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Hizb ut-Tahrir in Syria: The Regime Will Cede to the Islamic Caliphate


Saturday, 19 May 2012 01:38

In Hizb ut-Tahrir’s (Party of Liberation) opinion, the Syrian regime is certainly going to fall and the opposition is an agent of the West, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. They assert that an Islamic state should be established in Syria while foreign military intervention only serves the enemies of Islam.

“The Islamic Caliphate state can not be conceived of without [Greater] Syria. It has what no other spot on earth has in terms of honor, esteem, and status after Mecca and Medina.” This is the Syria of the Hizb ut-Tahrir.

“Its revolution is distinctly Islamic. It is the cornerstone and the center of gravity in every equation,” said Hisham al-Baba, a member of the Central Media Committee in Hizb ut-Tahrir, in his Damascene accent in Tripoli.

Baba came to give a speech at the conference organized by the party Tuesday entitled “The Ummah’s Revolution: the Project to Abort it and the Inevitability of the Islamic Project.”

“The Ummah [the Islamic nation] has been utterly mistreated and the Syrian people are no exception,” says Baba.

Syria (Greater Syria), according to Hizb ut-Tahrir, includes modern-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, and the Sinai.

Baba criticizes the Arab and Western media for ignoring the presence of Hizb ut-Tahrir and hiding its role. Baba tells Al-Akhbar how Hizb ut-Tahrir has been pursued in Syria since the mid-20th century and subjected to attempts to disband it. The Baath Party and the Syrian state tried to strike down even the idea of the party existing.

Hizb ut-Tahrir does not recognize regimes that govern Muslims outside the rule of Shariah. Baba does not accept the regimes that claim to be Islamic but combine Islam with Western ideas.

“Islam can not be fulfilled except in strict compliance. It can not be mixed with other ideas because it stops being Islam. There is no solution except the Islamic Caliphate state, which will bring about justice,” says Baba.

Their story with the Syrian regime is an old one. In the 1980s when the conflict between the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the state was at its height, the role of Hizb ut-Tahrir was not insignificant. They too participated in the movement and were pursued by the state and arrested.

Baba, a calm man in his 40s, explains how “the people were deceived when the Syrian uprising broke out in Houran.” One year after the uprising, he believes that “people are convinced that the struggle is ideological and that they are waging a war on the revolution because it raises the banner of Islam.”

According to Baba, Hizb ut-Tahrir has “a strong presence in the revolution and that is evident in the Islamic banners, slogans, and chants. And our youth are present with their ideas, their activities, and their patience in all the Syrian provinces.”

Baba criticizes the Arab and Western media for ignoring the presence of Hizb ut-Tahrir and hiding its role. Just as “the revolution’s coordinating committees in the beginning of the events tried to exclude members of the party.” We were patient and persisted, “but we did not give up.”

The party is convinced that the people’s choice is Islam. “Time has proven that secularists, communists, and other adherents of secular thought have no popularity in Syrian public opinion. The beat of the street is Islamist,” he says.

The people are sick of the whole opposition, they have no one but God.Baba criticizes all the parties within the Syrian opposition. “The people are sick of the whole opposition, they have no one but God.”

The latest announcement by the MB stated that they would accept a civil state. This came as a huge disappointment to the leadership of Hizb ut-Tahrir and its supporters. “This position aims to appease and reassure the West that there will not be an Islamic state. It is as if they are providing credentials to the infidels.”

It is not a secret that flirtation between the MB and the West, specifically Britain, is old. “We thought the brotherhood changed.”

What is perhaps stranger from Hizb ut-Tahrir’s point of view is the position of Ali Sadreddine Bayanouni, the former leader of the MB in Syria, who reassured “the monstrous entity, the Jews’ entity, that the change of regime will not constitute a danger to them.”

Baba is not worried however because “the youth of the MB side with Hizb ut-Tahrir’s point of view and they will not follow their leaders for long because they began to give concessions early on, even before the battle began.”

