Allahu akbar! We have a new caliph!

“With this declaration of khilāfah, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the khalÄ«fah IbrāhÄ«m and support him”

Will Muslim spokesmen in the West who have derided warnings about the Islamic supremacist aspiration to reestablish the caliphate now explain on Islamic grounds why Muslims worldwide do not need to pledge allegiance to the new caliph? Will they explain why this declaration, which is full of Qur’an citations, is a misunderstanding of Islam? Or will it just yet again be assumed by all quarters that they have already done so, without their having to do any actual work?

Here is part of the declaration of a new caliphate that I posted about here. From The Islamic State’s “This Is the Promise of Allah” — full text here (JW)

Here’s a reminder of what we’re dealing with:

What did the inhabitants of Mecca, who knew Mohammed best, say?

“And they say “Indeed, he is mad.”–Koran 68:51

abu-bakr-baghdadiThe declared leader of the ‘caliphate’ is seen as more powerful than the current Al-Qaeda’s chief Ayman al-Zawahiri .

World Bulletin / News Desk

On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared that they are building a “caliphate” state. They proclaimed their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph, saying he would be the “leader for Muslims everywhere”.

Along with the new group leader, they announced that they renamed themselves to “Islamic State”, leaving the United States and the rest of the world worried about the rise of a new threat to international peace.

The declared leader of the ‘caliphate’ is seen as more powerful than the current Al-Qaeda’s chief Ayman al-Zawahiri .

“The Shura (council) of the Islamic State met and discussed this issue (of the caliphate)…The Islamic State decided to establish an Islamic caliphate and to designate a caliph for the state of the Muslims,” ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said in an audio recording distributed via websites and Twitter.

“The jihadist cleric Baghdadi was designated the caliph of the Muslims,” he added.

“The Promise of Allah”

The time has come for those generations that were drowning in oceans of disgrace, being nursed on the milk of humiliation, and being ruled by the vilest of all people, after their long slumber in the darkness of neglect – the time has come for them to rise. The time has come for the ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him) to wake up from its sleep, remove the garments of dishonor, and shake off the dust of humiliation and disgrace, for the era of lamenting and moaning has gone, and the dawn of honor has emerged anew. The sun of jihad has risen. The glad tidings of good are shining. Triumph looms on the horizon. The signs of victory have appeared.

Here the flag of the Islamic State, the flag of tawhÄ«d (monotheism), rises and flutters. Its shade covers land from Aleppo to Diyala. Beneath it, the walls of the tawāghÄ«t (rulers claiming the rights of Allah) have been demolished, their flags have fallen, and their borders have been destroyed. Their soldiers are either killed, imprisoned, or defeated. The Muslims are honored. The kuffār (infidels) are disgraced. Ahlus- Sunnah (the Sunnis) are masters and are esteemed. The people of bid’ah (heresy) are humiliated. The hudÅ«d (Sharia penalties) are implemented – the hudÅ«d of Allah – all of them. The frontlines are defended. Crosses and graves are demolished. Prisoners are released by the edge of the sword. The people in the lands of the State move about for their livelihood and journeys, feeling safe regarding their lives and wealth. Wulāt (plural of wālÄ« or “governors”) and judges have been appointed. Jizyah (a tax imposed on kuffār) has been enforced. Fay’ (money taken from the kuffār without battle) and zakat (obligatory alms) have been collected. Courts have been established to resolve disputes and complaints. Evil has been removed. Lessons and classes have been held in the masājid (plural of masjid) and, by the grace of Allah, the religion has become completely for Allah. There only remained one matter, a wājib kifā’Ä« (collective obligation) that the ummah sins by abandoning. It is a forgotten obligation. The ummah has not tasted honor since they lost it. It is a dream that lives in the depths of every Muslim believer. It is a hope that flutters in the heart of every mujāhid muwahhid (monotheist). It is the khilāfah (caliphate). It is the khilāfah – the abandoned obligation of the era.

