JERUSALEM IN THE QUR’AN
By Imran N. Hosein
THE MYSTERY OF JERUSALEM,
THE ‘TOWN’, IN THE QUR’AN
“And there is a ban on (the people of) a town which We destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim their town) until Gog and Magog are released and (eventually) they descend from every height (or spread out in every direction).”
(Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:95-6)
(When Gog and Magog do so they assume control over the world and rule the world in the World Order of Gog and Magog).
It is strange, mysterious, and enigmatic, … that the name of the city ‘Jerusalem’ (Arabic ‘Quds’ or ‘Bait al-Maqdis’) does not appear in the Qur’an! Yet so many of the Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an had links with that Holy City, and in it is located that only other House of Allah, apart from those built in Makkah and Madina, ever built by a Prophet of Allah, Most High. Not only is that House of Allah (Masjid alAqsa) mentioned in the Qur’an but so, also, is the miraculous night-time journey in which Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was taken from Makkah to Jerusalem and to that House of Allah. Perhaps the reason for this mysterious treatment of the subject is located in the Islamic view that Jerusalem is destined to play a central crucial role in the Last Age. Hence there was, perhaps, a divine need to cloud the name of the city, as well as its destiny, with a sacred cloud that would not be lifted until the appropriate time had come, and Jerusalem was poised and ready to play its role in the End of History.
This, perhaps, explains the almost total absence of Islamic literature on the subject of the destiny of Jerusalem, something to which Dr. Ismail Raji al-Faruqi referred when he lamented: “Unfortunately, there is no Islamic literature on the subject” (see Ch. 1). The fact is that no one could have written on this subject until that time arrived when the cloud was lifted. This book was written in consequence of the conviction that the cloud is now being lifted.
When the Jews rejected Jesus (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) as the Messiah and subsequently boasted that they had killed him (see Qur’an, al-Nisa, 4:157), they remained convinced that the advent of the Promised Messiah (and with him, the return of the Golden Age of Judaism) was still to come. They believed that the return of that Golden Age required, among other things, the following:
Ø that the Holy Land would be liberated from the control of Gentiles,
Ø that the Jews would return to the Holy Land from their exile in order to reclaim it,
Ø that the State of Israel would be restored,
Ø that the Temple (or Masjid) would be restored for the (Jewish) worship of the God of Abraham,
Ø that Israel would eventually become the Ruling State in the world in a manner similar to that achieved in the age of David (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and Solomon (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam),
Ø that a Jewish King, who would be the Messiah, would rule the world from the throne of David (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), i.e., from Jerusalem as the ruler of Israel, and finally
Ø that his rule would be eternal.
Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) declared that one of the major signs of the Last Day was that Allah Most High would deceive the Jews by raising and sending against them one who would impersonate the Messiah and lead them to believe that the Golden Age was returning. But, instead, that ‘False Messiah’ would lead them by exquisite deception to the greatest divine punishment ever inflicted upon any in Allah’s creation. Al-Masih al-Dajjal or Dajjal, the False Messiah, who is known by Christians as the Anti-Christ, was created by Allah Most High and would be released into the world in the Last Age to accomplish this mission. Now consider the following:
• The Holy Land was ‘liberated’ (i.e., from a Jewish perspective) from Muslim ‘gentile’ rule when the British General, Allenby, conquered Jerusalem in 1917;
• Israelite Jews have now ‘returned’ to reclaim the Holy Land after their divinely ordained 2000-year exile. This has occurred exactly as the Qur’an declared 1400 years ago that it would happen at the ‘End Time’. The remaining Caucasian Jews in USA and elsewhere seem destined to soon reach there;
• A state of Israel was ‘restored’ in 1948 and it lays claim to being the ancient State of Israel;
• An Israel which is armed to the teeth with an arsenal of nuclear … weapons seems destined to exploit the Palestinian Intifada … and the September 11th Mossad attack on America (which created conditions favorable for Israel) with a war in which Israel will defy USA, Europe, the UN, and all the rest of the world, to take control of the entire region in which it is located. That Israeli war is likely to witness the expansion of the territory of Israel to that promised in the Torah, i.e., from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates. With success in that act of defiance of the entire world, including USA, and with the predictable collapse of the US dollar and US economy, Euro-Israel would finally have graduated from dependency, first on the British and then USA. The Euro-Jewish State would finally replace USA and Britain as a military and financial super-power of the world …;
• The predictable destruction of Masjid al-Aqsa and the reconstruction of the Jewish temple on the site would then take place. The prediction of the Prophet Nathan who declared, “the Messiah would build a House for God” (1 Chronicles 17:11-15), suggests the destruction of the present Masjid.
