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An excellent, thought-provoking article from Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund:

Barnabas Fund: hope and aid for the persecuted church

The War of The Cross

When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, or the Arabic acronym ISIS) to simply “the Islamic State”, this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.

The Caliphate and the Caliph

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Islamic State, or Caliphate (khilafa in Arabic) as the group has proclaimed, denotes the early Islamic state under Muhammad’s first successors, the Caliphs. It is considered by Muslims to be the God-ordained ideal form of Islamic government under which a pious head of state rules the whole Muslim community (umma) under Islamic law (sharia). This is viewed as the golden age of Islam, to be re-created whenever possible. The term is sometimes extended to all Islamic states with caliphs at their heads (the last being the Ottoman Caliphate abolished in 1924). It symbolises the unity of the Muslim umma, even when this does not match reality. All contemporary Islamist movements are dedicated to restoring the Caliphate.

Religious motives and theological justification

Much of Islamic theology is derived not from the Quran but from traditions (hadith) recording the words and deeds of Muhammad (his sunna), which are seen as a pattern for all Muslims to follow.

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Barnabas Fund: hope and aid for the persecuted church

Our precious persecuted brethren need our fervent prayers, practical support and our refusal to keep silent about what is happening to Christians around the world.

Please continue to pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be glorified in the suffering and witness of our brothers and sisters in Christ, as they persevere in their love for and faith in Christ, even unto death.

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