The propaganda campaign being waged against the Taliban after America’s withdrawal has reached dizzying heights. Fake news of a woman being set on fire for bad cooking, and sex-slaves being transported in coffins have all appeared in the mainstream western media.
Allah describes such people in the Qur’an, “Shall I tell you upon whom the shaytans descend? They descend on every evil liar. They give them a hearing and most of them are liars. And as for poets, it is the misled who follow them. Do you not see how they ramble on in every style and say things which they do not do” (Ash-Shu’ara, 221-226)
The image being portrayed is that the minority of Muslims fleeing Kabul out of a population of 4.3million, are not just fleeing the Taliban but are in fact fleeing Sharia law as Taslima Nasreen claimed recently.
To see if this is really the case or not we need to remind ourselves of a basic principle in Islam which is, “You who have iman! If a deviator brings you a report, scrutinize it carefully in case you attack people in ignorance and so come to greatly regret what you have done.” (Al-Hujuraat, 6)
Verified reports from trustworthy news sources on the ground in Kabul paint a completely different picture to what is portrayed in the western press.
Yet leaving aside these lies and fake news stories let’s see what Afghans actually want. If we look to the last Pew Survey in 2017 it states that, “Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law.” These results coupled with facts on the ground such as Hizb ut-Tahrir’s campaign to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Khilafah’s destruction, clearly show that Afghans are not fleeing sharia, rather they are fleeing the poverty, insecurity and destruction ravaged on the country after decades of being a playground for the superpowers.
The crusade launched by George W. Bush known as the ‘war on terror’ was meant to reshape the Muslim world in to a secular-democratic world and the emergence of a ‘new middle east’ as Condoleezza Rice called it. This failed. In fact it was doomed to fail even before it got started, because the Haqq (truth) of Islam cannot be defeated by the Batil (falsehood) of western secular-liberalism. Allah confirms this natural law, “Rather We hurl the haqq against the batil and it cuts right through it and it vanishes clean away!” (Anbiyya, 18)
There are certainly challenges ahead for the Muslims of Afghanistan, but this is a step in the right direction of removing western influence in our lands and then uniting under a singular Khilafah leadership. It was narrated from Thawban that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The earth was brought together for me so that I could see the east and the west, and I was given two treasures, the yellow (or the red) and the white – meaning gold and silver. And it was said to me: ‘Your dominion (mulk) will extend as far as has been shown to you.’ (Sunan Ibn Majah 3952)