The relationship with the Syrian National Council (SNC) is one of “exposing and disclosing lies.” In Hizb ut-Tahrir’s opinion, the SNC is subordinate to Western powers and gets instructions from “[Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan’s Turkey. How do we build a relationship with them and they do not represent anything in the street and are under the authority of infidels?” There are those in the SNC who say secretly that “they might have to engage in a dialogue with the regime [at some point] in the future. They want to engage in a dialogue with killers!”

Qatar and Saudi Arabia do not escape the party’s antagonism. Baba says that “both regimes, the Saudi and the Qatari, are not different from the Syrian regime, they compete with it in terms of killing. The two countries are tools of the Western colonialist project and respond to US, English, and French orders.”

What comes after the Syrian regime then? The leadership of Hizb ut-Tahrir seems certain that the regime will fall and an Islamic Caliphate state will emerge. Baba believes that the regime has lost its power. “Its extreme violence and the use of military power are nothing but an announcement of the end.” The party was not surprised by the degree of violence, “but by the high spirits of the people and the mujahedeen.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir “is not a religious party but a political party and the caliphate system is a political system,” Baba adds. “This system has restrictions that can not be violated whereas the democratic system has no restrictions.” Here, there is “hala and haram,” what is religiously permitted and what is religiously banned and that’s it.

Baba believes that the solution to the sectarian and confessional conflicts in Syria is the caliphate system, where there is no difference between Muslims – Sunni and Shias.

“It is good for Muslims and non-Muslims,” he says. Non-Muslims “like Christians, Alawites, and Druze are the people of dhimma (non-Muslim subjects of a Muslim state) except for the Alawites who converted to Islam. And who says the people of dhimma are going to be treated differently from Muslims?”

Baba says that “both regimes, the Saudi and the Qatari, are not different from the Syrian regime, they compete with it in terms of killing. The party distinguishes between Shias and their political leadership. Baba views Hezbollah from the Syrian prism. The question of resistance does not change his mind. “Hezbollah supports the oppressor against the oppressed.”

Baba stresses that the party is opposed to foreign military intervention because it serves the enemies of Islam and “puts in place a regime worse than the current one.”

The party is also opposed to drowning Syria in weapons “except for self-defense and defending the people,” Baba said declaring his party’s support for “the Free Syrian Army.”

When asked about the international observers Baba says they are the regime’s lifeline and “we should not rely on the idea.”

There, on a large screen at the conference was the imam of al-Omary Mosque in Daraa, Sheikh Ahmad al-Sayasneh, giving his message to the conference attendees and attacking Shias, Hezbollah, and Iran.

Baba remains silent for a second before he says, “This is his opinion and position.”

Al Akhbar


Open Address to Noble al-Sham and its Venerable Soldiers

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Friday, 26 August 2011 02:13

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Open Address to Noble al-Sham and its Venerable Soldiers. Presented in the blessed month of Ramadan; the month of victory and conquest!

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا كُونُوا أَنْصَارَ اللَّهِ كَمَا قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ لِلْحَوَارِيِّينَ مَنْ أَنْصَارِي إِلَى اللَّهِ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنْصَارُ اللَّهِ فَآَمَنَتْ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَفَرَتْ طَائِفَةٌ فَأَيَّدْنَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا عَلَى عَدُوِّهِمْ فَأَصْبَحُوا ظَاهِرِينَ

“O you who believe, be supporters of (the deen of) Allah, just as Isa, son of Maryam, said to the Disciples, “Who are my supporters towards Allah?” The Disciples said, “We are the supporters of (the deen of) Allah.” So a group from the children of Isra’il believed, and another group disbelieved. Then We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became victors” (al-Saff: 14)

Circles of death continue to surround the noble people of Syria. Not a child, elderly person or woman has been left except that the ugly hand of the regime has reached them. The cities and towns revolting in Syria continue to be hit by tanks, surrounded by soldiers and armored vehicles in the dark of night and in broad daylight. The criminal regime in Syria – and from behind it the lying West, led by America – does not afford the homes of civilians any sanctity, nor the blood of people any weight. They continue in their serial of terror and repression, seeking to break the will of the Ummah, to bring her to her knees, and to keep her in a state of disgrace and humiliation. This is because Bashar al-Assad, and those with him in ruling, came to power on an agreement of enmity towards the people, and loyalty to America. Thus when the people have revolted, they have sought to severely punish them, and in doing so, the words of Allah have rung true with respect to this regime:

قُتِلَ أَصْحَابُ الْأُخْدُودِ (•) النَّارِ ذَاتِ الْوَقُودِ (•) إِذْ هُمْ عَلَيْهَا قُعُودٌ (•) وَهُمْ عَلَى مَا يَفْعَلُونَ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ شُهُودٌ (•) وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ

“Cursed were the People of the Trench, the (people of the) fire that was rich with fuel, when they were sitting by it, and were watching what they were doing with the believers. They punished them for nothing but that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, the Worthy of All Praise.” (al-Buruj: 4-8)

We, in Hizb ut-Tahrir, whilst feeling the severe pain being inflicted on our people in Syria by this criminal regime, emphasis the following:

FIRST: we say to our beloved people in Syria, to the youth in the squares and to the fathers and mothers:

Your blessed uprising against this criminal regime is a sign of sincerity of soul and depth of iman. It is not for us to say to you after the saying of our Lord,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

“O you who believe, be patient, persevere, stay on guard and be conscious of Allah so that you may succeed”;

except to say to you that our address to the sincere officers in the Syrian army, who are you sons and brothers, is, after the support of Allah, a means of support for you and your blessed uprising.

O youth of the uprising which called out, ‘It is for Allah! It is for Allah!’, we call you to a covenant between us and you that you do not deviate this uprising from the path of Allah, and that you be with us in a strong and united call to the army for it to play the role that Allah has commanded it, by removing this criminal regime, and establishing a state of justice and security – a Khilafah on the method of prophethood.

O noble revolutionaries! O leaders of organized bodies! Be conscious of Allah, and be models in taqwa, not in disobedience. Make firm in the hearts of the people the vitality of iman and its courage, and drop benefits, interests, fear, the East and the West, from your considerations, and do not weaken or compromise in demanding the establishing of the Khilafah, as a means to establish justice and the Shari’ah of Allah, and to carry Islam to the World. Stand with Hizb ut-Tahrir, who stood when people sat, spoke when people were silent, declared the truth when people lied; realities upon which the prisons of the tyrant, Bashar, bear witness!

O beloved people of Syria – youth in the squares, and officers and soldiers in the barracks:

As we recognize your uprising against oppression and tyranny, and appreciate your immense sacrifices aimed at returning to us justice, honor and a dignified living, and as we call on our brave army and its officers to respond to the caller of Allah and to respond to what we call them to, we, your brothers in Hizb ut-Tahrir, call you to redouble your efforts and persist until this oppressive, perishing system is destroyed along with its constitution, laws, institutions, and personalities, and to establish in its place the system of the Islamic Khilafah State, wherein the Ummah will appoint a Khalifah, by her will and choice, who will protect the land and the people. They will give him the oath of allegiance on that he implements the Shari’ah of Allah – which is complete and covers all aspects of life – and that they obey him so long as he obey Allah with respect to them, and they will account him on his deviations, as Umar (ra) said, “There is no good in you if you do not say it, and there is no good in us if we do not hear it”.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The Imam is a shield; the people fight behind him and are protected by him.”

So rise to honor and forgiveness and to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure in this blessed month of Ramadan. Do not let the discouragement of those who discourage or the fear of the criminals, from East or West, divert you from your goal. Be as Allah, the Exalted, said,

الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ (•) فَانْقَلَبُوا بِنِعْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُوا رِضْوَانَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ

“Those to whom people said, “The people have gathered against you; so, fear them.” It increased them in faith and they said, “Allah is fully sufficient for us, and the best One in whom to trust.” So, they returned with bounty from Allah, and grace, with no evil having even touched them, and submitted to the pleasure of Allah. Allah is the Lord of great bounty.” (Al-Imran: 172-173)

O Muslims of al-Sham, the heart of the lands of Islam:

Be conscious of Allah, and know your enemy from your friend. Know that the West, led by America, France and England, is your real enemy and the cause of what inflicts you of calamities and disasters, for they are the ones behind all the dictatorial regimes, who make your lives harder and harder, who insult your deen and beliefs, who support your enemies, ‘Israel’ and others, against you, who prevent the commands of Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Qur’an under the pretext of fighting terrorism. So long as you look towards the West for support, you will not rid yourselves of these calamities.

