بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
All praise is to Allah (swt), His Messenger (saw), his family and those loyal to him.
As you are well aware that for a long time we have not sent any delegations to you nor have we corresponded with you demanding your support for establishing al-Khilafah "Caliphate" ar-Rashidah. This was because we have been witnessing with our own eyes and ears that you have indeed abandoned the Khilafah "Caliphate" behind your backs and you are violating the authentic Shari'ah evidences derived from the noble Qur'an and the Sunnah of the His Messenger (saw) which makes it a divine obligation to work in order to establish the Khilafah "Caliphate". Notwithstanding, every Muslim is required to have the bay'ah to the Khaleefah upon his neck. The authentic evidences have clearly rendered the death of the person who neglects this duty to establish the Khilafah "Caliphate"as ‘death in ignorance' or ‘death of Jahiliyyah'. This is clearly supported by the Hadith narrated in Sahih Muslim on the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
ومن مات وليس في عنقه بيعة مات ميتة جاهلية
"And whosoever dies without having the bay'ah upon his neck (i.e. without a system of bay'ah existing), he dies the death of Jahiliyyah" [Muslim]
This Hadith emphasises the importance of the work to establish the Khilafah "Caliphate" and it is the highest form of criminal negligence for the one who ignores this duty and does not strive for this noble cause. This is related to a Muslim from among the people in his capacity as an individual.
However, as far as the rulers are concerned, the crime is far more serious and the punishment even more severe. Such rulers who do not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed, rulers who do not declare the establishment of Khilafah "Caliphate", rulers who are engaged in whatever Allah(swt) has forbidden, rulers who befriend the Kuffar and shower them with their affection and compassion while seeking their recognition, honour and pride; such rulers have been promised the severest chastisement by Allah (swt).
The ruler who does not rule by whatever has been revealed by Allah (swt), indeed stands to deny Islam and the noble Qur'anic Ayat have termed him with Kufr, for Allah (swt) says:
ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الكافرون
"And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Kafirun" [TMQ al-Mai'dah: 44]
On the other hand, the ruler who also does not rule by whatever Allah (swt) has revealed, but at the same time does not refute Islam, is described in the following Qur'anic Ayat as wrongdoer and oppressor, when Allah (swt) says:
ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الظالمون
"And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Zalimun" [TMQ al-Mai'dah: 45]
ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الفاسقون
"And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Fasiqun" [TMQ al-Mai'dah: 47]
As for the ruler who indulges in Allah's prohibitions and befriends the enemies of Islam (from amongst the Kuffar) and showers his affection on them in order to seek their approval and honour from them, such a ruler is categorised along with Munafiqeen (hypocrites) who await the severest of punishments. Allah (swt) says:
يا أيها الذين آمنوا لا تتخذوا عدوي وعدوكم أولياء تلقون إليهم بالمودة وقد كفروا بما جاءكم من الحق
"O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth" [TMQ al-Mumtahinah: 01]
بشر المنافقين بأن لهم عذاباً أليماً الذين يتخذون الكافرين أولياء من دون المؤمنين أيبتغون عندهم العزة فإن العزة لله جميعاً
"Give to the hypocrites the tidings that there is for them a painful torment. Those who take disbelievers for Auliyah' (protectors or helpers or friends) instead of believers, do they seek honour, power and glory with them? Verily, then to Allah belongs all honour, power and glory". [TMQ an-Nisaa': 138-139]
In the light of these divine evidences and because such is your reality, as you are aware, we have adopted such a stand against you and refrained from sending delegations to you;nor have we urged you to support the formation of the Khilafah "Caliphate".
However, two factors have recently emerged which have further aggravated the situation and have impelled us to take this stance.
These prompting factors are:
The First: Muslims in general have responded tremendously to the call for Khilafah "Caliphate". Initially, the Muslims were gathering around the cause in tens and hundreds for seminars, sermons and conferences organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir on the subject of the Khilafah "Caliphate", whereas now they respond in thousands or even in hundreds of thousands or even more. This point is evidence that the Khilafah "Caliphate" has become the vital issue at a practical level rather than merely an intellectual one.
Any thinking ruler, who contemplates on this issue and takes heed, would certainly not tread the course against tide of the Muslims rallying behind and overwhelmingly supporting the cause of the Khilafah "Caliphate".
