The title of caliph, he said, can “only be given by the entire Muslim nation”, not by a single group.
Others decried the Islamic State - formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) - as terrorists.
The Greeks of Alexandria agree to leave peacefully; the Arabs give them a year in which to do so. One of the richest of Byzantine provinces has been lost to the Arabs without a fight.
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, regarded by many to be the leading authority on Sunni Islamic thought, “believes that all those who are today speaking of an Islamic State are terrorists,” his representative, Sheikh Abbas Shuman, told AFP earlier this week. Occupying a country and killing half of its population...
this is not an Islamic state, this is terrorism,” he said.
so they declared the caliphate and placed the caliph in charge,” he said.
“This is a duty on Muslims that has been lost for centuries.” In the address - which spread rapidly across jihadi websites with translations in multiple languages - al-Baghdadi also discussed practical matters, calling for doctors, judges, engineers and experts in Islamic jurisprudence to help develop the caliphate.