Monday, August 30, 2010

View on the News-26-08-2010

Americans are conflicted on Islam

A new poll showed Tuesday, revealing a sharp drop in support for the Muslim faith since 2005 even though less people see it as a violent religion. A slim majority (51 percent) objected to the building of an Islamic center and mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. But 62 percent of the 1,003 people surveyed last week by the respected Pew Research Center agreed that Muslims should have the same rights as other groups to build houses of worship in local communities. In July 2005, 41 percent of those questioned in a similar poll had a favorable opinion of Islam. That number plummeted to just 30 percent in Tuesday's survey. However, the percentage that were unfavorable to Islam rose only slightly from 36 percent to 38 percent, and almost a third of those questioned said they didn't know how they felt about the Muslim faith. Last year, 38 percent of those polled said they thought Islam was more likely than other religions to encourage violence. That number had slipped to 35 percent in the latest poll. But fewer people, 42 percent rather than 45 percent, believed the inverse was true and almost a quarter were now undecided on Islam's propensity to drive violent behavior. The results, as in the past, were partisan. By a ratio of more than two-to-one, Republicans had an unfavorable opinion of Islam, whereas 41 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the faith.

In report, CIA worried about U.S. terror exports

The United States has long been an exporter of terrorism, according to a secret CIA analysis released Wednesday by the Web site WikiLeaks. And if that phenomenon were to become a widely held perception, the analysis said, it could damage relations with foreign allies and dampen their willingness to cooperate in "extrajudicial" activities, such as the rendition and interrogation of terrorism suspects. That is the conclusion of the three-page classified paper produced in February by the CIA's Red Cell, a think tank set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet to provide "out-of-the-box" analyses on "a full range of analytic issues." CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf played down the significance of the paper: "These sorts of analytic products - clearly identified as coming from the Agency's 'Red Cell' - are designed simply to provoke thought and present different points of view."

Mullen: Despite Attacks, No Delay in Iraq Withdrawal

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters in Chicago Wednesday the United States will not change its plans to draw down troops from Iraq. That's despite a string of attacks that swept the country this Wednesday morning. Admiral Michael Mullen spoke to a group of Chicago-area business leaders just hours after a series of car bombs and improvised explosive devices killed dozens of people across Iraq. He said, ”This is a - an effort on the part of Al Qaeda, in particular, in Iraq, to re-ignite the sectarian violence. “Just Tuesday the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq dropped below 50,000 for the first time since the initial invasion in 2003.

U.S. Weighs Expanded Strikes in Yemen

U.S. officials believe al Qaeda in Yemen is now collaborating more closely with allies in Pakistan and Somalia to plot attacks against the U.S., spurring the prospect that the administration will mount a more intense targeted killing program in Yemen.Such a move would give the Central Intelligence Agency a far larger role in what has until now been mainly a secret U.S. military campaign against militant targets in Yemen and across the Horn of Africa. It would likely be modeled after the CIA's covert drone campaign in Pakistan. The U.S. military's Special Operation Forces and the CIA have been positioning surveillance equipment, drones and personnel in Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia to step up targeting of al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, and Somalia's al Shabaab, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe the two groups are working more closely together than ever. "The trajectory is pointing in that direction," a U.S. counterterrorism official said of a growing nexus between the Islamist groups. He said the close proximity between Yemen and Somalia "allows for exchanges, training." But he said the extent to which AQAP and al Shabaab are working together is "hard to measure in an absolute way." Authorizing covert CIA operations would further consolidate control of future strikes in the hands of the White House, which has enthusiastically embraced the agency's covert drone program in Pakistan's tribal areas.

U.S. to spend $100 million on Afghan bases

The Pentagon says it plans to spend $100 million on air base expansions in Afghanistan with construction efforts continuing into at least 2011. Despite growing disaffection with the war and President Obama's pledge to begin withdrawing U.S. troops in July 2011, many of the projected installations have extended completion deadlines, The Washington Post reported Sunday. All three of the bases are for the sole use of U.S. forces. The House and Senate Appropriations committees have approved requests for an additional $1.3 billion for multiyear construction of military facilities in Afghanistan, the Post reported. The vote has yet to go before the full Senate. The United States has already set aside $5.3 billion to build facilities for the Afghan army and national police, with most of the "enduring facilities ... scheduled for construction over the next three to four years," a Pentagon release said. Troop withdrawal in 2011 does not mean the end of combat operations, as the three new projected bases indicate, the Post reported. The broader expansion of U.S. air facilities all over Afghanistan will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using helicopters, manned and unmanned aircraft.

US: Pakistan will keep up counterinsurgency fight

This week the Pakistani English newspaper reported that a senior US military official in Pakistan says he is confident that Islamabad will continue in its fight against insurgents despite devastating floods that have left 8 million people in need of assistance. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, the No. 2 U.S. military official in Pakistan, told reporters he is not sure whether the timing or scope of counterinsurgency operations will be affected by the flood. He referred those questions to the Pakistani government.But when pressed, he said he was still confident that Pakistan would maintain a ''dedicated, committed struggle against violent extremism.''

August 26 2010

Using the Sword to Spread Western Values

This article is taken from the Book "21st Century Western Imperialism and the Return of the Caliphate" written by Brother Abid Mustafa

“History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”
--De Lacy O'Leary

Whenever western governments mention weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Muslims in the same breath, the western media immediately breaks into a wild frenzy warning its people that a catastrophic event of epic proportions is about to unfold. Old European fables of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword are reinvented to convey the impression that Muslims are extremely dangerous, highly irresponsible and pay scant regard to human life. Hence the mantra of disarming Muslim countries of WMD has become the rallying cry of the West directed against the Muslim world.

In some cases the arguments are extended to justify the West’ s ongoing policy of regime change in Syria, Iran and perhaps Pakistan. However, a close study of Islamic rule in the past contradicts the popular western myth that Muslims are bloodthirsty people anxious to wipe out the rest of mankind in the name of Islam.

The same however, cannot be said about the West. The West armed with its secular doctrine and materialistic world-view proceeded to exploit, plunder and colonise vast populations in order to control resources and maximize wealth.

In pursuit of these newfound riches the West succeeded in destroying numerous civilisations such as the Incas, American Indians, Aztecs, and Aborigines. Those who survived colonization were forcibly converted to Christianity, stripped of their heritage and sold into bondage to western companies. For the indigenous people of Africa, India, Asia, Middle East and others, the promises of freedom quickly evaporated and were replaced by colonial rule. Rather than show remorse towards such atrocities the West could only gloat at its achievements. Technologies such as cannons, pistols, steam engines, machine guns, aeroplanes, mustard gas etc only hastened the acquisition of colonies and the exploitation of its people. Resistance offered by the natives towards their colonial masters was met by brute force – often resulting in the destruction of entire communities. When the West was not destroying the natives they were too busy annihilating each other in a desperate bid to cling on to their precious colonies. World Wars I and II are prime examples of the destructive nature of western values.

This is a description of the Old World where countries like England, France, and Germany built empires and accumulated immense wealth on the death and destruction of millions of innocent people.

Is the New World (America leading the West) any different today?
Take the example of the New World and its relationship with Afghanistan and Iraq. Liberation has become occupation; democracy has given way to colonial rule, devastation is termed as precision bombing and the slaughter of innocent Muslims is described as collateral damage. Meanwhile, American and British oil companies are queuing up to exploit the oil wells of Iraq and transport the energy reserves of the Caspian Sea to Europe via Afghanistan. The Islamic Caliphate in the past never treated mankind in such a barbaric fashion. Neither did the Caliphate spread Islam by force nor destroy civilizations. When Islam spread to Egypt, many Coptic Christians did not embrace Islam and today they still number approximately 7 million.

Likewise, when India was opened up to Islam the inhabitants were not coerced into accepting Islam. India today has a population of more than 750 million Hindus. Compare this to extermination of Muslim and Jews in the courts of the Spanish Inquisitors during the much coveted European renaissance. Those Jews that survived this Spanish holocaust were warmly welcomed by the Ottoman Caliphate. In Islamic Spain they flourished and became important members of the Islamic society.

Today the world has more to fear from the destructive nature of western values than WMD. In the past these values were enforced upon nations either through direct colonial rule or through tyrannical regimes loyal to the West. Presently, the greatest danger-facing mankind is the constant threat of the West imposing its values on the rest of the world through WMD.

February 17, 2008

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Q&A: Does the publishing of secret intelligence files on Wikileaks represent a threat to Obama's war in Afghanistan?


The leaking of official intelligence documents by the editor of Wikileaks has caused great concern for the Obama administration, particularly over its strategy in pursuing the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Do the leaks represent a major threat to Obama's war efforts in these countries? Can you also explain David Cameron's remarks in this regard?


Before answering this question the following points must be considered:

1. It is an open secret that the Afghan strategy pursued by the Bush administration has been an utter failure. The central tenets of the Bush strategy hinged on bolstering Karzai's legitimacy and capacity to govern, improving the capability of the Afghan army to provide security, co-opting moderate elements of the Pashtun resistance, and applying pressure on Pakistan to move against the Taliban and other mujahideen residing in the tribal areas. When Obama assumed office in 2009, he ordered his administration to conduct a complete review of the Bush strategy.

The initial Obama strategy-as well as the successive revisions to it-kept the central principles adopted by Bush, but augmented it with the deployment of extra US soldiers, increased the frequency of drone attacks against mujahideen on Pakistani soil and placed additional pressure on the Pakistani army to conduct operations in the tribal areas, in particularly the Waziristan region. Other modifications to the strategy such as reducing civilian causalities and strengthening civil institutions were merely cosmetic and designed to make the strategy more palatable for the domestic and international audience.
However, Obama's persistent quest to decrease the number of US troops deployed in Afghanistan by 2011, continuously undermined the strategy and spurred vicious debate not only between the Obama administration and the US military commanders on the ground, but also sharpened differences amongst allies and surrogate regimes like the Afghan and Pakistani governments.

