By Naseer Ahmed,
New Age Islam
11 August 2018
word Mahdi does not occur in the Quran nor does the Quran prophecy the second
coming of Jesus Christ. Why do the Muslims then believe in the second coming of
Jesus Christ? It is because the Christians believe so. In many ways, our
theology has reduced Islam to a “me too religion”. The influence of Christian
and Jewish beliefs in the shaping of our theology is immense. The next step was
to concoct the end of times Ahadith prophesying the return of Jesus Christ. The
Shia Muslims have their own belief in a Mahdi who is in hiding and who will
make his appearance predictably towards the end of times. This belief is based
on nothing except the fact that the lineage of Muhammad (pbuh) through his
daughter Fatima ran out of successors after the 11th dynastic imam.
For their beliefs, a dynastic imam to guide them till the end of times is a
necessity. They therefore concocted the story, that the 12th Imam or
Mahdi has gone into occultation, and is guiding them from behind a veil, and he
will make his appearance towards the end of times. So, we now have predictions
of end of times in which Jesus Christ will return and also the 12th
Imam Mahdi. The Muslim tradition also says that the Mahdi will fight and kill
the Maseeh Dajjal which literally means the anti-Christ.
clearly shows the influence of Christian beliefs. So, what will Jesus Christ
do? The problem is resolved by the scholars by positing that the Mahdi and
Jesus Christ are one and the same and different names are used based on the
tastes of the different consumers (Muslims and Christians) of end of times
stories! There are of course other stories which say that the Mahdi will come
first and later Jesus will come down from the heavens at dawn one day, and find
the Mahdi ready to lead the Morning Prayer. The Mahdi will ask Jesus Christ to
lead the prayer instead, but Jesus will say that since the Iqama (second call
for prayer before the prayer begins) has already been given with the Mahdi as
imam, he should lead the prayer. The Mahdi will then lead the prayer and Jesus
will pray standing behind him with the other worshipers. What about the Sunnis? They are also suckers
for such stories and subscribe to this Masala mix of Christian and Shia
second coming of Christ/Mahdi will make Christianity triumphant in the world
according to Christian belief, and Islam triumphant according to the Muslims.
According to the Muslims, Jesus Christ is also a Muslim and his second coming
will not be as a Prophet, but as a follower of the last Prophet Muhammad
support do the Muslims find from the Quran for such beliefs? According to the
Quran, Jesus did not die on the cross but was raised by Allah up unto Himself.
(4:157) That they
said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of
Allah"; - but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made
to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no
(certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed
(158) Nay, Allah
raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
Allah raised Jesus up unto Himself and he did not die, then he is still alive
in Heaven and since every mortal must die, he will return at the appropriate
time, live for a while on earth and die, is how they reason. The Quran however,
gives no good news or warning of the second coming of Jesus Christ, and
therefore this kind of reasoning is pure conjecture and the Quran forbids such
(6:116) If you
were to follow the common run of those on earth, they will lead you away from
the way of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture: they do nothing but lie.
also cite the following verse in support:
(Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore
have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.
that Jesus is in parentheses which means that Jesus is not mentioned in the
verse but interpreted as implied by the translator based on the preceding and
succeeding verses that set the context. Even then, the second coming is not
implied. If Jesus is implied in the verse, then his first coming itself
contains a Sign for the coming of the Hour. The verse in Arabic and the literal
meaning of the words is given below:
وَإِنَّهُ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمْتَرُنَّ بِهَا وَاتَّبِعُونِ ۚ هَٰذَا صِرَاطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ
Wa-Innahu And indeed, it LaʿIl'mun surely (is) a knowledge LilssāʿAti of the Hour.
So (do) not Tamtarunna (be) doubtful Bihā about it, Wa-IttabiʿŪni and follow Me. Hādhā ṣirāṭun Mus'taqīmun this is the straight path.
what way can Jesus and his times be a Sign or similar to the end of times?
