Caliphate of the Damned

Lutf blogs: As Muslims around the world start the month of Ramadan, ISIS, a group of Salafist militants have announced the re-establishment of Khilafah, the Islamic form of government as idealized by the orthodox Muslims.
One Abu Bakr Baghdadi has been chosen as the Khalifa (Caliph) who is in the process of accepting the Bay’ah, the pledge of allegiance from his followers. He is now the head of state and the undisputed religious leader of this new country being carved out of Iraq and Syria.

 

Baghdadi uses the same name as the first Khalifa of Muslims, Abu Bakr, who was elected as the leader of the faithful after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). He was followed by three more caliphs, Umar, Uthman and Ali. After Ali’s assasination, Muslims could never agree on a single leader. Khalifa became a title used by various dynasties who ruled the Islamic world until the fall of the Ottomans in the last century.
It is no surprise that a Khalifa has emerged from amongst the militants. If anything, it has taken them two decades longer than it should have. Usama bin Laden was rumoured to be accepting the bay’ah from Al-Qaeda recruits in the build-up to his call to arms against the West. He was never proclaimed as the Khalifa. There must have been some theological expediencies as Al-Qaeda was trying to appeal to a broad spectrum of Sunni sects. ISIS have discarded all such shackles.
Political Islamism has always been fantasizing about Khilafah for a long time. Even Gandhi had joined theIndian Khilafat Movement in early 1920s. Qutb and Maudoodi, the two major 20th century ideologues for political Islamists saw Khilafah as the only viable solution for returning the Ummah to its glory days.

 

 

Hizb-e-Tehrir, the torchbearers for the return of Khilafah have also issued a statement defending their beliefs and mildly disagreeing with the violent group’s methods of achieving what they have been dreaming for decades.

1 reply

  1. That is not a true Khilafat. Otherwise every Muslim ruler used the title of Khalifah until its demise in 1922 in Turkey.
    Khalifah means vicegerent or representative. The question arises whose Khalifah is Mister Abu Bakr baghdadi sahib? In order to establish any real (Peaceful, Islamic) Khilafat there must be a prophet first. After his demise, there can be a Khalifah, as it happened in the case of Moses a.s. and Muhammad s.a.w.s.
    But where is the prophet? The majority Muslims do not believe that there can be any prophet now (debatable). So, according to their beliefs, there cannot be any Khilafat. i.e. Khilafat on the precepts of prophethood called Khilafat a’ala Minhaj un Nabuwwat.
    The Muslims, like the Jews have been yearning to establish a religious government for a very long time. Some foreign forces have been helping them too. That is not the need of the moment for the Muslim Ummah. But it is attractive for the common Muslim who does not know anything about real non-political, peaceful Islam.
    Every true religion is basically non-violent, non-political. Every prophet was blamed with (blamed as) having political motives. But that was a lie and a tool to defeat the peaceful mission of the prophets.
    Let us see what comes out of this newly established system of Khilafat. i.e. forceful union of mosque and the state. What will be the status of the King of Saudi Arabia now? Will his kingdom be in danger or will he benefit from this Khilafat?
    Will the Saudi king submit to this new Khalifah or the Kahlifah will submit to the King who is custodian of the two holy Muslim shrines.??
    It appears that kingdom is in danger, same as there was an attack on Ka’abah by some armed men in years 1982 (?). They had tried to capture the most holy place of the Muslims. But they seemed to be some Shia move and this present move is a Sunni force.
    It is a signal to all the so-called Muslim governments (and the western countries) to wake up and seriously support a completely peaceful model of Islam.

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