The following is from a series of letters from the Da'wah carriers in Uzbekistan which have been translated.
First of all, all praise is to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, Who has created mankind as well as the whole universe, Who has shown to the mankind what is good and what is bad, what is halal and what is haram through His Scripture and His Prophet, so that people can attain the best of the two worlds. We pray to Him for creating us as believers. May Allah soon give the victory, help, forgiveness and benevolence to all people of Imaan. Whoever reads this letter and draws the right conclusions, may Allah cure his soul, grant him and his family His benevolence and prosperity and may He be pleased with him in this life and in the Akhirah.
Assalamu alaykum, my dear brothers. First of all, how is your physical wellbeing in what is needed for the worldly happiness? May Allah grant you good health, long life, and healthy Imaan and may He establish you in the ranks among the true believers in this life and the Akhirah. May He not make you of those who are fooled by the Kuffaar, full of enmity to Allah and the Muslims, and may He also make you unlike those who are frightened by them or have sold their akhirah and their imaan for worldly gain. Ameen.
May Allah be pleased with you. O my dear Muslim brothers, the reason I am writing you this letter is first of all to please Allah, to share with you the experience and knowledge I have gained during the last three years spent in the prisons of Uzbekistan. That is, the reality of those polytheists and sinful tyrants, who have become slaves to the Kuffaar, the worst in enmity to Allah and the Muslims, have sold their Akhirah and forgone their faith for the sake of petty worldly gains. The first lesson was the understanding of the true meanings of this worldly life and the Deen of Islam that I learned after reading the book “The System of Islam”, authored by the mujtahid and thinker Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. I realized, that worldly life is created by Allah and is finite. As for the Deen of Islam, Allah created the whole universe and mankind, taught men what is good and what is bad, what is allowed and what is prohibited, piety and sin, so that they can attain the happiness of both worlds and establish their relationships with their parents, wives, relatives and all other people on the right basis. He, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, has expressed these rules in His Book, showed them via His Messenger and named the sum of all these rules, “Islam”. Whoever declares that this Deen cannot govern people and their relationships becomes an infidel. And now I am going to truthfully inform you of the crimes committed by the Kuffaar, worst in enmity to Allah and Muslims, together with those who were fooled, or sold their akhirah for the sake of their petty worldly rewards. Allah is a witness to all my words. My brethren, the enemies of Allah – the Kuffaar – have separated us from our parents, brothers and sisters, wives and children for believing in Allah. As a result of this, our parents became childless and brothers, brotherless. Our wives became widows shedding bitter tears; our children live like orphans, needy for paternal love.
However, this did not satisfy the Kuffaar; they sent us thousands of kilometres away from home. They fed us with food, which is food only in name, since it provides no nutrition at all. Even this was not enough for the Kaafir, curse be upon him and his puppets, so now they are trying to rob us of our Lord; they encroach upon our faith. The capital crime in this prison is salah. If they catch any brother performing his prayer, they whip him and beat his heel with truncheons, put him into isolation wards and torture him by depriving him of food. Early in the morning they force us to sing their anthem, which is nothing but Shirk. Whoever rejects singing is beaten and tortured. They force us to thank and ask for the president’s (the base-born Kaafir) pardon, i.e. to say, “We love our president and ask for his pardon”. All these things continue.
Dear brothers, by uncovering all these crimes I do not pursue a goal of making you feel sorry, either for me, or my brothers. Rather, I want you to clearly distinguish the Kaafir, as well as those who have exchanged their akhirah for their reward and realize how far in tyranny, oppression and sin they all have gone. May Allah save us from going astray. Dear brethren, do not feel sorry for my brothers and I. These tests are in the Wisdom of Allah. We believe that these hardships, inshaa’Allah, are to purify us from sin, while at the same time to increase the sins of others.
Allah Subhanahu says in His Book,
“Let not the Unbelievers think that our respite to them is good for themselves, We
grant them respite that they may grow in their iniquity, but they will have a shameful punishment.” [TMQ Aali ‘Imraan, 178]
Dear brothers, if my belief in the correctlness of my way before being arrested would equal one sack, now it equals, praise be to Allah, ten times that. I do not have enough words or capacity to express what I have seen and have learned. But I hope that, with the help of Allah, you will come to the right conclusion and be able to distinguish between right and wrong. My brethren, I love you all for the sake of Allah, I wish you the pleasure of Allah and favours of Paradise that I wish for myself. Dear brothers, how can you, being Muslims, watching all these crimes and evil
deeds, keep silent and confirm them!? If you only knew, that confirming the sin and disobedience makes you one of the sinful, confirming the kufr makes you of the Kuffaar! That your silence makes you guilty in this sin!
