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The Future Is for Islam

SAEED KAUSER

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CONTENTS

 

Preface

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Chapter 1

GOD

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Existence of God | 11 Creation of Man | 14 Messengers of God | 17 What Will It Take to Believe? | 18 Does Every Religion Have Its Own God? | 19 The Need to Follow the Rules of the Game | 21

Chapter 2

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science | 27 Mathematical Miracle of the Qur’an | 29 Number Nineteen | 30 Qur’anic Initials | 31 What the Qur’an Says | 35

Chapter 3 THE PROPHECIES OF THE MESSENGER OF GOD | 41

The Messenger of God Foretold Future Events | 42 Downfall of Muslims and Its Causes | 42 Phases of Muslim Rule | 46 World Wars | 47 Conflicts in the Middle East | 49 Two Roman Armies | 51 Iran-Iraq War | 54 The Gulf War | 54 Sanctions on Iraq and Syria | 56 Arab-Israeli Conflict | 56 Iraq War | 57 Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula | 57 War of the Euphrates | 59 Fight for the Caliphate | 60 The Tyrant | 60

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Invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan | 61 Invasion of Saudi Arabia | 63 Signs of the Mahdi | 63 Battles in Mina | 66 The Mahdi | 68 Sinking of the Army in the Desert | 74 Black Banners from Khurasan | 77 Great War (Battle of Kalb) | 84 Seven-Year Peace Agreement | 89 The Hidden Treasures of Antioch | 90 Conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) | 91 Conquest of India | 95 The Dajjal (False Messiah/“Antichrist”) | 96 Details Regarding the Antichrist | 98 Jesus, Son of Mary | 107 Armageddon and the End of the Antichrist | 112 Marriage, Children, and Death of Jesus | 116 Gog and Magog | 117 The Golden Age | 121 The Qahtaani | 122 The Smoke | 123 Sun Rising in the West | 126 The Beast | 127 Breeze from the South (the Rapture) | 128 Loss of Religious Knowledge | 131 Arabia Turns to Idolatry | 132 Abandonment of Medina | 133 Destruction of the Ka’ba | 133 Three Landslides and the Fire in Yemen | 134 End of the World | 135

Chapter 4 INTERPRETATION OF EVENTS | 139

World Wars I and II | 141 Conflicts in the Middle East | 142

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World War III | 144 Attack on Iran | 147 Fighting During Haj | 148 Year One of the Mahdi | 151 Years Two to Five of the Mahdi | 160 Year Six of the Mahdi | 161 Year Seven of the Mahdi | 162 Return of Jesus | 165 Death of the Antichrist | 166 What Happened to Jesus? | 167 Death of the Mahdi | 169 Appearance of Gog and Magog | 169 The Golden Age | 171 Rule of the Qahtaani | 171 Decay of Society | 172 The Smoke and Rising of the Sun from the West | 172 Appearance of the Beast | 173 End of the Believers | 174 The Worst of People Left | 175 Commencement of Doomsday | 176 The Resurrection | 178

Chapter 5 CURRENT STATE OF THE MUSLIM WORLD | 181

The Potential | 182 Challenges | 187

Chapter 6 THE NEW CALIPHATE | 189

The Sovereignty of God | 191 The Structure of the Caliphate | 195 Federal Structure | 195 Gubernatorial Structure | 196 Local Administration | 197 Judiciary | 197 Education | 198 Science and Technology | 199

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Health | 199 Communications | 200 Low Barrier to Entry | 200 Resistance to the Caliphate | 200 Realistic Expectations | 202 New United Nations | 203

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The Cost/Benefit Ratio of Relations with the West | 208 9/11 and Other Black Operations | 211 Shock and Awe Therapy | 213 Crime and Social Disintegration | 214 The Continuing Crusade | 216 Evangelical Christians of America | 217 Christianity | 218 Christian vs. Islamic Prophecies | 223 Ishmael, Hagar, and the Well | 225 The New Jerusalem | 226 Millennialism | 230 The Abomination of Desolation | 232 Tribulation | 234 The Antichrist | 235 Second Coming of Jesus | 236 The Whore of Babylon | 237 Armageddon | 238 Gog and Magog | 238 The Beast | 240 The Rapture | 242

Conclusion | 243 Glossary | 245 Books Cited or Recommended | 247 Web Sites Cited or Recommended | 248 Index | 250

Preface

These are interesting times for Muslims. A global crusade has been declared on Islam that is predicted to last for several decades. At the same time, the Islamic world is finally waking up from a deep slumber that has lasted for centuries. Some Islamic countries are being invaded, occupied, and destroyed, while others are making windfall profits from rising oil prices. Even as the former are fighting for their lives, the latter are happily raking in the dollars while they can — before their own turn comes for regime change and democratic reform by means of aerial bombardment. Almost all Muslims are affected in some way. Either they are directly suffering the misfortunes, or they are mourning for those who are. There is confusion in the minds of people about what is going on and how it will all end. Most Muslims would be amazed to know that most of the events that are currently unfolding were predicted by Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of God (God bless him). If we study the sayings of the Messenger of God, we find that a large number of his sayings pertain to current times — which implies that the present days are very important in terms of Islamic history. In fact, the sayings we present in this book cannot apply to any time other than the present as they form part of an interrelated series of events that have either already taken place or are in the process of happening. These prophesied events have not occurred in the past, and the chance of the same set of circumstances arising together with the same set of participants at any other time would be slim or nonexistent. If we read the sayings of the Messenger of God that we have com- piled in this book and then watch the news on a major television news

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channel like Al Jazeera or CNN, we will see an astonishing correlation. Yet these prophecies were made 1,400 years ago, which makes them truly remarkable. It is almost as if the Messenger of God were talking to Muslims and telling them that what is happening is decreed by God to occur and advising us on how events will turn out. For almost 50 generations, Muslims have been passing down these words of the Messenger of God so that today we are finally able to understand what he was talking about and make use of this information. The bad news is that many of the predicted battles have yet to take place and much death and destruction has yet to be suffered. The good news is that victory has been promised to Islam, and Muslims are on the verge of the establishment of a great Islamic Caliphate that will bring in a golden age with immense wealth and security for all Muslims. Most of the sayings of the Messenger of God that we have here are from the popular books of hadith (sayings of the Messenger of God), such as Bukhari, Muslim, and Abu Dawud that are widely read. We also have some that are less commonly known. All of the informa- tion is publicly available, especially over the Internet. However, most of the sayings are scattered about in books and on the Internet and not put together in a coherent way and in proper order so that sense can be made of the information. I have tried to put the available information in context and in the most logical chronological order based on current events. This is like finding fragments of an ancient manuscript and putting them together in the proper sequence and then trying to understand what it says. For several years, I have been scouring around for sayings of the Messenger of God to find prophecies related to current events. While there are many books about Christian prophecies, there are few with Islamic prophecies containing all the information that I have compiled here. The books of Harun Yahya regarding prophecies related to the End Times are very informative, and I have found them to be most inspiring.

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Before I get to the sayings of the Messenger of God, I will discuss issues related to belief in God and His book, the Qur’an. This is for the benefit of those who may not be followers of Islam and also to help Muslims firm up their belief in God and the Qur’an so that they are confi- dent that what the Messenger of God said is true and that the prophecies he made are going to happen. Only then will Muslims believe that those things that we will talk about in this book will truly come about. The need for this reinforcement in belief is necessary, as many Muslims don’t believe that the promised leader, the Mahdi, would appear or that God would send Jesus back. But the Messenger of God said that both these things would happen, and based on current events, it appears that they will happen very soon. We will then look at the sayings of the Prophet that relate to pres- ent times. They are sorted in the order that events have happened in the past and how they are most likely to occur in the future based on current world events. We have over 200 sayings of the Messenger of God here; there are many more that I have left out because they are very similar to the ones we have quoted here. Based on these say- ings, I have built a narrative that describes how the events will likely play out. We will also briefly look at the current state of the Islamic world, so that Muslims can appreciate the abundance of resources they already have in their possession as raw materials for building the Caliphate. The coming Islamic Caliphate will be a glorious chapter in world history. We will discuss this to give readers a rough idea about what the Caliphate might be like and to get people thinking about it, as plans for it still need to be fully conceptualized and executed. Finally, we will look at the West — led by Israel, America, and Britain — that has taken it upon itself to recolonize the Islamic world, and we’ll discuss Christianity and biblical prophecies. Because God is the Master Planner, the role of these countries is really to play the part that is already predetermined for them: to help facilitate the revival of Islam.

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This book is really one that I had wanted to read myself, and since

I was unable to find it, I took it upon myself to write it. The process

has been very inspiring because it has made me realize that some truly amazing events are about to occur, and good days are very near. This is why it can be said with confidence that the future truly belongs to Islam.

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I have quoted extensively from translations of the Qur’an and from

books containing the sayings of the Messenger of God. The translation of the Qur’an from which the quotes were taken is by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, while the hadith are from multiple sources. Out of the many translations of the Qur’an that are available, I have chosen to work with the one by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. This par- ticular version is dated, using archaic language and odd punctuation and grammar, but it remains my favorite translation of the Qur’an out of the dozen or more that I have read. If you’re interested in reading the Qur’an, you can find many different translations on the Internet. I have listed several Web sites at the back of this book. The latest and one of the best translations is by Abdel Haleem, but it is only available in book form. There is a generally accepted preference nowadays to leave the name “Allah” in the translated text instead of using the equivalent English word “God.” We have left this unchanged in the translated text, while using the word “God” elsewhere. Similarly, many translations leave several Arabic words in the English text. For example, they use Dajjal instead of Antichrist, and Sufyaani for Tyrant. I have tried to avoid this and changed the words into their English equivalents wherever it is suitable and does not change the meaning in any way. In some cases, however, I’ve left the term unchanged; for instance, I retained the word Mahdi instead of changing it to Leader, as it relates to a person who is generally referenced by that name.

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When mentioning the Prophet, there is a generally accepted tradition of adding a few words of blessing. In Arabic, the words are always the same and translate to “may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him.” In English, there are a variety of phrases that are used, including “peace be upon him,” and “upon whom be blessings and peace,” and many others. This tradition comes from the following narration:

In a report related by Abu Zharr, we read, “The Prophet said, ‘The most miserly among people is the one who fails to invoke blessings upon me when my name is mentioned in his or her presence.’” However, blessing the Prophet while verbally mentioning him is different from writing about him, regarding which we find this report:

Al Khatib al-Baghdadi said, “I saw the handwriting of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and I found that often he wrote the name of the Prophet, peace be upon him, without invoking Allah’s blessings upon him.” Then he added, “It has come to my knowledge that he used to invoke Allah’s blessings upon the Prophet verbally.” As there is no universally accepted practice for written English, we will set our own rules. I will use the phrase, “God bless him,” as this is the closest term commonly used in English. I will add the blessing only when the Prophet is mentioned by name and omit it when he’s referred to by a title, such as Messenger, Prophet, or Apostle of God. Following the practice of Muslims to also invoke God’s blessing with the mention of other prophets, I will use the same term when mentioning Jesus. However, because Jesus (God bless him) is mentioned directly by name over 200 times in this book, I will only include the blessing if, in the same paragraph, the blessing has been invoked for Prophet Muhammad (God bless him). This is as a show of respect and in keeping with the Qur’anic injunction of not distinguishing between the prophets. This will be a compromise between the preferences of those Muslims who would want the whole phrase used consistently and

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those readers who would prefer none. While we want to keep things simple for the sake of readability, we don’t want to totally do away with a good practice, either.

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I originally planned to write this book for fellow Muslims, especially

those living in the West, but I soon realized that the information con-

tained here might be of interest to non-Muslims as well. After all, the interaction between the West and Islam is an important topic nowa- days. But even beyond the current general interest in Islam are the Islamic prophecies regarding the return of Jesus that should be of interest to every Christian in the world, particularly those who are interested in End Time prophecies. There’s much here of interest to Jews also, who, it is hoped, will not get too upset at the negative

portrayal of some members of their faith. They should remember that the people condemned in the prophecies are those who support evil, and this by no means includes all Jews. If nothing else, the prophecies quoted here might enable many people to save themselves by getting out of trouble spots before it is too late. It is my hope that by the time the reader finishes reading this book,

if they are Muslim, their belief would be reinforced and they would be

glad to know that good times are not far away. If they are non-Muslim, then I hope that they would understand Islam better, or have their curiosity aroused enough to want to find out more, or actually decide to jump onto the Islamic ship that, far from sinking, is set to sail high in the near future. I got the inspiration for this book from a Web site with the same name.* This site is run by an enthusiast who prefers to remain anony- mous. With the kind permission of the creator of that site, I borrowed material from there and organized and arranged it based on my own understanding and then added many thoughts of my own to put this

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book together. Therefore, I consider myself to be only a co-author of this book. I would like to thank my sister, Durdana Ahmed, for contributing her thoughts to the original manuscript, and Simone Gabbay for thoroughly editing the text several times and recommending changes.

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The Web site connected with this book is at www.thefutureisforislam.com.

If you would like to state an opinion or recommend new ideas for a future edition of this book, or if you find mistakes that you would like to point out, then please go to the above site and express your thoughts.

CHAPTER 1

God

It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it). Qur’an 9:33

Islam is built on the foundation of belief in one God, and the expec- tation of God’s help is the basis of every Muslim’s hope of success in this world as well as in the next. A belief in God is necessary before one will believe in His messengers. A belief that Muhammad (God bless him) was one of the messengers of God is necessary to believe that the Qur’an is the word of God. A belief in the sayings of the Messenger of God (hadith) is necessary to believe that what he proph- esied will actually come true. If you don’t believe in the prophet, you’re not likely to believe in his prophecies. When discussing the future of the Muslim world, it is imperative that we start with a discussion of the existence and nature of God before we discuss what is in the Qur’an and before we look at what the Messenger of God said about future events. The question is whether God exists, and if He does, then whether Islam is the religion that He revealed and wants us to follow. If the answer to either of these questions is in the negative, then the Muslim

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world may as well give up all hope because the Darwinian theory of the survival of the fittest will apply to them. In that case, with the Muslims currently in the role of the hunted prey, the predators are likely to finish them off in the near future, as they have embarked upon doing. Indeed, the lack of belief in God and lack of belief in Islam as the religion of God are the reasons why its opponents think that they can finish off the Muslims and steal their resources. A shaky belief among many Muslims is the reason why they’ve found themselves in a situation where others think they can do that. However, if God does exist, and Islam is indeed the religion that has been revealed and approved by Him, then the situation changes com- pletely, and God’s promise applies that He will make Islam prevail over all religions, no matter how much the nonbelievers may hate the idea. Indeed, the Islamophobes, who have gained control of many Western countries, are trying to implement a strategy of wiping out Islam and totally subjugating the Muslims. But this has been the declared aim of the enemies of Islam from the lifetime of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (God bless him), so there’s nothing new about it. What is new, however, is that until recently, and ever since the earliest days of Islam, no one dared to embark on such a quest. In fact, some of the techniques and arguments the enemies of Islam used 1,400 years ago are the same as those they are using now. For example, the Jews of Arabia were among the foremost opponents of Islam during the time of the Prophet. They rallied the various non- Muslim Arab tribes and incited them to attack and finish off the newly created Muslim state in Medina, which led to the Battle of the Trench in 627 AD, during which the Muslims came close to being totally anni- hilated. Fourteen centuries later, we again have the Jews inciting others — this time the West — to attack and finish off the Muslims once and for all. They failed then and, needless to say, they’re going to fail now. The reason they will fail is the same as it was then and boils down to the existence of God and the fact that He has promised victory to those who believe in Him and follow Him.

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EXISTENCE OF GOD

The fact is that all the scientists in the world, a large number of whom are atheists, have as of yet not provided any proof that God does not exist. During their extensive investigations, all they have managed to do is discover the laws of nature. They have made remarkable strides in extending human knowledge, for which they deserve great credit. However, nothing amongst the vast accumulated fields of knowledge has proven that God does not exist, nor has it proven that the existence of God is in any way beyond the realm of scientific possibility. Of course, the lack of proof of the nonexistence of God does not prove the existence of God, either. The lack of belief among many scientists raises doubts in the minds of those people who don’t realize that this lack of belief is due to the particular cultural background of these scientists. The real reason that many scientists are atheists is because Western science has its roots in Europe, which was ruled during the Dark Ages by the Christian Church that was very much against scientific inquiry. In 1633, when Galileo, the “father of modern physics,” insisted on the idea that it was the earth that revolved round the sun instead of the other way round, he was declared a heretic by the Church and imprisoned for the rest of his life. This was due to the fact that the Bible is cate- gorical about the earth being in the center and the sun going around it, and any other idea was contrary to what the Bible clearly states. For the next several hundred years, scientists had to struggle with a resistant Church as new discoveries went against something or the other in the Bible. Coming from this background, the scientists in the West developed an aversion to religion and stopped being believers in Christianity or any other religion. This led to the Age of Enlightenment, which was an intellectual movement that proposed that rationality was the means of establishing a system of ethics, aesthetics, and knowledge, and was by and large in conflict with the Church and religion. The reason for this great clash between rationality and religion can be attributed in great part to the political role the Church played

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at that time and to the fact that the Bible is littered with scientific inaccuracies, having been subjected to centuries of editing by groups and individuals to fit their understanding of reality. By contrast, all through the several hundred years during which Muslims were the leaders in science and learning, they never had to go through a similar experience of conflict with a written scripture. The end result of the centuries of tension in the West between rationality and the Church is that rationality won and religion lost, and today in Europe, the traditional heartland of Christendom, Christianity has largely been abandoned and churches are lying empty and being sold off to be converted to dwellings, offices, and nightclubs. Science and rationality have not proven the nonexistence of God, but rather brought down the edifice of Christianity. Nonbelievers in the West assume that exactly the same set of arguments applies against Islam that was used in their battle against Christianity. It is being said that Islam also needs to go through its own age of enlightenment, just like Christianity, before it will catch up with the times. But the main difference is that the Qur’an does not contain a single scientific inaccuracy, so it cannot be judged by the same yardstick as the Bible. However, that is not to say that everything in the Islamic world is perfect, because there is certainly a need for reform in the mountain of traditions that has built up over the centuries beyond the original scriptures. The Muslim world has many pressing problems, but a religious text full of inaccuracies is not one of them, as we will discuss in chapter two, The Qur’an. So, how can the existence of God be proven beyond doubt? There are two ways that this may happen. One is that scientists discover God through their experiments and confirm His presence, and the other is that God reveals Himself. It seems unlikely that scientists will be able to “discover” God either through an experiment or through a mathematical formula, at least with the current state of human knowledge. Increasing knowledge

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in quantum physics, the study of small, subatomic particles, and gen- eral relativity, the study of large-scale bodies such as planets, have shown no signs of leading us to God. All discoveries result in either finding smaller and smaller particles or a larger and larger universe, maybe even a multiverse — a vast collection of independent universes. So, a scientifically acceptable proof of God is not within our reach for the foreseeable future. However, a scientific proof is different from a logical understanding, as we shall see later. So, if we can’t find Him, even after trying for thousands of years, could it be that He helps us out by taking the initiative Himself? If God really wants us to believe in Him, then He could certainly prove His own existence. One way to do this would be to reveal Himself by appearing for everyone to see. But apparently He chooses to remain hidden and wants us to be content with figuring things out using our logic. In the past, He sent prophets who proved their truthfulness by performing miracles granted by God. None of the prophets ever saw God, and only one ever spoke to Him directly, and that was Moses. Even Muhammad, the Messenger of God (God bless him), never saw God and received revelation through the angel Gabriel. Muslims have been told that the only time anyone will ever see God is on the Day of Judgment, when God will be as clearly visible to the naked eye as the sun is now. So, we can give up the thought of seeing God in our present lifetime. If someone asks: “But how do we know that Judgment Day will not happen in our lifetime?” the answer is that even if Judgment Day came about tomorrow, you would still have to die and be resurrected before you see God. Let’s make the above statement clearer. We are talking about two events here: Doomsday and the Day of Judgment. Doomsday is when everything on earth will perish and the whole universe will be folded up. The Day of Judgment will happen when God recreates the universe, including the earth, and brings everyone back to life. So, Doomsday and the Day of Judgment are two distinct events separated by possibly billions of years.

