The following is a draft translation from the arabic original.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Would the Pope dare to attack Islam if the Islamic State – the Khilafah Rashidah – had been established?
The disbelieving colonialist West has not ceased to inject its poisonous hatred of Islam and the Muslims: a while back America desecrated the Noble Qur’an, then some journals in Denmark published cartoons mocking the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and upon his family and companions; this was blessed by other European publications and states, and today the Pope has initiated lies upon Islam and insulted its apex (Jihad).
Just as America had said that the intention behind the tearing and trampling upon of the pages of the Qur’an was not to dishonour the Qur’an, and just as Europe had said thereafter that the publications mocking the Messenger is merely freedom of speech, so today does the Pope say that the lie which he invented has nothing to it, that the matter is merely of the understanding of the Muslims who have not understood what was said by the Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church.
In this exposition, we do not intend to put forth the evidences for the truth of Islam and the falsehood of the Pope, because what he said – that Islam disregards the role of the intellect and that Jihad, the apex of Islam, is violence, blood and terrorism – itself carries the refutation to his claim. That the basis of the Islamic aqeedah (creed) is intellectual conviction is a matter well-known. Similarly Jihad in Islam is the effusion of life in the souls, the rays of justice and light (shining) through the oppression and darkness of the world; all of this is palpable and noticeable in the lands which Islam entered in the days of the Islamic conquests.
Rather, in this exposition, we will only ask two questions and deliver two messages; and we place these four in front of those who reflect, so that the falsehood may be made clear from the truth and the lies from the reality.
As for the first question: what is it that made the people of the far-reaching Islamic world to adopt Islam and to stay upon it, whilst the Qur’an clearly declares, “There is no compulsion in religion”? and the noble hadith announces, “Whosoever is upon Judaism or Christianity is not to be seduced therefrom”? What is it that made the (people of) the conquered lands leave their religion and adopt to the religion of the conquerors, and to hold on it by their molars, to carry and spread it and to defend it more faithfully than even the conquerors? We see and hear the Colonialist West, when it occupies a land, use all its power and might to force the people to carry its values and ideology, yet they curse it day and night until the occupation is removed, without the (people of) the occupied lands changing their religion.
Is not the answer that the cause of the adoption, by the (people of) the conquered lands, of Islam, and their protecting it, is the harmony of Islam with the innate nature of man and its accordance with the intellect? Here we may add a matter which amazes many people: that the governor of Morocco (Muhammad Nasir) in the era of the Abbasid Khilafah rejected the offer of the British King (John Lackland) in 1213 CE to accept Islam together with his kingdom, because the governor of Morocco realised that the King only offered to enter Islam on astonishment of the greatness of the Islamic State and not on his intellectual conviction of (the truth) of Islam!
As for the second question: would the Pope have dared to lie upon Islam and its aqeedah, and to defame Jihad, the apex of Islam, had the Khilafah of the Muslims been established? We remind the Pope of Islam and it greatness in early period of Islam and what followed. We remind him of Mu’tasim and (the city of) Umuriyyah, of Harun al-Rashid and Nicephorus, of Salah al-din and Richard the Lion-Heart, of Sulayman al-Qanuni and Louis of France, of the governor of Algeria and the payment of the jizyah by America to the Islamic State in 1795 CE, and of Abdul al-Hamid and Herzl and his British backers in 1901 CE. We remind him so that he may know that integrity and a sane intellect – if he does possess these – reject the taking advantage of the weakness of the Muslims to the end of spreading lies and causing doubts about Islam, it creed, civilization and its apex.
As for the two messages, the first is to the Muslims and particularly to those who are deceived by the cunning call of interfaith dialogue of which the Pope speaks. The reality of this call has become apparent: it is to weaken the value of Islam in the hearts of the Muslims and to create doubts in their aqeedah; it is not mere inquiry and examination to know the truth and follow it, to reject the falsehood and avoid it. The call for interfaith dialogue is a call against Islam and its people through the use of cunning and shrewd styles. Yet whilst they reinforce this deceptive call, prepare for it and exert effort, they will never achieve what they wish, bi idhn illah
بَلْ نَقْذِفُ بِالْحَقِّ عَلَى الْبَاطِلِ فَيَدْمَغُهُ فَإِذَا هُوَ زَاهِقٌ وَلَكُمُ الْوَيْلُ مِمَّا تَصِفُونَ •
“Nay! We cast the truth against the falsehood, so that it breaks its head, and lo! it vanishes; and woe to you for what you describe” [al-Anbiya’: 18].
As for the second message, it is to the Pope and to all those Western rulers who blessed his call, and to all who insult Islam, the seal of the revealed messages: Allah has committed to protecting it,
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ•
"We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)” [al-Hijr: 9].
Thus neither fabricated lies nor bribed calumnies, collusions, deceptions or deceit can harm any part of it; nay, Islam will remain, by the Will of Allah, lighting the darkness, its flame will never be extinguished; thus has Allah, the Wise, the all-Knowing, informed us:
يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِؤُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ •
“They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths but Allah will perfect His light, though the unbelievers may be averse” [al-Saff: 8].
We end this exposition by two words:
1. Hizb ut-Tahrir challenges the Pope to a theological debate upon the rational basis, and the rational basis alone, so that the dawn may be made clear to those with eyes. The addresses of our Media Offices are published and known in all the lands in which we work; and for the Pope is the choice of time and place, as he wishes;
مَوْعِداً لَّا نُخْلِفُهُ نَحْنُ وَلَا أَنتَ مَكَاناً سُوًى •
“An appointment not to be backed out, neither by us nor you – at an even place” [Ta Ha: 58].
2. We do not want an apology from the Pope, for he did not say what he said by mistake and without purpose, or out of ignorance; nay, he said it intentionally and knowingly, directly and not indirectly, and thus an apology is of no benefit.
It is obligatory that anyone who insults Islam, its Book and Messenger, or creates doubts in Jihad, its apex, not be allowed on Islamic land or be received in it, until the return to Islam of its State – the Khilafah Rashidah – which knows how to meet with its enemies, to protect the Islamic land and sky, to safeguard its territory and to raise the glory of its aqeedah, civilization and apex.
]وَاللّهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَى أَمْرِهِ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ[
“And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not” [Yusuf: 21]
24 Sha’ban 1427 AH
17 September 2006 CE
Arabic Source: http://www.hizb-ut-tahrir.org/index.php/AR/nshow/92