Saturday, December 29, 2012

O Muslims in Syria: The real battle is with the colonial West

The International Community does not account Bashar Assad for his crimes, as long as those he kills are Muslims
On Sunday 23/12/2012 AD Lakhdar Brahimi arrived at Beirut airport, from Cairo, in a visit unannounced for security reasons. The media was not even allowed to hint about his mission. He travelled from Beirut to Damascus by land with complete confidentiality; where he was received by Faisal al-Miqdad, who would have accompanied him to the Sheraton Hotel to meet with the butcher Bashar Assad on Monday 24/12/2012, as reported by the media. It is noteworthy that Brahimi had threatened to abandon his mission if he was not received by the Ripper – after he had waited a long time without getting an answer.
As to the purpose of the Brahimi visit, the French newspaper Le Figaro mentioned that he wanted to convey to President Bashar al-Assad American-Russian proposals that stipulate the formation of a transitional government composed of ministers acceptable to the two conflicting parties in Syria. The condition is that Bashar keeps power until 2014, so as to complete his presidential term, but without having the right to run for the next presidential election. This is alongside discussing Assad's departure as part of this plan.
It is worth mentioning that two criminal actions were committed by the damned regime during this visit. The first is the horrific massacres committed by the butcher Bashar – launching airstrikes on queues of vulnerable civilian men, women and children lined up in front of a bakery in Halfaya in Hama. As for the second, it was the appearance of the unfortunate Syrian Information Minister Imran Zou'bi at a news conference attended by the loyal media to issue lies and deny facts. He looked like a criminal – unstable and egotistical like his boss.
Through these two actions, the murderer Bashar wanted to send a political message to say he is strong and able to kill his people. Therefore his conditions must be listened to. The Minister of Information came to complete the scenario by denying the political reality on the ground, disregarding the views of everyone, and lying to them by saying he did not know of Brahimi's visit to Damascus, nor of his mission.
O Patient Muslims in Syria do not be alarmed by the crimes of the regime and its murderous boss. For he is at his most weakest politically, where he has failed to get himself out of his predicament in spite of all the crimes he committed against you. America and Russia have realised that he cannot remain in power; and Iran has failed to save him. Everybody has come to speak about his departure – but on what condition? The butcher Bashar Assad has no better way than to kill Muslims to improve his situation, and the international community does not account him for his crimes as long as those whom he kills are Muslims. The clause of "securing a safe exit for him" has been included in the bargaining communications with the states that can secure this for him.
O Muslims in Al-Sham of goodness whatever takes place on the ground, which is sponsored by the international community, is not to your advantage. For it works to secure the life of the butcher Bashar and all of his gang that decimated crops and cattle. America is working on the transition of power to its clients, whether they are from the current Syrian criminal regime or the opposition coalition. It also works to enact a secular constitution that distances Islam from authority, and to send international peacekeepers to manage military action against Muslim rebels who declared that their project for new Syria is the Khilafah State. In summary, America has been working hard to bring a puppet ruler loyal to it as an alternative to the butcher Bashar Assad; so what are you going to do? Would anybody that possessed a grain of deen proceed with those (conspirators) in their plan? Can you imagine that there is anybody amongst you that accepts to conspire against Islam and Muslims?
O Muslims and officers who are still in service the real battle is with this disbelieving colonial West. The assassin Bashar is only one of its tools. This wicked colonial West uses all of its tools – the rulers in Muslim countries; all of their financial ability to purchase loyalties; and media capability to dress the truth with falsehood, and to decorate and propagate disbelief, such as the call to a secular democratic civil state that distances deen from life and governance.
We turn to the sincere officers if you still have some deen and a grain of feeling for the suffering of your people due to their inability to stop the carnage, then you are still the power that can put an end to all of these tragedies, and hold on the reins of the country, and eliminate this regime that has barricaded itself with you.
You have to know that if you did not do this then you will have a great danger with your Lord. However, if you did it, then by Allah, the Almighty it will be the glory of dunya and akhira for you and your Ummah. Here is Hizb ut-Tahrir, extending its hand to every sincere army officer in the army to join the other sincere officers already with it to form a powerful force capable to make the radical change that pleases Allah, subhanahu wata'ala by establishing the rightly guided Khilafah whose time has come. Allah, the Almighty said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَا لَكُمْ إِذَا قِيلَ لَكُمُ انْفِرُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ اثَّاقَلْتُمْ إِلَى الْأَرْضِ ۚ أَرَضِيتُمْ بِالْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا مِنَ الْآخِرَةِ ۚ فَمَا مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا فِي الْآخِرَةِ إِلَّا قَلِيلٌ
إِلَّا تَنْفِرُوا يُعَذِّبْكُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا وَيَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ وَلَا تَضُرُّوهُ شَيْئًا ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
إِلَّا تَنْصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللَّهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا ۖ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَمْ تَرَوْهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا السُّفْلَىٰ ۗ وَكَلِمَةُ اللَّهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
"O you who believe! what is the matter with you that when you are told, 'Go out and fight in the way of Allah,' you sink down heavily to the earth? Are you happier with this world than the Next World? Yet the enjoyment of this world is very small compared to that of the Next World. If you do not go out to fight, He will punish you with a painful punishment and substitute another people in your place. You will not harm Him in any way. Allah has power over all things. If you do not help him, Allah did help him when the kuffar drove him out and there were two of them in the Cave.* He said to his companion, 'Do not be despondent, Allah is with us.' Then Allah sent down His serenity upon him and reinforced him with troops you could not see. He made the word of the kuffar undermost. It is the word of Allah which is uppermost. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise."
(At-Tawba, 9:38-40)
Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wilaya of Syria
10th Safar 1434

Campaign: Free Naveed Butt

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On the 11th May 2012 whilst bringing his children home from school, Naveed Butt, official spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan was confronted by a group of some ten or more men, some with the word security embossed on their t-shirts. In front of his frightened children he was bundled into an awaiting Suzuki van a standard vehicle used by the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI).

This kind of abduction is a common practice used by the ISI to kidnap those who oppose and expose the corruption and servitude of the Pakistani government to the Americans. Naveed Butt has for many years been a staunch opponent of successive Pakistani governments and has espoused an alternative forward looking Islamic Khilafah system for Pakistan.

It is obvious to those familiar with the threatening tactics of the Pakistani authorities that Naveed’s political views are the motivation behind his abduction.

This website has been primarily setup by those concerned with these events and to spread the word about the adduction and subsequent disappearance of Naveed Butt and others like him.
May Allah (swt) protect Naveed Butt in his moments of hardship, for prison is better for him than the slavery to the colonial forces of evil.

“My Lord, the prison is preferable to me than what they call on me to do.” [Surah Yusuf: 33]

India: Shabnam - the woman who was raped twice

The gruesome gang rape that happened recently in capital city New Delhi of India has knocked off the imagination of Indian Nation. The college going ‘girl’ was gang raped in a private bus. Six men, reportedly in a drunken state, are involved in the crime. The barbarity of the incident of shoving iron rod in the private organs of the girl has sent jitters down the spine of conscious young people in the country. This news perturbed me quite irately. I went on to pour condemnation messages all over social media, very emotionally until I remembered Shabnam.

In north of Kashmir, a hamlet, Konan-Poshpora known for the ‘mass rape’ of some 62 women in early 1990’s by the Indian army, Shabnam was standing near the bus stop, when I arrived . Although in her late thirties, she was dim, her face pale and wrinkled. Every woman in the hamlet has a gruesome spine chilling story to share, but, Shabnam is a symbol of ‘existence’. She exists, quite plainly and different from the rest of the ‘mass’.

She escorted me to her tiny house by the edge of the green fields that belong to the villagers. As I entered, a strange sense of apathy overwhelmed me. The room was cold, dark and a repugnant smell engulfed it. This is a room, where Shabnam has lived all her married life, her best and probably the worst moments happened under this roof. As I was sensing it, Shabnam intervened, “I hate this house, I never want to live here. Last year, I had a terrible fight with my husband and first thing I wanted to do is burn this house down.” “I almost did”, she laughs and continues, “Just five minutes by walk from here is an army camp”, and she abruptly fell silent starring at the road from a hole in the wooden window. I didn’t know how to progress the conversation in such a situation and I asked, ‘you fight with your husband’. She said in an irritated way, ‘of course, men never understand what happens to us’ and in the same breath, she added, ‘but my husband is an angel, if he was not there for me, I would have killed myself’. No man can accept his wife back, after she is ‘raped’.

