In the past week the world’s media has started to address Iraq once again. In particular it has focussed on the actions of the military group ISIS (aka IS) causing the mass exodus of Christians and others from their homes. Furthermore, it is reported there have been more military gains by ISIS, advancing towards Irbil.Now US President Barack Obama has announced that the United States is ‘riding to the rescue’ with air strikes at artillery position and dropping aid for the refugees.
At this critical juncture it is worth reminding ourselves of the following points:
1. There is absolutely no place at all for U.S. Intervention in Iraq.
Humanitarian intervention is their excuse for engaging but there is nothing humanitarian about U.S. policy that indiscriminately bombs civilians in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan with their unmanned drones.Their intervention is a recipe to turn a crisis into a disaster. Many will recall the bitter regret when they used the excuse of aiding the Shia community in Iraq against Saddam Hussein to intervene.Their intervention is absolutely unwelcome, for they have created the mess that is today’s Iraq – and they have no role in fixing it.
It is the they who triggered and fostered the sectarianism that is rife in Iraq today, where there was none before.
Everyone should oppose their intervention realising it is ill-intended and will worsen the problems of the region.
لَّا يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَۖ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا أَن تَتَّقُوا مِنْهُمْ تُقَاةًۗ وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُۗ وَإِلَى اللَّهِ الْمَصِيرُ
“Let not believers take disbelievers as allies [i.e., supporters or protectors] rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing [i.e., no association] with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.”
Surah ‘Āli `Imrān (Verse 28)
2. The U.S. is using “humanitarian” intervention as an excuse to further it’s long standing agenda to divide Iraq into three: the Kurdish North, the Shia South, and the Sunni area in between.
Their intervention appears aimed at securing the Kurdish Northern region as a discrete entity that they hold under a client regime.
Their man in Baghdad, Maliki, has fostered the climate for division by ruling in a corrupt and blatantly sectarian manner, sowing the seeds of civil war.
Everyone should oppose these attempts to divide and rule the Muslims of Iraq. Indeed, anyone with an ounce of Iman and political acumen would understand the importance of trying to overcome these divisions and unite the hearts of Muslims, just as Allah SWT says:
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُواۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنتُمْ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنْهَاۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guide”
Surah ‘Āli `Imrān (Verse 103)
3. The actions of ISIS cannot be defended but are not a justification for U.S. intervention
Actions of ISIS are being used as a justification for potential US airstrikes and have further advanced the U.S. plans in the region. They have fuelled the sectarianism when for centuries Shia and Sunni lived side by side under Islam.
Sadly, they have failed to establish an Islam like that of Khilafah Rashidah, where Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and others had security as Ahl al-Dhimma. How can it be that in the era of Sayiduna Umar, Sayiduna Uthman and Sayiduna Ali – May Allah be Pleased with them all – these communities had security, yet now they are being driven out.
Do people not realise that the U.S. does not dislike a military group that it can use as an excuse for action. Rather it fears a real Khilafah Rashidah that will rule with Islam, with justice for all citizens, bringing security, uniting the hearts of Muslims, harnessing the resources for good, uniting Muslim land – and above all expelling the colonialists and their interests for good.
Everyone should understand what is the real nature of the Islamic Khilafah Rashidah, should recognise its conditions and yearn for its return.
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًاۚ يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًاۚ وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
“Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.”
Surah An-Nūr (Verse 55)
Chairman of Executive Committee, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britan