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The case against Hizb ut Tehrir

Published Jun 11, 2012 06:18pm


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Founded in 1953, in Jerusalem by Taqiuddin al-Nabhani, Hizb ut Tehrir considers itself to be the largest political party in the Muslim world. This is in spite of the fact that they do not believe in democracy and do not contest in elections. Despite its non-violent methods, Hizb ut Tehrir today is a dangerous entity. Hizb has made inroads in the elite educational institutions of Pakistan and UK.

The infiltration of armed forces is also a major part of their agenda. Due to involvement in subversive activities, Hizb has been banned in most countries including Pakistan. The agenda and propaganda of Hizb ut Tehrir is very alluring for an ambitious youth that form about 45 per cent of this country’s population. Based upon my reading, understanding and interactions with Hizb ut tehrir over the last 4 years, I want to point out some of the logical fallacies in the narrative of HT (Hizb ut Tehrir):

1. They want to form a caliphate for the Muslim Ummah. 2. They favor transfer of power through a military route. 3. They want to implement sharia across the caliphate. 4. According to their ‘constitution’, Arabic would be the language of the Caliphate. 5. They believe that a global Jewish conspiracy that is obstructing the path of formation of the caliphate. 6. They want the ‘liberation’ of Palestine. 7. They take inspiration form Syed Qutb’s book, Milestones.

First things first. The historical narrative, on which the ideology of Hizb ut Tehrir (and for that matter, Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, JI and similar organisations) is based, is deeply flawed. The narrative is a mixture of historical fiction and historical revisionism. According to that narrative, the reign of the pious Caliphs (Khulafa-e-Rashideen) was the brightest time in Muslim history and there was peace and prosperity all around. After those pious caliphs, the reign of Banu Umayya and Banu Abbas is also considered very superior, as Muslim scientists and scholar and philosophers reached the pinnacles of their respective fields in that duration. It is believed that till the dissolution of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924, Muslims of the world were ‘spiritually’ if not physically ruled by the Caliph and since then, there has been a downfall for the Muslim ‘Ummah’.

While this version of history is not exactly true, it is used as a rallying call for the Muslims to ‘regain’ the former glories and ‘unite’ under one government again. A careful examination of this view reveals that

1. The reign of four pious caliphs was not without trouble. After all, three of them were killed by other Muslims. If the golden period of our history involves assassinations of three of the most revered companions of the Prophet (PBUH), why would we want to revive those days? Secondly, as opposed to the narrative explained above, the method of selection of the Caliph and the way of ruling was different for all four caliphs. It was not a uniform ‘system of government’ as is claimed by Hizb ut Tehrir. Which ‘system of government’ do they want to impose and why?

2. During the Banu Umayya period only, there were at least 70 different major battles among Muslims. In one instance, even the Holy Kaaba was bombarded with stones and was razed to the ground during war. Hundreds of companions (Sahaba) of Prophet (PBUH) were murdered by Muslim Rulers. The scientific advances were mostly done during the times of a sect known as Mu’tazila, and it is not surprising that they were eliminated later by being labeled heretics.

3. Since the assassination of Hazrat Usman (R.A), the third pious Caliph, there has been no ‘central’ Muslim government. At the height of Muslim power (in 4th century A.H), there were 15 different independent Muslim states apart from the Baghdad Caliphate. Thus, the assumption that ‘all Muslims should unite once again’ is simply a utopian premise.

4. The notion of political Islam, i.e. implementation of Islam as a political system does not find its origin in the traditional sources of Islamic Jurisprudence i.e. Quran and Hadees. This idea was not propagated by the pious Caliphs or by the leaders of the four major schools of Islamic Jurisprudence. It was initiated by two different people with similar thought. The pioneers of political Islam were Syed Qutb from Egypt and Abu al Aala Maududi from India. Tarek Fatah in his book, “Chasing a Mirage: The tragic illusion of an Islmic State” explained the different between Islam and Islamism/Political Islam,

What Islamists seek and what Muslims desire are two separate objectives, sometimes overlapping, but clearly distinct. While the former seek an “Islamic State,” the latter merely desires a “state of Islam.” One state requires a theocracy, the other a state of spirituality.