From Obama's perspective a timetable for withdrawal is viewed as essential to boost the election fortunes of the Democratic Party to effectively compete in the 2012 US presidential elections. However, a number of military commanders and politicians have vehemently objected to the Obama administration for demanding too much from the US army within unrealistic deadlines - the most notable voice was that of General McChrystal whose outspokenness forced his early retirement from the US army. Even his replacement General Petraeus was unable to wholeheartedly proceed with the current Afghan strategy and was forced to make further amendments to some elements of the strategy. Karzai issued several statements calling for the allied forces to remain and stabilize Afghanistan beyond 2011. Whereas, Pakistan strongly protested that America would once again abandon Afghanistan and leave Pakistan to confront a vicious war with the Pashtuns on both sides of the border. Hence prior to the leaks, the Obama administration, in addition to the bitter complaints from its surrogates, faced growing dissent within the government, the political class and the US army.

2. For the past nine years, America has worked tirelessly to coerce Pakistan to play a greater role in stabilizing Afghanistan. Often, this meant that the leadership of the Pakistani army had to struggle to change the mindset of its army to fight America's war amongst its own citizens living in the tribal areas. Musharraf was an instrumental asset in this regard and when he could no longer serve his American masters, he was replaced by Kayani in the hope of him being more effective than his predecessor. So much so, that the Americans forced the Pakistani government to extend his tenure as Chief of Army Staff by another three years. The Prime minister of Pakistan Gilani, whilst renewing Kayani's term in office, said, "The success of military operations could only have been achieved under General Ashfaq Kayani's leadership," "These operations are at a critical stage and the successful continuation of these operations require continuation in the military high command." (Financial Times, July 23rd 2010).

However, the Americans have been disappointed by Kayani's efforts to mobilize the Pakistani army to support American military operations in Kandahar by moving against the Pakistani Taleban in North Waziristan, as well as other mujahideen groups. Despite several recent high profile visits of US officials to Pakistan and the allure of civil and military aid, Kayani has failed to undertake any concrete measures against the Taleban and mujaideen using its soil. This has delayed the start of the Kandahar operation and subsequently impacts Obama's election pledge of US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

3. As a result in the clear failure of the Obama administration in Afghanistan, in particular what accompanied the massacres of civilians, resulted in attacks by the Republicans over Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, Obama feared the impact upon voters, weakening the prospects of the Democratic Party in the next mid-term election later on this year, or in the presidential elections of 2012.

It is in this situation that the leak of official intelligence documents took place.

4. Close examination of the 90,000 or so documents leaked so far, reveal no new information regarding US strategy in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Rather a great majority of the documents related to the Af-Pak are critical of policies pursued by Bush. This is not surprising, as the documents are dated before Obama took office and announced his strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Therefore, the leak of official intelligence documents reveals the disadvantaged position of the Bush administration and not of the Obama Administration. In addition, the over inflated response by the Americans over the alleged support suggests that the leak was orchestrated by the Whitehouse. According to the website, Salon Times, Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet took New York Times reporters Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt to the White House last week to brief the administration on what they planned on publishing. And they all got gold stars. "I did in fact go the White House and laid out for them what we had," Baquet said. "We did it to give them the opportunity to comment and react. They did. They also praised us for the way we handled it, for giving them a chance to discuss it, and for handling the information with care. And for being responsible."

New York Times reporters met with the White House before publishing the WikiLeaks story, Salon, Jul 27 2010,

5. In light of the aforementioned points, we conclude that the Obama administration intentionally leaked old intelligence to serve two purposes;

Firstly, internally, to prove to the oppositions of the US Administration that the basis of the failure was under the previous administration, and here are the documents to prove it, and that the previous policy compelled Obama for a comprehensive review last fall. Speaking soon after the leak, Obama said, "While I am concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardise individuals or operations, the fact is these documents do not reveal any issues that have not already informed our public debate on Afghanistan. Indeed they point to the same challenges that led me to conduct an extensive review of our policy last fall." BBC Online, 27 July 2010

Secondly, to put greater pressure on Kayani to mobilize the Pakistani army to move against the Taliban and the Hiqanni group located in North Waziristan. It must be noted here that prior to Kayani taking over from Musharraf, Kayani served as the head of the ISI from 2004 to 2007. Hence the leak is a personal embarrassment for Kayani.

6. As for David Cameron's comments about Pakistan's duplicity, it has another purpose. It is to put pressure on Pakistan and to appear as it supports US strategy in Afghanistan, "wearing a mask" as in the tradition of British politics, but actually to embarrass Pakistan before the American people, in an attempt to drive a wedge between the US administration and Pakistan, by letting the American people know that Pakistani intelligence supported the Taliban in killing Americans!

In addition, any statement that shakes Pakistan, strengthens the status of India, the ally of Britain, and attracts the loyalty of the Indian public, not only the Congress government which is loyal to Britain. Any anti-Pakistan stance adopted by Britain, solidifies the relationship between Britain and India, particularly when Cameron has tied his Indian tour to a large trade delegation from the current British government to address the economic downturn, by establishing strong trade ties with other countries, notably India, which has a growing economic market. The strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries is reflected in economic activity.

22 of Shaban 1431 H
August 3 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Splitting of Sudan

The leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have recently made several statements on the future of Southern Sudan, indicating clearly that Southern Sudan is proceeding towards secession, which is exactly what America has been scheming for. This crime could not have been perpetrated had it not been for the treason of the Sudanese rulers, headed by Omar al-Bashir, and for their collaboration with America. His empty rhetoric of heroism is but a ploy to deceive the Ummah and absorb her anger in Sudan and abroad, and a botched attempt to absolve himself of the blame for adopting on 9 January 2005, together with his cronies, the Naivasha Agreement, which stipulated that the fate of a section of the Muslims’ lands should be put to an independence referendum.

The statements of the SPLM leaders propagating separation reflect the agreement they concluded with the leaders of the National Congress Party (NCP) over dismemberment of the south. This ebb and flow of rhetoric between the SPLM is part of the conspiracy against Southern Sudan which America deems and wants to turn into a state within the Great Lakes region.

The SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum said in his latest statement of 20 June 2010 that he had been promised recognition of the nascent state of Southern Sudan by the Security Council member states. He also accused the National Congress party of failing to make “unity attractive to the southerners”. This statement came after Pagan Amum had visited New York together with a delegation of senior officials of Southern Sudan, where they attended the Security Council’s meeting on 14 June 2010 during which the peace in Darfur and the Southern Sudan referendum were debated. Pagan also said during a press conference he held at the SPLM’s premises in Khartoum on 10 August 2009: “The choice of unity or secession will be based on the real interests of the southerners.” He pointed that “the NCP was attempting to impose unachievable conditions to thwart the arrangements of the self-determination referendum on the future Southern Sudan”. He added that 90% of the southerners were in favour of secession. The SPLM for its part threatened in July 2009, during a Southern Sudanese parliamentary session, to declare independence from the north ahead of the referendum if the NCP continued to place obstacles before the referendum law to deny the southerners the right to self-determination.

As for America, the statements of her officials, in addition to her manoeuvres on the ground, confirm her industrious endeavour to separate the south whose size constitutes 28% of Sudan’s overall surface area. US Vice-President Joe Biden reiterated America’s support for the referendum to be “credible” and on time. During a meeting with Southern Sudanese leaders on 10 June 2010 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Joe Biden pledged continued U.S. assistance to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in recognition of the serious threats to security faced by the South. The Washington Times mentioned that Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, whom it described as the Head of South Sudan’s mission to the United States, told its editors towards the end of 2009 that Washington was intensifying her efforts to help the southerners gain independence from the north and pumping huge funds to achieve this. He elucidated that a good chunk of the nearly $1 billion in annual U.S. aid to Southern Sudan is going to build roads, train police and form an army capable of protecting the region. He added: “The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state.”

America has also exhorted Muammar al-Qaddafi, her chief collaborator and agent in Africa, to propagate and support the secession of Southern Sudan in the referendum of 9 January 2011. Al-Qaddafi announced in Tripoli during his meeting with the Head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Darfur, Khalil Ibrahim, that the separation of Southern Sudan from the north could be a logical choice. He added that he approved the secession of Southern Sudan and that he would support it if it were the people’s choice. The First Vice President of Sudan and President of South Sudan government, Silva Kir, for his part revealed that al-Qaddafi had promised him to support Southern Sudan if it opted for independence. On 28 June 2009, Silva Kir told worshippers at the Saint Theresa’s Catholic cathedral in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, that during his visit to Tripoli in mid-June 2009, al-Qaddafi had requested a meeting at 03.00 am and confirmed to him Libya’s support if the southerners chose separation from the north. Silva Kir said: “Al-Qaddafi said the south should gain secession to either become an independent state or to merge with another state in East Africa.”

America aims to effectuate the crime of separating Southern Sudan through her local agents, such as the Arab League and the African Union, with a conspicuous Egyptian participation. Following a meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president, Silva Kir held a press conference in which he accused the Sudanese government of making the unity unattractive for the southerners. He said it would be possible for Southern Sudan to separate from the north in a referendum on self-determination due to be held in early 2011, as unity was no longer “appealing”. The Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ali Kerti, exhorted the Arab League and the African Union to undertake an influential and effective role in calling for the continued unity between the north and the south of Sudan and to oversee a trouble-free referendum that would satisfy all parties, to decide the fate of Southern Sudan. Omar al-Bashir for his part dissipated the trepidations of the southerners and reassured America during the Naivasha Agreement’s fifth anniversary commemoration, saying that Khartoum would be the first capital to recognise the new state in Southern Sudan if the southerners opted for independence from Sudan in the coming referendum.