The Messenger of Allah said, “If any of you face a munkar, change it with your hands. If you are unable, change it with your tongue. If not able, dislike it in your heart. However, this is the weakest of faith.” Dear brothers, how could you obey this Kaafir, faithless, base-born president and his constitution, which is nothing more than a system of Kufr? How could you obey this oppressor, who prohibits what Allah has allowed, who allows what Allah has prohibited, who legalizes what Allah has made unlawful and outlaws what Allah has made legal!? May Allah make us firm-footed in His right path and let us be amongst the true Muslims on the Day of Judgment. Ameen.
Not only has Allah prescribed us in His Book what is halal and what is not, He also taught us who is our friend and who is our real enemy. Allah says,
“As to those who turn (for friendship) to Allah, His Messenger, and the (Fellowship of) Believers, it is the Fellowship of Allah that must certainly triumph” [TMQ Al- Maa’idah, 56]
And Allah warns us and says, “Verily, Allah guides not a people unjust” [TMQ Al-Maa’idah, 51]
Dear brothers, in fact, the most Sacred and Merciful, the One worthy of prostrating to and the One worthy of admiration for the believers is Allah Subhanahu, the true Legislator. Please remember that we still exist. I hope the verses from the Qur’an that I recited in my letter and my thoughts shall serve you as a good reminder. Allah says,
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another; they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil” [TMQ At-Taubah, 71]
And Allah says, “Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they committed; evil indeed were the deeds which they did” [TMQ, Maa’adah, 79].
In these and many other verses Allah orders to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil. This should be a lesson for every Muslim to be learned. In another verse, Allah mentions about the existence of a party that must invite to what is good, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, “Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity” [TMQ Aali ‘Imraan, 104]
My dear brothers, there is such a party amongst you, which is said to attain Allah’s pleasure, which enjoins what is right and forbids what is wrong; It is Hizb ut-Tahrir. It is a party that sees its major task as liberating Muslims from the oppressive colonialism of the Kaafireen, their systems of kufr and their civilisation, which leads people astray. We do hope that whoever follows its path shall definitely attain felicity. You should not lose your faith either, because Allah says in His Book,
“Truly, no one despairs of Allah’s soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith” [TMQ Yusuf, 87]
Dear brethren, I would like to give you some advice, with all respect to your position and age - never be satisfied with the favours of this worldly life, which are finite, do not be indifferent to the hereafter and never turn your faces away from the truth after you have heard it. My brothers, pray only to Allah Almighty. Praying to him means obeying His orders and refraining what He has forbidden. In His Holy Book,
Allah says to Muslims, “Heed not the type of despicable man, ready with oaths, A slanderer, going about with calumnies, (Habitually) hindering (all) good, transgressing beyond bounds, deep in sin” [TMQ Al-Qalam, 10-12]
These qualities revealed by Allah are in full correspondence with the qualities of Karimov, may Allah’s curse be upon him. Or do you not see that he is an evil person? Or have you forgotten that he breaches his oaths? Do not you realize that he is imprisoning Muslims and even encroaches upon Muslim women? Or do you deny that he is an obstacle between the people and the Deen of Allah, deep in sin, who is, after all, a base-born Kaafir? Dear Muslim brothers, I hope you shall draw the right conclusions from my experience and appeal to you. Maybe after reading my letter you will shed some tears or burn in anger. I beg Allah Almighty to make your tears atonement for your sins, to invoke your anger from your faith. May Allah save us from punishment and hardships of this worldly life and the akhirah. May He grant us the rewards of this life and the akhirah and put our feet firmly on the right path. Ameen.
Dear brethren, we constantly beg Allah in your favour, please do the same in our favour, since prayers have no bounds or distances. The One who accepts our prayers is All-Capable and Merciful. Again, we ask Allah to grant you all the good, to speed His help and victory.
Yours Sincerely, your Muslim brother who loves you for the sake of Allah.
April 13th 2002