Sheikh Abu Yaseen Ata ibn Khaleel Abul Rashtah, who since April 2003 has been the Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Sheikh Ata is a very rare Islamic scholar. Not only has he written books on Islamic jurisprudence and tafsirs – Surah Baqarah – as one might expect from Islamic scholars but as the booklet below illustrates, he has a deep understanding of economics – both as it is practiced in today’s capitalist world – and as it ought to be according to Islam.
He is also distinguished by having written on the subject of the practical implementation of Islamic solutions to many of today’s problems, such as industrialisation and education in the Muslim world.
He graduated in engineering from Cairo University and worked as a civil engineer for many years. His first published work was in the field of engineering on the topic of road construction.
As a politician, during his time with Hizb ut-Tahrir, he has carried da’wah across the Muslim world – being pursued by the regime in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and having been imprisoned in Libya and Jordan.
In debates, seminars and television appearances, as spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Jordan in the 1990s, he led the opposition to the Jordanian regime’s support for the West in the 1991 Gulf War and was imprisoned for his honest and frank accounting and criticism of the regime.
During his time as Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir, he has addressed international conferences in Indonesia, Pakistan and Yemen calling for the re-establishment of the Khilafah (Islamic State).
Most recently, he addressed Muslims in Syria in January 2013. He outlined the plans of global powers who, on the one hand, are supporting Assad while, on the other, are working to install a client regime; and motivated the Muslims of Syria from Quran and Sunnah to maintain their sincere struggle against the regime and to hold fast to Islam.
Sheikh Ata regularly addresses matters of global political importance, economic matters and matters of Islamic Jurisprudence.
Publications in English by Sheikh Ata:
Further publications coming soon