Imam Mazin Abdul Adhim, a senior cleric of Hizb ut-Tahrir - Canada, recently called upon the Muslim Ummah (Nation) to unite in order to establish the global Islamic state, also known by its Arabic name the Caliphate.
The London, Ontario-based Imam vehemently opposes the Caliphate founded by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and does not accept the authority of its self proclaim Calif Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Rather he advocates for a new Caliphate that will implement the Islamic Law word for word and extend its authority over all the Muslim lands.
In a video clip on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr (July 17, 2015) at the end of the month of Ramadan, Imam Abdul Adhim explained that the Muslim Ummah is one body, and all its woes in the different parts of split up Muslim lands are originated only from the lack of a home for Islam and the absence of an Islamic regime that is able to represent the Ummah, as all Muslim regimes today are “traitors” or serving the interest of the “enemy” (the picture of US President Barack Obama was shown in the background.)
The only solution, said Imam Abdul Adhim, is to call for the implementation of the teachings of Islam as a whole, to teach the Ummah about the Islamic ruling system, the economic system, the social system, the foreign policy etc. and categorically rejecting the idea of secularizing Islam. Abdul Adhim’s role model is Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, who brought about a political change by first founding a group of supporters, then changed the beliefs of the society and later changed the political loyalties in society and of the army.
The Canadian Imam of Iraqi descent emphasized that this call is not addressed only to the Muslim Ummah, but also to the Muslim armies to spur them to take a concrete action against the “colonial puppet” regimes and support the call for establishing the Caliphate. “We need an Imam, we need a Khaleefah [Calif] to unite us,” concluded Imam Abdul Adhim stressing once again that it is the responsibility of both the Ummah and the armies to make it happen.
During the Toronto al-Quds Day rally in August of 2014, activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir distributed a leaflet calling the Muslim armies to unite forces to liberate Palestine.
Imam Abdul Adhim expresses his deep commitment to the ideology of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The following are excerpts of his recorded speeches in recent years:
Pledging allegiance only to the Islamic Caliphate
“So this is the problem that without a Khilafah [Caliphate, Islamic State] Islam cannot be implemented and individually are obligated to give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph, head of the Islamic State]…
“So it is required for us to give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph, head of the Islamic State], but since there is no Khilafah [Caliphate] you can’t have a Khalifah [Caliph] therefore it is fard [obligatory] upon us to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate] so we can give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph]…
“And that’s why it is a call not only to the brothers here, not only to the brothers who are watching online, everybody who has any capacity of spreading this word all the way to the armies of the Muslims, our brothers and sisters. This word has to reach them. They have to understand that this is the only way forward. It’s the only way to achieve the nasr [support] of Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla [Owner of Greatness and Reverence] is to support this dean [religion] and this call to Khilafah [Caliphate].”
“And that’s what I want to do. I want to present to you the alternative view, the view that says that voting in a secular democratic system, in a system that will not implement Islam, that does not implement Islam, to vote for anybody to become a legislator in such a system it is something that Islam forbids and I want to present the evidence for this…
“What our identity is? We are Muslims, strewn about all across the planet without anybody who represents us. We are Muslims who are actually belong to the Khilafah [Caliphate]. The Khilafah [Caliphate] represents us and it was destroyed in 1924. We are responsible for working to re-establish it. So this is the first thing. We must work to establish the Khilafah [Caliphate].”
Supporting cutting off thieves’ hands
“The punishments: cutting a hand of a thief and whipping the fornicator and so on. What do you do in these situations? How does it work? This is the last resort after you’ve established this system… You’ve showed them that if you do it the punishment is so severe it will stop them from doing it.”
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