بِسْمِ الله الرَّحمَنِ الرَحيم
On 12 July 2007, President General, Pervez Musharraf, addressed the Muslims of Pakistan about the violent siege of Lal Masjid and Jami’a Hafsa. As Musharraf addressed the Muslims, hundreds of dead were being counted, including women and children, security forces personnel, soldiers and hufaz of Qur’an. Moreover in the days after his speech, the Muslims had to count even more dead as Musharraf had deployed thousands of additional troops to the tribal areas, escalating the confrontation there.
Strikingly, Musharraf’s speech was cautious and only thirty-three minutes long, far shorter than previous addresses to the nation. His anxiousness was not only because of the widespread outrage and grief of the people at the loss of Muslim life. His anxiousness was also because even as he spoke to the Muslims, his instructions to hide the size of his crime in Lal Masjid were being frantically carried out and preparations for bloodshed in the tribal areas were underway.
And it was within this speech that Musharraf offered his justification for the loss of life by saying, “there was a great pressure on me from Pakistanis to take action and establish the writ of the government that was repeatedly being challenged.”
However, the pressure that he actually paid any regard to was pressure from the Americans, for whom Muslim blood has no value. Well before the siege of Lal Masjid, there was a series of visits to Pakistan by senior American government and military officials. The Americans carried the same demand, that Musharraf crush both “extremism” and the resistance to the American occupation of Afghanistan from Pakistan’s tribal areas.
And it was only after Musharraf finished spilling blood in Lal Masjid, and after he began preparations for spilling more blood in the tribal areas, that the celebrating Americans praised Musharraf. On 12 July 2007, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher, declared, “This is the vision for Pakistan that President Musharraf has articulated and demonstrated by reiterating his resolve to stop Talibanization in the frontier areas as well as extremism within urban areas such as the Red Mosque compound. It is strongly in the US national interest that Pakistan succeeds in realizing this vision.”
So, what is the reality of the American national interest that Musharraf is willing to spill so much Muslim blood for?
As for dealing with “extremism” in the cities, “extremism” is a Western invention that is used as a label for opposition to the norm that the West seeks to impose upon the Ummah, such as occupying its lands and preventing the implementation of Islam over her. So, anybody who either calls for the ruling by Islam or for the liberation of occupied lands, whether in Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir or Afghanistan, is condemned as an “extremist.” This is why throughout the Islamic Lands, America has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on removing Islam from the text books of children and persecuting the Muslims who call for the establishment of an Islamic State.
As for crushing the tribal resistance to America’s occupation in Afghanistan, America knows very well from its disastrous experience in Somalia and Iraq that Muslims motivated by a desire for martyrdom are a formidable enemy, no matter how small their numbers or how poorly armed. So, America, whose own soldiers are infamous for their cowardice, demands that the Muslim soldiers of the Pakistani Army fight on its behalf. Indeed, Musharraf has already sacrificed hundreds of Muslim soldiers to secure America’s occupation of Afghanistan.
And the Americans are already demanding even more Muslim blood to secure their interests. On 15 July, US President Bush’s National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, declared that Musharraf is “doing more. We are urging him to do more, and we’re providing our full support to what he’s contemplating.”
So, the writ that Musharraf actually seeks to establish is that of the American national interest within Pakistan. This is why Musharraf willingly turns Muslim against Muslims whenever America demands, but turns a blind eye whenever it is Muslims that need protection. And this is why there was no sign of the writ of the government on 12 May 2007, as Karachi counted its dead, or whenever the American forces repeatedly slaughter the Muslims in the tribal areas, as happened in Bajaur.
O Muslims of Pakistan!
Under the banner of “dealing with extremism,” America seeks to crush your demand for the implementation of Islam. And under the banner of “fighting terrorists,” America demands your sons in the armed forces lay down their lives to secure the American occupiers of Afghanistan.
As for your ruler, he eagerly helps the Americans at every step, paving the way for an American Raj over you with the bones of your dead.
So, will you not raise your voice against his heinous crimes? Will you not stand with the youth of Hizb ut-Tahrir as they stand to speak the word of truth before the unjust ruler? RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
أَفْضَلَ الْجِهَادِ كَلِمَةُ حَقٍّ عِنْدَ سُلْطَانٍ جَائِرٍ
“The foremost Jihad is speaking the word of truth in front of the unjust ruler.” (Ahmad)
O Muslims of the armed forces!
You are the protectors of the Muslims, defenders of the Islamic Lands, and the Muslims of the tribal areas are your brothers. Musharraf is only sending you to fight your brothers to secure the American occupation of Afghanistan. Killing fellow Muslims without right is a grave sin in Islam. RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
سِبَابُ الْمُسْلِمِ فُسُوقٌ وَقِتَالُهُ كُفْرٌ
“Insulting a Muslim is Fusuq and killing him is Kufr” (Bukhari)
And remember, Islam has forbidden the Muslim from disobeying Allah سبحانه وتعالى for the sake of any man. RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
لَا طَاعَةَ لِمَخْلُوقٍ فِي مَعْصِيَةِ اللَّهِ
“No obedience to the created, in disobedience to Allah” (Ahmad)
O people of power!
Matters are in your hands and the situation remains on your side. You are fully capable of removing this oppressive ruler and providing your people that which they desire more than life itself, the ruling by Islam. Hizb ut-Tahrir calls you again to uproot Musharraf and re-establish the Khilafah in his place.
And know that Allah سبحانه وتعالى has promised that those of you who believe and do righteous deeds will be granted succession in ruling, providing security after a time of fear. Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed,
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُم فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمْ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لاَ يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا
"Allah has promised those amongst you who believe, and do righteous deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession in ruling on the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen for them. And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear provided they worship Me and do not associate anything in worship with Me." [Surah an-Nur 24: 55]
16 July 2007