A Call to the Fighter Organizations and the Clans in Iraq and Ash-Sham: Stop the Infighting amongst Yourselves Since America Exploits your fighting to Intervene Militarily in your Country
Events in Iraq and Syria have accelerated, and accelerated with it are Obama’s remarks on 18/08/2014, and the remarks of his Defense Secretary Hegel and the Chief of Staff Dempsey, at the press conference on 22/08/2014, about Obama’s long-term strategy for military intervention in the region, and about the way to create an international coalition that supports military intervention by America. All this after open demands appeared by some people of the region, politicians and military personnel, for American intervention! America has already begun aerial intervention in Iraq. The Syrian Coalition on 16/08/2014 has insisted on American intervention in Syria, following the example of intervention in Iraq, and admonished America for practicing double standards – intervening in Iraq but not Syria!
The Muslims and people of the region spat out America after they had lived under its brutal aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, yet now the best of their best pleads rather implores their military intervention by choice and willingness. Indeed this is a domineering evil over the evil of its repressive and forced intervention. Thus, to be attacked by a snake and you fend it off is a thousand times better than to bring the snake with your own hands into your home to kill you, your children and everyone else in the house! As though those who seek light from the fire of America have hazed eyes, deaf ears, and blinded vision!
But what prompted the time and place for such events? And what made America plot and seek intervention and what made some people of the region demand that, so much so that they declare it without modesty or shame? The observer in that sees that America took advantage of the fighting between the revolutionary movements in Syria and Iraq. So after the rising of these movements to remove the rule of the tyrants, these revolution movements upturned; except whom Allah has given mercy, they have turned into fighting amongst themselves rather than fighting between them and the Kaffir colonizers, or between them and the regime that they came out to change! And on top of all this and that, none of these warring parties questioned: Why is all this happening? Where is all of this happening from the stated goal, for which these movements came out? In addition, none of them stands to wonder: Why these parties dispute, the ISIS organization and the other movements. Why are they disputing over what is in their hands of the liberated areas from the regime rather than to fight in order to liberate other areas from the hands of the regime?
O Muslims: We from our position in Hizb ut Tahrir call for the Muslims in the ISIS Organization, armed movements and the tribes to stop battling each other and to pledge to amend that which is between them, and not to incline toward those who do wrong, or they will be touched by the Fire… We address them from the perspective of protection for the interests of the Muslims, and the pain and sorrow tears our hearts when we see the ISIS organization and other movements during their combat, shouting Takbeers at a time when each is keen to finish off the other! We are addressing all of these, and the pain wrenches us… And we address this call to them with hope and expectancy:
First: to the ISIS organization that it should fear Allah in what it does, so it stops killing Muslims, as the blood of a Muslim is great to Allah. And it should retract from what it announced of the unlawful alleged Caliphate, as the path to Khilafah is well known and is not obscure. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم has demonstrated it in his Seerah in a luminous white manifestation, which is seeking Nusrah (support) from the people of power in a country that has elements of a state, then to take the allegiance (Bayah) of the people of that country with satisfaction and by choice… But ISIS did not take what the Shariah has enjoined, and all work based on non-Islamic order leads to conflict and strife, and so it was. Fighting flared between ISIS and other movements, and the relationship between them became blood stained. Every land that ISIS enters, its people flee from it rather than attaining security besides it… So let ISIS retract from those offences, and retracting a mistake is a virtue.
Second: to other combatant movements that seek the help of America, the West, agents and followers… Your seeking of help from the colonial Kaffir is an offence, as well as it is the loss of insight and vision. How can America or the West help you to overthrow the agents who they installed except that they want you to become new agents in their place? Every sane person knows that this is like the one who jumped out of the frying pan into the fire, is there not among you a man of reason?
Third: to the tribes… to the chivalry of the men, and the warmth of the Islamic sentiments, and the people’s appreciation and respect for you, do not support any of these Muslim fighting parties; they are not fighting the colonial Kaffir. And although they profess that their uprising is on tyrant regimes to change them, but they do not come together to confront these regimes, rather they gather their guile to fight each other… So take them with an iron fist, and gather them on the guidance, so their course to be one Islamic course, a rightly guided Khilafah, which under its shadows people are safe and are not afraid… And they reject partition, division, regions and territories…
Fourth: and then to those who are
إِلَّا مَنْ رَحِمَ رَبُّكَ
“Except whom your Lord has given mercy”
who are true to what they promised Allah, and have committed to support Allah and His Messenger to establish the rightly guided Khilafah… To those who have distanced themselves from fighting with other Islamist movements, and continued to achieve the goal that they came out for… Remain steadfast on the right that you are on, and do not be affected by those who see you as a lesser gathering than those movements that are immersed in the blood of Muslims. Thus a sincere few gathering is heavier in Allah’s scale than the multitude of the false, and the best outcome is for the righteous.
وَنُرِيدُ أَنْ نَمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ
“And We wanted to confer favor upon those who were oppressed in the land and make them leaders and make them inheritors”
O Muslims: Hizb ut Tahrir has spent about sixty years remaining steadfast on the right which it calls for, committed to the way of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم in seeking Nusrah to establish the ruling of Islam on earth without budging an inch. This is despite the arguments that were spread that seeking Nusrah is a long path and that the use of force to impose the rule on the people is shorter and closer. These people did not realize that the case is not the access to the rule, of any rule, nor the following of any method, but the issue is Khilafah on the method of the Prophethood. And the method was drawn by the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, and he صلى الله عليه وسلم enlightened it and brightened it by the revelation from Al-Aziz al-Hakim (the Exalted in Might, the Wise.)… Any other method may lead to the rule sooner, but to a painful morbid rule, that does not satisfy Allah, His Messenger and the believers… As Khilafah is not an empty name of its content… rather it is a safe and secure Khilafah. People emigrate to it seeking security and safety under its shade, and not fleeing from it from fear and oppression… A Khilafah where people obtain security in it for themselves, their honor, wealth and homes, and not spilling blood in it, violating honors, destroying homes and encroaching wealth… A Khilafah that not only spreads goodness in the Muslim countries, but carries its civilization to the world. A Khilafah where Muslims and non-Muslims attain security and everyone takes their right in justice and contentment…
Hizb ut Tahrir is a guide that does not lie to its people, and it is from you and with you in this call… It calls whoever has a heart and reason, whoever listens while he is present in mind as a witness, to exert effort, even if his best was to speak half of the word, then let him do so to stop the fighting between the Muslims of ISIS organization and other revolting movements and the clans, perhaps in time… where Muslims will stop battling each other, and they go forth in one row in the face of alliances of the military intervention that is planned and led by the United States. So this mobilization afflicts those alliances’ conspiracies with destruction, and stop the evil before it worsens… This call, Allah willing, is honest and sincere, we address it to whoever has a heart and listens while he is present in mind, so that he has an influential role in the victory of Islam and Muslims, and to repel the machination of the colonial Kaffir… While those who do not hear nor see, the Powerful, the Exalted in Might has informed us about them:
إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ
“Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use reason.”
Hizb ut Tahrir
28th Shawwal 1435 AH
The above is a draft translation from Arabic.