Response to Hizb ut Tahrir In The Method Of Establishing the Khilafah -- Shaykh Abu Ahmed
By Shaykh Abu Ahmed
Among Muslims today exists a path that describes the method of
establishing the Islamic State. According to this method that these Muslims
promote, the Islamic State can come to existence only through the method of
the Prophet [PBUH]. This opinion is not entirely correct, therefore we have
prepared a response to this including a detailed description of how the
Islamic State should be built.
Dear Muslims. You should know that the obligatory action is
what Allah [SWT] have said in his book and what the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]
has come with. Besides the Quran and the Sunnah, you look at what the Ummah
has established consensus about. These three principles are very important to
learn and know and understand due to the many groups that through the history
have implemented rules and laws that are based on wrong understandings of the
Deen. Therefore you have to avoid statements that contradict the Quran &
Sunnah. Allah [SWT] said in Surah Nahl, verse 16;
''But say not - for any false thing that your tongues may put
forth,- "This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so as to ascribe false
things to Allah. For those who ascribe false things to Allah, will never
This issue regarding following Muhammad [PBUH's] method to
reach Khilafah/Caliphate was big a few years ago which resulted in youngsters
creating division in our nation due to their lack of knowledge regarding
Allahs Deen. This is seen clearly in their books and their speeches,
including the main-men whom they see as being Mujtahideen – such as
Taqi-uddin an Nabhani & Zaloum.
To counter and disprove these Muslims we have to clarify
everything. We have to look towards the book of Allah [SWT] and the Sunnah of
Muhammad [PBUH] to see if these Muslims' opinions are correct or not. Allah [SWT]
says in Surah Nisa verse 59;
''O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger
and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it
to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day.
That is the best [way] and best in result.''
The reason behind this response is to give an answer to those
Muslims who often ask in confusion regarding Hizb ut-Tahrir's method of
establishing the Islamic Sate and its correctness.
Furthermore it is necessary to show the true knowledge which
should not be hidden nor should it be covered, because that can cause Allah [SWT'S]
Allah [SWT] says in Surah Baqarah, verse 159;
''Indeed, those who conceal what We sent down of clear proofs
and guidance after We made it clear for the people in the Scripture - those
are cursed by Allah and cursed by those who curse,''
* * * Hizb-ut Tahrir believes it's necessary to follow
Muhammad [SAW's] way to establish the Islamic State in which they section
into three categories; 5 1: Secret Education 2: Intellectual interaction 3:
To seek assistance [Nussrah]
The problem is not whether its obligatory to follow this
method that HT1 puts forth for the Muslims, rather it is that you must strive
to practice this method, otherwise there won't be any progress.
This method that HT puts forth was not used to establish the
Islamic State, rather it was used to spread Islam in society. To establish an
Islamic State it is vital that Islam is apparent in the society where the
Muslims can be united under one Caliph. Here, the Islamic laws will be
implemented and people will be ordered to practice Allahs deen. Afterwards
Jihad will be used in order to bring Islam to the whole world. Unfortunately
HT has failed by relying fully on these three points which shows lack in
Islamic ruling and shows their lack of knowledge while they speak on behalf
of Allah's deen.
We will by Allahs permission go through these points one after
Secret Education This was a clear Da'wah method where the
intention was to implement the true faith, the true monotheism and the true
rejection of Shirk that Muhammad [PBUH] called people towards. As we can read
through the Quran & Sunnah there is a clear picture of how the prophet
Muhammad [SAW] put time and effort in establishing Tawheed and making it
apparent in the society and likewise fighting Shirk and everything worshipped
besides Allah. The reason behind this was because the Muslims' Imaan had to
be strengthened from the beginning off and through that way creating a strong
foundation so that they don't fall back into Shirk again.
Today the claim is that our call should be secret due to us
standing in the same situation that the Muslims did under the Prophets time
where Muhammad [PBUH] called to Islam in Makkah secretly. This is a wrong
understanding and wrong perception due to the fact that Allahs deen was not
protected in the beginning but it became so later.
