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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hizb-ut-Tahrir - The Reality (Updated Once)

Hizb-ut-Tahrir claims to be an Islamic political party that was established in 1953, by Taqi-ud-din an-Nabhani, to re-establish the khilafah (caliphate) that was lost by the Muslims in 1924 when Mustafa Kamal Ataturk abolished the seat of the caliphate.

This party is well-established in many countries even though they face a lot of opposition from the governments of those countries. These countries include Muslim as well as non-Muslim countries. This group is particularly active among the Muslim youth. This is mainly due to the fact that they try to spread their message in universities and their techniques are very attractive for the Muslim youth.

However, even though they usually gather a lot of support from the youth, elders are not that attracted to it and many even claim that the party is not completely Islamic, i.e. it does not follow all Islamic principles and that its working is not Islamic.

I, therefore, hope to make this point clear to all Muslims in this article as to whether this group is worth considering to be joined or not.





Working for the Re-Establishment of the Khilafah

As far as this sub-topic is concerned, there is no dispute among the Muslims that it is an obligation of the Muslims to re-establish the Khilafah as Islam cannot be completely established without it. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with working for the re-establishment of the Khilafah.

Methodology for its Re-establishment

Even though many people claim that there is something wrong with the methodology of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, I have not been able to find any problem with it. Therefore, with what information I currently have, we can accept that the methodology of Hizb-ut-Tahrir is according to Islam.

However, if anyone has any knowledge of the problems in the methodology, please do inform me. I intend to post an article on the methodology of the re-establishment of the khilafah soon.

What people claim is wrong with the Aqeedah of this organisation?

Even though, Hizb-ut-Tahrir claims that it accepts the Taqleed of the Salaf-e-Saliheen, they differ somewhat in the Aqeedah. They claim that since ahad ahadith may contain some margin of doubt in them, it is better not to consider them in their Aqeedah or at least avoid some of them. (A detailed article on Taqlid can be seen at http://islamicb.blogspot.com/2009/07/taqlid-is-it-permissible-in-islam.html).

What exactly are Ahad Ahadith?

Ahad ahadith are those ahadith of the Holy Prophet (S) who have been transmitted by a few chain of narrators.

What is the view of the Different Schools of Thought regarding this?

The Ahad or solitary Hadith (also known as Khabar al-Wahid) is the Hadith which fails to fulfil the requirement of Mutawatir. Ahad Hadith may be sound (sahih), good (hasan) or weak (Da’eef). It is a Hadith which does not impart positive knowledge on its own unless it is supported by extraneous or circumstantial evidence.

According to the majority of the four Sunni schools, acting upon Ahad is obligatory even if Ahad fails to engender positive knowledge provided certain conditions are met.

As far as establishing matters of Aqidah is concerned, the majority of the scholars are of the view that Ahad may not be relied upon as the basis of belief (aqidah), for matters of belief must be founded in certainty. Therefore, issues that revolve between belief (iman) and disbelief (kufr) can not be proven by Ahad narrations (Fawatih al-Rahmut, 2/136).

Anything Else?

There are a few things which seem controversial. However, I still need to verify most of them. The only one that I have verified is that they consider it permissible to listen to musical instruments. (A detailed article on musical instruments can be seen at http://islamicb.blogspot.com/2009/06/islamic-perspective-of-music-can-it-be.html).

Conclusion

Therefore, we can conclude that the claims of problems in methodology and Aqeedah is based upon invalid arguments.





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14 comments:

mishkash said...

Salaam.Thanks for sharing .I learnt a lot here about Hizb-ut-Tahrir .take care.Wishing you well

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Jazakallah. Inshallah, I'll be writing a bit more about the methodology soon too.

Anonymous said...

First of all.. plz post anything after you have completely researched on something.. throughout this post u have numerusly said that you arent sure.. plz be sure.. coz whoever reads this may get guided or misguided according to the level of trust he relies on this site.. I will address the points sequentially..

