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Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015

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This was originally posted on the Huffington Post 

By  Canadian Muslim Leader, Spokesperson, Author and Educator

All right, it might not start until 2016, these things can be awfully hard to predict exactly. However, surprising as it may seem, one way or another the end of ISIS is in sight, and it’s all resting securely in the hands of Jesus, peace be upon him.

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There has been a great deal of mainstream media attention lately, both video andprint, regarding the fact that ISIS is recruiting based on the promise that their fighters are actually participating in the rapidly approaching end of the world.

At the same time, mainstream orthodox Muslim websites are already predicting Jesus’ return as early as 2022, starting an Islamic prophetic clock set to run over the next 7 years, in the purportedly rapidly approaching run-up to Armageddon.

The good news is that even if they’re wrong, those claims ISIS is making about their own role in Islamic end-time prophecy spell their own certain end. Because even though ISIS claims they’re fighting on the side of the angels, it’s obvious they’re not,and it should become progressively clearer to even the most misguided Jihadi that either ISIS is wrong about Armageddon or that they’re on the wrong side, because of all the things Muslims know are supposed to happen.

And if it turns out they’re right, then we can all rest assured that by the time the dust has finally settled there will be no question left about who’s side they are really on, because it’s all going to be about Jesus.

Frankly, although I’d like to believe the orthodox predictions are correct, I think they’re premature, and that ISIS is crazy-stupid. We had a very informative event up here in Calgary last month hosted by the US State Department, where Dr. Michael Ryan of the Middle East Institute shared his valuable insights into ISIS’ recruiting strategy. We learned that ISIS actually complains in their internal communiqués about their difficulty recruiting informed Muslims, because “Islam makes them tend towards life and their community”. They find more success attracting Muslims they call “losers” — ignorant about their Islamic faith and marginalized by drugs, alcoholism, crime, mental illness or recent life-changing events. That’s not the sort of Muslim you would expect to know much about the religion, or to make good life — or end-of-life — choices either. Given that, I think we can discount their validity of their “good-guy” claims, even despite their despicable and deplorable actions which should in themselves be sufficient.

But even if we considered that they might be right about the impending apocalypse, what sort of events should the next few years bring according to confirmed Islamic eschatology?

  • First, the Euphrates River should soon be uncovering a mountain of gold, with the Arabian Peninsula becoming filled with meadows and rivers.
  • Then, some Muslims throughout the world will be inexplicably transformed into apes and pigs because of their attempts to make lawful some rather significant major sins. Personally, I think that one’s aimed squarely at al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and ISIS and their associates, and their rather liberal views regarding murder, tumult, oppression and slavery.
  • Then shortly thereafter you can expect the coming of the Mahdi, his uncovering of the Ark of the Covenant and his evangelism of a significant proportion of the world’s Jews, who will wake up and realize that they shouldn’t be ignoring and allowing Israel’s oppressing Muslims and Christians in Palestine.
  • Then, you will see the coming of al-Masih ad-Dajjal –the false Messiah or anti-Christ– the descent of ‘Isa ibn Maryam [‘alayhis-salam] –that’s Jesus– and his defeat of the anti-Christ followed by the coming of Ya’juj and Ma’juj –Gog and Magog–,followed by:
  • The rising of the sun from the west
  • The appearance of the Beast of the Earth
  • The wind that will take the souls of the believers
  • The ruin of al-Madinah –Medina–
  • The destruction of the Ka’bah –Mecca– by the Abyssinians
  • And the fire that will come from the Yemen to gather the people in Sham before the coming of Judgement Day.

 

I think you’ll all have to admit, that’s a lot to pack into the next seven years and it’s going to be hard to miss.
And with that 7 year clock running, if it all doesn’t start happening soon, you can expect to see ISIS supporters starting to slip away.

But if it does come true, what sort of a man is the Mahdi supposed to be? Muslim prophecies are actually frighteningly clear, and do seem to predict the current state of affairs in the Levant, hold out hope for the rest of us and promise an end to ISIS.

At the end of time, a severe tribulation will descend upon my Ummah from their ruler. A worse tribulation will not have been heard of before, until the earth’s expanse is constricted upon them, and until the earth is filled with tyranny and oppression, so that the mu’min will find no refuge from the oppression.
Then, Allah [‘azza wa-jall] will send a man from my descendents who will fill the earth with equity and justice as it had been filled with oppression and tyranny. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth will be pleased with him. The earth will not withhold any of its growth, but will bring it out, neither will the sky withhold a drop, but Allah will pour it out upon them in showers. He will live among them for seven years, or eight, or nine. The living will wish that the dead were brought to life again to witness the great good that Allah brought about for the people of the earth.
There will be at the end of time a trial that will sort out men as gold is sorted out from metal. So do not revile the people of Sham, but revile their evil ones, for among them are the Abdal [great righteous people]. A flood is about to be released upon the people of Sham that will split their unity, so that even if foxes attack them, they would defeat them.
At that time, a man from my household will come out with three banners. The one who estimates highly will say that they are fifteen thousand. And the one who estimates lower will say that they are twelve thousand. Their sign will be: “Amit, amit [kill, kill].” They will meet in battle seven banners, and under each of those banners will be a man seeking the kingdom. Allah will kill all of them, and restore to the Muslims their unity and bounty, and their far ones and near ones.

And what about Jesus? Even though Muslims and Christians disagree about what he is, with Christians claiming he’s God and Muslims declaring he’s not, everybody agrees about what sort of a person he was, is and will be: a man who fulfilled the Jewish Covenant and taught benevolent compassion to his followers, his example remaining a source of hope and inspiration to all humankind for the rest of time.

Can anyone conceive that that person –or Person– when he –or He– descends to lead us, could conceivably countenance the despicable and deplorable acts of ISIS?

God Forbid, it could never happen, not even if the world ends tomorrow or lasts for another thousand years.

Bottom line, I have served God and loved Jesus my entire life, and I followed Jesus into Islam when I realized I became a worse man by worshipping Him and a better man by following him. And my greatest hope for today is that Muslims and Christians are all starting to look forward to his return, because regardless of when that happens his example and his words can guide all of us to a better place together, with the help of God.

Because regardless of what the next years bring or which faith we follow, we are all waking up and realizing that we all need Jesus, peace be upon him.

Praise God/Alhamdulillah, Amen.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Amatullah

    February 28, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

    While I do agree there are many signs of end of times I guess we should be cautious regarding speculating about its time…I request MuslimMatters to check again if they should have this article on the site (i dont mean any offense to the author…may AllahSWT bless him and increase him in goodness and guidance) or maybe you may include a disclaimer regarding the end of times discussion..or ask if the author could edit some parts and not include the end of times web site..

    The reason why Im saying this is because when I visited the sites mentioned in this article I found some strange statements and calculations regarding end of times in their ebook about end of times…Yes there are some true narrations included too…but if a person who doesnt know much about Islam whether muslim or non muslim and visits the site, then he or she might believe them to be true…

    May AllahSWT restore peace and security everywhere!
    Times of fitnah for sure…dont even feel like checking news anymore…Allahul Musta’an!

    • Amatullah

      February 28, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      ohh…I guess I misunderstood…I re read it and the author does say that he believes its premature to believe the claim about end of times…

      sorry about that

  2. taban

    February 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Asalaamualaikum my humble advice is please dont post these articles as this is like predicting future which can amount to fortune telling plzzzz give it a thought i read it thinking mislimmatters post brilliant articles nd dis will also be same but after having read it i am afraid that will my prayers be accepted for 40 days

  3. Mirza

    March 1, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Agreed with above. These articles should not be released. Only Allah knows the exact times for these. Using the words “Muslims believe” is wrong because yes according to the Hadith this events will come to pass. Jesus will return but we also unanimously agree that Allah, Most Mighty and Merciful only know when these events will unfold.

  4. Muslimah DownUnder

    March 1, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    I think there a is quite a difference between fortune telling and mere predictions. The article above is simply making a prediction based on the current events and the study of eschatology.

  5. Bangla Waz

    March 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Well, this prediction is not mentioned in Quran or Hadith either directly or indirectly. So, if someone makes an assumption or calculation, this is just his own thought and others should not bother on this. As Muslims, we are not such predictors. And this is about Jesus (pbuh), so it should not be taken lightly.

    • Muslimah DownUnder

      March 1, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      If u listen to some of imran hussains lectures you’ll see that he makes similar predictions. He specialises in the monetary system and eschatology.

  6. Imran Khan

    March 2, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    As-salaam-alaikum. Excellent article. I have created a blog post related to ISIS, with links to many relevant articles.
    https://blogofthebeardedone.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/was-michael-jackson-a-muslim/

  7. Hamza Gui

    March 3, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    I think the dust has pretty much settled and it is clear that the U.S.,Europe,Canada,Israel,Russia,China,Arab regimes i.e Assad,Egypt,Jordan Saudia Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar,Tunisia,Algeria,Lebanon etc. are all at war against Sunni Islam. As far as ISIS only Allah knows best.

  8. Azmath

    March 4, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum, I also think that this article should carry some disclaimers warning about believing in these sort of end of times conspiracies. I request the muslimmatters editors to change the article title into something more factual such as “A theory on ISIS” or something like that.

  9. Aisha Naaz

    March 4, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    7 years…..is that accurate? im just wondering. i dont mean to offend anyone, especially the authors. can someone just help me understand what is meant by the 7 years? it could be my fault, i might have misunderstood some information in the article, im fairly new to Islam…..so if it is true, i dont want to have any doubts…….

    btw, this website is really cool, and very intellectual! :)

    • Muslimah DownUnder

      March 5, 2015 at 7:03 AM

      I don’t think the author means that exactly in 7 years Jesus (pbuh) will return. He simply said “as early as 2022″…meaning it can’t be any earlier than that but it certainly can be any time later than that.
      But for me, honestly, I reckon the main thing to take from this article is to realise that the end of the world is VERY near (forget the numbers….they will never be accurate). It’s a wake up call to the ummah…we gotta pull up our socks. The number doesn’t really matter – it’s just a figure.
      P.S. Yes this website is awesome :) Just discovered it recently and really love it’s intellectual approach to all kinds of issues.

  10. M. Mahmud

    March 8, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    This is not acceptable. How can he know exactly when?

  11. G-D

    March 15, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Mishkan is 1.2m (4 ft) below Heelstone.
    .

  12. Kiran

    October 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Subhanallah, one can’t go lower than this to please their masters. With all these ridiculous articles and strange fatwas by eastern and western so called scholars, who are out of touch from reality, makes me think that the haqq must be against them.

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