The following is a translated transcript of a speech delivered by the Ameer of Hizb ut Tahrir, the Aalim, Ata Ibn Khalil Abu Arashtah - may Allah protect him - to the people in Al-Sham and the sincere revolutionaries, on the occasion of the glorious day of the birth of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, in the month of his Hijrah and the establishment of the great Islamic state, a state that the Muslims were glorified by, which will be established again soon, Insha’Allah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
To the people of Al-sham, the Abode of Islam and the sincere revolutionaries,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Praise be to Allah, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions and allies and those after them.
وَقَدْ مَكَرُوا مَكْرَهُمْ وَعِنْدَ اللَّهِ مَكْرُهُمْ وَإِنْ كَانَ مَكْرُهُمْ لِتَزُولَ مِنْهُ الْجِبَالُ
“They concocted their plots, but their plots were with Allah, even if they were such as to make the mountains vanish.”
(Surah Ibrahim, 14:46)
So you’re forcing me to choose then, between the silence of prison and the noise of the regime?
- If I were you, I’d be more worried about the silence of the grave.
Extract from the novel ‘The Silence and the Roar’ by Nihad Sirees
Fathi, a writer no longer permitted to write, makes his way through a city churned by parades for an unnamed dictator. It is a day stifled by heat and the noise of the chants, a day of people trampled, and of the brutality and bullying of the party faithful. But Fathi presses treacherously against the crowd, attempting just to visit his mother and his girlfriend.
Translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss
Publication date: 10th January 2013
Winner of the English PEN Award 2012
Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoubi descends from a scholarly family whose lineage goes back to the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alayhi sallam, through his grandson Sayyiduna al-Hasan, radiya Allahu ‘anhu. Shaykh Muhammad was born in Damascus on the 13th of DhulHijja in 1382 H. As a little boy, he crawled in the Grand Omayyad Mosque and the Darwishiyya Mosque, where his father was an instructor for 40 years, and sat in the laps of some of the greatest scholars.
Since he was four-years-old, Shaykh Muhammad accompanied his father in all of his visits, gatherings, and classes, both public and private, as well as at home and outside. His father took care of him and was both his teacher and spiritual master. Under his tutelage, Shaykh Muhammad followed a solid traditional curriculum since the age of four, studying, step-by-step, the major classical works on the various disciplines of the Shari’ah as well as the instrumental disciplines. Shaykh Muhammad dutifully studied with his father over 500 books in the course of 20 years, some of them from cover-to-cover and others in portions; some are multi-volumes, and others are small concise works.
The following is a lecture delivered by his son in November 2009
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
The founder of Hizb ut Tahrir, Muhammad Taqi ud Deen bin Ibrahim bin isma’el al Nabhani, was born in the year 1911 in the village of Haifa in Palestine. He grew up in a scholarly environment, where his father Sheikh Ibrahim, who was a fiqhi scholar, had attained high shar’i positions in Palestine and Damascus. His father’s grandfather was a fiqhi scholar who had a sea worth of knowledge in the sciences of the Arabic language and in usool-ul-fiqh. However, they did not write any books or leave behind literature but sufficed in issuing fatawa and participating in councils (of knowledge) with the scholars of al Azhar and the scholars of Tunisia and Morocco.
As for his mother’s grandfather, Sheikh Yusuf An Nabhani, he was active and energetic in the fields of knowledge and politics. He was a Sufi on the madhab of the ottoman state. He wrote fiqh and poetry in Lebanon and elsewhere, to the point where he wrote over 500 verses of poetry. It was he who discovered his grandson’s talents, and sent him to study at Al Azhar from his own expense.
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Translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire
We are living in a very different situation compared to the past. Now, we are neither leftist nor rightist. We are just confused and we don’t know what to do. We are just trying to figure out who we are and we are in search of our own identity.
Art flourishes in a suppressed environment in a different way. I won’t say that art and literature flourishes only in a suppressed environment. All over the world, you can see resistance literature, whether it is Russia, France, Latin American countries or other suppressed nations, because now we live in a global village where censorship and iron curtain exist no more.
I believe the Egyptian revolution really was in this sense and by definition one of the most typical revolutions in history. I would say that the Egyptian revolution was more of a revolution than some in Eastern Europe. But the achievement of the revolution is still a long way off. We are talking about nine months here; we’re still at the beginning. Still, the Egyptian revolution is one of the greatest revolutions in history – whether the analysts like it or not. If you compare our revolution to other revolutions, you see that it takes time. You are eliminating an entire regime, and we were not lucky because the military council was not in favour of the revolution. But I am still very optimistic because in the beginning, no one could ever have imagined that Mubarak would be forced to step down.