Allah (the Exalted) said, {And mention when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a khalÄ«fah”} [Al-Baqarah: 30 <em>Qur’an 2:30 – RS</em>].

Imam al-QurtubÄ« said in his tafsÄ«r (Quranic exegesis), “This verse is a fundamental basis for the appointment of a leader and khalÄ«fah (caliph) who is listened to and obeyed so that the ummah is united by him and his orders are carried out. There is no dispute over this matter between the ummah nor between the scholars, except for what has been reported from al-Asamm [the meaning of his name is “the deaf man”], for his deafness prevented him from hearing the Sharia.” That ends his words, may Allah have mercy upon him.

Therefore, the shÅ«rā (consultation) council of the Islamic State studied this matter after the Islamic State – by Allah’s grace – gained the essentials necessary for khilāfah, which the Muslims are sinful for if they do not try to establish. In light of the fact that the Islamic State has no shar’Ä« (legal) constraint or excuse that can justify delaying or neglecting the establishment of the khilāfah such that it would not be sinful, the Islamic State – represented by ahlul-halli-wal-‘aqd (its people of authority), consisting of its senior figures, leaders, and the shÅ«rā council – resolved to announce the establishment of the Islamic khilāfah, the appointment of a khalÄ«fah for the Muslims, and the pledge of allegiance to the shaykh (sheikh), the mujāhid, the scholar who practices what he preaches, the worshipper, the leader, the warrior, the reviver, descendent from the family of the Prophet, the slave of Allah, IbrāhÄ«m Ibn ‘Awwād Ibn IbrāhÄ«m Ibn ‘AlÄ« Ibn Muhammad al-BadrÄ« al-HāshimÄ« al-HusaynÄ« al-QurashÄ« by lineage, as-Sāmurrā’Ä« by birth and upbringing, al-BaghdādÄ« by residence and scholarship. And he has accepted the bay’ah (pledge of allegiance). Thus, he is the imam and khalÄ«fah for the Muslims everywhere. Accordingly, the “Iraq and Shām” in the name of the Islamic State is henceforth removed from all official deliberations and communications, and the official name is the Islamic State from the date of this declaration.

We clarify to the Muslims that with this declaration of khilāfah, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the khalÄ«fah IbrāhÄ«m and support him (may Allah preserve him). The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the khilāfah’s authority and arrival of its troops to their areas. Imam Ahmad (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, as reported by ‘AbdÅ«s Ibn Mālik al-‘Attār, “It is not permissible for anyone who believes in Allah to sleep without considering as his leader whoever conquers them by the sword until he becomes khalÄ«fah and is called AmÄ«rul-Mu’minÄ«n (the leader of the believers), whether this leader is righteous or sinful.”

The khalÄ«fah IbrāhÄ«m (may Allah preserve him) has fulfilled all the conditions for khilāfah mentioned by the scholars. He was given bay’ah in Iraq by the people of authority in the Islamic State as the successor to AbÅ« ‘Umar al-BaghdādÄ« (may Allah have mercy upon him). His authority has expanded over wide areas in Iraq and Shām. The land now submits to his order and authority from Aleppo to Diyala. So fear Allah, O slaves of Allah. Listen to your khalÄ«fah and obey him. Support your state, which grows everyday – by Allah’s grace – with honor and loftiness, while its enemy increases in retreat and defeat.

So rush O Muslims and gather around your khalīfah, so that you may return as you once were for ages, kings of the earth and knights of war. Come so that you may be honored and esteemed, living as masters with dignity. Know that we fight over a religion that Allah promised to support. We fight for an ummah to which Allah has given honor, esteem, and leadership, promising it with empowerment and strength on the earth. Come O Muslims to your honor, to your victory. By Allah, if you disbelieve in democracy, secularism, nationalism, as well as all the other garbage and ideas from the west, and rush to your religion and creed, then by Allah, you will own the earth, and the east and west will submit to you. This is the promise of Allah to you. This is the promise of Allah to you.