Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The destiny of Israel

The following article is written by a Journalist I know of and enjoy reading. In this article, he surrounds his arguments around Shaykh Imran N. Hosein's book, "Jerusalem in the Qur'an"... This article is REALLY good:

The destiny of Israel
Abid Ullah Jan
http://www.icssa.org/Review_Jerusalrm.htm

We must realize that something horrible is in store for the world in which starving half a million children to death is a valid price but calling Israel an illegitimate and racist state has become the most serious crime.

Many would agree with the statement that it is highly unlikely that the Israeli oppression and unaccountability can continue for another 50 years before it faces the horrible consequences. But many would be surprised to know that it is matter of a few more years before Israel overtakes the US as a Ruling State, just as the US replaced England as a Ruling State at the end of World War 1.

Those of us who find this observation strange may not realize that we are passing through very strange times. Indications of the coming times are right before our eyes, for example in finding one set of people not allowed to simply cover their head for it undermines secular values. Whereas another people are free to occupy land, subjugate native people, indiscriminately kill and expel those who do not share the same race, and engage in ethnic cleansing on the grounds of their distorted scriptures.

Another indication is helplessness of the whole world before the Israeli aggression, defiance, WMD and state terrorism. The question arises: Why has Israel been granted this special status and special support despite the world looking at its undeniable crimes with wide open eyes? Why other countries are punished with decades of genocidal sanctions, wars and occupations for far minor crimes than the Israeli government?

One can find answer to these and many similar questions in Jerusalem in the Qur’an by Imran N. Hosein. It is an amazing book, explaining not only the destiny of Jerusalem but also of Jews and Muslims and the rest of the world in an extremely broad perspective. We fail to find answers to such questions because we are lost in the distorted realities that revolve around ongoing events alone.

Jerusalem in the Qur’an shows us the future in a broader historical, religious perspective. The author proves his bold conclusions, such as that the Israel is close to replacing the US as a Ruling State, in a mathematical way. The book also brings forward many hidden aspects of the Qur’an that answers questions lurking in the minds of many Americans who truly love their country and many Muslims who are looking but at just part of the Divine knowledge.
Extracting argument from the Qur’an and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the author proves that it is just a matter of time before the US taste the fruits of the American-Israeli obsession with the Holy Land. It is exactly same way in which England at its peak was strangely obsessed with the Holy Land. “The British people were themselves incapable of explaining this strange obsession,” argues the author.

Jerusalem in the Qur’an explains the roots and consequences of this strange Euro-American obsession with the Holy Land. Using references from the Qur’an about behavior of the Jews, destiny of Jerusalem, and related prophesies, the author clearly shows how Israel ­ — armed with enough WMD and supported by Euro-Jewish financiers and bankers — has it within its power to assume financial control of the world through the simple maneuver of causing the collapse of the US dollar. “When the US dollar goes down it would bring down the entire world of paper money with it.

This may be planned to synchronize with a spectacular Euro-Israeli display of military power in an attack on the Palestinians as well as neighboring Arab States.” The author goes on: “Israel will then successfully defy the rest of the world in holding on to the fruits of its war and, in so doing, establish itself as the ruling power in the world. When that occurs it would most certainly appear to the Israeli-Jews (i.e., Banū Isrāīl) that they would be experiencing the return of the golden age, i.e., the age when Solomon’s Israel ruled the world.”

Author’s open challenge to all

The story of the rise and fall of Jews and Muslims and the coming events is told in such an interesting and logical manner that one cannot help but sit and finish the whole book in a single go. Interestingly, the book throws an open challenge to both Muslims and non-Muslims. The challenge to Muslims is to “declare either that the Qur’an does not explain the return of the Jews to the Holy Landand the restoration of the State of Israel, or that there is a different explanation other than the one given in this book.”

To non-Muslims the challenge is that if they “declare that they possess the Truth,” they should “use that Truth to explain this subject.” That appears to be the greatest importance of this book. It validates the Islamic claim to Truth! Let us take an example from the book.

According to the author, the strangest, most mysterious and most inexplicable events ever to have occurred in the religious history of mankind is the return of the Jews to the Holy Land to reclaim it as their own some 2000 years after they had been expelled by Allah.

At the very heart of the Qur’anic view in this regard is the declaration that when the final count-down in the Last Age arrives Jews would be gathered from the Diaspora in which they were broken up and dispersed, and to which they had been consigned, and would be brought back to the Holy Land as a ‘mingled crowd’ (Qur’an, 17:104). That Divine promise has already been fulfilled.

