Stockholm, 17 Oktober 2001

Assalamu'alaikum wr wbr.

Hizb ut-Tahrir



"Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people" [TMQ At-Taubah: 14].

On Sunday 7/10/2001, America, the head of Kufr and her ally Britain declared a brutal war against the Muslims. They began to bomb Afghan cities - Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, and other cities - with deadly Tomahawk missiles and with bombers, which carry tens of tonnes of destructive bombs. These were launched from battleships, aircraft carriers and submarines that she has amassed in the Indian Ocean over the last three weeks. They were also launched from airports and military bases of some neighbouring states with the collusion and treachery of the criminal rulers in the Muslim lands.

The two enemies of Islam and the Muslims, America and Britain, waged an unjust war against the poor and defenceless Afghan people who had been afflicted by destructive wars for more than a quarter of a century. They declared the war against it even though their government had not declared a war against them and nor did it commit aggression against them.

It is one of the strange and astonishing discrepancies, and more so an insult to people's intelligence when they say that they are not fighting Islam or the Muslims, at a time when they are unleashing all their lethal weapons against the defenceless Muslims in Afghanistan visible to the whole world to see and when they fight Islam in the name of

The war criminal Bush is waging an unjust war on the Muslims to regain the tattered prestige of America and to eliminate the effects of the blow, which had shaken her on the eleventh of September, carried away by the desire of the American people for revenge. Polls have stated that more than eighty per cent of the American people wish to see military action as a response to what happened on that date. In addition to this,
one of the aims of this oppressive war is to uproot the aspiration of the Muslims for the re-establishment of the rule by Islam, and to remove the Taliban government after it freed itself from the American subjugation and from the Western subjugation in general. This represents a dangerous precedent, in the view of the Americans, to her influence and to the influence of the West in that region and what may result in terms of the liberation of the other Islamic peoples like Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and others.

As for what the war criminal Blair is undertaking by squeezing himself into the hostility against Islam and the Muslims - he has truly drawn people's attention by surpassing his partner in crime Bush in inflaming the war. Blair's undertaking of this action is indeed a clear aggression against Islam and the Muslims. By doing that he is showing enmity to the Islamic Ummah without any regard for this Ummah, all of which is seen and heard by her traitorous agent rulers, as if it is not their duty to protect her sanctities and territories!

Indeed the reality of the war waged by America, the head of Kufr, and Britain and their allies from the Kafir states on Afghanistan is a crusade. They are waging it under the banner of what they call fighting terrorism, through deliberate lies and deception, to strike Islam and the Muslims, and to protect their treacherous agents – the rulers of the
Muslims who are colluding with them in this war - those rulers who have opened up the airports and territories of the Muslims to their military operations throughout the length and breadth of the Islamic world.

This is not the first time in which America and Britain have waged a war against the Muslims. They waged a war, with other nations, against Iraq in 1990 to facilitate the continuous plundering of the oil resources of the Gulf under the pretext of protecting Kuwait and its people. Even until now they are still, almost daily, launching attacks on the north of Iraq and the south of Iraq. They established the Jewish entity in Palestine in 1948 and they still support it with money, weapons and influence, eager to fight Islam and humiliate the Muslims. Over the necks of the Muslims they established agent rulers who inflict on them a horrible torment to facilitate for the West the looting of the Muslims' resources and to oppose any movement working for liberation from the
noose of Kufr and working to restore the rule of Islam in the land. What America and Britain are doing is displaying their enmity for the Islamic Ummah. They are enemies; a state of war exists between them and all the Muslims that necessitates adopting an actual state of war as a basis for dealing with them according to the dictates of the Shari'ah rules. That position should be adopted with them and all those who ally themselves with them in their war against the Muslims:

"And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you" [TMQ Al-Baqarah: 190].

The last few days have shown the extent the ruling clans in the Islamic world, including the Arab world, have reached, in serving the Kafir and being faithful to him, and the extent of the hatred of these clans for the sons of the Islamic Ummah. They colluded with the Kafir in killing the Muslims of Afghanistan and they provided him with the necessary military facilities and gave him the right to use the bases and airports. They revealed to them the secrets of the state relating to intelligence and all the information, which would enable the Kafir to fight the Muslims. They vied with each other in providing lists which contain the names of those they call 'suspects' in order to chase them, and they collaborated with them in paying for the costs of the war against the Muslims.

O Armies of the Islamic Ummah:

The time has come for you to defend the domains of the Muslims:

"O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the cause of Allah (Jihad) you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter" [TMQ At-Taubah: 38].

Have you not heard and seen with your own eyes the head of Kufr America and her cunning ally Britain destroying the homes of the Muslims in Afghanistan? Do you not hear or see what the ruling clans are doing in your lands in terms of allying with the Kuffar against the Muslims:

"O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliya (friends, protectors), they are but Awliya to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Awliya: then surely he is one of them" [TMQ Al-Ma'idah: 51]

"O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers) as friends" [TMQ Al-Mumtahana: 1].

The time has come for you to liberate the Ummah from the evil of these renegade clans that have permitted loyalty to Kufr at the expense of supporting the Muslims. It is forbidden for you to obey them in fighting the Muslims. Rather it is obligatory on you to work to liberate the Ummah from them, and to support your Muslim brothers in Afghanistan and elsewhere by standing on their side in confronting America, Britain and their allies in their brutal war against Islam and the Muslims.

O Noble Ummah:

Indeed, the declaration of war on Muslims in Afghanistan or in any other nation is a declaration of war on all Muslims in the world. There is no difference between Kabul, Damascus, Cairo, Makkah, Jakarta and other capital cities of the Muslims. The political borders placed amongst the Muslims by the Kuffar are of no value. The war of the Muslims is one and their peace is one. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) wrote in the treaty of Madinah the description of the Muslims: "They are one Ummah to the exclusion of all other people…the believers are helpers of each other to the exclusion of others…the peace of the believers is one and the believer does not make peace except with another believer in fighting in the path of Allah."


Hizb ut-Tahrir

22 Rajab 1422 Hijri

(TMQ: Translation of the Meaning of Quran)