All of this [would] appear very much to Jews as the fulfillment of prophecy pertaining to the return of the Golden Age when Solomon (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) ruled the world from Jerusalem. From the perspective of this book, however, none of the above could have been accomplished without the intervention of Dajjal, the False Messiah. Therefore all of the above constitute deception. The Holy State of Israel (first established by Prophet Solomon) has not really been restored. Rather, an impostor Israel is in the place of the real Israel. It is clear to this writer that the cloud has now been lifted and that the ‘End Time’ has arrived ... That, perhaps, is the reason why the writing of this book at this time is possible. The Qur’an explains all of the above.
The Qur’an referred to Jerusalem, time and again, as a ‘city’ or ‘town’ – but without naming it ... This appears to have been part of the divine cloud that shrouded the subject of the role of Jerusalem in the Last Age. For example, the Qur’an referred to that occasion when the Israelite Jews worshipped a golden calf while their Prophet, Moses (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), had gone up Mt. Sinai in consequence of a divine summons. The Qur’an warned that such worship of other than Allah Most High …would result in divine punishment:
“Those who took the (golden) calf (for worship and thus committed Shirk) (and whoever thereafter commits Shirk) will indeed be overwhelmed with wrath from their Lord and with shame in this life: thus do We recompense those who invent (falsehoods against Allah).....”
(Qur’an, al-‘Araf, 7:152-3)
The Qur’an continued to describe the event while the Israelites were still in Sinai, and before they were allowed to enter the Holy Land, and declared:
“We divided them into twelve tribes or nations. (Then) We directed Moses by inspiration when his (thirsty) people asked him for water: ‘Strike the rock with thy staff’: out of it there gushed forth twelve springs: each group knew its own place for water. We gave them the shade of clouds and sent down to them manna and quails (saying): ‘Eat of the good things We have provided for you’: (but they rebelled): to Us they did no harm but they harmed their own souls.”
(Qur’an, al-‘Araf, 7:160)
It was after this that the Qur’an then referred to Jerusalem simply and mysteriously as a ‘town’:
“And remember it was said to them ‘Dwell in this town (i.e., Jerusalem) and eat therein as ye wish but say the word of humility and enter the gate in a posture of humility’...”
(Qur’an, al-‘Araf, 7:161)
There is another more ominous and mysterious reference to Jerusalem as simply a ‘town’ in the following passage of the Qur’an:
“And there is a ban on (the people of) a town which We destroyed (and the inhabitants were expelled) that they (i.e., the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim the town) until Gog and Magog are released and they (eventually) descend from every height or spread in every direction.”
(Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:95-96)
When then descend from every height, or spread out in every direction they, in effect, assume control over the world and rule the world in the World Order of Gog and Magog.
In order to determine the identity of the ‘town’ referred to above we examined all the material that exists in the Qur’an and Ahadith that pertain to Gog and Magog. We found only one town that is linked to Gog and Magog, and it is Jerusalem (see Chapter 10 of Pt. 1). Hence we concluded that the town referred to in the above verse of the Qur’an is Jerusalem!
When we recognize Jerusalem as the ‘town’ it would then become clear that the cloud over Jerusalem in the Qur’an would be lifted only when Y’ajuj (Gog) and M’ajuj (Magog) are released and when they eventually descend from every height or spread in every direction (i.e., they take control of the world in the World Order of Gog and Magog). The return of the Israelite Jews to the Holy Land confirms that Y’ajuj (Gog) and M’ajuj (Magog) have already been released, have already descended from every height, or have already spread out in every direction, and therefore have already taken control of the world. The World Order which today rules over the world is the World Order of Gog and Magog. Indeed it is Gog and Magog who made the return of the Jews to the Holy Land possible.
It is now possible for us to anticipate the grand design through which Dajjal, the False Messiah, would continue to convince the Jews that he is delivering the return of the golden age. That grand design appears to have commenced when Dajjal sallied forth from Britain (see Hadith of Tamimal-Dari in Sahih Muslim) to transform European civilization into a post-Christian and essentially godless civilization, and to endow it … with the power to achieve whatever goal it chose to pursue. Then the plan witnessed the creation of the Zionist movement. Zionism, in turn, established the State of Israel. The plan seems to include eventual Jewish control over the entire region in which the Holy Land is located, and that would be a step towards the world dominion that Dajjal must deliver in order for the Jews to accept him as the true Messiah. At the very heart of the grand design for the region must be the control over wealth and over water. Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has explained the link between Dajjal and Riba, and between Gog and Magog and water!
The Israelite Jews have returned to the Holy Land. That return could not have been possible without modern western civilization (in which Britain played the most conspicuous role). And hence it is also now clear that not only did Dajjal, the False Messiah, sally forth from the island of Britain, but in addition, that Gog and Magog are located within European civilization.
to be continued....