The phrase “state of Islam” defines the condition of a Muslim in how he or she imbibes the values of Islam to govern personal life and uses faith as a moral compass. In contrast, the “Islamic State” is a political entity: a state, caliphate, sultanate, kingdom, or country that uses Islam as a tool to govern society and control its citizenry. At times, these two objectives overlap each other, but most often, they clash. Islamists obsessed with the establishment of the Islamic State have ridden roughshod over Quranic principles and the Prophet’s message of equality.

However, Muslims who have striven to achieve a state of Islam have invariably stepped away from using Islam to chase political power, opting instead for intellectual and pious pursuits.

Since the first caliphate in Medina in the 7th century, clerics have continually reminded Muslims that their mission on Earth — to spread Islam — is impossible without the establishment of an Islamic State. Such edicts by caliphs and imams have gathered near-universal acceptance despite the fact that neither the Quran nor the Prophet asked Muslims to establish such a state. In fact, the five pillars of Islam, which form a Muslim’s covenant with the Creator, do not even hint at the creation of an Islamic State.”

I would also like to point out that there have been efforts from Muslim Intellectuals including Egypt’s Ali Abdel al-Razik and our own Allama Iqbal against the idea of ‘Political Islam’. In the last 60 years, implementation of ‘Sharia’ has been tried in several countries including Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan but it has never worked.

5. Let’s have a look at an excerpt from the aforementioned book ‘Milestones’ which was banned as soon as it was published in Egypt:

Mankind today is on the brink of a precipice. Humanity is threatened not only by nuclear annihilation but also by the absence of values. The West has lost its vitality, and Marxism has failed. At this crucial and bewildering juncture, the turn of Islam and the Muslim community has arrived. But before Islam can lead, it must regenerate itself. The world is divided into two camps, Islam and jahiliyya, the period of ignorance and barbarity that existed before the divine message of the Prophet Mohammed.

Jahiliyya encompasses all of modern life: manners, morals, art, literature, and law, even much of what passed as Islamic culture. Only a complete rejection of rationalism and Western values offered the slim hope of the redemption of Islam. This is the choice: pure, primitive Islam or the doom of mankind.

The Muslim community has long ago vanished from existence. It is crushed under the weight of those false laws and teachings which are not even remotely related to the Islamic teachings. Humanity cannot be saved unless Muslims recapture the glory of their earliest and purest expression. We need to initiate the movement of Islamic revival in some Muslim country. There should be a vanguard which sets out with this determination and then keeps walking the path. The time has come for a Muslim to give his head in order to proclaim the birth of the Islamic movement”.

6. Arabic as national language?

The promise of making Arabic as the national language of the proposed Khilafah is not just utopian, it’s stupid as well. At least Pakistan has had problems in the past regarding the issue of imposition of a “foreign language” as the favored one and as a consequence, the country was split into two. According to census figures from 1951, Bangla was the spoken language of 54.6 per cent Pakistanis, Punjabi was spoken by 28.4 and Urdu by 7.2 per cent of the populace. This did not stop the UP/CP migrant class from asserting that Urdu be made the only official language of Pakistan. Right now, hardly 1 per cent of the Pakistani population even understands Arabic, how can HT even think about implementing it as the national language?

7. Jewish Conspiracy

In 1951, Syed Qutb, one of the people who inspired Hizb, wrote an essay that clearly defined his view of the Jewish world. Titled “Our Fight against the Jews”, the essay was later included in a collection published in Saudi Arabia in 1970. The Saudi booklet bore the same title as Qutb’s essay and was widely circulated in the Arab world, where it became the defining text of the Islamist view of Jews.

The 1970 Saudi version linked Qutb’s work with the discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Qutb’s essay is pockmarked with footnotes by the Saudi Editor, who used The Protocols to prove Qutb’s allegations against the Jews. For the editor, as for many contemporary Islamic authors, The Protocols were confirmation of anti-Jewish ideas rooted in Islamic tradition.

In his essay, Qutb not only dwelled on the nature of the Jew and the supposed Jewish goal of destroying Islam, he presented a simple answer to this challenge: Muslims must defeat the Jews. He wrote, “The Jews will be satisfied only with the destruction of this religion (Islam).” He depicted the Jews as the inevitable enemies of Islam and the creation of the state of Israel as the manifestation of Jewish revenge against Muslims for their humiliation in Medina 14 centuries earlier.

