And Then There Were None?

According to the ‘Proclamation,.”[iv] There is only one path that is acceptable to the Caliphate and that is that all persons within the world will either convert to Islam or die

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE?

Dr. Ross L. Riggs, Director Security Consulting Investigations, llc

On July 1, 2014 ISIL, or ISIS depending on who you read, has issued a proclamation. This proclamation is not the first of its kind in Islamic history; but, this author believes it may be modern Islam’s last. You are encouraged to read the proclamation in its entirety. You will find it at:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article184550.html

The Imam is Ibrahim Ibn ‘Awwad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Badri al-Hassadri al-Husayni al-Qurashi. He is from Baghdad in lineage and a Sammurai by birth. He is declared to be the Imam and Khalifah of Muslims worldwide by ISIS. It is claimed that he is the revived; a descendant of Muhammad. They declare that he is to be the supreme ruler and all true Muslims are to submit themselves to his authority. Failure to do so will be judged “at the edge of a sword” and there is no appeal. Any sect of Islam is considered Infidel if they refuse to swear allegiance to Ibrahim. The proclamation outlaws all sects and divisions within Islam. All are directed to unite under their banner. All opposition to the caliphate is worthy of death.

Khalid Imam Ibrahim claims authority over all Muslims and has declared that their military obligations to any country or ruler is voided, that unless that country declares allegiance to the caliphate that they are infidels and subject to death.

Without much imagination, the reader can see what the end game is of this: world-wide domination of all people everywhere. Over the last several years, one writer has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. That author is Joel Rosenberg. Writing from a basis of the prophecies of the last days found in the Christians’ Holy Bible, Rosenberg has explained events happening in the Middle East in ways that no other religious or geo-political writer has ever been able to do. In his book, The Twelfth Imam, Rosenberg describes where the ‘Twelvers’ say this last, world ruling Imam, descendant of Muhammad was to originate.                      “Like the eleven Shia religious leaders who went before him, he was an Arab male who, as a direct descendent of the founder of Islam, was thought to have been divinely chosen to be the spiritual guide and ultimate human authority of the Muslim people. His name was Muhammad Ibn Hasan Ibn Ali. It is generally believed by Shias that he was born in Samarra, Iraq, in AD 868, though few details of his brief life are certain or free from controversy.”[i]

 

 

Notice the similarities. Whether actual or artificial, here they are:

            The revived descendant of Muhammad

            Born in Samarra or Sammurai

            From Baghdad in lineage

According to the tradition of the Shias, this Imam was born in 868 AD and was hidden by his mother in a well until the last days when he would be loosed in the ‘last days’ to rule over all Islam and that anyone who is not a true believer in him is an infidel.

Since early June of 2014 we have seen the extremist group ISIL or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or the Islamic Society of Iraq and al Sham [Syria]) declare an open war on Sunni Muslims, declaring them to be infidels and exacting a heavy toll on them in life blood. The announcement of the Khalifah was first printed in the Voltaire Network on July 1, 2014 in a front page article titled, The Proclamation of the Caliphate.[ii]  

In Rosenberg’s book, the protagonist “…begins to learn of how the Iranian regime’s obsession with the Twelfth Imam is a recipe for wars of annihilation against Israel, and then against the U.S.”[iii]

According to the ‘Proclamation,.”[iv] There is only one path that is acceptable to the Caliphate and that is that all persons within the world will either convert to Islam or die. The Koran and the writings that follow declare that all sects of Muslim will disappear in the name of Allah; all divisions will be come as naught as all unify in jihad against the infidels. Even those who convert to Islam from outside the Muslim faith will be seen as one with the faithful.

According to the Breitbart Report, however, “…the question of whether, under Islamic law as understood, Al-Baghdadi may be legitimately recognized as Caliph rests on whether or not the ISIS “people of authority” meet the legitimate definition for that position.”[v] It is not clear that ISIS has the authority, by the nature of the scholars that have found credence within their claims to be of high enough standing to undergird their claim of a Caliphate. This is particularly true of the International Union of Muslim Scholars let by Yusuf Al Qaradawi who has denounced the proclamation of a Caliphate. These objections come from within the Sharia sect and do not even mention the amount of disdain for ISIS and their Twelver theology from the Sunni Muslims that are 90% of the Muslims worldwide making them the second largest world religion, second only to Christianity.[vi] With only approximately 10% of Muslims followers of Sharia sects and those ten percent sharply divided; it is crucial that we understand well the sharply divided political nature of the proclamation. Is the 12th Imam present in Iraq in 2014 or is he still hidden in the well into which he was placed in A.D. 872?

ENDNOTES:

[i] http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/23/8-questions-with-twelfth-imam-author-joel-rosenberg/#ixzz36qEbyahr

[ii] http://www.voltairenet.org/article184550.html

[iii] http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/23/8-questions-with-twelfth-imam-author-joel-rosenberg/2/#ixzz36qLLv7Nd

[iv] http://www.voltairenet.org/article184550.html

[v] http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/01/Don-t-Call-it-a-Caliphate-Yet-ISIS-May-Run-Afoul-of-Islamic-Law

[vi] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni_Islam

SYRIA BURNING: Fighting Continues to Escalate as Outside Forces Continue to Use Events to Political Advantage

Denigrated by the inaction and sanctimonious attitudes of the Clinton State Department, the bureaucrats under Kerry appear to be less representative of the United States citizenry and seen more as lifetime bureaucrats destined for a legacy of ineptitude due primarily to their wholesale inaction in the face of world crises.

