herself.

 

All four remain under unlawful government detention and their whereabouts remain unknown. Relevant documents are enclosed. 

 

Hizb-ut Tahrir , Wilayah Bangladesh calls upon you to communicate the following message to your government from the people of Bangladesh:

 

 "The 160 million people of Bangladesh strongly condemn the abductions of the members of Hizb-ut Tahrir by the government of Pakistan. Such acts by the Pakistani government are anti-Islamic, inhumane, criminal, thuggish and brutal.   

Muslims of Bangladesh know Hizb-ut Tahrir as the sincere and aware political party which has been persistently, dedicatedly and firmly exposing the treachery of the rulers of Pakistan, particularly regarding collusion with America in the war against Islam. Muslims of Bangladesh are also aware that the recent abductions of Hizb-ut Tahrir 's members comes after the successful mobilization of the people of Pakistan by the party exposing the collusion of the civil and military leadership of Pakistan in the Abbottabad operation by crusader America, which was an aggressive act severely undermining Pakistan's sovereignty.

Furthermore Hizb-ut Tahrir works for realizing the aspirations of the Muslims to live their lives according to the Islamic system. The Muslim people of Pakistan have been unequivocal in expressing their desire to live by Islam from the time of the creation of Pakistan and have since then been repeatedly making this demand. Muslims of Bangladesh know that Hizb-ut Tahrir is providing leadership to the Muslim people of Pakistan in their struggle to re-establish the Khilafah "Caliphate" state so that they can live their lives according to Islam.

 Therefore Muslims of Bangladesh firmly believe that the repression against Hizb-ut Tahrir by the Pakistan government is due to the party's stance on the side of Islam, the Ummah and the sovereignty of Pakistan. Thus we demand the immediate release of the abducted members of Hizb-ut Tahrir and complete cessation of all repressive actions of the government of Pakistan against Hizb-ut Tahrir ."

 

 Hizb-ut Tahrir

Wilayah Bangladesh

 

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Headline News 18-8-2011

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Titles:

  • 400,000 Somali Children at Risk of Death
  • Turkish Warplanes Hit 60 PKK Targets in Iraq
  • Iran Praises Russian Plan to Restart Nuclear Talks
  • US Gives Millions to Taliban
  • ‘De-Radicalisation' Plan under Study: Pakistan
  • US-S. Korea Drill is ‘Declaration of War': North

 

Details:

 

400,000 Somali children at risk of death

Britain said on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of children could starve to death in Somalia if the international community did not ramp up its response to the famine there, and pledged a further $48 million to aid children and livestock owners. The latest pledge brings Britain's total aid to help tackle what aid agencies are calling the worst drought in decades to hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, to over 100 million pounds."We call today on other countries to put their shoulders to the wheel and ensure this dreadful famine ... does not claim up to 400,000 children," Andrew Mitchell, Britain's International Development Secretary, told a news conference in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. "We think the response around the world has been inadequate, dangerously inadequate,"  Mitchell later said in Nairobi.

Turkish warplanes hit 60 PKK targets in Iraq

Turkish warplanes struck 60 Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq overnight, military headquarters said in a statement on Thursday, in apparent retaliation for a militant attack on Turkish forces. It said Turkish artillery hit 168 targets in the region before the air operation, which was conducted after Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants ambushed a military convoy in southeast Turkey killing 12 security personnel. "The Turkish Air Force conducted a successful attack operation on 60 targets of the separatist terrorist group in the Kandil Mountain, Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan, Zap and Metina regions," the General Staff statement said.The warplanes struck the mountainous northern Iraq region in two waves overnight, security sources told Reuters.

Iran Praises Russian plan to restart nuclear talks

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that a Russian proposal could be "a basis to start negotiations" on Iran's disputed nuclear program.  The proposal calls for the other countries to make limited concessions to Iran for each step it takes toward opening its nuclear program fully to international inspection and giving up activities that could yield nuclear weapons. "The proposal by our Russian friends can be a basis to start negotiations for regional and international cooperation, specifically in the field of peaceful nuclear activities," the Iranian negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said on Iranian state television. Mr. Jalili made the comments after two rounds of talks in Tehran on Tuesday with the chief of the Russian government's security council, Nikolai P. Patrushev, who also met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Iran's official news agency IRNA.

