On 06 May, 2013, in the dead of night, the agent of imperialist crusaders, zalim Sheikha Hasina unleashed a brutal, cowardly, barbaric attack on the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were gathered at Motijheel Shapla Chattar, Dhaka, to protest against the outrageous vilification of Islam and RasulAllah (saw). Upon her orders, at around 2:30am, a combined force of more than 10,000 police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guards well equipped with heavy weaponries, firing thousands of rounds of bullets, ambushed the unarmed, innocent Muslims from all directions, in the crusading style of America, the invader of Iraq and Afghanistan. 2500-3000 Muslims were massacred in cold blood and many more thousands were injured. We in Hizb ut Tahrir, strongly condemn this vicious and disgraceful attack upon the Ulemah and ordinary God fearing Muslims, and pray that Allah (swt) showers His blessings upon the Martyrs.
Oh the Believing People who were present at Shapla Chattar!
From now on your duty is one and only one. That is, you must adopt the re-establishment of Khilafah as the sole demand of your movement. Our beloved Prophet (saw), for the sake of whose honour you have given your blood, struggled throughout the entire period of His Prophethood for establishing, defending and expanding the Khilafah. Only the Khilafah state will permanently bring an end to the repeated vilification of Islam and RasulAllah (saw), and avenge the blood of the martyrs from Hasina. Therefore, without delay, before it is too late, hasten to overthrow Hasina, the enemy of Islam and raise your voice high in chanting slogans for establishing the Khilafah - “The way to avenge the blood of martyrs/Khilafah, Khilafah; the only way for liberation - Khilafah, Khilafah; the mother of all commands from Allah-Khilafah, Khilafah; Sunnah of RasulAllah - Khilafah, Khilafah; Ijma of the Sahabah-Khilafah, Khilafah.” RasulAllah (saw) said,
“إِنَّمَا الْإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ”
“Verily, the Imam (Khaleefah) is the shield from behind whom you fight and protect yourselves.” [Sahih Muslim]
We, in Hizb ut Tahrir, want the truly sincere Ulemah from amongst the leaders of the protest movement to know that the 6th May massacre has brought upon you, the honoured inheritors of the Prophets (as), even much greater responsibility. The people came to the streets overcoming all fear and obstacles and sacrificed their fresh blood only and only for the sake of their love for Islam and RasulAllah (saw). Therefore be truly loyal to Allah (swt) and the believers and do not divert from this even by a hair breadth by letting your movement become a means to the Awami-BNP for holding onto power or reaching power. From this moment onwards take your movement forward towards its rightful end, by transforming your movement into a movement for establishing Islam, for establishing the Khilafah. And if you do not do so then it will be a grave neglect of the great responsibility brought upon your shoulders.
((يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ))
“O ye that believe! betray not the trust of Allah and the Messenger, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.” [Al-Anfaal: 27]
We know that, just like your brothers who were at Shapla Chattar, you too are outraged by the frenzy of attack upon Islam and the honour of RasulAllah (saw) by Hasina and her secular allies who give lip service to free speech. And we know your outrage against Hasina is not limited to this alone. Rather for the past four years you have been silently bearing the pain from the Pilkhana massacre and boiling inside from witnessing the hyper-inflation, Hallmark-Destiny-Padma Bridge corruption, share-market scam, the death of your loved ones in the fire of Tazreen Fashion factory and from the collapse of Rana Plaza etc. For how much longer will you stay silent?! Rush out to the streets immediately in demand for the Khilafah and call upon your father and uncles, brothers and sons, relatives and trusted officers from the military to overthrow Hasina and transfer the authority to Hizb ut Tahrir.
Oh Sincere Officers in the Army!
How long will you remain silently seated in your barracks? The people of the country are sacrificing their fresh blood for the sake of Islam and they have rejected Hasina with full hatred. Instead of cleaning the barrels of your guns sitting inside your barracks, come to the aid of the people and challenge the material power of Hasina by your material power. Meet force with force. Your duty is not to protect democracy, which in effect means protecting the throne of zalim Hasina, the agent of US-India, the killer of the people, the killer of your officers. Rather your duty is to protect Islam and the people from her tyranny. Relieve the people from the clutches of the failed Awami-BNP politics by removing Hasina and transferring the authority to Hizb ut Tahrir so that we may establish the Khilafah, whereby the Amir of the party Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah will assume the responsibility as the Khaleefah and unite the people of the country, unite the global Ummah, protect the honour of RasulAllah (saw), punish the killers of Army officers and free the Army from US-Indian domination.