Assalamu Alaikum... Question: Dear Brother, there has been questioning by many Muslims, especially among our Shabab, Shabab Hizb ut Tahrir, but this question turned into a concept, then into a conviction, that the support point (Nuqtat al-Irtikaz) will only be in Syria. It has started to be justified through Shar'i evidence from Ahadith of the Prophet, Al-Mustapha, and sometimes sayings of the Sahaba.
From Fahmi Barkous
To Fahmi Barkous
Wa Alaikum Assalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu
I have already sent an answer to the Shabab on this subject on the 7th of Dhul Qi'ddah 1433 AH, 09/23/2012 CE stating:
"...We are sure of the return of the Khilafah in ash-Sham or other than ash-Sham, and we are continuing to work here and there, we do not despair, nor do we despair of Allah's mercy. Every day that passes brings us closer to its establishment as decided by Allah سبحانه وتعالى, therefore the Shabab must be well aware of this. If Allah has decided that it shall be here, then it will settle in ash-Sham as a proud beginning. If Allah سبحانه وتعالى has decided that it shall be elsewhere, then it will reach ash-Sham and settle there proudly. In both cases, ash-Sham is the abode if Islam. With all of this said, we continue with our work with all that we can until the promise of Allah comes, while we are standing, longing with our eyes, hearts and our determination for a glorious victory from Allah: A Success in this world and a success in the hereafter, and that is the great success.
Allah knows better the place in which the Khilafah of the Muslims will be established. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم worked in Mecca for years, and many times asked for the support from the people of the tribes. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم did not know that the state would not be established in Mecca, and that no tribe would give its support... rather he would be approached by persons from Medina asking for him, then after a year, twelve would come and give him the first Bay'ah of Aqabah, and after that seventy-three men and two women would come to him, pledging to him for victory in the second Bay'ah of Aqaba...and the state would be established in al-Madina al-Munawwarah...
We have to account ourselves for the actions we commit: Are they in accordance with the Shar'i provisions without exception? With seriousness, honesty and sincerity, or are there any shortcomings? This is what we hold ourselves accountable for, before we are held accountable on the Day of Resurrection. If the results materialize quickly, then this is a blessing from Allah, but if they are delayed for a time known only to Allah, then also Alhamdulillah. In both cases, we do not despair of Allah's mercy, it is not correct to give up, but we are the descendants of those to whom Allah said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
"Oh you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful."
Also the Powerful, the Glorious said about them:
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا وَمَنْ كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
"Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that - then those are the defiantly disobedient."
And from those to whom the All-forgiving, the Merciful said:
وَاذْكُرُوا إِذْ أَنْتُمْ قَلِيلٌ مُسْتَضْعَفُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ تَخَافُونَ أَنْ يَتَخَطَّفَكُمُ النَّاسُ فَآوَاكُمْ وَأَيَّدَكُمْ بِنَصْرِهِ وَرَزَقَكُمْ مِنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
"And remember when you were few and oppressed in the land, fearing that people might abduct you, but He sheltered you, supported you with His victory, and provided you with good things - that you might be grateful."
Allah does not only "give us strength", but He "Supports us with His victory". He "provides us with good things", Alhamdulillah Rabbil 'Alamin!
We will spare no effort in working here and there, in ash-Sham or other than ash-Sham. Our hearts are sure in the remembrance of Allah and His victory in this life and the hereafter.
إِنَّا لَنَنْصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْأَشْهَاد
"Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand"
Show seriousness, travail, mobilize in the movement of the one who is reassured in the remembrance of Allah, confident in the victory from Allah, the Powerful, the Glorious!
قُلْ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُونَ قَرِيبًا
"Say, "Perhaps it will be soon"
Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah