On the 40th Anniversary of Colonel Gaddafi's tyrannical rule in Libya we re-publish this famous communiqué accounting Gadaffi for his rejection of the Sunnah. This action of Hizb ut-Tahrir was based on the hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم :
أَفْضَلُ الْجِهَادِ كَلِمَةُ عَدْلٍ عِنْدَ سُلْطَانٍ جَائِرٍ
"The best Jihad is the word of Justice in front of the oppressive Sultan." [Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, ibn Maja]
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The following is an extracted translation of the meaning of a Communiqué from Hizb ut-Tahrir presented to Colonel Gaddafi in 1978 after a meeting that took place between him and a delegation from Hizb ut-Tahrir lasting 4 hours. The meeting and communiqué decisively address the falsehood of Gadaffi’s rejection of the Sunnah. It is important to note, after the distribution of the communiqué, Gadaffi ordered his henchmen to publicly hang the members and shabab of Hizb ut-Tahrir in their university campuses. This day is recognised as a dark day by all Muslims who witnessed and heard of the brutality of the tyrant Gadaffi.
Furthermore it is important to stress, the public execution of these brave brothers was for the defense of the sunnah as a divine source of shari’ah. Today the tyrant rulers try to reduce sunnah to a few acts of morality by spreading books and publications that eliminate the power and strength of the prophetic sunnah. May Allah سبحانه وتعالى allow us to defend the sunnah and this deen with the same courage as these shuhadah.