While Muslim clerics in the United States typically insist they submit to the U.S. Constitution, an Illinois cleric chastised Islamic relief organizations for not stating that an Islamic caliphate is the ultimate objective for Muslims.
Omar Baloch said many Islamic organizations are afraid of losing funding if they are too vocal about the establishment of a caliphate.
"We all have a higher goal ... that is bigger than us, and that is the establishment of the caliphate," he said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel Jan. 29 titled "Constructive Criticism of Islamic Relief Organizations," according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer commented that in Sunni Islamic theology, the caliphate is "the sole legitimate government to which Muslims owe loyalty."
"It is ruled by a caliph, the military, political, and spiritual successor of Muhammad, and implements Islamic law, which is considered the non-negotiable law of Allah," he wrote.
"How loyal do you think Sheikh Omar Baloch is to the American system of non-establishment of a religion and a republican governmental system? That's right, not loyal at all. But to question him about this would be 'Islamophobic.'"
Baloch said Islamic relief organizations do not place enough emphasis on the establishment of an Islamic caliphate as the long-term solution to humanitarian problems.
"If you're not calling out the forces of injustice and you're not telling Muslims the long-term solution, the common dream of the Muslims, the common legacy of the Muslims, of uniting the Muslims, in using the relief organization fund platforms to do that, [you're deficient]," he said.
He was born in Chicago and is the scholar in residence at the Al-Furqaan Foundation in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois, according to a Facebook page. He studied at Georgetown University, at Al-Azhar University in Egypt and at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith in Pakistan.
Baloch said Islamic relief organizations "have a very good platform to also explain the need for a caliphate."
"I really wish that my brothers and sisters that work in relief organizations would take this task seriously," he said.