I was silent for a while, trying to imagine, what must have happened in this place, when in late hours the Indian army men entered each and every house, when there were shrieks of women coming from all the corners. Women were calling all the higher spiritual forces to come to their aid, as I am thinking now of the helplessness of a Delhi girl clutched by barbarians in a moving bus.

Shabnam continued sharing her ordeal, ‘how can a man be happy with a woman who can nolonger satisfy his sexual urges, a woman whose genitals are lectrocuted’. This detail surprised me because in the mass rape there were no reported instances of such extreme physical torture. She continued, “I was interrogated and raped again, a year after the mass rape happened in this village, they arrested me because my husband’s brother was a militant. Twelve army men raped me and after than gave electric shocks in my genitals. Even after this my husband took me back, for me, isn’t he a prophet? But, I am no longer an able person; he earns little and pays all for my medical treatments.”

I was speechless. This was first time for me to face the reality of our political situation as well as my feminine self. I had by now forgotten all lessons of research and knowledge generation that my university prepared me with. I sat unmoved, thinking and listening.

She continued, that year “when the mass rape happened, it was my second year of marriage, a day before that my husband brought me some gifts and we were still in love, now perhaps I don’t know what we mean by love, it has become such a grave realization.” That night “they dragged all the men of the village out in a crackdown to hunt militants fighting them for freedom, and they dragged my husband out of the house, it was winter they made him sleep on a six feet high heap of snow. I was watching from the window, I could not see my husband in this condition. I came out of my house and told the army men to leave my husband. My husband became furious and shouted at me, “don’t you see what they are doing to women? Get inside and lock the door. Let me die”.

“A strange realization dawned on me, my sister who was still unmarried was in the house, I asked her at once to leave the house from the window. This irritated the army men. I ran inside and closed the door, they broke open the door, they were ten or twenty or more, I have no consciousness of that, I just remember, I was bleeding all through the way to hospital. I wish, they assaulted my memory too. I did not have the burden to remember it or narrate it,” she said I slowly made my way out of that room, which was beginning to appear a hole of dingy darkness; I walked slowly, leaving behind Shabnam with her constant struggle with her memory.

The incident in Delhi that has perturbed us all alike, rape is not merely an assault on a body. Every such violation is an assault on memory which often forces women to shift from ‘living’ to merely ‘existing’. In fact when a woman is raped, she is raped twice: one of her body and another by silence of others. Today, the conscious young women of India must ask questions for Shabnam too because uniform does not remove the barbarity of neither the masculine militaristic state nor the patriarchal mind. In fact, Uniform furthers just these very aspects of cannibalistic colonialism.

(Inshah Malik is a research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.)

Source: Kashmir Dispatch

Thursday, December 27, 2012

How should a common Muslim evaluate contradicting opinions by scholars - Shaykh Abu Talha

When two scholars are giving contradictory opinions regarding an issue, how should a common Muslim evaluate the two opinions with the intention to follow the best one in obedience to Allah (SWT)? Shaykh Abu Talha explains how a Muslim should understand opinions of the ulama and try their best to follow one which is closest to the Quran & the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Q&A: Would Hizb ut-Tahrir Be Considered As Mujtahid, Or Muqallid, Ammi Or Muttabi'?

The following is a translation from an Arabic Q&A from the time of Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani (rh). 

Question: Would Hizb ut-Tahrir Be Considered As Mujtahid, Or Muqallid, Ammi Or Muttabi'?

Answer: Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a Takattul (structure) based upon an ideology (Mabda') whose members have believed in, an ideology which the party aims at establishing in society, in one part of the world at first, then throughout the whole world. Therefore, it is not a Mujtahid, nor is it a Muqallid, it is in fact a Takattul based on Islam in its quality as an ideology, which it aims at establishing in society then in the world. Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a group of individuals and a group of institutions gathered on the basis of Islam as an ideology. It would be difficult, if not impossible to describe it as Mujtahid or Muqallid. It would be even wrong if not impossible for it to be Mujtahid or Muqallid. The party rather adopts a host of thoughts and Ahkam (rules) from the Islamic Sharia'a, which he calls for and works towards implementing. However, it would only take these rules and thoughts from Mujtahids, who are either members of the party, i.e. individuals within the Takattul, or from other Mujtahids, past and present alike. The party's adoption of these rules and thoughts would not be based on the interest, nor on their suitability to deal with situations. It would rather adopt them simply because they would be part of the Wahiy (Revelation) or because they are deduced from what the Revelation has brought.
Therefore, the party has adopted these rules and thoughts according to the strength of the evidence and nothing else. Hence if their evidence were strong, it would adopt them, and if it were weak, it would reject them, even if these happened to be widespread among the Muslims, or even if they would provide a solution to the problem, and even if it were in the party's interest to adopt them. This is so because the party's adoption of the thoughts and the rules would be based on the strength of the Dalil (evidence); in other if these were brought by the Revelation, or if they were deduced from what the Revelation has brought.

The party is based exclusively on the idea, i.e. on the ideology of Islam, this according to its own perception of Islam's thoughts and rules. The idea is the only thing upon which the party is based. It is the secret of its life, it is the only thing that brings it into existence and keeps it alive, even eternal. The party is not based on personalities, no matter how much knowledge, prestige and influence these people had, and does not concern itself with their high or low numbers. The party is not based on people's support, no matter how strong or weak this support were, nor is it based on what provides it with the ability to operate, no matter how appealing this ability were, in terms of facilities, promotion, progress and ascendancy. The party is not based on what brings it closer to rule or facilitates for it the seizure of power, it is rather based solely on one thing, which id the idea.

The party considers this idea to be the secret of its life, i.e. the soul by which it exists, and which if it were to loose it, it would perish. Therefore, the idea is the basis of its existence and the basis of its progress. Therefore, it would only concern itself with the idea, and it would direct its attention solely towards the idea, it would consider all its activities related to the idea, whether when it comes to the adoption, or when it comes to the diffusion or implementation, or when it comes to what is necessary to establishing the society, or what is required to establish the state, or to revive the Ummah, or what is deemed necessary to convey the Message to the world. The party would only work towards establishing the Khilafah, establishing the society, reviving the Ummah and carrying the Message of Islam to the world with the idea and for the idea; hence the idea would be everything in Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

The party means by the idea, the Islamic idea, in its quality as an intellectual Aqeeda, built upon the spiritual basis, and also in its quality as a political idea and not just a religious and spiritual idea, nor just a legislative idea, nor just an exclusively intellectual idea, but rather in its quality as a political idea. Therefore, it is not a religious party, solely in the spiritual meaning, nor is it a political party, solely in as far as managing people's affairs is concerned, rather in its quality as an idea about the universe, the human and life, and what precede it and what is to follow, as well as what is connected to life. The party looks upon this idea in a manner that would lead it to implementing it upon people and in society, and would also lead to its conveyance throughout the world. Therefore, it is a political party with Islam as its ideology, and it would be wrong to describe it otherwise.

Since this idea, i.e. the Islamic idea were exclusively the secret of its life, the party would therefore adopt it on a definite and conclusive basis. Therefore, whoever aims at joining the party must be absolutely certain that the party is effectively based on Islam, and that its members believe in its ideology, which is Islam, and that they are determined to establish it, i.e. Islam in society. In other words, no person would join the party unless they decisively and conclusively believe in this party. As for those who support the party, they should support it with the least amount of doubt, on the basis that it is generally on the right path, regardless of the details. Therefore, membership of the party depends on the decisive belief, and its Hokm would be the same as that of the Islamic belief, and the condition for its support would be the condition of taking the Sharia'a Hokm, i.e. with the least amount of doubt that this party is based on Islam, and that it works for Islam, and its Hokm would be the same as those related to dealing with the Ahkam of Islam.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir has laid down a basis for adopting the thoughts and rules. Regarding the thoughts related to Aqa'id (doctrines), the party would not adopt them unless the definite and conclusive evidence about their soundness and truthfulness has been established. The evidence would either be derived from the Revelation, or a rational evidence, according to the party's perception of rationale. As for the Ahkam, their authenticity need not be definite and conclusive, the least amount of doubt would be sufficient to establish their authenticity and their soundness. The party would not confine itself to the study of the texts, nor to the understanding of the texts, but besides this it makes it a condition for the rules to fit the situation which the texts had brought. Therefore, the party would study the reality a study of Ijtihad, and would study the text a study of Ijtihad, and then it would apply the rule which it had deduced from the text upon the situation which it had studied, and if it were applicable the party would take it, if it were not applicable, it would leave it and search for the rule that applies to the situation until it finds it. If then it were applicable, it would adopt it and if it were not applicable and it did not know of a rule that applies to that situation, the would party would either not adopt it, or it would adopt that it is not part of the Islamic rules.

