Mazin AbdulAdhim: Recognizing Israel “will never be acceptable”

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Based in London, Ontario Mazin AbdulAdhim is a Muslim scholar and a prominent leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir Canada.

On January 2, 2016 Mazin AbdulAdhim posted on Facebook:

The Russians are an established entity that is headquartered in a land that does not belong to Muslims and Islam. The Zionists, on the other hand, are an ongoing invasion of the lands of Palestine who are attempting to legitimize their occupation by getting neighbouring countries to recognize them, and this will never be acceptable under any circumstances, ever. To normalize relations with the Zionist occupation is to give the land of Al-Israa wal-Mi’raaj [Jerusalem] to the criminals that currently – and temporarily – occupy Palestine. To be honest, I find it very worrying that the Ummah [Muslim nations] has reached such a state of compromise that some Muslims are even defending the idea of normalizing relations with the Zionist invaders. May Allah (swt) protect us.


It is well known that any land that was once ruled by the Khilafah [Caliphate – Islamic State] then permanently belongs to Muslims and must be ruled by Islam permanently. The Ahkam [teachings] of Jihad revolve around this fact, where if the land is invaded by a foreign entity, the invasion must be fought and removed. The problem we have today is the Khilafah [Ottoman Empire] fell in 1924, and all our governments rule with Kufr [disbelief] laws. This is why we have been unable to remove the Zionist occupation, but it does not mean that the laws of Islam can be abandoned. We must continually refuse to accept an invasion, and continually work to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate]. So, while all lands belong to Allah (swt), but that is a separate issue from lands belonging to Muslim rule.


I actually live in Canada. I was born here. It doesn’t matter where we live, as long as we can be effective at working to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate], and maintain our Iman [belief]. This is because no country on earth implements Islam, so, from a Shar’iee [Islamic Law] perspective, it makes no difference where we live.


The problem is the priority is to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate], and we must look at where we are most effective in undertaking this task. For some it is in Makkah and Madinah, and for others it is in Canada and the UK


There is no Dar Al-Islam [Abode of Islam], so we are all living in Dar Al-Kufr [Abode of Disbelief]. The Ahadith [narrations attributed to Mohammad] that refer to living among the Kuffar [disbelievers] apply to when there is Dar Al-Islam [Abode of Islam]. Therefore the ONLY thing that matters in our situation today is living somewhere where your Iman [belief] is protected, you can abstain from sinning, and you can work for to re-establish Dar Al-Islam [Abode of Islam]. Living in the West, abstaining from Haram [prohibited act], and working to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate] is far superior to living in Bangladesh, committing Haram, and not working to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate]. As for living in the Muslim lands while abstaining from sin and working to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate], it depends on where you are most effective. If one can have a massive impact on the da’wa [propagation of Islam] with tens of thousands of people while living in the West, versus having a small impact on a few dozen people in the Muslim lands, that is up to the individual to decide what is best through Istikhara [prayer of seeking guidance] and asking the Hizb [ut-Tahrir] leadership for their advice…


The purpose of this Hizb [ut-Tahrir] is to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate], not to represent everything in Islam. We are not trying to take over Islam, or take over all responsibilities in Islam and make everyone “Hizb ut Tahriri Muslims.” We are just one organization that has one specific task: to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate]. Our task is not to provide humanitarian aid; that is the job of other organizations. This is why we do not account humanitarian organizations for not working to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate], as that is not their job as an organization. But, the *members* of these organizations do various other works outside of the scope of the organization they work with. So a member of Islamic Relief will – as a Muslim – call to the re-establishment of the Khilafah [Caliphate], and members of Hizb ut Tahrir will – as Muslims – collect charity for various causes. The Hizb [ut-Tahrir] will not conduct this work, because it is an organization with a specific purpose.


Hamas are no longer valiant defenders of Gaza. They are now secular puppets, and a branch of the Zionist occupation. They will approve whatever their bosses instruct them to approve of. I remember a little over ten years ago when Hamas was being torn to pieces, one piece standing firm on the struggle for freeing Palestine no matter what, and the other piece calling for compromising with the Zionist occupation. The Muslims stood with the former, and the secularists stood with the latter. We know lots of people in Hamas, and we were hearing stories of the internal struggle that took place those days.

The objective of Hamas was successfully destroyed by getting them to join the elections, and their objective was replaced with the objectives of the US. They abandoned their call for the full liberation of Palestine, and simply became another Yasser Arafat, one face smiling at Muslims, and another face winking at the Zionist occupiers. The criticism of the Ummah [Muslim nation] always matters, and the Hukum [teachings] of Islam on this issue matters even more. The minimum we must do is refuse to compromise, and vocally insist on the full liberation of Palestine until it is practically liberated. And if that is too much, at least we should not help the enemies of Islam by calling to compromising on the Deen [religion] of Allah (swt). The Muslims in Makkah suffered the same or worse than what the people of Gaza are suffering. We should not just throw away the example set for us just because the Nasr [victory] of Allah (swt) is delayed.

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