Despite the ebb and flow of rhetorical declarations between the NCP and the SPLM, matters are afoot in the secession plan; on 22 June 2010, only two days after Pagan’s statement, the ruling party in Sudan and the SPLM held talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on the post-referendum arrangements, under the auspices of the African Union. The NCP delegation was headed in those negotiations by its Deputy Chairman Nafi Ali Nafi, while the SPLM delegation was headed by its Secretary-General Pagan Amum. The talks between the two sides focused on the main outstanding issues that had to be settled ahead of the referendum, namely the oil revenues, citizenship, foreign debts, the status of the southerners in the north, drawing the borders between the north and the south and organising a referendum for the oil-rich Abyei region. This is what the US Special Envoy to the region, Scott Gration, corroborated by saying that the international community had left it late to prepare for the fallouts of the referendum on Southern Sudan’s independence scheduled for early next year. He told a Senate hearing that he was worried about a number of fundamental issues related to the referendum that remained unsettled. He specifically referred to the question of citizenship, border demarcation and how to apportion profits from Sudan's oil wealth. He nevertheless thought that the referendum would lead to Southern Sudan’s independence. Abyei remains the main outstanding issue between the NCP and the SPLM due to its huge oil reserves; because America did not want to leave anything to chance, Scott Gration told reporters last year that the Sudanese government and the SPLA had signed an agreement in which they pledged to accept the ruling of The Hague arbitration tribunal on the disputed region of Abyei as being “final and binding”, even though the fate of the Abyei region was supposed to be decided by the 2011 referendum according to the Naivasha Agreement of 2005. Effectively, The Hague International Tribunal issued its ruling on the borders of the Abyei region on 22 July 2009 and both the NCP and the SPLM had to accept it.

The secession of Southern Sudan would lead to calamitous political and strategic consequences on Sudan and the region. This is reflected in two matters:

1. America’s aim from the secession of the south is to turn it into a permanent American base that will execute her strategy in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, under the pretext of protecting the nascent state against the covetous designs of neighbouring states or armed movements, especially the Ugandan “Lord’s Resistance Army”. Southern Sudan represents almost the third of Sudan and borders five countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Central Africa. This strategic location of Southern Sudan allows America to be closer to the issues of the region, especially the Somali and the River Nile issues.

2. The secession of the south would be a prelude for the secession of other regions in Sudan, especially Darfur and East Sudan. The US Special Envoy Scott Gration told Reuters: "It is a win-win situation that we are trying to get." He noted that this would be hard if the Khartoum government was not prepared to negotiate better conditions for the south, Darfur and other regions.

Southern Sudan has effectively seceded and America has left nothing to vote on in the referendum except secession. The SPLM has already opened 18 embassies abroad and is currently issuing visas to enter Southern Sudan without consulting the central government in Khartoum. Southern Sudan’s government has also granted exploration rights for oil in the south to several international companies and has started issuing passports; it is also seeking to link Southern Sudan with a separate international dialling code. Now that the census and the general elections that America recognised are over, and now that the Sudanese parliament set up on 28 June 2010 a committee to oversee the referendum in the south, all parties are now hasting towards declaring the secession in early 2011.
Dear Muslims in Sudan

Dear Muslim officers and soldiers in the Sudanese army

How did America’s agent Omar al-Bashir manage to disparage you and sneak the fragmentation of the country past you instead of safeguarding its unity and working towards unifying it with the rest of the Muslims’ lands?

The people of Sudan have throughout history been among the most devout and Shari’ah-abiding Muslims. One of the axioms of our noble Shari’ah is the call to unity, not to division:

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا
“And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves.” [3-103] T.M.Q.

 So will people recall the Shari’ah of Allah and adhere to His command; or will they cling to the justifications and the clowning of the agents and tools of America and the Kafir West, to fragment the Muslims’ lands? However, if the war that stopped some time ago has depleted, then let your demands concentrate on unity with Egypt and undertake whatever possible to draw the attention of the people and the army of Egypt to the necessity to intervene, since your mere call for such a move would break the barriers that the colonial Kafir has placed to prevent the Muslims from uniting and helping each other. This will have a telling impact in embarrassing all the rulers who have betrayed their religion and their Ummah and in ending the farce of Southern Sudan’s secession, which will set, if it occurred Allah forbid, a detrimental example would be set for America’s success in executing the project of the Greater Middle-East, which necessitates weakening the Muslims’ lands further and tightening her grip over them in this century once she has imposed fresh divisions on ethnic, sectarian and geographic bases.

Dear Muslims

Your duty is to rebuff the secession of any part of Islam’s lands irrespective of the pretext, be it the ruse of self-determination, or the hoax of achieving patriotic aspirations or any other. Your duty is to stand up to anyone who brays about patriotism, which in reality is nothing but a consolidation of division and secession, a dissipation of the Islamic fraternity and a substitution of what is magnificent by what is undignified. It is a clear indication of the Kuffar’s success in consolidating the state of division and animosity among the Ummah. Patriotism is one of the biggest evils that has brought due to its concentration among some of the Ummah’s children, humiliation, failure, weakness and loss of dignity and grandeur – from a nation whose state, the Khilafah, was the beacon of guidance and the symbol of might and dignity to all the Muslims.

Dear Noble Ummah

Secession and fragmentation are some of the evil fruits that we have reaped from the presence of the treacherous rulers. Here is the traitor Omar al-Bashir conspiring to fragment the country that he governs; he has failed to take heed from those who had served America, such as the former Pakistani president Zia-ul-Haq who said just two days before his death: “dealing with America is like dealing in coal; one would eventually end up with black face and hands”. Here is also the other traitor al-Qaddafi who has been the biggest liar when talking about unity, whereas in fact he has always been the chief broker of secession and fragmentation. As for the traitor Mubarak, he could have only threatened the intervention of the Egyptian army to protect Sudan from division and to deter the American puppets from proceeding towards secession; but how could this happen if he is the most subservient agent of America, always striving to please her at the expense of the might and dignity of the Ummah?

We invite you dear Muslims to work together towards thwarting the schemes of America and the Kafir West in the Muslims’ lands and to get rid of their depraved tools who are still striving to fragment and humiliate the Ummah.

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا
“And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves.” TMQ

22 Rajab 1431h
5 July 2010
Hizb ut-Tahrir

The floods reveal the good in the Ummah and the evil in her rulers

As July ended and August began, during the monsoon seasons of Pakistan, heavy rains caused rivers and lakes to burst their banks, dams to be overwhelmed by the sheer weight of water, sending great flash floods which swept away the houses, bridges, roads and electricity power lines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Southern Punjab, with Charsadda, Nowshera, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Swat and Shangla included amongst the worst hit areas. Thousands have been drowned and hundreds of thousands are now under the bare sky, starving and thirsty, now facing death through waterborne diseases of the stomach, such as cholera and typhoid.

As for the Muslims who have drowned and are now dying because of diseases of the stomach, they are of the status of martyrs with respect to reward, RasulAllah صلى الله عليه و سلم said,
ما تعدون الشهيد فيكم؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله من قتل في سبيل الله فهو شهيد، قال: إن شهداء أمتي إذاً لقليل، قالوا: فمن هم يا رسول الله؟ قال: من قتل في سبيل الله فهو شهيد، ومن مات في سبيل الله فهو شهيد، ومن مات في الطاعون فهو شهيد، ومن مات في البطن فهو شهيد, والغريق شهيد

"Whom do you consider a shaheed among you? They said: O Messenger of Allah, the one killed in the way of Allah is a shaheed. He said: Then the shuhadaa (martyrs) among my Ummah would be few. They said: Then who are they, O Messenger of Allah? He said: The one killed in the way of Allah is a shaheed, the one who dies in the way of Allah is a shaheed, the one who died in plague is a shaheed, the one who died due to the stomach is a shaheed and the drowned person is a shaheed." [Muslim]

Indeed, it is the way of Allah سبحانه وتعالى that the best and most pious of Muslims return to Allah سبحانه وتعالى in the best manner.

As for the millions of Muslims who grieve for the sufferings of the Muslims, from all over Pakistan and beyond Pakistan, who seek paths through the chaos, to bring clean water, food, medicine and clothing to their brethren, all this is a great evidence of the good within this Ummah of RasulAllah صلى الله عليه و سلم. Truly this Ummah is as RasulAllah صلى الله عليه و سلم described it,
مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي تَوَادِّهِمْ وَتَرَاحُمِهِمْ وَتَعَاطُفِهِمْ مَثَلُ الْجَسَدِ إِذَا اشْتَكَى مِنْهُ عُضْوٌ تَدَاعَى لَهُ سَائِرُ الْجَسَدِ بِالسَّهَرِ وَالْحُمَّى
"The similitude of the believers in their mutual love, compassion and sympathy is like that of a body: when one part hurts then the rest of the body calls out in sleeplessness and fever." [Muslim]

And what a contrast the rulers of the Muslims are, in Pakistan and outside it, to the Ummah over which they rule. Collectively the rulers command millions of soldiers and trillions of dollars of resources, yet what was their response to the sufferings of the Muslims in their time of great need?

As for the rulers of Pakistan itself, as the floods worsened and casualties mounted, the President, Asif Ali Zardari, actually left the country to smile and socialize with the rulers of Europe. Only after several days of a clear and obvious national emergency, did the Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, decide to call for an "emergency" cabinet meeting.

Was it not upon the rulers to immediately move to the affected areas, to personally supervise the management, rather than view television reports as if the disaster had occurred in another country?

