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Daash.Don’t ya just hate parades? Here at PD we’ve been talking about the Caliphate way back before Fox News, CNN, RT and the rest were still just trying to learn how to pronounce it, but for today, let’s go back to the Quran to see what it really means.

Sure, Iran might be mad at the Saudis for their poor hosting skills when it comes to the 769 stampeded to death in Mecca, but the central thought behind a Caliphate is a united, global Muslim government.

The general concept of the Caliphate and of a ruling Caliph (Arabic for successor/steward), comes from Chapter 24, Verse 56 of the Quran:On Sunday, September the 27th, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran said of the stampeding death of 769, “This issue will not be forgotten and the nations will seriously follow it and the Saudis, instead of shifting blame onto others and incriminating this or that, must accept their responsibility and apologize to the Islamic Ummah and their bereaved families.”

Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then who so is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious.

So, how is that interpreted today?

Not all wishes are nice ones. Well in 1928, Hassan al-Banna, the man who started the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, contended that since, “It is the nature of Islam to dominate,” the group’s goal was to, “Impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

Of course, back in 2005, the New York Times knew better. “A number of scholars and former government officials take strong issue with the (Bush) Administration’s warning about a new caliphate, and compare it to the fear of communism spread during the Cold War. They say that although Al Qaeda’s statements do indeed describe a caliphate as a goal, the Administration is exaggerating the magnitude of the threat.”

Oh yeah----the over 170,000 killed so far this decade will tell you it’s all hype. 

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  • Guest (Caterscatchcan)

    Also note that the last caliphate was broken up by WWI.

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