Since the idea were the secret of the party's life, and since the party works with the idea and for the idea, therefore, its seizure of power would be the method to implement the idea and not a method for the idea. Hence the method of adopting the idea would be by taking it from the Mujtahid, according to the conditions laid down by the party, then by adopting it and then committing every Shab in the party to adopting it. The method of spreading the idea would be the method which the Messenger of Allah (SAW) has brought, reflected in both his actions and sayings (SAW). The method of teaching the idea would be the Islamic method of teaching. The party aims at establishing the idea in society. Hence one of its main activities would be to seize power in order to implement the idea and in addition to this, it would work towards spreading the idea and culture the individuals in order to spread it. Hence, it would be the idea alone which keeps it alive.
Since the idea has been exposed to the various elements of blurring, and since it has been due to the cultural and political invasions, subjected to all kinds of perversions, and since this idea were the soul of the party, it has become imperative for the party to adopt from the thoughts and rules what it believed that it alone was right, as far as the Aqa'id (doctrines) were concerned, and what it alone deemed, with the least amount of doubt, to be correct as far as the Ahkam were concerned. The party was also obliged to adopt the rules and the thoughts which would enable it to carry out its task of establishing the state, establishing the society, reviving the Ummah and carrying the Message of Islam to the world. Therefore, due to the party's pressing need for a great deal of thoughts and rules, it has adopted a number of thoughts and rules which it published in ten books, which it has committed itself to studying them and culturing itself with them. It has also published a number of other books, questions and answers, in order to facilitate the study of Islam, the study of how to carry it to the people. Although the party did not adopt these other books, it has however taken into consideration what it would normally take into consideration when adopting any rule or any thought or any book. Despite the fact that the idea, according to the party's perception, is the secret of the party's life and the object of its existence, it is however not a Math'hab (school of thought) nor is it a "Tariqa" (order), nor is it a personality. It is rather a political party with Islam as its ideology. In other words, it is a Takattul based on an idea whose member have believed in, and which it aims at establishing in society and carry it to the whole world. Although the party has a special method of perception, it is however not Mujtahid, nor is it a Math'hab, the method is merely used for the purpose of adoption, not for the purpose of Ijtihad, and also for the preserving of this adoption not for the purpose of committing people to it, nor to get them to understand according to it. Besides, although it has adopted a specific method of perception, the party has not adopted all the thoughts which would be necessary for the Muslim. It has rather adopted what is necessary for it to resume its work. In the Aqa'id, it has only adopted what was necessary for it to adopt on. It has also not adopted in the Ibadat (rituals) except what was necessary to spread the thoughts, such as the rules of Jihad. Likewise, it has not adopted in the Tashri'i (legislative rules) except what was necessary to seizing power. Although the party has adopted in the ruling system, it has however not adopted in the Mu'amalat (transactions) and the Uqubat (penal code). Therefore, it is not a Math'hab, nor is it a Tariqa, nor a Mujtahid. Although the party's whole concern were the thought, and its whole work were the thought, it could however be described as an intellectual school. Likewise, although Hizb-ut-Tahrir is not a Messenger, nor does it possess anything from the matters related to the Message and those related to the Messenger, it does however follow the Messenger (SAW) the prophet "Al-Ummiy", and it does progress according to his guidance (SAW). The party is a group of Muslims who have gathered on the basis of the Islamic ideology, in order to establish it in society, and carry it to the world. It is based upon the Islamic ideology, and follows the prophet and the Messenger of Islam (SAW), and progresses according to his guidance, it emulates none but him (SAW). It does not lend any importance to any other human being but him (SAW). It is part of the Ummah and just like any of the Muslim individuals, it does not distinguish itself in anything from the smallest of Muslims, except that it is the one carrying the heaviest of loads, and it is the most eager to gain the pleasure of Allah (SWT). It is the Islamic Ummah, whom the party is an inseparable part of her, and who reflects the strength of the party, who in fact represents Islam, and it is her who is considered the Jama'a of the Muslims, not the party, nor any other gathering. However, the party, which is the custodian of the society, and which considers the idea as being the secret of its life, it considers the Islamic Aqeeda as being the basis of the Islamic Ummah, and the basis of the party. Therefore, if the Ummah consented upon abandoning the Islamic Aqeeda, the party should strive towards preventing her even single handed from doing so, until it succeeds to bring her back to Islam. However, if the Ummah consented on other than this, the party would not resist her, and it would continue to progress as part of her, even though it would stick to its own understanding of thoughts and rules.

As for the party's position vis-a-vis the current existing solutions and the laws, this is the same as the position of Islam, i.e. it does consider these to be Kufr, and it would be forbidden to adopt them and implement them. Because it would be forbidden to adopt or implement any rule apart from those derived from the Revelation. As for the thoughts which do not represent a solution, such as the fact that life is a matter, and that the human being is created by a Creator, the party would adopt those which agree with Islam, and would reject all those who contradict Islam. In any case, the Islamic Aqeeda would be the basis of the rules and thoughts, i.e. all the rules and all the thoughts would be derived from the Aqeeda. What the party has adopted in terms of rules and thoughts is confined to the Islamic Aqeeda, hence the party is guided by the Aqeeda and its position would be that of the Aqeeda. This is because the Islamic Aqeeda is the secret of the party's life, it is the Aqeeda which drives the steers the party in every position and in every action, even the party's adoption of the idea is based upon the Islamic Aqeeda and nothing else.

29th Rabi'i Al-Awwal 1394 a.h.
21st April 1974

Video: Enjoining the Good and Forbidding the Evil: Its Practical Application

Br. Uthman Badar speaks at the SUMSA 40th anniversary dinner, entitled "40 Years and Beyond", on the pertinent topic of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, and its practical application.

This was a lecture organised by the Sydney University Muslim Students Association (SUMSA).

Voting in the West & Non-Islamic systems: For Lesser of Two Evils? Explained by Shaykh Abu Talha

Shaykh Abu Talha explains about the Islamic perspective and the implications of ruling in the west or in non-Islamic systems. Does the voting become justified or halal because it is being done to elect the 'lesser of two evils'? What are the implications of voting for one of the evils on our life in this world and akhirah? Watch this brief explanation, comprehend and share with fellow Muslims.

Is Jordan Next?

By Dr. Mohammad Malkawi 

Until the defeat of the Ottomans following World War I, Transjordan, today known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, had been part of the Syrian administrative unit. In March 1921, the British Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, convened the Cairo Conference that endorsed an arrangement whereby Transjordan would be added to the Palestine mandate, with Abdullah I bin al-Hussein as the Emir under the authority of the British High Commissioner.[1] In 1922, the British modified the mandate over Palestine to include a mandate over the territory east of the Jordan River.[2] Until today, the boundaries of Transjordan relative to Palestine are purposely left undefined. In 1994, the Wadi Araba agreement only defined the borders with Israel and left undefined the boundaries with the Palestinian Authority (West Bank of Jordan).

Furthermore, Jordan’s governing remains under the authority of the British commissioner. When King Hussein decided to change the heir to the throne from his brother to his son, he made the announcement from London. The British control of Jordan’s throne and policies is well known to political circles in Jordan and elsewhere.[3] British diplomacy and intelligence had been instrumental in stabilizing Jordan since it came under the mandate of Britain. Among the most effective British strategies towards Jordan was the role provided to Jordan as a buffer zone for regional conflicts; in this role Jordan received millions of refugees fleeing the conflict zones. Jordan has played this role for the Palestinian conflict since 1948. It played that role when the civil war devastated Lebanon in the 1980’s and since 1991 it became a buffer zone for the Iraq conflict. By allocating this role to Jordan, Britain managed to keep rival forces, both local and international, from destabilizing Jordan since a buffer zone serves the interests of all concerned parties.

A country with very limited resources, or at best unexplored resources, Jordan’s economy had been fueled by the Gulf states, which shared the same British masters as Jordan. In recent years, the dynamics in the Middle East as well as in the world at large have gone through deep transformations, which are bound to impact the paradoxical stability of Jordan.The financial meltdown and the global economic downfall have dried major sources of financial support for Jordan. The Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are now pressed to fund the ailing economies of the West, which take precedence over aid to Jordan.[4] Consequently, Jordan finds itself pressed for loans, which it cannot pay back. Today Jordan suffers the grave consequences of more than 23 billion dollars of international loans.[5] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) have recently pressed Jordan to cut subsidies on essential energy products in order for Jordan to pay the IMF and WB interest and loan service fees; this move caused instability when it stirred protests and an uprising throughout the country.[6] 

Politically, the wave of uprisings and revolutions in the Arab world, especially the ongoing one in Syria, have created an atmosphere for revolt and demand for change in Jordan. Although reluctant and hesitant quite often, a demand for the removal of the King has been heard in the streets of Jordan.[6] The old effective recipe of utilizing rivalry between tribes is losing momentum in Jordan. Jordanian tribes are fueling the daily protests in Jordan. The old British recipe played the Jordanians against the Palestinian influence hoping to keep the Hashemite throne as the ultimate balance and hope for native “Jordanians”. Now, the same antagonistic feeling is directed at the throne. Tribal leaders condemn the throne for being too soft on the issue of preserving Jordan for Jordanians. As the Arab saying goes: “the Magic of the magician turned on himself”. 

The claim that Jordan is next in line for a massive revolt is not only a prediction of the near future based on the economic, political, and social forces, but is also a reading of the current daily events and analysis of the changing mindset of the people. During the past 2 years, the king of Jordan was forced to replace three governments under public pressure and corruption charges. The current one, which is the fourth in less than 2 years is facing a similar uproar. The average person in the street has come to a simple and natural conclusion: “the problem is not the government or the prime minister; rather it is he who appoints that government, i.e., the king”. Having realized this tendency, the King’s advisers now propose to have the government formed through the elected body of the Parliament, thus relieving the King from mounting public pressure. 

Would this move save the King and keep the revolutionary momentum from reaching a point of no return? That is what the devil would like to believe! The waves of change are stronger than all the levies and obstacles in their path. The revolutions in the Arab world generated a momentum of courage, strong enough to break the barriers of fear among all Arab nations including Jordan. This phenomenon had rendered the intelligence apparatus unable to cope with the growing protest and dissatisfaction of the people and Jordan is not an exception. It is the natural admiration of courage and heroism that makes revolutions contagious. The constant protests in Jordan removed the last veil covering the ugly face of all those in charge of corruption and mischief, including the royals. Due to this change of heart, the masses in Jordan have crossed the main milestone for a real revolution and if they rise up further, Jordan … can be next!

[1] Palestine Royal Commission Report Presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to Parliament by Command of His Majesty, July 1937, Cmd. 5479. His Majesty’s Stationery Office., London, 1937. 404 pages + maps.
[2] Article 22, The Covenant of the League of Nations and "Mandate for Palestine," Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 11, p. 862, Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem, 1972
[3] Roger Louis, William (1985). The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951. pp. 348
[4] Gulf States Help Bankroll U.S. Debt,
[5] Protests in Jordan after fuel subsidy cut,

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oh People! Reject Hasina-Khaleda, the Agents of US-India, and Overthrow the Democratic System

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Oh People! Reject Hasina-Khaleda, the Agents of US-India, and Overthrow the Democratic System which is the Factory that Manufactures Such Agents

The imperialists' design for Bangladesh has become clear to everyone by now. We, in Hizb ut Tahrir, have exposed that to the people of the country numerous times. Here is a summary of what we have been saying:

1. The leader of the crusaders, America plans to prevent the return of the Islamic Khilafah in this region and it wants to keep China encircled by countries under its sphere of influence. In order to achieve this plan, America has made increasing its military presence in the region under various guises which include frequent military exercises, the cornerstone of its policy. This policy is known as "Asian pivot." The Strategic and Security Dialogue with Bangladesh is a part of this policy.
2. As well as this, America adopted the policy of gaining India to work with them. It calls this policy with the name "Strategic Partnership." America realizes that in order to gain India to its side it must put forward a package of benefits to India, which has traditionally been under British sphere of influence, particularly the Congress Party.
3. This American policy of strategic partnership and offering benefits to India translates into subjugating the two Muslim countries neighbouring India i.e. Pakistan and Bangladesh, to serve India's needs. For instance in the case of Pakistan, among other matters, America instructed its agents there to abandon the Muslims of Kashmir.
4. It was as a result of this policy that America, in agreement with Britain and India, appointed Hasina to govern over Bangladesh and the Americans also embarked upon shaping the ruling political and military establishment in the country in a way which serves this policy. By this it would achieve its own self-interests and at the same time allow some benefits for India which will further their strategic partnership.

Hasina's Collaboration with US-India

Allah (swt) says,
((إِنْ يَثْقَفُوكُمْ يَكُونُوا لَكُمْ أَعْدَاءً وَيَبْسُطُوا إِلَيْكُمْ أَيْدِيَهُمْ وَأَلْسِنَتَهُمْ بِالسُّوءِ وَوَدُّوا لَوْ تَكْفُرُونَ))
"Should they gain the upper hand over you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you with evil, and they desire that you should disbelieve." [Surah Al-Mumtahanah: 2]

He (swt) speaks the Truth. After installing Hasina in power the enemies of Islam and Muslims, America and India went about achieving their evil design. Hasina fully collaborated in this, there being no limits in her treachery against the country. We have mentioned only a small sample of that below:

- Collaborating in the massacre of army officers in Pilkhana; and since then she has been executing a policy, at the behest of US-India, of purging the army officers who stand on the side of Islam, the country and nationals interests.
- Turning Bangladesh into a base for the murderous US military which holds exercises in this country as and when they like as if it is their own soil. And holding secret negotiations with the US to sign the ACSA treaty which aims to make the Muslim Army of Bangladesh like a division of the US military who will fight in America's wars, much like the Muslim Army of Pakistan who are now fighting in America's wars against their own people under a similar treaty.
- Handing over leaders of the independence movements of the Seven Sisters which is a vital security interest of India and of no benefit to Bangladesh at all.
- Granting transit to India to fulfill her security and economic interests.
- Adopting a policy of zero-resistance to border killings and Tipaimukh damn.
- Adopting the construction of deep sea port as a project, not because it will benefit the country, rather for the benefits it will yield for the imperialists.
- Signing contracts with US multinational companies to facilitate their looting of the country's oil and gas and negotiating with the US to sign the "TICFA" treaty to establish US dominance over the country's trade and commerce.
- Fighting Islam as a political ideology and the call for the Islamic Khilafah as a political alternative, which is the number one agenda of America, Britain, and India.
So traitor Hasina has served America and India plentiful. However as we mentioned in the beginning of this leaflet the imperialists' embarked upon shaping the ruling establishment to serve their policies no matter who was in power such that if the circumstances required spitting out one ruler then the replacement will be subservient to them in the same way.

Khaleda Zia is the same in her slavery to US-India

It is not a secret to anyone that Khaleda Zia has been America's trusted agent in Bangladesh for years. There is no need to elaborate upon this. Her garb of anti-Indianism, disguised as "love of the country" was due to this i.e. it served American interests. Her recent visit to India has made this clear where she has committed to serve Indian interests for the sake of furthering America's strategic partnership with India. Khaleda Zia said she wants to forget the past! Which past is she willing to forget, which acts of the mushrik enemy state does she want to forget? Mutilation of the army officers? The hanged body of young Falani? Farakkah damn? ...

And what path will she be treading in the future, if she was brought to power?

- She will forget the Pilkhana massacre and the killers will go unpunished. There will be no room for officers in the country's military who oppose US-Indian interests and stand on the side of Islam and the national interests.
- She will continue to further US domination over the country's military as she did during her previous terms in government.
- On the issue of the independence movements of the Seven Sisters, during her visit to Delhi Khaleda Zia expressed her stance in the same words as Hasina's, "I will not let Bangladesh's soil to be used against India."
- On the issue of transit Khaleda also chose Hasina's words when describing her position to the Indian Prime Minister, "We favour transit as a part of regional connectivity."
- On the issue of border killings and Tipaimukh damn she manifested the same zero-resistance policy as Hasina, as her aide stated, "She [Khaleda Zia] raised these issues with the Indian Prime Minister!"
- On the issue of deep sea port Khaleda Zia agrees to an international consortium for its construction.
- On the issue of signing contracts with US oil and gas companies and the TICFA treaty, her stated policies are the same as Hasina's.
- And on the issue of fighting the call for Khilafah as a political alternative Khaleda Zia will also follow Hasina's ways to please her masters.

It is clear from this that Khaleda Zia is exactly the same as Sheikh Hasina i.e. a slave of the imperialists. The people of this country had long ago resigned to the fact that Hasina and Khaleda will not solve the country's internal problems. However there were some who believed in Khaleda's anti-India rhetoric thinking that she is different from Hasina in this respect. What they failed to realize is that Hasina and Khaleda are products of the same democratic system which produces rulers who cause hardship for their people at home and act as agents for their masters in foreign capitals.

