Resurrection of the Caliphate?

The greatest shame to come upon the Muslim world was the defeat of the Ottoman Empire and the collapse of the Islamic caliphate in 1924. Since then the great majority of the Muslim world has look down upon Turkey for the shame it brought to the worldwide ummah. Now, some believe the caliphate will revive within Turkey. Chief among those who hold this theory is Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist and scholar of Islam.

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“Erdogan is saying 1.5 billion Muslims are waiting for the Turkish government to arise. This is pretty scary. Turkey rules only 70 million people so why are they talking about 1.5 billion Muslims?” continued Shoebat, who has written¬†“For God or For Tyranny: When Nations Deny God’s Natural Law” as well as“God’s War on Terror.”

About 98 percent of Turkey’s estimated 74 million people are Muslim.

“Erdogan has made the statements, and he’s impacting a youth movement in Turkey that is calling for the glory days of the Turkish rule through the Caliphate. Let’s not forget the history,” he said.

“It was Turkey that lost the power of Islam when the Caliphate was dismantled and Shariah law was no longer the law of the land,” Shoebat said.

At the end of World War I, Mustafa Kemal, who became Kemal Ataturk, dissolved the Ottoman Empire and moved to form a secular Turkish state.

“The youth movement believes that Turkey is the hub from which Islam must rise again,” Shoebat said. “We need to look at Turkish activities to see the danger.

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