The folks of ISIL (ISIS, IS, you name them) are busy waging war and don't have enough time to plan ahead, so the question of the most fitting location of the capital is falling between the chairs, with different Islamic thinkers (Peace Be Upon Them) offering different ideas on the most desired location.
Such as, for instance, the most prominent spiritual leader for the Muslim Brotherhood, one Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who declared that Turkey is where the Caliphate will be established.
Turkey is the Caliphate State, and Istanbul is its capital … Turkey unites religion and the world, Arab (Wahhabist Sunnis) and Persian (Shiites), Asia and Africa, and it (the Caliphate) should be based upon this nation (Turkey).I can't say that the idea is totally alien to the Turkey's top honcho, Mr Erdogan. Judging by his latest behavior, he is already quite deep into acquisition of the necessary habits of the future Caliph. The moment he announces recruitment of candidates for his harem, we should be ready for the declaration of Caliphate as the new reality.
However, the question of the capital is not yet fully resolved, as could be seen from this:
Only days after being released from prison, the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern Israel branch returned to the public eye, giving a fiery sermon about conquering Jerusalem and making it the Muslim-only capital of a Sunni Islamic empire.Sheikh against Sheikh: it doesn't look promising, you can tell that a new internecine war is brewing - this time on the matter of the capital. A shaky situation, you could say.
In a video of his November 7 sermon in Nazareth, translated by MEMRI, Sheikh Raed Salah said "Inshallah, Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global caliphate."
But not to worry. There might be a solution yet, and the source of the solution is, quite possibly, no one else but the above mentioned future Caliph, Mr Erdogan. Mad bugger he might be, a racist antisemitic mad bugger to boot, but his craziness is like that of a fox, and he certainly is able to make a foxy move now and then.
And he already made a first step in his new approach to the issue of the capital:
In a televised speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Muslims had discovered the Americas three centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus. He was addressing a summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America.So the ideological base is being built as we speak. And the idea of moving the future Caliphate's capital to the New World seems to have fallen on a fertile ground, to the degree that the search for a suitable mosque was already initiated:
|U.S. Army soldier prays as the Washington National Cathedral and five Muslim groups hold the first celebration of Muslim Friday Prayers, Jumaa, in the Cathedral's North Transept in Washington, November 14, 2014.|
All in all, taking into account how the current resident of the White House looks at the general idea quite benevolently and, besides, how he sees Mr Erdogan as his best buddy, we may all be surprised one of the coming days. Or not surprised - that depending on whether we expected the event or not.
Oh, and the last thing, fellow Americans: better you than me, you know how it goes...