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If we cannot see God in this life, then are there other ways for God to prove His existence? God says in the Qur’an that if He wanted to, He could send a sign that would make every single one of us believe in Him:

If (such) were Our Will, We could send down to them from the sky a Sign, to which they would bend their necks in humility.

Qur’an 26:4

Mankind will never ever be able to confirm or deny God’s existence. Here’s why:

If God does not exist, then obviously you cannot prove His exis- tence. However, you cannot prove His non-existence, either, simply because it is impossible to prove a negative. If God exists, as I believe is the case, then the reason that you can’t prove His existence is that from thousands of years of human history, we know that God does not want to prove His own existence. If He did, then the whole world would have believed a long time ago. But God’s purpose does not include proving His existence beyond all reasonable doubt, as then everyone would believe, and there would be no merit left in believing. This would be like everyone in a class getting 100 percent in their exams. How would it be possible to rank them then?

CREATION OF MAN

In the Gospel of Barnabas,* Jesus talks about the creation of man. When God decided to create the first human, Adam, a powerful being,

*The Gospel of Barnabas was accepted as a Canonical Gospel in the Churches of Alexandria until 325 AD. In 325 AD, the Nicene Council was held, where it was ordered that all original Gospels in Hebrew script that contradicted the decisions of the Council be destroyed. An edict was issued decreeing that anyone in pos- session of these Gospels be put to death. Please go to http://www. barnabas.net/ for an online copy.

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Satan, was upset and challenged God for authority over the universe. Satan was in the company of angels but was himself a jinn, a different creation. In challenging God, Satan was behaving like some men today who expound the theory that with the exponential growth of knowl- edge, in the near future, when we have full knowledge of how everything works, we would be able to act like God and be able to create whole universes comparable to the one we have now. These people, with an exaggerated opinion of their own capabilities, feel that they can be equals of God and therefore consider the idea of submitting to God’s will as beneath their dignity.** Because of his arrogance, when Satan found out that God was going to create man and give him a status higher than Satan’s, he decided to rebel and challenge God with the help of those who followed him. God knew about the brewing rebellion and Satan’s disdain for humans, so when He created Adam, He asked all the angels to bow down to Adam, presumably to expose Satan in front of all those pres- ent in the heavenly assembly. As expected, Satan refused to bow and argued that he was superior to this “lump of clay,”*** and therefore God cursed him. Satan asked to be allowed respite until the Day of Judgment and said that he would lead most humans astray to defeat the purpose of God. God granted him this respite and said that He would fill hell with Satan and those who follow him, both jinn and men, and also decreed that Satan would have no power over the true believers in God. Thus God made a deal with Satan that Satan could try to mislead whomever he was able to. If God then forced the belief in His exis- tence, He would be breaking this deal. This is because, if God proved His existence beyond all doubt, then everyone would believe in Him and would very likely obey Him, no matter what Satan suggested, and therefore Satan would not get a level playing field. As the saying goes, “a deal is a deal.”

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In fact, if God proved His existence and also meted out instant punishment for wrongs and provided immediate rewards for good, then every human would act like an angel. This would be a complete negation of free will. Would it be correct to say that God entrapped Satan and had preplanned the whole thing? No, because while the angels, created out of light, only follow God’s orders, Satan was a jinn created with fire, or energy, and had the power to choose between right and wrong, just like humans. Free will is just that, free will. If God was going to choose what a being with free will should decide to do, then it would not be free will. Time is just another creation of God, and the past, present, and future are the same from God’s vantage point, and He knows the con- sequence of everything He does. So, He would have known what Satan was going to do. But should that have stopped God from creating Satan or other beings with free will because He knew the mischief they would cause? If God had chosen to create only those beings that do good deeds and had not created those He knew would do bad deeds, then this would have been tantamount to restricting free will. In effect, free will would not exist. So why did God create beings with free will in the first place?

I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.

Qur’an 51:56

One answer could be that, since God loves to be appreciated, the love and praise of a sentient being that can choose to love and appre- ciate God or not, pleases God more than that of a being who can only adore God unceasingly like an angel. In addition, the immense intelligence of humans and the vast amounts of knowledge they have the ability to acquire allow them to marvel at God and appreciate Him more. A top scientist working on

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the frontiers of science can appreciate the wonders of the universe more than anyone else. The creation of man with free will was what God wanted to do, and He was not going to abandon the idea just because He knew that Satan was going to try to spoil things. To abort the idea of creating man would have been to give in to Satan’s will. And the same applies to cre- ating the jinns, because not to create them at all would have been giving in to the will of Satan. To create the jinns, but not to create Satan, would mean that God was being selective with free will by only creating those jinns who were going to be good and not creating those who were going to be bad. This would have meant not free will, but controlled will. Therefore, we can say that God did not desire the situation of the rebellion of Satan, nor did He set up the whole thing deliberately, but rather He went ahead with His plans despite the knowledge that some of the beings He created were going to be mischief makers. The rebel- lion of Satan and the mischief of humans were the price to be paid for the creation of intelligent beings with free will. Ultimately, when the time for judgment comes, many humans and jinns will be sorry that they even exist, while a good number will be grateful to God for creating them and will live happily ever after. The good ones will praise God for all eternity and will probably be relieved that God did not abandon the idea of creating them. Not to have created anyone because of what the bad ones among them would do would have been unfair to the good ones.

MESSENGERS OF GOD

One way God has helped man is by sending prophets to all communi- ties in the world. All the prophets taught that we should believe in one God, but after they passed away, the followers of the prophets started worshipping the prophets themselves instead of God. This is apparently a universal behavior pattern, as the Hindus worship Rama and Krishna, the Buddhists worship Buddha, and the Christians worship Jesus.

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The prophets used every conceivable logical argument to convince people of the existence of God, but most were rejected, abused, tortured, and sometimes even killed. God helped many of the prophets with miracles, but even these were not able to convince most people. Some of those who actually saw a miracle with their own eyes would believe, but those who did not see the miracle were unsure, and later generations were less and less likely to believe at all. Even when the staff of Moses turned into a serpent, not everyone who saw it believed that Moses was a prophet or that he was telling the truth about God. Despite all the miracles that Moses performed, some of his followers demanded yet more, and some even asked to see God Himself.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO BELIEVE?

So, the reality of human nature is that even miracles don’t convince most people, especially if they don’t see the miracle performed right in front of their eyes. At this point, let us try to figure out what it will take to convince everyone to believe in God. It is likely that the minimum requirement for everyone to believe in God would be to see Him personally, and it would be even better to have a small chat, during which we could ask a few trick questions that we know only God could answer. This would mean that for all people to believe in God, we would need to have a permanent location where God is visible all the time. Nowadays many children don’t even believe what their parents tell them; therefore every child would have to be shown God. When they come of age, let’s say at the age of 18, they would be led to a place where God would be visible. Since there would be millions of people lining up to see God, there would have to be some sort of booking arrangement and crowd-control mechanism, maybe even a moving walkway, so that some people wouldn’t hang around gawking and chatting with God more than their fair share of time.

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What I’m describing here sounds very much like a museum, or rather like a circus, with God as an exhibit. Despite the ridiculousness of the idea, this is what it would take for everyone to believe in God. And, of course, we know that He is not likely to oblige. We have a situation here where, on the one hand, God is not going to show Himself, and on the other, no one has proven that God does not exist. Therefore, everyone is ultimately on their own. Believe if you want to, and don’t if you don’t want to. As far as Muslims are concerned, they choose to believe in One God of absolute power who is in control of the whole universe down to the very last subatomic particle. No religion other than Islam has the same concept of God as part of their fundamental belief.

DOES EVERY RELIGION HAVE ITS OWN GOD?

If God exists, does each religion have a different god? And if there are many, then whose god is the most powerful?

“I KNEW that my God was bigger than his,” Lieutenant General William G. Boykin said of his Muslim opponent. “I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol.” That and other remarks derogatory of Islam caused a stir last week, espe- cially because the general holds a key position in the war on terrorism. The Boston Globe 10/21/2003.

You have to marvel at the ignorance displayed in this statement by a man in a position of authority charged with waging the “War on Terror.” Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, judging from the senior positions he has held, likely represents a Christian fundamentalist opin- ion held by many others in similar positions. When he says that his god is bigger than Allah, then he is implying that there are multiple gods, and he believes that his is bigger. Then he goes on to say that his god is real, and Allah is an idol. But he ignores the fact that churches have

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idols of Jesus that the churchgoers pray to, while mosques do not have any idols, not even any pictures of living things. The fact is that only the Muslims believe in one God, and “Allah” is a generic Arabic term for the Supreme Being equivalent to the English word “God.” In the Qur’an, God has ninety-nine names, each of which describes his qualities. Different words for God in one or many languages do not imply that each god is different. The Christians, who are the main challengers to Muslims for God’s favors, actually believe in the Trinity — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. God is one part out of a three-way split. While I don’t know how many Christians pray to the Holy Ghost, it certainly seems that they have divided loyalties between the Father and the Son, while others pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although Christians claim to be monotheists, they are in reality tri-theists or quad-theists if Mary is taken into account. In actual fact, there is only one God — call Him God, call Him Allah, or call Him by any other name — and He is with those who believe in Him and don’t divide their loyalties. If someone who’s not a Muslim wanted to challenge the statement that only Muslims believe in one God and argue that, in fact, they too believe in one God, then no one would be happier than the Muslims. But the proof of the truth of this claim would be to renounce ascribing any partners with God. If they can’t do that, then they don’t worship one God and are therefore not monotheists. We don’t even want to get into the discussion of whether there’s a chance of there being multiple gods in this universe or beyond it. Suffice it to say that if there were multiple gods, then there would be an almighty row between them for power, and the universe would not be as harmonious as it is. And why would these gods all hang around in the same universe and not create their own? If some humans can talk about creating their own universe some day,* then why wouldn’t each god create his or her own universe?

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As far as Islam is concerned, not only is there no other god in this universe, but there aren’t any other gods with their own universes, either.

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.

Qur’an 112:1-4

THE NEED TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE GAME

Nothing I’ve said here may convince anyone who does not believe in God to start believing in Him. As I’ve stated, if God exists, then He chooses to remain hidden so no one can possibly provide a formula to prove His existence, although using pure logical reasoning should tell us that the immense complexity and perfection of all that exists couldn’t have been randomly generated out of nothing. If you tell a scientist that a supercomputer sitting on a mountaintop appeared out of thin air, he would never believe you and would then try to come up with a the- ory of who built it and how it was transported to the top of the mountain, and yet that same man will argue till kingdom come that the whole universe, which is a million times more complex than the supercom- puter, actually appeared not only out of thin air but out of absolute nothingness. Some theorize that the right mix of ingredients — a few bil- lion years, a tiny amount of intelligence, and some primeval matter — would have been sufficient to create the universe. The counterargu- ment would ask who created time and matter, and where that tiny bit of intelligence came from in the first place. This may then prompt the atheist to throw his trump card. If God exists, then who created God? At this, the believer would have to give up, as this question has been asked for millennia, and the only answer is: “To you, your belief — and to me, mine.” Another answer would be that wherever God came from, the question is moot because, as far as we’re concerned, we

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come under the domain of one single God, and this is the only God we have to deal with as long as each one of us is alive, and we might as well be on good terms with Him as our scope of existence doesn’t extend beyond this universe and is not likely to in the future. In the term of our existence, we have to deal with this one God in whatever terms He establishes because not only can we not change the rules of the game, but also by not accepting the rules we cannot escape from the consequences of our actions, whether we like the rules or not. The reach of the human mind is vastly greater than the human body. Our eyes can see only for a few miles and our bodies can only go a few hours before needing to eat and drink. Our mind, however, knows no bounds in its capacity to imagine. It is quite easy for us to speculate, as scientists do nowadays, that there may be countless universes out there — a multiverse with billions, zillions of universes. Similarly, it is possible to imagine a gigallion gods out there, all of whom would be totally useless to us if they existed, apart from the one we need to deal with. All the religious texts combined, including the Qur’an, encom- pass only a small amount of knowledge compared to all there is to know. Therefore, it is given that God has only revealed a tiny fraction of knowledge about Himself and left out most information, including the answer to where He comes from. But while, in human relations, it is considered impolite to ask a lady her age, nevertheless we expect, or rather demand, for God to lay bare His soul to us as a precondition for our believing in Him. Indeed, man has an exaggerated opinion of himself. Most of the world does not believe in God, but as far as Muslims are concerned, they choose to believe. Both the believer and the nonbeliever will die one day, and then all questions will be answered. Denying reality in no way changes the facts. If you’re blind and deny there’s a brick wall because you don’t see it and run into it at full speed, you’ll break your head. Denying the wall’s existence won’t make it go away.

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As the Muslims are the only true believers in one God, then it follows that the Muslims are the rightful claimants to His help. In the high stakes game of life on this planet, the Muslims have placed their bets on the existence of God. If you believe in one God, then you should be with those who believe the same. Islam is the home country of the belief in God.

CHAPTER 2

The Qur’an

And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true. Qur’an 2:23

Or do they say, “He forged it”? Say: “Bring then a Sura like unto it, and call (to your aid) anyone you can besides Allah, if it be ye speak the truth!” Qur’an 10:38

Or they may say, “He forged it.” Say, “Bring ye then ten suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah! — If ye speak the truth! Qur’an 11:13

Say: “If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support. Qur’an 17:88

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Let them then produce a recital like unto it, — If (it be) they speak the truth! Qur’an 52:34

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “There was no prophet among the prophets but was given miracles because of which people had security or had belief, but what I was given was the Divine Inspiration which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will be more than those of any other prophet on the Day of Resurrection.” Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 379

All through history, prophets performed miracles in order to convince people of their truthfulness. Some people believed in them, but many of those who witnessed the miracles were not convinced and attrib- uted the miracles to magic or trickery. Fewer still believed out of those who were not eyewitnesses, and as time passed, people started doubting whether the event had even occurred. Islam has a permanent miracle in its possession, and that is the Qur’an. Non-Muslims don’t know about it, and it’s not even certain whether all Muslims realize the miraculous qualities of the Qur’an. As the above-quoted verses from the Qur’an state, God Himself has repeatedly challenged mankind to get together and to produce some- thing like the Qur’an or even a tiny part of it, but as of now, fourteen centuries have passed, and no one has been able to meet the challenge, although at various times, many have tried. The layman who reads the Qur’an will not necessarily be able to appreciate it and may wonder what the fuss is all about. This is espe- cially so if a translation is being read that does not convey the poetic beauty of the original Arabic.

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Here, we will discuss only two qualities of the Qur’an: one is its conformity with scientific knowledge, and the other is the numerical code that pervades the book.

THE BIBLE, THE QUR’AN, AND SCIENCE

Many in the Muslim world are familiar with the work of French sur- geon Dr. Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science, in which he studied the Bible and the Qur’an from a scientific point of view. In the conclusion of his book, he states:

The Qur’an follows on from the two Revelations that preceded it and is not only free from contradictions in its narrations, the sign of the various human manipulations to be found in the Gospels, but provides a quality all of its own for those who examine it objectively and in the light of science i.e. its complete agreement with modern scientific data. What is more, statements are to be found in it (as has been shown) that are connected with science: and yet it is unthinkable that a man of Muhammad’s time could have been the author of them. Modern scientific knowledge therefore allows us to understand certain verses of the Qur’an which, until now, it has been impossible to interpret. The comparison of several Biblical and Qur’anic narra- tions of the same subject shows the existence of fundamental differences between statements in the former, which are scientifically unacceptable, and declarations in the latter which are in perfect agreement with modern data: this was the case of the Creation and the Flood, for example. An extremely important complement to the Bible was found in the text of the Qur’an on the subject of the history of the Exodus, where the two texts were very much in agreement with archaeological findings, in the dating of the time of

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Moses. Besides, there are major differences between the Qur’an and the Bible on the other subjects: they serve to disprove all that has been maintained-without a scrap of evidence- concerning the allegation that Muhammad is supposed to have copied the Bible to produce the text of the Qur’an. In view of the level of knowledge in Muhammad’s day, it is inconceivable that many of the statements In the Qur’an which are connected with science could have been the work of a man. It is, moreover, perfectly legitimate, not only to regard the Qur’an as the expression of a Revelation, but also to award it a very special place, on account of the guarantee of authenticity it provides and the presence in it of scien- tific statements which, when studied today, appear as a challenge to explanation in human terms.

The Qur’an is free of all scientific error, even though it mentions many natural phenomena. For example, regarding the movement of the sun and moon, it says:

It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course.

Qur’an 21:33

It says that both the sun and moon follow a circular orbit. Anyone reading it in olden times would continue to believe that the sun goes around the earth, but someone reading it now will know that the sun follows a circular orbit not around the earth but around the Milky Way galaxy. This is an example of the Qur’an masterfully sidestepping making a statement that is factually incorrect.

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before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? Qur’an 21:30

Moreover He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth:

“Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly.” They said: “We do come (together), in willing obedience.” Qur’an 41:11

The above two verses from the Qur’an state the following facts:

1. The universe was one singular piece of matter.

2. Clovethem asunder suggests an explosion.

3. The early universe consisted of smoke or vapor.

4. The earth was created from this smoke collecting together.

5. All living things are made from water.

The first four points describe the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe, and the last one describes the creation of life. All these facts have been confirmed only recently. Today, scientists look- ing for life on other planets always try to find out if there is water on those planets. These are just a few examples of the Qur’an mentioning natural phenomena. There are many more, and they’re all scientifically correct.

MATHEMATICAL MIRACLE OF THE QUR’AN

While many Muslims are familiar with the work of Dr. Bucaille, far fewer know about the work done by the late Dr. Rashid Khalifa to discover the Mathematical Miracle of the Qur’an. This is totally different from the “Bible Code,” which extracts hidden messages from the text of the Bible.

