Pakistan was plunged into a lengthy struggle of President General, Pervez Musharraf, over the post of Chief Justice in March 2007. The ruling crisis then took on a horrifying character when pure Muslim blood was spilled in abundance in Karachi on 12 May 2007.
Throughout the many weeks of the crisis the Musharraf regime appeared weak. It neither enjoys wide support of the people nor does it provide the security (aman) and justice (adl) that are basic rights of the people.
Then, after several weeks of struggle, President General Pervez Musharraf gave an extensive interview, in which he presented his solution to the ruling crisis- democracy. This interview received wide media coverage, highlighting its significance.
And it was during this interview to The Globe and Mail on 23 May 2007, President Musharraf was asked a very important question. Indeed, it is so important the entire nation must consider it very carefully, if it is ever to emerge from the present crisis in a fit state. Musharraf was asked, “Do you think the people of Pakistan care about democracy? ... You don’t feel that it (democracy) is a Western imposition?” In reply, Musharraf said, “No, but we have to tailor it to our needs.”
However, President Musharraf’s statement is false. In fact, democracy is a key Western requirement for the Muslim World. So, those who scrutinise the events carefully will notice that although Britain and America disagree about whether Musharraf can be both a President and a General, which is the major cause of the prolongation of the crisis, both of them insist that democracy needs to be established in Pakistan. On 25 April 2007, the British Commonwealth Secretary-General repeated Britain’s demand that the two offices must be divided, but praised efforts for democracy. As for the Americans, on 6 April, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher, defended and endorsed General Musharraf whilst saying, “We want Pakistan to succeed as a democratic nation.”
The West is keen to impose democracy in the Muslim World because it alone can secure Western interests whenever dictatorship fails. For decades since the destruction of the Khilafah, the West imposed dictator after dictator in the Muslim World to secure their interests. However, this only succeeded in the people denying the rulers for their obedience to their Western masters and betrayal to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Muslims. This gap became a grave concern for America because the rulers were then unable to easily obey the Western colonialist. On 12 November 2002 in his article entitled, “The Goal Becomes Muslim Democracy,” the then US State Department Policy Planning Director, Richard Haass, warned that, “the growing gulf between many Muslim regimes and their citizens potentially compromises the ability of these governments to cooperate on issues of vital importance to the United States.” So, the West has made democracy as a goal for the Muslim World, in the hope to deceive the Muslims in three matters:
1. Democracy will improve their situation by ensuring that the ruler better serves Islam and the Muslims.
2. Democracy is just a way of electing a ruler.
3. Democracy is just a way of seeking consultation.
With regards to the claim that democracy will allow the ruler to better serve Islam; in fact, through democracy, the West ensures that Islam will never be implemented as a way of life. This is because the democratic system is based on the doctrine of separating Aqeedah from life’s affairs. This system was evolved in Europe by the people to rid themselves from the oppression of the rulers, in the name of religion. Democracy’s essence is that the commands and prohibitions are referred to the people and not to the Creator of people. In the name of freedoms and liberties, it sets people free from the compulsion to be ruled under the Shari’i rules and based on this the source and authority in this system lies with the people and thus has no relation to Deen whatsoever. The democratic system therefore contradicts Islam and it is prohibited for a Muslim to engage in a system based on the principles of democracy. Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed,
وَمَا آتَاكُمْ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانْتَهُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَاب
“So take what RasulAllah assigns to you and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah; for Allah is strict in Punishment.” (Surah Al-Hashr 59:7)
Therefore, the ruler who implements and executes these laws and constitution becomes an oppressor in the light of Shari’ah, because he does not rule by the deen of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed,
وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الظَّالِمُونَ
“Those who do not judge by the law which Allah has revealed, they are the oppressors.” (Surah Al-Maidah 5:45)
With regards to electing a ruler or representatives, of course choosing representatives for the Muslims affairs is permitted by Shari’ah. RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم at the time of the Second Bay’ah of Aqabah, asked the Ansar to choose twelve representatives. He صلى الله عليه وسلم said to them, أَخْرِجُوا إلَيّ مِنْكُمْ اثْنَيْ عَشَرَ نَقِيبًا ، لِيَكُونُوا عَلَى قَوْمِهِمْ بِمَا فِيهِمْ “Choose from among you twelve persons (naqeebs) to represent them in the matters”. However, although the Khaleefah and the representatives of the Majlis-e-Ummah will be elected, neither the Khaleefah nor the representatives are allowed to decide what is Halal and what is Haram for themselves as occurs in democracy and dictatorship. Rather, they are all bound to refer to the Qur’an, Sunnah and Ijma-as-Sahaba رضي الله عنهم.
