After the announcement of Khilafah by ISIS in Iraq, Muslims around the world are in dilemma whether Khilafah state actually has been established or this announcement is just rhetoric. Muslims must know that any group which has to announce the Khilafah in a place is obligated to follow the Methodology of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in it, and from it is that this group should have the obvious visible authority on the place, where it can maintain security internally and externally, and that this place should have what constitutes a state where the Khilafah is announced....This is what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم performed when he established the Islamic State in Madina Al-Munawarra: the authority was with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the internal and external security was with Muslims and they had what constitutes a state in the surrounding area.
The group that has announced the Caliphate has neither authority, in either Syria or Iraq, nor does it has the capability to maintain peace and security internally or externally, they have given allegiance to a Khalifah who cannot even publicly declare himself, rather his situation has remained secretive, similar to the situation that was before the state was announced and this is contradictory to what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was permitted to hide in the Thawr Cave before the state was formed, but after the state was formed, he took care of the affairs of the people, led the armies, judged in disputes and sent messengers to others and accepted them from others publicly, thus his situation before and after the state was different. This is why the announcement of the group about the state is mere rhetoric and has no weight in it.
The Khilafah is a state of magnificence, and the Shariah has stipulated the methodology to establish it and the manner in how the rules would be extracted for ruling, politics, economics and international relations....and it will not be a mere announcement in name only, which is broadcast on the websites or print and televised media, rather it will be an event that will shake the whole world, and its roots will be strong and established on the ground, its authority will maintain peace and security internally and externally on that land and it will implement Islam within it and will carry Islam to the world through Dawah and Jihad.
It is very unfortunate that this announcement will create negative consequences with regard to the idea of Khilafah among the simple minded people. An announcement without any real substance will erode the significance of Khilafah in the hearts of simple people and it will remain no more than a beautiful word, uttered with pride but devoid of any substance. At this time as the establishment of the Khilafah comes closer than ever before and the Muslims are waiting for it eagerly, and they are seeing Hizb ut-Tahrir progressing in the path of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in how he established the state in Madina al Munawarra... This announcement was made, for the purpose of giving a picture of the Khilafah as if it were a police state in the minds of the simple minded people...
So every Muslim group must work for the establishment of Khilafah in order to fulfill the command of its establishment by following the method of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. And it can only be established by following the methodology of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.
Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Wilayah Pakistan
Saturday, 07th Ramadan 1435 AH