Jesus, we know, was not a ruler, but lived in a land under the occupation of
the pagan Roman Emperor. He was powerless to even judge by the Mosaic laws let
alone legislate. His own people (the Jews) ridiculed him and tried to put him
in a quandary by asking him to pass judgment on a prostitute knowing fully well
that if he judged by the Mosaic law on adultery, he would run into a problem
with the Roman law (according to which adultery is not a sin) and if he did not
judge by the Mosaic law, they could accuse him of being a false prophet.
was powerless to defend even himself and was made to bear the cross on which he
was crucified. His own people (the Jews) called him a false prophet, ridiculed
him, and finally betrayed him. Can there be a better comparison to what the end
of times will be like? The religious laws will not prevail, the laws of the
ungodly will prevail and the man of God will be without support and will be ridiculed
and crucified. The end of the world will come when there will not remain a
single person alive to take the name of God.
entire story of Jesus Christ or Mahdi coming to restore the rule of Allah at
end of times and make everyone accept the religion of Allah does not make any
sense. Putting an end to the world will be justified not when everyone follows
Allah’s religion but when no one is left who follows it. The scholars of course
have an explanation. They say that soon after the Mahdi/Jesus die, people will
go back to their wicked ways and the world will come to an end. So, to what
purpose will the Mahdi/Jesus come? They think that even if only around the end
of times, everyone believes in the religion of Allah, for a few days, some
purpose is served. God has no use for staging such contrived drama to prove a
point and the story is rubbish!
is the reason for the Christians to believe in the second coming of Christ? The
following is from Wikipedia:
Jews believe that Jesus is one of the false Jewish Messiah claimants because he
failed to fulfil any Messianic prophecies, which include:
the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and
disease. As it says:
"Nation shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)
universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As
"God will be King over all the world ― on
that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9). 
the Christian idea that these prophecies will be fulfilled during a
"second coming," Ohr Samayach states "we find this to be a
contrived answer, since there is no mention of a second coming in the Jewish
Bible. Second, why couldn't God accomplish His goals the first time
round?" Rabbi David Wolpe believes that the Second Coming was "grown
out of genuine disappointment. When Jesus died, true believers had to
theologically compensate for the disaster.”
Messianic prophecies not fulfilled by Jesus are perhaps fulfilled by Muhammad
and the revelation of the Quran, although not in fact, but potentially. Islam
is defined in very broad terms and the name Muslim applied by the Quran to
every Prophet and their followers and covers all those who:
Nay,-whoever submits His whole self to Allah and is a doer of good,- He will
get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
is indeed sought to be united as one, when Allah swears by the four religions
Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam in Surah 95 which covers the majority
made justifiable only to fight against oppression of any kind irrespective of
who the Oppressors or the Oppressed may be and their faith. War for any other
reason is oppression and war against such oppression is fighting in the cause
of Allah. As I said, the above is the potential of the Quran but not given
effect to in practice. To do that, maybe we need the Mahdi or the rightly
guided to come who will free the religion from the clutches of the bigots and
make the true Islam of the Quran prevail.
and his times are truly a Sign for what the end of times will be like.
of the Books of scriptures prophesy the second coming of Jesus Christ and all
stories regarding it are contrived concoctions.
Messianic prophecy in the earlier Books is perhaps fulfilled in Muhammad (pbuh)
at least potentially, and to give it complete practical effect, we need people
who are rightly guided, who will take things forward and make the religion and
the law of Allah prevail, uniting all humanity in a common race in all virtues,
ending all kinds of injustice and oppression.