But before Banū Israel’s final divine punishment takes place, there is great drama which is yet to unfold in the Holy Land and, indeed, in the world -- such as the establishment of the greater Israel, which the author calls the Ruling State. The Transfer of power from the US, in author’s view, has already begun with the September 11 incident and US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Furthermore, “Muslims have precise information of the moment in time when Jesus (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), the Messiah, will return” and when “the Zionist-Jews will finally reach the supreme moment in their over-all strategy to get the Arabs to submit to Jewish rule in the Holy Land . “It will be when the water in the Sea in Galilee has almost dried up, or has dried up…That submission would imply their worship of the False Messiah rather than the worship of Allah Most High. They would be required to submit to Israel in order to get water from the desalinization plants that Israel would build. The Arabs would be too poor to be able to afford to buy water.”

The book gives substantial references from the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad to prove this point along with the scientific reports which show that water in the Sea in Galilee is really drying up faster than expected. Furthermore, the author has made a commendable effort to present in the simple possible language the link between anti-Christ and Riba and between Gog and Magog in the light of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) sayings.

It makes the book a great effort in the sense that it gathered scattered and often disregarded information for focusing on a specific subject with full force. It is highly unlikely that anyone who reads this book would have any doubt about the author’s clarification of some very complex issues such as that of anti-Christ and what is in store for the world.

Zionist’s reality

There is much talk about hidden power of the Zionists but no one has so far explained the historical and religious aspect of their actions and respective implication as Imran N. Hosein has done through an impartial analysis of all relevant religious and historical sources.

Even most of the Muslims have started making concessions to the Israeli claim that it has Biblical claims to the Holy Land. The author argues that the so-called defenders of Israel are the Zionists who “have essentially abandoned the ethical heart of the religion of Abraham (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).” The author effectively proves that the Zionists amended Torah and declared many permissible as prohibited and vice versa. And finally they have imposed an “impostor Israel” instead of “real Israel”.

The author asks whether the Zionists right to inherit the Holy Land is unconditional. Would it still be valid if they establish a secular state and “their progeny were to abandon the religion of Abraham and the laws of Allah? “”We should note that the God of Abraham (‘alaihi al-Salām) prohibited the borrowing and lending of money on interest (Ribā ). [1] The Jews changed the Torah to legalize the lending of money on interest to those who were not Jews. Not only is Ribā legal in the Holy Land today, but so are also many other things that were prohibited by Allah, Most High.”

Before and after the formation of the State of Israel, Zionists have been engaged in injustice, oppression, tyranny and repression, while Abraham was clearly told that Allah’s covenant of promise will not reach those of Abraham’s offspring who commit acts of Dhulum (i.e., injustice, oppression, tyranny, repression, suppression) — Al-Qur’an, 2:124.

This is exactly how the Zionist-secular state of Israel is established and it continues to display the same behavior. And according to the Qur’an: “And We declared in the Zabur (i.e., the Psalms ) which followed (Our declaration in) the Zikr (i.e., the Torah ) that it is (only) those servants of Mine who are righteous in their conduct who would inherit the (Holy) Land.” (Al-Qur’an, 21:105). The author thus proves that the Qur’an not only reaffirmed ‘righteousness’ as the condition for such inheritance (Sūrah al-Anbiyāh , 21:105), but went on to direct attention to the historical evidence that violation of that condition always resulted in Divine expulsion from the (Holy) Land.

The book gives numerous examples from the Israeli press to show that it is a godless and oppressive system which has nothing to do with the re-establishment of ancient Israel and the law of Abraham. One of the example from the horse’s mouth is an editorial in the Jerusalem Post which has this to say: For too many Israelis, Jewishness has become an archaic, primitive, and irrelevant system that competes for power and funding, and even a source of embarrassment for an intellectually-oriented modern society (Jerusalem Post, September 12, 2000).

Zionist Strategy

The author distinguishes between the key roles of the Israelite or Sephardic Jews (descendents of Prophet Isaac), and the Jews of European origin. It is the Zionists from Europe who distorted scriptures from the Torah and Bible to justify their crimes and to motivate the Jews to establish a State of Israel that extends from the Nile to the Euphrates with Jerusalem as its capital.

According to the author the Zionists exploited “every single lie that was put into the Bible by embellishing those lies with a mountain of more lies.” They worked with the corrupt ruling Arab elites to make their client states recognize Israel and then abandon them at an appropriate time. “This Jewish-Arab (elite) strategy has today reached an advanced stage of implementation. … Indeed the strategy of abandoning that Arab elite has already begun.”

Here the author also proves that well according to the prayers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the strategy did not work out in Syria and Yemen. [2]

The book is actually partly written in response to the Zionists lies promoted by spokespersons, such as Daniel Pipes, who in his July 21, 2000 article in LA Times attempted to dismiss any Islamic claim to Jerusalem by declaring of Jerusalem, among other things, that: “It is not once mentioned in the Qur’ān or in the liturgy”. The way Imran N. Hosein collected different pieces of history and linked them like beads through the message of the Qur’an with respect to Jerusalem is enough to leave Pipes speechless.

