Kobane, Syria – Media activists close to the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “ISIL”) published on Saturday images of a person making Friday sermon in a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, alleging it is “the Muslims’ Caliph; Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” in his first appearance.
Based on the images, al-Baghdadi was wearing black manta and tiara making a sermon about the holy month of Ramadan in the Big Mosque of Mosul, north of Iraq.
A video footage was published by the same activists showing al-Baghdadi while asking people to obey his orders, saying: “God asked us to fight its foes to establish Islam.”
“God granted your Jihadist brothers victory and conquest. After years of strife and patience, God enabled them to achieve their aims, so they announced succession and appointed Imam; this is Muslim’s century-wasted commitment,” al-Baghdadi said.
Al-Baghdadi considered being Caliph is a “great burden” where he is “not better than others”, urging people to support him on the right, advise and inflict on the wrong, and obey him as long as he is obeying God.
The Islamic State announced Islamic succession (caliphate) on the first of Ramadan and appointed al-Baghdadi as “Muslim’s caliph”. However, al-Baghdadi’s identity is not confirmed.
Reporting by: Sadruuddin Kino
Source: ARA News
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