Egypt Massacre: Time to uproot the U.S. backed system

On the 14th August 2013 Egypt’s US-backed military regime started the process of bringing to an end the protests and sit-ins in support of Mohammad Morsi at various sites across the country. In doing so, a huge number of people were massacred.

There can be no doubt that the spilling of innocent Muslim blood as we have seen in the past few weeks is haram – a great sin in the eyes of Allah (swt).

Whilst many across the world have condemned these killings, the words of condemnation from Washington and London are mere hypocrisy. They approved the coup in which General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed Mohammad Morsi. America continues to give aid to the Egyptian military, merely cancelling some joint military exercises – wanting the army to bring the stability Morsi could not give, in order to secure American interests.

In the aftermath of these tragic deaths, we make the following points:

1. It is clear for all to see that the US-backed army leadership in Egypt never gave up power after the uprisings two and a half years ago – and has managed to preserve the same old system that served U.S. interests in the Mubarak era.

2. It should be clear to everyone that to assume political office under this US-backed system, without having any real power or authority means you will only ever be serving those with the real power in the state – which in the case of Egypt is the United States.

Moreover, it should be clear that trying to experiment by mixing Islam with a secular system only ever ends in disaster and humiliation.

3. Egypt now faces several choices and all but one of these choices would be a disaster in this world and in the akhira.

The first disastrous choice would be to legitimise the US-backed military-led system by endorsing the coup, as secular politicians have chosen to do.

The second disastrous choice would be by reinstating Morsi into the same Mubarak-era system he was in before. That would simply mean continuing the charade that pretends that the existing system somehow has Islamic legitimacy – as well as trying to hide the aspects of Islam that conflict with the existing system.

Both of these two paths would effectively legitimise a system that secures U.S. dominance over the people of Egypt – a secular system that is in place as an obstacle to the Islamic system and made to secure U.S. interest above all else.

The third disastrous choice would be to take up arms against the army and open an ‘Algerian-style’ fitna causing bloodshed and mayhem. This is not the Shari’ way to bring Islamic change but only a recipe for years of misery that would weaken the country in a way that could only please the enemies of Islam.

The only choice that could lead to salvation for this Ummah is to follow the Prophetic method of Islamic change working for a real Islamic society and state – the Khilafah.

This means to call for Islam comprehensively, distinctly from secular democracy, without hiding aspects of it, mixing Islam with secularism, or trying to implement Islam piecemeal.

The Prophetic method, which is confined to intellectual and political actions alone, is to convince the people of Islam as a complete way of life; to show how the Islamic Shari’ah would solve the political and economic problems of the country when applied. This method would also try to convince the power brokers in society – in the case of Egypt, any sincere elements in the army – to support such a change instead of staying silent at the crimes and conspiracies committed against their Deen, their Ummah and their land just because they are ‘following orders’. This is the method that Allah (swt) supported for His Messenger (saw) and the method that can lead to salvation. Allah (swt) said in His Book:

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. [Surah Nur: 24:55]

4. We call on all sincere individuals and groups to support the call for real Islamic change, for the Khilafah on the way of Prophethood – and not to believe the lie that somehow the call for Islam and the Shari’ah of Allah is defeated.

We call on all not to continue the disastrous experiment that mixes pure Islam with a diseased system that is past its expiry date; a system that keeps the Muslim Ummah in servitude to colonial powers; a system whose bitter fruit we tasted for too long.

“Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most people do not know” [Surah Yusuf 12:21]. And Allah (swt) speaks the truth.

Taji Mustafa
UK Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir

9th Shawwal 1434
16th August 2013

Egypt Massacre: Time to uproot the U.S. backed system

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