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Dr. Khalifa entered the text of the Qur’an into a computer and found that there is a code that permeates the whole book that is based on the number 19. This discovery explains the meaning of the myste- rious letters at the beginning of many Qur’anic chapters, which have been found to play a role similar to checksums that are widely used in computer science to validate the accuracy of data. The end result of this is to prove that the Qur’an is perfectly preserved down to the last letter, confirming God’s promise that:

We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption). Qur’an 15:9

NUMBER NINETEEN

Here are some verses from Chapter 74 of the Qur’an, where God is talking about someone not believing in the divine nature of the Qur’an:

Then said he: ‘This is nothing but magic, derived from of old; ‘This is nothing but the word of a mortal!’ Soon will I cast him into Hell-Fire! And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is? Naught doth it permit to endure, and naught doth it leave alone! — Darkening and changing the colour of man! Over it are Nineteen. And We have set none but angels as Guardians of the Fire; and We have fixed their number only as a trial for Unbelievers, — in order that the People of the Book may arrive at certainty, and the Believers may increase in Faith, — and that no doubts may be left for the People of the Book and the Believers, and that

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those in whose hearts is a disease and the Unbeliev- ers may say, ’What symbol doth Allah intend by this?’ Thus doth Allah leave to stray whom He pleaseth, and guide whom He pleaseth: and none can know the forces of thy Lord, except He and this is no other than a warning to mankind. Nay, verily: By the Moon, And by the Night as it retreateth, And by the Dawn as it shineth forth, — This is but one of the mighty (portents), A warning to mankind,—

Qur’an 74:24-36

Verse 74:31 quoted above gives five reasons for the miracle of the Qur’an based on the number 19:

1. As a trial for disbelievers.

2. To convince the people of the book (a reference to Christians and Jews) that the Qur’an is divine scripture.

3. To strengthen the faith of the faithful.

4. To remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers; and

5. To expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbe- lievers, who will say, “What did God mean by this allegory?” or “So What?”

QUR’ANIC INITIALS

Until recently, no one knew the reason for the mysterious initials at the beginning of many chapters of the Qur’an, but now the puzzle has finally been solved. When a Qur’anic chapter starts with those letters, and you count the number of times those letters occur in that chapter, it is always a multiple of 19.

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There are 29 chapters in the Qur’an with prefixed initials. All the initials are linked to the common denominator — 19.

• “Q” (Qaaf) is initialed in surahs 42 and 50. In both the surahs, “Q” is repeated 57 times, or 19 × 3.

• “N” (Noon) is initialed in surah 68, and the total count of “Noon” is 133 or 19 × 7.

• “S” (Saad) is initialed in surahs 7, 19, 38, and the total occurrence in the three surahs is 152, or 19 × 8.

• “Y.S” (Ya Seen). These two letters are prefixed in surah 36 and the total occurrence for both of them is 285, or 19 × 15.

• “H.M” (Ha Mim). These letters prefix surahs 40 through 46 and their total occurrence in the seven “H.M”-initialed surahs is 2147, or 19 × 113.

• “A.S.Q” (‘Ayn Seen Qaf). These initials constitute verse 2 of surah 42 and are repeated in the surah 209 or 19 × 11 times.

• “A.L.M” (Alef Laam Mim). These most frequently used letters in the Arabic language are prefixed in six surahs — 2, 3, 29, 30, 31 and 32, and the total occurrence of the three letters in each of the six surahs is 9899 (19 × 521), 5662 (19 × 298), 1672 (19 × 88), 1254 (19 × 66), 817 (19 × 43), and 570 (19 × 30), respectively.

All other Qur’anic initials, without exception, show similar patterns of being multiples of 19. Some other basic facts of the Mathematical Miracle of the Qur’an:

1. There are 114 chapters in the Qur’an, or 19 × 6.

2. The total number of verses in the Qur’an is 6346, or 19 × 334.

3. If you add the 30 different numbers that are mentioned in the Qur’an’s text (i.e., one God, two brothers, etc.), the total is 162146, or 19 × 8534.

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Though missing from chapter 9, exactly 19 chapters later, the Bismilah occurs twice. Chapter 27 has this statement at its begin- ning and in verse 30. This makes the total number of times the Bismilah occurs in the Qur’an 114, or 19 × 6. Up to now, no one knew why there is no Bismilah in chapter 9.

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Since there are 19 chapters between the missing Bismilah and the extra one, the sum of those chapter numbers is a multiple of 19. (The sum of any 19 consecutive numbers is a multiple of 19.) But the total, 342, is also the exact number of words between the two occur- rences of the Bismilah in Chapter 27. This number, 342, is 19 × 18.

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Every word in the Bismilah occurs throughout the Qur’an a number of times, and each time it is a multiple of 19.

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The very first revelation that was given to the prophet of Islam, Muhammad (God bless him), came as 19 words.

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The total number of letters making up the 19 words of the first revelation is 76, 19 × 4.

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Though they were the first revelation, these verses are placed at the beginning of Chapter 96. This chapter is atop the last 19 chapters.

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Chapter 96 consists of 304 Arabic letters, or 19 × 16.

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The last chapter revealed (Chapter 110) has 19 words, and its first verse is 19 letters.

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God’s name in Arabic, “Allah,” occurs in the Qur’an 2698 times, or 19 × 142.

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If you add the numbers of the verses where “Allah” occurs, the total is 118123, or 19 × 6217.

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The main message in the Qur’an is that there is only One God. The number of times that the word “one” is used to refer to this concept of One God is 19.

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The word “Qur’an” occurs in 38 different chapters, or 19 × 2.

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The total number of times “the Qur’an” is mentioned is 57, 19 × 3.

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Within the 114 chapters of the Qur’an, 29 of them begin with the Qur’anic initials discussed earlier. Intermixed between the first initialed chapter (Chapter 2) and the last initialed chapter (Chapter 68) are 38 non-initialed chapters, or 19 × 2.

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19. In that same group of chapters, from Chapter 2 to Chapter 68, there are 19 alternating sets of initialed and non-initialed chapters.

20. The total number of verses making up this group of chapters is 5263, 19 × 277.

21. Within this group of chapters, there are also 2641 occurrences of the word “Allah,” or 19 × 139. Of course, that leaves 57, or 19 × 3, occurrences of that word outside of this group.

22. If you add the chapter and verse numbers of the 57 occur- rences of “Allah” outside the initialed section, the total is 2432, or 19 × 128.

This is just a sample, and there are a great many more 19-based facts, most of them more complex than the ones presented above. Additional discoveries continue to be made as Dr. Khalifa’s work is carried on by the many dedicated students of the Qur’an that he left behind. As far as God’s challenge to create comparable verses of the Qur’an is concerned, the rules for the competition would include adding verses to the Qur’an that don’t break the code that pervades the whole book or to produce another book that has a similar math- ematical structure, while telling stories, providing moral guidance, and talking about natural phenomena that cannot be challenged by science. The above certainly proves beyond reasonable doubt that the Qur’an is a miraculous book revealed by the creator of the universe. Furthermore, it proves that every single letter in the Qur’an is exactly in the correct order as God meant it to be and has not been added to, deleted, or moved about in any way. This is so, apart from two verses that, according to the formula of the mathematical miracle, should not be there. These two verses did not occur in some early versions of the Qur’an, but appeared in later ones. These are verses 128 and 129 in chapter 9.

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Unfortunately, Dr. Khalifa went off on a bit of a tangent and started making some controversial claims, even beyond stating that two verses should not be in the Qur’an. He claimed to be a messenger sent by God. Either because of the controversy or because someone was unhappy with the good work he was doing, Dr. Khalifa was assassinated in 1990. The controversy does not change the facts of what he discovered, and some of his dedicated followers continue his work, while much more remains to be discovered. However, his detractors have tried to undermine his discoveries by citing his contentious claims, and that may be a reason that most Muslims remain uninformed about his research.

WHAT THE QUR’AN SAYS

Having argued that the Qur’an is a supernatural book given to humans by the creator of the universe, we can move on to look at what it says. What does the Qur’an say on matters that are of relevance to the future of the Muslim world?

To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) Towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you together. For Allah Hath power over all things.

Qur’an 2:148

And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. Qur’an 3:103

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The above verses talk about God uniting the Muslims. Each Muslim has a role to play in the overall scheme of things and should compete in doing good works and fulfilling their role, and God will bring unity among Muslims. One of the greatest issues facing the Muslims is a lack of unity, which occurred because of their not following God’s will, as a result of which the Muslim world went into a catastrophic decline. However, if Muslims come back to God, as they’re in the process of doing now, God will restore their unity. The Muslim community is a very diverse group spread over multi- ple continents with great diversity in race, ethnicity, language, culture, etc., but everyone knows how, even at the worst of times, they always maintain an almost mystical sense of interconnectedness. This is explained by the saying of Prophet Muhammad (God bless him) that the Muslim community is like a single body in which, if any part feels any pain, then the whole body feels the pain.

The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.

Qur’an 3:19

If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (sub- mission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).

Qur’an 3:85

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Muslims are the only ones who believe in one God, but also because once God sends a new message, the assumption is that the old one is beyond repair, and if someone insists on following the old contami- nated, and thus discarded, message then he is in a state of rebellion against God. This implies that God has rejected the concept of “mul- tiple paths to God” — the idea that you can do pretty much anything you want and believe whatever you wish and everything is acceptable to God.

Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will estab- lish in authority their religion — the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: “They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me.” If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked. Qur’an 24:55

Here, God has promised that if Muslims believe and also put their religion into practice, then God will establish them and their religion securely in the land. Previously, the state of security for the Muslims lasted well over a thousand years, during which no one could seriously challenge them, at least in the core Islamic lands. As they are again living in a state of fear and insecurity at the present time, it follows that if they come back to the correct way, then their power and security will be reestablished. The thing to notice here is that the promise is made only to those who believe in God and practice Islam — in other words, those who follow the Qur’an and Sunnah. The promise does not apply to those who only believe in God but don’t follow up with good actions, or to

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those who are weak of faith. It also does not apply to those who are Muslims in name only because they were born as such.

It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness. Qur’an 48:28

We will, without doubt, help our apostles and those who believe, (both) in this world’s life and on the Day when the Witnesses will stand forth, —

Qur’an 40:51

God has very clearly promised here that Islam is going to be universally acknowledged as the premier religion, and God has made Himself as the witness to this promise. This is a very powerful promise, and it has been realized on a localized basis in territories under Muslim rule, but the Qur’anic verse hasn’t got any restrictive clause, which means that at some time, it will apply to the whole world, if not the whole universe. That’s an interesting idea. Does it mean that the whole universe will follow Islam? If there are other planets with intelligent beings, then maybe. However, elsewhere in the Qur’an it is stated that this message is for man and jinn, so there are at least two types of intelligent beings for whom this promise holds true.

They will not fight you (even) together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls. Strong is their fighting (spirit) amongst themselves: thou wouldst think they were united, but their hearts are divided: that is because they are a people devoid of wisdom.

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This is an amazing verse because you can witness the truth of what is says right now, in the present. Check out the security wall the Israelis are building around themselves to which they withdraw after attacking the Palestinians, just like the crusader castles that are still in existence from times long past. The Green Zone in Baghdad is another example of the enemies of Islam fighting from behind fortified walls. The Qur’an is not a book of prophecies, and there are very few verses regarding actual worldly events. For this, we need to turn to the sayings of the Messenger of God.

CHAPTER 3

The Prophecies of the Messenger of God

Muhammad, the Messenger of God (God bless him), foretold events pertaining to the Muslims that will occur until the end of time. But of all the things that he must have said, only a small fraction is available to us through the hadith (sayings of the prophet) that were meticu- lously collected by great scholars such as Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, and others. Most Muslims believe in, and follow, the sayings of the Messenger of God and do not have any doubt about the veracity of the hadith, especially the ones collected and verified by the most distinguished of scholars. However, as the hadith were collected several generations after the time of the Messenger, they are not considered in the same league as the Qur’an for authencity and lack of error. Here, we have compiled sayings of the Messenger of God from mul- tiple sources, including those hadith that are sound, those that are weak, and even those that are examples of doubtful hadith. The doubtful hadith that have been included are those that are popularly known and were added for the sake of completion, and in order to refute them. The sayings of the Messenger are listed in the order in which events have already happened or are expected to happen. The most striking thing is that if you read these sayings of the Mes- senger, it seems as if they were being narrated by someone who is present

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in the world today and who is looking at current events and making

predictions for the future. Yet, these sayings are almost 1,400 years old. The extraordinary correlation of these prophecies with today’s events points to the fact that the current era is one of the most impor- tant times in Islamic history, and some truly amazing things are happening already or are due to happen in the near future.

It is almost as if the Messenger of God were sending us the message

that Muslims going through this time of tribulations should keep up their spirits as the events happening to them are destined to happen.

God is with them, and ultimate victory will be theirs. The narratives we have included here start from the time of the First World War in 1914 and end with the end of the world. To look up the sources of the following hadith, please go to the Hadith References at the back of the book.

THE MESSENGER OF GOD FORETOLD FUTURE EVENTS

1. Hudhaifa reported that Allah’s Messenger stood before us one day, and he did not leave anything unsaid (that he had to say) at that very spot which would happen (in the shape of turmoil) up to the Last Hour. Those who had to remember them preserved them in their minds, and those who could not remember them forgot them. My friends knew them, and there are certain things that slipped from my mind, but I recapitulate them when anyone makes

a mention of them, just as a person is lost from one’s mind but is recalled to him on seeing his face. 1

DOWNFALL OF MUSLIMS AND ITS CAUSES

2. Narrated Thawban: The Prophet said: The people will soon sum- mon one another to attack you as people, when eating, invite others to share their dish. Someone asked, “Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?” He replied, “No, you will be numerous

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at that time, but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and instill enervation into your hearts. Someone asked, “What is enervation?” The Apostle of Allah replied, “Love of the world and dislike of death.” 2

3. Thawban reported that Allah’s Messenger said: Allah drew the ends of the world near one another for my sake. And I have seen its eastern and western ends. And the dominion of my Ummah (Muslim community) would reach those ends which have been drawn near me and I have been granted the red and the white treasure and I begged my Lord for my Ummah that it should not be destroyed because of famine, nor be dominated by an enemy who is not amongst them to take their lives and destroy them root and branch, and my Lord said, “Muhammad, whenever I make a deci- sion, there is none to change it. Well, I grant you for your Ummah that it would not be destroyed by famine and it would not be dom- inated by an enemy who would not be amongst it and would take their lives and destroy them root and branch, even if all the people from the different parts of the world join hands together (for this purpose), but it would be from amongst them, viz, your Ummah, that some people would kill the others or imprison the others. 3

It is clear from studying Islamic history that Muslims mostly lose when they have internal rifts and some of them support their enemies against each other. Here the “red and the white treasure” sounds like a valuable physical commodity, but elsewhere it is referred to as the “red and white death,” where the red death refers to death through war and killing, and the white death refers to death through disease and plague. For this to be called a treasure may imply that those who wish to harm Muslims will suffer these punishments.

2 Abu-Dawud Book 37, Number 4284

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4. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: The Jews were split up into seventy-one; the Christians were split up into seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects. 4

This is the current situation, with the Muslims divided in a plethora of nations, sects, ethnic groups, political parties, and every other conceivable subgroup.

5. Auf bin Malik reported that the Prophet said: “The Jews split into seventy-one sects; one will enter Paradise and seventy will enter Hell. The Christians split into seventy-two sects; seventy-one will enter Hell and one will enter Paradise. By Him in Whose hand is my soul, my Ummah will split into seventy-three sects; one will enter Paradise and seventy-two will enter Hell.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, who will they be?” He replied, “The main body of the Muslims.” 5

The mainstream Muslims are the good people, and the sects and splinter groups with their strange extremist ideas are the ones destined for hell. This saying of the Messenger of God tells us that the only righteous Muslim is one who does not belong to any subdivision of Islam. He is neither a Sunni nor a Shia, nor is he a Wahabi or a Hanafi, nor anything else. He is simply a Muslim and follows the commandments of God and leads a righteous life.

6. Narrated Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman: The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me. Once I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allah has bestowed upon us the present good; will there by any evil after this good?” He said, “Yes.” I asked, “Will there be good after that evil?” He said, “Yes, but it would be

4 Abu-Dawud Book 40, Number 4579

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tainted with Dakhan (i.e., a little evil).” I asked, “What will its Dakhan be?” He said, “There will be some people who will lead (people) according to principles other than my tradition. You will see their actions and disapprove of them.” I said, “Will there be any evil after that good?” He said, “Yes, there will be some people who will invite others to the doors of Hell, and whoever accepts their invi- tation to it will be thrown in it (by them).” I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Describe those people to us.” He said, “They will belong to us and speak our language.” I asked, “What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life?” He said, “Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Chief.” I asked, “If there is neither a group (of Muslims) nor a chief, what shall I do?” He said, “Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite (i.e., eat) the root of a tree, till you meet Allah while you are still in that state.” 6

7. Abdullah, son of Umar, said: The Prophet came to us and said, “0 Muhajirun (emigrants from Mecca to Medina), you may be afflicted by five things; God forbid that you should live to see them. If fornication should become widespread, you should real- ize that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their forebears never suffered. If people should begin to cheat in weighing out goods, you should realize that this has never happened without drought and famine befalling the peo- ple, and their rulers oppressing them. If people should withhold Zakat (tithing and alms), you should realize that this has never happened without the rain being stopped from falling; and were it not for the animals’ sake, it would never rain again. If people should break their covenant with Allah and His Messenger, you should realize that this has never happened without Allah sending an enemy against them to take some of their possessions by force. If the leaders do not govern according to the Book of Allah, you

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should realize that this has never happened without Allah making them into groups and making them fight one another.” 7

PHASES OF MUSLIM RULE

8. Hudhaifa, son of Al-Yaman, reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Prophethood (meaning himself) will remain with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain, then Allah will raise it up whenever he wills to raise it up. Afterwards, there will be a Caliphate that fol- lows the guidance of Prophethood remaining with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, he will raise it up whenever He wills to raise it up. Afterwards, there will be a reign of oppressive rule (the reign of Muslim kings who are partially just), and it will remain with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, there will be a reign of tyrannical rule, and it will remain for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, Allah will raise it up whenever He wills to raise it up. Then, there will be a Caliphate that follows the guidance of Prophet- hood.” Then Hudhaifa said, “The Prophet stopped speaking.” 8

The phases are as follows:

• The time of the Prophet;

• The time of the Righteous Caliphs that lasted about 30 years from 632 until 661 AD;

• The rule of kings. This period lasted for over 1200 years until the 20th century and ended with the end of the Ottoman Sultanate.

• The rule of tyrants. This is the existing situation.

• The new Caliphate established by the Mahdi.

9. The Prophet declared: “This affair began with Prophethood and as a mercy; then it will be mercy and Caliphate; afterwards it will

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change into a cruel monarchy, and finally into an iniquity and tyranny.” He also prophesied: “Surely, the Caliphate after me will last thirty years; afterwards, it will be a cruel monarchy.” 9

WORLD WARS

10.

A hadith reported by Imam Ali, Abu Huraira, and Ibn Abbas states:

The war of the end of time is the war of the world. There will be

a third war after two great wars in which many are killed. He

who will light the fires of the Second World War will be known as the “Great Leader.” 10 Thirteen hundred years after the Hijra, count a few decades. At that time, the Greek King wants to wage a war against the entire world. Meanwhile, Allah commands the war for that man.