O Muslims of al-Sham, the heart of the lands of Islam:

Know that all your problems will not end except with the State of Islam, and that your honor, blood and wealth will not be protected except under the shade of the Khilafah. Know that your honor, and the pleasure of your Lord is not except in the State of honor, the Khilafah state, so work for it and you will be, by the leave of your Lord, of the successful.

SECOND: we say to our brothers and fathers, the officers and soldiers in the barracks:

The intelligent minds and sincere hearts are all asking: is it not time for the night to become day? Is it not time for the chains to break? Is it not time for the sincere officers of the army to fulfill their oath of protecting their people and their honor by grabbing the hand of the oppressor and preventing his crimes?

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “By the one in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, you must enjoin the good, forbid the evil, grab the hand of the oppressor and restrict him to the truth, or Allah will strike your hearts against one another, and you will then by cursed as they are cursed.”

O noble officers and soldiers: the Ummah has risen, with her young and old, to liberate herself and you from these rulers – agents who have brought you to the humiliating situation which you find yourself in. Yesterday your brothers were being slaughtered, bombed and besieged in Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq, whilst you were not allowed to go to their aid. Instead, enemy planes were flying over your heads, bombing as they pleased and leaving, and your weapons were of no use. Is it not this regime that has shackled, subjugated and disgraced you?!

The submissiveness of the Muslim armies tired them / leading them to the shades of darkness, scattered

Becoming hostage to the arrogant oppressor / who strove with them towards corruption and destruction

We in Hizb ut-Tahrir – having taken upon ourselves the responsibility of returning Islam to practical implementation in life through the establishment of the Khilafah state – understand the suffering of the army, just as we understand the suffering of the people, and we, in calling upon our army and officers today, understand that the blood of honor boils in your veins. We understand also, given that you are true sons of this Ummah, that the Zionist enemy has not broken your resolve, nor do you fear it, to the extent that this criminal, foul regime has done so. This regime has disgraced and humiliated you and distanced you from your responsibilities. It has distanced you away from the liberation of the Golan, an obligation on you from your Lord, and has directed you to the killing of your brothers in al-Sham, a matter forbidden on you. Thus, to an elevated status do we call you, to a profitable trade do we direct you, and to the observance of the saying of Allah, the Exalted, do we guide you:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا هَلْ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى تِجَارَةٍ تُنْجِيكُمْ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ (•) تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَتُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ (•) يَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَيُدْخِلْكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ ذَلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

“O you who believe, shall I tell you about a trade that saves you from a painful punishment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger, and carry out Jihad in His way with your wealth and your lives. That is much better for you, if you but know. (If you do this,) He will forgive your sins, and will admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow, and to pleasant dwellings in gardens of eternity. That is the great achievement!” (al-Saff: 10-12)

O noble officers and soldiers: this matter is your matter, and the time is yours, so fulfill your responsibility for the sake of Allah, you will be successful. You are in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of victories, so let the breaking of your fast be with your giving victory to (the deen of) Allah. So take heed for the sake of Allah, and for the sake of your Ummah who has preceded you in sacrifice, and who will be the best support for you if you are sincere towards her and towards your Lord. Allah, the Exalted, says,

إِنْ يَنْصُرْكُمُ اللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ وَإِنْ يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَنْصُرُكُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

“If Allah helps you, there is none to overcome you. And if He abandons you, then, who is there to help you after that? In Allah the believers should place their trust.” (Al-Imran: 160)

O noble officers and soldiers: beware! Beware of betraying your Ummah and your trusts by directing your tanks and guns towards the chests of your own people – your young men and women, your children, your mothers and fathers. Beware of putting your support with a falling regime, which does not have but a phantom presence on the streets and ‘alerts’ on its deceitful media. Beware of meeting your Lord with the blood of the Muslims on your necks! Beware of losing your hereafter for the worldly life of somebody else! Rather, work for the victory of your Ummah and yourselves, by taking power away from the gang which has committed crimes against you, your Ummah, your Lord and your deen, and making it a means of supporting the deen of Allah by establishing the rule of Allah on the Earth – a Khilafah Rashidah upon the method of prophethood. In doing so, if you are victorious, you will rejoice and so will the believers, and if you are martyred, then how excellent will be your position! Allah, the Exalted, says,

وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ (•) فَرِحِينَ بِمَا آَتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ وَيَسْتَبْشِرُونَ بِالَّذِينَ لَمْ يَلْحَقُوا بِهِمْ مِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ أَلَّا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Never take those killed in the way of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, well-provided, happy with what Allah has given them of His grace; and they feel pleased with the good news, about those left behind them who could not join them, that there shall be no fear for them nor shall they grieve.” (Al-Imran: 169-170)

THIRD: we remind the scholars and the imams of the masajid, whilst we are in the month of fasting, to be conscious of Allah and not to hide the truth whilst they know it. Be leaders of goodness for the Ummah, and do not make your knowledge and your leading the prayers a means of material acquisition in life, nor sell the verses of Allah for a lowly price. Know that the punishment of Jahannam is severe, and that power is for Allah, not for Bashar and his aides. Speak the truth and remain firm on it, and do not clothe the truth in falsehood, whilst you know well that the reward of good deeds are multiplied in Ramadan. So fear Allah, speak the truth, and beware of false speech and that which the state dictates to you so that you fabricate lies on the pulpits on Jumu’a!

In ending, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls you O all the people of al-Sham, with the call of truth, in order to take you out from the worship of the slaves to the worship of Allah, the Lord of the slaves, and from the tyranny of the regimes and the oppression of the rulers to the justice and light of Islam, and from the constriction of the world to the vastness of the world and the hereafter. So be sincere with Allah and work with Hizb ut-Tahrir to establish Islam, you will succeed thereby in this world and the hereafter.

Hizb ut-Tahrir also calls you O patient believing soldiers, in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of victories, the month of the victory in Badr on the 17th of Ramadan, that you place your trust in Allah, the Exalted, and that you make firm your resolve to change the world. The biographies of your lives will be written on pages of light if you give the nusrah to Hizb ut-Tahrir by announcing the Khilafah state, for you will be the new Ansar who status Allah will raise as he raised that of the Ansar of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم. Allah, the Exalted, says,

وَلَيَنْصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَنْ يَنْصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ

“Allah will definitely help those who help Him. Surely, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.” (al-Hajj: 40)

and He, the Exalted, says,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَحُولُ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَأَنَّهُ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ

“O you who believe, respond to Allah and the Messenger when He calls you to what gives you life, and be sure that Allah intervenes between man and his heart, and that to Him you shall be gathered.” (al-Anfal: 24)

Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wilayah of Syria

17 Ramadan 1432 AH

17 August 2011 CE



Thursday, 21 April 2011 02:40

Seven members of pan-Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir were arrested in Lebanon for posting leaflets calling for a Friday protest against the Syrian regime, a party spokesman told Agence France Presse on Tuesday.

“The Lebanese army on Tuesday arrested three members of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the southern city of Sidon as they were posting leaflets around the city calling for demonstrations against the Syrian regime on Friday in Tripoli,” spokesman Ahmed al-Qasas told AFP.

Four other people were arrested in the northern port city of Tripoli on Monday when they too tried to hand out leaflets calling for a rally on Friday.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Arabic for “Party of Liberation”) is an international movement that seeks to restore the caliphate, or unite all Muslim countries under one Islamic rule.

The group has a strong presence in Asia, mainly Indonesia, and has spread to several Arab countries, where it is for the most part banned.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is not banned in Lebanon, however, although the group recognizes neither official borders nor the country’s constitution.

The party has called for a rally after Friday prayers in Tripoli to support Syrian protesters, who since March have taken to the streets in increasingly heated protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.(AFP)

Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Jordan demonstration supporting Syrian uprising 27 Apr 11

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Demonstration outside Syrian embassy in Jordan

Amman – Hundreds of Jordanian Islamist fundamentalists demonstrated Wednesday outside the Syrian embassy in Amman to express backing for protesters inside Syria.