Was it not upon them to ensure the ample supply of food and water to prevent the huge rise in prices due to shortage of supply in the affected areas, such that one wheat roti was Rs. 25, whereas in the unaffected cities it is Rs. 2.

Was it not upon them to mobilize tens of thousands of soldiers to assist the people, not merely thousands who are clearly overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, rather than commit nearly 150,000 troops to America's war of Fitna in the tribal areas?

And the oppressor rulers will turn the country upside down to secure the NATO supply line, providing wine and weapons for the crusaders in Afghanistan, but will hardly lift a finger to alleviate the suffering of the Muslims. As if this was not enough, these rulers are accepting nominal aid of America for flood relief, in an effort to improve her image in the eyes of the people of Pakistan, even though America is a crusader enemy who is killing Muslims of Pakistan daily through drone attacks.

As for the rulers outside of Pakistan, they are as the rulers of Pakistan. They are forced to utter the word "Ummah", because of the demands of the Muslims, but their words do not descend beyond their lips and throats. They are content to allow the Muslims to die as if they are animals, whilst they loot and plunder the immense resources of the Ummah and store their ill-gotten billions in the Western banks, safe for the time when they must escape from their own people. They will throw aid as little as they feel is required to prevent widespread rage against them, as one would throw some morsel to hungry animals through fear of their bite. But overall they will treat the Muslims in crisis, as they would treat them in the normal days, depriving them of the most basic of needs.

The rulers of Pakistan and outside Pakistan do not care for the Muslims, because the capitalist system which they implement is designed only to care for the ruling elite and its entourage. Throughout the world a select, band of elite deprive the billions of the world's important resources, leaving them to hunger, thirst and homelessness. So, worse must be expected in a time of crisis. This was witnessed clearly in 2005 during the time of President Bush, in America, the heartland of Capitalism, as the people of the southern states were abandoned to hunger, thirst and violence, after Hurricane Katrina. As such, Capitalism is a kufr system which secures the most outrageous luxurious needs of a small fraction, such as extravagant paintings and ostentatious residences, so that most of the people are denied their most basic of needs. Without doubt, Capitalism's time is at its end, as is the time of the rulers that implement it.

O People of Power in Pakistan! O officers in Pakistan's Armed Forces!

Have you not seen enough to move against these evil rulers?

Will you forsake those you have sworn to protect?

Does this Ummah that once sent a flotilla of ships to relieve the Irish of the suffering of famine, in the time of Queen Victoria, not deserve its basic needs secured?

Does this great Ummah, that throughout the era of the Khilafah, provided sanctuary for oppressed non-Muslims, not deserve security and peace?

Does this noble Ummah not deserve noble rulers, who share in her despair, crying until their hearts ache and move tirelessly for her needs, forsaking sleep, ignoring their aching limbs and sparing no effort to relieve suffering, as happened in the time of the famine in Madinah during the time of the Khaleefah Rashid, Umar رضي الله عنه?

His Wali in far flung Syria, Abu Ubaydah bin al-Jarrah رضي الله عنه, said that he would send a train of camels so long that he said, "I am sending you the caravans whose one end will be here at Syria and the other will be at Madinah."

Moreover, later, Abu Ubaidah رضي الله عنه paid a personal visit to Madinah and acted as an officer of a disaster management cell, which was headed personally by Umar رضي الله عنه. Tens of thousands of people from desert towns had already gathered in Madinah and once adequate supply of ration reached Madinah, Umar رضي الله عنه dispatched his men to the routes of Iraq, Palestine and Syria to take the supply caravans to the desert settlements deeper into Arabia, which in turn saved hundreds of thousands from annihilation. For the internally displaced people, Umar رضي الله عنه hosted a dinner every night at Madinah, which according to one estimate every night more than hundred thousand people use to attend. If all this could be achieved by Islamic ruling, in the age of the camel and messages by horse rider, what could be achieved by the Khilafah state in the era of the plane and internet?

O People of Power in Pakistan! O officers in Pakistan's Armed Forces!

It is not enough that you merely assist the people in the relief efforts. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has given you far more capability than that, about which you will be asked when you face him on a day that no excuse will rescue you from His سبحانه وتعالى Wrath and Punishment. It is upon you to make the bold step that will ensure for generations that the needs of your people are fulfilled, within crises and outside of crises, by a rightly guided Khaleefah, ruling by Islam, seeking the pleasure of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. So, when will you grant the Nussrah to establish the Khilafah, O brothers?
وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَ
"And soon will the unjust know what change in circumstance their affairs will take"[Surah Al-Sha'raa 26:227]

Hizb-ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan
24 Sha'ban, 1431 A.H / 5 August 2010

The Battle of Badr - 17th Ramadan

This is an extract from the book "The Islamic State" by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabahani.

In the second year of the Hijrah, the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم set out on the 8th of Ramadhan with three hundred and five of his Sahabah mounted on seventy camels. ‘Amr ibn Umm Maktum was assigned to lead the prayer while Abu Lubabah was left in charge of Madinah.

They rode the camels in turn heading towards a caravan led by Abu Sufyan. As they marched on, they sought news of the caravan until they had reached the valley of Dafran where they settled, and news reached them there that the Quraysh had set out from Makkah to protect their caravan. The whole affair then assumed different proportions for it was no longer the caravan, the question was whether to confront the Quraysh or not. So Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم consulted the Muslims. Abu Bakr and then ‘Umar voiced their opinions, then al-Miqdad ibn ‘Amr arose and said,

"O Messenger of Allah! Go where Allah tells you, for we are with you. We shall not say as the children of Israel said to Moses ‘You and your Lord go and fight and we will stay at home', but you and your Lord go and fight and we will fight with you."

The Muslims then went silent, and he صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said, "Give me advice O men!" by which he meant the Ansar who had paid allegiance to him at al-‘Aqabah. They had pledged to protect him as they protected their wives and children, with the stipulation that they were not responsible to fight with him outside Madinah. When the Ansar sensed that he صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم meant them, Sa'd ibn Mu'adh who was holding their banner said, "It seems as if you mean us, O Messenger of Allah." He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said, "Yes." Sa'd said, "We believe in you, we declare your truth, and we witness that what you have brought us is the truth, and we have given you our word and agreement to hear and obey; so go where you wish, we are with you; and by He who sent you, if you were to ask us to cross this sea and you plunged into it, we would plunge into it with you; not a man would stay behind. We do not dislike the idea of meeting our enemy tomorrow. We are experienced in war, capable of fighting. It may well be that Allah will let us show you something which will bring you joy, so take us along with Allah's blessing." The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم was delighted with Sa'd's words and said, "Proceed with full confidence, for Allah has promised me one of the two parties, and by Allah, it is as though I can now see the place where they will be killed."

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and his Sahabah journeyed until they had nearly reached Badr. They realized that the Quraysh's troops were nearby and so ‘Ali, al-Zubayr ibn ‘Awwam, and Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas with a number of his Sahabah were sent to the well at Badr in search of news. They returned with two young men whom they questioned. They disclosed the number of the Quraysh at between nine hundred to a thousand men and that the nobles of the Quraysh were out in force to protect the caravan. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم realized that they were facing a force which was three times the size of his own and that he would be in for a fierce battle. He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم informed the Muslims that Makkah had thrown out the pieces of its liver (or the best of her sons) into the battle and that they should harden their resolve.

The Muslims vowed to stand up to the enemy, they settled by the well of Badr where they built a cistern and filled it with water. Then they stopped up all the other wells so that they would have plenty of water and the enemy would have nothing to drink, at the same time they also built a canopy for the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم to reside in. The Quraysh took up their positions and the skirmishes of battle began. Al-Aswad ibn ‘Abd al-Asad stepped forward to destroy the cistern that the Muslims had built. Hamzah dealt with him by smiting him and sending his foot flying. He fell on his back with blood streaming from his foot and Hamzah followed him and struck him, killing him near the cistern. Then, ‘Utbah ibn Rabi'ah stepped forth between his brother Shayba and his son al-Walid. Hamzah, ‘Ali and ‘Ubaydah ibn al-Harith stepped forward to meet them. Hamzah quickly dealt Shayba a blow and ‘Ali soon disposed of al-Walid. Hamzah and ‘Ali turned on ‘Utbah who stood firm against ‘Ubaydah and they dispatched him, carrying off their injured companion afterwards.

Then the two sides advanced and drew near each other on Friday morning on the 17th of Ramadhan. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم straightened the ranks and incited the Muslims to fight. The Muslims were encouraged by Allah's Messenger's words and went forward. The fighting broke out fiercely and Qurayshi heads went flying from their bodies, the Muslims becoming stronger in belief all the time chanting ‘Ahad! Ahad!' (the One! the One!). Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم stood in the middle of the melee, took a handful of pebbles and threw them at the Quraysh saying, "Foul be those faces!" Then he صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ordered his Sahabah to charge and they duly obliged until the battle was over and the foe was routed. The Muslims emerged victorious, slaying many warriors and tribal leaders of the Quraysh and capturing many more. The Quraysh fled the battlefield and the Muslims returned to Madinah having achieved a truly great victory.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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US warns Turkey on Iran and Israel

President Barack Obama has personally warned Turkey’s prime minister that unless Ankara shifts its position on Israel and Iran it stands little chance of obtaining the US weapons it wants to buy. Mr Obama’s warning to Recep Tayyip Erdogan is particularly significant as Ankara wants to buy American drone aircraft – such as the missile-bearing Reaper – to attack the Kurdish separatist PKK after the US military pulls out of Iraq at the end of 2011. The PKK has traditionally maintained bases in the remote mountains in the north of Iraq, near the Turkish border. One senior administration official said: “The president has said to Erdogan that some of the actions that Turkey has taken have caused questions to be raised on the Hill [Congress] . . . about whether we can have confidence in Turkey as an ally. That means that some of the requests Turkey has made of us, for example in providing some of the weaponry that it would like to fight the PKK, will be harder for us to move through Congress.” Washington was deeply frustrated when Turkey voted against United Nations sanctions on Iran in June. When the leaders met later that month at the G20 summit in Toronto, Mr Obama told Mr Erdogan that the Turks had failed to act as an ally in the UN vote. He also called on Ankara to cool its rhetoric about an Israeli raid that killed nine Turks on a flotilla bearing aid for Gaza.While the two men have subsequently sought to co-operate over Iraq’s efforts to patch together a coalition government, the US makes clear its warning still stands.

