How very odd: the Islamic State, as all our leaders assure us, has nothing to do with Islam. And yet its central claim is that it has reestablished the caliphate, and somehow other Muslims outside the Islamic State seem to have the same aspiration. Why so many misunderstanders of Islam? Is John Kerry working on this problem?
“Israeli Islamist Leader Raed Salah: Jerusalem Will Be the Capital of the Global Caliphate,” MEMRI, November 7, 2014:
In a Friday sermon delivered in Nazareth, Sheik Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said: “Inshallah, Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global Caliphate.” Salah further said: “I am confident that if the circumstances of the Muslims were as they should be, they would march to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in tens of millions.” The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 7, 2014.
Following are excerpts:
Raed Salah: There are people who are oppressors in this land, and there are people who are the worst oppressors in the land. The worst oppressors in the land, in the eyes of Allah, are those who prevent His name from being mentioned in His mosques, and who seek to destroy these mosques. These are the worst oppressors in the eyes of Allah.
Since the Israeli occupation is using its weapons, mobilizing its soldiers, and rallying its intelligence agencies, its horses, and its donkeys, in order to prevent the name of Allah being mentioned in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and since it is striving to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli occupation is the worst oppressor in the land in the eyes of Allah.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque calls us. It calls out to every Muslim man and woman in the world. It calls out to every Arab man and woman in the world. It calls out to every Palestinian man and woman in the world.
I am confident that if the circumstances of the Muslims were as they should be, they would march to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in tens of millions, crossing all borders and overcoming all obstacles, and they would not be stopped even by nuclear bombs, until they arrived at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, liberated it, and prayed in gratitude for Allah Almighty.
But the current oppressive circumstances restrain the will of the Muslims, as well as the will of the Arabs, and even the will of some Palestinians. Glorious Gaza is currently under siege, as is the West Bank. So it all depends on our people [the Arab Israelis] – our men and women in blessed Jerusalem, in the Galilee, in the Triangle, in the Negev, and in the coastal cities of Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, and Ramla. We should shout from here, from Nazareth, and from Sakhnin, Umm Al-Fahm, Kafr Qassem, and Rahat…
We – men, women and children – should shout: We respond to your call, oh Al-Aqsa Mosque. We are coming to the place of the Prophet Muhammad’s nocturnal journey.
Inshallah, Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global Caliphate. The Caliphate will spread justice throughout the land, after it was filled with injustice by America, the Zionist enterprise, the Batiniyya, reactionism, paganism, and the Crusaders.
Compassion is coming. Justice is coming. World peace is coming. Prosperity is coming. They will come with the imminent Caliphate, the capital of which will be blessed Jerusalem.