The following is the draft translation of the speech of the Sheikh, please note the translation does not do justice to the speech which was in a powerful poetic style, please refer to the arabic source for accurate meanings:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Speech Of The Amir Of Hizb ut-Tahrir, The Scholar Sheikh Ata’ Ibn Khaleel Abu Al-Rishta (May Allah Protect Him) To All The Muslims On The Occasion Of The Anniversary Of Eighty-five Years Since The Destruction Of The Khilafah
Alhamdullilah and prayer and peace be upon Rasulallah (saw) and on his relatives, companions and those who follow him.
Yesterday was the memorandum of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi’raj, the Muslims celebrated, the speakers gave speeches, the spokesmen talked, and revealed their yearning for Al-Aqsa and for praying in it, then the singers sang praisings and songs, some wept and others grieved… but those spokesmen and speakers and chanters did not mention what protected Al-Aqsa and Palestine, and when it was eliminated, Palestine and Al-Aqsa were gone as well, they did not mention Al-Khilafah the protector of religion and life, they did not mention Al-Khalifah who they fight behind him and are protected by him, isn’t this strange and bizarre?!
We talk about Palestine and Al-Aqsa, about Al-Mi’raj and land of Israa’, the good blessed land, and we do not mention the Khilafah which conquered it, and which saved it, and protected it… The speakers did not mention how this blessed land could be restored, while a few of its people call openly for sharing it with Jews, the speakers didn’t mention how the helmet of Islam could be protected, and how honor and sanctities could be protected, and how tearing of Muslims could be stopped, and how to eliminate the influence of the Kafer colonists in the Muslim countries, isn’t this strange and bizarre?!
Today we remember the eighty fifth anniversary of the destruction of the Khilafah in Istanbul, by the Kafer colonists with the help of the treacherous Muslims from Arabs and Turks, on the 28 of Rajab in the year 1342 Hijri corresponding to the third of March in the year 1924 CE, and things are the same, nations fall upon us like the beasts which fall on its bowl, and we are more than one billion but similar to the scum on the sea?!
Yesterday we sent an address to you, to hurry with us to re-establish the Khilafah, we sent an address for you which called you towards the glory of this life and the afterlife, and which called you to follow the correct path and the straight road. We called you to work with us perseveringly, and never feel at rest until the flag of Al-Ukab is raised, the flag of Rasulallah (saw) to flutter high in the sky, so that you will be again the best nation sent to mankind.
How and with what did you respond?
A group of you responded and walked with the procession (together with or behind it) and accompanied us in the march to the inevitable where we will re-establish the Khilafah by the will of Allah, and raise the flag. So may Allah bless that group and reward it well.
But there were others who talked after the address:
Some said: these are deceived by their religion, Hizb ut-Tahrir is conceited by itself, it dreams about establishing the Khilafah, it is impossible to do that these days! We say; is Hizb ut-Tahrir dreaming when it recites the promise of Allah of succession to those who believe and do goodness;
((وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ))
“Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them.” [An-Nur: 55]
Is Hizb ut-Tahrir dreaming when it reads the Hadith of Rasulallah (saw) of the new return of the Khilafah:
«... ثم تكون خلافة على منهاج النبوة»
“…Then there will be Khilafah on the steps of the prophecy”?
Would the Khilafah be impossible in the countries of the Muslims? Would ruling by Islam be impossible in the countries of the Muslims? And ruling by other than Islam in the countries of the Muslims be impossible but an actual fact? What’s wrong with you, how do you judge?
It was said that Hizb ut-Tahrir has no other merchandise except the Khilafah, wherever it goes it talks about the Khilafah, it doesn’t know anything else, and has no other companion…
Yes, the Khilafah is the merchandise and the industry, it is the glory and the defense, it is the protector of religion and life, it is the origin and decision, with it Ahkam are executed, and the hudud are implemented, conquests are achieved and heads are raised high by truth. It is the one with which the Muslims ruled, even before staring to prepare Rasulallah (saw) to be buried -in spite of the importance and gravity of that matter- all because of the greatness of the Khilafah and its importance. The great Sahaba (companions) found that it was more important to be engaged with it (appointing a Khalifah), than that great duty: which was to prepare Rasulallah (saw) to be buried.