A spokesman for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, said that American diplomats had worked with the Russians on the proposal. "What we are looking for from Iran has not changed," Ms. Nuland said Monday. "We welcome any Russian effort to persuade Iran that it's time to change course and meet its international obligations." Talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program stalled in January without producing an agreement even on when to meet again. The six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - have been pushing Iran to comply with the United Nations Security Council's demands that it stop its uranium enrichment, which many in the West say is intended to go far beyond the level needed for reactor fuel and to produce weapons instead.

US gives millions to the Taliban

A new report out of Washington estimates that around $360 million in US military money went into the hands of enemy insurgents in Afghanistan, including the Taliban. A special task force put together by General David Patraeus has estimated that more than a quarter of a billion dollars in US funds trickled into enemy hands while the American military attempted to support combatants and reconstruct war-torn Afghanistan towns. Through several faulty contracts, says the report, millions intended to be used for good instead found its way to the enemy and those with enemy-ties.While the US spends billions in foreign contracts, the $360 million figure found by Patraeus' task force comes as an alarming figure once it comes clear that the funding trickled from the US government all the way to the Taliban. Contracts also indirectly led to funding with "criminals and local power brokers" with ties to the Taliban as well, reports The Associated Press.

‘De-radicalisation' plan under study: Pakistan

The government is considering to start a national de-radicalisation programme to combat rising fundamentalism and extremism in the country. A statement issued after a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet held here on Wednesday said: "It was decided in the committee that special attention shall be given to a de-radicalisation programme to motivate youth to engage and isolate them from militancy and terrorism and bring them back to peaceful living." The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. "We need to clearly identify the threat posed by terrorism, including the underlying factors such as ideological, motivational, funding, weapon supply, training and organisational support for terrorist groups and those aiding and abetting the terrorists," he said. The meeting was attended by federal ministers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs and senior officers.

US-S. Korea drill is ‘declaration of war': North

North Korea on Thursday slammed a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea as a declaration of "all-out war". The 10-day exercise is an "unpardonable heinous provocation" against the communist state, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said. "This is a declaration of an all-out war against the DPRK (North Korea),"the state body said in an English-language statement carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency. The exercise, which began on Tuesday, involves more than 530,000 troops, including some 3,000 military personnel from the US and other bases around the Pacific region. The two allies have described the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) drill as defensive and routine, but the CPRK said it was a rehearsal for an attack against the North's leadership, nuclear and missile bases.The UFG has stripped the United States and South Korea of their "mask of peace and dialogue," the CPRK said, adding that the two countries had reacted to Pyongyang's "patient efforts for peace" with "provocative manoeuvres for a war of aggression".

 

 

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last speech delivered by Imran Yusufzai before his abduction

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Here is the video of the last speech delivered by Imran Yusufzai, Deputy Spokesman of Hizb ut tahrir  in Pakistan, before his abduction on 12 July 2011 CE. His speech was at the Day of the Fall of the Khilafah "Caliphate", 28 Rajab, seminar in Islamabad. His whereabouts remain unknown.

 

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Intellectual Revival

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      The Post colonial era saw Muslim World being introduced to governance structures and ideas which were born and developed in Western Europe and which were introduced to the Muslim world as a legacy of the colonial rulers. Decades since colonialists ended their physical occupation of Muslim Lands, the Muslim World finds itself engaged in the fundamental debate about governance models and structures and the political, economic and social ideas on which these structures should be built. To the frustration of many the debate seems to linger on endlessly and an intellectual stalemate seems to have dominated the debate for decades. Hence the intellectual progression in the Muslim World has been held hostage to this stalemate leaving the Muslim World in a state of confusion and uncertainty due to lack of clear vision and direction. This in turn has lead to the economic, political and social stagnation and instability in the Muslim World.

At one end of the debate are a small group of liberal elite who are impressed with the West's extra-ordinary material progress. They have attributed Western progress to the evolution in Western political, social and economic thought during the renaissance period. They believe that for the Muslim World to achieve the same progress they need to divorce religion from public life as the Europeans did in the Post Middle Ages Era. They want the Muslim World to adopt Western ideals of secularism, pluralism, women empowerment, rights of minorities, nationalism, human sovereignty, private ownership, free markets, free speech, religious and personal freedom (libertarianism) and democracy. It is these themes which resound day and night in the Muslim World from the liberal circles. It is these ideals which serve as benchmarks to assess the societies in the Muslim World today. The level of Civility and Modernity of Muslim societies is determined based on the degree of their conformity to these ideals. It is worthwhile to note that the West encourages and insists on the same. So Western government and non-government organizations routinely issue progress reports, sharing their assessments about how civilized or uncivilized the Muslim World is based on its performance which is judged in line with these ideals.

