Address to the People of Pakistan by Sheikh Ata Abu Al-Rashtah, ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن ولاه وبعد،
Praise be to Allah, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his Companions and those who follow him,
To the people of Pakistan, the Pure and Good Land, which was established in origin for Islam and Muslims…
To the Ulemah, the intellectuals and politicians, those amongst them who have confirmed sincerity, both in their Deen and in their Iman
To the rulers of Pakistan, particularly Zardari, his gang and cohorts who exposed the country and its people to America, its spies and intelligence…
To Kayani and his cohorts who forced the army in service to America in Afghanistan, and withdraw forces from the border with India to the tribal areas and Baluchistan…
To the Electoral Commission which is supervising the elections…
To all of these we address this speech, whilst I realize that Zardari and his spies, Kayani and his gang, have minds that do not comprehend, ears that do not hear and eyes that do not see, however in Pakistan there are those who listen to the truth, their eyes overflowing with tears, they are those who listen to the truth and pursue the good in it and they are in gratitude to their Lord. As for them, Zardari and his spies, Kayani and his gang, we are sending this letter for them as an excuse before Allah سبحانه وتعالى and perhaps they may fear Him:
Firstly: O people of Pakistan, the Pure and Good Land: O descendants of Muhammad bin Qasim, progeny of those who struggled with him in the Opening of these lands by the early Muslims, how could you ever be pleased with an oppressive and brutal regime, that discards the Book of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم behind its back, violating the provisions of the Shariah and exposing the country to America and its allies, to corrupt the lands utterly, not even sparing its soil or cattle … killing its people with drones, planting explosives and fostering chaos?! How could you ever be pleased with a government moving away from the battle front against the Hindu Mushrikeen, occupiers of the lands of Islam in Kashmir and other than Kashmir, moving from this front to fight your brothers in the tribal areas and Balochistan as well as the resistance in Afghanistan?! How could you ever be pleased by the government’s abduction of your sincere and loyal sons in broad daylight from the streets, madrassas and mosques only for the government to then deny such kidnapping without a shred of shame before Allah سبحانه وتعالى, His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and the believers?! Indeed, they have seized many of the persons of Hizb ut-Tahrir because they say our only Lord is Allah سبحانه وتعالى, keeping them for months, many months, in severe torture as they previously did with the abductees and as they currently do with the Hizb ut-Tahrir’s official spokesman and those seized after him?! You may say that you can not do anything, but you are capable, so consolidate your efforts with the Hizb and your Lord will bestow mercy by His permission, Glorified be He, for the Hizb will never tire or seek rest from its great work, in accordance to the Shariah, until inshaaAllah it brings change, ends the rule of the unjust and restores the Truth to its people. So be with the Hizb in its movements and do not be afraid of any other than Allah, knowing that the future is only for those who fear Allah.
And to the Ulemah who fear Allah, do you not see the abolition of the rulings of Allah? Do you not see America roaming the length and breadth of the country with its drones, explosives and intelligence, all with the complicity of the ruling faction and its cohorts? Do you not see the plundering of the Ummah’s wealth and corruption eating away at the backbone of the state and its institutions? Do you not hear and see the advocates of the Call to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, to the establishment of the Khilafah for the implementation of the law of Allah, do you not see how they are abducted and severely tortured, whilst considering that the example of Naveed Butt, the official Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir is not so long ago for you, seized in broad daylight and who will have been kept in torture for a full year on the very day of these elections? Do you not see all of this? Is this not a terrible evil? Is it not a duty that you must call in rejection of it? And if you say that we do not have a state to change things by the hands physically, do you not have tongues by which you can speak up in denial? Is not speaking the word of truth the greatest jihad, as RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said when he was asked what is the best Jihad, ‘كَلِمَةُ حَقٍّ عِنْدَ سُلْطَانٍ جَائِرٍ’ “The word of truth before the unjust rulers” (an-Nisai), so why do you hold your tongues and why do you not speak?
To the intellectuals and politicians … those from amongst them who are sincere and resolute, this time is your time, America completely controls the regime, directing it in any direction it pleases, which has led to the ruin of the economy, such that the economy is now mortgaged to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, earning the curses of the people and causing their exhaustion, their shoulders overburdened by taxes … and which also led to the collapse of the country’s security and spread of chaos amongst its people. You witness all that, including the situation of Karachi, which was once a reassuring sanctuary for those who migrated to escape the Hindu oppression, so as to live together like the original Muhajireen and Ansar, but it is now a city where you witness discord has arisen between the people, some of it being caused by conspiracies and the rest of it by orchestrating explosions … Moreover, this regime has sold Kashmir and made it a lost and forgotten cause, and moved from the front against India, which occupies the land of Muslims, to a new front against the tribal areas, Balochistan and the Afghan resistance … America’s spies roam the length and breadth of the land, unmanned drones, as well as manned aircraft, violate its skies, reining destruction and killing without impunity! How can you ever be silent on such evil and dark happenings? Do you believe that the calamity when it comes to pass will afflict only the corrupt, oppressive and traitorous rulers? In fact the calamity afflicts both the oppressors and those who are silent regarding their oppression. Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
وَاتَّقُوا فِتْنَةً لَا تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
“Be fearful of trials which will not afflict solely those among you who do wrong. Know that Allah is severe in retribution.”
and RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُعَذِّبُ الْعَامَّةَ بِعَمَلِ الْخَاصَّةِ، حَتَّى يَرَوْا الْمُنْكَرَ بَيْنَ ظَهْرَانَيْهِمْ، وَهُمْ قَادِرُونَ عَلَى أَنْ يُنْكِرُوهُ فَلَا يُنْكِرُوهُ، فَإِذَا فَعَلُوا ذَلِكَ، عَذَّبَ اللَّهُ الْخَاصَّةَ وَالْعَامَّةَ
“Indeed Allah does not punish the people in general for the actions of the few, unless they see the Munkar amongst them and they are able to deny it, yet they do not deny it, and should they do that, then Allah will punish the people in general along with the few.” (Narrated by Ahmed)
Secondly: To the ruling faction, Zardari, his spies and cohorts: the wise one is the one who learns from the mistakes of others. Did you not see the fate of all the traitors who conspired against their country with the Kafir colonialists, spread corruption and consumed wealth unlawfully, and seized people who proclaim our Lord is Allah alone … know that their fate is always the blackest of fates, for even their colonial masters will discard them aside the street, after they are spent in their roles of service!
How could you hand over this land to America and its spies to ruin them as it pleases and grant Pakistan’s airspace to drones that bomb as they please, whenever and wherever they please … I realize that America orders you and forbids you and you are not able to refuse its demands, but even the traitors sometimes say: ‘No, enough is enough,’ yet you swim in a destructive torrent and do not speak a word of rejection!
As if this terrible subservience to America and its allies was not enough, you assail the people of Hizb ut-Tahrir, deploying your spies, abducting them and torturing them by brutal means! Do you really believe that these Shabaab do not have the people behind them and men to support them? Do you feel secure from the evil of your future and its consequences? Do you really think that no-one is with them? Or that they are devoid of help and backing? Think as you want, but know that Allah سبحانه وتعالى is with them as well as His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and the believers … and Hizb ut-Tahrir is of the people, the fact that it does not undertake physical acts of revenge today is not out of cowardice or fear, but because the Hizb believes that Islam has not permitted such acts in the stage of carrying the call. However, the Hizb will right the wrong upon the establishment of the Khilafah, as promised by Allah سبحانه وتعالى and foretold by RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم and then you, and those who follow you of cohorts, will be seized by a punishment that you deserve, for Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ
“Those who do wrong will soon know the kind of reversal they will receive!”
And even if you escaped punishment in this world, you will witness the day when the mother will abort her pregnancy from fear, and you will then realize the verse:
وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ اللَّهَ غَافِلًا عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ ۚ إِنَّمَا يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ لِيَوْمٍ تَشْخَصُ فِيهِ الْأَبْصَارُ
“Do not consider Allah to be unaware of what the wrongdoers perpetrate. He is merely deferring them to a Day on which their sight will be transfixed, rushing headlong – heads back, eyes vacant, hearts hollow.”
Thirdly: As for Kayani and his gang, they are even worse than Zardari in mischief and evil, and in oppression and corruption. Kayani’s role in surrendering the country to America is the greatest, as is his role in allowing the American drones to bomb the Muslims most severely and dangerously. So is his role in moving the main front of the army from the border with the Kafir Hindus to the tribal areas, Balochistan and resistance in Afghanistan, as well as his role in other humiliation and shame, such as his role in securing the abduction of the Shabaab of Hizb ut-Tahrir and their torture, for such a role is of even greater abomination before Allah سبحانه وتعالى and the servants of Allah. And such also is his role in the supplying of America and its allies in Afghanistan with military logistics, medicine, food and water, for this is the role of the traitor who exceeds all other traitors … not to mention his role in collusion with the spies of America in conspiracies and bombings in Karachi and elsewhere. His role is the greatest, for he has sufficient military force to stop all these tragedies and calamities, if he cared to, and prevent these explosions, bombs and drones … But he forgot about his Deen and he forgot his oath when he was drafted into the army, to protect the country from all aggression and not to surrender it to the spies of America!
Kayani and his gang are the front line of America and its allies in arresting every loyal and brave military officer, who loves Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, as he did in the case of Brigadier Ali and his brothers, as well as other sincere officers. Kayani and those behind him think that this would ensure the loyalty of the army to his treacherous plans, in the killing of Muslims to satisfy the Kafir colonialists … But Kayani forgot or made himself forget the fact that the Pakistani army is in its entirety a Muslim army, which took up arms to fight for the sake of Allah, and that the army may be silent for some time but not for all time, especially since Kayani’s betrayal of the military uniform he wears and the weapon he carries, is so obvious it needs neither further explanation nor clarification … the awakening of the army seized Kayani and his gang with shock, and it will seize him, inshaAllah, from where he could never consider and he will taste the earnings of his treachery for Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
وَاللَّهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَى أَمْرِهِ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“Allah is in control of His affair. However, most of mankind do not know.”