Iran condemns possible US military action

Iran took its case against the United States to the United Nations on Wednesday and strongly condemned the top U.S. military chief for saying military action remains a possibility if the country develops nuclear weapons.Iran's acting U.N. ambassador Eshagh Alehabib claimed in letters circulated to the secretary-general and presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other U.S. officials and lawmakers "threatened" to use military action under the "totally false" pretense that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Mullen said earlier this month that the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a military strike is probably a bad idea. Still, he said the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable and he reiterated that "the military option" remains on the table. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday that Iran's response to an attack would not be limited to the region, suggesting Iran would target U.S. interests beyond the Persian Gulf. "It's unlikely that they (U.S.) will make such a stupidity (to attack Iran) but all must know that if this threat is carried out, the field of the Iranian nation's confrontation will not be only our region," Khamenei told state TV. "The area of confrontation will be much wider."

Afghanistan and African nations at greatest risk from world food shortages

Soaring commodity prices and natural disasters in Russia and Pakistan have combined to put African nations and conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan most at risk from food shortages, according to a report released today.Sharp price rises for wheat and other grains will hit the world's neediest countries hardest, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, as they grapple with their own poor harvests and failing transport networks, according to a food security index by risk management consultancy Maplecroft. It also says conflict is a key factor behind food insecurity and Afghanistan tops the index of threatened countries. The other nine nations categorised as "extreme risk" are all in Africa, led by Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. African nations make up 36 of the 50 countries most at risk in the index. The report highlights climate change as having a "profound effect on global food security", with a heatwave in Russia coinciding with devastating floods in Pakistan – ranked 30th and "high risk" in the index."Russian brakes on exports, plus a reduction in Canada's harvest by almost a quarter due to flooding in June, are provoking fluctuations in the commodity markets," said Fiona Place, environmental analyst at Maplecroft. "This will further affect the food security of the most vulnerable countries."

Pakistan: Relief Operations hampered as US controls airbase

Health relief operations in Jacobabad are not possible because the airbase in the area is controlled by the US. The stunning statement was made by Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari during an appearance at the Senate Standing Committee on Health on Wednesday. “Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States,” Mr Lashari said while answering a question asked by Senator Semeen Yusuf Siddiqui of PML-Q. Dr Jahanzeb Aurakzai, coordinator of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Centre, said: “Foreign health teams could not start relief operations in remote areas because there are no airstrips close to several areas, including Jacobabad.” The town has been evacuated and 500,000 to 700,000 people have been affected. People displaced from Jacobabad, Thul, Kandhkot, Kashmore, Ghouspur and Karumpur are camping in Dera Allahyar. “It is very unfortunate that Americans can launch a drone attack from Shahbaz airbase but the government is helpless even in using the country’s base for relief operations,” Senator Semeen said while talking to this correspondent.

The Chinese Military Challenge

The Pentagon's annual report on China's military power finally surfaced Monday, five months overdue. Considering that the report tells us little that we didn't already know—not least, that China is rapidly modernizing and expanding its arsenal of missiles, ships and aircraft—we'll put the delay down to the Obama Administration's reluctance to offend Beijing's sensitivities. That may be the most alarming fact of all. A shift is afoot in the People's Liberation Army's attitude toward the U.S. in Asia. As recently as a few years ago, Chinese officials acknowledged that the American military is a stabilizing force in the region. But while China's civilian leaders still want to enhance military-to-military ties, Chinese officers have become increasingly confrontational, in written statements and deeds.Exhibit A is the PLA's challenge to the U.S. Navy's right to operate in international waters near China's coast. In response to the announcement this month of new exercises in the Yellow Sea involving the aircraft carrier USS George Washington—something the Navy has been doing for decades—Rear Admiral Yang Yi told an Australian journalist that this was "some kind of challenge and humiliation to China's national interest and the feelings of the Chinese people." After similar protests last month the Pentagon caved, opting to deploy the Washington and its battle group on the other side of the Korean peninsula. Beijing has also decided to enforce its claim to almost the entire South China Sea as its "historical waters," identifying this as a "core interest" on a par with Taiwan and Tibet. Early last year, Chinese patrol vessels and trawlers mounted a coordinated effort to intimidate an unarmed U.S. Navy surveillance ship. China has been equipping its fisheries service with ex-Navy ships to enforce a summer fishing ban in the South China Sea. In June, one such ship was involved in a confrontation with the Indonesian navy off the Natuna Islands. China's broader strategic goal is to keep the U.S. from operating freely in the waters bounded by Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. Beijing's strategy, known as "access denial," involves fielding a large submarine force, developing cruise and ballistic missiles that could take out an American aircraft carrier, and deploying antisatellite weapons that can disrupt U.S. communications. These and other forms of "asymmetric" military capabilities are intended to prevent the U.S. Navy from gaining access to these waters in the event that, say, China decides to bully Taiwan into accepting reunification on Beijing's terms.

August 19 2010

How would a Khilafah in Pakistan deal with the floods?

This article is written by Brother Adnan Khan

The 2010 monsoon rains have left death and destruction across Pakistan. The monsoon season due every year near the end of July has in 2010 produced a year's rain in 36 hours. The Indus River which flows through Pakistan was overwhelmed leading to the flooding of many villages.
Images of the president of Pakistan shuttling European cities as his own citizens pulled dead bodies from the floods beamed around the world as Zardari confirmed once and for all his complete disregard for his own people in the face of this unprecedented disaster.

Whilst it has become common practice to throw a number of emotional rants in times of government incompetence, successive governments in Pakistan have failed the nation one after the other and one disaster after the other. On this occasion we should go beyond this. Historically national disasters, war and travesties are occasions to review national purpose and a nation's identity. The Pearl harbour bombings of 1941resulted in the US to mobilise for WW2. The new found purpose resulted in the expansion of the national defence system and society viewed it as its duty to defend America. This new found purpose turned America into the world's superpower.

Pakistan is at such a cross road once again where its government has shown how it really feels about its people. The 2010 floods is Zardari's Lal musjid and we should use this national disaster to chart a new course for the Ummah of Pakistan through establishing the Khilafah. Some of the actions a future Khilafah in Pakistan could undertake are:

1.Currently Pakistan has an unnecessary reliance on the US. The US needs Pakistan rather than Pakistan needing the US. The US relies on Pakistan for 80% of all equipment for its war effort in Afghanistan. It also needs Pakistani territory for meeting its fuel needs. According to Strategic Forecasting, the Texas-based private intelligence agency: "Pakistan remains the single-most important logistics route for the Afghan campaign. This is not by accident. It is by far the quickest and most efficient overland route to the open ocean." As most of Pakistan was being subsumed by the flooding America was dropping bombs on Pakistan. On Pakistan's Independence Day 13 Muslims were killed in a US drone attack. Three missiles were fired at a village near Mirali in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan. It is not the so called extremists who are taking advantage of the floorings it is the US who is expanding is failed endeavour in Afghanistan into Pakistan. Pakistan can very easily weaken the US in the region by turning its back on it. The US is already losing the war in Afghanistan and it is only the current compliant leadership in Pakistan that allows the US to avoid embarrassment.

2.China from many perspectives needs Pakistan due to its strategic location. China's navy has a strategic presence on the Mekran coast in Baluchistan, and along the Gwadar port that overlooks the supply routes for oil needed to keep the Chinese economy growing, and for checking on India's hegemonistic ambitions. Developing strategic relations with China will allow Pakistan to move away from the US area of influence. This will at the same time complicate US plans to contain China. Pakistan should use such bargaining power with China to solve its Xinjiang separatist problem with a treaty of Hudaibiyah type deal.

3.Pakistan could begin to make better use of its strategic resources. Pakistan has significant quantities of copper, chromite, iron, antimony, zinc and Gold. Baluchistan has the world's fifth largest reserves of copper and over 20 million ounces of untapped Gold reserves. Pakistan has no shortage of coal and gas. Pakistan has been blessed with the world's largest coal field at Thar in Sindh. It comprises around 175 billion tonnes of coal which is the equivalent of 618 billion barrels of crude oil; this would meet the country's fuel requirements for a century. Pakistan has been able to build five oil refineries and whilst their capacity is small, under an industrialisation drive these can be expanded and will make Pakistan self sufficient in energy. The shortage of oil refineries in the Middle East can potentially make Pakistan an important location for energy.

4.Pakistan should build upon its existing industry in order to industrialise and become self sufficient and independent. Pakistan surprisingly has managed to develop the foundations of an advanced military industry even though it has a dysfunctional economy. Pakistan began with virtually no military production capability, however it has managed to become self sufficient in areas such as aircraft overhaul, tanks, helicopters, frigates, submarine construction and fighter jets. Pakistan has on some individual military areas made stunning advances which need to be built upon. These include the development of nuclear weapons, the development of an advanced tactical ballistic missile programme, the development of a basic space programme and the development of its own drones. Such developments are the key for rapid industrialisation.

5.This national disaster is perfect time to end the army's role in America's war on terror where they can be re-deployed to reconstruction and relief efforts in the country. Politically America will undermine itself globally if it were to pressure Pakistan to leave its units where they are on the border to fight America's war when the Muslims of Pakistan are drowning in the floods.

6.Whilst the UN and many around the world are organising charity, Much of Pakistani funds are going on America's war on terror or on debt repayment which in handcuffing Pakistan for the foreseeable future. Pakistan politically can call for such debt to be written off in the face of this national disaster. This will then allow Pakistan to divert government funds to the relief effort. In this way Pakistan can come out of this disaster independent and stronger.

Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list of actions that can be taken by Pakistan, Pakistan has all the necessary ingredients to rapidly industrialise, unify with the Muslim world and become a global player. From many perspectives Pakistan is in a much better position on the eve of development than many of the industrialised nations were. Both the US and Britain had very small populations whilst Germany and China today have energy challenges. Pakistan today has a population of 172 million where 50% of the population is under the age of 15. Only 4% of the population is over 65.

The Muslims of Pakistan must not allow this disaster to lead to some artificial change, its time the Ummah took their destiny into their own hands and made this change a reality. Those who save the deen, work to establish it and strengthen it have an exalted position in the eyes of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Their names will be remembered throughout history, with successive generations making du'a for them, and they will be highly rewarded by Allah سبحانه وتعالى. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم prophesied that Constantinople will be conquered one day, and it was Muhammed al-Fatih who Allah blessed with this honour. The 2010 floods should be the last time the Muslims of Pakistan are left to fend fore themselves when their government litters their pockets.

Monday, August 16, 2010

From the Slavery of our Desires to the Slavery of Allah

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

"O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may attain taqwa." (Al Baqarah: 183)

Ramadhan is the month where the believer is reminded of why he was created. It is the time when the bond between the Creator and created is at its strongest, where we are reminded of the power, knowledge and love Allah سبحانه وتعالى has for us. Through our hunger in this life we are reminded of our need for Allah سبحانه وتعالى and we are reminded of the hunger and thirst on the Day of Judgment. Our needs stretch even further to all worries and problems in this life and by Allah's سبحانه وتعالى mercy we have been given guidance so we do not wander the earth in conflict and confusion.

Today the western societies have no such guidance and instead we see their societies declining, where their moral compass is being taken over by people who are only concerned with their desires. Islam came to enable man to satisfy his needs whilst protecting the individual and the wider community. Therefore the Muslim can worship Allah سبحانه وتعالى at all times not only on the prayer mat. This guidance presents us with the best way to live whilst at home, work, within politics and any other problem which we may face.

In the west we see society is driven to please only themselves ignoring the consequences of their actions, since the capitalist belief calls for the individual to be free, to seek happiness in any way they sees fit. The reality of this is a society which glamorises adultery, crime and exploitation of women, in the quest of seeking pleasure. The outcome for the wider society means a rise in issues such as knife crime, paedophilia and broken homes in the search for money, status and enjoyment.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى reminds us of this:
أَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ
"Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire?" (Al Furqan:43)

The reality of western society is one which is becoming increasingly animalistic, where survival of the fittest reigns supreme. The search for satisfaction only grows in a person left with no boundaries, and the need to consume continues to grow leading some youths to kill in order to steal a phone to sell for a few pounds. This inevitably leaves the weaker elements of society vulnerable to others who will use their power against any who stand in their way.

The destruction does not end with the local society but is exported abroad through globalisation. Not only are the values of freedom and democracy being pushed on the rest of the world but the greed which accompanies capitalism has resulted in an environmental and economic disaster. Subsequently the west continues to become richer whilst the majority continue to struggle.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:
اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
"Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness, He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the Evil Ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (for ever)." (Al Baqarah:257)

We have made many things our aim in life, a career, owning ones own house, the perfect family, ease and tranquillity but these things may take us to jahannam if they are placed before Allah سبحانه وتعالى. We must first see our life as belonging to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, and follow the objective in life He سبحانه وتعالى defined for us which is to worship Allah سبحانه وتعالى alone.
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنْسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
"We have not created mankind and jinn except but to worship Me." (Adh Dhariyat:56)
To worship Allah سبحانه وتعالى means to place Allah سبحانه وتعالى before our own desires, therefore in ease and hardship we think only of whether Allah سبحانه وتعالى is pleased with us. This creates an individual and society which is not consumed by its own greed, since the needs are satisfied and regulated by the Qur'an and sunnah.

Whereas this is the ideal life for the believer, the test is in the struggle we face to disregard the daily temptations and fears.
أَذْهَبْتُمْ طَيِّبَاتِكُمْ فِي حَيَاتِكُمُ الدُّنْيَا وَاسْتَمْتَعْتُمْ بِهَا
"You squandered the good things that you had in the life of this world, and you sought contentment in them." (Al Ahqaf: 20)
إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا مَا عَلَى الْأَرْضِ زِينَةً لَهَا لِنَبْلُوَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا
"Surely We have put what is on the earth as a glittering show so that We may test them, as to which of them have the best actions" (Al Kahf: 7)

Our daily struggle with the haqq (good) and batil (evil) includes our desires since they can take us to either janhah or jahannam. We have been warned in the verses about the nature of this world and that it can lead the best of people to the wrong path. So we must strive to think about our actions whether they are truly for Allah سبحانه وتعالى sake, or ours.

Islam perfectly blends ones own needs and the responsibility to others. Ramadhan is the embodiment of this idea where not only does the Muslim concentrate on their relationship with Allah سبحانه وتعالى emerging more content and more determined to be a better Muslim. Whilst at the same time rushing to help and be with others through giving sadaqah, zakat, giving of food and bonding with the community through tarawih prayers.

The vision of an Islamic life is a beautiful one but the unfortunate reality is that whilst we strive hard to worship Allah سبحانه وتعالى and improve ourselves through Ramadhan, the remembrance of Allah سبحانه وتعالى doesn't go past our throats. In our dhikr we will praise Allah سبحانه وتعالى and call him the great one but our words fall on a society which has no place for our deen.

This should worry and agitate us like it did the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the sahabah (ra). The need was so important they risked wealth, jobs, family and even their lives in order to carry the dawah for Islam to give the deen of Allah سبحانه وتعالى to the rest of society. The dawah agitated the disbelievers such that they called for the Muslims to stop but the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said;

"Oh my Uncle, By Allah, if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand on condition that I abandon this matter (Islam), until Allah has made victorious or I perish, I will not abandon it."

It is clear from this statement that the deen of Allah سبحانه وتعالى was more important than any luxury the Quraysh were trying to bribe the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with. There is a strong message from these actions as we cannot afford to forget our responsibility towards our deen for fear of our desires.

Whereas we may strive to have Islam in our personal lives, the system around us will still continue to be Kufr. Therefore we must work to bring back the Islamic system to truly obey Allah سبحانه وتعالى in all matters in life.
أَفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ ۚ فَمَا جَزَاءُ مَنْ يَفْعَلُ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْكُمْ إِلَّا خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ
"Then is it only a part of the Book that you believe in, and do you reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do." (Al-Baqarah; 85)

Muslims globally need to build their community to seek the higher values of Islam, and not allow our fear of friends, family or even government to stray from Allah سبحانه وتعالى deen. Instead we must remain as one unified Ummah, which would be an example to the rest of the world.

Whilst at the same time working towards building a Khilafah State upon this philosophy of Islam which will be a beacon for the world; a state that will stand up to the excesses of capitalism and show mankind a system of life where individualism, materialism and consumerism are shunned and the higher values of Islam are conveyed to the world.

A Radical Approach to Pakistan's Economic Crisis

This article is written by Brother A.Salahuddin

‘Roti, Kapra aur Mukan' (food, clothing and shelter)! This has been the selfless slogan of the PPP rulers since the party was founded in the 1970s. Yet with the delivery of the new budget Pakistan's rulers have come bearing gifts of a totally different but not of an unexpected kind; new tax rises, public spending cuts and electricity price increases to name but a few. The consumption based VAT tax has been shelved but only until October 2010. The poor like the rest of many Pakistanis will now actually have to make do with less just as they always have done with every new budget.

Ordinary Pakistanis have always struggled to make ends meet but now increasing numbers find themselves challenged to procure even basic staples such as daal and flour. The recent suicide by a poor rickshaw driver's family in Lahore illustrates the increasing poverty being faced by many Pakistanis. A new report by the World Food Programme published days before the budget concluded that nearly half the population of Pakistan is food insecure directly as a result of spending on fighting the ‘War on Terror'. Add to this the fact that electricity throughout the past two years has also becoming a disappearing luxury with consistent blackouts due to the circular debt crisis which has ruined industry and caused many to lose their jobs, most Pakistanis can only look on at the current state of affairs with despair.

Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Sheikh claimed that the Pakistani economy was now on the road to recovery. The bitter truth is that with continuous rampant inflation and the failure of the rulers to provide even the most basic provisions such as universal healthcare and education there has never been an economic recovery for the tens of millions who face poverty every single day. The most disturbing aspect of the rulers' economic policy is the lack of a coherent strategy to genuinely develop the economy by investing in it's key sectors. In the budget, under the Public Sector Development Program, Rs 10.8 billion was allocated for Agriculture, Rs 3.2 billion for Industry and Production, Rs 15.7 Billion for Higher Education and Rs 1.6 billion for Science and Technology research - a combined total of Rs 31.3 billion or $368 million. This pathetic figure for a population of 180 million reveals the true regressive mindset of Pakistan's rulers who publically promise advanced industrial and economic development whilst practically investing next to nothing. It may play politically well to increase the allowance and salaries for government employees but these only form a fraction of the labour force; with no prospect of real industrial growth millions of Pakistanis will remain unemployed or mired in low skilled low paid work.

A look at some basic but key figures in Pakistan's budget helps understand the growing disaster facing Pakistan's economy. Even with new taxes and the IMF driven elimination of government subsidies, the total resources expected to be available this financial year is only Rs 2598 billion whilst expenditure will be Rs 3283 billion. Even if we take the government's massaged figures at face value, this will still leave a projected deficit of Rs 685 billion or over $8 billion, mainly to be financed with new borrowing once again. Dr Hafeez Sheikh claimed that this will only be 4% of GDP, an improvement on last year's 5.1%. The truth is that these now routine annual budget deficits have become a cumulative mountain of debt for Pakistan.

With 28% of government spending being used to service Pakistan's debt, Pakistan's economy is bankrupt. Thanks to the IMF package of $11.3 billion initially agreed in the dying days of the Musharraf regime Pakistan's external debt will soon stand at over $57 billion; by the IMF's own projections this figure is likely to reach $75 billion by 2015. Together with a rapidly growing internal debt of $54 billion, Pakistan's total debt has now crossed the $100 billion threshold making every Pakistani man, woman and child a debtor owing $616 each - that is about Rs 53000, just over half of the total annual GDP per person.

The real scandal though lies in the fact that a massive Rs 873 billion ($10.27 billion) will be paid out this year to service old domestic and foreign loans, the vast majority being interest; last year 46% of government's revenues were used to service debt. To put that in perspective Pakistan's entire defence budget this year after the 17% increase will be Rs 442 billion ($5.2 billion). The combined healthcare expenditure this year will be just Rs 24 Billion ($285 million) whilst total education spending will be Rs 39 billion ($465 million) with total federal government expenditure standing at $38.4 billion. The stupidity of the situation is self evident; Pakistan is borrowing billions of dollars at exuberant rates whilst at the same time making huge payments on old debts.

Whilst it would cause governments in other countries to be humiliated, in Pakistan it is a measure of how severe Pakistan's economic problems have actually become that new IMF loans have actually become a cause celebre for Pakistan's rulers. Mightier states such as the Roman and British Empires have folded under the burden of debt. America's economy today is facing a similar crisis as it struggles to control it's debt of over $13 trillion. Pakistan's pigmy rulers do not even rank amongst this illustrious company yet behave as if there is no tomorrow by continuing to borrow without end.

Institutions like the IMF and World Bank understand this yet they persist in giving new loans like a dealer continues to give an addict his next fix. Like drug dealers they do so at an extortionate price. Pakistan's wealth is being drained away every year thanks to the agreements Pakistan's rulers, past and present, have struck with these international loan sharks over the past many years. The fact is that these Western run institutions are colonial tools which countries like America and Britain use to control the economies of poorer countries like Pakistan, siphoning off their wealth. The people are made to work ever harder as the rulers in these countries follow every Western diktat in a faustian pact whilst enriching themselves beyond their wildest dreams. It should be no surprise then that Asif Ali Zardari is rumoured to have has an estimated wealth of $1.5 billion, marking him out as the eighth richest ruler in the world.

The mortgaging of the country in Pakistan's case doesn't just end there; Zardari and Gilliani have made much of the Kerry-Lugar aid bill which will supposedly bring $1.5 billion per year of aid for the next five years. The real level of regard that Zardari's American friends hold Pakistan in becomes clear in reading the fine print; the US Secretary of State must certify that an exhaustive set of intrusive requirements related to the ‘War on Terror' have been met every six months before funds can be released. It remains to be seen whether Pakistan will get all of this aid; much of the $2 billion bill incurred by Pakistan's military in fighting the ‘War on Terror' in the tribal areas is yet to be reimbursed under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).
The American ‘War on Terror' is driving Pakistan's economy into the ground with the impact being felt right across the country. The hike of 17% in the Defence budget this year comes after years of inflationary only increases. With further military operations planned in the tribal areas the true cost of fighting the ‘War on Terror' is actually much higher. Hillary Clinton's recently announced $500 million worth of energy, health and water projects pale in comparison to what the Finance Ministry's official Saqib Shirani let slip that the real defence related spending this year will be Rs 675 Billion ($7.94 billion), the true cost of fighting America's war as America ironically loses in Afghanistan and hastily calls for negotiations with the Taliban. Zardari's own government has further admitted that Pakistan has lost at least $43 billion as a result of fighting America's terror war since 2001. The destruction caused in Swat and Waziristan, the re-housing of three million internally displaced people will cost billions of dollars to put right. The continuous terror attacks and suicide bombings, something that never occurred before 2001, have become a persistent feature ever since Blackwater (Xe), DynCorp, and the CIA became operational inside Pakistan. Any person can understand that economic growth and prosperity can never ensue as long as violence grips the country. This though is the chosen path of Pakistan's rulers in deciding to serve America.

Simultaneously the IMF loan package agreed in 2008 came with tough conditions, principally the reduction and eventual elimination of all government subsidies together with new tax hikes. This explains why over the last two and half years Pakistanis have seen their gas, electricity, petrol, CNG, diesel, wheat and other basic staples prices go through the roof along with the inevitable knock on effects on the wider economy; inflation by Dr Hafeez Sheikh's own admission has been running at 25% made worse by a weakening rupee as imports become more expensive. For an IMF accountant supposedly trying to eliminate the red ink from Pakistan's balance sheet it may be all in a day's work but the social havoc and poverty it is creating in Pakistan's society is way beyond the comprehension of any text book free market theory.

It should be clear to anyone who is honest with himself that Pakistan's economic problems are extremely serious and remarkably still getting worse. Pakistan's rulers are devoid of any solutions, they simply masquerade in front of the world begging for more aid and loans whilst seeking to imitate Western free market solutions and allowing foreign ownership of key essential services under the guise of public-private partnerships. One such gimmick is the ‘Carbon tax', apparently designed to reduce the consumption of energy in Pakistan to protect the environment. In a country where more progress is being made towards the Stone Age rather then the 21st century as the lights go out it represents another cruel slap in the face of Pakistanis as their rulers come up with yet another novel method of ripping off the ordinary man. This is made all the more bitter knowing that these tax rupees will be collected by rulers that have made Pakistan recognisable as one of the most corrupt countries on the face of the earth according to Transparency International's 2010 survey.

The fact is that Pakistan's economic problems are chronic, endemic and systemic, beyond the capacity of Pakistan's rulers to fix. Whether it has been military rule or democracy, Pakistan's autocrats and democrats have all failed to solve these problems which are becoming insurmountable year by year. This has been the case throughout the last 63 years of Pakistan's chaotic history. The likes of General Ayub Khan, General Zia ul Haq, Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir, Nawaz Sharif, General Pervez Musharraf and now the duo of Asif Ali Zardari and Syed Yousef Raza Gilliani have all failed to arrest the economic anarchy which Pakistan is succumbing to. Debt has become the ugly hallmark of Pakistan's economy together with rising poverty. This debt burden which has simply increased over time has now reached the tipping point where it is overwhelmingly suffocating and crushing Pakistan's economy. As the debt crisis in Europe currently shows a point will come when lenders will stop lending to indebted borrowers; in Pakistan's case the much hyped ‘Friends of Democratic Pakistan' has been an abysmal failure with only $700 million materialising. If the German, French, British, Italian and Spanish governments are being forced to cut their budget deficits, what planet are Pakistan's rulers' living on?

In all of this madness the tragic sad irony remains that Pakistan is a country located strategically, rich in agricultural and mineral resources whilst being blessed with a large and youthful population. Pakistan in it's current state is still one of the world's biggest wheat, milk and meat producers; Nestle opened the world's biggest milk processing plant in Punjab in 2007. Pakistan has huge untapped coal reserves, one of the largest in the world, which if used with the right investment would easily help overcome the current electricity crisis. Pakistan also has one of the world's largest copper and gold reserves, with just one mine in Reko Diq, Balochistan worth at least $96 billion at today's market prices, worth more than it's entire external debt. And of course we know that Pakistan has a large strong military that is equipped with modern fighter jets, tanks and submarines together with a proven nuclear weapons capability. How is it that a country that has so much in abundance has been reduced to being mere chattel for the West where it's soldiers are being sold out as mercenary slaves?

The answer lies in the fact that all economic decisions are in the end decisions made by politicians; hence they are all political decisions in origin. Whether it is the continuing failure of the education system, allowing multinationals virtual monopolies, permitting corporate farming, building new dams or power plants, all of these decisions are political. The fundamental reason why Pakistan's rulers are failing to solve these problems is ultimately because of the failed political system to which Pakistan's rulers' remain beholden to.

Pakistan's political system is corrupt and broken, a system which the West has exploited to its advantage. It has allowed the feudals, industrialists, bureaucrats and the generals to keep power to within themselves. It is an environment which allows the insincere to breed and flourish at the expense of good people. Military dictatorial rule is unfair in itself and has proven unworthy but democracy has also proven to be no better. It is bad enough to have people enter politics that see themselves as career politicians who look to accumulate political power and personal patronage but in Pakistan's case many of these are simply career criminals who look to loot and plunder in all instances.

If Pakistan's ruinous economic problems are to be solved a new radical alternative, a completely new way needs to be adopted that completely changes the fundamentals of the political and economic parameters that Pakistan is constrained by. The problems are immense and demand an urgent new radical approach to the situation. The question that naturally arises is such an alternative possible? What shape and form could such change take place in?

