A ‘perfect storm’ is a term used to describe an event where a rare combination of circumstances result in an event of unusual magnitude. March 2017 may very well turn out to be a date many will look back to in the future as the starting point of something great.
March 2017 is the 100-year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain and France. Both countries had secretly agreed in clandestine meetings to carve up the Muslim world for themselves, despite it being under Uthmani Khilafah. In the middle of WW1, France and Britain were bargaining which pieces of the Middle East they would take as spoils of war.
On 3rd March 1924, Britain after years of interfering in the Muslim lands and after splitting the Hijaz from the Khilafah worked to dismantle the Uthmani Khilafah state, which eventually was abolished 93 years ago.
In March 2011, some youth were arrested in Dera’a in southern Syria for plastering graffiti on a city wall. They wrote the Syrian people want a change in the system. Bashar Al-Assad worried about the effect this could have, had them arrested and tortured. This led to a number of demonstrations, Al-Assad worried the Arab Spring could be beginning in Syria, he ordered his military onto the streets – the Arab Spring had officially started in Syria. Today, years later, the regime in Damascus has struggled to end the uprising and is bleeding to death. The people of Syria continue their fight despite facing barrel bombs, sieges, chemical weapons, air attacks and Russia’s military machine.
All of these events are intricately connected. Sykes-Picot 100 years ago was meant to divide the Ummah and the Ummah was meant to become Jordanian, Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese. The destruction of the Khilafah in 1924 was meant to end the authority that had maintained the unity between the Ummah. The uprising in Syria is challenging both the artificial borders and has seen the call for Khilafah grow.
Despite the West dividing the Muslim lands, putting monarchies and dictators into power and maintaining control, the Ummah never gave up the Deen and the Khilafah. Walid Al-Moallem, the Al-Assad regime’s foreign minister outlined in 2013 what was at stake in the country and the region, he said, “We know that those who plan evil for Syria and those who demand the establishment of the Islamic Khilafah state will not stop at the borders of Syria. So what we are currently doing is even defending Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.”
Today the demand for political change in the Muslim world is a strategic problem for the West and no longer a tactical consideration that will blow over. This perfect storm takes place with western secular liberalism struggling to justify itself to those who clearly embrace an alternative civilisation for the world.
For Muslims in the West this represents a key opportunity to present this alternative civilisation. The case we can make to those who have lost faith in western politics, who have been on the receiving end of austerity and those who are victims of sensual gratification which has broken the family unit. To them we need to highlight the Khilafah State will not just be a state for Muslims but a state to bring about an alternative civilisation for all humans. Whilst in Britain the country debates if migrants, refugees and foreigners are even welcome, the Khilafah, as it did in the past will open its arms to the poor, the neglected and those in need, irrespective of their beliefs.
Capitalism’s Free Market model has created a situation in the world where eight people own more wealth than half the world put together. Tinkering with this model doesn’t fundamentally change anything for the ordinary person. The Khilafah, built upon the Islamic economic system will diminish the economic inequality we see in the world by replacing the western model for the elite and corporations to one which puts the people first.
The Khilafah’s politics will be centred around organising societal affairs around fulfilling the basic needs of the masses and not centred around hoarding wealth for the elite. The Khilafah will separate money from politics which like a virus has infected secular politics, which views the masses as mere pawns to be manipulated rather than a responsibility that should be taken as its mission.
Muslims in the West need to take this opportunity to present the Khilafah system as an alternative civilisation. We should be pro-active, not reactive, practically this would mean:
- Learning about the Khilafah and Islamic systems and how it will practically solve the problems of the 21st century.
- Invite speakers with knowledge of these to your mosques, homes, community centres, schools, colleges and universities.
- Join Hizb ut-Tahrir in championing Islam as an alternative civilisation
The Ummah today constitutes over a 1.6 billion people globally, they possess some of the world’s most strategic resources and they believe in Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Messenger ﷺ. All of these factors combined, make it an alternative civilisation, waiting to take its place in the world.