The Khilafah, which was destroyed by infidels on 28th Rajab 1342 A.H, was not merely a historic event that occurred and had its impact similar to any such event; it was a horrible tremor that shook the Islamic world and the Muslims are still bearing with its devastating consequences. The fall of the Khilafah State meant the fall of the Muslims’ awe and prestige; and the demise of Khilafah implied the end of their well-being and abandoned Muslims at the mercy of other nations who looted them, pilfered their resources and tore their one unified state into bits and pieces. Having been respected earlier, the Muslims were now a humiliated lot. Truly, the Muslims can only seek glory through the Sharee’ah of Allah (swt), and if they seek their glory and prestige elsewhere, He (swt) will only put them to shame, He (swt) says:
مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْعِزَّةَ فَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ جَمِيعًا
“Whosoever desires honour, power and glory, then to Allâh belong all honour, power and glory [and one can get honour, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allâh (Alone)]”. [TMQ Fatir:10]
The issue of Khilafah is not a matter of choice for the Muslims which they may either opt for or abandon; rather it is binding upon them and an obligation that must be fulfilled, and will remain so until it is established! No Muslim can be absolved of this responsibility until he puts in his entire efforts and works with a group to establish the Khilafah State which is the mother of all obligations since the application of all Islamic commands rests with it as well as the unity of Muslims and undertaking of jihad to spread the message of Islam to the world.
The Islamic order of ruling and governance obligated by Allah (swt) is the system of Khilafah, where a Khaleefah is appointed by virtue of the Bai’ah of the Muslims. This Bai’ah is given subject to the Qura’n and the Sunnah, and the Khaleefah is enjoined to rule over them in accordance with the provisions of the Allah (swt)’s revelation. The Khilafah is the general leadership of all Muslims in the world to establish provisions of Islamic law, the thoughts and ideas enshrined in Islam and the legislated provisions. It is the Khilafah State which ensures that the call of Islam is spread in the world and it undertakes Jihad in the path of Allah (swt).
The texts of the Qura’n, the Sunnah and the consensus of the companions of Prophet clearly indicate the obligation of appointing a single ruler for the entire Muslim body, who would rule in accordance with the provisions of Islam. That such a ruler be a Khaleefah, who is given Bai’ah by the Muslims to rule over them in accordance with Islamic laws, Allah (swt) says:
فَاحْكُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ عَمَّا جَاءَكَ مِنْ الْحَقِّ
“So judge among them by what Allâh has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you”.[TMQ Al-Maidah: 48]
And He says:
وَأَن احْكُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَاحْذَرْهُمْ أَنْ يَفْتِنُوكَ عَنْ بَعْضِ مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ
“And so judge (you O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) among them by what Allâh has revealed and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) far away from some of that which Allâh has sent down to you”.[TMQ Al-Maidah:49]
And the Prophet (saw) says:
من خلع يداً من طاعة لقي الله يوم القيامة لا حجة له، ومن مات وليس في عنقه بيعة مات ميتة جاهلية” رواه مسلم”
“Whoever takes off his hand from an obedience, he will meet Allah on the Resurrection Day without having any proof to show for himself; and whoever dies while having no Bay’ah on his neck he dies the death of the days of ignorance (Jahiliyyah).” [Narrated by Muslim].
And the Prophet (saw) further says:
تكونُ النّبُوة فيكمّ ما شاءَ اللهُ أن تكون، ثمّ يرْفَعها إذا شاءَ أن يرْفعها. ثُمّ تكونُ خِلافةً على مِنهاج النبوَّة، فتكونُ ما شاءَ اللهُ أنْ تكونَ، ثُمّ يرْفعُها إذا شاءَ الله أنْ يرفعَها. ثُمّ تكونُ مُلْكاً” “فيكونُ ما شاءَ الله أنْ يكونَ، ثُمّ يرفعُها إذا شاءَ أنْ يرفعَها، ثُمّ تكونُ مُلْكاً جَبريَّةً، فتكونُ ما شاءَ الله أنْ تكون، ثُمّ يرفعُها إذا شاءَ أنْ يرفعَها. ثُمّ تكونُ خِلافةً على مِنهاج النُّبُوَّة، ثم سكت” أخرجه أحمد
“The Prophethood will be among you as long as Allah wills, then he will eliminate it if he so wills. Then a khilafah on the model of Prophethood will prevail so long as Allah wills, then he will elminate it if he so wills. Then there will be a biting monarchy as long as Allah wills, then he will eliminate it if he so wills. Then there will be an oppressive monarchy as long as Allah wills, then he will eliminate it if he so wills. Then a Khilafah on the way of Prophethood will prevail and he kept silent.”
And the Prophet (saw) further says:
كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء، كلما هلك نبي خلفه نبي، وإنه لا نبي بعدي، وستكون خلفاء فتكثر، قالوا فما تأمرنا؟ قال: فُوا ببيعة الأول فالأول، وأعطوهم حقهم، فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم” رواه مسلم.
“The prophets ruled over the children of Israel. Whenever a prophet died, another prophet succeeded him, but there will be no prophet after me. There will soon be Khulafaa’ and they will number many. They asked: What then do you order us? He said: Fulfill Bay’ah to them one after the other, and give them their dues, for verily Allah will ask them about what He entrusted them with.”
The companions of the Prophet, at the demise of the Prophet (saw) as well as upon the demise of each of the Khaleefah, were unanimous on the obligation of appointing a single Khaleefah. The Muslims painstakingly preserved this until the Khilafah was destroyed by the Kuffar and their stooges. Also the Muslim scholars over the centuries have agreed on the obligation of appointing a single Khaleefah.
The Islamic Ummah has now realised now that Islam and rule of Islam through a Khilafah state, is the only way it can redeem itself. The Ummah regards the present ruling apparatus in the Islamic world as one that not only does not rule by Islam, but it actually counters it and hinders Islam’s call. The present regimes are geared to dissuade Muslims from the path of Allah (swt), and they conspire with the Kufr nations to prevent the 0resurgence of Islam in the daily lives of the Muslims! There is no other way to restore the pride and glory of Muslims except to overthrow the corrupt regimes, and work to establish a Khilafah state. This has been promised by Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw). However much the Kuffar and their stooges conspire to prevent the return of the Khilafah, Allah (swt) will destroy their conspiracies and bring them to reckoning. Therefore rise up Oh Muslims to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir to accomplish the obligation of the Khilafah which Allah (swt) has promised:
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُم فِي الأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ.
“Allâh has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allâh)”.[TMQ An-Noor:55]