25 April, 2018 | 9 Sha’ban, 1439 H

"A man who sits with his family is more beloved to Allah (swt) than spending the night in worship (itikaf) in my masjid"

- The Prophet Muhammad (s)

Learning
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Core Curriculum

Section 1 - God, Religion and Islam: An Introduction
  • Topic 1.1 - The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain

  • Topic 1.2 - God, Allah and Religion

  • Topic 1.3 - Introduction to Islam

  • Topic 1.4 - What is “Religion” and What’s the Point of it Anyways?

  • Topic 1.5 - A Brief Introduction to the Prophet Muhammad (s), the Prophet of Islam

Section 2 - Foundations of Islam - Theology
  • Topic 2.1 - Entering Islam: The Shahada

  • Topic 2.2 - The Usūl al-Dīn: The Fundamental Beliefs of Islam

  • Topic 2.3 - Tawhīd: The Unity and Oneness of God in Islam

  • Topic 2.4 - Adala: Divine Justice in Islam

  • Topic 2.5 - Nubuwwa: The Purpose of Prophethood in Islam

  • Topic 2.6 - Imāmah or divinely guided leadership in Islam after the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Topic 2.7 - Maʿād: The Day of Judgment in Islam

  • Topic 2.8 - The Sharīʿa: Purpose and Practice

  • Topic 2.9 - The Islamic Concept of the Nafs: Battling the Human Ego

  • Topic 2.10 - Satan, Jinns and Angels: Their Influence in the World

  • Topic 2.11 - The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain

Section 3 - Foundations of Islam - Obligatory Acts
  • Topic 3.1 - Accepting Islam: Putting Faith into Action

  • Topic 3.2 - Jihād in Islamic Law and Spirituality

  • Topic 3.3 - Salāt: Obligatory Ritual Prayers in Islam

  • Topic 3.4 - Ritual Purity in Islamic Law: Understanding Tahāra and Najāsa

  • Topic 3.5 - The Five Categories of Islamic Law

  • Topic 3.6 - Tawalla and Tabarra, its Basics and Purpose

  • Topic 3.7 - The Purpose of Zakat and Khums in Islamic Law

  • Topic 3.8 - The Hajj Pilgrimage

  • Topic 3.9 - The Furūʿ al-Dīn: The Fundamental Practices of Islam

  • Topic 3.10 - Fasting in Islam, its Purpose, Dos and Don’ts

  • Topic 3.11 - Other Obligatory and Forbidden Acts in Islam

  • Topic 3.12 - Niyya: Religious Intention as the Foundation of Islamic Practice

  • Topic 3.13 - Commanding the Good and Forbidding Evil in Islam

Section 4 - Prophethood in Islam
  • Topic 4.1 - A Brief Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (s): The Prophet’s Childhood (PART I of III)

  • Topic 4.2 - Bio: The Prophet Muhammad as a Prophet of God (PART II of III)

  • Topic 4.3 - A Brief Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (s): The Prophet’s Character (PART III of III)

  • Topic 4.4 - The Prophet Muhammad (s) as Messenger and Teacher

  • Topic 4.5 - The Prophet and his Relationships

  • Topic 4.6 - The Prophet’s Sunnah and Hadith

  • Topic 4.7 - Ghadīr and Arafah: The Two Last Sermons of the Prophet

  • Topic 4.8 - Jesus and Mary in Islam

Section 5 - The Qur'an and Hadith
  • Topic 5.1 - Islam and Other Religions

  • Topic 5.2 - What is the Qur’an? A Short Introduction to Islam’s Holy Book

  • Topic 5.3 - The Structure of the Holy Qur’an

  • Topic 5.4 - The Quran and Islamic law

  • Topic 5.5 - The Qur’an, Allah and Humankind

  • Topic 5.6 - Hadith and Sunnah, difference and variations

  • Topic 5.7 - The Reliability of Hadiths

  • Topic 5.8 - A Reflection on Verses of the Holy Qur’an

  • Topic 5.9 - Hadith al-Thaqalayn

  • Topic 5.10 - Imam Ali (as) and Nahj al-Balagha.

  • Topic 5.11 - Taqlid and Tawḍih Al Masail Genre of Literature

Section 6 - Measuring Good and Bad in Islam
  • Topic 6.1 - The Effects of Our Actions in this World

  • Topic 6.2 - The Gray Areas of Islamic Law and Morality

  • Topic 6.3 - Heaven and Hell in Islam

  • Topic 6.4 - Life and Death in Islam

  • Topic 6.5 - Guidance According to Islam

  • Topic 6.6 - Fate and the Consequences of our Choices in Islam

  • Topic 6.7 - The Effect of Culture and Environment in Shaping our Religious Choices

  • Topic 6.8 - Major Sins in Islam

  • Topic 6.9 - Why Allah Allows People to Sin

  • Topic 6.10 - Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins in Islam

  • Topic 6.11 - The Three Kinds of Rights in Islam

  • Topic 6.12 - Sinning Against Others and their Delayed Punishment

  • Topic 6.13 - Kufr in Islam

  • Topic 6.14 - Trivializing the Harām

  • Topic 6.15 - Benefits of Islamic Law in this World

  • Topic 6.16 - Good and Bad Deeds: The Spiritual Consequences of our Choices

Section 7 - The Legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and his Ahl al-Bayt (as)
  • Topic 7.1 - Islam and Knowledge: the Importance of Islamic Education

  • Topic 7.2 - The Ahl al-Kisa

  • Topic 7.3 - Imamah in the Qur’an

  • Topic 7.4 - Fatima al-Zahrah (as)

  • Topic 7.5 - A Brief Look at the Lives of the Imams (Imam al-Hasan until Imam Muhammad al-Baqir)

  • Topic 7.6 - A Brief Look at the Lives of the Imams (Imam Jafar al-Sadiq until Imam Hasan al-Askari)

  • Topic 7.7 - A Brief Look at the Life and Importance of Imam al-Mahdi (aj)

  • Topic 7.8 - Salawat and Atonement in Islam

  • Topic 7.9 - The Companions (Sahaba) of the Prophet According to the Qur’an

  • Topic 7.10 - Clerical Hierarchies in Muslim Communities

  • Topic 7.11 - Mosques in Islam

  • Topic 7.12 - The Philosophy of Karbala and Majalis

  • Topic 7.13 - A Brief Biography of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)

  • Topic 7.14 - The Battle of Karbala: A Brief History

Section 8 - Islamic Relationships, Sects and Conflicts
  • Topic 8.1 - Misconceptions about Shi’ism

  • Topic 8.2 - Major Sects of Islam

  • Topic 8.3 - Islam and Religious Conflicts

  • Topic 8.4 - Islam and Rights

  • Topic 8.5 - Sunnism and Shi’ism, beginnings and historical developments.

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Special Topics

Section 9 - Independent Topics
  • Topic 9.1 - Muslim Converts – Welcome to Islam!

  • Topic 9.2 - Basic Dos and Don’ts of Being a Muslim

  • Topic 9.3 - Halal Food and Zabiha

  • Topic 9.4 - Family, Parents and Marriage in Islam

  • Topic 9.5 - Marriage in Islam

  • Topic 9.6 - Islam and Sex

  • Topic 9.7 - Modesty in Islam

  • Topic 9.8 - Women’s Menstruation in Islam

  • Topic 9.9 - Music, Alcohol, Drugs and Pork in Islam

  • Topic 9.10 - Islam and Science

  • Topic 9.11 - A Reading List of Islamic Knowledge

  • Topic 9.13 - Ritual Prayers and Supplications in Islam

  • Topic 9.14 - Death & Burial Rituals in Islam

  • Topic 9.15 - The Battle of Armageddon: An Islamic View

  • Topic 9.16 - The Muslim Calendar

  • Topic 9.17 - Muslims and non-Muslims in the Shariah

  • Topic 9.18 - A Timeline of Major Events in Islamic History

  • Topic 9.19 - Introducing the Qur’an: Why it is the way it is

  • Topic 9.20 - The School of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq

  • Topic 9.21 - Major Fields in Islamic Studies

  • Topic 9.22 - The Caliphate in Sunni and Shia Islam

  • Topic 9.24 - Islam, Racism and Anti-Semitism

Section 10 - Islam, Religion, and Modern Controversies
  • Topic 10.1 - Modern Fallacies about God: where Theists and Atheists Agree

  • Topic 10.2 - Tawhīd: The Muslim God according to the Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl al-Bayt (as)

  • Topic 10.3 - God’s Existence: The Argument From Being (Wujūd)

  • Topic 10.4 - God’s Existence: The Kalam Cosmological Argument

  • Topic 10.5 - God’s Existence: The Argument From Design

  • Topic 10.6 - The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain

  • Topic 10.7 - Why did God Create Us? The Purpose of our Creation

  • Topic 10.8 - Why Humans Need Religion according to Islam

  • Topic 10.9 - Jahl and Spiritual Ignorance in Islam

  • Topic 10.11 - Do Non-Muslims Go to Hell?

The Battle of Armageddon: An Islamic View

Abstract

The major events of the end of times according to Islam and the details of the battle of Armageddon. Here the roles of the Anti-Christ, Jesus and Imam al-Mahdi will be covered. 

INTRODUCTION

 

 Bismillāhir Rahmānir Rahīm, As-salāmu ʿAlaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuh. Peace be upon you brothers and sisters.

 

 Welcome back to the Muslim Converts Channel! Many of the world religions have some kind of a vision as to what the end of the world will look like. Of these religions, a common theme is the idea of an end of times savior who will battle against evil and bring about God’s new order on earth.

 

 Islam has a fairly detailed account as to how the final battle for Armageddon will be like. This battle will include such figures such as Jesus (as) and Imam al-Mahdi (aj). In this lesson, and to the best of our knowledge, we will look over some of the events that will happen in the end of times.

 

 BODY OF TEXT

 

 The Messenger of Allah (s) once said:

 

 “Those of you who live up to the Dajjal’s time should recite over him the opening verses of Surat al–Kahf, for they are your protection from his trial. We [the Prophet’s companions] asked: How long will he remain on the earth? He replied: Forty days, one like a year, one like a month, one like a week, and rest of his days like yours. We asked: Messenger of Allah, will one day’s prayer suffice us in this day which will be like a year ? He replied: No, you must make an estimate of its extent. Then Jesus son of Marry will descend at the white minaret to the east of Damascus. He will then catch him up at the gate of Ludd and kill him”

 

 The Islamic hadiths site a number of events that will act as signs for the end of times. Some of these signs are as follows:

 

  1.  The number of men will decrease and the number of women will increase.
  2.  Men will marry men, and women will marry women.
  3.   Women will wear clothes but it will be as if they are wearing nothing.
  4.   Buildings will be taller than mountains
  5.  Alcohol will be drunk in large quantities
  6.   Knowledge will be taken away and replaced with ignorance
  7.   The worst people will be the clerics of Islam
  8.   Fornication will be widespread
  9.  Time will pass more quickly
  10.   Trustworthiness will be lost
  11.   Injustice will be widespread, so will bloodshed.
  12.   People will stop praying
  13.   Dishonesty will be the new way of life
  14.   Usury will be permissible and seen as good
  15.   Elderly people will be forgotten and disrespected
  16.  People will openly worship Satan. This will be common around the world.
  17.   People will dance all night with musical instruments on their heads (or ears).
  18.   People will be able to see and communicate with each other although there is an ocean separating them.
  19.   People’s pockets will notify them of what is going on in their homes when they are away from home.
  20.   People will pierce tunnels through mountains.
  21.  People will travel very fast

 

 When these signs appear, we will be near the end of times. When corruption reaches its climax, the battle for Armageddon will begin. There are a number of major events that will happen. Remember that the hadiths on the subject are plenty and it is often difficult to put an exact chronological date on the sequence of events. Here we will do our best to outline them.

 

 At the climax of evil, two major antagonists are reported to emerge in the end of times. These two antagonists are the Dajjal and the Sufyani. The Sufyani will be a descendent of Banu Ummaya (Tribe of Ummaya) and will be responsible for the murder of many followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (as). He will take over Greater Syria and parts of Iraq and rule from Damascus.

 

 It is reported that the 12th Imam, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (aj) will battle the Sufyani until he submits to al-Mahdi’s order. Other reports, however, state that the Dajjal, a more global and more powerful evil, will succeed in eliminating the Sufyani by invading his land and consolidating his evil reign on earth.

 

 The Dajjal, is also known as the Anti-Christ (the full name is al-Masih al-Dajjal, which literally means “the Lying Messiah”). He will establish a new world order around the globe towards the end of times, as opposed to the Sufyani who will yield power in Greater Syria only. Once the Sufyani is put down, the final battle will take place between the Dajjal and Imam al-Mahdi (aj).

 

 The Dajjal will claim to be a god on earth. Many Muslims will flock to him and fall to his deception. The Dajjal will kill a great portion of the world’s Muslims. He will reign down food to his friends from the sky and punish his enemies by sending down ‘smokeless fire.’ Some have interpreted this to be sophisticated missiles that don’t leave smoke trails.

 

 Part of the Dajjal’s power will be from famine. Much famine will take over the world along with lack of water. The Dajjal will offer food and water to his allies.

 

 The Dajjal is said to be one eyed and a recognizable sign on his forehead stating that he is an ingrate or kafir. For this reason, some scholars have opted to say that the Dajjal is a system and not a person. Others have stated that he is a demon or jinn under the orders of Satan and will operate from behind the scenes by guiding powerful governments to kill innocent people and spread corruption on earth.

 

 At that moment, Jesus (as) is to reappear on earth. On earth, he will reveal the truth about himself in that he is not Allah and will repudiate the notion of the trinity, like many Christians believe. Jesus will pledge his allegiance to Imam al-Mahdi and pray behind him. According to Prophetic traditions, Jesus will appear before Imam al-Mahdi (aj).

 

 Along with Jesus, Imam al-Mahdi will gather 313 generals and go to the final battle of Armageddon against the Dajjal. He will defeat the Dajjal and the Dajjal will perish thereafter. At this moment, Imam al-Mahdi (aj) will fill the earth with good and justice whereas previously it was filled with evil, corruption and oppression.

 

 Imam al-Mahdi (aj) will reign on the earth for a few years and afterwards he will die. Some traditions report that he will be killed by a woman. When Imam al-Mahdi (aj) dies, the world will finally end. The Angel Israfil (pronounced Isrāfīl) will blow the trumpet of light and end all life in the world, including that of Satan. With another blow to the trumpet, Israfil will bring the world back and resurrect humankind and the jinn.

 

 At this point, the Day of Judgment will begin. God will exact His punishment on evil doers by sending them to hell whereas He will bless and forgive the innocent as well as those who have redeeming qualities in them.

 

 Until Next Time, Thank you for watching. As-salāmu ʿAlaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuh

Dajjal

The Anti-Christ 

Sufyani

Descendent of Abu Sufyan (Muawiyah’s father), he will kill many followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (as) towards the end of times. 

 

Israfil

Angel who will blow the horn and end life on earth. He will then blow it again and resurrect humankind again. 

Q1

In the end of times, who will reappear first, Jesus or Imam al-Mahdi?

Jesus 

Q2

What will Jesus do in the end of times?

He will preach the unity of God, refute the trinity and ally himself with Imam al-Mahdi 

Q3

Is the Dajjal a person or a system?

The Dajjal is most likely a jinn working under Satan, but he may also be a system. 

Q4

What does Dajjal mean?

It means the great liar or deceiver 

Q5

What happens when Imam al-Mahdi dies?

The world will end and the Day of Judgment will begi

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