The rhetoric of Hizb ut Tehrir follows the usual anti-Semitism that runs deep through the minds of Arabs and Muslims around the world. Israel and the Jews are no angels either but there remains a certain irony that is being forgotten by Hizb ut Tehrir. The last time Jews gained a respectable position in a foreign society, it was in Andalusia (modern day Spain) under the Muslim Rulers. When they were expelled from there, they were given refuge by the Ottoman Caliphs.

8. Palestine

The propaganda of Hizb about Palestine starts from the atrocities committed by Israeli forces against the innocent Palestinians and finishes with the cry of formation of a Khilafah which can recapture the Palestinian territories.

The propaganda does not hint at The Peel Commission plan of 1937 when the Arabs gave up almost 80 per cent of Palestine in rejecting the Peel Commission Report or to the response of Palestinian Arab leaders towards The UN General Assembly Partition Plan of 1947. Similarly, there is no mention of the antics of the Mufti of Palestine, Hajj al Husayni who was one of the advisors of Hitler and was pivotal in formation of a Muslim division in SS known as “East Turkestan Armed Formation”. What about the 10 per cent Muslim population of Israel?

9. Treason

HT is a party openly calling for a military coup, admitting that its members recruit officers in the armed forces, yet no legal action has been taken on this conspiracy. On top of that they call the armed forces to make Ata abu Rashta, a Palestinian, the Caliph of Pakistan. Thus, they are trying to stage a coup to make a person who is not a Pakistani national as the dictator of Pakistan and they justify it by saying that they are not bound by the Laws of the land. Following the arrest of Brig. Ali Khan, numerous high-ranked members of HT have been imprisoned including their spokesperson, Naveed Butt. None of the members has been tried yet according to article 6 of the constitution, which means high treason.

Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan defines high treason as,

1.Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

2. Any person aiding or abetting [or collaborating] the acts mentioned in clause shall likewise be guilty of high treason.

Based on this definition and the activities of HT in Pakistan, it is strongly recommended that their leaders should be tried in courts according to the aforementioned laws. This should be accompanied by efforts to identify and debrief the active members of HT as part of their rehabilitation.

Further readings 1. Hamari Taareekh Fehmi by Hasan Jaafar Zaidi 2. After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Sunni-Shia split in Islam by Lesley Hazelton 3. Chasing the Mirage: The tragic Illusion of an Islamic State by Tarek Fatah 4. The Jew is not my Enemy by Tarek Fatah 5. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright 6. The System of Islam (Nidham ul Islam) by Taqiuddin an-Nabahani 7. Hizbut Tahrir in Pakistan: Discourse and Impact by Muhammad Amir Rana 8. The Hizb ut-Tahrir threat by Muhammad Amir Rana

The writer is a medical student with an interest in History, Political Economy and Literature and blogs here. You can follow him @abdulmajeedabid.

