الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه وبعد
"All Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم and his family and companions and those who follow him."
We begin our address to you, General Raheel, with that which is Khair, as a reminder both for us and for you. Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتَنْزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
"Say: "O Allah! Possessor of the power, You give power to whom You will, and You take power from whom You will, and You endue with honor whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are able to do all things."
(Surah Aali Imran 3:26)
Thus, it was the will of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, Al-Qadeer, that you should become commander of the Muslim World's largest army, the Pakistan Army. We remind you that commanding the Muslim army is an Amaanah, a trust, providing a great opportunity to be elevated before Allah سبحانه وتعالى, His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and the believers. Indeed, RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم himself first held the honoured post of commander of the Muslim army, setting a glorious example for all the ages and all the peoples. And in our Islamic history, the army commander who emulated him صلى الله عليه وسلم was honoured and a means for blessings for the Ummah, whether he was Khalid (ra), Salahudin or Muhammad bin Qaasim. So, woe to the one who squanders such an Amaanah, may Allah سبحانه وتعالى forbid!
O General Raheel: You assumed command of one of the world's most powerful fighting forces at a critical time for Pakistan. As you know too well, for several long years the Pakistan Army has been ensnared in a war within the tribal areas, which is accompanied by a barbaric campaign of bombings and assassinations that have spread terror throughout our lands. Hizb ut-Tahrir directs your attention to the fact that this calamity is the direct outcome of American foreign policy, specifically the policies of low intensity conflict and covert, "black" operations. It is this low intensity conflict which destroys internal stability, strains our capability, strangulates our potential and justifies repeated American interference to ask us to "do more." And it is the covert operations, such as "false flag" attacks in the name of the enemy, which are an American ploy, practiced by its intelligence agencies all over the world from Latin America to South East Asia, to make sure that conflict continues by burning the country in the fires of insecurity.
Thus, without doubt, General Raheel, our real internal threat is from the substantial American presence within Pakistan. It is this American presence which is the source of the intricate planning, huge funding and sophisticated arms supply that has allowed the targeting of military and civilian targets for so long. As long as these foreign assets exist on our soil, we will never see an end to this devastating war, even if we were to lose far more than we have already lost.
Moreover, it is only upon the return of our Khilafah that our armed forces will be mobilized without delay to seize or seal these foreign assets, securing us from mischief, whether it is from the political and military points of contact, or the intelligence assets such as the CIA or private military organizations staffed by armies of Raymond Davis's, or even the embassy and consulates. This is because, unlike democracy, Islam's unique ruling system, the Khilafah, binds the ruler to implement the Quran and the Sunnah, which categorically forbids alliance with the enemy forces who fight Muslims, occupy our lands and desire only our ruin. For Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لاَ تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُمْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ
"O you who believe do not take My enemy and your enemy as allies, meeting them with softness. Indeed, they disbelieve in that which has come to you of truth."
(Surah Mutahina 60:9)
And Hizb ut-Tahrir assures you, General Raheel, that this matter can be settled in but a few hours, were you to take the required steps to liberate our armed forces from the snare in which they were ensnared in for America's benefit.
O General Raheel: It is only through providing the Nussrah to Hizb ut-Tahrir for the establishment of the Khilafah that our lands of Pakistan, the Pure, the Good, will be given the security they deserve. Moreover, you are capable of securing the return of the Khilafah within hours, by granting the Nussrah (Material Support). Thus, we urge you to consider your predecessors in this matter, the noble fighting men of the Ansaar (ra). They (ra) responded to RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم, when he called the fighting forces of the tribes to grant the Nussrah for establishing Islam as a state, through the Pledge of Men, of War, the Second Pledge of Aqabah. We love for you, General Raheel, to fully appreciate after deep reflection, that the Ansaar (ra) responded with vigor for they knew that granting Nussrah for the Deen of our Creator سبحانه وتعالى is of great reward, as is the fighting in His cause. Indeed, upon the death of the commander of the Ansaar (ra), Saad bin Muath (ra), his grieving mother was consoled by RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم with the following glad tidings:
"ليرقأ (لينقطع) دمعك، ويذهب حزنك، فإن ابنك أول من ضحك الله له واهتز له العرش"
"Your tears would recede and your sorrow be lessened if you know that your son is the first person for whom Allah سبحانه وتعالى smiled and His Throne trembled." [Reported in at-Tabarani]
So we ask you what greater prize could any Muslim military commander wish for? And we address here the one whose household has been honored by not one, but two, martyrs, Major Aziz Bhatti and Major Shabbir Sharif, may Allah سبحانه وتعالى have accepted from them both.
Hizb ut-Tahrir assures you that there are many under your command that already covet this greatest of all prizes. They are brave, sincere and would stand with you, behind you and before you, as you take the required steps by giving Nussrah to Hizb ut-Tahrir under its Ameer, the eminent jurist and statesman, Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah for the establishment of the Khilafah Rashedah; the glory of this life and the Hereafter, and Allah take care of the righteous.
O General Raheel! O you of a household adorned by martyrdom! Here ends our sincere advice to you for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. It is upon you to put a halt to the gloating of the Kuffar, their agents and all the enemies of Islam at the destruction of Pakistan. We have undertaken our duty towards you, to place before you a reminder of your duty before Allah سبحانه وتعالى. So let the believer take heed for his own benefit! Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:
فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنْفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
"For indeed, the reminder benefits the believers."
Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan
11 Safar 1435 AH
14 December 2013 CE