The Democratic system is the factory that manufactures such agents

Allah (swt) says,
(( إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَنْ تُؤَدُّوا الأَمَانَاتِ إِلَى أَهْلِهَا وَإِذَا حَكَمْتُمْ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ أَنْ تَحْكُمُوا بِالْعَدْلِ))

"Verily, Allah commands that you render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you rule between men, you rule with justice." [Surah An-Nisaa: 58]

This is what Allah (swt) commands the rulers with. But the democratic system is based upon violating Allah's commands. In it the rulers rule the people with injustice and commit treacheries against the people. The democratic system was never known to the Muslims until the arrival of colonialism. After abolishing the Khilafah and dividing the Ummah the kafir imperialists directly ruled over the Muslim countries. When circumstances demanded their departure they installed their agents over the Ummah to secure the continual achievement of their interests. In most countries they appointed authoritarian rulers such as the kings and despots in the Middle East. Then when the people in a country demand change due to the injustice and treachery of these agents the Western powers arrive with the slogan of democracy as a means to install new agents in power, which we are even witnessing currently in Arab countries. In some cases the colonial powers left democracy as the system for the colonized country at the time of their departure but only by ensuring that power will remain in the hands of their agents, as happened with Nehru and Jinnah in India and Pakistan respectively. In other cases due to the competition among themselves one imperialist power would use the slogan of democracy to install her agent by replacing the agent of her rival. Yet in other cases they delivered democracy through B52 bombers as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Therefore in all the cases, establishment of democracy in the Muslim countries (and 3rd world countries) was and is always accompanied by installing Western agents in power. It is the most deceptive method of neo-colonialism which makes the exploited people think that their rulers are elected by themselves whereas in fact these rulers are loyal to the imperialists. The case of Bangladesh is the same. The leaders of the Awami League who were agents of Britain became rulers of the country after independence. Thereafter Ziaur Rahman, agent of the US and after him Ershad, backed by Britain-India, ruled over the country. After the fall of Ershad, with American and British-Indian backing behind Khaleda and Hasina respectively "democratic elections" were held and since then power has been alternating between these two, accompanied by the major parties allied to them.

Oh Muslims!

How many times have you been deceived? Forget the deceptions of Mujib, Zia and Ershad; let us just talk about Hasina-Khaleda. 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2008. Four times in just 20 years! By the same faces!!
RasulAllah (saw) said,
"لَا يُلْدَغُ الْمُؤْمِنُ مِنْ جُحْرٍ وَاحِدٍ مَرَّتَيْنِ"
"The believer is not stung from the same hole twice."

Let there be no 5th time. Reject Hasina and Khaleda. Overthrow democracy and re-establish the Khilafah. The Khilafah state will not let your mothers, sisters, wives and daughters be locked inside garment factories to burn to death. It will not let allow the construction of such death traps as shoddy flyovers. The Khilafah will take care of your affairs, rule you with justice and fulfill your trusts; and it will eject US-Britain-India to eliminate forever their domination over the sovereignty, security, resources and military of the country.

Oh People of Power!

You are aware of the crimes of Hasina-Khaleda, it is occurring right in front of your eyes. Secondly, you are well aware that the so-called democratic elections are a means to install them or their likes as the country's rulers and there is no way for sincere and aware politicians to reach the ruling through this system. As Muslims you have no excuse for turning a blind to these realities. As you are the ones with the material power, you have the duty to provide Nusrah to the sincere and aware politicians so as to remove the regime and re-establish the Khilafah.

Hizb ut Tahrir is the sincere party committed to the command of Allah (swt) to rule the people with justice and fulfill their trusts; and it has the trust and support of the people. They believe in our sincerity and they trust our words. And they know we understand the ways of solving the country's problems. You need only to talk to the people, talk to your families, relatives and others in the Ummah you come to contact with, to acquire knowledge about what we have said.

Hizb ut Tahrir is the party with awareness of regional and global politics, able to carve out the path for bringing a decisive change to the balance of power in the region and the world such that the Islamic Khilafah will attain the position of the number one state in the world, thus restoring the glory of the Ummah.

Hizb ut Tahrir is the party operating globally, capable of mobilizing Muslims in all the capitals, in the East and the West, in support of the Khilafah. And it is the party with contacts in the armies of the Ummah. So do not waver in becoming the first to come out of your barracks fearing isolation or any other repercussions. Muslims in their thousands and tens of brigades will stand by you and the Khilafah. So respond, be the foremost in fulfilling Allah's command and provide Nusrah to Hizb ut Tahrir.

((وَقَلِيلٌ مِنَ الآخِرِينَ. ثُلَّةٌ مِنَ الأَوَّلِينَ. فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ. أُوْلَئِكَ الْمُقَرَّبُونَ.وَالسَّابِقُونَ السَّابِقُونَ))

"And those foremost (in believing and performing the righteous deeds) will be the foremost (in Jannah). They will be the nearest (to Allah). In the Gardens of Delight. A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (of Muslims). And a few of those will be from the later generations." [Surah Al-Waqi'ah: 10-14]

Hizb-ut Tahrir

23 Muharram 1434


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Reflections from Hajj and a vision of it under the Khilafah

Our journey began from Riyadh where I had flown in early Dhul Hijjah. With only a few days remaining we prepared for our journey to Taif , the Miqat for the Pilgrims from the Najd region.

Once we arrived in Taif we changed into our Ihrams which is one of the preconditions for those who want to perform Umrah or Hajj. We made the Niyyah to perform Hajj and made Dua to Allah (swt) to accept our Hajj. After that we left Taif for Makkah.

We arrived in Makkah on the 8th and by afternoon we reached Mina where Hujjaj (Sing:Haji- Pilgrim) are to stay overnight. Mina has a mountainous terrain and mostly covered with mountains, access to it is via roads made by making tunnels into the mountains. Some of them are as long as 2 kilometers. There are separate tunnels for vehicles and those who prefer to walk. Most of the plains of Mina have been covered with Tents which are permanently erected.  Over 3 Million Haji’s stay in this otherwise empty town during this night and the three days after returning from Muzdalifah.

We arrived in Mina and rested until later in the midnight after which we woke up for Tahajjud and prepared for our departure to Arafah.

Arafah is about 7 Km from Mina and it was further from our camping ground In Mina, We left on foot for Arafat and walked aver 2 km beyond the borders of Mina and towards Muzdalifah from where we were able to board a lorry which was going to Arafah. The lorry driver made it an opportunity to make money and charged every one boarding the back of his lorry. Children, elders, women everyone jumped into the back of the lorry and we left for Arafah.

Traffic management in most of the pilgrimage sites is poor and roads are narrow and there is a lack of adequate Transport Systems.

The driver dropped us at the boundary of Arafah from where we walked into Arafah. While we walked we could see so many buses stuck in queues to enter Arafah. There were a special lane for the kings guest from different countries, every now and then we would see Armoured convoys speed up on that road. We later saw them entering a high fenced compound next to the Masjid , this was the guest house for the Kings Guests.

The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “ الحج عرفة “ or “Hajj is Arafah“. The Arabic text implies a very important concept of the meaning of Hajj. This short statement means that the whole hajj and its validity is confined in the actual day of Arafah i.e. Hajj becomes valid only when the day of Arafah is observed and witnessed by those who undertake the journey, the pilgrims. Regardless how long the hujjaj stay in Makkah, if they missed that single day, they have then missed the whole Hajj.

In Arafah we attempted at staying close to Masjid Namira so as to follow the Sunnah of the prophet of praying at Namira. The Messenger of Allah, upon his arrival to Arafah, camped outside the plains of Arafah prior to the time of Dhuhr in the location where the Masjid of Namira is now built, once called Wadi ‘Urana.

Unlike the back part of the masjid today, the front part of the masjid is actually outside the boundaries of Arafah where the Messenger had delivered his khutbah or sermon. When he finished delivering the sermon, the Messenger (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) lead the hajj congregation in combined prayer between Dhuhr and Asr, then he moved inside the plains of Arafah until the end of the day.

When the time for prayer approached, Shekh Abdul Aziz Aal Shekh delivered a sermon to remind the congregation who gathered in Masjid Namira and the surrounding areas with what is known as the sermon of Arafah. The adhan or call for the prayer was then announced, the Imam then lead the congrgation in Dhuhr and Asr prayer combined and shortened, each performed in units of two rak’ah with one adhan and two Iqamas.