Yes, the Khilafah is the merchandise and the industry, it is the one which will destroy state of Jews and return Palestine all of Palestine completely to the lands of Islam, it will destroy the dominion of Hindus in Kashmir, and that of Russians in Chechnya, all of the Caucuses and Tatarstan, it will return Kyrine to its origin, and all the countries of Islam to their origin and resolution. It will liberate the countries and the people from the influence of the Kafer and its allies, and the tyranny of its men and followers. It will forbid the tearing of Iraq and Sudan, and return integrity to Somalia, and eliminate the borders and obstructions which the Kafer colonists had drawn from the Pacific Ocean where there is Indonesia and Malaysia to the Atlantic ocean where there is Morocco and Andalusia. It will spread justice and goodness and glorify Muslims and Islam, it will eliminate oppression, evil and will disgrace Kufur and Kuffar.
Someone may say, will the Khilafah do all of this? Will it give us victory and drive defeat away? We say, yes, Allah (swt) says:
((إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ))
“O ye who believe! If ye will help (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly” [Muhammad: 7]
The actual victory of Allah is not complete except by the establishment of the state of Islam which implements its Ahkam, if it was established Allah will grant triumph to it, it will be solidified and glorified, it will be respected by its friends and feared by its enemies. Rasulallah says about this:
«الإمام جُنَّة يُقاتل من ورائه ويُتقى به»
“The Imam is a shield, we fight behind him and are protected by him” so the Khalifah and the Khilafah are a shield, that means a protection, and he who has protection, will finally be victorious by the will of Allah, his rights won’t be lost, nor his country, and his enemies dare not come near him. This is illustrated by the history of the Khilafah, so where is Byzantine and its scepter? Where are Madian and the emperors of Kisra?
Who raised the voice with Allahu Akbar in those countries which spread on the length and width of the earth, from ocean to ocean, if it was not for the state of Islam and the soldiers of Islam and justice of Islam? If the Khilafah knew about another land across the two oceans east and west, it would have waded through their waters to call for Allah Al-Raheem Al-Azeez Al-Hakeem. (Allah the most Gracious, most Merciful, most honored and most sapient)
It is obvious from the import of these statements that our call did not affect some people, because they still believe that the issue of the Khilafah is so far that it is impossible, such people do not need more speeches or addresses, because they are overwhelmed with what overwhelmed them.
There were other statements after the address; those who said it were shy, as if they admit their helplessness or inability to follow the procession:
A few smiled after hearing the address and went along,
A few indulged in the language and chose the best of expressions to praise the address and then went along,
All of these responded to the address by words and not by deeds, which is worthless, it is similar to someone who draws a loaf for a hungry person.
Others took another side from what preceded and said:
Yes, the promise of Allah is the truth, and the good tidings of his Rasul is the truth, but this has its time in the Book of Allah, it will be realized when its time is due, so there is no need for a party to work for it these days, when the rulers are pursuing those who call for Islam, they torture them until death, so there is no need to bear hardships for something which will come in due time!
This saying reveals a bit of piety, but it is that of the simple people or lets say the common amongst the Muslims. It is true that the Khilafah will come back, and it will come back in the due time which Allah knows. But Allah (swt) will not send angels from the sky to establish it for the people, it is not that the people will sleep and wake up to see the Khalifah and the Khilafah saluting them and wishing them a good morning!
Allah has norms in this universe, which were brought to us by his messengers and prophets, that the promise of Allah and the good tidings of His Rasul will be realized by the work of the faithful, honest people, this is the path which Rasulallah (saw) and his companions followed, as well as the other Khulafah who came after them.
