هَذَا بَلاَغٌ لِلنَّاسِ وَلِيُنذَرُوا بِهِ
“This is a Message for humankind, so that they take heed of its warning.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:52]
Even whilst the Muslims of Pakistan faced the violent upheaval that came after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, with many deaths, much destruction of private property and shortages in fuel and food, the Americans vigorously campaigned for democracy in Pakistan. On 28 December 2007, US Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice said, “But obviously, it’s just very important that the democratic process go forward.” And on the same day, US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Boucher, said, “We want to see smooth and safe elections go forward.” However, America’s campaign for democracy is not for a truly representative government in Pakistan, rather it is an attempt to prevent the rise of Islam.
The Muslims of Pakistan have faced the oppression of dictatorship for a long time. In this situation, America tries to make the Muslims feel that the only substitute for dictatorship is democracy. In its campaign for democracy, America attempts to appeal to the feelings of the Muslims by linking democracy to elections for a representative government, where the Muslims would choose their rulers. Since Islam rejects the one who usurps the authority and commands that the ruler is elected by choice and consent, America hopes to make democracy appealing to the Muslims by embellishing democracy in their eyes. This is in order to cast a veil over the eyes of the Muslims about the actual essence of democracy, which is legislation by other than the laws of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, and turn their gazes instead to what democracy calls for in terms of representative government.
However, we are confident that America’s campaign for democracy will fail in Pakistan. It is a fact that anything that clashes with the belief of the Muslims can never become entrenched strongly in their hearts and minds, however much effort America may expend in spreading it and however many agents were mobilized to impose it. The fundamental basis of democracy to which America invites is that the sovereignty belongs to people wherein they are free in deciding right and wrong, they are not answerable in front of any other, hence being sovereign they will legislate through their representatives. So, in democracy, it is man who decides what ought to be Halal and what ought to be Haram, rejecting and accepting according to desire that which Allah سبحانه وتعالى has decided, thereby wrongfully raising man to the status that Allah سبحانه وتعالى claims for Himself Alone. But no Muslim can accept that any man or assembly of men should decide what is legaly Halaal and Haraam for others, after Allah سبحانه وتعالى and RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered and forbade. Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلاَ مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَنْ يَكُونَ لَهُمْ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ
“It is not for a believer man or woman to have any say in the matter after the decision is made by Allah and RasulAllah ” [Surah al-Ahzab 33:36]
And Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
وَمَا آتَاكُمْ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانْتَهُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
“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]
And Allah سبحانه وتعالى has strongly condemned ruling other than Islam, in any taghoot (non-Islamic authority),
أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّهُمْ آمَنُوا بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يَتَحَاكَمُوا إِلَى الطَّاغُوتِ وَقَدْ أُمِرُوا أَنْ يَكْفُرُوا بِهِ وَيُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَنْ يُضِلَّهُمْ ضَلاَلاً بَعِيدًا
“Have you not seen those who pretend that they believe in that which has been revealed unto them and that which was revealed before them, how they would go instead for judgement to taghoot (non-Islamic authority) when they have been ordered to disbelieve in it? Shaytan would mislead them far astray.” [Surah An-Nisai 4:60]
And Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
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]
The above-mentioned ayahs are explicit in establishing that any system in which sovereignity does not belong to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, or in which the people share in holding sovereignty with Allah سبحانه وتعالى, is a kufr system, whether it is democracy or dictatorship.
Since in democracy sovereignity belongs to man, as in dictatorship, this matter makes this system suitable in the eyes of the colonialist powers, because it opens the door for making laws which protect the interests of the colonialist. The 17th Amendment, through which all the steps taken by the Pakistani government to support the American war on Muslims have been provided legal validity, is a clear, recent example.
Moreover, there is no truth in America’s high claim that it wants representative government in Pakistan. America knows that if Muslims’ opinion was represented then no ruler of Pakistan would have the courage to embolden the Hindu mushrikeen by abandoning the Muslims of Kashmir, or diminish the nuclear program of the world’s only Muslim nuclear power, or eliminate Islamic values from the education syllabus, or allow the savage killing of hundreds of students in Lal Masjid, or order Muslim soldiers to fight Muslims in the tribal areas to secure America’s occupation of Afghanistan, as Musharraf has done for so long in the name of “true democracy.” Indeed, America is always full of praise for Musharraf who is imposed upon the Muslims, without their choice and approval! And America knows that after dictatorship, it is democracy alone that can prevent the real representation of Muslims from reaching the ruling.
And as for the Muslims’ opinion for the establishment of Islam as a state, a survey supported by the US Department of Homeland Security and conducted by the University of Maryland between December 2006 and February 2007, revealed that the majority of Muslims in Pakistan held a goal “to unify all Islamic countries into a single Islamic state or Caliphate (Khilafah).” So, how can America ever tolerate a government that represents the Muslims in their deen, Islam, when it would mean that the Muslims would then emerge as the largest, most powerful state in the world? How, O Muslims, how?
And this is why the Americans in particular, and the West in general, campaign against the rise of Islam with all their might, funding agents and organizations to spread democracy and sponsoring brutal oppression of those who call for Islam. The example of Algeria is not far from our minds. Under the watchful gaze of the West and its agents, the ballot boxes showed that the people wanted Islam. The West and its agents were shocked and agreed unanimously to cancel the elections. And with Western blessings, the Algerian rulers began to brutally suppress the Muslims, rather than honoring the elections.
So rather than allowing representation of the Muslims, America campaigns for democracy to prevent the rise of Islam. This is why they will also never spare any opportunity to accuse the Muslims, without proof, violate and occupy the Islamic Lands, attack the Islamic values and even desecrate the Qur’an in their prisons. Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
قَدْ بَدَتْ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ
“Rank hatred comes from their mouths and what their breasts conceal is greater.” [Surah Aali Imran 3:118]
O Muslims of Pakistan!
America aims to hoist democracy, the cause of your ills and woes, over your necks so that you will never taste the blessings of the implementation of the one true deen, Islam. We call upon you to boycott the elections thereby demonstrating your clear, unequivocal rejection of democracy. And we call upon all of you to stand with us, the youth of Hizb ut-Tahrir, in the serious work to remove democracy that has been imposed in the Muslim World, and re-establish the Khilafah in its place.
And know that Allah سبحانه وتعالى has promised that those of you who believe and do righteous deeds will be granted succession in ruling, providing security after a time of fear. Allah سبحانه وتعالى said,
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُم فِي الأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لاَ يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا
“Allah has promised those amongst you who believe, and do righteous deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession in ruling on the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen for them. And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear provided they worship Me and do not associate anything in worship with Me." [Surah an-Nur 24: 55]
1 January 2008