I was saddened by the fact the Imam did not even once make dua for the Muslims suffering all over the world. At a time when every day there were 100’s being butchered in Syria, the Imam did not even make a mention of Syria during the dua, although he did make dua for the King and the crown prince and the security forces. He even called the King of Saudi Arabia the Imam Al Muslimeen (the Imam of All Muslims).

The title although strange seemed like a political maneuver so as to establish spiritual supremacy of the Saudi king over all the Muslims, it was not very unexpected after having the previous king change his name from Jalalatil malik Fahd (his Majesty King Fahd) to the Custodian of the two holy Mosques so as to improve his image at home specially after it was tainted with several controversies abroad, one which included losing 6 million dollars in a night at a Casino.

The title Imam Al Muslimeen is akin to Ameer Al Mumineen, the title of the Khalifah of the Muslims. The scholars’ titling the head of a state which implements Non Islamic policies in most of its Ministries & departments reminded me of the saying of Imam Abu Hanifa: “When you see the scholar at the door of the ruler, then curse him in his deen, curse him in his deen , curse him in his deen.”

The Saudi Ruling system is a hereditary system in origin established by the British in return of their support for their war against the Ottoman Caliphate. Although formally the Quran is said to be the constitution and the Law, but little preference is given to it. Saudi Arabia legalized Riba In 1386 H when the king issued an edict which can be found under the reference.-Section B, article 1 of the Saudi law, issued by the king’s edict no.M/5 in 1386 AH. This allowed the formation and operation of Riba based banks and they are now they can be seen everywhere, even next to the Mosque in Makkah, The Saudi French bank, the Saudi hollandi bank, the Saudi American bank and many others.

And so that the shari’ah courts would not interfere in the working of these banks, especially the Riba based transactions, the, Shar’i courts were prohibited from interfering in such cases under the “Specialisation” law (articles 20 and 21 from chapter 3 of the System of Saudi Arab Army).

After the salah, the plains of Arafah transformed into a completely different sight, hundreds of thousands of people realized the imminence of the end of this blessed day and hence engaged in a passionate and vigorous du’a and festivity of praise and supplication.

People stood and sat everywhere, on the side of the road, on the mountain of Rahmah and on the top of their cars and buses raising their hands and voices with du’a and shedding tears and worries in a hope that they will be forgiven all their sins.

There is no day better in the sight of Allah than the Day of Arafah. On this day Allah descends to the nearest heaven in a manner that suits His Majesty, and He is proud of His slaves on the earth and says to those in heaven, “Look at My servants. They have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek My mercy, even though they have not seen My chastisement. Far more people are freed from the Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day.” (Abu Ya’la, Ibn Khzayma, al-Bazzar and Ibn Hibban)

Abu Ad-Darda reported that the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “On no other day does the Satan feel so belittled, humiliated, and angry as he does on the Day ofArafah.” The reason for this is the mercy of Allah that descends this day and the forgiveness that He grants to people for major sins, except the day of the battle of Badr, which witnessed a far greater mercy of Allah descending upon people, which caused great sadness to Satan.

I felt ashamed of the situation of the Ummah and was disturbed by the Imams behavior. After the prayer I made Dua for the Ummah, I asked Allah (swt) to forgive us and bless us with his mercy. I asked Allah (swt) that he return among us a sincere ruler, a Khalifah like the Khalifah of the prophet (saw) who would implement his deen among us, who would take care of the affairs of the Muslims and not let their blood flow free. I made dua for Syria and asked Allah (swt) to destroy Bashar and his companions, that Allah (swt) fails the plans of the west to replace him with another stooge. And that Syria, the blessed land of sham was turned in the starting point of the establishment of the Islamic state. I made dua that Allah (swt) that he forgive my sins and that of my Parents and the Ummah.

We continued with the dua until just before the sunset when we packed to leave.

We left for the plains of Muzdalifah after sunset. We decided to walk till the border of Arafah and from there we boarded a similar lorry like we had done the when we came to Arafah. In about 30 minutes we arrived at Muzdalifah. We had arrived much earlier than everyone else and so most of the plains were empty.

We later realized we were lucky to reach so early, those who had taken the official buses provided by their hajj organizers only reached several hours later, some as late as 12 Am. It took them almost 6 hours to cover 7 km!

Those who took the Metro Rail were in no better position. The Metro Rail was a chaos with no proper management. Over 50 people died in the ensuing stampede at the Metro Station.

The azan for Isha Salah has just begun as we arrived at the Masjid Mash’aril Haram. Allah (swt) says:

لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَنْ تَبْتَغُوا فَضْلًا مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُمْ مِنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ عِنْدَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ وَاذْكُرُوهُ كَمَا هَدَاكُمْ وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الضَّالِّينَ (198)
“There is no blame upon you for seeking bounty from your Lord [during Hajj]. But when you depart from 'Arafat, remember Allah at al- Mash'ar al-Haram. And remember Him, as He has guided you, for indeed, you were before that among those astray.” [TMQ 2:198]

We camped near the masjid and freshened up and prepared for Salah. After that we some food and rested for a few hours.

Muzdalifah has a real lack of facilities such as hygienic food and bathroom facilities. Most of the food was being sold by private vendors and there were not enough vendors for the mammoth population that was going to stay here overnight. The bathrooms were not adequate and many didn’t even have water. People queued up at the restrooms, it was a nightmare going to the toilet because at each toilet there was a queue of 10 people!

We rested until before Fajr and then woke for tahajjud and freshened up for Salah.

After Fajr we left for Mina, most of our Journey now was to be on foot. We walked over 6 km to our camp where we had left some of our clothes before we left for Arafah. We picked some new clothes to change into after shaving our heads and headed off for the Jamarat.

The rites for this day the 10th of Dhil Hijjah begin with throwing the pebbles, followed by offering the sacrifice, shaving one's head, performing a tawaf around Ka'bah. Observance of these rites in this sequence is sunnah. If one of these is performed before or after another there is no harm, according to most scholars.
This is the standpoint of Ash-Shafi'i based on a hadith reported by Abdullah bin 'Amr who said: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) stood in Mina during the Farewell Hajj, while the people asked him questions and he answered them. A man asked, 'O Prophet of Allah! I was not alert and I shaved my head before slaughtering my animal?' The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'There is no harm, go and slaughter your animal.' Another man asked, 'I slaughtered the animal before I threw the pebbles?' The Prophet (peace be upon him) told him, 'There is no harm. Go and throw the pebbles.'" The narrator said: "Whoever asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about anything done before or after the other he told him 'No harm done. Go and do (whatever you missed)."'

Abu Hanifah is of the opinion that if someone failed to observe the proper sequence in performing these rites, and he did delay or precede a rite, he must offer a sacrifice, interpreting the words "no harm done" of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to mean that such a person is not guilty of any sin, but nonetheless such a person has to slaughter an additional animal in atonement.

Jamarat was not very far from where we were stationed, it was about 3 km and took us another hour or so to reach the Jamarat. The sight at Jamarat was completely different from what it looked 8 years ago when I had previously performed Hajj. The pillars had been elevated by several meters and they were widened and were accessible by 5 different paths and each of them would lead to a different floor. Altogether there were 5 floors and the Jamarat area was installed with powerful Air Coolers which cooled the Jamarat area.

The planning at the Jamarat was amazing and was done with lot of wisdom except that the pathways leading to and from the Jamarat were an utter confusion and no Policeman was able to guide the people in a proper way. Anyone entering the Jamarat once exiting had to take a 1km detour so as to reach his original position and this was all while walking. The Saudi’s took over 15 years of accidents, stampedes and deaths to realize that the Jamarat had management issues, although now they had taken the initiative of restructuring the Jamarat but still had failed to resolve its management.

The origin of the ritual of throwing the pebbles comes from Ibrahim (as): Al-Baihaqi reported from Salim bin Abi Al-J'ad that Ibn 'Abbas said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "When Abraham (peace be upon him) wanted to perform the Hajj rites, Satan blocked his way near 'Aqabah. (Jamarah Al-Aqabah is on the left side inside Mina; the Jamarah Al-Wusta (the Middle Jamarah) is at about 11,677 meters from the first one, while Jamarah Al-Sughra (the Smallest Jamarah) is 1,564 meters further from the middle one) Abraham threw seven pebbles at him whereupon the Satan sunk into the ground. Again the Satan appeared to him near the second Jamarah. Abraham threw seven pebbles at him and he again sunk into the ground. Once again the Satan approached him near the third Jamarah, and again Abraham threw seven pebbles at him and once again the Satan sunk into the ground." Ibn 'Abbas added, "You throw pebbles at the Satan, and (in doing so) you follow the path of your (great) forefather Abraham (peace be upon him)." Al-Munzhri said: "This is reported by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih and by Al-Hakim, and it is sound according to their criterion."