Rasulallah (saw) prayed for Allah with his Companions in Mecca, in an atmosphere full of the brutality of ignorance and its tyranny. Rasulallah (saw) continued to call for Islam, and asked support from the tribes thirteen times, he sent Mus’ab to Medina, he bore harm and difficulties until he was able to establish the first Islamic state in Medina. All of this and Rasulallah was inspired by Allah, and he is the most beloved to Allah of all creatures, yet Allah did not send angels for Rasulallah to establish the state for him while he and his companions sat without any work, nor were they asleep and when they woke up and opened their eyes they found a state and army ready, they did not gather the spoils without making any effort for the call to Allah as He wishes and likes. This is not how it was, Rasulallah struggled and struggled in Mecca, he emigrated in distress, he fought in Badr, he arranged the rows, and prepared the people for fighting, then he entered Al-Areesh asking Allah to grant victory to him, it was after and not before that, when Allah sent his angels to fight with the Muslims…. Did you see how? The angels fight alongside with the Muslims and not on their behalf, while they are sitting doing nothing. This is how it is in all times and places, Allah supports with his angels and his triumph and with supplies from Him, only Allah knows about his soldiers, but all of this is not on behalf of the Muslims but in support for them while they work faithfully and honestly.
This is the norm of Allah concerning his creation, Rasulallah manifested it for his companions and his successors followed it after him, When they heard and read about the Hadith of Rasulallah (saw) concerning the conquest of Constantinople and how he praised its Amir and army, each Khalifah was keen to send an army to conquer it, asking Allah to realize the glad tidings on his hands, so that he will deserve that great praise. They did not stop conquering to be rewarded by Allah by opening it while they were asleep and doing nothing. This is how the Muslims understood the Hadith about the glad tidings, to be a stimulus for serious work so that the glad tidings will be realised by their hands, and not to sit cross legged waiting for the glad tidings to be realized while they are just sitting.
Aren’t eighty-five years of falling into guilt enough for those who did not work to find a Khalifah and pay him homage, to repent and work with those who work? Didn’t Rasulallah (saw) say:
«ومن مات وليس في عنقه بيعة مات ميتة جاهلية»
“Whosoever dies while there was no bay’ah (pledge of allegiance to Khalifah) dies the death of Jahiliyya (ignorance).” Isn’t it time for the hearts of those who believe, to be humble when mentioning Allah and the truth which was revealed?
Aren’t eighty-five years of alienation and the non existence of Khilafah enough -until we became like orphans on the table of the wicked- weren’t those years enough for us to become aware and wake up?
Aren’t eighty-five years of the falling of the nations on us similar to the falling of the beasts on their dish, don’t we take lessons and learn.
Aren’t eighty five years of consequent disasters on our heads enough:
The Jews usurped Palestine, and spread to other than Palestine, here you can observe their crimes in Palestine and Lebanon reaching the people, trees and stones, and any bad deed which any person could think of, yet the rulers of Muslims, instead of leading their armies -which are contained in the camps- to Jihad, you see their representatives meeting in Malaysia and Lebanon, then rush out to New York seeking solutions from the resolutions of the Security Council, the resolutions of the Kafer Colonist countries, the resolutions of America the greatest guardian for Jews. So if the 1701 resolution was issued they will snatch it and clap for the selling of the Lebanese blood, for a fatal resolution in the market of the American-French struggle, they bless it while it achieves for the Jews what they could not realize by wars!
These are your rulers Oh Muslims, the Jews assault and undertake crimes, and the rulers are heedless, they even support Jews and clap for them, the best is the one who will shake up and say: if the aggression of Jews to Lebanon came near to me I will interfere, as if the hitting of Jews to his borders is not getting near to him! Another sends a delegation to Gaza Strip convincing them to forgive the Jews and make a truce with them, he finds no harm in the slaughtering and killing which Jews commit in Palestine, to recommend forgiveness and excuse and that Allah favors the charitable!
