Erdoğan Is Already The Caliph Of The Muslim World

At times I find myself coming across as a pestering watchman who sees the sword coming. So I blow the trumpet with the same familiar sound saying that Turkey’s Ottoman revival as a Caliphate is imminent. I talk about a near future in which Erdoğan would ask Muslims worldwide to give him allegiance as Caliph. Bay’at, as Islam calls it, which is “giving allegiance”, is the hallmark of the Antichrist as John declared: “but the fatal wound was healed! The whole world marveled at this miracle and gave allegiance to the beast.” (Revelation 13:3)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asserts, “I am the leader of a political movement.”
Those who support him within the AK Party and the wider government also affirm that “he is the leader of a political movement,” thus bowing to his ultimate authority. The careful underscoring by the president of his being the “leader of a political movement” has come in the wake of authority-related problems in the ranks of the ruling party and the government. But Erdoğan’s statement has some very deep implications, and they are implications backed up by the chorus of voices seconding his words.

According to the general theory of political Islam, the relationship between those who lead and those who are led is based upon a “contract of allegiance.” Those who are led declare, via their representatives, that they will obey their leader, thus surrendering all of their political rights — unconditionally — to said leader. And so the contract draws up the parameters for both sides: The leader will lead justly, while those who are led will be obedient. In the meantime, within the traditions of political Islam, those who use their power in this way are called “caliphs.” And a caliphate is, for leaders who rely upon religious references in the Islamic world, the name of the system that they will inevitably turn towards.

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