However the liberals have erred in their judgment and in choosing the path for revival of the Muslim World. In adopting the solutions for the Muslim World and charting its way forward, the liberals have not utilized deep thinking rather have followed a superficial and empirical approach. They saw the extraordinary material progress of the Western World and wanted to replicate it. They saw the evolution in the political thought in the Western World and correctly concluded that West's material progress is connected to it. However they empirically (and incorrectly deduced), without studying their own societies, that by adopting Western Ideals, they would be able to usher in the same progress in the Muslim World. So what the liberals want to do is to borrow the intellectual experience of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe and apply it to the Muslim World without caring to regard for the particular factors which gave birth to European Secularism.
And herein lies the superficiality of their approach. Firstly because in charting out the intellectual path for the Muslim World, the liberals did not study Muslim society and its realities, rather they were content with the idea that European Secularism is not "European" rather "Universal" and insisted on its implementation throughout the Muslim World.

They ignored the fact that European secularism is a reactionary political ideology which is a direct result of the repressive Christian rule which governed much of Europe throughout the Middle Ages (Or as they are now called). It was when the European population's frustration and anger at their miserable socio-economic and political conditions exploded in to a fierce struggle with the incumbent political authority, which happened to be the Church, that secularism emerged as "the new" thinking. The idea was to deprive the Church from its political power by depriving it off its legitimacy, "divine inspiration". So the liberals (free thinkers) of the time severely attacked religion, arguing it is without a factual foundation, that human reason triumphs over divine thinking and that human reason, being superior to the divine, should be the only source of legislation. So at the heart of Europe's intellectual revolution was the idea of the sovereignty of the human mind and the rejection (or relegation) of the divine which claimed, and was till then considered, the sovereign authority. Describing the liberal temperament Political Philosopher John Gray claimed:"It (liberalism) has been inspired by skepticism and by fideistic certainty of divine revelation" (Fideism is an epistemological theory which maintains that faith is independent of reason, or that reason and faith are hostile to each other and faith is superior at arriving at particular truths). So the soul of liberal thought was anti-religious and anti divine.

It was the absence of the "contextualization" of the European intellectual experience which was overlooked by the liberals in the Muslim World which lead them to the false idea of "Universalism" of liberal thought. Secondly the liberals totally ignored the history of the Muslim World in their attempt to repeat the European experience. The European experience with religion was in sharp contrast to that of the Muslim World. Muslims under the banner of the caliphate enjoyed stupendous progress in all realms of collective and individual life and the Islamic state from the time of the Second Caliph Umar bin Khattab till the great Osamni Caliph Suleiman Al Qanooni was the leading State of the World. Although it was a state which was governed by divine laws, science and technology prospered, the economy thrived and the basic right of its citizenry, that of food, clothing, shelter and health, education and security was guaranteed.

As for knowledge and education, the Islamic State was renowned for its excellent centers of learning and the Islamic State directly supervised and encouraged intellectual discourse and learning. Jonathan Lyons in his book, "The House of Wisdom, How Arabs Transformed the Western Civilization" states:" Throughout much of the period in question, Arabic served as the global language of scholarship, and learned men of all stripes could travel widely and hold serious and nuanced discussions in this lingua franca. Medieval Western scholars who wanted access to the latest findings also needed to master the Arabic Tongue or work from translations by those who had done so." So unlike Christian Europe, there existed in the Muslim world, no frustration or anger with the divine, neither any desire to get rid of its rule nor any massive uprising against the "Islamic" character of the caliphate. There were of course feuds, uprisings and disputes within the Islamic State but none were aimed at challenging the divine basis of the state. Even when the caliphate was finally abolished, Mustapha Kamal used fierce Turkish nationalism and brute force to achieve it and it is no secret that this could not be achieved without the direct help and supervision of the allies (France and Britain).

Moreover from the time the Arabian Prophet Muhammad (SAW) first presented Islam to the World, till today, never have the Muslims ever questioned the divinity of Islam and the sovereignty of the Islamic Code (Shariah) over all other such codes. Infect the Muslim World never abandoned human reason, as the extraordinary scientific and educational accomplishments under the caliphate testify; rather it limited its role to science and administrative matters while the legislative matters were solely derived from the Islamic Texts. Even when liberal ideas and democracy were introduced in the Muslim World under the direct rule of the colonialists, it was not presented by the colonialists as anti-religious and anti-divine, rather the colonialists sought to legitimize these ideas from Islam knowing well that the Muslim World can never be convinced to accept the supremacy of the human mind over that of the divine.