The Second: The new strategy for the Islamic region formulated by the West and in particular the United States ferments unrest, encourages separatist tendencies and hostilities, wages wars and then engineers new agendas and plans for a variety of ruling systems such as federates, confederates, autonomous etc. and plants people designated as rulers who play their role. Such rulers, who have already lost their Deen, now stand to also lose this world, as they do not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed and because their loyalty is to the enemies of Islam.
Any thinking person who contemplates on these two factors will learn a lesson. These factors prompted us deeply to address this letter to you. Do consider that in addressing this, we look upon you in three different categories:
The First Category: A state that is ruled by indigenous elements where our delegation can approach them, albeit with some difficulty. In such states, our delegations will carry the letter with them.
The Second Category: A state may be administered by indigenous elements but surrounded by persecuting security forces who are under orders to suppress the word of truth whether uttered by individuals or groups. To such a category, this letter will be delivered by other means but not by a delegation.
The Third Category: A state ruled by non-indigenous elements and other rulers. It would be in vain to approach them. We will be in no hurry to send our communiqu to them.
These are the three categories in which we group you in addressing this communiqu.
O Rulers in the Muslims' countries
You may ask what prompts Hizb ut-Tahrir to be so daring so as to shut its door to us and address us without the protocol! Is it not scared of our brutal power? Do they not fear that their delegation may not return safely to them?
Well, we address you without the protocol because we do not like to encumber this letter with unnatural gestures and embellish it with flattery. As for not being aware of your brute power, well we do know it, the All-Powerful has informed us:
وإذا بطشتم بطشتم جبارين
"And when you seize (somebody), seize you (him) as tyrants?" [TMQ as-Shu'ara:130]
But at the same time, we also know His (swt) limitless and overwhelming strength:
إن بطش ربك لشديد
"Verily, (O Muhammad, the Seizure (punishment) of your Lord is severe and painful." [TMQ al-Buruj: 12]
As for we being scared of your brute force for our delegation, we are fully conscious that nothing wrong can befall us over and above what has been destined to by Allah (swt), He (swt) says:
قل لن يصيبنا إلا ما كتب الله لنا هو مولانا وعلى الله فليتوكل المؤمنون
"Say: "Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maulah (Lord, Helper and Protector)." And in Allah let the believers put their trust." [TMQ at Taubah:51]
You may say that Hizb ut-Tahrir is only interested in usurping power. Well, we are concerned with reviving the Islamic way of life on earth by establishing the al-Khilafah "Caliphate"ar-Rashidah and it is this concern that warns us to respond positively to Allah's (swt) command and His Messenger (saw)'s orders. Our aim is not merely to take power; rather we aim to accomplish the command to establish the great Khilafah "Caliphate". This noble command is not addressed to Hizb ut-Tahrir alone, but it is upon every single Muslim individual and more so for a ruler.
You may say that Hizb ut-Tahrir's attempts to form the Khilafah "Caliphate" are merely a dream or even a mirage, or you may add that even assuming that Khilafah "Caliphate" is established the superpowers of this world will spell its doom and annihilate it!
We would say to you that taking shelter under such comforting thoughts is the mirage, as for the Khilafah "Caliphate", Insha'Allah, it is a reality and this is corroborated by four facts:
The First Fact: Allah (swt) Himself has promised authority to those who believe in Him and accomplish good deeds like He (swt) had bestowed authority for those before, He (swt) says:
وعد الله الذين آمنوا منكم وعملوا الصالحات ليستخلفنهم في الأرض كما استخلف الذين من قبلهم وليمكنن لهم دينهم الذي ارتضى لهم وليبدلنهم من بعد خوفهم أمناً يعبدونني لا يشركون بي شيئاً ومن كفر بعد ذلك فأولئك هم الفاسقون
"Allah has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah)." [TMQ an-Noor:55]
The Second Fact: The Messenger of Allah (saw) has given glad tidings of the return of al-Khilafah "Caliphate" ar-Rashidah on the method of the Prophethood after the period of oppressive rule that we are under. The Messenger of Allah (saw) says in an authentic Hadith narrated in Musnad Ahmad on the authority of Hudhayfah bin al-Yamman (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
تَكُونُ النُّبُوَّةُ فِيكُمْ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ تَكُونَ ثُمَّ يَرْفَعُهَا إِذَا شَاءَ أَنْ يَرْفَعَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ خِلَافَةٌ عَلَى مِنْهَاجِ النُّبُوَّةِ فَتَكُونُ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ تَكُونَ ثُمَّ يَرْفَعُهَا إِذَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَرْفَعَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ مُلْكًا عَاضًّا فَيَكُونُ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَكُونَ ثُمَّ يَرْفَعُهَا إِذَا شَاءَ أَنْ يَرْفَعَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ مُلْكًا جَبْرِيَّةً فَتَكُونُ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ أَنْ تَكُونَ ثُمَّ يَرْفَعُهَا إِذَا شَاءَ أَنْ يَرْفَعَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ خِلَافَةً عَلَى مِنْهَاجِ النُّبُوَّةِ ثُمَّ سَكَتَ .
