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al-Mahdi is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions),
will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim. Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the
mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles. Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has
manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and more recently in the ongoing
Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of former Iranian
President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin
might be the (occulted) Mahdi. Now in 2014 Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra
claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new "Islamic State/caliphate" spanning
Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria. This site will track such Mahdi-related movements, aspirations, propaganda and beliefs in both Sunni and Shi`i
milieus, as well as other Muslim eschatological yearnings.
For a primer
on Mahdism, see my 2005 article, "What's Worse than Violent Jihadists?," at the History News Network: http://hnn.us/articles/13146.html; for more in-depth info, see the links here to my other writings, including my book on Mahdism.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
10:14 pm edt
My interest in Christian and Islamic eschatology is perhaps only rivalled by my fascination with all things Tolkien.
So when I see comments on a site stating that "Dajjal is Sauron, Imam Mahdi is Gandalf and Aragorn is Christ" my
interest is piqued, to say the least. The comment goes with this site: http://www.wakeupproject.com/VList.asp?Series=1
and in particular a series of videos entitled "The Arrivals," each of which has a picture of the scene from
"Return of the King" when Gandalf rides out of Minas Tirith and uses the power of his wizard's staff to fend
off the Nazgul on their flying fell beasts. Not all of the videos seem to work, but check it out. The larger issue
is the attempted Muslim appropriation of Tolkien's archetypes which arise out of a Christian and European context and
which really are quite inseparable from that ground.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Prepare Ye the Way of the Caliph
12:23 pm edt
It's too bad Muslim Wakeup! stopped posting in late 2007 (http://muslimwakeup.com/), for it's one of the funniest--and most insightful--sites dedicated to Muslim issues I've ever read
on the web. Below is a quiz on the caliphate I found under the site's "Humor and Satire" archive. Unfortunately,
despite the fact I'm writing a book on the caliphate, I only scored 50% (putting me in the "Kafir Scum" category,
according to the scale following the quiz); this was probably because I have no idea whom the people mentioned in questions
5 and 6 are.
The Caliphate & You
By Abu Fatoush
anticipation of the reestablishment of the Caliphate what better way to prepare for that coming paradise than with a quick
quiz to help one get acclimated to the new rules? This test was given to me by local Hizb ut-Tahrir rep and he requested that
I forward it on to my friends at MWU.
1. When the Caliphate is established, it will be run by which nationality?
2. Under the Caliphate, slave markets will
return to what city?
b. Dar es-Salam
d. All of the above
the Caliphate, a woman is free to marry which of the following?
a. any man she chooses
b. any man her father
c. any man her brother chooses
d. any man who offers the most money to the family
4. A woman
becoming Caliph will happen when which of the following occurs?
a. hell freezes over
b. the 12th imam returns
c. the 1200th imam returns
d. one week after never
5. During the Caliphate Inauguration, Nancy Ajram will
be stoned in what city?
b. Tripoli, Libya
c. Tripoli, Lebanon
d. Too close to call
6. During Caliphate Inauguration, Amr Khaled will be where?
a. Los Angeles
b. Las Vegas
Jet skiing in Sharm el-Sheik
7. Under the Caliphate, South Asians in the Persian Gulf
will be treated how?
a. like human beings
b. like Africans
c. somewhere between Africans and Jehovah�s
d. the same.
8. With respect to Darfur, the Caliphate will do which of the following?
a. not a damn thing
b. not a Goddamned thing
c. a & b
d. b & a
9. Please complete the
following: It will take Turkey ____ year(s) to seize control of the Caliphate.
c. 0, they
already control it
d. However long it takes but there is no way Pakistanis will be allowed to call the shots. Maybe a
Sudanese, but that�s it.
10. Life in a Sharia paradise is
a. totally awesome
for women since they can be fully protected
c. like Mardi Gras without the booze, boobs, and music
d. pretty chill
but only if you get to wear the black turban, otherwise it ranks below a root canal in Kinshasa.
The answer key:
3. b, c, or d
4. c or d
If you got 100% correct congrats you are officially Caliphate ready.
80-90% correct you have achieved
zealous convert status.
60-70% correct you are licensed to work Jeddah, Dubai and Khartoum
30-50% correct you are
kafir scum. Get away from here.
0-20% correct you had better pray brother.
Monday, April 13, 2009
12:58 pm edt
|Jamkaran Mosque near Qom, Iran (during my trip there Aug. 2008)