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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Shahid Jun 11, 2012 09:03pm
Thank you for ur informative article. Muslims needs good governance which allows tolerance for different sects, religions and ethnicity. They need a working DEMOCRACY. I wonder what our "savior" Imran Khan has to say about HT.
Owais Jun 13, 2012 12:57pm
Osman Faz Jun 11, 2012 09:51am
The article is a good attempt to separate fiction from fact. However, I found two inaccuracies mentioned in the article. 1- The statement that most research work and scientific progress was done by Muta'zila, doesn't hold statistical authenticity. 2- It is inappropriate to label the conflict against Jews as anti-Semitism; anti-Semitism refers to racial discrimination, whereas the Arabs are also the Semitic race. Hence, the conflict might be a political or perhaps a religious matter but it is not a racial issue.
sameer9900 Jun 12, 2012 01:41am
What about those who wants secular Pakistan. Are not they commiting treason too
M Arif Jun 12, 2012 07:24pm
When Benazir bhutto was alive and staying at the dorchester in London some of Hizub Tahrirs people were demonstrating infront of the hotel I was passing through. When I asked them as to who would you like to make the head of the Caliphate they said Saddam Hussain, Saddam Hussain was alive then. It was a laughable idea and having Arabic as the only language is also laughable we in the Uk speak english and Urdu which isa our mother tongue in Pakistan and we would not swap our urdu with any other language.
Haider Imtiaz Jun 11, 2012 10:19am
Brilliant effort. I remember having detailed discussions with HT members during university days. HT's aims and objectives in Pakistan are to dismantle the state, and I was amazed at how its members operated with impunity while preaching the same. Their agenda is utopian and deeply flawed, and their activities will only lead to further instability in an increasingly volatile country.
Faraz Jun 11, 2012 08:04pm
Perhaps you should spend some time in the middle east and you'll have your answer to point number 2
PatGee Jun 11, 2012 07:23pm
Pardon me. I am merely trying to understand the issue. You claim that there is a difference of opinion among various sects on Point 3. Here is the point, or part of it anyway: "Since the assassination of Hazrat Usman (R.A), the third pious Caliph, there has been no ‘central’ Muslim government. At the height of Muslim power (in 4th century A.H), there were 15 different independent Muslim states apart from the Baghdad Caliphate." Are you suggesting that either of these claims is questionable?
parvez Jun 11, 2012 07:22pm
There is no one uniform caliphate period in Islam. The first four may be one system but was followed by Ummayah + Abbasi period which was more like the current Saudi period. Then there were Fatimids and Mamluks. Lastly, the Ottomans was a completely different creed. So what caliphate are U talking about.
Dude Jun 12, 2012 01:11am
And whose sharia are they going to impose in their 'fantasy land' we have 70 or so sects through out the muslim world. I guess the sect which end up killing the most innocent people will get to impose their will as everyone else will fear them.
True Pakistani Jun 12, 2012 12:16am
Rehan, EU is not even a single government, just a single currency area that has proved full if flaws and is now tearing apart at the seams. There is no such thing as muslim ummah! Why should i be ruled by a Palestinian? Will an Arab accept the rule of a Pakistani muslim??
ali Jun 11, 2012 11:33pm
Looks like you have been bombarded by commnts fron HT. Anyway love your analyis and to the point.
Gautham Jun 11, 2012 11:28pm
"The agenda and propaganda of Hizb ut Tehrir is very alluring for an ambitious youth that form about 45 per cent of this country
Mamoon Jun 11, 2012 10:59pm
My brothers advocating the Caliphate are so right. For the past 1500 years we have demonstrated through our actions that we indeed are one united and strong ummah. Whether it is the siting of the moon (for Eid), the height of the pants above the ankles, leaving our arms in open or closed position during prayer. We have handled such difficult issues with so much unity that choosing one Caliph to rule the whole Ummah shouldn't be any problem at all.
Slim Jun 11, 2012 10:47pm
Dreaming of utopia, won't get us anywhere. We have to be realistic and be in step with rest of the world.
Saleena Jun 11, 2012 10:41pm
As being a student of history and current affairs, i am sorry to say that this article is not based on facts and reality.
Saleena Jun 11, 2012 10:39pm
Writer should explain it...
Manzoor Elahi Jun 11, 2012 10:27pm
Actually they've been honored when they've lived in peace and contributed their Science, Philosophy, Literature to the world. None of us were alive during the times of the Caliphate and history is written by victors. Think about tomorrow my friend, not the past. I don't understand the thinking here.. you wanted to do all these wonderful things in the 1930s, and Pakistan was created. A few million people were killed in the process. Now that that hasn't worked out so well, you've started chasing a different dream.
