Historically, every caliphate has been established by force…

 If the Islamic State can survive and become a viable state, it will be recognized by more Muslims. In the eyes of many, its survival will establish its legitimacy, and its early demise will show it to be un-Islamic.– Robert Spencer

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Claptrap

Iran: “We will never allow Netanyahu’s dreams about the disintegration of Iraq and the region to come true”

Iran: “We will never allow Netanyahu’s dreams about the disintegration of Iraq and the region to come true”

That anyone, even the Iranian regime, could believe that Netanyahu and the Israelis want to see Iraq engulfed in civil war, with Sunni jihadists trying to reestablish the caliphate, only shows the strength and persistence of anti-Semitic conspiracy paranoia. But as far as Islamic supremacists are concerned, if something is going wrong, it must be [ /Comments] Continue Reading »

Qaradawi, a misunderstander of Islam?

“The Islamic caliphate can’t be restored by force. Occupying a country and killing half of its population … This is not an Islamic state, this is terrorism,” he said. (But Muhammad said “terror made me victorious”– and every caliphate was founded by force….)

Qaradawi, al-Azhar denounce Islamic State as un-IslamicQaradawi, al-Azhar denounce Islamic State as un-Islamic

Jul 7, 2014 at 5:04am   Comments

The title of caliph, Qaradawi said, “can ‘only be given by the entire Muslim nation’ not by a single group.” Yet that is completely ahistorical. The title of caliph has never in Islamic history been “given by the entire Muslim nation.” Caliphates have always been established by a single group that had the military might […]Continue Reading »

“Sunni cleric says Iraq caliphate violates Sharia,” AFP,

No Jiziya?

Muslim cleric denounces Islamic State for its imposition of the jizya tax

Learned analysts  clueless journaillie in the West will use this as proof that Islam is not Islam and Islamic history is not what it is either:

Muslim cleric denounces Islamic State for its imposition of the jizya tax

Jul 7, 2014  Comments

Here again we see Islamic clerics denouncing the Islamic State’s declaration of the caliphate as un-Islamic while making claims that are frankly and openly ahistorical and contrary to the Qur’an — thereby raising the question of whether their opposition to this new caliphate is genuine, or whether it is designed simply to lull non-Muslims into […] Continue Reading »

Robert Spencer in Real Clear Religion: Whitewashing the Caliphate

Robert Spencer in Real Clear Religion: Whitewashing the Caliphate

Over at Real Clear Religion today I discuss the New York Times’ fantasy-based and ahistorical attempt to dismiss the legitimacy of the new Islamic State caliphate. The more people reject the legitimacy of the caliphate, the better, but doing so on false pretenses doesn’t accomplish anything but — here again — deceiving non-Muslims into complacency. […]Continue Reading »