At the end of last month, I renewed my pledge of allegiance to the Khalifa of Islam (Caliph). There are millions around the globe who have taken this pledge and revive it every year along with hundreds of thousands who are making the pledge for the first time in their life.
But what does this pledge require? It requires you to promise to keep away from falsehood, cruelty, dishonesty, mischief and rebellion. It requires that you will not be carried away by passions, however strong they might be. It requires that under the impulse of any passions, you will cause no harm whatsoever to the creatures of God, neither by tongue nor by hands nor by any other means. It requires to entirely give-up pride and vanity and promise to pass all life in humbleness, cheerfulness and forbearance. It requires to be occupied in the service of God’s creatures for His sake only and to endeavor to benefit mankind to the best of God-given abilities. The list goes on.
Now we come to the next logical question: What is ISIS about and what is the Islamic concept of Caliphate?
The Quran says: “God has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them” [24:56].
This is a very unfortunate reality that ISIS is practicing murder, cruelty and injustice, whereas the verse quoted above mentions “good deeds” as a precondition to caliphate. Nobody can equate injustice with “good deeds.”