As we stand at the end of the first decade in the first century in a new millennium we are witnessing Western driven Capitalism in severe turmoil. ‘Boom and Bust' has always been an integral feature of Capitalism; but today those systemic fault lines are being brutally and perhaps fatally exposed. The global financial crisis that began in 2008 shows no signs of abating. What started as a ‘credit crunch' for many businesses and consumers alike in the West has now turned into a full blown sovereign debt crisis thanks to governments spending beyond their means and Western governments adopting the hypocritical practice of giving huge bailouts to Western banks by practising state socialism. We are now witnessing the next phase in the global financial crisis as Western governments drastically cut spending and start raising taxes in a cruel transfer of immense wealth from the ordinary masses to the elite bankers and their supporters in political establishments across Western capitals'. As the situation in Greece shows it takes no genius to realise that this economic crisis is fast morphing into a political crisis threatening to shake the very foundations of the Western political system. In the case of Pakistan, arguably Western imitation by applying capitalistic solutions has had a fair run and we observe Pakistan being enveloped in the resulting chaos today. In Pakistan Capitalism has failed and run it's course.

Communism and Socialism lie dead and buried with even the likes of China having walked away and starting to adopt Capitalism as a means, becoming entangled within the Western controlled financial system, with its fate tied to theirs. Today as the global financial crisis deepens and the Chinese export driven economy slows down as Western consumption drops, the huge wealth inequality that already existed in China with vast low paid workers is beginning to get worse and threaten political stability. China has been forced to introduce its own domestic stimulus package of $586 billion as it confronts rising inflation, an inflated housing market and increasing consumer debt. The Chinese have artificially manipulated and held down the value of the Yuan creating serious political tensions with America by dumping cheap Chinese goods. In the good times the Chinese pacified the Americans by lending back the vast dollars they earnt by buying American government bonds in a favourable circle. Now as America's economy struggles with a deep recession this situation cannot indefinitely continue; with a huge debt, the dollar's long term world reserve currency position in doubt and inevitable rise in the interest paid on its debt, the Sino-American relationship will need re-adjustment. In a country not known for it's political openness with the Chinese Communist party more used to using state intimidation rather than any coherent ideology to hold sway over it's people testing times lie ahead.

For those who are not believers the point has now arrived that only leaves Islamic economics as the only alternative that merits serious examination. Whilst this is true for all others, for the majority of Muslims in Pakistan this is an article of faith that is just waiting to be implemented. For indeed the years of economic failure in Pakistan are not the fault of Islam which has been brushed aside but the blame rightly deserves to be laid at the feet of secularism which has held sway, be it under democracy or military rule, for nearly 63 years.

Islamic economics offers fundamental changes in the way a state's economy would be managed, unprecedented in modern times. To begin with it would ban the giving or taking of interest, the scourge of the global financial debt crisis. This would mean that whilst the state may honour any previous legitimate debts it would refuse to give any further interest payments. Neither would it seek new interest based loans. This would be adhered to across the board whether applied to International loans and debts or domestic loans for individuals. In an Islamic system the Bait-ul-Maal would be used to provide interest free loans to the needy and poor who may wish to start new businesses or fund other personal projects.

Moreover it would introduce the Gold / Silver monetary standard. Today under the fiat currency system every time the Pakistani government want's to get itself out of a hole by ‘borrowing' from the State Bank of Pakistan it is not only creating more debt but it is also effectively printing money thus increasing inflation and eroding the value of the rupee in everyone's pocket. In Islam any paper currency issued in lieu of the monetary standard must be backed by gold or silver and be fully convertible on demand.

Another area that would see complete change is taxation. As we painfully know nearly everything and everyone in Pakistan is taxed except the rich and powerful who are either not legislated to be taxed or simply flout the law. In Islam the principle of taxation is based on the amount of wealth a person owns, not on income itself. Thus those who own wealth above a certain limit (a Nisab) would see that wealth taxed, whilst those who may earn a large income but end up with less than a Nisab after essential expenses would not be taxed. Those who surpass the Nisab threshold for taxation would have the annual Zakat tax levied at 2.5%. Non-Muslims would pay the Jizya tax at 2.5% if they can afford to whilst being exempt from the Zakat tax.

Agricultural land reforms would be an important part of the transformation. Today in Pakistan despite having such fertile land, the dietary needs of the people cannot be met because most of the land is locked up in the hands of the Zamindars. In Islam any landowner who does not cultivate the land for more than 3 years would have that land confiscated and given to the poor who would use it. This would provide both an opportunity and warning to those who own land to use it in a productive way or face losing it. Any landowner would pay the annual Kharaaj tax imposed on the owner of land based upon its productivity whilst Usher would be collected on any agriculture produce. The overall tax base would be considerably lower and is designed to encourage spending, investment and entrepreneurship.

Mineral resources and utilities such as oil, gas, gold, copper, electricity and water would be publically owned and managed for the benefit of all rather then being allowed into private ownership as this is not permitted by Islam; neither would foreign multinationals be allowed ownership although they may be paid a fee for their services in extraction and provision. The state would be bound to provide essential utilities such as water, gas, electricity and fuel for transportation at cost price by investing in the infrastructure required. Islam is not against competition neither does it seek to implement price controls in the market; in fact it sees a fair market as essential to motivate the producer. What it does seek though is to protect the vulnerable by preventing key essential resources ending up in the hands of powerful individuals as is the case today under Capitalism under the guise of freedom of ownership who use them as a license to mint money. Private individual ownership would be allowed and encouraged in all other spheres as permitted under the Shariah.

The stock market as we know it would be abolished all together along with all the other capitalist paraphernalia such as derivatives, securitisation, bonds, hedge funds and credit default swaps that go hand in hand and have lead to so much devastation on a global scale. It is mandatory in Islam to own a commodity or service before being allowed to trade with it. This is unlike Western financial markets where trading has become akin to a grand casino by allowing the same commodity to be traded many times over under various financial instruments without even leaving the original owner. Thus profit or losses are created and leveraged over and over again in bets and transferred to others; as we now know in an economic crisis huge losses conveniently hidden away will eventually become apparent. The requirement for ownership will prevent such ridiculous feverish speculation and short trading that has undermined Western economies by inflating and depreciating prices on a huge scale, triggering shocks in the global financial system.

These are simple but powerful changes to the parameters of an economy that would completely change its dynamics and bring stability. To some this may seem unworkable as Pakistan continues to borrow from and trade with the West. How would this be possible?

The answer to this question is that Islam's economic system does not come on it's own, it is embedded as part of the Khilafat state (Caliphate). The re-established Khilafat would be a powerful state on the method of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم that will have an independent foreign policy essential to bringing the economic change to the people of Pakistan that is so desperately needed. Moreover it would be a state bound by the limits of the Shariah with the rich and powerful being subject to the law. So the ruler may change but the political system would remain the same where new laws could not be created to favour special interest groups. The result would be that it would cut bureaucratic red tape and eliminate the culture of corruption plaguing Pakistan today by implementing the Shariah punishments' on the rich and powerful as well as the poor. This would have the effect of greatly stimulating small and medium scale business enterprises that would form the backbone of a successful economy by bringing employment on a massive scale.

The Khilafat will be a state that will have political strength and ideological vision, unifying it's people on the basis of Islam that will seek to unify the rest of the Muslim world. If the European Union can exist between twenty seven member states seeking closer political and economic integration, some of whom like Britain and Germany who have fought bitter wars with each other and the United States can bring fifty states together into a federal union, then it is certainly legitimate and viable for the Khilafat to seek unity for the Muslim world. This in time would create a huge market of Muslim consumers that will help create prosperity and raise standards of living as supply and demand would be stimulated. The Khilafat will control some of the world's most plentiful resource rich lands and the world's most important strategic waterways backed up with a powerful military.

It is important to realise that Pakistan's economic failure is inherently linked with its political system that allows Western interference facilitated by corrupt rulers. Western policies of free market economics are imitated by it's failed rulers when in reality the current international order, both economic and political, is loaded against countries such as Pakistan such that these policies only bring disaster. The solution requires the re-balancing of Pakistan's international relationship with the West to ensure parity and stopping the cruel exploitation by the IMF and World Bank which are tools of hegemonic Western powers. They allow Pakistan's creditors to have an undue weight and disproportionate influence on Pakistani policy formulation. Independence of economic and foreign policy is a pre-requisite for economic growth and prosperity to develop.

This can only be achieved with a new vision where the ruler is prepared to stand up for vital interests, even if it means crossing swords with the West by implementing new policies that are geared to mass industrialisation, generating internal consumption, developing it's agricultural resources, encouraging new businesses and by seeking new export markets to sustain the viability of these ventures. This can only be achieved with a new political solution that the Khilafat state would provide. The Khilafat in time would re-unify the Muslim lands, assert its sovereignty and apply the Islamic economic system as a whole coupled with an independent foreign policy.

There is a much more detailed discussion to be had on each of these proposed solutions and changes which are beyond the scope of this article. Yet Pakistan's present course cannot be sustained any longer, it is leading to catastrophe and the time has come for an urgent debate on Islam's solution to Pakistan's crisis as well the current global crisis. The choice before Pakistan to transform itself will not be easy; above all it will require willpower, sacrifice and dedication. The reward for this change though is clear; the Muslim world was once the envy for the rest of the world for many centuries because of its leading developments in science, economics, jurisprudence and its military prowess; all of this was achieved under the Khilafat system.

Adam Smith, the father of modern Capitalism revered in the West, observed "the empire of the Caliphs seems to have been the first state under which the world enjoyed that degree of tranquillity which the cultivation of the sciences requires. It was under the protection of those generous and magnificent princes, that the ancient philosophy and astronomy of the Greeks were restored and established in the East; that tranquillity, which their mild, just and religious government diffused over their vast empire, revived the curiosity of mankind, to inquire into the connecting principles of nature."

The Muslims of Pakistan have a chance to start over and rekindle their future under Islam which helped shape one of the most powerful and dynamic states in mankind's history.