Allah [SWT] says in Surah Al-Hijr, verse 9;
1 Abbreviation for Hizb-ut Tahrir 6 ''Indeed, it is We who
sent down the reminder [Qur'an] and indeed, We will be its guardian.'' In
this verse Allah [SWT] says that the Deen is perfected and that it is
protected only by Allah. It's important that we read this verse with the
right glasses on. Allah [SWT] has given us a brain that we should use to
understand the things correctly. But regardless there are Muslims chosen by
Allah [SWT], AlhamduliAllah, their function is to raise his deen and protect
it, this is clear through many Ahadith.
Allah [SWT] says in Surah Ma'idah, verse 3:
''Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of
swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those
animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or
by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except
what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are
sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision
through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience. This day those who
disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so fear them not, but
fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My
favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is
forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin - then indeed, Allah is
Forgiving and Merciful.''
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] said in a hadith in Sahih
''There will be a group of my Ummah that will be clear on the
true path, nothing will harm them of those who oppose them until Allah's
command arrives'' 7 In another hadith in Musnad Imam Ahmad, the Prophet
Muhammad [PBUH] said:
''If the people of Sham becomes corrupt, there is nothing in
you. There will be a group of my nation that will become victorious and
nothing will harm them of those who oppose them until the Judgement day
arrives.'' From these evidences it is clear to us that a ‘secret education'
that HT calls for is not the correct path since Allah has made the Deen clear
and its path evident.
Intellectual Interaction This point overwrites the first point
which means that Islam is not to educate people secretly. So the use of the
first point which was ‘secret' education becomes invalid due to this second
point. This is made evident in the Quran when Allah [SWT] says in Surah Al-Hijr,
''Then declare what you are commanded and turn away from the
polytheists. Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers''
The verse makes it clear for us that a change occurred in the
time of the Prophet [PBUH] – the call for Tawheed itself was no longer to be
made secretly, rather it had to be made publically. Therefore Allah [SWT]
said; ''Declare what you have been commanded'' – which means that the call
for Islam itself is to be done publically and not secretly. Therefore this
action will never be valid since a new action or a new method has erased it.
This new method came into effect when Muhammad [PBUH] created a group of
Muslims who were strong in their Imaan and could sacrifice everything for
what the Prophet [PBUH] had proclaimed and were willing to die for it. Then
Allah [SWT] ordered his messenger to call towards Tawheed openly in the
society and make it clear for the people.
When the verse; ''Declare what you have been commanded and
turn away from the polytheist'' was revealed the men went out in two sections
to show the people of Makkah that their call was now open and public, and it
was a call for Tawheed.
The intellectual fight was not between Muslims like some claim
today, rather it was between disbelievers and Muslims due to the fact that
the disbelievers called towards worshipping multiple gods (polytheism) while
the Muslims called for worshipping one God (Monotheism).
Muhammad [PBUH's] Da'wah was exclusively calling towards
Tawheed without speaking about Islam as a whole system and the way it would
function in a state. Any smart person that has been granted common sense by
Allah knows that the call for Tawheed comes before the call to an Islamic
State. Therefore we can conclude that these Muslims who claim that they are
following the way of the Prophet [PBUH] are wrong. The reason for 8 this is
because Tawheed is not part of their method. Futhermore they have failed in
their method because they have not paid attention their 1st point being
erased after the verse from Surah Al-Hijr (Verse 94) was revealed.
Seeking assistance (Nussrah)
Muhammad [PBUH] asked some of the tribes of the disbelievers
for help for the victory of Islam. But the prophet [PBUH] set a condition for
them all. The condition was that they accept Islam, otherwise the prophet [PBUH]
was not interested in their assistance or help. HT has a problem, they don't
read the texts correctly and actually understand them the true way. It is
true that the Prophet [PBUH] sought help or assistance from the disbelievers,
but he only accepted this help if they accepted Islam.
