In the Name of Allāh, all praise is due to Allāh, peace and security be upon the Messenger of Allāh.
The last few weeks has seen intense media exposure on the military group known as ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Sham] or ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and their activities in ʿIrāq.
On the 1st of Ramaḍān the leader of ISIS proclaimed himself the Amīr al-Muʿminīn of the Muslim world and called upon all Muslims to pledge their allegiance to him as their Khalīfah.
Regrettably, those lacking knowledge of Islām and its guiding theological and juridical principles are unsure of what to make of this pronouncement. Below is a video of Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī’s response to a question regarding the correct Islamic position towards ISIS:
And all praise is due to Allāh.