The reason Zionists ignore even those portions of the Qur’an which mention that Holy Land was given to Jews (5:24-6; Again it amazes me that Jewish and Zionist scholarship should so studiously have avoided quoting these plain statements in which the Qur’ān declared that the Holy Land was given to the Jews (5:24-6; 17:103-104 and 7:137) is because the Qur’an also “offers an explanation for that strange behavior. The explanation resides in their reluctance to reveal the corruption of the divine conditions in the Torah which Allah Most High had ordained for inheritance of the Holy Land . The fraud in the rewritten Torah is exposed in the Qur’ān.”
So the Zionist dream of liberating the Holy Land from Gentiles and restoring the State of Israel is well on the way to realization. The author predicts that the Temple would be reconstructed for the Jewish worship. Even as we are writing this review, the news arrived that a Zionist in the US has donated $10 million and Israeli government is on the way to dig another tunnel under Masjid al-Aqsa — a step in the direction of fulfilling the long awaited dream to demolishing the Masjid and reconstructing the Temple (Masjid) of Solomon (alaihi al-Salām).
Since the Zionists will achieve all these apparent successes in the most inhuman manner, the author digs out references from the Qur’an that after expelling the rebellious Jews out of the Holy Land for the second time, Allah declared His intention to keep on punishing them “if they kept on desecrating the Holy Land with violations of the condition of faith and righteous conduct. ‘….but if ye revert (to your violation of the condition imposed for inheritance of the Holy Land ) We shall revert (to Our punishments. i.e., you will be expelled again and again)….’ (Qur’ān, Banū Israīl , 17:8).”

Keeping the apartheid and ethnic cleansing based racist policies of the Israeli state in mind, the author concludes that the destiny of “Jerusalem is plainly written in the above warning and firm declaration in the Qur’ān. This remains so regardless of any…agreements negotiated in Camp David…resolution of the US Senate…[or] resolutions of the UN…”

Appearance vs. reality

Another beauty of the book is the author’s skillful separation of appearances from the reality in the light of the Qur’an. It greatly assists readers in understanding the issues in which many Jews disagree. This work is a proof how the complex riddles of present day politics and international relation can never be understood without referring to the Qur’an which clearly states: “Verily the Qur’an explains to the Israelites most of the matters in which they disagree. And it certainly is a Guide and a Mercy to those who believe” (Al-Qur’an, 27:76-7). And Middle East is at the centre of a never ending problem.

Apparently mpst Jews have embraced Israel as the fulfillment of their greatest dream of returning to the Holy Land. It will soon become a Ruling State as no one can challenge it in any way. In the author’s view, “The fact that they have been so utterly and completely deceived by the Impostor State of Israel is indicative of their continuing spiritual blindness.”

The ‘reality’ from the Islamic point of view is that the Antichrist has deceived the Jews into believing that divine grace has brought them this close to the complete fulfillment of their greatest dream. The ‘reality’ is that their spiritual blindness has led them into a divine trap from which there is now no escape.” The much dreaded and oft-repeated ‘destruction of Israel’ is its destiny.

Confirmation of the reality

Another beauty of this book is the seeming repetition at some places. It, in fact, represented the extreme inter-connectedness and inescapable reality of history, scriptures and current affairs. The author hammers the nails of his argument from different directions until he conclusively proves his point of view.

In support of the above mentioned reality, the author brings forward a verse from the Holy Qur’an: “Allah has promised to those among you who believe (in Islām ) and are righteous in conduct that He will surely cause them to inherit the land (i.e., the Holy Land ), as He granted it to those before them (i.e., the Jews); that He will establish their religion (i.e., Islām) in authority (in the Holy Land), the (religion) which He has chosen for them (see Qur’ān, al-Maidah, 5:3); 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’ān, al-Nūr , 24:55)

For explaining “the state of fear” in the above mentioned verse, the author refers to the “fear in which the believers [Muslims] live" and declares that "it must surely include the present awesome Israeli oppression in the Holy Land .”

Conclusion

In a world in which one cannot afford to call Israel a racist state, where one cannot survive without recognizing its “legitimacy;, where anyone calling for Israel’s destruction is branded as a terrorist who deserves to be thrown into the concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, presenting an undeniable thesis of its destruction needs a lot of courage.