"Prophethood will last with you for as long as Allah wants it to last. Then there will be Khilafah "Caliphate" according to the Method of Prophethood, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be hereditary rule, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be an oppressive rule, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be a Khilafah "Caliphate" according to the method of Prophethood." Then he (saw) fell silent" [Ahmad]
The Third Fact: The lively and vibrant Ummah has taken up the task of establishing the Khilafah "Caliphate" and supporting the cause until the promise of Allah (swt) has been accomplished. After its formation, the same Ummah will nurture and guard the Khilafah "Caliphate". From thereon, this Ummah will rapidly march to play its original role for which it was created, Allah (swt) says:
كنتم خير أمةٍ أخرجت للناس تأمرون بالمعروف وتنهون عن المنكر وتؤمنون بالله
"You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah." [TMQ aal-‘Imran: 109]
The Fourth Fact: The Hizb is completely loyal and sincere to Allah (swt) and truthful to His Messenger (saw), treading its course, day in and day out, until the promise of Allah (swt) and the glad tidings of His Messenger (saw) has been accomplished by it. In this path, the Hizb is not afraid of blame of the blamers nor weaken our resolve for this cause which will certain be a reality by the Will of Allah (swt). This is the reflection of the saying of the Messenger of Allah (saw) narrated in Sahih Muslim on the authority of Thauban (ra):
لا تزال طائفة من أمتي ظاهرين على الحق لا يضرهم من خذلهم حتى يأتي أمر الله وهم كذلك...
"A party (Taifa) from my Ummah will be established upon the order of Allah, they will not be harmed by those who abandon them or differ with them, until the order of Allah comes and they are victorious over the people." [Muslim]
Each of these four facts mentioned above conclude that the work to establish the Khilafah "Caliphate" is not a mirage, and indeed we have the four facts on our side.
As far as the threat of the superpowers that will annihilate the Khilafah "Caliphate" when it is formed, simply comprehending the existing reality buries this scare-mongering beneath the sand. Remember, the leader of these superpowers, the US and its allies are, despite their utmost efforts, unable to sustain their stay in ‘Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of resistance by Muslims who do not even have a fraction of material power at their disposal compared to their enemies enormous and awesome might. It becomes even more serious when you consider that these resisting Muslims are not a state of any worthwhile reckoning, either in terms of manpower or resources.
If the leading nation in the world along with her allies is unable to consolidate ‘Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of resistance of individual Muslims, then how can these powers annihilate the Khilafah "Caliphate" and spell its doom? How?? Unless off course, the one who holds this view has lost his sense of sight and is unable to comprehend and appreciate the greatness of Islam and the Khilafah "Caliphate", and does not regard the promise of the All-Powerful, Allah (swt) when He (swt) says:
إن تنصروا الله ينصركم ويثبت أقدامكم
"O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you and make your foothold firm." [TMQ Muhammad: 7]
إنا لننصر رسلنا والذين آمنوا في الحياة الدنيا ويوم يقوم الأشهاد
"Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) in this world's life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth (i.e. Day of Resurrection)?" [TMQ al Ghafir: 51]
The one who holds such views indeed ignores the Hadith narrated by Muslim and Bukhari, and neither heeds the historical realities nor realises that the Islamic army cannot be subdued. The Messenger of Allah (saw) says as narrated in Bukhari:
نصرت بالرعب مسيرة شهر
"I was given the victory of my fears from the enemy even if they were one month away. " [Bukhari]
Then there is another factor we would like to add as to why the superpowers have failed to sustain their stay in ‘Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of Muslim resistance. The reality is that these countries could not have stepped a foot in Afghanistan and ‘Iraq were it not for the puppet rulers in the Muslim world who have opened all their doors to these countries by land, sea and air routes and surrendered their military bases to launch air strikes against the Muslim lands. These rulers in the Muslim lands have in fact ‘legitimised' and assisted in the superpowers' hostility against the Muslim lands. Their policy is to act as the buffer between the U.S. and its allies on one hand, and the people of ‘Iraq and Afghanistan on the other, while the aircrafts of the enemy strike missiles and their navy fleets pound the Muslim lands.
