Last Sunday, June 29th 2014 A.D., 1st of Ramaḍān 1435 A.H., the Islamic State in Iraq and as-Sham, ISIS, established its own Caliphate in the territory they controlled in Iraq and Syria (see here).
As Caliph for the new Caliphate since 90 years they elected their over-all leader, the mythical Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī. al-Baghdādī was only known via an alleged biography, published on June 15th, 2013 (see here) and via two rather blurry pictures (one released by the US government (right), the second one leaked by the Iraqi government (left)).
As his official name the ISIS leader chose أمير المؤمنين أبي بكر الحسيني القرشي البغدادي
(Amīr al-Mu’minīn Abū Bakr al-Husaynī al-Qurashī al-Baghdādī). Claiming his direct lineage to the Prophet Muhammad, the breaking of the Sykes-Picot borders between Iraq and Syria; he claimed to be the only worthy to claim the title of Amīr al-Mu’minīn (Leader of the Believers). Hereby ISIS (or the Islamic State (IS) as it is called since) claimed its supremacy over the whole Islamic World. Since, only a few groups have pledged allegiance to the new Caliph, yet it seems to be sure the Islamic State has burried al-Qaeda in Syria (Jabhat an-Nusra). As one could say: al-Qaeda is dead, long live the Islamic State.
After the proclamation of the Caliphate it was just a matter of time before al-Baghdādī went public; one just can’t claim being the overall leader of the Muslim world without showing your face.
Last night Facebook and Twitter were spreading the rumour IS would release a video or audio message by their new Caliph. al-Furqan media, IS’s official media outlet, tweeted earlier today (Saturday July 5th) that some big news would be coming up from the city of Mosul in Iraq. Not even an hour later the first pictures of al-Baghdādī were spread on Twitter. It was quickly followed by the first video of the khuṭba(t) or sermon by al-Baghdādī in the an-Nuri Mosque in Mosul.
Here is the first khuṭbah al-jum’a or Friday sermon by the new Caliph.
خطبة وصلاة الجمعة في الجامع الكبير بمدينة الموصل لمولانا أمير المؤمنين حفظه الله
Unofficial Translation / Summary :