O Muslims of Pakistan and Kashmir!
With regards to Kashmir Solidarity Day, we wish to address you all. We address you at a time when the ruler of Pakistan is working hard to implement the American plan for Kashmir, which involves the strengthening of the Hindu through granting India authority throughout Kashmir and weakening the Muslims by dividing their lands yet again. In his struggle to please America, President General Pervez Musharraf has accordingly called for soft borders to divide Pakistan from Kashmir and shared control for the Hindu over all of Kashmir, including Azad Kashmir.
We begin by reminding you that the Muslims of Kashmir have always been a people devoted to Islam, defiant in front of oppression for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. In 1931, twenty-two Muslims were martyred in Kashmir by the Hindu security forces for the sake of calling a single azaan. In 1948, when the British colonialists cunningly left Kashmir as a disputed territory, the Muslims rose up against the Hindu occupying forces for the sake of Kashmir’s liberation and annexation to Pakistan. Despite meager means, the brave Muslims inflicted grave losses upon the enemy. Since then despite being abandoned by our rulers, who command armies, the Muslims of Kashmir continued to defy the brutal Hindu army. And when the Europeans published cartoons defaming RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم, the Muslims of Kashmir made public protests despite facing occupation. Truly, the Muslims of Kashmir are a people who love Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and regard Islam as a matter of life and death.
So, when the ruler of Pakistan calls for Kashmir to be surrendered in a manner that contradicts the deen of Islam, it is nothing but an insult and a travesty. And you should be in no doubt that Musharraf’s formula of shared control and soft borders contradicts Islam completely.
As for shared control for the Hindu: The issue of Kashmir is neither an issue of land or water, or strategic or economic importance, it is simply an issue of Islam. Even if Kashmir were a desert, it is a land that was opened by the Muslims for Islam, a land that is irrigated by the blood of martyrs, a land of Islam. As such Kashmir is a land that must be governed by Islamic ruling alone. No kafir is allowed to have any authority whatsoever over any inch of Islamic Land, whether in full control or under the guise of shared control. Indeed, whenever the Hindu has had any degree of authority over the Muslims, it has oppressed them, whether in the form of cruel taxation or brutal attacks on the deen, lives and honour. Allah سبحانه وتعالى forbade the Muslims to allow kafir authority over their affairs in any capacity. Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed,
وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلاً
“Allah does not permit the believers to grant the kafireen authority over their affairs.” [Surah An-Nisa’a 4:141]
As for soft borders to divide the Muslims: The Ummah is one and her lands are one inseparable from each other. Islam does not allow any borders between the Muslims, whether they are hard borders or soft borders. From the time RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم unified the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula under one state, through to the times when the Khilafah opened and annexed the lands of the Romans and Persians to Islam, until the time the Khilafah expanded its frontiers into Europe, borders within Islamic Lands were alien to Islam and Muslims. Indeed, it was the kafir colonialists that divided the Muslim Lands after the destruction of the Khilafah in 1924, imposing border after border between Muslims, till now the Ummah is divided into over sixty pieces. This was for no other reason then to divide the Muslims strength before them. And now, by calling for the division of Muslim Land through soft borders, the rulers only further weaken the Muslims, even though Allah سبحانه وتعالى ordered the Muslims to be one Ummah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed,
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُوا وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِنْ النَّارِ فَأَنْقَذَكُمْ مِنْهَا
“And hold fast all of you to the Rope of Allah and do not be divided. And remember the favour that Allah has bestowed upon you, for you used to be enemies to each other but Allah joined your hearts together, so that you became brothers in Islam by His Favour. And you were on the pit of a fire and He saved you from it.” [Surah Aali Imran 3:103]
O Muslims of Pakistan and Kashmir!
By calling for shared control over Muslims by the Hindu, your rulers openly invite your enemies to have authority over your affairs, thereby exposing you to their evil. By calling for soft borders to divide the Muslims, your rulers openly call for your weakening before your enemies. In fact, your rulers have always worked to weaken you and strengthen your enemies, whenever your enemies have fallen upon you and seized your lands, whether it is in Kashmir or Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan. They have done so even though they collectively command millions of brave Muslim soldiers, whilst your enemies are characterized by cowardice even when facing small bands of poorly, armed mujahideen. They have done so even though the Ummah possesses the lion’s share of the world’s resources, including oil and gas, for which the kuffar envy you and compete with each other over. Your rulers have abandoned you as if you were orphans and paupers, even though you have the material means to be the most powerful and wealthy state in the world
Without doubt, your weakened situation before your enemies is only due to the absence of a sincere Islamic political leadership to shield you. RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
إِنَّمَا الْإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ
“Verily the Imam (Khaleefah) is a shield behind whom they (Muslims) fight and by whom they are protected.”
Indeed, even during its weakest periods, the Khilafah gathered every possible resource the Muslims had to shield them from the kuffar. That is why even after comprehensive defeats at the hands of the Tartars and the crusaders, Muslims were able to restore protection to their land and lives. Even when the kuffar occupied Muslim Lands for over a century, the Khilafah neither accepted the kafir authority over the Muslims nor the division of the Muslim Lands. Instead, the Muslims prepared their forces, persevered patiently and eventually prevailed over the kuffar, by the permission of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, Al-Qawwi, Al-Aziz.
O Muslims of Pakistan and Kashmir!
This 5 February 2007, we call you to raise a single, powerful voice against the tyrant ruler and his call to surrender Kashmir to the kuffar. We call you to openly and categorically reject the two munkar to which he calls, the munkar of borders dividing Muslim Lands and the munkar of kafir authority over the Muslims.
Your duty as Muslims is to eradicate all occupation of the Islamic Lands, dethrone the rulers who are supporting the occupiers and re-establish Islamic Khilafah state in their place. Only the Khilafah will unify the Muslims as one state under the rule of Islam, uproot the fake borders that the kuffar have imposed between the Muslims and end the occupation of the Kuffar. We invite you to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is working with seriousness and perseverance for the re-establishment Khilafah, and whose call is growing stronger day by day, week by week, by the permission of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, Al-Hadi, An-Nasir.
فَلاَ تَهِنُوا وَتَدْعُوا إِلَى السَّلْمِ وَأَنْتُمْ الأَعْلَوْنَ وَاللَّهُ مَعَكُمْ وَلَنْ يَتِرَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ ْ
“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when you are the uppermost: for Allah is with you, and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds.” [Surah Muhammad 47:35]