9 Abu Dawud, At’ıma, 11; Tirmidhi, At’ıma, 39; I. Hanbal, 5.441 10 Al-Mahdi-ul Munthazar, Asmal Masalik Lieyyam Mahdiyy Maliki Li Kull-id Dunya Biemrillah-il Malik (“The Best ways to know the time of the Mahdi, King of the World, by Allah’s command”) by Qalda ibn Zayd. The source mentioned for this narration is a rare hand-written book (manu- script), dated some 300 years after the Hijra, which today is kept in Istanbul, Turkey, in the Süleymaniye Library, under the section listed as “Islamic manu- scripts 3664/Al Medina Al Munawara.” It contains an amazing collection of narrations, compiled by its author, Qalda ibn Zayd. It is said in another book, “Kitab Al-Fitan” by Abu ‘Abdullah Nu’aim bin Hammad, that Abu Huraira had two areas of knowledge he gained from the Prophet; one of them he imparted, while he hid the other. Abu Huraira commented on that saying that if he had imparted the other area of knowledge, he would have been slaughtered (and he pointed to his neck when saying so). The same hadith of Abu Huraira’s “hidden knowledge” is also confirmed in Sahih Bukhari:

Narrated Abu Huraira: “I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allah’s Apostle. I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the sec- ond, then my throat would be cut (i.e., he would be killed).” (Bukhari, Book 3, Number 121) This prophetic narration is obviously from the area of knowledge Abu Huraira “hid.” He is said to have disclosed this information on his death bed (he died in 59 AH/681 AD), and this is an esoteric narration that was compiled in Medina by Qalda ibn Zayd in a manuscript dated to around 300 AH/922 AD. The ellipses (…) represent those parts where the text has eroded.

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A short while later, that is, in two decades, a man whose name is associated with a cat name from the German lands appears as a scourge on the Romans. He starts to bother people and wants to hold control over the world. He wages war against the entire world, both the warm and cold lands. After years filled with severe war fires, he meets Allah’s punishment. Then, he is killed as the Russians’ mystery.

As is quite evident from this hadith, there would be two major world wars in the End Times. The world wars in the first half of the 20th cen- tury were indeed two of the most momentous events in history. Again, as revealed in the hadith, Hitler, who started the Second World War and virtually declared war on the whole world, was known as the “Führer,” meaning leader, guide, commander. Under National Socialism, this word took on a new significance: the Führer was the “undisputed leader,” or even the “deified leader.” The German people regarded Hitler, who initiated World War II, as their undisputed and great leader. In this part of the narration, the expression, “the Greek King wants to wage a war against the entire world,” calls attention to a great war that would spread all over the world. The Arabic word for the “decades” is “ukud,” the plural form of the Arabic word “akd,” which implies the meaning of “at least three.” In this case, when we add three decades to the 1300 of the Hijra, we have 1330. The First World War started in 1332 of the Hijra, that is 1914, in the Gregorian calendar. In early Islamic times, the Byzantine Empire was ruled from Constantinople, which was part of ancient Greece. All European Christians were referred to as Romans, and “Greek King” would also mean a European Christian — probably Emperor Franz Joseph of the Habsburg Dynasty whose country, Austria, initiated World War I by declaring war on Serbia in 1914. To say that “Allah commands war for that man” implies that God may make use of the wars that men start to further His own purpose. This idea is confirmed in the Qur’an, where it states that God sent His

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“servants” — Nebuchadnezzar and his forces — against the disobedient people of Jerusalem. So, even though Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t a believer, he was nevertheless used by God for His purpose. The same may hold true for Hitler, who broke the backs of the colonial powers and forced them to give freedom to their colonies as a consequence of the Second World War. The man from the German lands is obviously Adolf Hitler. How- ever, to refer to him as someone with a “cat name” is not as apt as referring to him as someone with a “wolf name” because the name Adolf is derived from the old German name Adalwuf, which means “noble wolf.”

CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

11. Another portent of the Mahdi’s coming is the killing of a senior member of the Hashemites. 11

Jordan is known as the Hashemite Kingdom. After the Ottoman Empire, it came under British control. Great Britain recognized Jordanian independence in 1946, as part of the Treaty of London. The monarchy was given to Abdullah, head of the principality of Jordan. The British later killed King Abdullah in 1951. Thus, the incident indicated in the hadith came to pass.

12. The inhabitants of Egypt and Sham will kill their ruler and his commands… 12

This hadith predicts that the rulers of Egypt and Syria will be killed before the coming of the Mahdi. When we examine Egypt’s recent his- tory, we see that a ruler was killed: Anwar al-Sadat, who ruled Egypt

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from 1970-81, was killed by his opponents during a military review in 1981. Other Egyptian leaders who have been killed include Prime Ministers Boutros-Ghali (1910) and Mahmoud Nukrashy Pasha (1948). Many leaders have been killed in the region of Sham (left of Hijaz), among them former Syrian prime ministers Salah al-Deen Beetar (1920), Droubi Pasha (1921), and Muhsin al-Barazi (1949), King Abdullah of Jordan (1951), and Lebanese Phalange leader Bashir Gemayel (1982).

13. The people of Sham will take prisoner the tribes of Egypt… 13

Sham (Syria) is where Israel is located. During the 1967 Six-Day War, the Israelis defeated the Egyptians and captured the Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula. With the Camp David peace treaty, Egypt came under the U.S./Israeli sphere of influence.

14. Count five or six or seven or eight decades after 1300 of Hijra. At that time, a man “Nasser” rules Egypt. Arabs call him “succa-ul Arab,” the “brave of the Arabs.” Allah despises him twice, once in a war, and then in another one. That “Nasser” can never attain victory…” 14

The dates related in this particular hadith are between 1350 and 1380 Hijra. This is the time Gamal Abdul-Nasser came to power in Egypt. In 1952, Abdul-Nasser came to power and led the movement of Arab Nationalism. During the period of Nasser, two wars erupted between Arabs and Israelis, and in both cases, Arabs were defeated.

15. …Upon this, Allah, the Lord of the House, makes a dark-colored person, whose father is more enlightened than himself, the leader of the Egyptian people and the Arab nation. But, he makes an agreement with the thieves of the Masjid al-Aqsa… 15

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Continuing with the hadith, it now calls attention to Anwar Sadat’s coming to power. One of the most telling turning points of Anwar Sadat’s time was the Arab-Israel peace talks, to which the hadith draws our attention. As the hadith reveals, the lands of Masjid al-Aqsa would not be under Muslim control, and the leader of Egypt would hold peace talks with the country that exercises control over Masjid al-Aqsa. It is possible that this hadith refers to the Arab-Israeli peace talks held at Camp David in 1978 and 1979.

TWO ROMAN ARMIES

16. Narrated Auf bin Malik: I went to the Prophet during the expedi- tion of Tabuk while he was sitting in a leather tent. He said, “Count six signs that indicate the approach of the Hour:

1. My death (which occurred in 632 AD);

2. The conquest of Jerusalem (this occurred in 638 AD at the hands of the second Caliph; Umar ibn al-Khattab);

3. A plague that will afflict you and kill you in great numbers as the plague that afflicts sheep (This epidemic disease spread immediately after the conquest of Jerusalem by Umar ibn al- Khattab around 640 AD, at Anwas region in Syria-Damascus- Palestine, which resulted in the deaths of 25,000 Muslims.);

4. The increase of wealth to such an extent that even if one is given one hundred Dinars, he will not be satisfied (this is what the situation is today in Arabia);

5. Then an affliction, which no Arab house will escape (this has happened, is happening, and is intensifying as a result of the declared “War on Terrorism”);

6. Then a truce between you and Bani Al-Asfar (the Byzantines), who will betray you and attack you under eighty flags. Under each flag will be twelve thousand soldiers.” 16

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The last prediction may be in reference to the Gulf War, Great War, or the current crusade of conquest in the Middle East. The number of nations that were part of the coalition against “terrorism” after the September 11 attacks was 80. However, if the “truce” is the seven-year peace treaty between these nations and the Mahdi, then it obviously is yet to happen.

17. Dhu Mukhammar said: The Prophet said: “You will make a peace treaty with the Romans, and together you will invade an enemy beyond Rome. You will be victorious and take much booty. Then you will camp in a hilly pasture; one of the Roman men will come and raise a cross and give victory to it, so one of the Muslims will come and kill him. Then the Romans will break the treaty, and there will be a battle. They will gather an army against you and come against you with 80 flags, each flag followed by 12,000 men.” 17

This is the U.S. (allied Romans) supported war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union (enemy Romans). The mountains refer to the Hindu Kush Mountains.

18. Narrated with sound chains from Dhu Mikhbar al-Najashi: You will make a firm truce with the Romans until you and they wage a campaign against an enemy that is attacking them. You will be granted victory and great spoils. Then you will alight in a plain surrounded by hills. There, someone among the Romans shall say, “The Cross has overcome!” Whereupon someone among the Muslims shall say, “Nay, Allah has overcome!” and shall go and break the cross. The Romans shall kill him, then the Muslims shall take up their arms, and the two sides shall fall upon each other. Allah shall grant martyrdom to that group of Muslims. After

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that, the Romans shall say to their leader, “We shall relieve you of the Arabs,” and they shall gather up for the great battle. They shall come to you under 80 flags (nations), each flag (nation) gathering 12,000 troops. 18

This could be a reference to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, in which America (allied Roman force) formed an alliance with the Muslims to fight the Russians (enemy Roman force). In 1989, the Russians lost and retreated from Afghanistan. In 1990, the Soviet Union fell, and America, along with its Muslim allies, gained victory over them. Following that, the Roman forces invaded the Islamic world in the Gulf War. What the cross is can only be based on speculation. The area of “hilly pastures” is obviously Afghanistan, since the descrip- tion fits well. The battle could be referring to the Gulf War. Also, each of the 80 flags represents one nation, so there would be 80 different nations involved in invading Muslim lands.

19. Na’im, son of Hammad, reported on his chain of narration on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Masood, that the Messenger of Allah said:

The Romans will attack those Arabs who reside in their land, until not a single Arab man or woman or child remains in their land but that they shall be killed by the Romans. 19

This hadith mentions Arabs residing in the Roman lands (North America and Europe), not Muslims, and today Muslims are racially stereotyped and profiled as being “Arabs.” This does not bode well for the Muslims living in America and Europe. The Japanese were interned in camps during World War II, and after 9/11, there was much discussion in the American media and thinktanks about doing the same to Muslims.

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IRAN-IRAQ WAR

20. Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger’s many hadith and one of them was this: The last Hour will not come until the two parties (of Muslims) confront each other and there is a large- scale massacre amongst them and the claim of both of them is the same. 20

21. A nation/tribe will be coming forth from the Farsi direction, say- ing, “You Arabs! You have been too zealous! If you don’t give them their due rights, nobody will have alliance with you… It must be given to them one day and to you the following day, and mutual promises must be kept…” They will be going up Mutekh; Muslims will be coming down to the plain… Hypocrites (non-believing “Muslims”) will be standing over there on the bank of a black river called Rakabeh on the other side. There will be a war between them. Allah will deprive both armies of a victory…” 21

Farsi means Persians or Iranians. Rakabeh is a region where oil wells are concentrated. This hadith draws attention to a racial dispute that would break out. Because of this dispute, the sides would come down to the Iranian plains and then a war would get underway. As noted by the hadith, the Iran-Iraq War lasted for eights years, and despite thousands of casualties, no result was forthcoming for both sides. Neither side could have a decisive victory.

THE GULF WAR

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is Saddam. He is saddam against his opponents. All the world gathers for him in small Kut, the region to which he came previously because he was deceived.” 22

In the final part of the hadith, attention is called to a “saddam” person who would emerge from Iraq. The dictionary meaning of “saddam” is “the one who strikes violently, assaults.” The hadith says that this person would invade Kut; one of the names given to the region that also includes Kuwait. Saddam Hussein was a dictator notorious for the violence he exercised against his people during his reign. He was deceived into invading Kuwait in 1990, and this invasion became the pretext for Gulf War I.

23. Reported on a chain of transmission on the authority of Ka’b: The sign of the Mahdi’s appearance will be war banners coming from the west, lead by a man with a disability from “Kinda.” 23

Kinda was a pre-Islamic kingdom in central Arabia that converted to Judaism in the late 4th century.

24. And war in a country smaller than the end bone of the spinal cord, the world will gather for its sake, as if it were the richest nation in the world for which the world has gathered to feast around. Its leader will surrender the banner to the leader of all evil, who will come from the furthest Western shores, then the beginning of the end as it wails to all the world to come to its aid. The leader will regain his throne, and Iraq will be destroyed in the confrontation at the end of time. The leader of the tiny nation will fight the Army of the Mahdi, and the same tiny nation is again threatened with destruc- tion because its leader is the cause of its corruption…the Mahdi

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orders his execution and the small bone returns to the main body again. 24

The tiny nation mentioned in this hadith can be said to be Kuwait.

SANCTIONS ON IRAQ AND SYRIA

25. Abu Nadhrah says: “We were sitting in the company of Jabir, son of Abdullah, when he said, ‘Soon the people of Iraq will neither receive any food (grain) nor any money.’” We asked, “Why would such a thing happen?” He replied, “Because of the non-Arabs.” He then said, “Soon the people of (Syria) will neither receive any money nor grain.” We asked as to why this would happen. He replied, “Because of the Romans.” 25

The Romans (Americans) did indeed prevent food from going into Iraq, in the form of “sanctions,” which started after the Gulf War I. Also, this hadith says that Syria would suffer the same fate. Syria most likely means Palestine, as it was part of historical Syria.

ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

26. Son of Hajr Al-’Asqalani related that Abu Idris Al-Khaulani heard from Nahik son of Surim Al-Sakuni that the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (God bless him), said: “You will fight the unbelievers until the remnant of you fights on the River Jordan, you to the east of it and they to the west of it.” Al-Sakuni said that at that time he did not know where the River Jordan was. 26

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the Prophet said would be the demarcation line between the Muslim armies and the Judeo-Christian armies! This is a prophecy fulfilled indeed!

IRAQ WAR

27. Baghdad is destroyed by fire in the End Times… 27

28. The people of Kufa will be divided into three parts. One part will join the Tyrant’s army. These are the most wicked people Allah created. Another group will wage war against them, and these peo- ple are the honorable servants of Allah. Another part will join the pillagers, and they are sinners. 28

Iraq has indeed been divided into three parts as part of the divide- and-conquer strategy. As far back as the 1970s, the Bernard Lewis map of the Middle East had proposed that Iraq be split into three parts.

29. Doomsday will not come until Iraq is attacked and innocent people in Iraq will seek shelter in (Syria). (Syria) will be reconstructed and Iraq will be reconstructed. 29

Nowadays, as a result of the American military occupation of Iraq, over a million Iraqis are living as refugees in Syria.

IRAQ, SYRIA, EGYPT, AND THE ARABIAN PENINSULA

30. Our Prophet said: There will be such troubles and calamities that nobody will be able to find a place of shelter. These woes will move around Syria, fall upon Iraq, and tie the hands and feet of

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the Arabian Peninsula. The Community of Islam will fight against troubles in the steppes. Nobody will feel any sympathy for them or even say, “Alas!”As they try to remedy their woes on the one hand, these will emerge again on the other. 30

31. Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said: Iraq will withhold its dirham and qafiz; Syria will withhold its mudd and dinar and Egypt will withhold its irdab and dinar and you will recoil to that position from where you started and you will recoil to that posi- tion from where you started and you will recoil to the position from where you started, the bones and the flesh of Abu Huraira will bear testimony to it. 31

The triple repetition of “you will recoil…” is to emphasize that this event will surely occur. Compare the map of the Zionist empire. It includes Iraq, Egypt, and Syria, as well as parts of Saudi Arabia, all mentioned in prophetic narrations as countries that would get into difficulties. Egypt can already be considered to be cut off from the Muslim community. After the Camp David agreement with Israel, Egypt was ostracized by the Arab world.

32. There will be ruins all around the world. Ultimately, Egypt will also be ruined, but until Basra is destructed, Egypt will remain secure. Basra will be in ruins because of Iraq’s destruction. Meanwhile, the downfall of Egypt will come with the drying of the Nile… 32

33. The tribulation in Sham will calm down on the one hand and flare up again on another. This corruption will not end until an

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angel from the sky calls, ‘The Mahdi is your leader. The Mahdi is your caliph.” 33

Sham — Syria — has historically consisted of the area that makes up the present-day states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.

WAR OF THE EUPHRATES

34. The halting of the Euphrates is one of the portents of the Mahdi. 34

The above hadith indicates that the Euphrates incident occurs before the Mahdi, near the time of his emergence. Many respected books of hadith mention both of these events. The Muslim scholar Imam Al-Suyuti refers to this hadith as “the stopping of water.” In fact, the Keban Dam has stopped the flow of this river’s water. Thus, this part of the Euphrates prediction has already come to pass.

35. Abu Huraira said: The Prophet said: “The Hour will not come before the Euphrates uncovers a mountain of gold, for which people will fight. Ninety-nine out of one hundred will die, but everyone among them will say that perhaps he will be the one who will survive (and thus possess this gold).” 35

36. Narrated Ubayy ibn Ka’b: I heard Allah’s Apostle say: The Euphrates will soon uncover a mountain of gold, and when the people will hear of it, they will flock towards it, but the people who will pos- sess that treasure will say: If we allowed these persons to take out of it, they would take away the whole of it. So, they will fight, and ninety-nine out of one hundred will be killed. 36

33 Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 63 34 Al-Muttaql al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 39 35 Muslim Book 41, Number 6918 36 Muslim Book 41, Number 6922

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This can be construed to be the invasion of Iraq to capture its oil resources, although the meaning may be literal, and perhaps there really are gold deposits there.

FIGHT FOR THE CALIPHATE

37. Reported by Hadhrat Ali: So do not rebuke the people of Syria, but rebuke the evil people among them because amongst them are Al Abdal (pious saints). A flood is about to be sent down upon the people of Syria, which will disperse their groups in such a way that if foxes attacked them, they would be beaten. At that time, a man from the Family of my House will come under three banners; with 12-15,000 men and their password is, “Die, die.” Then, there will come seven banners, and under each will be one man seeking the kingdom. Allah will kill all of them and restore unity and favors upon the hearts of Muslims, and those who were far will come close. 37

The fight between one group with three banners and another group with seven banners seems to refer to a civil war between Muslim antagonists, none of whom will win, and it is only when both groups are destroyed that Muslim unity will be restored.

THE TYRANT

The Arabic term Sufyaani refers to a Muslim ruler who is a tyrant. Abu Sufyaan was a determined and bitter enemy of the Messenger of God who accepted Islam at a late date. His son Muawiyah went on to become the caliph after the four rightly guided caliphs and founded the Umayyad Dynasty in Damascus. Because of political conflict dur- ing the time of Muawiyah and his son Yazid, the Islamic world was split into the Shia and Sunni factions.

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In this book, we will use the word Sufyaani interchangeably with the term “Tyrant.”