Haider Jun 12, 2012 02:43pm
Compeletly emotional respone without even understanding what the author is trying to say. We all love Allah and want to live our lives according to his book and the messenger but this does not mean we need a state for that. I have lived in non-muslims countries very happily, going to mosques, fasting, etc.
mahmood Jun 11, 2012 09:28pm
The author to me had little credibility anyway to start with, but when he quoted Tarik Fatah, he lost it all, Tarik Fatah appears on TV and radio shows as a muslim schollar and the man doesn't even know how to pronounce Islam, these are the kinds of guys that the west always present as learned and educated people to explain the religion, off course the masses don't see any light when explained by such characters, This issue is of deep understanding of Islam, I wonder, if the author understands them well to deal with this topic. The Hadiths of prophet(PBUH) reached us by chain of narrators, if you question them, you question hadith and if you question hadith then you question prophet(PBUH), this is how they work all the time. Please do not write about the things which you don't understand completely, these are religious matters and unlike other religion, politics is part of religion in Islam, since it is all-encompassing religion (DEEN) not just some acts of worships and rituals.
Haider Jun 12, 2012 02:45pm
There is no such thing as Muslim Ummah. I have lived in US and Europe and have been practicing Islam and I am treated with respect and equality. In entire Middle East I am treated as a third class human being, like a slave.
Haider Jun 12, 2012 02:49pm
First do a political/religious just struggle for the rights of the fellow human beings in your country. Make a system that treats all equally, spreads education, eradicates disease and poverty and then try to spread it to other countries. All these religious zealots want is the power! Look what Taliban did in Afghanistan.
Haider Jun 12, 2012 02:56pm
You have a muslim country with 99% muslims, mosques in every corner of the entire country, Quran is accessible and millions of books on hadis, how come we Pakistanis have not invented even a needle, how come we are so overwhelmingly illiterate, how come we are poor and have not even eradicated polio. STOP waiting for Khalifa, practice Islam within you and gain scientific knowledge as prescribed in the Quran.
msausa Jun 11, 2012 01:20pm
The writer of this blog lost me when he tries to explain Palestine issue. His explanation is exactly what is Israel's point is on this issue. He doubt writer's sincerity and his intentions now. He is just one sided propagandist.
Hasanalirana Jun 11, 2012 12:50pm
such a grevious issue cannot be summarized in an article. For example in Point 3. there is a difference of opinion among various sects. Even learned scholars can't solve this Riddle and we expect in a few hundred words article .
PakJam Jun 11, 2012 12:34pm
Lets vote, who want democracy and who want Khilafat system?.... LOL
Shaharyar Najam Jun 11, 2012 12:35pm
I completely stand by what HT calls for, and which is: 1. Uprooting of this corrupt system and its replacement with the one which had provided both Muslims and Non-Muslims alike with the basic necessities, peace and security for more than a millennia. 2. Removal and replacement of corrupt and traitor leadership imposed upon the Ummah with the one which is sincere and capable of implementing the Islamic Ideology completely. I, myself personally find it very amusing to hear from these so called pragmatists when they propagate the case against the Caliphate. What they themselves fail to realise is that what they're calling for is essentially the resumption of the status quo, the continuation of the system which is completely ill equipped to provide relief to the people. The pace of the work for the Caliphate is growing, and its inception is very near indeed. What we need to ask ourselves now is that which side of the fence would we like to be on, when it is soon re-established?
sunny Jun 11, 2012 01:26pm
very true.
Fahad Jun 11, 2012 12:16pm
Khalifah will emerge as per the hadiths of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) This article does not hold any legitimacy. It just portrays absurd opinions of the writer who in my opinion is not aware or aquires almost no knowledge of the history of Islam. Muslims have been honored and respected around the world ONLY during the times of Caliphate.
Kabeer Jun 11, 2012 12:00pm
I ask all those who are supporter of HT ideology regarding establishment of KHILAFAHAT that how this will be achieved ?
Rehan Jun 11, 2012 11:34am
so one raised an eye brow when EU was formed , but all hell breaks loose when Muslims *think* about uniting ... I think it's not the muslim ummah that is bothering the West , it is the notion that Muslims are thinking about uniting that is really getting on their nerves..
Rehan Jun 11, 2012 11:31am
so if there were assassinations during a golden period , it becomes a reason *not* to revive those days ???
Anuj Jun 11, 2012 11:33am