HT applied this ''Sunnah'' when they sought help from
Khomeinei and Qaddafi. If you claim that you follow the way of then it is
important that you actually follow his way correctly and fully. You cannot
claim to be following the prophet [PBUH's] way and then add some things from
your desires as you will. HT sought assistance from apostates, for example
Khomeinei and Qaddafi. Khomeini is the head of Shias and HT asked this Shia
state – Iran to support and give victory to Muslims. What they forget is that
Shia' is a deviant sect with huge errors in their doctrine. Another thing is
that Shia' are Polytheists, not in origin but they apostatized from Islam
with their actions of Shirk. Therefore you can't compare these people with
the disbelievers of the Prophets time, nor can you justify your action by
saying that the Prophets method is seeking help from Shia'.
The disbelievers in the Prophet [PBUH's] time were
disbelievers in origin and the condition was that they must accept Islam.
Shia are apostates due to their polytheistic actions and if you ask them for
assistance, why not actually follow the Sunnah and call them towards Islam?
The Scholars agree regarding Shia that they are apostates.
Since HT calls it logic, I think we should look if it really makes since in
HT also asked Qaddafi for assistance to give victory to Islam.
Everyone knows how corrupt Qaddafi was. He denied the Prophet [PBUH's] Sunnah,
he changed the Quran, and his hatred for Islam was big. How can you seek
assistance from such a person who is already combatting and fighting Islam
How can you expect victory and assistance from Allah by
cooperating with a Taghut? How can you reach success if you don't even have a
strong foundation of imaan?
Muhammad [PBUH] made sure that he implemented Tawheed, and he
did not cooperate with people who fought Tawheed. Therefore we ask HT, how
can you compare your actions to those of the Prophet and call your way the
way of the Prophet [PBUH]?
If HT was educated with regards to Islam then they would have
read the Seerah of the prophet [PBUH] thoroughly. Because it is clearly there
is a contradiction between HT's method and the method of the Prophet [PBUH]
with regards to establishing the Islamic State.
HT should know that the call for Islam itself in the Prophets
time was obligatory upon everyone. When the verse ''Declare what you have
been commanded and turn away from the polytheists'' revealed, the Prophet and
some sahaba went outside and called towards Islam openly. This means that not
all Sahabah were obligated to this public and open Da'wah. Which
understanding does HT build its methods on? Those who know about Usool Al-Fiqh,
know that Al-Wajib has two parts.
– Obligatory upon each and every individual
kifayah – Obligatory upon a group.
When this group fulfills a specific task, the rest of the
Muslims are free from fulfilling the task too When the verse, ''''Declare
what you have been commanded and turn away from the polytheists'' was
revealed, the call itself was Fard Kifayah since it was not all Muslims who
followed the Prophet in public preaching but only a small section. We call
all Muslims to follow and to thoroughly study the texts and sources and not
to 9 misuse Hukum to their own benefit. Muhammad [PBUH] sent a group of
Muslims who were weak to the king of Al-Habasha who was a just man and who
did not commit any injustice. We know from Hadith that this king later became
Muslim. So we ask HT again why the prophet did not seek assistance from this
king for Islam to be victorious and for the establishment of the Caliphate?
This proves that Muhammad [PBUH's] method was in the first place to call the
people to Islam and then all of mankind afterwards. If HT thinks that the
call for an Islamic State is more important than the call for Tawheed they
indeed have a problem with their methodology. Allah [SWT] said in Surah
Baqarah, Verse 151: ''Just as We have sent among you a messenger from
yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the
Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know.'' From this
verse we can see that Allah [SWT] says that you should purify and discipline
yourself in order to reach the bedst. And Allah [SWT] does not give victory
to anyone except that they are true believers. 10 Allah [SWT] said in Surah
Noor verse 55:
''Allah has promised those who have believed among you and
done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority]
upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will
surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for
them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security,
[for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever
disbelieves after that - then those are the defiantly disobedient.''
