New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

Isis4The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.”

This came out in the context of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with some Muslims asking the newly formed “caliphate” when it would launch a jihad on the Jewish state.

The Islamic State’s response? “Allah in the noble Koran does not command us to fight Israel or the Jews until we fight the apostates and hypocrites.”

On one of the Islamic State’s question-and-answer websites, some asked why it was “not fighting Israel but instead shedding the blood of the sons of Iraq and Syria.” The new caliphate responded:

The greater answer is in the noble Koran, when Allah Almighty speaks about the near enemy. In the majority of verses in the noble Koran, these are the hypocrites, for they pose a greater danger than the original infidels [born non-Muslims, e.g., Jews and Christians]. And the answer is found in Abu Bakr al-Sadiq, when he preferred fighting apostates over the conquest of Jerusalem [fath al-Quds], which was conquered by his successor, Omar al-Khattab.

There’s much to be said about this response, rife as it is with historical allusions.

First, it is true. After the prophet of Islam died, a great number of Arabian tribes that had submitted to his rule by becoming Muslims—the word muslim simply means “one who submits”—thought they could now renege, and so they apostatized in droves. This sparked the first Ridda, or “apostasy wars,” waged by Abu Bakr al-Sadiq, who became the first caliph on Muhammad’s death in 632. For nearly two years, till his own death in 634, his caliphate’s entire energy was focused on waging jihad on all the recalcitrant Arab tribes, forcing them by the edge of the sword to return to the fold of Islam.

Tens of thousands of Arabs were burned, beheaded, dismembered, or crucified in the process, according to Islamic history, especially by the “Sword of Allah.” It was only afterwards, under the reign of the second caliph, Omar al-Khattab (634-644), that the great Islamic conquests against the “original infidels”—those non-Arab peoples who had never converted to Islam, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, etc.—took place.

Islam’s war on the apostate, so little known in the West, figures prominently in Islamic history. Indeed, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential Islamic clerics today, while once discussing the importance of killing any Muslim who apostatizes from Islam on Al Jazeera, correctly stated that “If the [death] penalty for apostasy was ignored, there would not be an Islam today; Islam would have ended on the death of the prophet.”

In short, and as the Islamic State is now arguing, the first and greatest enemy of Islam—the “nearest” enemy—is the “apostate” and “hypocrite,” for they are the most capable of subverting Islam from within.

This phenomenon of “pious” Muslims fighting and killing “lukewarm” Muslims, or Shia and Sunnis fighting one another—while the original infidel stands by or gets away—has many precedents throughout history. For example, in its response, the Islamic State further justifies not fighting Israel by saying:

The answer is found in Salah ad-Din al-Ayubi [Saladin] and Nur ad-Din Zanki when they fought the Shia in Egypt and Syria before [addressing] Jerusalem. Salah ad-Din fought more than 50 battles before he reached Jerusalem. And it was said to Salah ad-Din al-Ayubi: “You fight the Shia and the Fatimids in Egypt and allow the Latin Crusaders to occupy Jerusalem?” And he responded: “I will not fight the Crusaders while my back is exposed to the Shia.”

All of this history quoted by the Islamic State is meant to exonerate the new caliphate’s main assertion: “Jerusalem will not be liberated until we are done with all these tyrants, families, and pawns of colonialism that control the fate of the Islamic world.”

Some observations:

[*] Although the Islamic State is trying to suggest that only autocrats like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad are “apostates” and “hypocrites,” and that most average Muslims are eager for Sharia, the fact is, a great many of the world’s Muslims fit under this rubric. The largest revolution in history, Egypt’s June 2013 anti-Brotherhood revolution, attests to this. Thus the new caliphate’s jihad is not just against “tyrants,” but many average Muslims as well, as the organization’s carnage in Iraq and Syria attests.

[*] The Islamic State’s declaration justifying non-confrontation with Israel is not winning it much popular support in the Arab world and is naturally portrayed as a copout. It further validates the popular Arab narrative that the United States is siding with the Islamists to create havoc in the region; to have the various sects (Sunni vs Shia, Moderate vs. Islamist) fight each other in order to divide and weaken the region. Thus Dr. Ahmed Karima, a leading professor of Islamic jurisprudence in Al Azhar, said that the Islamic State’s position concerning Israel proves that “it is a creation of U.S. and Israeli intelligence” and that the new caliphate “is the biggest of all hypocrites.”

[*] Alternatively, others, especially Islamists, appreciate that the Islamic State is patterning itself after the first caliphate of Abu Bakr—hence why its first caliph chose that name—because it finds itself operating in the same circumstances. Nascent and without much support, it first mission, like Abu Bakr, is to re-subjugate Muslims to Islam. Only then can it focus on the “original infidels.”

[*] While this approach may be temporarily good for Israel (and all infidel states), in the long run, a fully functioning and unified caliphate with “reformed” Muslims next door is not a pretty picture. After all, the Islamic State is not exonerating the infidel, but rather saying his turn will come once the caliphate is capable of an all-out assault. At best, it’s a temporary reprieve.

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  • Bamaguje

    So all we infidels have to do is stoke the fire of hatred among warring Jihadists… arm the loosing side, so the Muslim-on-Muslim war doesn’t stop until they destroy themselves.

  • Lon W.

    The etymology of the word “muslim” speaks for itself. Mahomet was not a muslim because the word did not exist until the 17th century. The etymology of the words “al ilah” is interesting, also. Just some thoughts.