secondly if west also looked at their history and bloody wars fought between European countries, Europe should never have united under European union but there they are.. You are factually incorrect or deliberately misrepresent this - EU is a political formation of democratic nation states with separate laws, but ONE CURRENCY, and no implications for RELIGIOUS thought in that region. None whatsoever.
aidan Jun 11, 2012 02:10pm
I think when pakistan was created , it was for similar reasons i mean political islam ?
Syed zia ul hassan Jun 11, 2012 02:11pm
great article.........thank u abdul majeed abid...
Naseema Perveen Jun 11, 2012 11:14am
truly appreciable article!
ali Jun 11, 2012 11:12am
couldn't agree more. should publish urdu version to ensure a wider readership.
Bilal Jun 11, 2012 10:07am
first of all, quoting historical references to prove that Islamic System of Caliphate should not be adopted and instead democracies should be adopted would be unfair... brother authoring this article should either compare systems or compare history and not confuse both. comparison of democracy with caliphate would be fair and comparison of history of west and history of caliphate would also be fair.... secondly if west also looked at their history and bloody wars fought between European countries, Europe should never have united under European union but there they are..... why unity of Muslims and all Muslim countries in one single Islamic state causes so much pain n confusion to us, in this world of communication and global village. third, when Bhutto initiated venture of muslin unity, it was acceptable to all but when Hizb initiated the same in true sense talking about political unity, its not acceptable.... why?
Abdur Rehman Jun 11, 2012 10:06am
Fear Factor of KHILAFAH really seen across Globe now a days. people are getting exposed themselves one by one.This is kind of a struggle upon instructions. But such Actions now can't stop this emergence of KHILAFAH soon.lolz
Virkau Jun 13, 2012 05:32am
Very well written piece from a medical student. Just a question to the supporters of khilafa would a Caliph be chosen, would Turks, Persian, Bengalis, Indonesians, Tajiks, and many nationalities not resent giving up their mother tongue to Arabic? Is this not advocating Arab Imperialism? We have seen in the past such multi cultural transition fail based on religious affiliations but diverse cultures. Let us learn from History.
Virkau Jun 13, 2012 05:22am
I am amazed to note that whenever there is a difference of opinion on an Islamic issue or one questions the logic, there is a standard rebut that the questioner is of low intellect having shallow knowledge. Why can you not accept logical questions and answer them with convincing responses. Reciting verses like parrots means nothing.
vijay Jun 13, 2012 04:44am
I am just wondering if HT takes roots in Pakistan what will happen in India
Ram krishan Jun 13, 2012 04:22am
One thing I can not understand why there is enemity between Jews and Arabs . Jews have been in Palistine for more than 4500 years and they are the first people who gave the idea of ONE God as I read in the old Testament. Both Arabs and Jews belong to Semitic race and are descendents of Abraham. Can these two cousins not live in peace with each other when their religions are so similar.?
lodhi Jun 13, 2012 11:37am
These conclusions are not factual Fahad!
lodhi Jun 13, 2012 11:35am
And which magic stick HT has to alleviate poverty?
Zeeshan Jun 13, 2012 01:01am
very well said Bilal!
Pakistan Zindabad Jun 14, 2012 03:45pm
Zia Ul Haq was the last Khalifah of Pakistan! What he delivered is right here before our eyes today. My sympathies with HT and its sympathizers. Please go and read the history of muslims and khilafat before commenting on this article. And make sure you read the true history and not the one written by "jaan kee amaan paaoon tou arz karoon" historians.
Saad Jun 12, 2012 11:41am
I think this is a very balanced Article as religion should have nothing to do with politics. A caliphate is acceptable as long as it is for the betterment of moral and spiritual lives of people, and a good democratic system should be there to run the state of affairs for individual countries.
ausaf Jun 29, 2012 11:53pm
lol this guy is just trying to act how westernized and liberal he is.
Virkau Jun 15, 2012 03:34am
Well said Sir!
Mani Jun 11, 2012 06:46pm
Not even one currency, all Scandinavian countries still don't use Euro.
N. Syed London Jun 15, 2012 02:31pm
Some issues worth bearing in mind : 1. The Shariah Law will give solutions to mankind's problems, unite the Muslims and give justice to all, including Christians, Jews and Hindus as it is not constructed by us limited humans, but is the Ultimate Guide for all of us from our Almighty Creator, Allah ; 2. Muslims around the world were involved in a survey conducted by University of Maryland (U.S.A.) : a large majority of Muslims want not a state of Islam, but the Islamic State, complete Shariah and uniting of Muslim lands ; 3. HT do not view a violent coup as ideal, but rather a bloodless change of power, supported by the masses.
Moiz Jun 12, 2012 04:48pm
When the Muslims captured spain, they were a monarchy, not a caliphate. and there were many Muslim states at the time, not one large one.
Tahir Jun 20, 2012 06:48pm
This article is a sign of the end of time.