Imam Ghazali explains the wisdom of throwing the pebbles, in his Al-Ihya he says: "As to the throwing of the pebbles, it is an expression of the thrower's intention to obey Allah's commandment, and a demonstration of his humility and servitude to Him. It signifies compliance with divine commandment without any trace therein of any selfish pleasure, sensuous or intellectual.

Once we had thrown the 7 pebbles at the Jamaratil Aqaba, we left for Makkah to perform the Tawaf Al Ifadah. Makkah is about 6 kms from the Jamarat. We walked most of the way as roads leading to Haram were jammed with traffic and most of the drivers were over charging. What would cost 5 Sr in other days was now a 100 Sr Journey.

By the time we reached Haram (sanctuary) it was evening. The electronics flashboards near haram announce that the Haram mosque was full and that the pilgrims delay their Tawaf and pray Salah elsewhere. So we prayed Magrib at a mosque near Haram. After the Salah we freshened up and changed our clothes.
After throwing the pebbles on the 10th day of Zhul-Hijjah and shaving the head or clipping some hair of it, a pilgrim is released from all restrictions of the state of ihram. He may now wear perfume, put on regular clothes, etc., except approaching his wife sexually. This is known as the first removal of ihram. After completing Tawaf AI-Ifada, an essential rite of Hajj, everything is permissible for him including approaching his wife sexually. This is called the second or final removal of the state of ihram.

In the masjid where we prayed Magrib we met a scholar from Afghanistan, we spoke to him in Arabic and introduced ouerselves. He said that he came from Jalalabad and was a teacher at a Maktaba (school), he said that he also was a Mujahid with the Taliban. We asked him about the situation in Afghanistan, he said that with time the Mujahideen had regrouped and strengthened themselves and that they now held influence and control over large areas of the country. He said that in a matter of two years they will retake all of Afghanistan. We asked him what kind of governance would they set up if they were successful, we know that previously when the Taliban were successful they established an Emirate system, we asked if they were going to do the same or something else? He said that they believe in establishing the Islamic Khilafah and nothing else. He said that Khilafah is the only true system of governance and that the Mujahideen now realize the error they committed earlier. We asked him if he knew a group by the name Hizb ut Tahrir which also works for the Khilafah, he said that he knew them very well, he said that in a short time the group has grown large in their country and that they were their companions in this path of reviving the Ummah.

Later after Isha we left for the Haram where we performed Tawaf, we finished Tawaf by Fajr time and after Fajr we rested for sometime and then left back for Mina.

Today’s rites included the stoning of all the Jamarat starting from the smallest Jamara, the sequence of the stoning is maintained.

It is confirmed that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to begin with the first Jamarah that is near Mina, then he would go to the middle Jamarah further away, and then he would go to the Jamarah Al-Aqabah.
So following the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) with every stone we made a takbir and then made Dua. Ibn Mas'ud and Ibn 'Umar at the time of throwing pebbles used to say, Allahumma ij'alhu Hajjan mabruran wa zhanban maghfuran "O Allah! Accept this Hajj of ours and pardon our sins".

We made Dua that Allah destroy all of Shaytan’s plans and that of his companions from the humans, that Allah accept our Hajj and make it the last Hajj while the Ummah was being bombed by drones in Pakistan and by Mig’s in Syria and that we return back to Hajj the next year but under the shade of an Ameer who would rule by the book of Allah and the Sunnah of his messenger.

We also saw the mosque of Al-Aqaba which is close to the jamarat, this is the place where the two baya’s of Aqabah had happened. The Prophet (saw) met the Sahaba from madina and took the baya from them which led to the Hijra of the Muslims to Madina & the establishment of the Islamic state in Madina at this spot.

After the jamarat we returned to our camp and rested. The next day the 12th of Dhil Hijjah which is the third day of Ayam-Nahr we left our camp early, we had decided on exiting mina before sunset on the 12th.
We walked over 8 km from our camp before we arrived in Makkah, on the way we also stoned the Shaytan at the Jamarat. The remaining rite was the Tawaf Al Wida’ which is performed once the pilgrim plans to leave Makkah.

Performing this Tawaf was going to be a challenge, many people advised us against doing the tawaf in the crowded central mataf area and suggested that we perform it on the top floor which is less crowded.  My father who was leading us and was our Ameer for the safar decided that we go in the central mataf area. Much unexpectedly it was not very difficult to perform Tawaf in the central mataf area. Although the area was crowded but it was unexpectedly different as people were not pushing each other which is very common during Tawaf and people attempted to help each other and make way for those who wanted to exit or enter the Tawaf, it was at the tawaf we felt a unique change in the attitude of the people compared to my experience in previous Tawafs in Umrahs and in Hajj, someone explaining the behavior said that this was the effect of the Arab spring , it had brought people’s hearts closer and made them realize the sense of being an Ummah. I felt the same and hoped that we could see this behavior resonate in the whole of the Ummah of the Prophet (saw).

Every year about 3 Million people perform hajj with about 1.75 Million of them from outside Saudi and the remaining from inside Saudi. Hajj is one of the 5 pillars of Islam and it is obligatory over any Muslim who has the capability (physical and financial) but the quota of 1.75 million hajis who can do hajj every year from the 1.8 Billion Muslim’s will take at least a few hundred years for them to perform Hajj, considering only those who have the capability to it. The Saudi government’s inability can be understood because of the inadequate space they have to host the pilgrims in the mosques, hotels and in the pilgrim sites. This includes the lack of proper transport systems.

It is one of the duties of the Islamic state to make the Hajj easy for the pilgrims and assist them during the Hajj. The Hajj is not for the locals to make money out of the pilgrims cheating them and overcharging them and it is the duty of the state to ensure this.

Considering the reality of the Saudi state where the whole hajj process is more a money making endeavor than that of assisting the Hujjaj in ibadah, it can be easily understood why they are not very keen on increasing the quota or improving the overall management of Hajj.

How will the Islamic state organize Hajj

The Islamic state will organize hajj with the objective of serving the pilgrims and assisting them in completing this obligation in the best manner possible. Making money out of the pilgrims, be it for the hotels or the transport or food would not be from its aims, it would rather curtail such practices if they happen.
Currently the planning of the Haram mosque doesn’t allow accommodation of more than 3.5 – 4 Million at one time. Considering the current population of the Muslim Ummah and its growth in terms of those accepting Islam the number of Hajis allowed to do Hajj need to be increased. This is the first challenge for the Islamic state. Any increase in the Hajis will require restructuring of the outside area and inside area of the masjid.

In 1982 when King Fahd came to power he announced the expansion of the haram and built an extension now known as the King Fahd extension.  King Abdullah, the current king of Saudi has also announced another extension which is expected to be completed by 2020.

King Fahd’s extension plan required large areas of lands to be acquired from the surroundings of the mosque. Thousands of houses were destroyed which included many relics from the past. A large part of the acquired lands and houses were given away to real estate developers which led to several non-Muslims (who otherwise are not allowed entry into makkah) to open their hotels around Haram. Radission, Sheraton, Intercontinental…all of them have high valued properties surrounding the Haram. Not only this, they don’t mind giving away the holy land to ill-reputed people, not long ago infamous Paris Hilton was allowed to open her franchise showroom in the vicinity of the masjid. 

So the expansion project for the King did not only give him political mileage but also benefited many of his family members who now had stakes in the fledging real estate property in Makkah.

Initially the Islamic state will attempt at increasing the open space surrounding the Haram so that more pilgrims can be accommodated. As temperatures can become very high during summers, the open space would also be covered using mechanical Umbrella shaped shades (similar to the ones used in Madina). Oxygen dispensers would also be installed along with them which will emit oxygen and moisture combined to eat the heat during summers.  This would be initial plan of the state and then extensive makeovers will happen with time covering these spaces and air-conditioning them.

The current structure covers an area of 356,800 square metres (88.2 acres) including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to four million worshipers during the Hajj period.
It is noteworthy to mention that the gigantic Shamiyya project to the north west of the Sanctuary is being developed on an area of   of one million five hundred thousands square meters approximately, extending from the extremities of the sanctuary to beyond the second circular road to the north and from the Holy Mosque Street to the east and Jabal al Qaaba road to the west.

The plan includes Al-Shamiya, Garoul, Alqarara wa Alnqa. The area to be developed reached three million square meters distributed among different activities, of which hotels, hotel residences, commercial centers, and markets, general services, in addition to permanent residences for the people.