To convincingly present his thesis, the author proves authenticity of quotes from religious scriptures with references to history and current affairs. At the same time, he effectively explains historical and current events in the light of religious scriptures. He also quotes many verses from the Holy Qur’an and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which many of the co-opting Muslims try to avoid. Such shying away on the part of Muslims leaves many of the Westerners — particularly the Americans who love their country and don’t want to see it bleeding at the cost of propping Israel — ignorant of the Truth and unaware of the hard facts.
The reason Imran N. Hosein could say it all in his book Jerusalem in the Qur’an is simply that he is neither head of a client state nor a hand picked sheikh of Al-Azhar. He is not afraid of losing any title of fake Islamic scholarship. This makes his in depth research into the divine scriptures, history and current affairs a valuable lesson for every human being on the face of earth.


Notes

[1] “Thou shalt not lend on interest to thy brother (Jew); whether it be lending money on interest, or lending commodities on interest (because commodities were sometimes used as money) or lending on interest anything which is lent on interest (i.e., anything which functions as money). Unto a stranger (i.e., one who is not a Jew) you may lend on interest…” (Deuteronomy , 23:19-20)

Their crimes also included: “This is why the wisdom of God said: I will send them Prophets and Messengers. Some they will kill and some they will persecute. It was that the blood of all the Prophets shed from the foundation of the world might be charged upon this generation (of Jews), from the blood of Abel down to the blood of Zakariah , who was slain between the altar and the House of God - yes, I tell you, it will all be charged upon this generation….” (Luke, 11:49-51)

[2] “Narrated by Ibn Umar : The Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: O Allah! Bestow Your Blessings on our Sham (Syria) and our Yemen . People said: Our Najd (Najd is that part of Saudi Arabia from which the Saudi rulers have originated). The Prophet again said: O Allah! Bestow Your Blessings on our Sham and Yemen. They said again: Our Najd as well. On that the Prophet said: There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there (i.e., Najd) will come out the side of the head of Satan .” (Sahih, Bukhari )

Abid Ullah Jan’s latest book, The End of Democracy, has just been released in Canada.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Philosophy of a true Islamic Revolution

Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

I hope all is well with you and your family.

My thoughts are now in the process of forcing my fingers to work. Unfortunately, I have to be very brief because I am extremely tired.

What is the Philosophy of most revolutions? I mean like deep down, their root, their motivating cause or source, their ideal?

99% of the time, the answer will be a reward awaiting in the life of this world. For Revolutions, the goal is to achieve domination, and for some, world domination. It is to have more power, more authority, more rights, more money and so on. If it is a group that has a political agenda or economist agenda, that will be their very ideal; to achieve that end.

What makes up the philosophy of a true Islamic Revolution? Is it to acquire more wealth? A higher status? More control?

The answer, interestingly, does not lie within the life of this world; rather, it lies within the life of the next world, the Hereafter. The Philosophy of a true Islamic Revolution would be to attain the ultimate pleasure of Allah (The Most High) by fulfilling the given priorities in their proper order; the ideal is not achieving Paradise or being saved from the Hellfire, rather, the ideal is Allah (The Most High) purely.

What are those priorities?
1. Iman (Spiritual Purification of the heart)
2. Ibadah (Total willingness to submit to the will of Allah [The Most High])
3. Shahadah 'Alan Naas (Bearing witness unto humanity this gift of Islam)
4. Iqamat ud Deen (Establishing this gift given to humanity, Islam)

These priorities, when put into action, completely revolutionize the individual. No longer will the being be distracted by the worldly temptations that Allah (The Most High) tests him or her with.

What happens when you fall for the temptations of this world?

Let's analyze a few examples, starting with alcohol:

1. It is a sweet drink, and is put in many foods.
2. However, the harm is greater than the benefit.
3. How? At least from a purely scientific point of view, alcohol can damage the brain and if one were to take it too far, can make one drunk; and we know what all happens to one who gets drunk.

Adultery or Dating:

1. It is very tempting and feels good when fulfilled.
2. Former Pres. Clinton prophesized that this country will one day have the majority of its children born out of wed-lock; and this is slowly occuring! This is why Bush is saying "Marriage! Marriage! Marriage!"
3. But aside from that, what is wrong with it? It is, in actuality, a very evil way of using someone; there is no guarantee that you will even marry that individual! So let's us say that Sally and Rob are dating. Few months later, they break up. Then Sally gets married to John. John finds out that Sally had an Ex-boyfriend and therefore, she had been used. From the perspective of a man, you would feel weird as hell when marrying a girl that already commited adultery with some dude you don't even know...
4. It can lead to rape; those are the words of your statistics, not me; 'Date Rape'.

There are actually a million examples, but like I said earlier, I am really tired. So I'll end this with a quote from the Qur'an:

And if you could see when the angels take away the souls of those who disbelieve (at death), they smite their faces and their backs, (saying): "Taste the punishment of the blazing Fire!" (8:50)

Indeed Allah (The Most High) Speaks the Truth!

take care,
Samir

The Tsunami

Without a doubt, was the Tsunami a form of Allah (The Most High) communicating to the world, His unmatched power. Many people are grappling on how to view the recent Tsunami from a religious perspective, even within the Muslim community. I'll share with you one view, which is a dominant view amongst the Muslim Scholars of today. The following article is written by a scholar I personally know of, so I can trust his words :)

Oh and by the way, if you are a non-Muslim and are about to read this, you might feel a bit weird because he is addressing religious Muslims here... Also, I dont necessarily agree with all of his views, but that's a very minor issue; I agree with mostly everything he says.

On a final note, you will notice he keeps referring back to his book, "Jerusalem in the Qur'an." If you are interested in reading this, you can ask me for it. Have fun :)

Samir


Ten Major Signs of the Last Day
HAS ONE JUST OCCURRED?


Shaykh Imran N. Hosein
(ihosein@tstt.net.tt)

· LAST DAY MEANS LAST AGE


The term ‘Last Day’ in Islam really stands for the ‘Last Age’, or the age which would culminate with the end of history -- when the true Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary (not son of God), would return to rule the world from Jerusalem with justice and ‘eternal’ rule. It would be ‘eternal’ in the sense that history would end with that event. Life on earth beyond that event, and after Jesus (s) dies a human death and is buried next to Prophet Muhammad (s) in Madina, would not qualify as history. This would be so since the modern secular rope would have reached its predictable end in total godlessness and with such a consequent collapse of morals, and of moral consciousness, that people would forget their human status and “would engage in sexual intercourse in public like donkeys”. Already it is quite clear (particularly at the time of Trinidad Carnival) that we are quite close to the fulfillment of that prophecy made by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and upon all other prophets). So much so, then, for the spurious claims of the one-eyed modern white western civilization and its colored ‘house slaves’ around the world, that mankind is witnessing unprecedented progress, that the present is the best of all ages, that the world keeps on growing better and better, and that modern white western civilization has rendered all previous civilizations, including Islam, moribund and obsolete.

Prophet Muhammad (s) prophesied many more signs of the Last Day other than public roadside ‘donkey sex’. Most of these signs are known as the ‘minor’ signs. Let us describe some of them (randomly selected) before we turn to the ten ‘major’ signs in which we venture to include the recent major underwater earthquake and resultant Tsunami in South East Asia.


· MINOR SIGNS


Prophet Muhammad (s) prophesied of the Last Age that:

q “People would follow a way of life other than mine and give guidance other than mine”. . . . “I fear for my people only the leaders who lead men astray”. . . . “Before the Last Hour there will be great liars, so beware of them”. . . . “When the most wicked member of a tribe becomes its ruler, and the most worthless member of a community becomes its leader, and a man is respected through fear of the evil he may do, and leadership is given to people who are unworthy of it, expect the Last Hour”, – all of these warnings have already been dramatically and ominously fulfilled in the world, as well as in the community of Muslims, even here in Trinidad!

q Women would arrange their hair to look like the hump of a camel, - and that has already occurred;

q Women would dress like men, - and we already see them today with trousers, jacket and, perhaps, a tie;

q Men would dress like women, - and already no one can tell that ‘she’ is really a man;

q Homosexuality (and lesbianism) would become commonplace, - and that is now happening before our very eyes; indeed those who hold fast to the divine prohibition of such sexual perversion are now demonized as a people who suffer from a disease called homophobia;

q Children born outside of marriage would become commonplace, - in fact marriage itself now seems destined to become obsolete;

q Fornication and adultery would become commonplace, - that, also, appears to have already been fulfilled in a modern world in which virginity and marital fidelity are becoming old-fashioned;

q Disproportion in balance of men and women to such an extent that one man would have to maintain (not marry) fifty women, - that is yet to occur but could be linked to the impact on male sperm production of such things as environmental pollution and genetically modified food;

q Universal consumption of alcoholic beverages, - that has already become a veritable plague,

q Religious knowledge disappears, - since the rightly-guided scholars of Islam are demonized, marginalized, banned, or declared to be great security risks. Only those scholars who can skillfully skip and dance to the tunes of those who control power in the world are allowed the unfettered freedom to travel and to preach a sanitized cosmetic version of Islam acceptable to the unholy triple alliance of Britain (‘a day like a year’), America (‘a day like a month’) and Israel (‘a day like a week’), and their equally unholy clients in Islamabad, Cairo, Riyadh, etc.;

q Time would move swiftly - a year passing like a month - a month like a week - a week like a day etc., - and already the perception of swiftly moving time is a universal experience;

q Such prevalence of random killing, murder and violence that a killer would not know why he is killing and the one who is killed would not know why he is being killed, and every age is followed by one which is worse, - already around the world senseless random killing has already arrived and is constantly escalating;

q Nothing would remain of Islam but the name, and nothing would remain of the Qur’an but the traces (of its writing) (i.e., the Qur’an would not be studied, no one would follow its guidance, it would be recited mechanically etc.); the Masajid (mosques) would be grand structures but would be devoid of guidance; and the ulama (religious scholars of Islam who represent such people) would be the worst people beneath the sky. From them would emerge Fitnah (trials) and they would be the centers of Fitnah (since they betray Islam); - there are many distinguished scholars of Islam who declare that this sign has today found fulfillment.

q Prevalence of Riba (i.e, money lent on interest, and transactions which ‘rip off’ people through deception in business, etc.) Around the world today Riba in modern banking and insurance has already taken total control over the market and over economic life.

There are some minor signs which have been couched in enigmatic language such as,

q ‘A slave woman would give birth to her mistress’, - made possible through a combination of Riba and the modern feminist revolution, and

q ‘Naked barefooted shepherds would vie with one another in the construction of high-rise buildings’, - made possible when vast unearned wealth suddenly descends upon a hitherto poor (Arab?) people who now hanker for visible symbols of their status in a modern world which recognizes the rich as a ‘somebody’ and the poor as a ‘nobody’ (see story of the rich man and the poor man in Surah al-Kahf of the Qur’an).

And then there are minor signs which have not as yet occurred such as:

Ø “The Last Hour would not come until there issues from the land of the Hejaz (which is in Saudi Arabia) a fire which will illuminate the backs of the camels in Busra”, - and this, perhaps, anticipates a nuclear attack on a Saudi Air Force base in Tabuk, perhaps, which would formally launch Israel into the club of nuclear powers.

So many of these minor Signs of the Last Day, and so many more not here mentioned, have already occurred, that we can now turn to the major Signs with a clear recognition that we are already living in that last age.

· MAJOR SIGNS


Hudhayfah ibn Usayd Ghifari, the companion of the Prophet, said, “Allah's Messenger came to us all of a sudden as we were (busy in a discussion). He asked: What are you discussing? (The Companions) replied: We are discussing (the subject of) the Last Hour. Thereupon he said: It will not come until you see ten signs, and (in this connection) he made a mention of the Smoke, Dajjal, the Beast, the Rising of the Sun from the West, the Descent of Jesus son of Mary, Gog and Magog, Earthquakes in three places, one in the East, one in the West and one in Arabia at the end of which Fire would burn forth from Yemen, and would drive people to the place of their assembly (i.e., the place where mankind will be assembled for judgment).” Sahih Muslim

Here, then, are the ten major Signs of the Last Day as prophesied by Prophet Muhammad (s):

1. DAJJAL – THE FALSE MESSIAH OR ANTICHRIST,
2. GOG AND MAGOG,
3. SMOKE,
4. THE BEAST OF THE EARTH (or Land),
5. THE SUN WOULD RISE FROM THE WEST,
6. THREE (BIG) EARTHQUAKES – ONE IN THE EAST,
7. ONE IN THE WEST, AND
8. ONE IN ARABIA,
9. A FIRE WOULD COME OUT OF YEMEN AND WOULD DRIVE PEOPLE TO THEIR PLACE OF ASSEMBLY (i.e., to the plain of Arafat where mankind would be assembled for judgment),
10. THE DESCENT OF THE SON OF MARY.

Although these signs were not given by the blessed Prophet (s) in their chronological order of occurrence I have made an effort to put them in that order, with the ones that have not as yet occurred at the bottom of the list. How did I arrive at the above order? Well, we know from the prophecies of the blessed Prophet that the third major earthquake, i.e., the one that would occur in Arabia, would swallow an army that would be heading south to Makkah to attack Imam al-Mahdi, the descendent of Prophet Muhammad who, it was prophesied, would restore the Islamic Caliphate (or Islamic model of a State) in the Arabian peninsular. It is after that sign has occurred (i.e., the third major earthquake) that the son of Mary would descend from the sky with his hands resting on the wings of two angels, and would kill Dajjal the False Messiah or Anti-Christ. And since the Qur’an itself has described Jesus (i.e., the return of Jesus) as the ‘ilm (which here means the very heart and seal of the subject) of the Last Hour (Qur’an, Zukhruf, 43:61), it follows that his return must come chronologically at the end of the list. We also know that the ‘fire’ from Yemen would follow the third earthquake. And so now that it appears that the major earthquake in the East has occurred, we await four more major signs that still remain to occur, i.e. the major earthquake in the West, the major earthquake in Arabia, the fire that would come out of Yemen, and the return of the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. The major earthquakes are therefore meant to herald that momentous event of all events when the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, would return. When did the first six ‘major’ signs occur?