With regards to consultation, of course the Khaleefah will take shura upon the people’s affairs. Allah سبحانه وتعالى,
وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الأَمْرِ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
“And do consult them in the matter, and if you decide (on an action/on an opinion) put your trust in Allah.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:159])
However, the consultation will never extend to making the Halal into Haram or the Haram into Halal. The consultation would never be for example on ordering general sales tax or ordering the privatisation of energy resources, for these matters are haram in Islam. Nor will consultation be on forbidding the armies from liberating the occupied Muslim Lands or forbidding the Islamic aqeedah as being the sole basis for the culturing of the people or forbidding the Ummah to live together in a single state.
O Muslims of Pakistan!
For decades, you have suffered under the oppression of dictatorship. The Western powers imposed these rulers upon you, forbidding what Allah سبحانه وتعالى and RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered and ordering what Allah سبحانه وتعالى and RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم forbade.
Now that you have seen through their falsehood and are now denying them, the Western nations are seeking to impose democracy to secure their interests and sacrifice your own. By deceiving you they seek to prolong the oppression upon you. So, will you now wait decades before you finally deny democracy, as you now deny dictatorship? Or will you recognise that you are being stung from the same whole twice and save yourself from further degradation and despair?
Deny the West their last desperate attempt to distance you from Islam. The West knows very well that the time for Islam in the Muslim World has come. In every circle and in every segment of society Islam is the subject of discussion. The people are turning to Islam in growing numbers. In fact, the West knows that the return of the Khilafah state is overdue, may Allah سبحانه وتعالى allow its establishment soon.
The time has come for you to forsake your rulers who rule upon you by a constitution and laws based on Kufr, whether dictatorship or democracy, and liberate our lands from the clutches of the Kafir colonialists. That can only happen by establishing a Khilafah state and by electing a Khaleefah to rule and representatives of the Majlis-e-Ummah to provide consultation and accounting.
The situation that the Muslims used to enjoy when the Khilafah was in place, compared to the one that we are living nowadays during the absence of the Khilafah, is a clear evidence of the importance of the Khilafah as a protector of the Deen. The Khilafah is the method which implements the Sharia, ensuring the education of your children, the governing of your economic resources and the command of your armies, are all for Islam. The Khaleefah of the Muslims is actually their servant, behind whom they fight and by whom they protect themselves. This is contrary to the rulers of the Muslims who came after the absence of the Khilafah, whether in dictatorship or democracy. They suppress the Muslims, abandon their lands and resources to their enemies and give loyalty to their enemies.
O Muslims of Pakistan!
Hizb ut-Tahrir calls upon you all, O Muslims, men and women, young and old, regardless of your ethnic origin or school of thought, to work with it to re-establish the Islamic Khilafah state. Hizb ut-Tahrir has been working throughout the Muslim World for over five decades and is in the final preparations for the re-establishment of the Khilafah.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has prepared a complete outline of the Islamic state that is about to be established, by the permission of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. We present to you at the end of this leaflet an overview of the Khilafah state. For those whose hunger grows upon seeing the overview, we invite you to take from us the details of the Islamic Khilafah state, which we have enclosed in numerous books, such as Ruling System in Islam, the Economic System in Islam, the Education Policy and the Khilafah State Organisations.
يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ
“O you who believe! Give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calls you to that which gives you life.” (Surah Anfal 8:24)