((أَلَمْ تَرَى إِلَى الَّذِينَ بَدَّلُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ كُفْرًا وَأَحَلُّوا قَوْمَهُمْ دَارَ الْبَوَارِ))
“Have you not seen those who have changed the Blessings of Allah into disbelief, and caused their people to dwell in the house of destruction?” [Surah Ibrahim: 28]
The Mufassirun of the Qur’an have stated that this ayah is regarding the Jahil chiefs of Quraysh who rejected the Messenger (saw) and His Message. By doing so they rejected the Blessings of Allah (swt) and thus caused their people to live in the state of destruction. What we are witnessing in our land is exactly that. The Jahil chiefs of Awami-BNP have rejected the ruling by Islam and caused Bangladesh to be a land of destruction. The on-going violence, chaos, strikes, and state terrorism is nothing other than fruits of the failed Awami-BNP politics.
The so-called democratic system breeds this type of corrupt, divisive and destructive partisan politics. We have not forgotten the year 2006 when we saw similar scenes - the Awami mayhem of sticks and oars. This system has concentrated power and wealth in hands of two families, backed by outside powers, and in the hands of few crony politicians and big businesses close to the two families. These few govern the country as they wish, according to their corrupt interests. They are above the law and not accountable to anyone. The entire population is hostage to them. People are made to plead and bribe these corrupt few for the sake of fulfilling the most basic of their needs, whether for getting the job of a clerk in a government office or that of teacher in the country’s “greatest seat of learning” Dhaka University, whether for setting up a much needed school in their village or building a small bridge, etc. In order to sustain this system they have created a well-oiled apparatus of thugs, criminals, and deceptive propagators. And this apparatus is let loose to cause as much physical and intellectual mayhem and destruction as is necessary for either of the two families and their close associates to hold onto power or reach power upon the dead bodies of the common men and women. Then they shroud their mayhem and destruction with cheap slogans of ‘spirit of liberation’, ‘patriotism’ or ‘saving the nation’!
What is the Way Out?
The way out is to reject Hasina-Khaleda, reject Awami-BNP and establish a new state system in the country under a new leadership to set things in the correct order. Until this is done there is no future for the country except more of the Awami-BNP corruption, misrule, division and destruction. Abandon the futile call for improving the political culture and dialogue between the two leaders as is being called for by some pseudo-intellectuals from time immemorial in the talk-shows and columns; neither the two leaders nor their future generations have anything good to offer in the first place.
Islam alone offers this new system and leadership in the form of the Khilafah state. Islam removes the venom from the system by leaving no room for concentration of power in the hands of a family or two; or a few elite to run the country with the aid of their cronies and vested interests. The head of state in the Khilafah (the Khaleefah) will be elected by the people freely without fear, intimidation or manipulation. Islam has detailed the process of holding such an election, such that there is no room for party political conflicts about the process of a fair election. The Khaleefah rules by the Qur’an and the Sunnah, he does not legislate and he is not above the law. He is accounted by the people, the media, the political parties, the elected members of the Ummah’s Assembly (Majlis al-Ummah) and the Court of Unjust Acts (Mahkamat al-Madhalim).
The Khilafah has the responsibility to look after the affairs of the people in a just manner. It will liberate the oppressed women in the country as well as the man who also are oppressed by the current system. The Khaleefah is obliged to fulfil the basic needs of all men and women in society i.e. food, clothing, shelter, health, education and security; and facilitate for them the satisfaction of their luxurious needs. RasulAllah (saw) commanded, ’الإمام راع ومسئول عن رعيته’ “The Imam is a guardian and he is responsible for the citizens.” This command is regarding Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Citizenship in the Khilafah is not based upon religion. Neither the state nor any individual is permitted to coerce the non-Muslim citizens to change their religion. And the state is bound to protect their blood, property and honour. RasulAllah (saw) said,‘من آذى ذميا فقد آذاني’ “Whoever harms a dhimmi (non-Muslim citizen) has harmed me.” In order to fulfil the people’s needs and achieve economic prosperity the Khilafah will end the endemic corruption and gross wealth inequality prevalent today, ensure effective distribution of wealth, regain the ownership of public property such as oil, gas and coal etc from private and foreign hands according to the hadith of RasulAllah (saw), ’الناس شركاء في ثلاث الماء والكلأ والنار’ “People are partners in three - water, fire, and green pastures”, and rapidly industrialize the economy, focusing on heavy industry. This is the Khilafah state. Hizb ut Tahrir has written the details of the Khilafah state system in its books such as the book Institutions of the Khilafah which details the structure of the Khilafah, it’s accountability and process of election, the book Economic System in Islam, Funds in the Khilafah etc. We have also prepared the Draft Constitution of the Khilafah.
The Khilafah is the only beacon of hope for you, who are crying out for relief from the pain and sufferings caused by the failed politics of Awami-BNP. Hizb ut Tahrir under the able leadership of it’s Amir, Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah is fully equipped with the know-how, political vision, maturity and courage for managing this state system which is free from corruption, violence, destructive partisan politics and the influence of imperialists. The Khilafah state alone can bring unity to the country and set it on the road to progress as opposed to the corrupt Awami-BNP politics that has led us to where we are today.
((وَلَوْ أَنَّ أَهْلَ الْقُرَى آمَنُوا وَاتَّقَوْا لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ بَرَكَاتٍ مِنْ السَّمَاءِ وَالأَرْضِ))
“And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwa, certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth…” [Surah Al-Araf: 96]
Hizb ut Tahrir calls upon you to raise your voice in unison and say enough of Hasina-Khaleda, enough of Awami-BNP, enough of this filth called democracy…We call upon the sincere, aware and thinking people from amongst the ulema, teachers, civil servants, political leaders and opinion makers at the grassroots and those in positions of influence to come together and form “Khilafah Committees” in your local wards and mahallas. Mobilize the people against the destructive politics and for the one point demand of re-establishing the Khilafah.
We call upon the general people - the parents, the guardians, the traders, the musallis, the students in the madrasas, colleges and universities, the political activists…to go to the ulema, the teachers, the leaders and the influentials in their localities and demand from them that they form “Khilafah Committees” and make the call for Khilafah their only call. You need to particularly go the ulema and the Islamic groups and demand from them that they break away from the camps of Awami-BNP and fulfil their Islamic duty, as the inheritors of the Prophets (as), to call for the Khilafah which will protect the honour of RasulAllah (saw), who struggled throughout the entire life of His Prophethood for the sake of establishing, securing and expanding the Khilafah.
Oh sincere officers in the military!
Bangladesh is now at a critical juncture where you can play the most pivotal role. The people are frustrated and fed up with the failed Awami-BNP politics. Free them from their misery. They are eagerly hoping for your intervention to bring an end to this nightmare scenario. How many more people have to die and how much more of our land has to face destruction before you respond to the Call of Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw)? Do not be the guardians of Awami-BNP misrule anymore, remove this regime of fitnah and fasad, not for reinventing democracy or ruling by yourselves, rather for transferring the state authority to the sincere, aware, and thinking politicians of Hizb ut Tahrir. We will establish the Khilafah, punish Hasina and her accomplices in the Pilkhana massacre and free the military of US-Indian domination forever.