    • Waqqas Saeed

      Oh illiterate man, word Muslim is mentioned in Quran (6 century) many times. It proves that you have no knowledge of Islam and depends totally upon others. People like you are Human Robots who are programmed by others and who are themselves nothing.

      • KillAtWill

        You mean like a moslem ?

  • Doc

    Sounds like a plan Two snakes killing each other

    • Lanna

      Wow, What a picture….sardonic….that’s what Satan is sardonic, deceptive, arrogant, and evil.

  • Ross

    Good analysis of history, and it’s useful to note how ‘moderates’ are getting all tangled up on this, with the Jakarta Post, a fundamentally left-lib part of the Indonesian media, actually welcoming the rabid pro-ISIS outfit, JAT, into its editorial HQ to apologise for a cartoon that ‘offended’ them.

    • Waqqas Saeed

      Oh man, history by Raymond is not written with facts and is self made. Ask him to give references from pure Islamic books.

      • Rick

        No need to look back at Islamic History. This is Islam TODAY!

        Just in the last few months:

        1. Islamic State (Mosul, Iraq) Christians Convert to Islam, Pay Jiza or Die!
        2. Boko Haram kills over 100 in Nigeria.
        3. Boko Haram kidnaps 300 school girls, forced to convert to Islam. Will be sold as slaves.

        Waqqas, please explain this:

        Islam, The Religion of Peace.
        Quran, – there shall be no compulsion in religion.

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  • Lanna

    They war with their own people….shows the absolute flawed and destructive thinking of this race!

    • Sam Pyeatte

      Trying to force all Muslims to follow only one form of Islam is probably an endless task and unattainable. All the better that they endlessly kill each other, but they still will not leave the rest of us alone in the process. So we just have to keep hitting them.

  • Igor

    Could it be that ISIS is a result of American – Zionist conspiracy?
    (for those who does not sense of humor it was a sarcasm)

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  • Waqqas Saeed

    I always laugh on the topics written by Europeans on Islam. They show their discrimination openly, No facts are present in this history, For you it seems true because you are dependent on writers like Raymond.

    • watcherofolde

      No, we have seen what islam really is and we hate it. Always will HATE it.

      • Waqqas Saeed

        Keep on hating Islam because Islam remains Islam either you hate it or love it..It doesn’t need you

        • kafir4life

          It’s a gutter cult.

  • Waqqas Saeed

    Self made history. I wondered what kind of Islam is written here. Extremely different from real Islam.

    • kafir4life

      We learn of islam from its practitioners. Talk to them, then come here.

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  • Akaldev Singh

    the new set of rules thus clean all muslims who may be flawed in many ways befor the conquest of israel is even thought about. good for all of us.

    • Waqqas Saeed

      oy sikha saab,
      My grandfather’s father was also sikh (Kheevan Sandhu). How much he suffered when converted to Islam due to his family is clear to me. He also constructed a Maseet in Hafizabad. Sikhism= Madness, Cruelty, Inhumane

      Look at yourself first what you are.

  • Bermuda Tim

    In essence, even if the nightmare happened and the entire world fell into the darkness that is islam, there would still never be world peace. The muslim world will ALWAYS find excuses or reasons to wage war against its neighbors because its allure is based on pandering to the basest of human instincts. In islam we are presented with and expected to believe that the Creator of the Universe personally conspired with an allegedly illiterate camel driver to give said camel driver every material goody he wished and punished his personal enemies for all kinds of imagined slights to boot. Muhammad was a con man with a chip on his shoulders who pulled off the greatest scam in History. For a tome that was allegedly written in Heaven and transmitted word for word to Muhammad, there is a huge amount of self pity concerning people’s reception of said message. If this book was written in Heaven for example, why do we have the meccan versus the medinan suras which came later when Muhammad was in the drivers seat in Mecca that virtually contradict each other? Islam took hold and grew because if you became a muslim, then you could steal your non-muslim’s property, rape his women and kill without mercy. Actually, all aforementioned examples of human baseness were EXPECTED of you as a good muslim. This is the real jihad, NOT the bullcrap about “inward struggle” that Islam and its western apologists want the ignorant sheep in the west to believe! In any case, how could ANY rational, intelligent, thinking Human Being with more than two brain cells to rub together BELIEVE ANY of the bullcrap in the qur’an??! It shamelessly plagiarizes from the old and new testaments and the Torah yet, even here it shows his ignorance. To be a muslim, you must believe in ALL of his 7th century based ignorance….which means that you MUST believe in desert Djinns and all other such morsels of logic. Muslims do not want anyone studying their cult in depth as has been done with Judaism or Christianity because ANY intelligent and rational investigation would almost immediately begin to identify the HUGE glaring holes in the qur’an and hadiths that just cannot be explained away! Again I say, there will NEVER be peace in this world as long as a cult as venal and vicious as islam exists in it……for those of you writing about “moderate muslims”…..Hahhhh!…..A moderate Muslim is a contradiction in terms…..don’t believe me?……read the qur’an itself!

  • kafir4life

    Something that could be supported by everybody on both sides of the muslim question.
    If every muslim would “honor” one other muslim a day…..Perhaps the wrong “style” of muslim, or a muslim who’s not quite “muslim enough”, the problem would be gone in less than one month.

  • MN dude

    I’m starting to like these ISIS guys. Giving Muslims a taste of their own medicine.

  • Zorro

    The above Caliphate is a mockery of the real, peaceful and true Islam.

    However a peaceful Caliphate already exists for 100 years already… A dream or an illusion? See for yourself:

    The Caliph’s role in the modern secular world and in action: