Open Letter to Taliban’s Leaders, Operatives & Afghan People
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Open Letter to the Taliban’s Leaders and Operatives, and Afghan People
Dear Noble Brothers
Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, as for what is to follow:
The issue of Muslims is not seizing power but rather building a state; and building the state would be by gathering the Ummah around the Islamic idea, and making her proceed in life according to this idea. Then power would be taken and established based on this idea. The state is an executive entity for the host of concepts, criteria and convictions embraced by the Ummah that represent her viewpoint in life. In other words, the state is an entity built upon an idea that is embraced by the Ummah which is prepared to sacrifice for its sake. Hence, seizing power does not mean establishing a state. The state requires the authority to be built upon an idea embraced by the Ummah. What generates revival is establishing the authority upon the Islamic idea, i.e., the Islamic Aqeedah. Hence, what generates revival is establishing the state on “There is no god but Allah, Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah”. Establishing it on the Hanafi school of thought, the book of al-Tahawi or the Shari'ah rules does not generate any revival whatsoever because these would be taken as systems and laws and as a result, they could never occasion any revival. The State should rather be established on “There is no god but Allah, Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah”, then the Shari'ah rules would be taken in their quality as commands and prohibitions from Allah , and thus they would be implemented because they are the order of Allah and since they would be obtained from “There is no god but Allah, Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah”. Only then revival would take place.
We are saying this so that we may perceive the reality and in what situation we should be.
Dear Noble Brothers
The existence of a Muslim in this life is for the sake of Islam and his work in life is carrying the Islamic Da’awah. The function of the Islamic State is implementing Islam and executing its rules domestically and carrying the Da’awah to the world, the method of which is Jihad, which is shouldered by the State. The Muslim lives for Islam, sacrifices for its sake, carries the Da’awah to elevate its standing, establishes the State to implement it and performs Jihad for the sake of Allah to spread it. Allah has made us Muslims and bestowed upon us the honour of embracing the magnificent Islam: He sent unto us a Messenger from among ourselves to convey unto us the ayat of Allah, cause us to grow in purity and to impart unto us the Book and wisdom so that we may bear witness to the truth before humankind by implementing Islam on them domestically and carrying it as message to the world at large to share the guidance with them rather than exterminate them.
The Muslims have been, without a shadow of a doubt since the dawn of Islam’s history, involved in a momentous Jihad. The work for the sake of Islam started on the intellectual and political path, while averting bloody frictions as much as possible and refraining from armed conflict with the Kuffar to persuade them to embrace this Deen and establish its Deen. Then, when Islam became a force to be reckoned with and its State was established, it caried the Da’awah on the political and military path simultaneously. The Muslims gave their lives for the sake of this message and sacrificed all that is dear and precious, until the Islamic State became the sun of the blossoming world and the undisputed superpower. Then the Kuffar succeeded in dealing the Islamic fraternity among the Muslims a heavy blow, dismantled their lands and destroyed their State. Hence, the Muslims became more unfortunate than the orphans seated at the table of the avaricious master. And you have suffered like the rest of the Muslims in all the Muslims’ lands from the humiliation of colonialism and the tyranny of the colonialists and their surrogates with the resulting bloodshed and the suffering caused by the three colonialist campaigns on Afghanistan, British, Soviet and American, during which millions of our brethren were killed, banished, imprisoned and tortured to serve the interests of the Kuffar.
Dear Noble Brothers
Allah revealed the noble Qur’an to be put into implementation. He is the Judge, and He is the Commander and Prohibitor. He issues the rules on actions and things. Hence, sovereignty belong to Him alone. Allah conferred the authority to the Ummah who elects from among her children a ruler to implement the Shari'ah of Allah . Hence, this ruler derives his legitimacy from Islam by implementing its rules and from the Ummah who elects him.