 The nineteenth and twentieth century's saw the appearance of a new brand of reformist Islamic scholars, who were mentored, sponsored and promoted by Western Powers, and who sought to legitimize liberal ideas by providing their justifications from Islamic text. Such an approach was a tacit admission by the West of the incompatibility of the Western ideals, which were deeply and fiercely anti-religious, with that of the Muslim World. The Constitutions of many secular Muslim countries today derive their legitimacy from the political support which Islamic Scholars provided in their passage, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan being a few examples. The perception that the Muslim World was "deceived" in to accepting liberal ideals is further enhanced by the huge support which Islamic Political Parties enjoy across the Muslim World, including those who had chosen to operate within the secular constitutional frameworks. The Justice and Development Party of Turkey (AKP), the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Jordan and Syria, Hamas in Palestine, the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in Algeria, Hizbullah in Lebanon and Al Nahda Movement of Tunisia are just a few of the many political parties in the Muslim world who openly espouse the idea that Islam should play a central role in the collective life of the Society. The existence of such movements with varying, yet considerable degree of public support further cements the belief that the Muslim World, even in this era of decline, has no inclinations in divorcing Islam from public life and adopting secularism.

Whether these movements tacitly do so, and may have actually done so, is another matter and is not relevant to the present debate.
So the Muslim World is torn apart in an intellectual tug of War which has been described by some in the simplistic notions of an "identity crisis". There was never an identity crisis of the sort in the Muslim World. The Muslim World never abandoned its Islamic identity, even after it was introduced to the ideal of Westphalian sovereignty, although it had remained confused about her Islamic identity, and this identity remained dormant for some decades creating an impression of the embracement of Westphalian ideal of nation state. Moreover "identity crisis" is too simple a conclusion to approach a much more complex problem of intellectual stagnation. At the heart of the problem of intellectual stagnation in the Muslim World lies the forceful imposition of liberal ideas and solutions which emanate from the belief in the sovereignty of the human mind over that of the divine, on a population which is deeply conservative with a staunch and un-shaky belief in the divine code (Shariah) and whose experience with the unity of the state and religion reminds of her exalted status in the World.

The revival of the Muslim World, as so many thinkers in the Muslim World have correctly concluded, lies not in material progress or in investing in education, military or morally uplifting the society, rather the path to revival lies in the power of ideas which defines what a group of people and a society stands for and how its political and governance structures should be organized. It is indeed intellectual progression which precedes and which eventually results in the revival of a nation. At a time when the debate about the role of religion in society and the intellectual foundations of the Muslim World are in full swing, the boundaries of such a debate should be broadened to include new ideas. Until now this debate has been forcefully limited to how the Muslim World should be reformed according to liberal ideas and how the role of religion in public policy can be reduced and ultimately eliminated. And it appears that this approach has locked the Muslim mind and stopped it from progression as one finds this debate and its basic arguments being discussed by thinkers as back as two centuries ago when the West first introduced this debate to the Muslim intelligentsia.

 It is no secret that after such a long period this reformation hasn't taken place and the Muslim World has inched further from it rather marched towards it. It is time the basic questions are included in the debate which puts the liberal ideas on the table as well and which broadens the horizon of the debate to bring liberalism under scrutiny and challenge as opposed to the assumption of its universality and exclusion from rational scrutiny. That governance structures based on liberal ideals are the incumbent political structures which have failed to revive the Muslim World is ample justification for such an approach. Questions such as whether Islam and Democracy are compatible, whether a democracy would allow the abolishment of the idea of separation of state and church if the majority demands it, whether a liberal pluralistic society would tolerate a public debate within itself which advocates a role of religion in public life, whether the idea of Westphalia Sovereignty is indeed limited to Westphalia and its neighbors, whether free markets is a form of colonial exploitation should be asked alongside those of whether the caliphate is a totalitarian and unaccountable system, whether modernity and Islam can co-exist, whether Islam is a universal ideology and whether a comprehensive adoption of the Islamic ideology by the state, as was done by the caliphate of the past is the way forward for the Muslim World.

Those who believe in a rational discourse and a sincere debate should have no objection to such a "broadening of the debate". For the strongest advocate, which is already forcing this broadening of the debate, upon the Muslim intelligentsia, is the Muslim Street which is roaring for change suggesting that its patience with the stagnation in the Muslim World, has eventually run out.

 

By; Moez Mobeen

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