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Islamic Vision of Judeo-Christian Prophecies [Eng]

Part 1

Islamic Vision of Prophecy

The future is known only to Allah, but in His infinite wisdom, He allows some of His servants to see some future events. The greatest means of seeing the future is through revelation, which is restricted to the prophets – may Allah’s peace and blessings be on them; true dreams, which are revelation for prophets, and good or bad tidings to the ordinary people. True dreams happen to believer and unbeliever, pious and impious. Furthermore, there are other means such as intuition, inspiration, and discerment.

Any prediction of the future requires two things to be accurate:

1) Correctness of the prediction itself.
2) Correctness of its interpretation.

The Christians and Jews speculate concerning future events and calamities more than any other religion. Some Muslims have also engaged in this since early times. Thus, do the scholars explain the relative neglect of hadith narration among the scholars of Syria/Palestine and Egypt compared to those of Hijaz and Iraq by the fact that they were busy studying the predictions of future events and calamities. Amazing examples are attributed to Ka’ab al-Ahbar which we cnnot take the time here to detail.

Their sources for this study were their Holy Books and their glosses and commentaries, especially those using symbolism and numerology.

In accordance with the innate yearning of mankind to unveil the future, it has not only occupied theologians, but even secular scholars and well-known natural scientists such as Newton in the past, and some computer scientists and mathematicians of today. Their writings on this subject are numerous, some of which are included in our references.

The ccapativity and dispersal of the Jews, and the Roman persecution of the Christians had a great effect on their occupation with predictions of a savior or redeemer, fabricating prophecies concerning him, and interpreting every text as referring to him.

One of the best examples of this is their distortion of prophecies and predictions so that they would conform to the circumstances of the era and people of the interpreter. For this reason, the interpretations of the prophecies are more contradictory than those of the disputes of the various denominations and sects. Most of them have committed an even worse crime, which is to efface or distort any prediction of the prophet of the last days and his community, and arbitrariness in interpreting them to be about the Jewish Messiah called ‘the Prince of Peace,’ or Christ-Peace be on him.

Furthermore, the variations within the texts, discrepancies of the translations, and the numerous interpretations only add heap upon heap, so that getting to the burried truths requires great care and patience, along with guidance of the light of the accurately preserved revelation of the Quran and Sunnah.

Because of the Christian and Jewish rejection of this light, they have forbidden of themselves the sources of certainty, and lost themselves in darkness from which there is no other means of escape.

Our position concerning the prophecies of the Christians and Jews is identical to our position concerning their texts and statements in general, which are of three categories.

First:

That which is doubtlessly false. This consists of what which they have fabricated or whose actual meanings they have disorted, such as their claim that the prophet of the last days will be a descendent of David, that the promised Messiah will be Jewish, and their effacing of the prophecies concerning Islam and its messenger- Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him. In general, it is everthing that contradicts that which is found in the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

Second:

That which doubtlessly correct. This is of two types:
1) That which is confirmed by a revealed text. Examples of this are their description of the seal of prophethood, of the Second Coming of Christ, the coming of the Anti-Christ and their description of great battles in the last days between the forces of unbelief and the forces of faith. Included in this type are texts of whose details or interpretation we may dispute with them.

2) That which is confirmed by actual events, such as the hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari narrated on the authority of Jarir Ibn Abd-ullah: “I was in Yemen when I met two Yemeni men: Dhul Kila and Dhu Amru. I began to talk to them about Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) when Dhu Amru said, ‘If what you say about your leader is so, then he has passed away three days ago.’ They traveled along with me until we met a caravan from Madinah on one of the roads. We asked them and they informed us that Allah’s Apostle (alehisalam) had died, and that Abu Bakr had been appointed to succeed him, and that the people were fine. The two Yemenis then said, ‘Tell your leader that we have come, and that perhaps we will return.’ They then returned to Yemen. I then told Abu Bakr (rd) their story and he said, ‘Why did you not bring them here?’ Later Dhu’Amru said to me, ‘Jarir, I owe you a favor. I will tell you something: You Arabs will be fine as long as you continue to choose a leader to replace the one who has died, but when they (assume power by) the sword, then they will be kings, angered by what angers kings, and pleased with what pleases kings. [Ref: Bukhar: Al Maghazi, hadith 4359]

Third

That which we neither confirm nor deny. It consists of all that is not included in either of the two previous categories. As the Prophet (alehisalam) said, “Do not believe what the followers of the Bible say, but do not deny it.” [Ibid al-Tafsir, hadith 4485]

Examples of this are their predictions concerning the Assyrian, the Abomination of Desolation, and similar things. Our neither confirming nor denying them means that it is outside the bound of doctrine and revelation, and within the bounds of opinion and historical narrative in which error, modification, or addition are possible. That is, the negation does not imply that it is abolutely unacceptable to research the issue, but it is research into that which is conditional, and which is circumscribed with doubt and vagueness.

Today, when nearly the entire world is following the course of events occuring in Palestine through the media, we find that there are many people in America and elsewhere who have another concern. There is another marketplace besides the marketplace of the visual and printed media, it is the marketplace of prophecy and fortune-telling. It is a market whose business never slows or ceases. Its goods are the books of the Old and New Testaments and their commentaries. Its merchants are the priests of literalist fundamentalism. Its customers are from all classes of society from the rules of the White House and the Pentagon, to the man in the street. Of this group there are many divisions:
Some await the coming of Christ
Some await the coming of the Anti-Christ
Some await the battle of Armageddon.
And some predict the end of the State of Israel due to the intifadha, and the destruction of the peace process.

This last is what interests us since the end of that state is the most urgent of these issues in respect to our real life situation, and the most removed of them from the sphere of Allah’s exclusive knowledge which would lead to speculation on matters concerning the Day of Resurrection which are known only to Allah.

Furthermore, any secular stratigic study can arrive at conclusions, which are similar or nearly identical to that which Biblical Prophecy states concerning the end of the State of Israel.

The one decisive component which is unique to the prophecies is specification of the actual number of years until the end of the State of Israel, which makes this to be an article of faith for believers in the Old and New Testaments, and not simply a matter of opinion for researchers. In this case we hope that many of them will benefit from the truth which we will attempt to uncover for the sake of the truth alone.

Since Christian Zionism is the most dangerous to humanity of all contemporary movements, and since the foundation of its doctrines and hellish plans s the coming true of the prediction of the establishment of the State of Israel; it is necessary for every lover of justice and peace on earth to know the reality of their prophecies and to join hands with them to destroy with truth and reason, the fundamentals on which their fundamentalism is based, before they can destroy world peace and change our troubled planet into lump of flame.

The reality of our world today, which is recognized by many intellectuals, is that it is possible for a terrorist organization in Europe or Russia to demolish world peace completely, so why are we ignoring this huge movement which has siezed the minds of a third of the people in the most powerful nation on earth, and which strives with all persistence to control the affairs of this nation, and which expends all its energy to support the largest terrorist organization in the world = the Zionist state?

We hope- If the intelligentsia of America and elsewhere would do their duty that the fundamentalists will realize their error, and that many of those who have been deceived or ignorant will awaken from their stupor. When we work together to show them the falseness of their concept and the error of their prophecies, then we will have opposed falsehood with the truth, enmity with justice, and terrorism with logic. This is one of the greatest goals of Islam. As Allah says addressing His Messenger in His scripture:
“We have sent you only as a mercy for all the worlds.”

False Messiahs

America, as Edward Said says, is more occupied with religion than any other nation, and in America there is a totally mad fundamentalist current that seeks to hasten the second-coming of Christ, and who are prepared to do the stupidest thing in the world in order to achieve it.

And what could be stupider than attempting to infiltrate nuclear bases and dispatch nuclear devastation on the entire world? What more proof do we need when we have seen them commit mass suicide, and bomb federal installations, as well as forming militias and troops prepared for the coming day?