Hence, it is forbidden for the Ummah of Islam to lack at any time an authority, and to be ruled by other than the Shari'ah of her Lord. We are aware that you did apply Islam in Afghanistan during your first dominion over the country before the America invasion which toppled your authority and abolished your Imarah. We are urging you to establish your authority in Afghanistan in its quality as a part of the Muslims’ lands rather than in its patriotic and nationalistic quality, and to resume what you have started in terms of implementing Islam on the Muslims. This is the weighty trust for which you are responsible, and Allah will hold you accountable for what you have been entrusted with when you stand before Him.
We are also aware that you have negotiated with the Americans to arrange their exit from Afghanistan and hand the reins of power over to you; this was clear from America’s decision to let the collaborating regime meet its fate and not to support it, and to let you seize one wilaya after another and one directorate after another, without interfering despite their ability to prevent you from doing so. This indicated that it was part of the agreement pertinent to the Americans’ exit from your country.
Hence, we remind you of America’s broken promises after the withdrawal of the Soviet Union 32 years ago. The Americans never keep their promises and their covenants, and we believe you are aware of how America toyed with the mujahideen after the withdrawal of the Soviet occupier from your country and how she sowed the seeds of hatred amongst them, fuelling warlike discord amongst them severely, thus which plunged Afghanistan into a devastating civil war between the brothers in arms and in Deen. You are also aware of what America did to the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt, and how she broke her oath with them, and even with her own agents who were also exhausted in service of her multinationals first, then in service of her surrogates who participated in the invasion and the war, and then those who colluded with her from among the traitorous rulers or those aspiring to seize power; and the masses in those countries had nothing left but starvation and death.
The insightfulness, seriousness and doctrinism of the believer make it inevitable for him to be wary of the hidden political forces that impede any substantial change that do not conform to America’s interests, explore the reality of foreign powers and their interests in Afghanistan and establish the outlines and boundaries of how to deal with them.
Dear Noble Brothers
You should purify your ranks, unify your forces, reconcile with your people and derive your support from them, and unleash their energies to build the State and proceed with it in the path of revival. After two decades of occupation, America has dismantled the masses, sowed the seeds of division amongst them and planted spies within their ranks who are attempting to flee with the occupiers to safe havens; and there are undoubtedly others who still embrace the occupier’s thoughts and agenda, be it within the ranks of the civilians or the military personnel, commanders and soldiers alike. Hence, you ought to be wary and cautious and purify the ranks from the traitors and collaborators. You have to beware of them, lest they should creep into positions of leadership. The experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt should serve as a parable and a lesson to you, lest you should incline towards those who feign their love for Islam whereas in fact, they continue to serve America and embrace her culture.
Dear Noble Brothers
The objective of Jihad is to remove the physical obstacles impeding the carrying of the message. It is not just killing and fighting for the sake of fighting. Hence, military power is a trust for carrying the message, not a sword brandished in the face of the country and the masses. Military power does not give the right to use it except withing the boundaries of the Shari'ah rule. The military culture emanating from the Islamic Aqeedah is the only way to secure and immunise the military forces against any manipulation, tampering and shady understandings or deals with foreign political forces, especially America.
While we warn you against having a relationship with America, we are not however saying you should live in a secluded fortress; it is inevitable for the Islamic State to live within this world and to connect with it with positive relations dictated by the logic of human life and the mission of carrying the message, which necessitates interacting with other nations and contacting states and peoples to convey Islam and secure life’s needs. Hence, you should conduct your relationship with other states and peoples according to the logic of conveying the message and in a manner serving the interest of the Ummah while repelling all the perils that may harm her, remaining vigilant and aware of the plots and styles concocted by the covetous powers in your country and maintaining a political insight with regards to the munafiqeen and the covert and overt collaborating mercenaries.
