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A caliphate (in Arabic: خلافة khilāfa, meaning "succession") is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph – i.e. "successor" – to Muhammad. The succession of Muslim empires that have existed in the Muslim world are usually described as "caliphates". Conceptually, a caliphate represents a sovereign polity (state) of the entire Muslim faithful (the Ummah, i.e. a sovereign nation state) ruled by a single caliph under the Constitution of Medina and Islamic law (sharia).
21st Century ISIL Caliphate (2014–present)
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) declared a new caliphate on June 29, 2014 CE (Ramadan 1, 1435 AH). They named their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the new caliph as Commander of the Faithful Caliph Ibrahim (Amīr al-Mu'minīn al-Khalīfah Ibrāhīm). The group subsequently changed their name to simply "the Islamic State."
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: sepermeru
Thanks for your knowledgeable response. Wikipedia wrote that the Christ would descend after the Mahdi rules for a while. But I don't think Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi really is the Mahdi anyway, he just might think he is. Maybe not -
Evidence shows that the first Abbasid caliph assumed the title of the Mahdi for himself.
The Mahdi is not described in the Qurʾān but only in hadith, with scholars suggesting that he arose when some Arabian tribes were settling in Syria under Mo’awiya. “They anticipated ‘the Mahdi who will lead the rising people of the Yemen ( or Qahtani Arabs) back to their country’ in order to restore the glory of their lost Himyarite kingdom. It was believed that he would eventually conquer Constantinople.”
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Hour will not begin until thirty Dajjals have appeared, each of them claiming that he is the Messenger of Allah.” [Sunan Abu Dawud]
a reply to: Shuye From the start of this group I had thought it must have been a NATO plan and had said that they would not take Baghdad . For some reason the troops in the norther part didn't fight but fled . They are made up of some of the forces that were fighting against Syria but left and has gotten lots of new American equipment but I haven't seen or heard if they are back fighting in Syria or what they are up to .Other then blowing up some old grave site of Jonah . You would have thought that if they were going to take over the whole show over there they would have swept Baghdad clean but there hasn't been much of a fight to speak of .
ISIS are extremely powerful, and extremely dangerous to wherever they spread. They are not some resistance group fighting against occupiers, they are occupying land themselves and killing all resistance
If he is able to conquer Damascus, that counts as Constantinople. It would give him some credibility.
In fact, according to Nabil Na’eem, founding member of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and a former commander of al-Qaeda, all current al-Qaeda affiliates are nothing more than offshoots of an overarching CIA terror operation. He also claimed that these groups will eventually be turned against Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has acted as a bankroller and facilitator for them for years on end.
originally posted by: St Udio
Well, here in 2014... the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse become much clearer...
and on the Sunday 29 June 2014, the First horseman, riding on a White Horse to 'Conquer & Conquest' became a realized event... the ISIS declared itself a Caliphate & al-Baghdadi the Caliphates' first (self acclaimed) Caliph = Islamic Leader
originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: [post=18192875]darkbake
Al-Baghdadi will never be accepted as undisputed Caliph throughout the Islamic world
never mind being universally accepted as the Mahdi.
Islam is riddled with sectarianism - even the Sunni Wahhabi Saudi's who initially helped support ISIS are dissociating themselves from Al-Baghdadi and his actions.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
On the conspiracy side of things does anyone know if this guy wears a blue turban?
I was thinking about Nostradamus prediction for the 3rd anti-christ coming into play and would be recognized by a blue turban.