STATEMENT 1:
"However, even though they usually gather a lot of support from the youth, elders are not that attracted to it and many even claim that the party is not completely Islamic, i.e. it does not follow all Islamic principles and that its working is not Islamic."

ANSWER
Hizb comprises of people from different backgrounds, ages and color.. The people who started this movement were religious scholars(e.g. Taqiuddin Nabhani), lawyers (Sheikh Dawood Hamdan), traders (Taufeeq Ishaq Abu Khalaf),moazzens( Abdul Afow Moswaddi), teachers(Sheikh Abdul-Afow
Moswaddy),students (Farooq Mohammed Abdul-
A’al) ,employees (Moosa Al-Beetar),
Mahmood Abu Sneeneh (trader), handicapped (blind Sheikh
Sae’eed Al-Mohalwes), other ppl also included taxi drivers, carpenters,tailors and ppl from all walks of life.. this was only to give a preview of how it all began.. people usually attract the same age group as theirs or lower.. and when all age groups are involved.. the entire society gets involved.. So, although theres no doubt that activity in unis are somewhat prominent , it is very inaccurate to make such a comment.. just as a "food for thought".. in July 2009, Ulema Khilafah Conference was held in which ulema from throughout the world came including ulema from Lebanon, Palestine, India, Bengladesh,Pakistan,Indonesia etc and they were by no means youth.. Youth are only one segment of Hizb and theres nothing wrong with it.. the energetic youth are directed by experienced elders thru a mushrif-daris relationship which is the core of the organisation
Regarding being Islamic, the group was created in direct accordance with the ayah saying
"Let there be a group amongst u that enjoins what is right (calls towards Islam) and forbids evil"... Any group that fulfill these 2 tasks in their complete aspects is ISLAMIC.. Hizb trains individuals by culturing them to make them ISLAMIC PERSONALITIES by concentrating on Aqliyyah and Nafsiyyah and in that process creates Dawah Carriers whose sole aim is to call people to a perfect way of life and implement that way in every aspect.. The unique thing about hizb is that it takes the reality and presents solutions e.g ISLAMIC SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS, ECONOMIC CRISIS etc and this is done as a draft picture of an islamic state is already formulated through quran and sunnah.. Any matter of any aspect of life is to be answered by Hizb and that is why the Halaqahs are a compulsory session for anyone who wants to be a part of it..
Hizb also calls upon the ummah to account it at whatever wrong is seemed to be done.. The members are people who excel both in secular and religious fields. the founder was a mujtahd+civil engr...the present ameer is a mufassir, faqeeh and engr. .. so plz get ur views right.

Anonymous said...

STATEMENT 2
"They claim that since ahad ahadith may contain some margin of doubt in them, it is better not to consider them in their Aqeedah or at least avoid some of them."

ANSWER
As the hizb started getting popular on the internet, some people started spreading rumors and stories that NAUZUBILLAH hizb legalises pornography, imitates the Mutazillah , have weak aqeedah as they ignore ahad ahadith..
All three of these are wrong...
The Hizb duznt ignore aahad ahadith.. infact many of the ahadith it uses for dawah purposes are aahad.. e.g
"Leave nationalism, for it is rotten"..
and there are many aahad ahadith that are used for muslims must accept all ahadith..

The point regarding the Aqeedah was that anything which one takes into Aqeedah (the basic thought) should be Qatai (Definite) for it differentiates between a muslim and a kafir but that duznt mean one rejects dhanni(having Multiple Meaning and thus not definite) ahadith.. it only means that if one takes another opinion on dhanni ahadith he cant be declared a kafir for doing so as he bases his opinion on the same hadith...
Just to inform you, ahad ahadith can also be qatai .. and those ahadith are also taken as aqeedah... and anyone who rejects a dhanni, qatai, aahad or any other hadith is not considered a muslim for he rejects sunnah.. and all ahadith are considered as legislative sources..
The above matter is concerning Usul ul Fiqh , and is a matter for a Faqeeh's understanding.. if a normal man starts to say such things he is saying out of context as he duznt know the science involved in that matter.. its as if a person says F= MA .. is not correct as Father is not equal to MamA.. ppl wud make fun of him as hes talking absurd..
the material that ive written is from Usul ul Fiqh by Iyad Hilali... so plz refer to that or any other usul book..
All of the above is the hizb's point of view based on the Usul ul Fiqh books adopted by the party.. plz refer to them.. nd stop misinforming ppl..