The Afghan people are Muslims. They love Allah and His Messenger. They are warriors and fighters. They faced the Russians and the Americans and fared well in defending their country. They are formidable ammunition for any side aspiring to rule Afghanistan with Islam. Hence, all you need to do is concentrate the idea of Islam within this people so that they may live by it and it may live through them. You should work towards injecting society with the Islamic concepts, criteria and convictions so that they may guide people’s behaviours. You should focus on the concept of Islamic fraternity and that Muslims, with all their ethnicities, tribal affiliations and sects are but one single Ummah to the exclusion of all other people, and that they are one hand against all others.
It is also imperative to reject the capitalist solutions to life’s problems, expose their corruption and the woes and calamities it has brought on peoples embracing capitalism. It would also be imperative to engage in a doctrinal intellectual struggle and a clear political struggle to rid the Ummah of colonialist domination, liberate her from their influence, root out their intellectual, cultural, political, economic and military presence, and close off all gaps in their faces. Meanwhile, attention should be devoted to expounding the Islamic solutions to these problems and how the individual Muslim should implement the system of Islam motivated by his piety and fear of Allah , and how the State should implement it through the masses sensing its fairness, the cooperation of the Ummah with the ruler in ordering Ma’aruf and forbidding Munkar and the authority of the State, and through the masses, political parties and forces based on the Islamic Aqeedah who hold the rulers, emirs and civil servants to account. Therefore, the Islamic political thoughts must be concentrated among the masses in a powerful manner and manifested in their conversations, debates and relationships like ripened fruits would manifest themselves.
The Ummah’s viewpoint towards life should also be unified by adopting the criterion of Kufr and Iman, and Halal and Haram. The Muslims should also be exhorted to work by Islam and for Islam. All other ethnicities external to the Taliban movement should also be encouraged to get involved in this work to fuse the various ethnic groups in the crucible of Islam, dissipating all disparities and boundaries leading to unifying society and consolidating its ranks and consequently, turning it into a popular base for the new regime. This could only occur by unifying the viewpoint towards governance and integrating the leaders and officials of other ethnicities into the governing setup under the principle of Islamic fraternity and the criterion of competence and suitability.
It is the ideological intellectual building of the Ummah on the basis of Islam in its quality as an Aqeedah and a system, which will make the Ummah proceed in obedience with contentment and reassurance. The process of building involves making the thoughts of Aqeedah, Khilafah, Jihad and Islamic fraternity prevalent in society in a manner that paralyses all other leaderships so that Islam remains the unilateral leader of the Ummah, and the group expressing the Aqeedah and willpower of the Ummah becomes the effective leader of the State and society; and in this aspect, let the children of the Aqeedah compete among themselves, irrespective of their diverse opinions and schools of thought, to attract the masses, rule them and protect their Deen and Ummah.
One of the requirements of fairness in implementation is to share out the riches and positions of responsibilities and not monopolise them, and even place others ahead of the Taliban movement, as the Messenger of Allah ﷺ did as per the Hadith narrated by Muslim on the authority of Anas Ibnu Malek who said that “a man asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ to give him a very large flock and he gave that to him. He came to his tribe and said: O people, embrace Islam. By Allah, Muhammad donates so much as if he did not fear poverty. Anas said that the person embraced Islam for the sake of the world but later he became Muslim until Islam became dearer to him than the world and what it contains.”
Another requirement of fairness is considering everyone equal like the teeth of a comb, irrespective of their ethnicities and sects, in terms of accountability and answerability, which maintains and controls the conduct of all officials.
