"The establishment of a caliphate is an obligation"

Robert Spencer:

Islamic State’s caliph al-Baghdadi orders Muslims to “obey” him

His call has thus far met largely with scoffing outside of his own domains, and perhaps quietly inside them as well. It will only gain traction if he is able to make his state a viable one — a possibility that analysts and Muslim leaders are dismissing today, saying that a state born in terrorism […]Continue Reading »

Islamic State’s caliph al-Baghdadi said to be severely injured, flees to Syria

If this turns out to be true, it will be a severe setback for the nascent caliphate — but with the Islamic State’s hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against it, surely not an unexpected one. Succession in the historical caliphates was often a haphazard and violent affair, and almost certainly will be in this case, if al-Baghdadi dies and his Islamic State holds together at all.

“Iraqi Isis Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘Severely Injured and Flees to Syria,’” by Vasudevan Sridharan, International Business Times, July 5, 2014:

Islamic State’s ‘caliph’ lauds Iraq rebellion

Video emerges of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul mosque delivering sermon justifying fighting Baghdad government.

2014751525296734_20“The religion cannot be in place unless the sharia is established.”

The newly elected leader of the Islamic State has made his first public appearance since proclaiming a caliphate, justifying the Sunni-led rebellion against the Iraqi government.

In a video posted on social media, the newly elected ‘caliph’, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is seen delivering a Friday sermon and leading prayers in the grand mosque of Mosul. (Al Jizz)

Qaradawi’s rejection

(LOL: Qaradawi rejects al-Baghdadi’s caliphate, he wants his own…..)

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the prominent Sunni religious leader, denounced Baghdadi’s caliphate announcement as violating Islamic law.

He said in a statement on Saturday that the declaration was “void under sharia”.

“The declaration issued by the Islamic State is void under sharia and has dangerous consequences for the Sunnis in Iraq and for the revolt in Syria,” he said.

“We look forward to the coming caliphate.”