Ø DAJJAL


I have argued in my book, ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an – An Islamic View of the Destiny of Jerusalem’ that Dajjal the False Messiah or Antichrist was released into the world in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (s). He has already completed the first stage of his mission that lasted for ‘a day like a year’, and is about to complete the second stage that lasts for ‘a day like a month’. The third and last stage of his mission (of impersonation of the true Messiah) that would last for just ‘a day like a week’ would commence when Israel replaces USA as the Ruling State of the world. And that would occur when Israel wages her big war that would result in the dramatic territorial expansion of the State ‘from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates’. Israel would then seize control of the Suez Canal and all the oil of the Arabian Gulf. By the end of that third stage the Antichrist would have been born into the world of Jewish parents, would have risen to become ruler of Israel and, hence, would have completed his mission to rule the world from Jerusalem. And Allah Knows best! An entire chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the subject of Dajjal.


Ø GOG AND MAGOG


I have also argued in my book that Gog and Magog were released into the world in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (s). The Qur’an itself has made mention (Qur’an, the Prophets, 21:94-5) of a ‘town’ which was destroyed by Allah Most High, and the people of the town expelled, and then banned from returning to reclaim their town until Gog and Magog were not only released but, also, had spread out in all directions. I located that ‘town’ to be Jerusalem. And since the Jews have already returned to Jerusalem to reclaim it as their own, it follows that Gog and Magog, like Dajjal, are also close to the end of their mission. And Allah Knows best! Another entire chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the subject of Gog and Magog.


Ø SMOKE


This appears to be the environmental pollution that is already wreaking havoc on the earth itself and is bringing about global warming with the consequent impact on earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding etc. The modern industrial economy appears to be the greatest culprit of environmental pollution in the world today. In other words we, mankind, are ourselves the creators of the Smoke which spawns massive earthquakes, tsunamis, etc., and eventually brings about the death of the earth. And Allah Knows best! However, it is important that we note that there are several Ahadith in Sahih Bukhari which declare that the sign of ‘Smoke’ already appeared in the lifetime of the blessed Prophet.


Ø THE BEAST OF THE EARTH


I have argued in ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ that the word ‘earth’ is sometimes used in the scriptures as synonymous with the word ‘land’, and the term ‘land’, when used in the context of the signs of the last age, stands almost invariably for ‘Holy Land’. In consequence of this I have argued in my book that the ‘Beast of the Earth’ is, in fact, the imposter State of Israel that now occupies the Holy Land. The learned Shaikh, Safar al-Hawali, holds the view that the ‘Beast’ is the Zionist Movement. And Allah Knows best!

Ø THE SUN WOULD RISE FROM THE WEST


Those who interpret this sign literally assume that the order of nature would be reversed despite the Qur’anic declaration that there can be no change in Allah’s creation (of that natural order) (Qur’an, Rum, 30:30), and despite the specific declaration of Prophet Abraham (s) that his Lord-God causes the sun to rise from the East. Abraham then proceeded to challenge the King to cause the sun to rise from the West if he possessed power greater than Allah’s. (Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:258) And so they await that western sunrise as an event that would literally occur, while ignoring the basic rule that no Hadith can contradict the Qur’an. But this sign has provoked numerous other non-literal interpretations, all of which agree that it has already occurred. Our view is that the rising of the sun from the West symbolizes an upside–down world in which mankind is led by their noses to a way of life which would be the very opposite of that natural way ordained by Allah. That upside-down unnatural way of life has already embraced most of mankind. In this sense, therefore, the sun is already rising from the West. And Allah Knows best!

THREE EARTHQUAKES


Prophet Muhammad (s) has prophesied three major earthquakes that would herald the return of the Messiah, the son of Mary, and Messenger of Allah Most High. One would occur in the East, the second in the West, and the third in Arabia. When the third one takes place, the world of Islam would suddenly and dazzlingly reenter the affairs of the Arabian peninsular, as well as of the world, in the same revolutionary way that it did in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (s). This appears to be the meaning of the last of the major signs (prior to the return of Jesus) mentioned by the Prophet (s), i.e., that a fire would come out of Yemen and drive people to their place of assembly.


Ø THE EARTHQUAKE IN THE EAST


I believe that the recent massive earthquake and resultant tsunami in SE Asia which has claimed many more than 100,000 lives, is the earthquake of the East mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (s) in the ten major Signs of the Last Day, and thus the first of three such earthquakes heralding the return of Jesus (s). I came to this conclusion because of the following reasons:

Firstly, the prophecy of the blessed Prophet is that a ‘khasf’ would occur in the East, i.e., the earth sinks down or caves in. A ‘Tsunami’ is defined as a sea wave of local or distant origin that results from large-scale seafloor displacements associated with large earthquakes, major submarine slides, or exploding volcanic islands. Since this recent displacement of the earth occurred under the sea, and consequently resulted in the massive Tsunamis, it ensured that those who have maliciously concealed the Truth time and again in history could not conceal this major Sign of the Last Day. The magnitude of the event, i.e., the severity of the earthquake (9 on the Richter scale) and, more importantly, the massive damage already done and still unfolding, makes it absolutely unique for mankind today.

