Leader of militant group, ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which on Sunday declared a “caliphate” and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance, has called on jihadists to escalate conflict during the holy month of Ramadan.
“In this virtuous month or in any other month, there is no deed better than jihad in the path of Allah, so take advantage of this opportunity and walk the path of you righteous predecessors,” he said. “So to arms, to arms, soldiers of the Islamics, fight, fight.”
al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘Islamic State’, while speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state, the London Telegraph reports.
“Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as immigration to the house of Islam is a duty,” he is heard to say in an audio recording released on a website used by the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
“Rush O Muslims to your state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims.
He also vowed to lead a “conquest of Rome,” as he puts it, “and own the world”.
“This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
Mr Baghdadi vision entails the participation of “judges and those who have military and managerial and service skills, and doctors and engineers in all fields.”