29 Jun The Caliphate Rises
The jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) continue to consolidate their grip on Sunni Iraq. They control most major cities, they took over the border crossings with Jordan this week, and now they’re re-opening banks and government offices and establishing political control.
Welcome to the new Middle East caliphate, a state whose leader is considered the religious and political successor to the prophet Mohammed and is thus sovereign over all Muslims. The last time a caliphate was based in Baghdad was 1258, the year it was conquered by the ravaging Mongols. Now the jihadists aim to do the ravaging, and it isn’t clear that the Obama Administration has a plan to depose them.
Little by little, groups will pledge allegiance to the Caliphate/Caliph. This is called making bay’ah. I wrote about this 5 years ago in God’s War on Terror. I also pointed out there that according to the Islamic shariah, failure to make the bay’ah pledge once the Caliphate is officially established is beheading. What will happen after various groups from Kenya to Nigeria, from Yemen to Afghanistan all pledge allegiance to the new Caliphate? I’m sure we will begin seeing videos of folks even in the US making the pledge.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to be reminded of how this idea was mocked by those who tried to shame America with claims of fear mongering, this article, originally featured in the Toronto Star on December 15, 2005 is a good flash back: Muslim Conspiracy to Rule World Just Nonsense