Anti-Freedom

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“However, it is not allowed for a Muslim to express any opinion that contradicts Islam, whether regarding the Islamic creed or anything emanating from it. Accordingly, he is not allowed to call for the ‘liberation of women,’ or Nationalism, or Patriotism, or Regionalism, or a Kufr principle like Capitalism or Socialism, or indeed any idea that contradicts Islam. Therefore, it is not allowed for Muslims to adopt the freedom of opinion which the Capitalists call for. Everything that is initiated by a Muslim should be confined by the Shar’ia.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, “The American Campaign to Suppress Islam,” (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 28; http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“Freedom of opinion also allows the calls for Kufr ideas that encourage immorality among women, vice, profanity, and corruption, and undermines the high values of honour.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, The American Campaign to Suppress Islam (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 27, http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“The rule regarding the Muslim who becomes apostate is to require his repentance. If he insists on his disbelief, the capital punishment is applied on him…”  Hizb ut-Tahrir, The American Campaign to Suppress Islam (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 24, http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“Therefore, a Muslim cannot accept both the pluralism which America propagates and the unrestricted pluralism which means accepting the existence of calls for Kufr and anything which Allah has prohibited.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, The American Campaign to Suppress Islam (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 19, http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

Taliban government, 1996

“Unclean things [are prohibited]: pork, pig, pig oil, anything made from human hair, satellite dishes, cinematography, any equipment that produces the joy of music, pool tables, chess, masks, alcohol, tapes, computers, VCRs, televisions, anything that propagates sex and is full of music, wine, lobster, nail polish, firecrackers, statues, sewing catalogues, pictures, Christmas cards.”Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower (New York: Vintage Books, 2006), 262.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, 1991

“As for the principle of equality regarding rights and duties among the citizens of democracies, this makes for a number of situations—all of them blasphemous.9 We have indicated these before, and among them are: A. No limit to apostasy [which, under sharia law, earns the death penalty], since the Constitution declares freedom of religion; likewise abolition of jihad against the apostates. B. Abolition of jihad in the way of Allah—that is, [Offensive] Jihad against infidelity and blasphemy—since the Constitution has established freedom of religion. C. Abolition of the jizya and the dhimmi conditions applied to those who are not Muslim—since there is no difference between citizens, due to the fissure created by the premise of equality, rights, and obligations. D. Abolition of man’s dominion over woman. The Most High said: ‘Men have authority over women, for Allah has made the one superior to the other’ [4:34]. But in a democracy, women have the right to emulate the dignity and legal status of men. Such are the fruits of ‘equality’—the essence of democracy: for man’s domination over woman contradicts the concept of equality. Like we said, the principles of democracy confront the commands of the sharia in direct opposition.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 135.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, 1991

“The bottom line regarding democracies is that the right to make laws is given to someone other than Allah Most High. Such, then, is democracy. So whoever is agreed to this is an infidel—for he has taken gods in place of Allah. Legislation is an exclusive right of the Most High. Whoever legislates anything for  mankind erects himself up as a god among them. Whoever permits him to do this takes him for a god.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 133-134.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, 1991

“Thus whoever claims to be a ‘democratic-Muslim’ or a Muslim who calls for democracy, is like one who says about himself ‘I am a Jewish Muslim’ or ‘I am a Christian Muslim’—the one worse than the other. He is an apostate infidel.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 136.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“[T]his manner of deciding truth from falsehood, through the ballot box, is one of the methods the writer of the declaration utilized straight from the West. For they [Westerners] vote over everything—even over legalizing homosexual marriage! They raised their voices in all their parliaments and thus legalized it… Nonetheless, what is false is false—even if a billion individuals agree to it; and truth is truth—even if only one who has submitted [i.e., a Muslim] holds on to it. Abundance or dearth [by way of votes, opinions, etc.] is not indicative of truth and falsehood… Just because people agree to your falsehoods does not mean that falsehood has become truth—even if people unanimously reject it [truth] and wage war against it. Truth and falsehood are discerned through the Book [Koran] and the sunna—not by the amount of votes from the voters.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 61.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“For it is, in fact, part of our religion to impose our particular beliefs upon others… we are to force people by the power of the sword to [our] particular understandings, customs, and conditions, all in order to induce debasement and humility, just like Allah commanded… And the West’s notions that Islam is a religion of jihad and enmity toward the religions of the infidels and the infidels themselves is an accurate and true depiction.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 51-52.