Fourthly: To the Election Commission, you are Muslim, and so you realize that the legislation is for Allah سبحانه وتعالى alone, so how do you allow yourselves to hold elections that will produce an assembly to legislate instead of Allah سبحانه وتعالى? How can you hold elections for ordering and forbidding by other than Allah? How can you hold elections knowing that Zardari, Kayani, their cohorts and factions, hold the reins from behind a curtain? How can you hold elections for an assembly that makes laws to serve the interests of the political and military leadership and as a natural consequence the interests of America, which is at the very top of their interests? Elections are for representation and the representation is not permissible except if the subject is Shariah, so how do you organize elections for other than Shariah and call the people to welcome it? Do you not know that establishing a legislative assembly that makes Halal and Haram instead of Allah سبحانه وتعالى is a huge sin? Tabarani narrated in Al-Kabeer that Adi bin Hatim said,
فَانْتَهَيْتُ إلى رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم) وَهُوَ يَقْرَأُ سُورَةَ بَرَاءَةَ فَقَرَأَ هَذِهِ الْآيَةَ ((اتَّخَذُوا أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللهِ)) حَتَّى فَرَغَ مِنْهَا، فَقُلْتُ: إنَّا لَسْنَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ، فَقَالَ: «أَلَيْسَ يُحَرِّمُونَ مَا أَحَلَّ اللهُ فَتُحَرِّمُونَهُ، ويُحِلُّونَ مَا حَرَّمَ اللهُ فَتَسْتَحِلُّونَهُ؟» قُلْتُ: بَلَى، قَالَ: «فَتِلْكَ عِبَادَتُهُمْ»
“I came upon RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم and he recited from Surat Bara’a this verse:
اتَّخَذُوا أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللهِ
“They have taken their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allah”
until he finished. I asked: “How did they worship them?” He said: “Did they not make Haraam what Allah had made Halaal and did they not make Halaal what Allah had made Haraam.” I said: Yes, so he said: “That is their worshipping of them.”
O Election Commission: It is not the need of the hour to hold elections that produce an assembly that legislates instead of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and decide laws that are not revealed by Allah سبحانه وتعالى from authority … the need of the hour is the establishment of the Khilafah and a Bayah to a just and rightly guided Khaleefah who rules by Shariah and nothing else … the need is for Pakistan to be the nucleus of the Khilafah state, if not the important part of the Khilafah State … the need is for Pakistan to increase in its power by the Deen, so that its army and nuclear weapons can be a power for truth and justice … the need is for the liberation of Kashmir, for Kashmir is a land of Islam which is occupied by the Mushrikeen … and the need is for the re-annexation with East Pakistan, “Bangladesh,” not by sea or air, but by land, through the Muslim lands … and instead of the army confronting Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the weapons of these two armies will be directed in the right direction, facing America and its allies, causing them to retreat from their evil and destructive schemes … and thus according to the promise of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and the glad tidings of RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم, Pakistan shall be the nucleus of the Khilafah or part of the Khilafah state, which will light up the earth with the guidance of the new Khilafah, by which the lands shall reveal their treasures, the skies will send their blessings and Allah سبحانه وتعالى shall heal the breasts of a believing people…
In conclusion, the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease say that Muslims are deceived by their Deen, such has been uttered by their predecessors before them, but we reply as Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
إِذْ يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ غَرَّ هَؤُلَاءِ دِينُهُمْ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
“And when the hypocrites and those with sickness in their hearts said, ‘These people have been deluded by their deen.’ But those who put their trust in Allah will find Allah to be Almighty, All-Wise.”
And as the final words, I call upon you in this address from a location, far away yet not so far inshaaAllah, praying to Allah سبحانه وتعالى that He brings us together upon one occasion, upon the announcing of the Khilafah and the giving of the Bayah to a Khaleefah, where the people raise Takbeers through their happiness and joy in the streets and atop the roofs of their homes, whilst the Mu’azin make Takbeers from within the mosques… And the soldiers make Takbeer out of happiness and joy for their return to their original work, a Muslim army that protects Islam, opens the lands and spreads goodness throughout the world.
وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ يَنْصُرُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ
وَعْدَ اللَّهِ ۖ لَا يُخْلِفُ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“On that day, the believers will rejoice in Allah’s help. He grants victory to whoever He wills. He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful. That is Allah’s promise. Allah does not break His promise. But most people do not know it.”
Wassallamu alaikum warahmattu Allahu wabarakatu
Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah
Ameer of Hizb ut Tahrir
10 Jumada al-Thani 1434 AH
21 April 2013 CE