بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Assalaamu Alaikum Ustaadh Ahmad,
I have a question and would be appreciative if you were able to answer it. Is Hizb ut Tahrir capable of establishing the Islamic State in Lebanon? If yes, then how will it do so? And if no, then what is the significance and importance of the political activities of the Hizb in Lebanon which are related to the call to build an Islamic Khilafah?
Indeed Lebanon is not suitable or viable to be any kind of State, whether Islamic or otherwise. This is because it is a failed state in all meanings of the term and its history is the greatest witness upon this fact. Additionally there is no solution that can be envisaged for the Lebanese problem except for Lebanon returning to being a part of the region that surrounds it, as it has previously been throughout the years. Therefore the future of Lebanon fully depends upon the future of the surrounding region.
Hizb ut Tahrir works in Lebanon whilst fully comprehending this reality and as such it is not working to establish the Islamic State in Lebanon as a starting point but rather works in it within the context and consideration that it is part of the Islamic lands. So it works to prepare the public opinion within it for it to become part of the Khilafah State, which is expected to be established in one part from the parts of the Islamic world i.e. so that it joins with the State after it has been established.
Similarly the Hizb is fully aware that the work in Lebanon at this current time is connected to the work that is taking place in all of the places that the Hizb is working in as its Majaal. This is especially the case with the Arab region as the standing political borders, which have divided Lebanon from the rest of the Muslims geographically, have not completely separated her. Rather the Muslims living in it are interacting with their brothers who are behind the border in most of their issues and this is particularly the case with the people of Ash-Shaam as they are a part of them. The best example of this is represented in the repercussions of the revolution of Ash-Shaam upon Lebanon and the interaction and connection between its people and the people of Syria in regards to their movement and struggle. Added to this are the great efforts expended by America, Iran and Iran’s party in Lebanon in respect to repressing the movement supporting the Syrian revolution in Lebanon and their encircling and cutting off of the borders to prevent the people of Lebanon from connecting to those in Syria.
Finally, it is enough to look at the hopes that are attached today to the revolution of the Syrian people and their aspirations towards the establishment of the Khilafah State, for us to understand the importance of the work that must be undertaken in Lebanon from the lands of Ash-Shaam.