This is our catastrophe in Palestine and what is around it, but the lands of Muslims are burdened with other disasters, the Hindus usurped Kashmir, and Russians tightened their grip on Chechnya all of Caucuses and Tatarstan, Kyrine is gone, after being the fortress of Muslims in the north of the Black Sea, the twin of its fortress in the south, then America, Britain and their allies invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, in China the grip was tightened on East Turkistan by killing and driving away, the influence of the Kafer Colonists spread in the Muslim countries…. So aren’t these years which are full of disasters on our heads are enough to make the blood boil in our veins, and move the bodies and the feet and the minds and hearts, to return the glory of Islam by restoring its state?
Isn’t it strange and bizarre to have among us, after all what we learnt of glory which we lived under Al-Khilafah and what we witnessed of humiliation after the demolishment of the Khilafah, until we became the lowest of nations, insignificant and worthless, isn’t it strange and bizarre to have among us some people who do not work to restore the Khilafah again, and accomplish this great duty, the correct and straight path to the glory of life and the afterlife?
Isn’t it strange and bizarre to have among us he who says it is impossible for the Khilafah to be restored, or some who say, establish the Khilafah and after establishing it, we will support and back you and witness that you are truthful, or some who say there is no need to work for it, because it will be established in its due time, so why bear the trouble for something that will come on its due time which is mentioned in the Kitab (Quran)?!
Then isn’t it strange and bizarre and sad, that after someone shows support he will retreat when things become serious, he mentions one excuse after another. But if he gave the support, he would be with Mus’ab, Usaid, Saad and Asad, he will rejoice in the victory of Allah in life exactly as they did, and he will win the pleasure of Allah in the afterlife, and he will sit with them on a chair of truthfulness in front of God - the most capable?
I swear by Allah, you will not return to be the best nation sent to people, unless you get ready to establish the Khilafah, I swear by Allah, that you will not get the prestige which Allah and His Rasul like, unless you judge by his Shari’ah, and you will find no resistance in yourselves and you submit with full submission.
I swear by Allah that disgrace will not leave you and you will not be masters of the world, unless you cling to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, hold tightly to them wherever you stay or travel.
Yesterday we made an address for you, some responded, some supported some were reluctant and some let us down….
Today we won’t tell you that those who responded and supported are enough, and away with those who were reluctant and who let us down. But we hope that Allah will guide those who were reluctant to the rational matter, and strengthen the will of those who let us down. To return back to the former goodness, we will continue to call you to the glory of this life and the afterlife, because the leader does not say that his people are liars, he believes them and advises them, there will be goodness in this nation until the day of judgement, those who let us down yesterday, may follow us today or tomorrow, because we carry goodness and advice by the will of Allah, these two things will have a place in the hearts and will push the astray to repent by the will of Allah.
As for us, we Shabab of Hizb ut-Tahrir, we won’t despair, and whether you hurry up to support and help, or were slow, we will stick to our commitment to Allah, and will follow the guidance of Rasulallah (saw), nothing will stop us -by the will of Allah. Neither the conspiracies of the Kuffar nor their deceit, nor the prisons of the agents or their tyranny, nor the aggravation of misery and the long awaiting of relief, nor the hardness of living and difficulty of the way out, we will continue to walk fast in perseverance and diligence, and faithfulness to Allah, and honesty to His Rasul pledging Allah to honor us by enabling us to establish the Khilafah, because it fills the eye and the heart, and it is the goodness from the creator of mankind, we see it in our own eyes, although they think it is distant, we feel relieved by its closeness, if the crisis aggravates, our eyes look there: to help from Allah and a near victory, and a greater pleasure from Allah, and bring good news to the believers.
The saying of Allah (swt) is enough for us;
((إِنَّا لَنَنْصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْأَشْهَادُ))
“We will, without doubt, help Our messengers and those who believe, (both) in this world's life and on the Day when the Witnesses will stand forth.” [Ghafer 51]
Our last prayer is Al-Hamdulillah Rab Al-Alameen
Wassalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
28 Rajab 1427 AH
22 August 2006 CE
The profile of the Sheikh, his books and other speeches, articles, etc are available on his website in Arabic: http://www.hizb-ut-tahrir.info/arabic/index.php/HTAmeer