Those who believe, those who are Jews, and the Christians and Sabaeans, all who believe in God and the Last Day and act rightly, will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Koran, 2:62)
There will therefore be no more bloodshed and no more wars in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh). The corruption of the antichrist will have come to an end. Peace will come to the nations of the world. Nobody will seek war in that time; that is because the main reasons for war - superstitious ideas, the Darwinist-materialist mindset and the self-interest, selfishness and soullessness that this mindset brings with it - will have disappeared.
The radical faith and ideologies that turn people away from true devotion, and thus the mindset underlying violence and lovelessness, will also disappear. The Golden Age that will take place with the coming of Jesus and the Mahdi will be the happiest, most comfortable, most peaceful and most plentiful period ever. The Mahdi has already come: Jesus has come, and we now await his appearance. He has begun his work after a time of concealment. Both blessed figures are currently engaged in an intellectual struggle against the corruption of the antichrist. We will now be heading directly toward peace and comfort. There will be no more war. The Armageddon that Christians await has already taken place when satan afflicted the whole world with the corruption of Darwinism and materialism. Very few Christians are aware of this.
Some Christians claim that blood reaching as high as horses' halters will be shed during Armageddon, which is reported in the Gospel to take place in the time of the coming of the Messiah (pbuh). They say that there will be a time of disaster lasting seven years, that during the war in question three-quarters of the Jews will be slaughtered by Muslims, that Israel and part of the Middle East will be totally devastated, and that all these things are portents of the coming of Jesus (pbuh).
According to these terrifying scenarios, as long as the Jews cannot win the war against Muslims known as Armageddon, Jesus will not return to Earth. For that reason, some Christians regard it as essential for there to be a major war - and for that war to be won by the Jews - in order for Jesus to return to Earth. Then when the war is over, all Jews apart from 144,000 who believe in Jesus are expected to be annihilated. They believe that as a result of these bloody wars, all Muslims and almost all Jews will be annihilated, and that only those Christians loyal to Jesus and those 144,000 elect Jews will be saved.
The Evangelical Christians in question completely misinterpret the battle of Armageddon that the Gospel foretells will take place in the End Times and describes in some detail; as part of that false belief, they maintain that the constant bloodshed in the Middle East, brother fighting brother and unending tension are all essential for the coming of Jesus. They are making preparations for a savagery in the End Times in which blood will flow in rivers, that will involve the Southeast of Turkey, Iraq and Syria and extending as far as the Middle East and in which, according to their belief, most Jews will be annihilated. For a great many Evangelical Christians, this expectation of bloodshed has become an indispensable aim and an objective that grows stronger by the day. That is because, under their superstitious belief, the region needs to be drowned in blood as a matter of urgency and Armageddon needs to take place if Jesus is to appear.
As a result of this dreadful expectation, rather than attempting to eliminate war, conflict and disagreements, some evangelical Christians support policies that literally encourage bloodshed and even incite war. They foolishly describe this savagery as birth pangs and believe that they need to support that savagery for the coming of Jesus.
The ironic part is that some Christians who seek to portray Muslims as being in favor of war and slaughter and themselves as supporting peace and love actually harbor such an excited expectation of war. According to Islamic belief, however, it is the Muslim Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who foretells that there will be no wars in the time of the Mahdi (pbuh), who will appear immediately before the coming of Jesus (pbuh) in the End Times and who will bring about the global reign of Islamic moral values together with Jesus. In other words, in stark contrast to global Christian propaganda, it is Islam that pictures an End Times favoring peace, tranquility, justice, love and affection.
This bloody scenario that is incompatible with both the Koran, the Gospel and the Torah and that God will never find pleasing, is described by the Christians in question as God's supposed promise, and many Christians have been deceived by this scenario for a very long time.
The fact is that this vile scenario that has been acted on for many years is actually a ruse and a huge deception that may well end in disaster. The side engaged in this trickery are the supporters of the antichrist seeking to make real their bloody and perverse aims. The way that some Christians suggest that the shedding of the blood of millions and the destruction of whole countries is essential for the coming of Jesus and who heedlessly describe the coming of the Mahdi, eagerly awaited by all Muslims, as the system of the antichrist actually represents the mentality of the antichrist.
In this scenario, the side that is mistaken are those Evangelical Christians who misinterpret certain passages in the Gospel, which has already been badly distorted, and excitedly expect to see blood as high as horses' bridles. The system of the antichrist, which has drenched the world in blood for so many years, again demands blood through this stratagem that threatens all mankind and is preparing its own troops for this war by deceiving as many people as possible.
This is all a trick being played by forces that appear to be Christian and wish to take power by pointing to passages that were added to the Gospel at a later date or else that are misinterpreted as evidence. They are working this trick by pretending to be religious. The army of the antichrist has no compunctions about repeating this trick that it has successfully used so many times in the past. The aim is to prevent devout Muslims, Christians and Jews being brothers and engaging together in an intellectual struggle against Darwinism, materialism and atheism.
As a result of this stratagem employed over such a long period of time, the devout have been weakened and the proponents of the system of the antichrist have been strengthened. In this way, it has been easy for them to propagate a Darwinist and materialist mindset that disregards spiritual values, that regards selfishness as the only legitimate value and that thinks of life as an unending struggle and an arena in which only the strong survive. Armageddon is currently the most savage of these forces' plans. People who are unaware of this stratagem may well have a totally mistaken idea of Islam, a religion of peace and love.
With this bloody scenario of the End Times they have developed, some circles affiliated with the antichrist that have led to an expectation of a great war by pointing to various passages from the Gospel as supposed evidence are, in fact, trying to establish a false impression of Islam. Through various publications that support scenarios of war, false reports, biased commentaries and provocative statements they are attempting to portray sincere Muslims as the supporters of the antichrist. That is the underlying reason for the hate-filled attitude toward Islam and biased perspectives on the part of some evangelical Christians. These people depict themselves as religious and claim to be basing their ideas about the End Times on the Gospel, and are seeking, in their own eyes, to attribute provisions favoring war and cruelty to Islam, a faith that actually describes a world in which all people will live in peace and security. The aim of these forces is to camouflage the people who are encouraging war and policies intended to lead to a major war in the Middle East by focusing people's attention toward Muslims instead. It is to prevent unity between the People of the Book and Muslims, which if it were to happen, would represent a huge force against atheism, irreligion and materialism.
As a result of this ugly trickery, some sincerely devout Christians are falsely acquainted with Islam, misinterpret it and are unaware of the beauty of Islam and the fact it is a religion of peace and love. This stratagem is also leading to an artificial separation between Muslims and Christians. As a result of this pernicious plan, true believers in the same God are unable to unite: On the contrary, an artificial strife and hatred is being established between them. This state of affairs is producing the ideal basis for the system of the antichrist, which seeks to disseminate irreligion, Darwinism, anarchy, violence, war, murder and degeneracy, to cunningly continue with its activities. The global arena belongs to that system as members of the three great faiths, Muslims, Christians and Jews, squabble among themselves.
The weakening of believers means the strengthening of the supporters of the antichrist. That is why believers need to be weakened and divided among themselves if the supporters of the antichrist are to be able to spread atheism, materialism and moral degeneracy and to strengthen their own ideologies. That is why the supporters of the antichrist are striving so hard to thwart an alliance between sincere believers and to divide them in this way. As a result of this cunning stratagem, devout Christians become tools, albeit unaware and of course unwillingly, in these forces' policy of spreading irreligion.
It is a matter of the greatest urgency for all true believers to be on their guard against this foul trickery and to wage, in a spirit of unity, the essential intellectual struggle against those ideologies that oppose belief in God and seek to distract whole societies from religious moral values. It must never be forgotten that the greatest threat to people being able to live in peace, tranquility, justice and security is the system of the antichrist, which seeks to spread irreligion, and perverse ideologies such as Darwinism and materialism throughout the world.
The description of the antichrist in the Gospel is in complete agreement with the hadiths related by our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Therefore, the antichrist described in Islamic sources and expected for centuries by the Muslim world possesses the same characteristics as the antichrist expected by the Christian world, and will employ the same deceptive methods and wage a foul campaign to spread the same perverse ideologies. To put it another way, Christians must act together with Muslims against their common enemy, the antichrist.
The statements and interpretations made by some evangelicals regarding Armageddon, as we have seen in detail, are completely mistaken. The Armageddon that is said to take place in the future is in fact long since over and done with. Armageddon was the Iraq War that took place in recent years. The portents in both Islamic and Christian sources completely confirm this. Those forces that support the antichrist that say, "There will be a great and bloody war" are in fact well aware of this, but they deliberately conceal it.
Iraq was invaded by troops from the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Denmark and Poland in 2003. During the invasion many people, military and civilian, Muslims, Christians and members of other faiths, were martyred or killed.
The invasion of Iraq in the End Times is described as follows in the Gospel:
The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her [Babylon *] because no one buys their cargoes anymore—cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of ... olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages... They will say, "The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished..." The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: "Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!" Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, "Was there ever a city like this great city?" They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: "Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!" ... "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down... Your merchants were the world's great men." (Revelations, 18:11-23)
* Babylon: The name of an ancient city near Baghdad, the capital of modern-day Iraq
The invasion of Iraq by various countries, the slaughter that will result in Iraq and the Battle of Armageddon are described down to the finest detail in the hadiths:
In the End Times Baghdad will be destroyed by flames … (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, Vol. 3, p. 177)
Baghdad was one of the cities exposed to the most intense bombing from the day the invasion of Iraq began. This heavy bombing caused Baghdad to burn in flames, just as described in the hadith. Images of Baghdad in newspaper and television reports exactly matched the situation noted in the hadith.
The Messenger of God (pbuh) said: "… There will be such scourges and afflictions that nobody will have a place to shelter. These scourges will prowl around Sham and settle on Iraq. They will tie the hands and feet of the Arabian peninsula … As people try to eliminate these scourges in one place, they will spring up in another." (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Kanz al-Ummal, Qitab-al Qiyama qism al-Afal, vol. 5, pp. 38-39)
1. Iraq is weeping (Daily Türkiye, 23 March 2003)
2. Iraq is in flames (Daily Zaman, 22 March 2003)
3. Baghdad is burning (Daily Habertürk, 22 March 2003)
4. Iraq is being divided into three (Daily Milliyet, 4 May 2003)
5. Iraq will be divided into three (Daily Yeni Şafak, 4 November 2003)
The reference in the hadith to "... scourges prowling around Sham and settling on Iraq" took place during the latest US invasion of Iraq.
… Doomsday will not take place until Iraq is attacked. And innocent people in Iraq will seek places of shelter toward Sham. Sham will be rebuilt, and Iraq will be rebuilt. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Kanz al-Ummal, Qitab al-Qiyama qism al-Afal, vol. 5, p. 254)
The hadith notes that Iraq will be rebuilt. Many Iraqi cities were shattered in the wake of the invasion. Iraq was ruined due to the effects of acts of looting that followed the war, and rebuilding became an inescapable necessity.
The people of Iraq will be divided into three groups. Some will be looters. Some will abandon their families and flee. Some will fight and die. When you see these things, prepare for the Reckoning. (Yusuf al-Maqdisi, Fara Idu Fawaid al-Fiqr Fi al-Imam al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar)
As reported in the hadith, one group of people will join the "looters" following the invasion of Iraq. Indeed, following the war, some people engaged in widespread activities described as pillaging or "looting." The hadith goes on to say that some people will prefer to immediately flee because of all the oppression going on, and will even never think of their families they abandoned. It then goes on to say that some people will join in the fighting and be killed. There was indeed much conflict, sectarian and otherwise, during the occupation of Iraq and many people lost their lives.
The immaculate and innocent people of Iraq will flee to Sham [Damascus]. (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 210)
1) They have looted Baghdad worse than Hulagu (Daily Türkiye, 23 March 2003)
2) Flight from hunger and death (Daily Yeni Şafak, 30 March 2003)
3) Iraq is being swamped by debt (Daily Tercüman, 15 April 2003)
4) The embargo is hitting only the Iraqi people (Daily Milli Gazete, 22 June 2003)
The way that tens of thousands of Iraqis fled to various countries, and particularly to Syria, before the invasion and during it, bears a close resemblance to the description in the hadith.
>Abu Nadre said; We were with Jabr, and he said: "The time is coming when neither a 'kafiz' (a measure) nor a 'dirham' (a measure of weight) will be sent to the people of Iraq." We said: "because of whom will that happen?" He said: "The non-Arabs will not permit it." He then said: "Neither a dinar nor a 'müdy' (a measure of weight) will be sent to the people of Iraq." "Who will that be because of?" we asked. "Because of the Rum" he said. (At-Tajj, Ali Nasif al-Hussaini)
Iraq was invaded by non-Muslim foreign states, and beforehand, as described in the hadith, a long-term embargo was imposed on Iraq by those same foreign states.
>"No measure or dirham will be given to Iraq. No measure or dirham will be given to Sham, either. No measure or dinar will be given to Egypt. You will return to where you began," he said, and repeated this three times. Abu Hurairah's flesh and blood witnessed this. (Muslim, Fitan 33, (2896); Abu Dawud, Haraj 29, (3035))
>The Iraqis will have almost no more weighing devices and no money with which to buy anything. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Kanz al-Ummal, Qitab al-Qiyama qism al-Afal, vol. 5, p. 45)
As stated in the hadiths, because of the harm done to the Iraqi economy due to the invasion and the embargoes imposed by foreign states, people's purchasing power decreased and poverty and want became one of the primary problems facing the country. The Iraqi dinar was also demonetarized in the wake of the invasion.
As is clear from passages from the Gospel and the hadiths related from our Prophet (pbuh), the war that took place in Iraq completely matches with all the descriptions of Armageddon. Armageddon is one of the signs of the End Times that will take place before the coming of Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh). All the plans dreamed up about Armageddon will be thwarted with the coming of the Mahdi. The expectation of bloodshed and violence on the part of some Muslims and Christians who have become supporters of the forces of the antichrist will all be in vain.
True Muslims, true Christians and true Jews will forge an alliance for peace and praise the name of God together. In contrast to all the scenarios of savagery, the time of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi will be one of love, peace, security and tranquility.
In the time of Hazrat Mahdi, wars and slaughter will come to an end. There will be no crime and the prisons will be empty. Tanks and guns and shells will all be melted down.
Not only will there be no war or disorder in the time of Hazrat Mahdi, not a single person's nose will even be made to bleed. With his affection, love, justice and fine moral virtues, Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will lead the whole world to brotherhood, peace and love. The world will enter a Golden Age in which peace and plenty prevail and people live in peace and blessings.
Almighty God praises love, peace and brotherhood in all three faiths. The fact that the perverse mindset that seeks to depict the time of Hazrat Mahdi, sent by God as a blessing on all believers, as a time of slaughter and terror is a stratagem of the antichrist. Every sincere Muslim and Christian must ponder on this rationally and be aware of this trickery.