Establishment Of A Modern-Day “Caliphate?” – ISIS On The March
A radical Islamist group known as the “Islamic State” or “ISIS” is rapidly gaining ground in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and may be planning a military offensive against Jordan. Of course, the war cry of this new militant army is the establishment of an Islamist caliphate through military means. With Iraqi Christian minorities being forced to face persecution and/or death, as well as the overwhelming persecution of other minority groups; The United States has approved the use of military airstrikes and the delivery of humanitarian aid in order to avoid the mainstream conflict whilst attempting to secure U.S. interests in the area.
We hear the term on an almost constant basis when speaking of terrorist groups whose aim is the establishment of a “caliphate” – But what exactly is a caliphate? A caliphate is, more or less, an Islamic center of dominance and government over multiple nations and states. According to Webster’s online dictionary, a caliphate is: “the office or dominion of a caliph.” According to the same source, a “caliph” is: “a successor of Muhammad as temporal and spiritual head of Islam.” So a caliphate is, more or less, a form of Islamic government under the direction of a monarch-like tyrant who holds the title of “caliph.” A “caliph” is seen as a successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad and is also seen as the worldwide leader of the Islamic religion or “caliphate.” Basically, a “caliph” is the same as the Catholic Pope, except his authority extends over the religion of Islam instead of Catholicism.
The current leader of the militant group “ISIS,” according to the Jerusalem Post: “has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the “caliphate” it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil. Proclaiming a “new era” in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad – holy war – in an audio message lasting nearly 20 minutes that was posted online on Tuesday.” The term “jihad” has certainly become well-known in the western community, as it has been repeatedly used as an excuse by Islamic groups for their various human rights violations and atrocities committed around the globe. As radical Islamist groups proclaim this modern-day holy war: Christians, Jews, and various other minority groups have been forced to either flee from their homes and hope for the best, or face widespread persecution and possibly death at the hands of these Islamic militants. I recently read a small portion of an Islamist-oriented article which calls for the establishment of a modern-day caliphate, and clearly outlines the traits of the proper “caliph” as put forth in the Quran, the author goes so far as to express his support for the Iranian government in its stand against the West through its pursuing of a nuclear arsenal: “Point f is very much needed in today’s time when most of the Muslim leaders are cowering in fear and insecurity of their own potentials apart from the marvelous example which Iran is showing.” “Point f,” as stated in the article, defines one of the traits of a proper “caliph:” “Courage and integrity to engage against the enemies.” Here’s the obvious part: We are the enemies. All that is truly required for an Islamic “caliphate” to pose a significant threat to the United States and its allies is for these radical Islamist groups and states to join together under their one shared value – The complete destruction, annihilation, and conversion of the west.