The following is the transcript of the weekly address given in Masjid al-Aqsa by Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir. It was delivered
on 27th Muharram 1422 Hijri corresponding to Friday 20th April 2001 in the midst of the current upsurge in violence in Palestine, and on a day when Israeli security forces stormed the Masjid al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem

"Now has been sent to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that you
should perish; ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers he is most kind and merciful. But if they turn away, Say: "Allah suffices me: there is no god but He: On Him is my trust, He the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme!" [TMQ At-Taubah: 128-129]

Oh people! What the Friday speaker had said in his speech is true! The rulers of the Arabs have forsaken their nations. It is true that they do not want to defend the lands of Palestine, and it is also true that they want the United Nations, the Security Council and America to intervene and solve the issue of Palestine and to save the Palestinian people. Yet the Arab rulers, whom on one hand relate themselves to Muhammad (saw), and those who are related to
Ali (ra), 'Umar (ra) and 'Amr ibn Al-'Aas (ra), are rejected by them. They are not from us, nor are we from them, nor will they be brought to the Hawdh (pond) of Muhammad (saw).

What is taking place in the Islamic world today, of conspiracies against its people, is the greatest evidence of the absence of the just ruler, the sincere caretaker, the trustworthy and honest leader ruling over the Muslim world today. The Ummah is in dire need of an Amir and a just ruler, who obtains his laws from Allah (swt), the legislation of Allah (swt), not from the legislation of the West, not from the UN and not from democracy and secularism.

Your rulers are similar to traders, who trade
using their nations for their own personal gain; and the worst form of treachery is the ruler selling the welfare of his people for his own gain - for he is meant to represent them. Your Messenger (saw) said: "Two hungry wolves attacking a (herd) of sheep is less destructive to the sheep than the love of money and status is destructive to man." And our leaders love their status and wealth and have no love for the people they are supposed to protect.

Your leaders, your kings and the rulers ruling over the Muslim lands everywhere are nothing more than traders who trade using
their nations. They have been appointed as traders, not as caretakers, nor leaders, nor rulers who rule their subjects with integrity and justice; rather they have been appointed as thieves to loot the wealth of the Ummah.

Look to Palestine for example; for Palestine is a treasure to the PLO and its men. Even if we were to one day hear that Israel had arrested all the leaders of the PLO and denied Arafat entry into Palestine, we would still hear him say to us and to the rest of the world: "There will be no going back on peace with the Jews." For Palestine is to them a source of wealth, and they trade with it at the expense of its people. So we see them driving around in luxury cars, building tall buildings, eating to their hearts content, wearing the finest clothing, and filling their bank accounts with millions of dollars; meanwhile their people are pounded by steel and fire and are forced to drink sewage water!

When will this Ummah return to her honourable
origin? To her ideology and her source of legislation? For she well knows that these kings and rulers are of the most treacherous of traitors. They are thieves, not statesmen, they are Fujjaar (those who indulge in vice) and it is the responsibility of this Ummah to stand up against them and demolish their thrones. To appoint a Muslim ruler who will rule her by the legislation of Allah (swt) and declare Jihad, liberating the slaves and the lands. How can it be that the Khateebs raise their hands to the sky and say: "Oh Allah, give us the Khilafah!" and then not work for its return?

The weekly address by Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir from Masjid al-Aqsa can be heard at