In a press statement (PR06053) dated 16th August 2006, Naveed Butt - the official spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan said:
On the day of the destruction of the Khilafah lets all pledge that we would not hesitate to sacrifice anything for the establishment of the Khilafah
Approximately 85 Hijri years ago on 28th of Rajab 1342 A.H. corresponding to 3rd of March 1924 the treacherous Mustafa Kemal with the help of the British officially abolished the Khilafah. Boasting this “great success” the British Foreign Minster Lord Curson declared before the House of Commons on 24th of July 1924: “The point at issue is that Turkey has been destroyed and shall never rise again, since we have destroyed her spiritual power: the Khilafah and Islam.” And then it happened precisely what he had said. Not only Turkey but also the whole Ummah slipped from its respected place in the world to the humiliated position never seen in its history before. The Kufar tore the huge state into numerous small statelets. These states were actually prisons to keep Muslims divided and weak. Over each prison the imperialists appointed a prison guard of the likes of Musharraf and Karzai. Then the Kafir imperialists attacked these prisons one after the other. They exploited the Ummah economically, politically and socially whilst the job the Muslim ruler was to support and protect the imperialist during its loot and plunder. Hence, whether it was the oil of the Arab countries or diamonds and precious stones of the African Muslim land; whether it was the armies of Pakistan and Bangladesh or the gas of the Central Asian states all of these resources began to be used for the interest of the Kafir imperialist, specially America. After destroying the Ummah’s unison the imperialist gave Muslims hollow slogans of nationalism and useless platforms such as the Arab League. But the biggest deception and fraud was the OIC, which not only stood as a mute spectator during Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon massacres but also rubber-stamped the policies and decisions of the imperialist along with declaring imperialist’s tool, the United Nations, as the sole saviour of the Muslim Ummah. During the first Iraq war these agent Muslim rulers not only supported American financially but also donated Muslim blood by sending Muslim armies to help America. And till today, whether it is Wana or Afghanistan the treacherous rulers are killing their own Muslim brothers with their own hands. In this so-called war on terrorism the whole Ummah is on one side whilst the traitor Muslim rulers, flanked with the imperialist, are on the other. Muslims during their history of more than thousand years had been exposed to various tragedies but they always had that platform and umbrella under which they could come together and deal with the crises. That platform was that of the state. Whether it was the onslaught of the Tartars or the warring crusades, Muslims did lose ground temporarily but never accepted defeat or slavery. Knowing this Kufar demolished the platform through which Muslims used to unify their strength, courage and the strength of their Iyman (belief) i.e. the Islamic State. This is what the prophet of Allah Muhmmad (saaw) point towards when he said: إنّمَا الاِمَامُ جُنّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتّقَى بِهِ“Indeed, only the Khaleefah is a shield, from behind whom the Muslims fight and by whom the Muslims are protected.” (Muslim)Khilafah in its weakest period continued to fulfil its responsibility of being a shield. In 1901 Sultan Abdul Hameed II rejected the proposal of the head of the Zionist movement, Dr. Herzl, of allowing Jews to settle permanently in Palestinian in return for monetary benefits, even though at that time Khilafah was in debt. Just hundred years ago at a time when the Uthmani Khilafah was mocked as the Sick Old Man of Europe, the French staged a play that defamed the RasullAllah (sallAllaho alayhi wa sallam), written by Voltaire. The French ambassador was duly summoned by the Khaleefah. The French envoy was first made to wait for a few hours. Then Khalifah Abdul-Hamid II then came out in full battle dress. He then laid a sword out in front of the envoy and the envoy was ordered to leave. France got the message and stopped the play. Same warning was issued to Britain, the reply was that the tickets were sold out, and banning the play would be an infringement on the freedom of its citizens. So the following edict was issued by the Khaleefah, saying in no unclear terms, “I will issue an edict to the Islamic Ummah declaring that Britain is attacking and insulting our Prophet. I will declare Jihad.” Hence when this ultimatum reached Britain, she also stopped the play. In contrast everybody knows the response of our rulers when Denmark disrespected the Messenger of Allah (saaw). This fact might be astonishing for a lot of people that just two centuries ago during the rule of Khaleefah Salem III his governor of Algeria, used to collect annually $642,000 worth of gold and 12,000 Uthmani gold liras as tax. This was in return for the freeing of American prisoners in Algeria and to grant safe passage for American ships in the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, a call of one woman used to be enough to mobilise the armies of Khaleefah Mo’tasim Billah and in another case the armies of wali of Iraq, Hajaj bin Yousaf, whilst today more than fifty dumb and deaf rulers cannot hear the screams of thousands of Muslim women coming from Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq. This is the difference between one Khaleefah and more than fifty agents rulers.
To attract Ummah’s attention towards the dire need for the establishment of the Khilafah ‘ala Minhaj an-Nabowah and to help the Ummah realise the problems faced by the Ummah in the absence of this Khialfah, Hizb ut-Tahrir is going to observe “Yum-e-Saqoot-e-Khilafat” (the day of the destruction of the Khilafah) on 28th Rajab 1427 A.H. corresponding to 22nd August 2007, throughout the world. This includes Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Pakistan among other countries. In order to highlight this huge tragedy and the need for the unification of the Ummah under a single Ameer by establishing the Khilafah, Hizb ut-Tahrir has decided different activities for different countries. In this regard over 500,00 leaflets in total have been distributed in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and some other cities. Furthermore, in the last few days activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir have given over 1,500 public speeches in markets, buses, wagons, outside Mosques and other public places in which they not only presented a clear picture of the current miserable situation of the Ummah but also invited them to become the world power by establishing the Khilafah. Moreover, sticker and poster campaign has also been initiated in which tens of thousands of stickers and poster will be plastered across major cities of Pakistan. Hizb ut-Tahrir in reference to this date wants to produce mass awareness that the only practical method to solve all major problems of the Muslim Ummah is to establish the Khilafah ‘ala Minhaj an-Nabowah. On that day we must pledge that we would not hesitate to sacrifice anything including our life and property in our struggle to establish the Khilafah. And we will take the Ummah in this world to the position, which it deserves.
Naveed Butt - The Official Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan