By Hemant Mehta—Friendly Atheist
In the New Republic, Graeme Wood explains what the Islamic State’s ostensible caliphate means to Muslims the world over:
The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. But historically, an applicant for the job has had to fulfill a few conditions. He (always he) must be Muslim, fully grown, devout, sane, and physically whole.
OK, we’ll just go with that.
The new (self-proclaimed) caliph is, of course,
… Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, born Ibrahim ibn Awwad ibn Ibrahim ibn Ali ibn Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai, the Caliph of all Muslims and the Prince of the Believers… [N]ews reports and social media from within ISIS have depicted frenzied chants of “The Caliphate is established!”