Allah [SWT] says in Surah Sajdah verse 24:
''And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command
when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs.'' And Allah
[SWT] said in Surah Baqarah verse 124: 11 ''And [mention, O Muhammad], when
Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them. [Allah ]
said, "Indeed, I will make you a leader for the people." [Abraham] said, "And
of my descendants?" [ Allah ] said, "My covenant does not include the
From these verses it is clear to us that it is obligatory to
work and ensure Islamic upbringing before you give priority to establishment
of the Islamic State.
Muhammad [PBUH] said in a Hadith from both Bukhari and Muslim;
''There is no one worthy of worship except Allah. The
punishment for Arabs with bad understandings will soon hit them. Sahaba
asked; ''Oh Prophet of Allah, will we become destroyed even though there are
good people among us?'' The Prophet answered: Yes, if the sinners are the
Indeed the Prophet spoke the truth, and this can be seen when
the Caliphate fell, it was due to the people leaving the Deen. * * * Our Deen
does not carry anything hidden secret which means that we have to strive
exceptionally in order to reach our goals. Everything is clear in Islam, the
problem is that we don't refer to these matters that we should refer to. We
all know the Hadith that Hudaifa [RA] narrated where the Prophet [PBUH]
mentions the that the rulers will be in 3 groups: 1: Al-Khulafa Al-Rashideen;
There is consensus among the whole Ummah who these 4 Khulafa are, except for
Rafidha who sold themselves to Shaytan 2: Al Hukkam Al-Dhalimeen: These
inherited the position of being rulers from their father and they ruled with
desires and lusts 3: Al Hukkaam Al-Murtadeen: These are referred to as the
rulers of today where they have changed everything that Allah had sent down.
Their religion is democracy and their governance is imported from the west
The reason for this response to Hizb-ut Tahrir is not to mock or insult
anyone but indeed it is to advice them.
Our goal is to open op their eyes regarding some of the topics
in the Deen of Allah. We do not doubt that there are true and sincere Muslims
who work for HT and who work dearly for Allahs sake.
I have willingly included which method I want to follow. If
one opens any book of Fiqh regarding Hukum Al Murtad it will be evident for
that person that as Muslims we have to fight these apostate ruler until the
Deen of Allah has been returned fully.
Thanks to Allah [SWT] the call for Tawheed & Jihad has been
established all over the globe where you don't have to be advertising for
Islam anymore. It simply requires that one opens their eyes and looks through
May Allah [SWT] protect this Islamic nation and we ask Allah [SWT]
to guide our brothers and sisters in Islam,particularly Hizb-ut Tahrir, to
the true path, Ameen.
Biography of Shaykh Abu Ahmed
Shaykh Abu Ahmed is originally from Palestine, but was born
and raised in Lebanon, he studied under
many Scholars for many years in the Middle east, but also studied under a few
Shuyukh in the west, most
of his Ijazas he received in Egypt & Lebanon
Scholars he studied under:
Shiekh abdel Aziz albarak (Studied with him for 8 years consecutively)
Shiekh Mos Alkurdi
Shiekh Mohamad Alkurdi
Shiekh Ibrahim Ghadban
Shiekh Ibrahim Elahmad
Shiekh Musa Almalaah
Shiekh Musa Almalaah (Received Ijazah from him in Almonir (Tajweed))
Sheikh Adel Ibrahim Shosha
Shiekh Ibrahim Abed Allah Mohammad
Shiekh Mohammad Ahmad Said
Shiekh Abed Allah AlShemare
Shiekh Mohamad Said abed alal
Ijazah in Quran, Rewayah Hafs
Bachelors degree in Sharia from London
Masters degree in Sharia from Egypt
Phd. in Fiqh from Egypt
Ijazah from the Islamic University in Teaching
The Shaykh is the at the moment a Lector in the Open Islamic University of
Egypt, and also the founder
of the Open Islamic University in Denmark where he teaches students every
year and hands them
diplomas in Fiqh, Arabic, Aqeedah, Science of Hadith & other Islamic
The Shaykh also has close ties to Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi whom he
knows personally and
also has studied under – Shaykh Abu Qatadah is also known to him and he also
studied with him.