 

Why the Syrian Civil War is Important to the United States

The ineptitude of the U.S. President’s foreign policy as it deals with: Iran’s nuclear threat, Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people in the Syrian Civil War and failing to stand behind Israel, our country’s only democratic ally in the region; has caused a dangerous imbalance of power in the Middle East. Not only have a multiplicity of countries in the Middle East declared that if Iran is permitted to have nuclear weapons, then they will do whatever it takes to obtain their own nuclear or WMD arsenal at any cost; and for some of those oil rich nations, cost is not an issue. There has perhaps been no time in the history of the United States when our State Department has had less respect among the nations of the world. Denigrated by the inaction and sanctimonious attitudes of the Clinton State Department, the bureaucrats under Kerry appear to be less representative of the United States citizenry and seen more as lifetime bureaucrats destined for a legacy of ineptitude due primarily to their wholesale inaction in the face of world crises.

Syria Burning photo

Such is their role in Syria which has brought about the intervention of Saudi Arabia in its own interests. The Sunni population of Saudi Arabia cannot bear to have the minority Shias of Iran dictating policy across the Middle East by way of an ICBM or nuclear bomb bearing aircraft. Strategically, Iran is feeding the Syrian rebels through its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. Without this on-going supply line, the rebels of Syria would have no hope of out-lasting Assad’s army. By interrupting the supply lines and requiring the Hezbollah fighters to remain focused on the crises within Lebanon, they detract from its ability to make any difference in Syria.

Syrian Supply Lines
Syrian Supply Lines

Sunni jihadists have attacked Shia militants within Lebanon five times since last summer (2013); the most recent just January 2nd in a Beirut suburb. (See photo) According to intelligence sources, “Hezbollah maintains a heavy presence in the Dahiyeh area; its security headquarters, media offices and political council are near the location of the blast. Most of the damage from the attack was absorbed by nearby cars and a nearby building that houses a restaurant.”[i] The attack, using between 65 and 70 pounds of explosives, killed at least four and injured dozens. In early December, a “Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis was gunned down in the parking garage of his Beirut apartment complex…”[ii] The Iranian Embassy and two other suburbs have been targets of attacks in the last 6 months.

 

The U.S. response has been unnoticeable. There is the maxim that ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend. Some have attempted to trace this adage to an Arabic proverb but it is most commonly remembered as a portion of the U.S. State Department policy following the Spanish-American War and has our own Theodore Roosevelt to credit for the declaration. Many of his antagonists believed, incorrectly, that Teddy Roosevelt was incapable of deep thinking.

 

Israel, the United States and Their Future Together or Apart

 

In the case of Sunni jihadists from Saudi Arabia, it is not wise to claim that adage too quickly. When the enemy of your enemy would just as soon slice your throat as well, that does not make him a friend. Perhaps the adage most appropriate is to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. (Many attribute that line to Sun-Tzu but there is no proof that he said it.) There is an additional line that has been added so that it reads, ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Then, push your enemy off a cliff when he has gotten close enough.’ Since that last line is likely impractical in the world of international relations, it is important to note that the Saudi jihadists have been responsible for the weapons that have been run into Israel to support the Palestinians.

 

As long as the Saudi jihadists are tied up with the Hezbollah militants; Israel can keep the Palestinians on a short leash while they develop any response plans for Iran in the wake of the U.S. failure to stop the nuclear proliferation  in that country. Reports indicate that because of Iran’s refusal to comply with even the most basic of the Iranian responsibilities within the ‘negotiated’ give away to the Iranians on their nuclear program, the entire ‘treaty’ is destined to complete failure. All it has done, (which is probably what it was expected to do) was to buy Iran even more time to complete its weapons’ delivery systems.

 

We should be clear on one aspect: neither side, including the intervening Russians, are very much concerned about the final outcome of the Syrian civil war. All sides expect that whoever ends up running what has been, for millennia, a Syria in chaos; those outside with a long enough reach and deep enough pockets will be the ones running the show and calling the shots. It should be expected that whoever that will be, they will not be friendly toward the U.S. or Israel. The Nation of Israel will continue to be surrounded by those who wish her ill.

 

Israel’s leadership has made it clear that they have stood their ground for decades, often on their own and they will continue to do so, with or without international assistance. (Often, they forget God’s promises to never leave nor forsake them.) It would be in the United States’ best interest to elect an administration that remembers the biblical quote, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.”[iii] The future of the United States, of the imbalanced Middle East, and of Israel can be influenced in the coming two years more by the voters of the United States than perhaps ever in our history. With the high likelihood that the average American voter has very little clue as to the intricacies of such an arena; we can be thankful to God that He has the ultimate control.

% of Shia by Country
% of Shia by Country