If only this area which is adjacent to the Haram was converted to a marbled plane praying space for the Pilgrims, it would accommodate 4.5 Million Musallis! And if it was converted into a two storey covered space then that number would be doubled. The existing area for developing AlShamiya includes developing residential and hotel spaces meant for 250,000 people and praying space for only 400,000 people.

The Jabal Omar project to the south western side of the mosque for which more than 600 properties have been seized involves constructing two five-star hotels with 935 rooms, and six three-star hotels comprising 1,255 rooms, across an area spanning 244,800 sq m. Residential buildings reaching 20 storeys to accommodate 100,000 people, 520 restaurants and 4,360 commercial and retail units are also being built. The current plans include a plan to make a 6 storey building for musalli’s to accommodate 100,000 musalli’s.

The Islamic state’s mission would be to ensure that the 5th pillar of Islam can be fulfilled by more and more people and in this endeavor it would not seek to make wealth from the pilgrims rather it would aim at assisting them and aiding them and providing them all the facilities which would make their pilgrimage easy.
Jabal Omar if it is only converted to a plane as mentioned earlier with mechanical umbrella shaped shadings and oxygen dispensers can accommodate 0.75 Million Pilgrims for prayers.

Jabal Khandama another project covering over 600000 Sq Meters of space is being developed into mixed use area mostly hotels and residential apartments and shopping units.  Redeveloping this area as a prayer space will give space to about 2 Million Musalli’s.

All these projects are adjacent to the Haram and can be annexed with the Haram with ease.

In most of these projects properties are acquired often with little or no compensation and in some cases the owners are given less than a week to leave the property.

The jabal kaaba is another of these projects which covers about 46,000 Sq meters. Similar is the case with the Ajyad fortress on the mount bulbul which was destroyed to build the Abraj al bait towers. These towers along with other towering structures are a violation of the Kaba’s sanctity. It is ironical that on one hand airplanes cannot fly from above the Haram but on the other hand high rise towers can constantly dwarf the Haram.

Historic sites of religious importance which have been destroyed by the Saudi’s include five of the renowned "Seven Mosques" initially built by Muhammad's (saw) daughter and four of his "greatest Companions": Masjid Abu Bakr, Masjid Salman al-Farsi, Masjid Umar ibn al-Khattab, Masjid Sayyida Fatima bint Rasulullah and Masjid Ali ibn Abu Talib.

It has been reported that there now are fewer than 20 structures remaining in Mecca that date back to the time of Muhammad. Other buildings that have been destroyed include the house of Khadijah, the wife of Muhammad, demolished to make way for public lavatories; the house of Abu Bakr, Muhammad's companion, now the site of the local Hilton hotel; the house of Ali-Oraid, the grandson of Muhammad, and the Mosque of Abu-Qubais, now the location of the King's palace in Mecca; Muhammad's birthplace, demolished to make way for a library; and the Abraj Al Bait Towers, built after demolishing the Ottoman-era Ajyad Fortress.

The ostensible reason for much of the destruction of historic buildings has been for the construction of hotels, apartments, parking lots and other infrastructure facilities for Hajj pilgrims. However, many have been destroyed without any such reason. For example, when the house of Ali-Oraid, the grandson of Muhammad (saw) was discovered and excavated, King Fahd himself ordered that it be bulldozed in case it should become a pilgrimage site.

The Kings Palace on mount Abu Qubais which covers over 100,000 sq meters will make way for accommodating more pilgrims for prayer.

So if the surrounding region of the Mosque was freed from buildings and even if it was preliminarily converted into marbled open space, it would make space for at least 10 million Pilgrims.

Certain structural changes to the mosque will also have to be performed. For e.g., the mataf (tawaf area) will have to be expanded. Removal of the ottoman era enclosure will lead to much more space in the mataf area and further expansion of the mataf can be done by removing more of the enclosure so that the mataf size increased.

To ease matters for children, women and elderly people, the State would make use of modern technologies such as travelators on the upper floors. Not only will this ease the matters for the pilgrims but will also stop the wheelchair owners from charging people exorbitantly.

As for the evidence why travelators may be used, we know this from the hadith Narrated by Ibn Abbas (RA): In his Last Hajj the Prophet (saw) performed Tawaf of the Ka'ba riding a camel and pointed a bent-headed stick towards the corner (Black Stone). [Bukhari] 
Similarly travelators may be employed between the Safa and Marwa as well.

The second challenge the State will face will be that of the residence for the dwellers of Makkah and the pilgrims. Makkah being a mountainous region has several mountains which cover its terrain. Removing these mountains and developing the areas into residential areas will solve lot of the residential problem. Large swathes of land are covered by these mountains towards the south east of the mosque, and to the north of hijrah district and the south of Mahbas Al jenn parking.

With the growth of the Muslim population, there will come a time when even what the State would have planned will fall short. The state will then have to work on establishing satellite towns next to makkah to house the Pilgrims and city dwellers but such a reality is not expected very soon but will certainly happen when the whole world converts to Islam.

عن تميم الداري قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول : ليبلغن هذا الأمر ما بلغ الليل والنهار ولا يترك الله بيت مدر ولا وبر الا أدخله الله هذا الدين بعز عزيز أو بذل ذليل عزا يعز الله به الإسلام وذلا يذل الله به الكفر وكان تميم الداري يقول قد عرفت ذلك في أهل بيتي لقد أصاب من أسلم منهم الخير والشرف والعز ولقد أصاب من كان منهم كافرا الذل والصغار والجزية
It was narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad, from Tameem Al-Daari, who said that he heard the Prophet (saw) say: “Verily, this matter (Islam) will reach where day and night have reached, and it will not leave a house of Madar (mud or clay) or a house of Wabar (fur of camels and goats, i.e. tents) except Allah will bring it into this Deen, (either) with the honour of an honoured one, or the disgrace of a disgraced one; honour with which Allah honours Islam, and disgrace with which Allah disgraces Kufr.”

The third challenge the state will face is that of transportation. A complete overall of the current transport system is required. A combination of public transport System & Mass Rapid Transport systems (MRTS) will serve the needs of the pilgrims. The Mass Rapid transport systems will be employed in the sacred places such as the Makkah mosque, Mina, Muzadalifa , Arafah initially but will eventually cover all the areas of the Sacred sites.

The design and construction of the MRTS would be underground and would involve several lines at each port. This is so as to avoid congestion at the ports of embarking and disembark. Examples of effective utilization of MRTS in cities like Malaysia, Delhi, London and others will be studied and adopted.

At any station the number of people who can embark on a train and the number of trains that arrive periodically should be planned in such a way so that there are mishaps and accidents due to overfilling of stations.

This year in Arafah, several people died at the metro stations. The reason being that there are 21 trains and each train can take 4000 pilgrims at one point of time but the number of pilgrims who had entered the stations just after sunset was much larger. Many died due to suffocation and some died due to the ensuing stampede. The Islamic state cannot afford to experiment putting the lives of the Muslims are stake so it will plan things in a manner that do not cause hassle for the pilgrims.

As for the public transport, there is a serious lack of public transport vehicles inside the city and the roads are narrow and badly managed. Private cars would not be allowed near high congestion areas like the Haram mosque and Arafah and transport in these areas will be provided by the States vehicles.

As for the challenge the state will face for Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafah. The reality of these towns is similar to that of Makkah, they are mountainous.  Where there are mountains they should be brought down and high storey buildings built in their place. The sunnah for the haji is to stay in Mina and not that it has to be in a tent and therefore high storey buildings will allow very high and effective utilization of space.

The reason why the Saudi government has not attempted at constructing the buildings is because of the very low return on investment on their money. The Islamic states ROI will be the reward for its efforts it would make in making Hajj easy for the Muslims.

The current problem in these three towns is that of transport and space, the MRTS will resolve the transport problem and high rise buildings will address the space constraints.

The current planning of Jamarat is excellent and can accommodate a much larger number of pilgrims than today’s.

Another challenge the state will face is that of food and water. Large desalination plants will be installed in Jeddah to cater to increasing need of water and Zamzam water will be availed at different places around the city and the other sacred places.  A strict control over food quality will be maintained, no adulteration in the food will be allowed and overcharging the pilgrims will not be allowed.

All this will be maintained more by developing the Taqwa in the people and reminding them and less by the stick.

The State will endeavor a similar parallel program in Madina as in Makkah.

May Allah (swt) grant us the victory and allow us to re-establish the Khilafah on the path of prophethood soon.

Ustadh Abu Khalid al-Hejazi