Yesterday, 3 July 2007, chaos gripped Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, as violent clashes took place between students of the Lal Masjid and government security forces. And horror gripped the entire country as the media carried images of young wounded girls being carried to hospital and the many dead.
In fact, the government knew well before it deployed security forces that much Muslim blood would be spilled. On 29 June 2007, President General Pervez Musharraf warned the media of heavy casualties in the event of a raid on Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa. But even at that time his major concern was not the spilling of Muslim blood, but that his heavy-handedness should not be seen by the people, who are already praying for the end of his rule. Musharraf asked journalists, “Can you guarantee that blood of any dead or injured will not be screened on television channels during the operation?”
Yet, the government insisted on deploying its security forces around the Lal Masjid, provoking a confrontation that could only end in violence. Musharraf was content in turning Muslim against Muslim, because Muslim blood has no value for him. Mushrraf was content in creating chaos as a distraction, because this would save him from the many crises he is currently facing- over his uniform, over the judiciary, over the economy and over his brutal heavy handedness in the tribal areas. And Musharraf willingly spilled Muslim blood to prove to the West that he is loyal to it above his own people, and truly deserving of its continued support above all others.
And even whilst Musharraf resorts to such brutality to secure his throne, he hides behind the high claim that he is merely restoring the authority. We ask: what value is authority, if it is not for the sake of implementing Islam as a complete way of life? And what value is the authority, if through ignoring Islam, Musharraf has plunged the entire country into despair, leading some to undertake increasingly desperate acts?
Allah سبحانه وتعالى only granted the ruler authority so that he rules by Islam and Islam alone. The ruler is responsible for establishing the judiciary so that it judges by all that Allah سبحانه وتعالى has revealed and accounts the ruler in accordance to Islam. The ruler must establish an education policy that raises the children upon the noble Islamic values, which emanate from the one true aqeedah, the aqeedah of Islam. The ruler must deploy the armies of the Muslims for securing the Muslim blood and the lands of Islam. Furthermore, Allah سبحانه وتعالى denounced the ruler who governs by other than Islam as an oppressor. Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الظَّالِمُونَ
“Those who do not judge all that Allah has revealed, they are the oppressors.”
[Surah Al-Maidah 5:45]
O People of Power!
On the one hand, Musharraf is willing to plunge the entire country into anarchy, turning the people against each other, to secure his shaken throne. And on the other hand, the entire society is turning to Islam, the men and the women, the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the civilian and the military. Matters are in your hands and the situation is on your side. You are capable of removing this oppressor and restoring the rule for Islam. Hizb ut-Tahrir calls upon you to uproot Musharraf and re-establish the Khilafah in his place.
So, who amongst you will respond to the promise of Allah and support His cause?
وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَنْ يَنصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ
“Allah will certainly support those who support His cause, for indeed Allah is full of strength, exalted in might and able to enforce His will.” [Surah Al-Hajj 22: 40]