These rulers will not remain around when the Khilafah "Caliphate" is established, and who would dare to confront the Khilafah "Caliphate" when the Ummah will stand up to protect and support it? These rulers will disappear from the scene, either themselves, or they will be forced to, and then the enemy will not find such traitors who will open the doors of the Islamic countries without any hindrance.
The formation of the Khilafah "Caliphate" is thus a reality by the Will of Allah (swt) in the not very distant future and the stability of the Khilafah "Caliphate" after its formation will be ensured by the Will of Allah (swt) while the foundations of the countries that are the superpowers of today will tremble.
To conclude, you may say and believe that Hizb ut-Tahrir thinks that you most probably will not respond, then why does it send its delegation or even write to us?
And we say yes, you may say and believe so, but we have sent our delegates and this letter in compliance of the word of our Master, Allah (swt), the All-Powerful and Mighty, who says:
قالوا معذرةً إلى ربكم ولعلهم يتقون
(The preachers) said: "In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah." [TMQ al-‘Araaf: 164]
You may take heed and remember the Day of Judgement, the Day of Reckoning, where the All-Powerful will deliver justice, there will be no oppression on that day, and it will be either Paradise or Hellfire:
فمن زحزح عن النار وأدخل الجنة فقد فاز
"And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful." [TMQ aal-‘Imran: 185]
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and realise that no matter what you do, it is inevitable that you will become part of sand, you will have to abandon your thrones and crowns, your wealth and riches and your lush gardens, and you will have to fend for yourself then:
كم تركوا من جنات وعيون* وزروع ومقام كريم* ونعمة كانوا فيها فاكهين* كذلك وأورثناها قوماً آخرين* فما بكت عليهم السماء والأرض وما كانوا منظرين
"How many of gardens and springs that they [Fir'aun's (Pharaoh's) people] left behind, And green crops (fields) and goodly places, And comforts of life wherein they used to take delight! Thus (it was)! And We made other people inherit them (i.e. We made the Children of Israel to inherit the kingdom of Egypt). And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they given respite." [TMQ ad-Dukhan: 25-29].
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and become fearful and realise the enormity of the sins that weigh you down: you have suspended the rule by what Allah commands; you have neglected and abandoned the Jihad in His (swt) path; you have surrendered your loyalties to the enemies of Allah (swt); you have wilfully lost several Muslim lands such as Palestine, Kashmir, Cyprus, East Timor, you have observed the dismemberment of Afghanistan, ‘Iraq, southern Sudan and the butcheries in Somalia and Chechnya... the list is indeed endless. In all these sins, you have either been the perpetrators of the sin or you have opted to remain silent like the people of the graves. Yet, you neither repent nor take heed:
أولا يرون أنهم يفتنون في كل عام مرة أو مرتين ثم لا يتوبون ولا هم يذَّكرون
"See they not that they are put in trial once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson (from it)." [TMQ at-Taubah: 126]
We are writing to you so that you may take heed and consider the two factors that prompted us to address you and you may answer this call positively. This may lessen the burden of your sins on the Day of Judgement when neither the huge amount of wealth and riches, nor your progeny will be in a position to help, except the one who comes with a pure and clean heart.
If you respond positively to our letter titled: "Our Support to the Khilafah "Caliphate"", our delegation will listen to you and will revert back to you accordingly. If you are to respond positively to this letter and our delegation is not sent you, our office addresses are given below. If we receive your response, we will provide a suitable response on the issue.
If on the other hand, you choose not to respond, you will indeed not be able to harm Allah (swt) in the least, and neither will be able to hinder the formation of the Khilafah "Caliphate" as promised by Allah (swt) and as foretold by the Messenger of Allah (saw). By this you only reach your humiliation and depravity in both the worlds:
وذلك هو الخسران المبين
"That is the evident loss." [TMQ al-Hajj: 11]
And by this, we have given the call to you and warned you and accomplished our responsibility.
والله غالب على أمره ولكن أكثر الناس لا يعلمون
"And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not." [TMQ Yusuf: 21]
The last ten days of Rajab, 1429 A.H
Hizb ut-Tahrir's Main Website: http://www.hizb-ut-tahrir.org
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(Translated from the Original Arabic)
H. 28 Rajab 1429
M. : Friday, 01 August 2008