Pathanoo Jun 11, 2012 04:22pm
Joe Highlander Jun 11, 2012 03:48pm
You know very well that lack of affection between two groups has basically to do with land and resources- I wonder what would have happened if the small country with its original borders was recognized and accepted by certain people. The other people are humans too, they feel hurt too when called names and taunted or worse. Best Regards.
Ali Jun 11, 2012 03:10pm
Very good point
Capt Mansur Jun 11, 2012 09:33am
Good and correct article.Please also make an URDU translation and get it published.
really Jun 12, 2012 02:48am
does it
Waqas.R Jun 12, 2012 03:08am
Waqas.R Jun 12, 2012 03:09am
Amazing reply, thanks bilal!
Faisal Jun 12, 2012 05:12am
None has a problem with uniting "peacefully", as EU was formed. But I have an issue with these ideologues who believe in violence to achieve their goals.
Naveed Jun 12, 2012 06:20am
Democracy is proven to very exploitative system. In all third world countries Democracy has failed to alleviate poverty, however, the rich have gotten richer. Why should HT be banned? Just because it is calling for Military Dictatorship? Very absurd reason to ban otherwise a legitimate sociopolitical party.
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 06:51am
Excellent and bold article
Aqeel Jafri Jun 12, 2012 06:52am
Bravo Bravo............. for writing an article on this sensitive topic and kudos for DAWN to publish it....... the main thing is that we are having a's a great start.
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 06:52am
Very true. Every word of this blog is correct
dilawar khan Jun 12, 2012 06:53am
my dear friend you are either deliberately or indeliberately distorting the muslim history and system of ruling.if we consider it that muslim history is bad what is your opinion about european is better for you first study the both histories and than compare the two.
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 06:55am
Fahad Sugar coated history has misled many muslims. The writer is 100percent right
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 06:59am
In which period corruption was not there? Why Hazrat Usman(RA) fired the governers
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 11:10am
If there was a democratic system in those times, Yazid would not have come to power. He would have got few votes.
lodhi Jun 12, 2012 07:02am
EU has not united on religious grounds.Had its countries done so,it would have divided them rather than uniting them.
Abdul Rehman Jun 12, 2012 07:04am
Communism Failed, Capitalism is in Great danger Near to collapse (Thousands and Thousands of People in West are protesting even against its System), while on other hand in parallel the raising voices of "Islamic Shariyah Law, Khilafah, ISLAMIC System" are rising higher and higher day by day across Glob (Syria, Tunisia, Libya Once Again, Egypt Once Again, Indonesia,Pakistan and so on) as an alternative System to humanity. In such Scenarios, The Dying GODs of Demon Crazy Code Name Democracy (Like Author of this Immature Article) and Dictatorships are trying their Last effort to protect these Man Made Systems. There are two possible thoughts behind this immature Article. 1. Lack of Knowledge About Systems of ISLAM (Some People Thought ISLAM is not complete Source of Life this exactly the stage of Mind comes in life when The thinking comes to a point where people can't find solutions from within ISLAM, or in other words they do not bother to find). I usually say to such people please if you want to know about ISLAM come out of the circle which was drawn onto your Mind during SSC education in Islamiyat, when you will only rely about Islam on 8th Grade or even 10th Class (O Level) ISLAMIC Study Text Book issued by Your Slave Government then Such Articles born in history. I am sorry but lolz.... 2. Sponsored Material If reason belongs to Point No.1 then it can overcome after thorough study on ISLAM and its System which ruled 1340 years, But if Reason Belongs to Point No.2 then I must Say Now People are More Intelligent and Clever Than Author.
Jaswant Jun 12, 2012 08:06am
When Punjabis and Bengalis could not live together and mohajirs have serious issues with sindhis and pashtuns - isnt it naive to talk about a Caliphate.
@zainab_aqdas Jun 12, 2012 08:55am
And hence the euro is on the verge of collapse?
@zainab_aqdas Jun 12, 2012 08:56am
Very well presented argument.
ali Jun 12, 2012 10:30am
have you visited any European country, my friend they are christian countries , they are teaching Christianity as core subjects for children from 5 years old in most countries, anyway, Pakistan was built upon the belief in worshiping Allah and upholding Allah commandments, so anyone breaking them should be tried for high treason, that includes every politician in Pakistan, God alone knows what is best for His creation , thats why He sent His messengers with laws and commandments to save us from humiliation and destruction in this life and the next, this writer doesnt seem to know the basics of Islam, that Allah word is supreme, not the chief justice of Pakistan, there is no obedience to the creation if it goes against Allah commandments, Islam is here till the day of judgment, the Quran is the word of Allah and cant be corrupted as history has shown, so the sooner you realise that the true Islam of our beloved prophet is the only way forward the better society will become.
Baba Sidni Jun 12, 2012 09:20am
Just by spending some time in middle east won't help. Did it help you?. Check any encyclopedia and you would understand, that Jews and Arabs, both are Semitic races, according to bible and some other religious texts, both groups have a common ancestor. This can either be classified as a religious divide, or grouping.
Fahad Jun 12, 2012 09:29am
It was Islam and the Caliphate which acted upon Shariah that gave Muslims honor and dignity. It was Islam and Caliphate which led muslims to prosper in science, philosophy, literature etc. It was the ultimate peace era in which muslims were prospering in all aspects of life i.e. education, healthcare, politics, geography etc. Since after the capture of Spain, muslims starting drifting away from Islam and its teachings and thought that it was only science which could give them success and gradullay left Islam aside for masjids and maulvis to learn and teach. We all know how the Ummah faced its demise after it left Islam and the Caliphate structure.
Abdul Rehman Jun 12, 2012 09:29am
If There Is No Such thing Muslim Ummah, then Why Every Single Muslim (no matter Where he/she live) feel pain when a Palestinian Child Martyred, or when Kashmiri sister gets insulted, Why Muslims of Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia distributed Sweets in streets and dancing on drums when Pakistan became Super power (nuclear technology)? I think Concept of Muslim Ummah is LIVE in the hearts and minds of Muslims across Globe, but Rulers do not want them to unite upon the instructions of their Masters in Washington and London. Secondly, Remember Muhammad SAAW's Last famous sermon "khutbah hajjatul wida" few words. "All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves."
Fahad Jun 12, 2012 09:38am
It was the time of Caliphate when Muslims prospered in science, education, healthcare, geography, religion etc. When muslims started thinking that science is the only thing that can make them sucessful and left Islam aside, that was the time when the demise of Ummah started.
MBA Jun 12, 2012 09:40am
Even if the Communism has failed and (probably a wishful thinking) Capitalism is near to collapse, socalled "political" Islam does not occure to me as solution for a very complex world. I consider Caliphate as a feudal state, which was quite commen in these periods and is certainly unapplicable now. As I see day to day in Europe, even a flexible effort to unite few modern economies encounters unsolveable problems, when national interest come under pressure. Any notion of a common Islamic state uniting very different cultures is naive and absurd. I disagree with Mr. Abid in his evaluation regarding Israle and Palistine. Please refresh your knowlwdgw about the creation of Israel.
Guest Jun 12, 2012 10:16am
At least he didn't shower them with Pride of Performance awards...
Ali Jun 14, 2012 01:02pm
Have Indians given up hindi to english? Or the Bengalis Indonesians Tajiks etc. given up their mother tongue to english? Get the picture? Arabic would gel all the nationalities into one: not because Arabs are superior, but because the core knowledge and understanding of Quran and Hadith is best obtained in Arabic.
Pramod Jun 18, 2012 06:28am
And why should Hindu, christian, Jew shuld accept sharia as law when most of the country with these religion are prospering and leaving much more peaceful life than Muslim countries.You are staying in london a christian country and you would have known how comfortable you are there . But still advocating a islamic state and thats what make other religion to hate you.
Shabbir Lakhani Jun 20, 2012 05:26am
A Caliphate,devoid of justice,knowledge and equity in distribution of wealth is a zero. So also remembering a golden era would make the italians wish for Rome . egyptians for Pharoah and the Mongols for Genghis Khan .Infact, anything built on oppression,discrimination and tyranny will vanish. Furthermore including God in the piece should makes the issue more holistic and more accountable but that has not been the case either in the Ummayad era or the Abbasides. Unity among muslims is always welcome but given the sectarian strife, defining a muslim has become an issue.Nobody is stopping muslims from being united or knowledgeable except for their own holier than thou oligarchs. So the blood of the muslims flows while these pipedreams riding the crest of petrodollars continue to mesmerise.Please solve simple things first.Then, Who is going to lead whom. Who will interpret the word of God -- the ignorant. And history lets not go into details . We will run into deep problems right in the beginning. Understand the pain of the muslims masses ,our mothers, daughters and children and grant them relief and stop this mad thirst for power under false pretences and tread the path of justice otherwise the fate of muslims inspite of their wealth will be much worse.
abdul manan Jun 21, 2012 06:30am
pure baseless article.reader want to study comprehensive.