Forgive me o’ Love,
I am only asking what You are asking,
Decrepit and weary, and the meanest of creatures,
I am looking at the Light shining,
After almost a century
Of history in waiting.
God bless the Prophet,
God bless the Master,
God bless the Noble House
And its noble King.
Almost 100 years ago the mighty Ottoman Caliphate which stood the test of time for 700 years collapsed from the internal and external influences. Thus began the dissolution of an ancient order lasting more than 1,300 years from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - beginning with the supreme companions and the four rightly-guided caliphs and through the dynastic manifestations of the Ummayads, the Abbasids, the Fatimids and lastly and most enduring, the Ottomans. Right from the beginning there were disputes and the extent of the reigning Caliph's authority expanded and waned accordingly. But for 1,300 years any Muslim anywhere could at least recognise the final authority of the Caliph, whether it was in Medina, Damascus, Baghdad, Spanish Andalusia, Egypt or Istanbul.
The caliphate appeared to have ended in 1924 when the Young Turks movement, led by the fearsome Kemal Ataturk, abolished the institution of the Caliphate.
About four days ago, a Shaykh based in Lefke, Cyprus has announced and called upon the legal opinions (fatwa) of Muslim clerics the world over to confirm the rightful claim to the Caliphate in the person of His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Already people are laughing and mocking the pronouncement of such an unlikely personality as the son of the late King Hussain of Jordan. He appears so westernised, so amenable to talks with the Israelis, and his father was a confidante of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and so... well, how shall we put it politely, not fitting the expected profile of a mighty Caliph. Why, even the wife appears 'progressive' and not traditional. What a shock. What a scandal...
A C.I.A. stooge of the Great Satan, they will say. A traitor to the Arabs and Islam, they will accuse him of being. All this is presently occurring beneath the mainstream media radar. If you google about it there will barely be any coverage now, perhaps one or two muslim on-line forums having a good laugh about it.
The Prophet (pbuh) once said that at the end of times, "Islam came as a stranger and will come back as a stranger... Therefore give glad tidings to the strangers..." Thus I, a hopeless sinner and miscreant, for what it is worth (not a bean, really), am giving glad tidings to this pronouncement, strange as it appears to some Muslims, and to the King of Jordan, whom many will say is a stranger to the throne of the Caliphate, the Amirul-Muqminin of the Nation of Muhammad.
|Unlikely? In the history of Islam it has often been the case...|
I think God simply don't like being second-guessed.
As far as I am aware, the King of Jordan has not said anything whatsoever. But the Shaykh's pronouncement has already been made and it shall not be withdrawn. Will His Majesty accept? Only time will tell...
And finally, my glad tidings to you, sunshine, on this beautiful morning.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
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