Posted on 1 July 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
ISIS leader Abut Bakr Al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi, days after announcing the formation of an Islamic caliphate in Syria-Iraq, announced that Rome must be conquered.
We let him go, by the way. Guess whose administration did that.
I saw this at The Telegraph:
Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State
Muslims have been called to flock to the Islamic State to gather for a battle against non-believers throughout the world
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe.
Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. 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.
“Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as immigration to the house of Islam is a duty,” he said 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.
“This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
Having claimed the title of “caliph”, Baghdadi appealed to “judges and those who have military and managerial and service skills, and doctors and engineers in all fields.”
He also called on jihadi fighters to escalate fighting in the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday. “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 Islamic s, fight, fight.”
As I read this, it is the Feast of the Precious Blood of the Lord. The first antiphon for Vespers this evening is:
Ant. Quis est iste * qui venit de Edom, tinctis vestibus de Bosra? iste formosus in stola sua.
Ant. Who is this that * cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bosra? this, that is glorious in His apparel?
And the second antiphon:
Ant. Ego * qui loquor iustitiam, et propugnator sum ad salvandum.
Ant. I * that speak righteousness, and a warrior am I, for to save.
Festivis resonent compita vocibus