Why ISIS should kill their leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Turkish Embassy. Mosul, Iraq

Abu Jihad put just enough pressure on the knife he had pressed against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s distended belly to produce a trickle of blood.

“What are you doing?” Abu-Bakr cried.

“Why, don’t you know?” Abu Jihad questioned. “You are the all-seeing, all-knowing Caliph, the direct descendant of Muhammad, the chosen one by Allah. Surely you must see?”

Abu Bakr reached out and tried to push the sword away, but Abu Jihad put his weight behind it and the drops of blood increased in frequency.

Abu Bakr moaned.

“Is that a ‘no’?” Abu Jihad asked. “Very well. A caliph is regarded as a successor of Muhammad. A caliph is the spiritual head and temporary ruler of the Islamic state. When Muhammad died, a caliph was chosen to rule in his place. The caliph had temporal and spiritual authority but was not permitted prophetic power; that was reserved for Muhammad. The caliph could not exercise authority in matters of religious doctrine. The first caliph was Abu Bakr. That explains why you stole his name you thief,” he said, pushing the sword still deep in Abu Bakr’s gut. “Imposter!”

“Please! I beg you!”

“Like the nine and ten year old girls you fucked begged you?”

“I never–.”

“According to the Qur’an, the only unpardonable sin is to attribute divinity to a created entity. And by proclaiming yourself divine, you must pay for your impudence.”

“Please, Abu, we are so close to attaining our goals!” Abu-Bakr insisted.

“Our goals? Or your goals?” Abu Jihad questioned.

“But I do not–.”

“Your goals are revenge for the four years you spent at Camp Bucca where you were tortured. Your goals are the same as the Prophet Muhammad.”

“Yes, a Caliphate!”

“No! Prepubescent girls, money, drugs, slaughter.”

“No, I swear I–.”

“The Sunni branch of Islam stipulates that, as a head of state, a Caliph should be elected by Muslims or their representatives. Because you usurped power, your authority remains unrecognized by any country.”

“Capable men who would lead well were preferred over an ineffectual heir,” Abu-Bakr sniggered.

“Your own name sake, Abu Bakr, was chosen by the ummah and that this was the proper procedure,” Abu Jihad said. “Sunnis further argue that a caliph should ideally be chosen by election or community consensus.

“Because of you, because of your insanity and beheadings, we are now at war with the Iraqi Army, the Syrian Army, the Free Syrian Army, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Kurdish Peshmerga and People’s Protection Units, along with a sixty nation coalition.

“Thousands of our men are dying not in the cause of Allah, but because you were tortured by the Americans at Camp Bucca. Your twisted mind is filled with thoughts of revenge and there is no room for rational thought.

“No, I–.”

“Allah has promised those who do righteous deeds that, of a certainty, He will make them a Caliph on earth. And Allah will cause the people’s state of fear to be replaced by a sense of security if they worship Allah alone. And none will ascribe divine powers to aught but Allah. But all who choose to deny this, they are truly iniquitous!”

Abu-Bakr gripped the sword with his hands and tried to push it away but the sharp edges cut his skin. He cried and let go.

“You have not governed the people in the ways God has revealed to you. You have followed your vain desires, and seduced others, revealing only a part of that which God has revealed to you. Allah foresaw that a corrupt, erosive monarchy would take place, and it will remain as long as Allah wills. And he has will it end now.”

“And now you speak for Allah?”

“I am humble and I have prayed for guidance. You are arrogant and preach.”

“You cannot–.”

Abu-Jihad pressed the sword a little deeper.

Abu-Bakr cried out.

“in accordance with Quranic verses 24:55, the Caliph can only be established by God Himself and is a divine blessing given to those who believe and work righteousness and uphold the unity of God, therefore any movement to establish the Caliph centered on human endeavors alone is bound to fail when the condition of the people diverges from the ‘precepts of prophet hood’ and they are as a result disunited, their inability to elect a Caliph caused by the lack of righteousness in them. The caliph is not just an individual ruler who had to be restored, but was man’s representation of God’s authority on Earth.

“Sunni Islamic scholars say it is right to disobey, impeach or remove rulers in the Caliphate. This, when the rulers do not meet their obligations to the public under Islam. You have misled us from the right path. Qur’an 33:67–68 says, ‘Lord! Give our leaders double the punishment you give us and curse them with a very great curse’.”

“I am the law!” Abu-Bakr insisted.

“No person is above the law; officials and private citizens alike have a duty to obey the same law.”

And with that, Abu Jihad drove the sword into Abu Bakr’s stomach to the hilt.

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