Dear Noble Brothers
The masses are the only safety valve which will protect the State because they are the ones who empower the authority to rule on their behalf. What turns the masses into a popular base and a natural support for the authority is the Aqeedah with its legislative system and referentiality as well as the intellectual construction of the Ummah which involves fusing her with Islam, its concepts and its rules, the most important of which are the principles of governance in Islam, namely: the sovereignty belongs to Shari'ah; authority belongs to the Ummah; one single Khalifah; adopting the rules and enacting the laws is the exclusive competency of the Khalifah. This would be the impregnable barrier and the protective shield against military coups and infiltrations of those lurking in the dark, especially those who have been planted within the military forces and the cliques who conspire with foreign embassies. Hence, it is imperative to educate the masses with the Shari'ah-based political culture to concentrate the concepts of governance and qualities of its men. It is also imperative to deter the Ummah, especially the people of influence and power, from injustice, falsehood and the rule of Kufr, in addition to exposing to the Ummah those hellbent on being hypocritical and calling them to account just like the rulers. It is also crucial to confront, weaken and isolate those who harbour the thoughts of Kufr while being wary of adulation, cajolery, diplomacy, and Machiavellianism with any Kufr thought, erroneous concept or misdemeanour from their part.
The Ummah should perceive that establishing Islamic parties to culture the Ummah in a constant manner and to expose the schemes, conspiracies and activities of the Kafir colonialists, and calling the officials and rulers to account, is a necessity dictated by Shari'ah, the straightforwardness of the path and the steadfastness on the truth. The mechanism of political answerability in a partisan manner is more effective and influential in deterring the rulers from deviation and treason. Answerability is one of the momentous cornerstones upon which the Deen of Islam is built. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The master of martyrs on the Day of Resurrection is Hamzah and a man who stands up to a tyrannical authority, commanding good and forbidding evil and he is killed for it.” He ﷺ also said: “In the near future there will be emirs and you will like their good deeds and dislike their bad deeds. One who sees through their bad deeds is absolved from blame, but one who hates their bad deeds is safe. But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined.” And he ﷺ also said: “The most excellent Jihad is when one speaks a true word in the presence of a tyrannical ruler.”
We stress that the role of the military and security forces is to protect the entity of the State and carry the Message rather than protecting the movement, imam, ruler or Western values and the interests of the colonialists. Such forces should not be a sword brandished in the face of the Ummah. Protecting the imams, movements and rulers is achieved automatically through protecting the State’s entity.
Hence, although security is in the hands of Allah , and it is He who sends shivers down the spine of the Kuffar and hypocrites, this is not in isolation of the universal laws that Allah has bestowed on His servants so that they may gain authority on earth. Allah granted security to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and the Sahaba and made them safe from the danger they had been enduring from the Mushrikin in Makkah; and in Medina, they used to always carry their weapons until one day they asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: “O Messenger of Allah, will a day come in which we will be safe and lay down our arms? Upon this the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: you will not persevere but a little until a man from amongst you will sit among this great crowd without sporting an iron.” Then the following ayah was revealed: “Allah has promised those of you who have attained Iman and do righteous deeds that, of a certainty, He will cause them to accede to power on earth” [An-Nour-55]
Finally, despite the bravery of its people, Afghanistan remains weak and the Taliban movement should, as it establishes its authority in this country and if it were independent, sincere and serious about resuming the Islamic way of life, epitomise the image befitting the Islamic State, and burn the falsehood of the world’s capitalist system with the light of its Shari'ah while erasing the falsehood with which the West has maligned the system of Islam and its State to distort it through ignorant people and agents. , and endeavour to strengthen the entity of the State and protect it with a more solid Muslim entity, such as Turkey, which, although continues to rule by secularism, is a powerful independent state with which it would be conducive to merge with and work from within to turn it into a Dar al-Islam. Unifying the Muslims’ lands is a Shari'ah priority and a political and economic necessity, and an aim to which those working for Islam and Muslims should not be oblivious. If the Taliban were to do this, it would prove that its loyalty to Allah and His religion is above any other loyalty, and that it has taken a sound step in the path of liberation and revival, offering a great service to the Ummah of Islam.
“And tell them: Keep working: Allah will behold your works and so will His Messenger and the believers; and you shall be brought back to Him Who knows that which is beyond the reach of perception and that which is within the reach of perception. He will then declare to you all that you have been doing." [at-Tawbah-105]
18 Muharram 1443h
26 August 2021