Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor

Hizbut Tahrir in India

I write this letter in regards to the article published On page 2 of your newspaper The Milli Gazette dated 16 – 30 September, 2010, you have carried an article by one Mr. Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi titled ‘Beware of these Mischief Makers’. In the sub-title you have mentioned “Who are these mysterious Jihadis? Asks Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi about the sudden appearance of Hizb-ut-Tahrir on the Indian Scene’ I write this letter to you as clarifying the matter of Hizb ut Tahrir and the views expressed regarding the khilafah: Hizb-ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) is a non-violent global Islamic political organisation established in 1953. In the Muslim world, Hizb ut-Tahrir works at all levels of society to restore to the Muslims a means of living an Islamic way of life under the shade of the Khilafah State. Being Muslims it is our duty to present the deen of Allah as an alternate way of life to Capitalism. Today, when the world is reeling under the pressure of Capitalism and we see poverty and destitution becoming the rule of the day. India itself has 72% people earning below $ 2 a day according to the Tendulkar Report, it would be naive to project the Capitalist system as a saviour. Indeed it is the capitalist system which has inherited corruption from generation to generation. The recent CWG games clearly manifested that. Allah has provided us with all the answers in the Quran and sunnah and hence it becomes our duty to provide a solution to the crisis the world is going through in a civilized way which will not only be a way of salvation for the Muslims but also for the non-Muslims. Mr Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi is unable to appreciate the fact that it is the Capitalist democratic system and not the Islamic system which has lead to the misery in the world. It is the capitalist democratic system rampant with corruption and selfishness which is responsible for the economic crisis the world is facing. Paradoxically America which happens to call for this very system and even wage war for it has over 14% people living below poverty line. The situation back home in India is no better, although claimed to be the 3rd biggest power in the world, it is unable to solve decades old problems of Kashmir and the Maoists. 
Abu Khalid Addehlawi
rasheed1357@yahoo.co.in

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 30

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