38. “The Mahdi will not come until The Sufyaani is established.” 38

39. Reported by Abu Huraira: “A man named the Sufyaani will come from the center of Damascus. The majority of his followers will be from the tribe of Kalb. He will kill until he rips women open and kills children. So, the tribe of Kays will rise up in retaliation, and he will slaughter all of them! Then, a man from the Family of my House will come in Al Hirrah and the news will reach the Sufyaani. Then he will send his army, but it will suffer defeat. The Sufyaani will march with his followers to him until they reach a desert, and the ground will swallow them up. None will be saved, except the one bearing the news.” 39

INVASIONS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

40. Imam Ali said: “The horses of the Tyrant will go to Kufa (Iraq), and he will send his army against the dwellers of Khurasan. (At that time) the people of Khurasan will demand the Mahdi. He that meets with the Hashimi with the Black Banners at his front is Shuayb, the son of Salih, who will engage the Tyrant at the Gate of Istakhr (Shiraz in Iran) — between them, there will be a tremendously fierce battle and the Black Banners will win, but the horses of the Tyrant will escape. It is at that time that the people will wish for the Mahdi, because they will need him.” 40

This saying of the Messenger refers to both Iraq and Afghanistan being invaded at the same time. This matches the current circumstances.

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It also mentions a failed attack on Iran (Istakhr), and that this will be the time when people start wishing for the Mahdi. Khurasan is an ancient name for an area that includes northeastern Iran, Afghanistan, and parts of Central Asia. There is a province nowadays in Iran called Khurasan that borders on Afghanistan. If Khurasan refers to Iran, then it means that after the invasion of Iraq, there will be an attack on Iran, which, as of this writing, is being talked about in the media.

41. Imam Ali said: “The Tyrant will overcome Syria, then between them, there will be a battle in Kurkisa until the birds of the air are filled and the savage animals of the earth are filled from their per- ishing. Then, an opening will occur at their rear, and a group will come from them until they enter the land of Khurasan. The horses of the Tyrant will come demanding the people of Khurasan, and they will slay the followers of the Family of Muhammad in Kufa; then the people of Khurasan will come seeking the Mahdi.” 41

It is interesting to note that, according to this narration, the Tyrant would come to Afghanistan demanding that some people be handed over to him. The Americans went to Afghanistan asking for Osama Bin Laden and his followers. During the time of the Messenger of God, the borders of Syria and Iraq would have been very different from what they are now, so it may be safe to assume that the references to Syria could, in fact, point to the present-day Iraq.

42. “There will be a city called Zawra between the Tigris and the Euphrates. There will be a great battle there. Women will be taken prisoner, and men will have their throats cut like sheep.” 42

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Zawra is an ancient name for Baghdad.

43. “Between the Tigris and the Euphrates, a city will be built where the children of Abbas will reign. It is called Zawra (Baghdad)…” “O leader of the believers, why is it called Zawra?” “It is called Zawra because the war surrounds it, expanding to the borders.” 43

During the Abbasid Dynasty, the seat of the caliphate was shifted from Damascus in Syria to Baghdad in Iraq. Baghdad was purpose-built by the Abbasids as the capital city.

INVASION OF SAUDI ARABIA

44. Narrated Abdullah, son of Umar: The Prophet said: “The Muslims will soon be besieged up to Medina, so that their most distant frontier outpost will be Salah.” 44

Salah is a town about 200 miles north of the city of Medina. This will be how close the anti-Islamic armies will come to the heart of the Muslim world. This also suggests that Saudi Arabia will be invaded — a possibility that is being very openly and casually discussed by some neoconser- vative thinktanks in the West.

SIGNS OF THE MAHDI

45. Narrated Na’im, son of Hammad: Allah Almighty will send the Mahdi after despair has reached the point that people will say, “There is no Mahdi.” 45

43 Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 426, Number 776 44 Abu Dawud Book 35, Number 4237A 45 Jesus Will Return by Harun Yahya, p. 53

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46. Ammar, the son of Yasir, said: “When the Tyrant reaches Kufa and kills the supporters of the family of Muhammad (God bless him), the Mahdi will come and the bearer of his Banner will be Shuayb, the son of Salih.” 46

Kufa is a city in Iraq. The war in Iraq will be a prelude to the coming of the Mahdi.

47. A star with a luminous tail will rise from the east before the Mahdi emerges. 47

48. The rise of that star will occur after the eclipse of the sun and the moon. 48

49. A comet appears when kings go on the pilgrimage to Mecca for travel, the wealthy for commerce, the poor for rest, and the hafiz (reciter of the Qur’an) to show off. 49

50. “When this comet first appeared, the people of Prophet Noah per- ished, Prophet Abraham was cast into fire, Pharaoh and his people who fought against Prophet Moses perished, and John (Yahya) passed away. When you see that comet, take refuge in God from the evil of tribulation.” 50

51. In its section on the signs of the Mahdi’s emergence, the book Iqd al-Durar states: “There will be the emergence of a big flare, which is seen in the east, in the sky for three nights; the sighting of an extraordinary redness, not as red as the usual color of the dawn, and it is spread over the horizon.” 51

46 Unconfirmed source. 47 Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha’ah li Ashrat as-Sa’ah, p. 200 48 Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi ‘Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 32 49 Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha’ah li Ashrat as-Sa’ah, p.123 50 Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi ‘Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 32 51 Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi ‘Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 32

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The flares could be from huge fires ignited by bombing of the oil fields. The oil-producing region of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia is directly east of Medina, where the Messenger used to live.

52. Amr, son of Shamer, quoted Jabir, who quoted Muhammad, son of Ali, to have said: “For our Mahdi, there are two signs. Since the birth of the Universe, these events have never taken place. Those two signs are that there will be a lunar eclipse on the first night of Ramadan and a solar eclipse in the middle of Ramadan.” 52

This narration is not attributed to the Messenger of God, but attrib- uted to Muhammad, son of Ali. No other person has substantiated this alleged statement of Muhammad, son of Ali. Muslim scholars have always rejected this and other narrations of Amr and Jabir, as both have been known to transmit unreliable and forged narrations. We have included the statement here, as it is a commonly quoted hadith.

53. Reported by a companion, who informed Mujahid: “Surely, the Mahdi will not come until the purified soul has been killed. When this occurs, those in the heaven and those on earth will be angry. So, people will come in a procession to the Mahdi; like the procession of a bride to her husband on their wedding night, and he will fill the earth with fairness and justice, and the earth will produce its plants and the heaven will pour its rain, and my nation will enjoy his government and favors never before enjoyed.” 53

54. When an innocent child of the community of Muhammad is killed, an angel from the sky will cry: “God is with him (the Mahdi) and with those who are with him.” 54

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The Mahdi will come when innocent Muslim children are being killed. This is happening now and is referred to as “collateral damage.” This is clearly angering those on earth, and it would certainly anger those in heaven.

55. The Mahdi will only appear at a time when people are experienc- ing great fear and are afflicted by disturbances, civil war, and other disasters. 55

Most of the Muslim world is being roiled by the above problems.

BATTLES IN MINA

Although in the past, some incidents of violence have occurred during and after Haj in Mecca at the Ka’ba and in Mina, these may not be the ones that are implied here as the hadith appears to be saying that there will be battles in Mecca during or just after Haj and the Mahdi will appear while this is still going on.

56. The year in which he (the Mahdi) will emerge, people will perform Haj together and gather without an imam. The Hajis will be looted, and there will be a battle at Mina, in which many will be slain and blood will flow until it runs over the Jamra al-’Aqaba. 56

Jamra: a stone pillar representing Satan that is stoned during the pilgrimage. In this location, there will be a conflict that will result in many deaths. This area of Mecca has in recent years suffered many deaths from stampedes because of the large crowds. However, what is being talked about in the hadith is warfare.

57. “People pay pilgrimage without an imam leading them. Big wars break out when they come down to Mina, and they are entwined

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just the way dogs entwine and tribes will attack each other. It is to such an extent that legs are buried in lakes of blood.” 57

58. “There come the cries of war in Shawwall (tenth Islamic month) with the outbreak of a war and massacre and carnage in Dhu al- Hijja (twelfth Islamic month) and again the plundering of pilgrims in Dhu al-Hijja, and the crossing of streets is not even possible because of bloodshed, and religious prohibitions are violated. Big sins are committed near Beyt-ül Muazzam (Ka’ba).” 58

An incident occurred in the month of Dhu al-Hijja (twelfth Islamic month) in the 1407 (1987) pilgrimage season, which actually took place near the Ka’ba. More than 400 people, mostly Iranian pilgrims, were killed and 649 wounded in Mecca when security forces clashed with Iranians over an anti-U.S. demonstration.

59. There will be tumult in Shawwal (tenth Islamic month), talks of war in Dhu al-Qi’dah (eleventh Islamic month), and the outbreak of war in Dhu al-Hijja (twelfth Islamic month). 59

60. Reported by Abdullah son of Amr: “In the month of Dhu-Qi’dah (eleventh Islamic month), the tribes will start to fight, and pil- grims will be robbed. There will be a fierce battle at Mina until their companion escapes and he will be pledged allegiance between Al Rukn and Al Makam although he dislikes it. The alle- giance will be pledged by the same number of fighters at Badr, and the inhabitants of the Heaven and Earth will be pleased with him.” 60

57 Kitab-ül Burhan Fi Alameti-il Mehdiyy-il Ahir Zaman, p. 35 58 Kitab-ül Burhan Fi Alameti-il Mehdiyy-il Ahir Zaman, p. 37 59 Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha’ah li-Ashrat as-Sa’ah, p. 166 60 Al Hakim, Nuaym son of Hammad’s book ‘Al Fitan’

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The Battle of Badr was the first armed conflict that the Muslims fought, and there were 313 people in the Muslim army, apart from the Prophet.

61. There will be a voice in Ramadan (ninth Islamic month), and a voice in Shawwal (tenth Islamic month). In Dhu al-Qi’dah (eleventh Islamic month), the tribes will fight one another. In Dhu al-Hijja (twelfth Islamic month), pilgrims will be despoiled. In Muharram (first Islamic month), there will be a shout from the sky: “Take heed. Such a person is of the auspicious ones of the people of God. Listen to and obey him.” 61

This saying seems to connect the events at Mina during the Dhu al-Hijja (twelfth Islamic month) with the coming of the Mahdi the following month in Muharram (first Islamic month). So, the Mahdi appears after a Haj during which there will be much violence.

THE MAHDI

62. Ibni Munavi said that Danyal (Daniel) reported in his book that “There are 3 Tyrants and 3 Mahdis. When the first Tyrant appears and his name and fame become widespread, the first Mahdi will confront him, the second Mahdi will confront the second Tyrant, and the third Mahdi will confront the third Tyrant, and Allah, the Exalted, will send him (the third Mahdi) to save the ones who have suffered mischief, and the believers. The Sunnah will be revived through him, and oppression, injustice, and cruelty will come to an end through him. The people will be highly prized and become victorious over their opponents at his time. A beautiful life will be lived, and the earth and the heavens will increase their blessing. 62

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63. Son of Masood said: When commerce and roads are blocked and trials increase, seven knowledgeable people will come from dif- ferent directions without previous appointment. Each will receive the allegiance of over three hundred men until they meet in Mecca. The seven will meet and ask one another; “What brought you here?” They will reply, “We are in search of the man upon whose hand the trials will be calmed, and for whom Constantinople will be opened. We know him by his name, his father’s name, his mother’s name, and his army.” So, the seven will agree upon this and search for him, then find him in Mecca. They will ask him, “Are you so and so, son of so and so?” He will reply, “No, I am a man from the supporters.” He will escape from them, so they will describe him to people in their midst that are both righteous and knowledgeable, and it will be said to them: “The one whom you seek was in your company, and he went to Medina.” So, they will search for him in Medina, but at that time, he will be in Mecca. They will search for him in Mecca and say to him: “You are so and so, son of so and so, and your mother is so and so, daughter of so and so, and in you are the signs of such and such, and such and such. You escaped from us once, so stretch out your hands, and we will pledge our allegiance to you.” But he will say, “I am not your companion.” Then he will escape from them, and they would search for him in Medina while he would have returned to Mecca, then they will find him in Mecca beside Al Rukn and say to him:

“Our sins will be upon you and our blood upon your neck if you do not stretch out your hand so that we may pledge our allegiance! The army of the Tyrant is coming demanding from us a man from Jurm.” So, he will sit between Al Rukn and Al Makam and stretch out his hand, and allegiance will be pledged to him. Allah will sow love of him in the chests of the people, and he will lead a nation of those who are lions during the day and worshippers at night. 63

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There is an area around Mecca that is called Umm al Jurm, where the tribe of Jurm lived. Jurm could also refer to Jurm District in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, where the people of the Jurm tribe of Arabia may have settled. The people who will forcibly pledge allegiance to the Mahdi could be the “Afghans,” as those Arabs who fought in Afghanistan are called.

64. “People will gather around the Mahdi in 1400.” 64

65. “Count two or three decades after the year/decade of Hijri 1400. At that time, the Mahdi emerges…” 65

The second decade of 1400 hijri is 1411–1420, which spans from 1990–2000. The third decade of 1400 hijri is 1421–1430, which spans from 2000–2009. If we are counting after the decade of 1400 instead of the year 1400, then that would mean the second decade is 1421-1430, and the third decade is 1431-1440, which spans from

2009-2019.

66. Son of Asakir quoted Yunus, son of Maysara, son of Halbas, as saying that the Prophet had stated: “This matter (namely the Caliphate) will be after me in Medina, then in Syria, then in the Jazeera, then in Iraq, then in Medina, then in Jerusalem. If it is in Jerusalem, its home country is there, and if any people expel it, it will not return there forever.” 66

The caliphate’s first location was in Medina during the time of the Rightly Guided Caliphs. Then it moved to Damascus, where the Umayyad Dynasty was based. Later, during the time of the Abbasids,

64 Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 108 65 Asmal Masalik. See note 10. 66 Ibn Asakir, Tahdhib Tarikh Dimashq al-Kabir, Volume 1, p. 42 (Dar al-Masiyrah, Beirut, 1979)

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the seat of government was moved to the area of Iraq referred to as the “Jazeera,” and once Baghdad was built, the capital was moved there. The Abbasid Caliphate was abolished in 1258, when the Mongols sacked Baghdad. After that period, various dynasties have laid claim to the title of the caliphate, but none have been universally acknowledged by Muslims. When the new caliphate returns with the appearance of the Mahdi, it is going to be based in Medina. At some point during his rule, the Mahdi is predicted to migrate to Jerusalem and would thus fulfill the prophecy for the final location of the Caliphate.

67. Narrated by Hudhaifa, The Prophet said: “Woe to this nation from the dictatorship of kings! Why do they kill and make pious people fear except those who obey them, and the pure believer soothes them with his tongue but resists them with his heart? If Allah wishes to revive Islam in might, He will break the back of every stubborn tyrant — He is able to do anything and can reform the nation after its corruption. O Hudhaifa, if there remains but one day left in the world, Allah will prolong that day until a man from the Family of my House will govern and fierce battles will be in his hands, and Islam will spread. Allah does not change His Promise, and He is quick to recompense.” 67

68. Reported by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri: “A man from my nation will come who speaks with my Sunnah, and Allah, the Mighty, the Glorified, will send showers of rain from the heavens so that the earth will produce its blessing. Through him, the earth will be filled with fairness and justice, just as it had been filled by oppression and injustice. He will govern this nation for seven years, and go to Jerusalem.” 68

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69. Ali said that The Prophet said, ‘The Mahdi is one of us, from among the people of my household. In one night, Allah will inspire him and prepare him to carry out his task successfully. 69

70. Ali said that the Prophet said: “The birth place of the Mahdi will be in Medina. He is from the family of the House of the Prophet,

and his migration is to the House of Jerusalem. His beard is thick, his eyes naturally mascaraed, his teeth are radiant, and upon his face is a mole, and upon his shoulder is the Sign of the Prophet. And he will come out under the Banner of the Prophet made from

a marked woolen black square that will not have been unfolded

since the Messenger, and it will not be unfolded until the Mahdi comes. Allah will support him with three thousand angels who will beat the faces and buttocks of those that oppose him. He will be sent between the age of thirty and forty.” 70

71. Abu Is-haq told that Ali, son of Abu Talib, looked at his son Hassan and said: “This son of mine is a sayyid (chief) as named by the Prophet, and from his loins will come forth a man who will be called by the name of your Prophet and resemble him in conduct, but not in appearance. He then mentioned the story about his filling the earth with justice.” 71

72. Hadhrat Abdullah, son of Masood, reports from the Prophet, who said: “The world will not come to pass until a man from among my family, whose name will be my name, rules over the Arabs.” 72

73. Hadhrat Ali narrates that the Messenger of Allah said: “Even if only

a day remains for doomsday to come, yet Allah will surely send a

69 Ahmad and son of Majah 70 Nu’aym ibn Hammad, Kitab al-Fitan, Number 73 71 Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4276A 72 Tirmidhi Sahih, Vol. 9, P. 74; Abu Dawud, Sahih, Vol. 5, p. 207; also narrated by Ali, son of Abu Talib, Abu Sa’id, Umm Salma, Abu Huraira

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man from my family who will fill this world with such justice and fairness, just as it initially was filled with oppression.” 73

74. Umme Salmah, the Prophet’s wife, narrates that she heard the Prophet say: “The promised Mahdi will be among my progeny, among the descendants of Fatima.” 74

75. The Messenger of Allah announced: “The Mahdi will be of my family, of the descendants of Fatima (the Prophet’s daughter).” 75

76. Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri: The Prophet said, “The Mahdi will be of my stock, and will have a broad forehead and an aquiline nose. He will fill the earth will equity and justice, as it was filled with oppression and tyranny, and he will rule for seven years.” 76

77. Narrated by Hudhaifa, The Prophet said: “The Mahdi is a man from my children. His face is like a glittering star, his skin is the color of an Arab, and his body is like that of Israel. He will fill the earth with justice just as it will have been filled by injus- tice, and the dwellers of Heaven and Earth will be pleased with his Caliphate.” 77

78. “There have been four great kings on the Earth: Two were believers and two were unbelievers. The believers were Dhu’l-Qarnayn (thought to be Alexander the Great) and Solomon, and the unbe- lievers were Nimrod and Nebuchadnezzar. There will be a fifth king to rule the world, who will be from the people of my House.” 78

73 Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4270 74 Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4271 75 Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 2, Tradition Number 4086 76 Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4272 77 Abu Nuaym, At-Tabarani, and Abu Amru Ad Dani 78 Ibn al-Jawzi, Mektubat-i Rabbani, 2/1163

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79. “The Mahdi will rule the world like the Prophet Dhu’l-Qarnayn and the Prophet Solomon.” 79

The great scholar of Islam, Imam Al-Suyuti, is considered by many to have been one of the reformers of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad (God bless him) said God would send every one hundred years to renew the religion. He lived more than 400 years ago at a time of the 1,000-year millennial of the Hijra, when, for subjective reasons, many common Muslims thought the Imam Mahdi was to come to usher in the Kingdom of God. The Imam wrote a book refuting any significance to the year 1000 A.H. (Hijri on the Islamic calendar). He also wrote that, according to his knowledge and all his understanding of the Hadith and the Qur’an, the year of the Imam Mahdi will be some time in the 15th Islamic cen- tury. We are now in the early part of the 15th Islamic century. What is also significant is that the Mahdi is expected to appear in the second or third decade of this Islamic century (where we currently are). It should also be noted, however, that according to the Qur’an, no one can predict when exactly the Day of Judgment itself will occur.

80. “The Mahdi will own the entire world.” 80

81. “The Mahdi will invade all the places between East and West.” 81

The above two hadith demonstrate that the Mahdi’s rule will span the entire world, and previous hadith show that his rule will be like that of the Prophet and King Solomon.

SINKING OF THE ARMY IN THE DESERT

82. Aisha reported that Allah’s Messenger was startled in the state of sleep. We said: “Allah’s Messenger, you have done something in

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the state of your sleep which you never did before?” Thereupon he said: “Strange it is that some people of my Ummah (community) would attack the House (Ka’ba) (to kill) a person who would belong to the tribe of the Quraish, and he would try to seek pro- tection in the House. And when they would reach the plain ground, they would be sunk.” We said: “Allah’s Messenger, all sorts of people throng the path.” Thereupon he said: “Yes, there would be amongst them people who would come with definite designs and those who would come under duress, and there would be travel- ers also, but they would all be destroyed through one (stroke) of destruction, though they would be raised in different states (on the Day of Resurrection). Allah would, however, raise them according to their intention. 82

According to this narration, when the Mahdi appears, the army that comes to kill him but sinks in the desert will be Muslim, or it could be a foreign-led army, with Muslims making up the rank and file.

83. Umm Salamah reported that the Prophet said: “Disagreement will occur at the death of a ruler, and a man from the people of Medina will flee to Mecca. Some of the people of Mecca will come to him, bring him out against his will, and swear allegiance to him between the corner (of the Ka’ba) and the Station of Abraham. An army will then be sent against him from Syria, but will be swallowed up in the desert between Mecca and Medina. When the people see that, the Al-Abdal (eminent saints) of Syria and the best people of Iraq will come to him and swear allegiance to him. 83 Then, a man from Quraish whose mother is from Kalb will appear and send against them an army, which will be overcome by them, and that is the Battle of Kalb. Disappointed will be the one who does not receive the booty of Kalb. He will divide the

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property, and will govern the people by the Sunnah of the Prophet. He will remain seven years, then die, and the Muslims will pray over him.”

This hadith appears to suggest that the ruler of Syria at the time and the Tyrant are two different people. This hadith is consid- ered to be “weak,” so the actual differentiation between the ruler of Syria and the Tyrant may not be accurate. However, it mentions that, prior to the Madhi, a disagreement will occur after the death of a ruler. This is significant, as we have seen in other hadith that people would be fighting over the (possibly Saudi) kingdom before the Mahdi comes, so this part of the hadith is relevant, especially in relation to current events. Therefore, the weakness of this hadith may not mean it is “fabricated” as much as that it was simply not narrated correctly.

84. An army comes to fight. Once they enter the desert, the one in the front and the back disappear, and the ones in the middle cannot save themselves. 84

85. Tubay said: “A man will seek refuge in Mecca and will be killed, then after that, a long period of time will pass, then another man (the Mahdi) will seek refuge in Mecca, but if you meet him, do not fight him, for if you do, you will be part of the army that will be sunk and destroyed.” 85

The first incident occurred in the Grand Mosque of Mecca in November 1979, when hundreds of Saudi dissidents led by Juhaiman al Utaiba seized control of the Ka’ba, and they were killed after heavy fighting.

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BLACK BANNERS FROM KHURASAN

“The army from Khurasan” that will come to help the Mahdi has devel- oped a legendary status in Islamic prophecy circles. Khurasan is most likely to be Iran, but can also be Afghanistan or, as an outside chance, even Pakistan, as ancient Khurasan may have included parts of north- western Pakistan. When the black banners — the army — from Khurasan are referred to, it does not necessarily mean that they will constitute the whole fighting force of the Mahdi, but that they will be among its constituents. Their coming to support the Mahdi will be one of the signs that the Mahdi is here. The historical region of Khurasan extended along the north from the Amu Darya (Oxus River) westward to the Caspian Sea and, along the south, from the fringes of the central Iranian deserts eastward to central Afghanistan. Arab geographers even spoke of its extending to the boundaries of India. The people from Khurasan could be Iranians, Afghans, or even Arabs, as a large number of Arabs went to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet invasion, and they are known as the “Afghans.” In addition, almost half a million Pakistanis fought in the Afghanistan war at var- ious times and would support the Mahdi. In short, there will be far more people rushing to support the Mahdi than he would be in need of.

86. Abdullah, son of al-Harith, son of Juz’ al-Zubaydi, said: The Prophet said: “A people will come out of the East who will pave the way for the Mahdi.” 86

87. “Pity poor Taliqan (a region in Afghanistan) that at that place are treasures of Allah, but these are not of gold and silver. There are people who have recognized Allah, as they should have. They are the supporters of the Mahdi in the End Times.” 87

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88. On the authority of Thawban, the Messenger of Allah said: “Before

your treasure, three will kill each other — all of them are sons of

a different caliph, but none will be the recipient. Then the Black

Banners will appear from the East, and they will kill you in a way that has never before been done by a nation.” Thawban, a com-

panion, said: “Then he said something that I do not remember by heart.” Then he continued to say that the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, said: “If you see him, give him your allegiance, even

if you have to crawl over ice, because surely he is the Caliph of

Allah, the Mahdi. If you see the black (meaning war) flags coming from Khurasan, join that army, even if you have to crawl over ice, for this is the army of the Caliph, the Mahdi, and no one can stop that army until it reaches Jerusalem.” 88

89. Related by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: “(Armies carrying) black flags will come from Khurasan. No power will be able to stop them, and they will finally reach Jerusalem, where they will erect their flags.” 89

90. Narrated Ali, son of Abu Talib: The Prophet said: “A man called al-Harith ibn Harrath will come forth from Transoxiana. His army will be led by a man called Mansur, who will establish or consolidate things for Muhammad’s family as Quraish consolidated them for the Apostle of Allah. Every believer must help him, (or he said:

respond to his sermons). 90

Transoxiana refers to an area that includes Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and parts of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and is roughly equivalent to what is referred to as Khurasan, including Afghanistan and parts of

88 Son of Majah, Al Busiri, Al Hakim, Ahmad Nuaym, Ad-Daylami, Hasan, son of Sufyaan, and Abu Nuaym Tirmidhi 90 Abu Dawud Book 36, Number 4277

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Iran. The person referred to as al-Harith would be located in this area and would be sermonizing to the Muslims, and they are asked to listen and act on his advice. The Tamimi Shuayb, son of Salih, the bearer of the Mahdi’s flag, is variously referred to as coming from Khurasan or Ar-Ray. Because Ar-Ray is Tehran in Iran, then Shuayb, son of Salih, could be described as an Arab who travels from Afghanistan via Iran and Iraq to Mecca. Or he could be an Iranian leader. Similarly, al-Harith will be part of this group, along with Mansur leading the army.

91. Abu Abdullah Na’im, son of Hammad, on a chain of transmission on the authority of Al Zuhari, who said: “The black flags will come from the East, led by mighty men, with long hair and beards; their surnames are taken from the names of their hometowns (i.e., Khosti or from Khost, etc.), and their first names are from a Kunya (title or surname). If the people of the black flag divide, then the people of the yellow banner will attack; they will gather in the canal of Egypt, and the people of the East and the West will fight for seven (days or months or years)… 91

92. Narrated Abdullah ibn Hawalah al-Azdi: The Apostle of Allah sent us on foot to get spoil, but we returned without getting any. When he saw the signs of distress on our faces, he stood and said: “O Allah, do not put them under my care, for I would be too weak to care for them; do not put them in care of themselves, for they would be incapable of that; and do not put them in the care of men, for they would choose the best things for themselves.” He then placed his hand on my head and said: “Ibn Hawalah, when you see the Caliphate has settled in the holy land (i.e., Palestine), earthquakes, sorrows, and serious matters will have drawn near,

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and on that day, the Last Hour will be nearer to mankind than this hand of mine is to your head. 92

According to this saying of the Messenger of God, the caliphate established by the Mahdi will be based in Jerusalem.

93. Muhammad, son of Al Hanaffia, said: “The Black Banners will come out for the children of Al Abbas. The other black banners will come from Khurasan. Their turbans will be black and their clothes white. At their front will be a man named Shuayb, the son of Salih, from Tamim. They will defeat the companions of the Tyrant until he comes to the House of Jerusalem, where he will establish his power for the Mahdi, and he will be supplied with three hundred (men) from Syria after his arrival, and the matter will be settled for the Mahdi in seventy-two months (six years).” 93

94. Said son of Al Musayyab reported: “The Black Banners will come from the East from the children of Al Abbas. Then there will remain whatsoever Allah wishes. Then, small Black Banners will come to fight a man from the children of Abu Sufyaan from the East. They will give their allegiance to the Mahdi.” 94

The “children of Al Abbas” are the Iraqis, descendants of Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib, who was the uncle of the Messenger of God and after whom the Abbasid dynasty of Baghdad was named. The group with the large black banners will be Iraqis and the people with the small black banners will be from Afghanistan. Both Iraq and Afghanistan are currently under U.S. occupation. This occupation has created resist- ance movements that will benefit the most from the appearance of the Mahdi, hence these resistance movements are likely to be among the first to support him.

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95. Al Hasan Al Basri said: “A man of medium stature will come from Ar-Ray (Tehran, Iran). He will be dark and from the children of Tamim — a Wasaj, named Shuayb, son of Salih, with four thou- sand men. Their clothes will be white and their banners black, and in front of Shuayb is the Mahdi. He meets no one that he does not defeat and scatter.” 95

As the hadith says, Ar-Ray refers to Tehran, Iran. Ray was an ancient town that was located near present-day Tehran. It was a great center of learning that produced many illustrious figures during the golden age of Islam. The town was severely damaged during the Mongol invasions and was subsequently supplanted by Tehran. The person coming from Tehran is likely to be an Iranian leader who may be a descendant of the Tamim tribe. The “children of Tamim” refers to the Bani Tamim tribe who are one of the famous Arab tribes. The Bani Tamim are located pri- marily in Najd (central Saudi Arabia), central and southern Iraq (Basra and Diyala), and the Iranian province of Khuzistan. A prominent member of the Bani Tamim was Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab al- Tamimi, the founder of the Wahhabi school of thought that is followed in Saudi Arabia. “Wasaj” probably refers to a sub-tribe.

96. The Messenger of Allah was among a group of migrants and sup- porters. Ali, son of Abu Talib, was on his left side and Abbas on his right side, when Abbas and a man from the supporters started to debate with one another. The supporter spoke harshly to Abbas, then the Prophet took the hand of Abbas and the hand of Ali and said: “From the loins of this (indicating Abbas) will come a youth who will fill the earth with transgression and injustice and from the loins of this (indicating Ali) a man who will fill the earth with fairness and justice. If you see this, pay attention to the Tamimi

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youth who will come from the direction of the east — he is the owner of the Banner of Al Mahdi.” 96

97. Abdullah, the son of Shuraykh, said: “With the Mahdi is the marked Banner of the Messenger of Allah.” 97

98. Ammar, the son of Yasir, said: “The bearer of the Banner of the Mahdi is Shuayb, the son of Salih.” 98

99. “When the Ethiopians come after the Arabs, they will be defeated and thrown into the lowest part of the earth. While these circum- stances exist, the Tyrant will come with three hundred and sixty riders until he reaches Damascus. After a month, he will be fol- lowed by thirty thousand from Kalb, so he will send an army to Iraq and kill a hundred thousand in Az-Zawra (Baghdad). Then they will go to Kufa (Iraq) and pillage. When this occurs, a banner will come from the east led by a man from Tamim called Shuayb, the son of Salih, who will restore what is in their hands from the captured people of Kufa, and he will kill them. Then, another army from the Tyrant will go to Medina and pillage it for three days and thereafter proceed towards Mecca until they find themselves in a desert. Then, Allah will send Gabriel and say to him, ‘Chastise them!’ So, he will beat them with his leg once and Allah will cause them to be swallowed up. None will remain except two men who will return to the Tyrant to inform him of the swallowing-up of his army, but this will not scare him. Several men from the Quraish will escape to Istanbul and the Tyrant will send to the leader of the Romans who will return them to him and he will slit their throats together with their followers. At that time, a voice will

96 Reported by Abdullah, the son of Omar ibn Al Khattab and found in the references of At-Tabarani, Abu Nuaym, Al Kidji and Al Khatib 97 http://www.muhammadanreality.com/ImamMahdiSignsfortheSavoir.htm 98 http://www.muhammadanreality.com/ImamMahdiSignsfortheSavoir.htm

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come from Heaven saying: ‘O people, surely Allah prevents dictatorship, tyrants, and their followers for you and gives lead- ership to the best of the nation of Muhammad. So join him in Mecca — he is the Mahdi!” Then, Hudhaifa asked: “O Messenger of Allah, how shall we know him?” He replied: “He is a man from my children; he looks like the men from the children of Israel, upon him are two white cloaks with frayed edges. His face is like a colorful, glittering star; upon his right cheek there is a black mole and he is forty years old. Al Abdal and those looking like them will come to him from Syria. An-Nujaba will come to him from the dwellers of Egypt and groups of dwellers from the East, and those looking like them until they all gather together in Mecca, and so they will pledge their alle- giance to him between Al Rukn and Al Makam. Then, he will direct himself towards Syria, with Gabriel at his front and Michael at his middle, and the dwellers of Heaven and Earth will be joyful because of him. Water will be plentiful in his country, and the river will be spread and treasures found. When he reaches Syria, he will slay the Tyrant under the tree, the branches of which grow in the direction of Lake Tiberias, and he will kill Kalb. So, the loser of that Day of Kalb is he who does not gain even a rein (strap fastened to horse, here meaning war booty).” Hudhaifa asked: “O Messenger of Allah, how is it that we are permitted to kill them when they believe in the Oneness?” The Messenger of Allah replied: “O Hudhaifa, they are at that time apostates; they claim that wine is permitted and do not pray.” 99

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Bani Kalb, are those local collaborators of outside powers who are helping to crush the Iraqi resistance. An army consisting of the same people who are killing and pillag- ing in Iraq is expected to attack Medina and then proceed to Mecca to try to catch the Mahdi, but will sink into the earth just like the elephants of Abraha were annihilated by God before they could reach Mecca during the year that the Messenger of God was born. Az-Zawra is Baghdad. Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170 km south of Baghdad. There is a war going on in Darfur, Sudan, and the West, along with the Ethiopians, is supporting the rebels against the Muslim Arab North.

GREAT WAR (BATTLE OF KALB)

This war, also called the Battle of Kalb, is different from the final con- flict (Armageddon), as this battle will be fought soon after the Mahdi appears and will be meant to fend off an assault on the Muslims by the Romans. The Muslims will win, and then the Mahdi will spend the next few years consolidating the new caliphate. Armageddon will occur near the end of the Mahdi’s term after the Antichrist has appeared and God has sent Jesus to destroy the Antichrist. According to a previously noted saying: “…Then a man from Quraish, whose mother is from Kalb, will appear and send against them an army, which will be overcome by them, and that is the Battle of Kalb. Disappointed will be the one who does not receive the booty of Kalb. He will divide the property, and will govern the people by the Sunnah of the Prophet. He will remain seven years, then die, and the Muslims will pray over him.” (Abu Dawud)

100. Reported by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: “The Romans will surround a leader from my pure-musked children (i.e., the Mahdi). His name will be the same as mine. They will fight each other at a place called Al-A’maq (near Aleppo in Syria) and one third, or

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thereabouts, of the Muslims will be killed. They will fight again on another day, and again one third or thereabouts of the Muslims will be killed. On the third day, they will fight again, and the Romans will be defeated. And they will remain there until they open Constantinople. It is whilst they are distributing the spoils of war that a messenger will come, informing them that the false messiah is in their hometown with their children.” 100

The above can be seen as evidence supporting the fact that during the Mahdi’s reign, the Romans will be defeated and Istanbul will be re-conquered, the Antichrist will appear, and Jesus will descend. This further supports the fact that the Antichrist emerges after the Mahdi and not before.

101. Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said: The Last Hour will not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq (two cities near Aleppo in Syria). An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people on the earth at that time will come from Medina (to oppose them). When they arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans will say, “Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from among us. Let us fight them.” The Muslims will say, “Nay, by Allah, we shall never turn aside from you and from our brethren so that you may fight them.” They will then fight and a third (part) of the army, whom Allah will never forgive, will run away. A third (part of the army), which will be constituted of excellent martyrs in Allah’s eyes, will be killed. The third, who will never be put on trial, will win, and they will be the conquerors of Constantinople. As they are busy in distributing the spoils of war (amongst themselves) after hanging their swords by the olive trees, Satan

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will cry: The Antichrist has taken your place among your fami- lies. They will then come out, but it will be of no avail. When they reach Syria, he will come out while they are still preparing themselves for battle, drawing up the ranks. Certainly, the time of prayer will come and then Jesus, son of Maryam, descends and will lead them in prayer. When the enemy of Allah sees Jesus, he will disappear, just as salt dis- solves in water, and if he (Jesus) were not to confront them (the Antichrist and his forces) at all, even then he would dissolve completely. Allah would kill them by his hand, and he (Jesus) would show them their blood on his lance. 101

102. Yusair, son of Jabir, reported: Once there blew a red storm in Kufa, and there came a person who had nothing to say but (these words): “Abdullah, son of Mas’ud, the Last Hour has come.” He (Abdullah, son of Mas’ud) was sitting reclining against some- thing, and he said: “The Last Hour will not come until the people no longer divide inheritance and rejoice over booty. Then He said, pointing towards Syria, with a gesture of his hand: “The enemy will muster strength against the Muslims, and the Muslims will muster strength against them (Syrians).” I (Yusair) said: “You mean Rome?” He said: “Yes, and there will be a terrible fight. The Muslims will prepare a detachment (for fighting unto death), which will not return unless victorious. They will fight until dark- ness intervenes. Both sides will return without being victorious, and both will be wiped out. The Muslims will again prepare a detachment for fighting unto death, so that they may not return unless victorious. When it is the fourth day, a new detachment from the remnant of the Muslims will be prepared, and Allah will decree that the enemy will be routed. They will fight such a fight, the like of which has not been seen, so fierce that even if

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a bird were to pass their flanks, it would fall down dead before reaching the other end. (There will be such a large scale mas- sacre) that, when counting will be done, (only) one out of a hundred men related to one another would be found alive. So what can be the joy at the spoils of such war, and what inheri- tance can be divided? They will be in this very state when they will hear of a calamity more horrible than this. A cry will reach them: The Antichrist has taken your place among your offspring. They will therefore throw away what is in their hands and go forward, sending ten horsemen as a scouting party.” Allah’s Apostle said: “I know their names, the names of their forefathers and the color of their horses. They will be the best horsemen on the surface of the earth on that day, or among the best horsemen on the surface of the earth on that day.” 102

This narrative implies that the Antichrist will appear after the Battle of Kalb; therefore this battle is not the final one during which Jesus will appear. After this battle, there will be a gap of a few years and then Turkey will be liberated from anti-Islamic forces, followed soon after by the arrival of Antichrist and finally Jesus.

103. Narrated Mu’adh, son of Jabal: The Prophet said: “The Great War, the conquest of Constantinople, and the coming forth of the Antichrist (False Messiah) will take place within a period of seven months.” 103

The above hadith is considered fabricated due to the hadith that appears below. This is because of the discrepancy between the length of time being seven months or seven years.

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104. Narrated Abdullah, son of Busr: The Prophet said: “The time between the Great War and the conquest of the city will be six years, and the Antichrist (False Messiah) will come forth in the seventh.” 104

The “city” mentioned in this hadith is not specifically identified as referring to either Rome or Constantinople. If it is neither city, then it is possible that both narrations above are compatible with each other. It is possible that the city referred to in the above-mentioned hadith may be Jerusalem. In that case, the “Great War” mentioned here could be the “Day of Wrath” referred to in the prophecy of Daniel (biblical source). It puts the time between Jerusalem’s “distress” and “relief” as 45 years. Its distress would be its occupation in 1387/1967, and its relief would therefore be in 1432/2011, according to this source. Therefore, Jesus would descend in 1432/2011.

105. Narrated son of Hawalah: The Prophet said: “It will turn out that you will consist of armed troops; one in Syria, one in the Yemen, and one in Iraq. Son of Hawalah said: “Choose for me, Messenger of Allah, if I reach that time.” He replied: “Go to Syria, for it is Allah’s chosen land, to which his best servants will be gathered, but if you are unwilling, go to your Yemen, and draw water from your tanks, for Allah has on my account taken special charge of Syria and its people.” 105

106. A section of my community will continue to fight at the gates of Damascus and around it and at the gates of Jerusalem and around it. The desertion of people who abandon them does not affect them. They (will continue to) hold the truth till the Judgment Day occurs. 106

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107. Narrated Imran, son of Husain: The Prophet said: “A section of my community will continue to fight for the right and overcome their opponents till the last of them fights with the Antichrist.” 107

The Palestinians are fulfilling this prophecy by continuing their resistance despite heavy odds.

SEVEN-YEAR PEACE AGREEMENT

108. Hadhrat Abu Umamah says that the Messenger of Allah said:

“There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans. The fourth agreement will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadhrat Haroon (Aaron) and will be upheld for seven years.” The people asked: “O Messenger of Allah, who will be the Imam (leader) of the people at the time?” The Messenger of Allah said: “He will be from my progeny and will be forty years of age. His face will shine like a star, and he will have a black spot on his left cheek. He will don two “Qutwaani” cloaks and will appear exactly as a person from the Children of Israel. He will rule for 20 years and will conquer the cities of the Idolaters.” 108

In the above hadith, it says that the Mahdi will rule for 20 years, instead of the traditional seven years. The hadith mentioning the seven-year rule are far more numerous and more authentic than this one, so, if the 20-year rule cannot be reconciled with the seven-year rule, then the seven-year rule should be the accepted term. It is interesting to note that the Mahdi is predicted to resemble the “children of Israel,” that is, he will look Jewish. In addition, he will be wearing a ‘Qutwaani” cloak that is supposed to look like the Jewish Tallit prayer shawl.

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109. There will be a peace agreement in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem). 109

THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF ANTIOCH

110.

Ka’b al-Ahbar says: “He will be called ‘Mahdi’ because he will guide to something hidden and will bring out the Torah and Gospel from a town called Antioch.” 110

“Mahdi” means “the guided one.”

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said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have never seen a Roman city

like the city of Antioch, and I have never seen more rain than it has.” Whereupon the Messenger of Allah said: “Yes, that is because the Torah, Staff of Moses, Tablets, and the Table of Solomon, the son of David, are in its caves. There is not a single cloud that comes from any direction to it that does not pour its

blessing in that valley. And the days and night will not pass until

a man from my musked children lives in it. His name is like my

name and his father’s name is like my father’s name; his manners are like my manners. He will fill the world with fairness and justice, just as it had been filled by harm and transgressions.” 111

Antioch’s ruins are located in present-day Antakya, Turkey, near the Syrian border. It was the original cradle of gentile (non-Jewish) Christianity, the location where Christianity parted ways from Judaism and where Romans started to convert to Jesus’ message. The word “Christian” was first used there.

112. The Messenger of Allah said: “He is called the Mahdi because he will guide people to a mountain in Syria, from which he will bring

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out the volumes of the Torah to refute the Jews. At the hands of the Mahdi, the Ark of the Covenant will be brought forth at Lake Tiberias and taken and placed in Jerusalem.” 112

Lake Tiberias is located on the Syrian-Israeli border.

113. Ad-Dani said: “He is called the Mahdi because he will be guided to a mountain in Syria, from which he will bring forth the volumes of the Torah with which to argue against the Jews, and at his hand, a group of them will become Muslim. 113

114. The reason he will be known as the Mahdi is that he will go to one of the mountains in Sham. From there, he will unearth the (true) books of the Torah and bring forth evidence against the Jews. 114

According to commentaries on these hadith, the fire of Zionism spurred on by some Jews will come to an end at the time of the Mahdi, and Islamic tolerance and Qur’anic moral values will spread among them. Islamic scholars regard the place described as “near Lake Tiberias” in the hadith as a figure of speech. Tiberias is near Syria, and Syria, in accounts of the End Times in the hadith, means somewhere far distant, far from Mecca and Medina. This figure of speech applies to Tiberias. Indeed, some commentators and researchers have taken this to indicate that the Ark may be in Jerusalem, Mecca, Tiberias, Antioch, or even in Istanbul.

CONQUEST OF CONSTANTINOPLE (ISTANBUL)

115. Reported by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: “If there only remains but one day left in the world, Allah will prolong it until a man

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from my house governs. He will open Constantinople (Istanbul) and the Mountain of Al-Daylam (Northern Iran).” 115

116. Nafi’, the son of ‘Utbah, said, “You will attack Arabia and Allah will enable you to conquer it; then you will attack Persia and He will make you to conquer it. Then you will attack Rome and Allah will enable you to conquer it; then you will attack the Antichrist and Allah will enable you to conquer him.” 116

Rome means Byzantine territories, which included the greater Syrian area and all the way up to Istanbul and beyond; territories that Muslims, in fact, did go on to occupy.

117. Narrated Mu’adh son of Jabal: “The Prophet said: The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the Great War comes, the outbreak of the Great War will be at the conquest of Constantinople, and the conquest of Constantinople when the Antichrist comes forth.” He (the Prophet) struck his thigh or his shoulder (a gesture of exclamation) with his hand and said: “This is as true as you are here or as you are sitting (meaning Mu’adh son of Jabal).” 117

The above hadith suggests the following sequence of events:

1) The appearance of the Antichrist 2) The reconquest of Constantinople 3) The Great War 4) The destruction of Medina 5) The flourishing of the state of Jerusalem

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118. “The flourishing of Jerusalem will mark the desertion of Yathrib (Medina). The desertion of Yathrib will mark the start of Al- Malhamah (the Great War that will start between the Romans and the Muslim forces before Muslims conquer Constantinople for the second time). The start of Al-Malhamah will mark the con- quering of Constantinople. The conquering of Constantinople will mark the appearance of Dajjal.” 118

Here, the sequence of events is:

1) The flourishing of the state of Jerusalem 2) The destruction of Medina 3) The Great War 4) The reconquest of Constantinople 5) The appearance of the Antichrist

This sequence is the exact opposite of the last one and fits better with other hadith. Again, we see here that in the sequence of events, the Great War is not the one in which Jesus kills the Antichrist and his supporters, but takes place before the liberation of Turkey and the appearance of the Antichrist. The Great War referred to here is the Battle of Kalb that occurs soon after the appearance of the Mahdi, when the Romans attack him.

119. When the Great War occurs, a group from the masters will come from Damascus. They are the most honorable horses (horse is the symbol of honor) among Arabs, and they have the best weapons among them (Arabs). Allah will support The Religion (Islam) with them. 119

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120. Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle saying: “You have heard about a city, the one side of which is in the land and the other is in the sea (Istanbul).” They said: “Allah’s Messenger, yes.” Thereupon he said: “The Last Hour will not come unless seventy thousand persons from Bani, Israel, will attack it. When they will land there, they will neither fight with weapons nor shower arrows, but will only say: ‘There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest’ then one side of it will fall.” Thaur (one of the nar- rators) said: I think that he (the Prophet) said: “The part by the side of the ocean. Then they would say for the second time: ‘There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest’ that the second side would also fall, and they would say: ‘There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest’ that the gates would be opened for them and they would enter therein and they would be collect- ing spoils of war and distributing them amongst themselves that a noise would be heard and it would be said: ‘Verily, Antichrist has come.’ And thus they would leave everything there and would turn to him.” 120

Some believe that these narrations actually refer to the city of Rome and that before the Antichrist’s appearance, the city of Rome in Italy would be conquered. However, it can also be said (and this is probably more correct) that Istanbul would be conquered for a second time because the Romans would have gained control of it from the Muslims. So, in fact, there would be a second conquest of Istanbul and the liberation of Turkey from anti-Muslim forces. The “Bani Israel” — children of Israel — are descendants of the original Jewish tribes who were exiled to Khurasan after the destruc- tion of the Kingdom of Israel in 722 BC. The Pathans of Afghanistan claim to be “Bani Israel,” though not Jewish.

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CONQUEST OF INDIA

121. Thawban narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Two groups of my Ummah (community) Allah has protected from the hell- fire — a group that will conquer India and a group that will be with Jesus, son of Mary.” 121

122. Na’im, son of Hammad in al-Fitan, reports that Abu Huraira said that the Messenger of Allah mentioned India and said: “A group of you will conquer India. Allah will open (India) for them until they come with its kings chained — Allah having forgiven their sins — when they return (from India), they will find the son of Mary in Syria.” 122

123. While Abu Huraira said: “The Messenger of Allah promised us the conquest of India. If I was to come across that event I will spend my soul and wealth. If I am killed, then I am among the best of martyrs. And if I return, then I am Abu Huraira, the freed.” 123

It may be argued by some that the Muslims already conquered India over a thousand years ago, so this prophecy has already been fulfilled, but in these sayings of the Messenger of God, there is a clear link between the conquest of India and the arrival of Jesus. Today, the problems between India and Pakistan have not been resolved, and India continues to occupy Muslim territory in Kashmir, treats its Muslims citizens unfairly, and is also increasing its relations with those countries who are extremely hostile to Islam, including Israel. So, it would not be beyond the realm of possibility that after the Mahdi appears, India will be part of the coalition lined up against Islam, with the result that there will be a war between India and Pakistan.

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Another interpretation of this hadith is that instead of India being reconquered, it is actually Pakistan that is liberated from an anti- Islamic ruling class. The reason for this theorey is that present-day Pakistan, east of the Indus river, is made up of territory that was con- sidered part of India since ancient times. The name India is derived from the river Indus that is as much an integral part of Pakistan as the river Nile is an integral part of Egypt. Pakistan has a ruling class, especially the military, which is as anti-Islamic as the Turkish military. The Pakistan army has the dubious record of killing far more Muslims than the Indian army. Therefore, just as the conquest of Rome really means the liberation of Turkey from inimical forces, the conquest of India may mean the liberation of Pakistan.

THE DAJJAL (FALSE MESSIAH/”ANTICHRIST”)

The Masih Ad-Dajjal (Deceiver, False Messiah) that is referred to by the Messenger of God is most certainly the same person as the Antichrist; therefore we will use the word Antichrist interchangeably with Dajjal.

Are they waiting to see if the Angels come to them, or thy Lord (Himself), or certain of the Signs of thy Lord! The day that certain of the Signs of the Lord come, no good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it believed not before nor earned righteousness through its Faith. Say: “Wait ye: we too are waiting.” Qur’an 6:158

124. Narrated Ibn Umar: Once Allah’s Apostle stood amongst the people, glorified and praised Allah as He deserved, and then mentioned the Antichrist saying: “l warn you against him (the Antichrist), and there was no prophet but warned his nation against him. No doubt, Noah warned his nation against him, but I tell you about him something of which no prophet told his

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nation before me. You should know that he is one-eyed, and Allah is not one-eyed.” 124

125. Narrated Abdullah: The Prophet mentioned the Antichrist in front of the people saying: “Allah is not one-eyed, while the Antichrist is blind in the right eye and that eye looks like a bulging-out grape. While sleeping near the Ka’ba last night, I saw in my dream a man of brown color, the best one can see amongst brown color, and his hair was long that it fell between his shoulders. His hair was lank and water was dribbling from his head and he was placing his hands on the shoulders of two men while circumam- bulating the Ka’ba. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘This is Jesus, son of Mary.’ Behind him, I saw a man who had very curly hair and was blind in the right eye, resembling Ibn Qatan (an infidel) in appearance. He was placing his hands on the shoul- ders of a person while performing tawaf around the Ka’ba. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘The Masih, Ad-Dajjal (False Messiah, Antichrist).’” 125

126. It was reported from Abu Huraira that the Prophet said: “There are three things, which, if they appear, ‘No good will it do to a soul to believe them then, if it believed not before nor earned righteousness through its faith.’ They are: the rising of the sun from the west, the Antichrist, and the Beast from the Earth.” 126

Although the Antichrist is not mentioned specifically in the Qur’an, the above hadith clearly interprets verse 6:158 as a reference to the Antichrist’s appearance as one of the signs that will appear when faith will not be accepted of anyone who did not have it before.

124 Bukhari Book 55, Number 553 125 Bukhari Book 55, Number 649 126 Ahmad, Musnad, 2/455 — Muslim, Kitab al-Iman 1/96 — Tirmidhi, Abwab al-Tafsir (Hadeeth 5097), 8/449,450

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For that reason, I have decided to add that verse from the Qur’an in reference to the Antichrist, as well as in reference to the sun’s rise from the west.

127. Narrated Umm Sharik: I heard Allah’s Apostle say that the Anti- christ would be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan (Iranian Jews) wearing Persian shawls. 127

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128. Abu Qatada reported: We used to go to Imran, son of Husain, passing in front of Hisham bin Amir. He, one day, said: “You pass by me (in order) to go to some persons, but (amongst the living persons) none remained in the company of Allah’s Messenger more than I, and none knows more hadith than I. I heard Allah’s Messenger as saying that there would be no creation (creating more trouble) than the Dajjal, right from the creation of Adam to the Last Hour. 128

129. The wife of the Messenger of Allah, Hafsah, daughter of Umar, said that the Messenger of Allah said: “He (the Antichrist) will appear driven by a fit of rage.” He also said, “He (the Antichrist) will first appear to people, driven in a fit of rage.” 129

130. Jabir, son of Abdullah, said: The Prophet said: “The Antichrist will appear at the end of time, when religion is taken lightly. He will have 40 days in which to travel throughout the earth. One of these days will be like a year, another will be like a month, and another will be like a week, and the rest will be like normal days. He will be riding a (white) donkey (an airplane); the width

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between its ears (possibly wings) will be 40 cubits (60 feet). He will say to the people, ‘I am your lord.’ He is one-eyed, but your Lord is not one-eyed. On his forehead will be written the word Kafir (unbeliever), and every believer, literate or illiterate, will be able to read it. He will go everywhere, except Mecca and Medina, which Allah has forbidden to him; angels stand at their gates. He will have a mountain of bread, and the people will face hardship, except for those who follow him. He will have two rivers, and I know what is in them. He will call one Paradise and one Hell. Whoever enters the one he calls Paradise will find that it is Hell, and whoever enters the one he calls Hell will find that it is Paradise. Allah will send with him devils that will speak to the people. He will bring a great tribulation; he will issue a com- mand to the sky, and it will seem to the people as if it is raining. Then he will appear to kill someone and bring him back to life. After that, he will no longer have this power. The people will say, ‘Can anybody do something like this, except the Lord?’ The Muslims will flee to Jabal al-Dukhan (mount of smoke) in Syria, and the Antichrist will come and besiege them. The siege will intensify, and they will suffer great hardship. Then Jesus, son of Mary, will descend, and will call out to the people at dawn: ‘O people, what prevented you from coming out to fight this evil liar?’ They will say, ‘He is a jinn.’ (They will mistake Jesus for a jinn.) Then they will go out and find Jesus, son of Mary. The time for prayer will come, and the Muslims will call on Jesus to lead the prayer, but he will say, ‘Let your Imam lead the prayer.’ Their Imam (the Mahdi) will lead them in praying (the morning prayer), and then they will go out to fight the Antichrist. When the liar sees Jesus, he will dissolve like salt in water. Jesus will go to him and kill him, and he will not let anyone who followed him live.” 130

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In the above narration, we are informed of a “white donkey” that’s made of iron, and where the width between its ears is 40 cubits. Undoubtedly, one can say this is a white airplane made of iron and which has a wingspan of 60 feet.

131. Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “The False Messiah will appear from the east heading towards Medina until he reaches (the area) behind (the mount of) ‘Uhud. Afterwards, the Angels will (force him to) turn his face towards al-Sham (Syria, Israel), and there he will perish.” 131

132. Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “On every pass near Medina, there are Angels (guarding it). Plagues and the Antichrist will not enter Medina.” 132

133. Anas, son of Malik, said that the Messenger of Allah said: “There is not a city but will be overwhelmed by the Antichrist, except Mecca and Medina. Every pass that leads to them will be sur- rounded and guarded by Angels. He (Antichrist) will make camp close to the Sabkhah (salty marsh). Then, Medina will experience three earth tremors, after which every disbeliever and hypocrite will leave Medina to join the Antichrist.” 133

Many so-called Muslims, who are in reality hypocrites, will join the Antichrist.

134. Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: The Dajjal will come forth, and a person from amongst the believers will go towards him, and the armed men of the Dajjal will meet

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him and they will say to him, “Where do you intend to go? “ He will say, “I intend to go to this one who is coming forth.” They will say to him, “Don’t you believe in our Lord?” He will say, “There is nothing hidden about our Lord.” They will say, “Kill him.” Then some amongst them will say, “Has your master (Dajjal) not for- bidden you to kill anyone without (his consent)?” And so they will take him to the Dajjal, and when the believer will see him, he will say, “O people, he is the Dajjal about whom Allah’s Messenger has informed (us).” The Dajjal will then order to have his head broken and utter (these words), “Catch hold of him and break his head.” He would be struck even on his back and on his stom- ach. Then the Dajjal would ask him, “Don’t you believe in me?” He will say, “You are a false messiah.” He will then order him to be torn (into pieces) with a saw from the parting of his hair up to his legs. After that, the Dajjal will walk between the two pieces. He will then say to him, “Stand!” and he will stand erect. He will then say to him, “Don’t you believe in me?” And the person will say, “It has only added to my insight concerning you (that you are really the Dajjal).” He will then say, “O people, he would not behave with anyone amongst people (in such a manner) after me” (the Antichrist will not be able to perform this trick anymore). The Dajjal would try to catch hold of him so that he should kill him (again). The space between his neck and collar bone would be turned into copper and he would find no means to kill him. So he would catch hold of him by his hand and feet and throw him (into the air) and the people would think as if he had been thrown in the Hell-Fire whereas he would be thrown in Paradise. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger said: “He will be the most eminent amongst persons in regard to martyrdom in the eye of the Lord of the world.” 134

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The Antichrist’s cutting a person in half and then bringing him back to life sounds like an impossible thing — until you realize that there’s a magician in America with his own TV series who does exactly that. His name is Criss Angel, and he cuts a person (usually himself) into two with an electric saw in front of everyone and then makes members of the audience walk in between the two pieces. Then he restores the person back to one piece. The spectacle is so convincing that no one can figure out how he does it. If you read this prophecy and then watch this trick being performed, you can’t help but wonder.