Secondly, I am impressed by the location of the event, - it occurred in that East which is clearly East of Madina.

Thirdly, I would like to direct attention to the time that it occurred, i.e., after the liberation of the Holy Land (1917), and return of the Jews to reclaim the Holy Land as their own (1918-1948), the restoration of a State of Israel in the Holy Land (1948), the growth of Israel to become a superpower in the world (i.e., the present), and at precisely that time when Israel is about to wage her big war of massive territorial expansion after which Israel would replace USA as the Ruling State in the world. It has also occurred at that time when the prophecy of the Prophet concerning the abandonment of the Hajj is about to be fulfilled – since the Hajj would henceforth pose a gigantic security threat to the present Saudi ruling elite whenever Israel wages that big war and assumes the rule over the world. And it has occurred at just that time when the US dollar has begun its irreversible decline that is to culminate in its collapse. That would then bring down all the paper-money in the world and electronic money controlled by the Jewish-controlled banking system would then control all the money in the money-system of the world.

This momentous Sign in the East that has just occurred appears, therefore, to be a sign to mankind warning that monstrously dangerous change in the world is about to occur. But it also appears to be the first of the three major earthquakes heralding the return of the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah Most High

Ø THE SECOND EARTHQUAKE IN THE WEST

When a second massive earthquake (with a sinking down, caving in, or displacement of the earth) eventually occurs in the West, after the recent one in the East, that would further confirm the analysis presented in this essay. All that would then remain to occur for Jesus to descend from the clouds would be the third earthquake in Arabia that would swallow an entire army, and the fire that would come out of Yemen. We are so close to that event that we can already feel the heat of that fire. My book, ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’, explains the subject.

Although what appears to be the first of the three major earthquakes occurred underwater and resulted in the massive tsunamis in South East Asia, it is not necessary that the second, that would occur in the West, would be similar. After all, we know that the third and last major earthquake would have its epicenter on land just north of Makkah in Arabia. And so the West must remain in a state of agonizing suspense.

Ø THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE IN ARABIA

Narrated Aisha: Allah's Apostle said, “An army will invade the Ka'ba and when the invaders reach Al-Baida', all the ground will sink and swallow the whole army." I said, "O Allah's Apostle! How will they sink into the ground while amongst them will be their markets (the people who worked in business and not invaders) and the people not belonging to them?" The Prophet replied, "all of those people will sink but they will be resurrected and judged according to their intentions."
(Sahih al-Bukhari)

“Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu'minin: The Prophet said: Disagreement will occur at the death of a caliph and a man of the people of Madina will come flying forth to Makkah. Some of the people of Makkah will come to him, bring him out against his will and swear allegiance to him between the Corner and the Maqam. An expeditionary force will then be sent against him from Syria but will be swallowed up in the desert between Makkah and Madina . . .”
(Sunan Abu Daud)

It is quite clear from the above prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (s) that the third earthquake would take place at the time of the advent of Imam al-Mahdi. But the Imam cannot emerge to liberate the Arabian heartland of Islam from Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony, and to restore Dar al-Islam, or the authentic Islamic model of a public order, until Dajjal the False Messiah or Anti-Christ has successfully completed his mission of impersonating the true Messiah, and hence until Israel has become the Ruling State in the world and has ruled the world for ‘a day like a week’. And so there is quite some time left (maybe as much as 40-50 years) before that third earthquake takes place and the moment finally arrives for the last of the signs of the Last Day to occur, i.e., the descent of the true Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary. And Allah knows best!

Ø THE RETURN OF JESUS

Prophet Muhammad (s) has spoken extensively and in minute details about the event of the return of Jesus (s). But that event is so rich and complex that it lies beyond the scope of this paper. However, my book, ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ has dealt with the subject in some detail, and it is to that book that I now refer the gentle reader.

Ø ONE FINAL WORD

The destiny of Jerusalem is such as to give to Muslims the greatest confidence and hope that Truth will triumph over falsehood and oppression. ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ was written for precisely this purpose -- to explain to Muslims the strange world in which we live today. It is a world in which the cause of Islam appears to be a lost cause. But having read the book the reader would know, if he or she had not already known it, that the reality is quite different. When they know for certain that it is the destiny of Jerusalem to give a spectacular validation of Islam’s claim to truth, Muslims should be able to summon the strength to resist the present war on Islam in which the godless world is making the greatest possible effort to destroy their faith in Allah Most High.