The problem is that they are increasing in number and not decreasing. They follow no system of logic or reason, but fantasies, visions and the prompting of devils that they believe to be the Holy Spirit. Moreover, there are numerous individuals who claim to be Christ, or that Christ speaks through him, or to him.

Among their beliefs are:

1) The establishment of the state of Israel as a precursor of the coming of Christ.
2) All of Jerusalem must be under israeli control.
3) The peace process delays the promise of God.
4) Israel is blessed. Blessed are they who bless it, and cursed are they who curse it.
5) The Palestinians (and the Arabs in general) are a pagan scum, and the party of Gog and Magog.
6) The Millennial reign will soon commence, but only after believers are suddenly caught up into heaven to meet the Lord while all the pagans are destroyed in the battle of Armageddon.

But these fundamentalists are not monks cloistered away from the world as they were in the early centuries of Christianity. Rather, they exercise remarkable influence on society, as well as an effective media arsenal, and high-level government positions.

The prophecies of the Bible with the addition of fortune-telling and summoning spirit(s) are the most important of their rituals. Their political and social theories depend on these prophecies, as does their interaction with other people.

Secular thinkers in America know that it is nearly impossible to change the backwards beliefs of these people, since their intellectual foundation has been totally destroyed, and their psychology is extremely complex and peculiar. Secular politicians pretend to support them due to their influence on public opinion, and in the financial sectors and media. The Arabic media rarely speak about them since they are preoccupied with their war against Islamic extremists and terrorists and have no time to discuss these Western Extremists, who, as long as they are not Muslims, cannot be terrorist.

They and they Western intellectuals are tottal opposites, but the problem is that the moderate bloc is gradually decreasing, and more people are tending to the fundamentalist camp rather than the secular grouping, fleeing from the confusion and spiritual drought of modern culture. For this reason, visionary fundamentalism has penetrated into all aspects of society and destroyed all barriers.

The forces of destiny seem to have been mobilized for fundamentalist strife in our age as never before, and doubtlessly there is divine wisdom behind it. This is due to two circumstances which have never combined before:

1) Largest Jewish presence in Palestine which has not been seen in two thousand years. Just like Extremist Zionist Hinduism in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Hal Lindsey says in (The Late Great Planet Earth) that before the establishment of the State of Israel none of the future events were clearly understood, but now that that has occurred, the countdown has begun for the occurrence of the indicator (events) connected to all of the types of prophecy, and on the basis of prophecies, the entire world will focus on the middle-east, and especially Isrrael in the last days.

2) The advent of the millennium, or more accurately, the year two thousand, which to them means the beginning of the end of our world, and the beginning of the coming of the new world, the world of the millennium of Christ, which is similar to the concept of the hereafter or paradise to Muslims.

In the commotion of the flood of entusiasm over the approach of the millennium, the fundamentalists were activated to a formidable extent in the last two decades of the twentieth century in every field. Except that they especially focused on studying and writing, and the media clamor concerning the Second Coming of Christ and the millennial reign, in which they hastened to force every current event into their frightening apoclyptic scenarios, all of which are based on one assumption: the occurrece of miracles which could not possibly agree with the logical succession of historical events in any manner.

They discovered that they could not possibly conceive of the inauguration of Christ’s millennial reign in accordance with the objective conditions of time, place and the present-day political situation. Therefore, there would have to be a great external interference to completely overturn the world order. Thus, the easiest means of realizing it would be a nuclear disaster that would terminate the present-day civilization, and bring the world back to conditions more closely resembling the world during Christ’s first advent, in preparation for his second-coming. They found their answer in the ominous events of Armageddon. Reagan and Nixon both agreed about destroying the ‘Evil Empire’ of the Soviet Union because they supposed that the Russians were Gog and Magog. Then after the Gulf War began, they decided that Sadam Hussain, is the Assyrian, and that Gog and Magog are the Arabs, or the Arabs and Iranians, and that there is no escaping nuclear conflict.

After the Oslo agreement they calmed down a bit- rather, they were in disarry. But when the latest (intifadha) began they breathed a sigh of relief, especially sine it occured in the year two-thousand. Because of this many Western intellectuals and scholars are holding their breath out of fear of one of these madmen venturing some stupid stunt that would end in an unthinkable catastrophe. Even the Israeli authorities have been adamant in restricting the entry of these Christian extremists into Israel, fearing that they would attempt something of that type. As for the great catastrophe which disturbs the sleep of observers of the situation, it is the possibility of them gaining entry into a nuclear facility and lighting a fire which the world cannot extinguish.

People must understand that the passing of the year two-thousand without incidents does not mean the end of these ideas. All they will do is reexamine their calculations, and Satan will reveal to them a new mirage to lead them astry, and with which to raise the fears of the world, and with which they will remain in source of threat to all of humanity.

Because I am convinced that they lack reason, I believe that it is necessary for reasonable people to destroy the doctrinal foundation of their fantasies and error. If the Christians and Jews are unable or unvilling to do so, it is not possible for us to forsake or neglect it when we possess the infallible revelation of truth, which Allah would cause humanity to accept, if we were to present it to the world.

Therefore, confirmation that there is no connection whatsoever between the existing State of Israel, and the Messiah, and that the second millennium shall pass as the first with nothing new, is the defense against their evil, not only for the sake of Muslims, but for all humanity. This is one of the causes behind the writing of this brief research. The other cause especially concerns Muslims, which we will shortly discuss.

Their coreligionists who have doubts about the soundness of their doctrines need only read the twenty third and 25th chapters of Matthew, especially the discussion of the prophechy of Daniel, and to carefully contemplate Christ’s warning against false Messiahs and those who spread rumors at the time of the setting up of the ‘abomination of desolation’ in Jerusalem, then ask themselves who they believe fit that description, and what their position should be concerning such people? They will then- we believe- arrive at the right conclusion, if not, then they need only continue on with us as we shed complete light on the subject — Allah willing

[End of Translation of few pages from Youm al Ghadhb hal bda bi-intifadhata Rajab by dr Safar bin Abdulrahman al hawali]

 

Part 2:

Jews are the Jews
[By Jews here, we mean those unbelievers who reject the prophets and their scriptures, regardless of whether they reject Moses, or Jesus or Muhammad]

Jews are Jews since the worshippers of the golden calf who desired a god like the gods of the pagans, breakers of the covenant of Allah at every opportunity, those who said, “We will not believe in you until we see Allah clearly,” those who said, “Go, you and your Lord and fight, we ill be sitting right here,” those who distorted words [of scripture] from their proper places, devourers of ill-got gain and usury, those who said that Allah’s hand is bound, that Allah is poor and we are rich, slayers of the prophets, concealers of the truth, who forsook commanding right and forbidding wrong, who were cursed on the lips of David and Jesus son of Mary, those who were transformed into apes and pigs….and on and on.

From Qaynuqa, al-Nadhir, Quraytha and Khaybar who rejected the light at noon, who conspired with the worshippers of al-Lat and al-Uzza, who planned to kill the best of all creation at first, and finally poisoned his food, whose scandals and abominations cannot be counted, to Herzl and his gang, Begin and his party, to the murderers who came after them- and they are all murderers- those wolves in sheep’s clothing, and those who flash their teeth and openly prolaim their terrorism….

To the impudent, hard-hearted persons who aim their bullets at children, who break the hearts of mothers, and who expose the true face of Israel: the ‘abomination of desolation,’ and through their atrocities and barbarism. From those of ancient times to these of modren times, they have not changed their nature. They have not refined their behavior, and their punishment will be no different.

Read along with me what their Bible says about them, and apply what you read to any era you wish, whether the worshippers of the golden calf, or the traitors of Quraytha, or the murderers of Israel today. Rather, apply it to all of them, since there is no difference. For this reason we will quote them without explanation or comment.

Read the description of their rulers, the nature of the people, the characteristics of their priests, the features of Zionist society, its morality, its treatment of others, even its treatment of Allah their Creator; during the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, during the Babylonian exile, during the Diaspora, and in the State of Israel today, you will find that nothing has changed, and that what was true at one time is true in every time. What you will read is merely a drop in the ocean, and it is only from the Bible, not from the Talmud- and what could we say about the Talmud?!

1) Moses:

“So it was when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished, that Moses commanded the Leviates, who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying: ‘Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there as a witness against you; for I know your rebellion and you stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the Lord, then how much more after my death?”” [Deuteronomy 31: 24-27]

2) David:

Reading Psalm 106 you will notice the resemblance between this book and Surah al-Baqara: the enumeration of Allah’s blessings be upon them and His signs which He has shown them, yet each time they turn away and violate their covenant, worship other gods besides Allah, and reject Allah’s blessing. For that reason, they are threatened by Allah:

“Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness, to overthrow their descendents among the nations.” {vv. 26, 27)

“Many times He delivered them; but they rebelled in their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.” (V. 43)

3) With nearly identical terms they are rebuked in Nehemiah: 9.

4) As for Isaiah, he details and elaborates, but we will summarize with a few choice verses:

“Here, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: ‘I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider. Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned backward. Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.” (1:2-6)

“Unless the Lord of Hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have made like Gomorrah.” (1:9)

“Here the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah: ‘To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?’ says the Lord. ‘I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. When you appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices; incense is an abomination before Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies-I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.”” (1: 10-15)

“How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious, and companions are thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them. Therefore the Lord says, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, ‘Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, I will take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.”” {1:21-25}

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous man! Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore, th anger of the Lord is aroused against them and stricken them, and the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the middle of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.” (5:20-25)

After this the prophet predicts the punishment that will befall them, realizing that at the time the Jews were in the Babylonian captivity, and had not state or gathering:

“He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the end of the earth; surely they shall come with speed, swiftly. No one will be weary or stumble among them, no one will slumber or sleep; nor will the belt on their loins be loosed, nor the strap of their sandals be broken; whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent; their horses hooves will seem like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind. Their roaring will be like a lion, they will roar like lions; yes, they will roar and lay hold of prey; they will carry it away safely, and no one will deliver. In that day they will roar against them like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, darkness and sorrow; and the light is darkened by clouds.” (5: 26-30)

We will discuss the description of this nation which Allah will honor with the privilege of fighting a war against His enemies, in greater detail later. Isaiah later says:

“Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He wil not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; He who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out. Their webs will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. “Their feet run to evil and they hasten to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

“Therefore, justice is far away from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble in noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places.

“We all growl like bears, and moan like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them:

“In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart the words of falsehood. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

“Then the Lord saw it, and I displeased HIm that there was no justice… For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies.” (59: 2-18)

5) We read in the book of Ezekial:

“Son of man, I am sending you to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus, say the Lord God.’ As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse- for they are a rebellious house-yet they will know that a prophet has been among them… Do not be afraid of them nor afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house.” (2:3-8)

6) In Micah we read:

“Here now, O heads of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil; who strip the skin of My people, and the flesh from their bones; who also eat the flesh of My people….Thus says the Lord concerning the [false] prophets who make people stray, who chant ‘Peace’ while they chew their teeth, who puts nothing into their mouths.”

“You heads of the house of Jacod and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert equity, who build up Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity…” (3: 1-5, 9-12)

7) Despite the claim that they are God’s chosen people we read:

“Surely, had I sent you to them [non-Jews], they would have listened to y ou. But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the hosue of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.” (Ezekial 3: 6-7)

The phrase ‘because they are a rebellious house,’ is repeated like a refrain throughout the book.

8) Finally, read what it says in the book of Amos, who seems to be addressing the makers of the current peace process:

“Do horses run on rocks? Does not plow there with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood…’But, behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel,’ say the Lord God of hosts;’and they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath to the Valley of the Arabah.'” (6:12-14)

This is only a tiny portion of the detailed descriptions of the Jews found in the books of the Bible. It also includes advice to those who must deal with them, and even greater than that, it describes the method of their punishment, to which we will- with Allah’s permission – devote a special chapter.

End of Translation……………part 2