135. Narrated Umm Sharik: I heard Allah’s Apostle say: “The peo- ple will run away from the Antichrist, seeking shelter in the mountains.” She (Umm Sharik) said, “Where would the Arabs then be on the day?” He said, “They would be small in number.” 135

136. It was reported that Ibn Umar said: The Prophet said: “The Antichrist will come to this pond in Marriqanaat — a valley in Medina — and most of those who go out to him will be women, until a man will come to his mother-in-law, his mother, his daughter, his sister, and his aunt, and will tie them up strongly for fear that they will go out to him.” 136

137. Abu Umamah al-Bahili said: The Prophet delivered a speech to us, most of which dealt with the Antichrist and warned us against him. He said, “No tribulation on earth since the creation of Adam will be worse than the tribulation of the Antichrist. Allah has never sent a Prophet who did not warn his Ummah against the Antichrist. I am the last of the Prophets, and you are the last Ummah. The Antichrist is emerging among you, and it is inevitable. If he appears while I am still among you, I will contend with him on

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behalf of every Muslim. But if he appears after I am gone, then every person must contend with him on his own behalf, and Allah will take care of every Muslim on my behalf. He will appear on the way between Syria and Iraq, and will spread disaster right and left. O servants of Allah, adhere to the path of Truth. I shall describe him for you in a way that no Prophet has ever done before. “He will start by saying that he is a Prophet, but there will be no Prophet after me. Then he will say, ‘I am your Lord,’ but you will never see your Lord until you die. The Antichrist is one-eyed, but your Lord, glorified be He, is not one-eyed. On his forehead will be written the word Kafir (unbeliever), which every Muslim, literate or illiterate, will be able to read. Among

the tribulations he will bring will be the Paradise and Hell he will offer; but that which he calls Hell will be Paradise, and that which he calls Paradise will be Hell. Whoever enters his Hell, let him seek refuge with Allah and recite the opening verses of Surah al- Kahf (Qur’an, chapter 18), and it will become cool and peaceful for him, as the fire became cool and peaceful for Abraham. “He will say to a Bedouin, ‘What do you think if I bring your father and mother back to life for you? Will you bear witness that I am your lord?’ The Bedouin will say yes, so two devils will assume the appearance of his father and mother, and will say, ‘O my son, follow him, for he is your lord.’ “He will be given power over one person, whom he will kill and cut in two with a saw. Then he will say, ‘Look at this slave of mine, now I will resurrect him, but he will still claim that he has

a Lord other than me.’ Allah will resurrect him, and this evil man

(the Antichrist) will say to him, ‘Who is your Lord?’ The man will answer, ‘My Lord is Allah, and you are the enemy of Allah. You

are the Antichrist. By Allah, I have never been surer of this than

I am today.’” Abu Sa’id said: The Prophet said: “That man will have the highest status among my Ummah in Paradise.” Abu Sa’id said:

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“By Allah, we never thought that that man would be any other than Umar ibn al-Khattab, until he passed away.” Al-Muhdribi said: Then we referred to the Hadith of Abu Rafi’i, which said, “Part of his tribulation will be the fact that he will pass through an area whose people will deny him, and none of their livestock will remain alive. Then he will pass through a second area whose people will believe in him; he will order the sky to rain and the earth to bring forth crops, and their flocks will return from grazing fatter than they have ever been, with their flanks stretched, their udders full. He will pass through every place on earth, except Mecca and Medina, which he will never enter, for there are angels guarding every gate of them with unsheathed swords, until he reaches al-Zarib al-Ahmar and camps at the edge of the salt-marsh. Medina will be shaken by three tremors, after which every hypocrite will leave it, and it will be cleansed of evil, as iron is cleansed of dross. That day will be called Yawm al-Khalas (The Day of Purification).” Umm Sharik bint Abi’l-’Akr said: “O Messenger of Allah, where will the Arabs be at that time?” He said: “At that time they will be few; most of them will be in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), and their Imam will be a righteous man. Whilst their Imam is going forward to lead the people in praying Salat al-Subh (the morning prayer), Jesus, son of Mary, will descend. The Imam will step back, to let Jesus lead the people in prayer, but Jesus will place his hand between the man’s shoulders and say, ‘Go forward and lead the prayer, for the call for prayer was made for you.’ So the Imam will lead the people in prayer, and afterwards Jesus will say, ‘Open the gate.’ The gate will be opened, and behind it will be the Antichrist and a thousand Jews, each of them bearing a sword and shield. When the Antichrist sees Jesus, he will begin to dissolve like salt in water, and will run away. Jesus will say, ‘You will remain alive until I strike you with my sword.’ He will catch up with him at the eastern gate of Ludd (near Tel Aviv,

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Israel) and will kill him. The army of the Antichrist will be defeated with the help of Allah. There will be no place for them to hide; they will not be able to hide behind any stone, wall, animal or tree — except the boxthorn — without it saying, ‘O Muslim servant of Allah! Here is a Jew, come and kill him!’” The Prophet said: “The time of the Antichrist will be forty years; one year like half a year, one year like a month, and one month like a week. The rest of his days will pass so quickly that if one of you were at one of the gates of Medina, he would not reach the other gate before evening fell.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how will we pray in those shorter days?” He said, “Work out the times of prayer in the same way that you do in these longer days, and then pray.” The Prophet said: “Jesus, son of Mary, will be a just administrator and leader of my Ummah. He will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizyah (tax on non-Muslims). He will not collect charity, so he will not collect sheep and camels. Mutual enmity and hatred will disappear. “Every harmful animal will be made harmless, so that a small boy will be able to put his hand into a snake’s mouth without being harmed, a small girl will be able to make a lion run away from her, and a wolf will go among sheep as if he were a sheepdog. The earth will be filled with peace as a container is filled with water. People will be in complete agreement, and only Allah will be worshipped. Wars will cease, and the authority of Quraish will be taken away. The earth will be like a silver basin, and will produce fruit so abun- dantly that a group of people will gather to eat a bunch of grapes or one pomegranate and will be satisfied. A bull will be worth so much money, but a horse will be worth only a few dirhams.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, why will a horse be so cheap?” He said, “Because it will never be ridden in war.” He was asked, “Why will the bull be so expensive?” He said, “Because it will plough the earth. For three years before the Anti- christ emerges, the people will suffer severe hunger. In the first

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year, Allah will order the sky to withhold a third of its rain, and the earth to withhold two-thirds of its fruits. In the third year, He will order the sky to withhold all of its rain, and the earth to withhold all of its fruits, so that nothing green will grow. Every cloven-hoofed creature will die, except for whatever Allah wills.” Someone asked, “How will the people live at that time?” He said, “By saying La ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Subhan Allah, and Al-Hamdu-li’llah (praising God). This will be like food for them.” 137

The implication of “breaking the Cross” and “killing of the swine” is that Christianity will become defunct as a religion. The whole edi- fice of the Christian religion is based on the belief that God crucified His only son on the Cross and caused him to suffer this “accursed” death so that he might thus expiate for the sins of man. However, when Jesus proclaims on his appearance, “I am not the Son of God; I did not die on the Cross, nor did I expiate for the sins of anyone,” the whole basis of Christian belief will be demolished. All the Prophets have declared the swine unlawful, but the Christians have made them lawful. This distinctive characteristic of Christianity will vanish when Jesus will say: “I never declared the swine lawful for my followers, nor did I proclaim them free from the restraints of Divine Law.” Eating pork was allowed many years after the time of Jesus in order to make Christianity more appealing to the pagan Romans, and no one can claim that Jesus permitted it. The reason for Jesus’ destroying the cross will be that he never died on it, so it is an invalid symbol for the religion of Jesus. The Qur’an states that Jesus did not die on the cross, although it appeared so to the people. The Gospel of Barnabas says that it was really Judah who died on the cross, as he was made to appear like Jesus, and it was he who suffered the torture and crucifixion that Jesus is supposed to have suffered.

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Lod (Arabic al-Ludd, Greco-Latin Lydda) is a city in the Center District of Israel with a population of 66,000. Nearby Lod is Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves Tel Aviv. So, the Antichrist will be trying to escape on an airplane when Jesus will catch up with him and kill him.

138. Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba: Nobody asked the Prophet as many questions as I asked regarding the Antichrist. The Prophet said to me, “What worries you about him?” I said, “Because the people say that he will have a mountain of bread and a river of water with him (i.e., he will have abundance of food and water).” The Prophet said, “No, he is too mean to be allowed such a thing by Allah” (but it is only to test mankind whether they believe in Allah or in the Antichrist). 138

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And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; And on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them; Qur’an 4: 159

61. And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way. Qur’an 43: 61

139. Some members of my community will be reunited with Jesus, son of Mary, and will witness his war against the Antichrist. 139

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108 The Future Is for Islam The white minaret of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, where

The white minaret of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, where Jesus will descend. It is called the “Minaret of Jesus.”

140. Jesus, son of Maryam, will descend, rule for 40 years with the book of Allah and my Sunnah, and die. 140

141. “In the meantime, when the Antichrist will be busy doing this and this, Allah will send down the Messiah, son of Maryam, and he will descend in the eastern part of Damascus, near the white minaret (tower), dressed in the two yellow garments, with his hands resting on the arms of two angels. When he will bend down his head, water drops will appear trickling down; and when he will raise it, it will appear as though pearl-like drops are rolling down. Any disbeliever whom the air of his breath reaches — and it will reach up to the last limit of his sight — will fall dead. Then the son of Maryam will go in pursuit of the Antichrist, and will overtake him at the gate of Lod, and will kill him.” 141

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142. “The Antichrist will appear in my community, and will live for forty (I do not know whether he said 40 days, or 40 months, or 40 years). Then Allah will send Jesus, son of Mary. He will closely resemble Urwah, son of Masud (a companion). He will pursue the Antichrist and kill him. Then, for seven years, the people will live in such a state that no ill-will and enmity will exist between any two of them.” 142

143. “How will you be when the son of Mary (Jesus) descends amongst you, and he will judge people by the law of the Qur’an and not by the law of Gospel?” 143

144. It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that he heard the Messenger of Allah as saying: “What would you do when the son of Mary would descend and lead you?” 144

145. “Since the world came into existence, at the beginning of every century, an important event occurred. At the beginning of one century, the Antichrist will emerge and Jesus, the son of Mary, will descend and kill him.” 145

146. “Jesus, son of Mary, shall descend; then he will kill the swine and destroy the Cross; and a congregation will be held for him for the Prayer; and he will distribute so much wealth that people will be satiated with it; and he will abolish the tribute; and he will encamp at Rauha, and from there will go to perform Haj or Umrah, or both.” 146

Rauha is located 36 miles from Medina on the road to Mecca.

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147. By Him in Whose Hand is my life; son of Mary (Jesus) would certainly pronounce Talbiyah (intention) for Haj or for Umrah (minor Haj), or for both in the valley of Rauha. 147

148. Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill the pigs and abolish the Jizya (a tax taken from the non-Muslims who are in the pro- tection of the Muslim government). Then there will be abundance of money and nobody will accept charitable gifts.” 148

In all the sayings of the Messenger of God confirming the coming of Jesus, this one must be the most powerful. Here, the Messenger of God swears in the name of God, the most powerful oath that a Muslim can utter, that Jesus will come as the ruler of the Muslims. The two most respected hadith scholars, Bukhari and Muslim, confirm the authenticity of this hadith. For any believing Muslim, this should be proof enough and cause for the removal of any lingering doubt about the second coming of Jesus. This hadith and the statement in the Qur’an that “Jesus will be a sign for the coming of the last hour” leave no room for any skepticism.

149. “There is no prophet between me and him (i.e., the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary), and he shall descend. So, recognize him when you see him. He is a man of medium height, of ruddy and fair com- plexion; he will be dressed in two yellow garments; the hair of his head will appear as though water was going to trickle down from it, whereas it will not be wet. He will fight people in the cause of Islam, will break the Cross and kill the swine and will abolish jizyah (tax on non-Muslims); and Allah will put an end to all communities in his time except Islam; and he will slay the

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Antichrist; and he will stay in the world for forty years; then will die, and the Muslims will offer the funeral Prayer for him.” 149

Keep a note that he will bring an “end to all communities in his time except Islam.” There is a good chance that the tremendous upheavals that will occur will shake the very foundations of people’s belief. The appearance of Jesus will cause any Christian who accepts that this is really Jesus to convert to Islam. If most Christians do that, then the population of Muslims will double immediately. If that happens, it is conceivable that a lot of people that belong to other religions will also join the bandwagon.

150. Prayer behind the Mahdi: “What will be your reaction when the son of Mary (Jesus) descends and your Imam is from among yourselves?” 150

151. “What would be your situation if the son of Mary (Jesus) descends upon you and your Imam is from among you?” 151

152. “Jesus, son of Mary, will descend. The leader of the Muslims will say to him, ‘Come, lead us in the prayer,’ but he will say, ‘No; you yourselves are leaders over one another.” This he will say in view of the honor that Allah has bestowed on this community.” 152

This refers to the moment Jesus will first appear. The Muslims would be about to begin the morning prayer led by the Imam Mahdi. Jesus will ask them to continue, and he will join the prayer as a participant, although his rank would be higher than that of the Mahdi. Muslims will consider this as a great honor.

149 Abu Dawud Book 37, Number 4310; Ahmad; Abu Dawud 150 Muslim Book 1, Number 291 151 Muslim Book 1, Number 290 152 Muslim Book 1, Number 293; Ahmad

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153. Narrated by Hudhaifa, The Prophet said: “The Mahdi is a man from my children; his color is that of the Arab, and his body is like that of Israel. On his right cheek, there is a mole that glitters like a star. The Mahdi will glance to the side as Jesus, the son of Mary, descends with water dripping from his hair. So the Mahdi will say to him: ‘Come forward and lead the people in prayer.’ But he will answer: ‘The Call to Prayer has been made for you to lead.’ So he will pray behind a man from my children.” 153

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154. “He (the Mahdi) will fight the whole world, and both the ones who have gone astray (Christians) and the ones who have earned Allah’s anger (Jews) will join against him with the hypocrites in the land of Isra and Miraj at Mount Megiddo, and there will come out against him the Queen of the world and deception, an adulteress called America, who will incite the world to deviation and infidelity…and the Jews of the world at that time will have the upper hand and will rule Jerusalem, the holy city. And all nations will come to fight by sea and air, except those in the land of extreme cold and the land of extreme heat. And the Mahdi will see that all the world does plot against him, but he will see that Allah’s plan is stronger than all, and he will see that the World belongs to Allah and to Him it will return, and that the World is but a tree that Allah wills him to rule from its roots to its branches… and Allah will throw down on them (unbelievers) with a disastrous punishment and burn their land and seas and skies and the sky will rain down a harmful shower; the people of the Earth will curse the infidels, and Allah shall will the defeat of the unbelievers.” 154

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In this prophecy, it says that the battle between the Mahdi and the Romans takes place on the plain of Megiddo, which implies that it may be the same as the battle of Armageddon mentioned in biblical prophecy. Megiddo is a kibbutz in Israel. It is located on the route going south from Haifa to Samaria. Traveling from Syria to the Tel Aviv airport (Al Ludd), one would pass by Megiddo.

155. The Prophet said: “The place of assembly of the Muslims at the time of the Great War (Armageddon) will be in al-Ghutah near a city called Damascus, one of the best cities in Syria.” 155

156. Exactly at the time when the Imam (leader) of the Muslims will have stepped forward to lead them in the Morning Prayer, Jesus, son of Mary, shall descend upon them. The Imam will step back, so that Jesus may step forward (to lead the prayer), but Jesus, placing his hand between his two shoulders, will say, “No, you should lead, for the congregation has assembled to follow you.” So, the Imam will lead the Prayer. After the salutation, Jesus will say, “Open the gate”; so the gate will be opened. Outside there will be the Antichrist along with 70,000 of the armed Jews. As soon as he will look at Jesus, he will start melting like the salt in water, and will flee. Jesus will say, “I shall strike you a blow which will not let you live.” And he will overtake him at the east- ern gate of Lod, and Allah will cause the Jews to be defeated… And the earth will be as filled with the Muslims as a vessel is filled with water. The entire world shall recite and follow one and the same Kalimah (word), and none shall be worshipped except Allah.” 156

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The Antichrist will be supported by an army of Jews and will be killed at Lod, which is near the Tel Aviv airport. This tells us that Israel will be the location from which the Antichrist will operate, and the Israeli army will be the army of the Antichrist.

157. The Holy Prophet (while relating the story of the Antichrist) said:

“At that time, suddenly, Jesus, son of Mary, shall appear among the Muslims. Then the people will stand up for the prayer, and he will be asked, ‘Step forward, O Spirit of Allah (and lead us in the prayer)’; but he will say, ‘No. Your own leader should step forward and lead the prayer.’ Then, after offering the morning prayer, the Muslims shall go forth to fight the Antichrist.” He said, “When the liar will see Jesus, he will start dissolving like salt in water. Then Jesus will advance towards him and will slay him; and it will so happen that the trees and the stones will cry out: ‘O Spirit of Allah, here is a Jew (and/or disbeliever) hiding behind me.’ None will be left from among the followers of the Antichrist, whom he (Jesus) will not kill.” 157

What we can now conclude about Jesus’ return to earth is that:

• He will descend during the morning just before Fajr Prayer (the morning prayer);

• He will bring an end to all communities except Islam (thus beginning a new age).

What I’m about to say is pure conjecture, but, couldn’t it be possible that Jesus’ return to earth is synonymous with the new age that, according to the Mayans, would begin around this same time frame? Although we can’t be one hundred percent certain about exact dates with regard to future events, we can be more certain about

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these events in relation to each other. So, here is what we know so far:

The Mahdi emerges in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah or Muharram (twelfth or first month of Islamic calendar). His rule is therefore established the following year, which is the same year of the initiation of the “Great War.” Then, six years later, is the Muslim conquest of Constantinople. In the seventh year, the Antichrist appears, and remains for 40 days (one year, two months, and 14 days, see hadith 130), and on the 40th day, Jesus descends and kills him. This would, by normal standards, be on the ninth year of the Mahdi’s term, but still the seventh, if counting the 40 days as 40 days instead of 439 days.

158. Then, in the morning, Jesus, son of Mary, will join the Muslims, and Allah will cause the Antichrist and his hosts to be routed, until the walls and the roots of the trees will call out: “O believer, here is a disbeliever hidden behind me; come and kill him.” 158

159. Then Jesus will descend, and Allah will cause the Antichrist to be killed near the mountain pass of Afiq. 159

Afiq, known as Fiq in modern times, is a city in Syria situated on the border between Syria and Israel. There is a lake called Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) a few miles toward the west of the city. This lake is the source of the river Jordan. Towards the southwest of this lake, there is a path between the mountains, which descends two thousand feet to the point in the lake of Tiberias where the river rises. This moun- tainous path is called the slope of Afiq. Afiq and Megiddo are on the way from Syria to Lod near Tel Aviv. As Jesus will appear in Damascus, Syria, and he will kill the flee- ing Antichrist near Tel Aviv, it means that Jesus and his followers will