PS. the booklet u were using telling about such things is very inaccurate as the links and books it quotes are mainly not from Ht literature at all.. just placed for confusing muslims..

And Allah Knows best..
I hope you correct this post..

Wsalam

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

As for the first statement, I have just included it as a background to what some people think. Thats why it has been written in the introduction.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

For the second statement, note that I did not say that they deny ahad ahadith. I said that they think it is better not to consider them in their Aqeedah.
Also, here is a question answered by a Hanafi scholar with regards to punishment of grave:
http://islamicb.blogspot.com/2009/12/punishment-of-grave.html

Babar said...

Asalamoalekum brother!i wud like to make a clarification on the confusion normally associated with the suspected aqeedah issue u mentioned about the Hizb.
Hizb has adopted the Aqeedah in strict complaince with the Shara'i Nassus (Text), the Quran and the Sunnah.
Only the Qatai's Definite Hukm is included in aqeedah and this is a very sensitive issue. because its a matter of giving fatwa on somebody being a muslim or a kafir.

As for the isolated report (khabar ul-ahad). It is the report whose narrators have not reached the number required for the muttawatir, whether it was reported by one or four narrators, meaning it is the report which falls short of the four conditions for the mutawatir report. It is divided, in terms of the number of narrators, into three categories, 1. Gharib (Alien) (single narrator), 2. Aziz (scarce) (more then one but less then four narrators), 3. Mashur (famous)(more then or equal to three but still not reaching the level of Tawattar).

All these type of reports are still considered Ahadith shareef but due to them being non Qatai', they are not made part of the Aqeedah.

This does not have any pratical implication but just a Fiqhi point that Khabar Ahad is not made part of Aqeedah for being non Qatai' and Aqeedah only consists of Qatai' Ahkamat.

Babar said...

"In the pillars of the Islamic ‘Aqeedah, it is not enough to have zann (speculation) or least amount of zann, rather they must be qata’i (definite and decisive). It is not allowed to have taqleed (imitation) in it, otherwise the Muslims will end up taking superstition and follow those who practise deception.

In the thoughts relating to the ‘Aqeedah (peripheral branches to the pillars) it is sufficient to have the least amount of zann, and taqleed is allowed in this matter, the same as it is in the Shar’ee rules."

"The Da'wah to Islam" by Sheikh Ahmad Mahmoud, Member of Hizb ut-Tahrir


Brother i reiterate, we believe in every Hadith and practically speaking there is no implication as i mentioned earlier. you will not find the shabab of hizb who do not believe in azab e kabar (punishment in the grave)"derived from a Khabar e Ahad" but making it part of Aqeedah requires it to be Qatai' (definite and decisive).

I hope to make myself abundantly clear, nything i quote (except for the one with reference from HT) or mentioned is not officially from Hizb but my understanding of Hizbi Thoughts and culture!

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Yes, you've made your point clear as I've updated the post now.

Akhi said...

please highlight the area which has been updated/changed so that the readers know it...

jazakallah

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Okay. Usually, I don't do that with the updated articles but the matter is such that I'll do it.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

I've made it bold and italic.

Akhi said...

please highlight the area which has been updated/changed so that the readers know it...

jazakallah

mishkash said...

Salaam.Thanks for sharing .I learnt a lot here about Hizb-ut-Tahrir .take care.Wishing you well

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