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Profile: Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir
The Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir is the Alim, Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta (full name Sheikh Abu Yasin Ata ibn Khalil ibn Ahmad ibn Abdul Qadir al-Khatib Abu Rashta). He is an Islamic jurist, scholar and writer.
Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta was born into an observant Islamic family in 1943 in the small village of Ra'na in the Hebron area of the Palestinian territories. He observed first-hand the Israeli destruction of Ra'na in 1948 and thereafter moved with his family to a refugee camp near Hebron.His primary and middle education was completed at the refugee camp. He subsequently obtained his first certificate of secondary education in 1960 from the Al Hussein Bin Ali school in Hebron and later completed his general secondary certificate at the Ibrahimiya school in Jerusalem in 1961. Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta then joined the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in Egypt and graduated in civil engineering in 1966. After graduating, Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta worked in a number of Arab countries as a civil engineer and wrote a book concerning the calculation of quantities in relation to the construction of buildings and roads.
Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta joined Hizb ut-Tahrir in the mid-1950s and subsequently carried out party activism throughout the Arab world. He worked closely with Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani, the founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir and Sheikh Abdul Qadeem Zallum who became the leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir following Sheikh Nabhani's death in 1977. In the 1980s he was a leading member of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Jordan and was appointed as Hizb ut-Tahrir's official spokesperson.Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta played a prominent role in Jordan during the Persian Gulf War when he convened press conferences, lectures and debates at public venues throughout the country. He debated the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait at the Jerusalem Mosque in Amman at which he delivered a lecture entitled The Neo-Crusader Assault on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf. He was regularly detained by the Jordanian authorities.In 1994, in an interview, Sheikh Ata Abu Rashta said, "The establishment of the Caliphate is now a general demand among Muslims, who yearn for this: the call for Islamic government (the Caliphate) is widespread in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Algeria and so on. Before Hizb al-Tahrir launched its careeer the subject of the Caliphate was unheard of. However, the party has succeeded in establishing its intellectual leadership, and now everyone has confidence in its ideas, and talks about it: this is clear from the media worldwide".Abu Rashta became the global leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir on 13th April 2003 following the death of Sheikh Abdul Qadeem Zallum.Since assuming the leadership of Hizb ut-Tahrir, has spoken at conferences across the world including Indonesia, Pakistan and Yemen.
The following is a list of the Islamic books written by him:
Tafseer of Surah e Baqarah ‘Al Teeseer Fi Asool at Tafseer'
Drasat Fi Asool ul Fiqha - Teeser at Wusool Ilal Asool
And following are the booklets authored by him:
Economic Crisis, Its Reality and Its Solution from the Islamic Perspective
The New Crusades in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf
Industrial Policy and Industrialization of the State
During his time, the following books have been published by the Hizb
The Essential Elements of the Islamic Nafsiyya
Political Issues - Occupied Islamic Lands
Addition to the book: Islamic Concepts
The Basis of the Education Policy of Khilafah "Caliphate" State
Institutions of the Khilafah "Caliphate" State
He is ever praying to Allah Almighty that He grant him the courage to discharge his duties in a manner that Allah (swt) and His Prophet (saw) would be pleased with; he is ever praying that Allah (swt) bestow upon the Ummah the state of Khilafah "Caliphate" through his hands; our Lord is All Hearing and will answer our prayers.
The steps taken by him during his time include the warm call made to Muslims on Rajab 28, 1426 Hijri corresponding to September 2, 2005 CE with relevance to the painful incident of abolition of Khilafah "Caliphate" 84 years ago. This appeal was initiated in Indonesia, and then it was made on the shores of Pacific Ocean in the East as well as on the shores of Atlantic Ocean in the West at the Friday prayers. This call affected the Ummah greatly. Additionally, he has been actively raising his voice for the Truth continuously at various conferences, seminars and conventions of Hizb ut Tahrir.
The early years of his leadership are full of khair and we pray to Allah (swt) that He may increase His barakah in his leadership. There are clear signs of imminent Nussrah under his leadership with the Will of Allah (swt). We look to him hopefully and we pray that Allah (swt) decrees His victory during his time, Ameen.
The piety of this exalted Ameer is exemplary. He is passionate about his mission and always concerned about fulfilling his obligations in a gracious manner. He has proved his capabilities while he held many offices in the administration of Hizb and fulfilled his obligations in the best possible manner. Some of the noteworthy services rendered by him include the ones that he did when held the offices of Representative, Mo'atamad and Assistant to the previous Ameer. This is the reason why he is fully aware of the responsibilities that he carries as the Ameer and perceives them rightly. He monitors all the activities actively, therefore, the Shabab feel his presence in everything that they do; no matter how small or huge the task. This is the way how he is utilizing the full potential of Shabab.