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The meaning of “Signs of the Hour” in the
Quran is “the condition of the world around the time of the Hour”. It does not
mean knowledge of the Hour in terms of date and time with any degree of
certainty even correct upto a million years. The date is hidden from all and
known to only Allah. All predictions of the date are therefore false, and
neither is the Hour contingent on the occurrence of any uniquely identifiable
event which means that the knowledge of the actual Hour will always remain
hidden. It will come suddenly without anyone expecting it. The successful are
those who believe in the Hereafter and always hold the Hour in awe. The Quran
refers to the times of Jesus as the Sign of the Hour. This means that the
condition of the world will be like the conditions that prevailed in the life
and times of Jesus (pbuh), and the fate of a man of God and his travails, will
be similar to the fate and travails of Jesus. Such conditions must have
occurred several times before Jesus, and may perhaps recur several times in the
future, but redeemed by a redeemer or by a change in the people each time,
until finally, and nobody knows when, when similar conditions prevail without
any redeemer or signs of change, Allah will bring the world and our existence
on this planet to an end.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not given the
knowledge of when the Hour would come. All Hadiths that purport to tell us when
the Hour will come are fabricated falsehoods
(79:42) They ask thee about the Hour,-´When
will be its appointed time?(43) Wherein art thou (concerned) with the
declaration thereof? (44) With thy Lord in the Limit fixed therefore. (45) Thou
art but a Warner for such as fear it.
(46) The Day they see it, (It will be) as if they had tarried but a
single evening, or (at most till) the following morn!
The Hour will come all of a sudden and it is
Allah’s plan to keep the Hour hidden from mankind and no person will know of
its coming until it actually comes. There is therefore no question of Allah
sending a sign in the form of the second coming of Jesus Christ or a Mahdi to
warn of the actual Hour coming. All such Hadiths are therefore fabricated
(20:15) "Verily the Hour is coming -
My design is to keep it hidden - for every soul to receive its reward by the measure
of its Endeavour
(31:34) Verily the knowledge of the Hour is
with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in
the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor
does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge
and He is acquainted (with all things).
(33:63) Men ask thee concerning the Hour:
Say, "The knowledge thereof is with Allah (alone)": and what will
make thee understand?- perchance the Hour is nigh! 33
(43:85) And blessed is He to Whom belongs
the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all between them: with Him is
the Knowledge of the Hour (of Judgment): and to Him shall ye be brought
What Allah has made known are what the end of
times will be like through the Sign of Jesus and his times. This is to make us
aware and prevent a similar situation from arising when the men of God are
ridiculed, falsified, betrayed and crucified as Jesus was and the laws of the
ungodly prevail as they did in the times of Jesus.
(47:18) Do they then only wait for the
Hour,- that it should come on them of a sudden? But already have come some
tokens thereof, and when it (actually) is on them, how can they benefit then by
43:61 And indeed, (in Jesus and his times)
surely (is) a knowledge of the Hour.
So (do) not (be) doubtful about it, and
follow Me this is the straight path.
The reason the Hour is kept hidden is because
if made known in advance, all the Kafirin will believe just before the Hour, as
the Pharaoh believed when faced with certain death. Allah values belief only if we are at all
times mindful of the Judgment to come and therefore behave in a just manner
(22:55) The Kafirin will not cease to be in
doubt concerning (Revelation) until the Hour (of Judgment) comes suddenly upon
them, or there comes to them the Penalty of a Day of Disaster.
(43:66) Do they only wait for the Hour - that
it should come on them all of a sudden, while they perceive not?
(10:90) We took the Children of Israel
across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts followed them in insolence and spite. At
length, when overwhelmed with the flood, he said: "I believe that there is
no god except Him Whom the Children of Israel believe in: I am of those who submit
(to Allah in Islam)." (91) (It
was said to him): "Ah now!- But a little while before, wast thou in
rebellion!- and thou didst mischief (and violence)! (92) "This day shall
We save thee in the body, that thou mayest be a sign to those who come after
thee! but verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our Signs!"
The successful will be those who at all times
hold the Hour in awe and are mindful of God and their deeds
(21:49) Those who fear their Lord in their
most secret thoughts, and who hold the Hour (of Judgment) in awe.
(42:17) It is Allah Who has sent down the
Book in Truth, and the Balance (by which to weigh conduct). And what will make
thee realise that perhaps the Hour is close at hand?
Naseer Ahmed is an Engineering
graduate from IIT Kanpur and is an independent IT consultant after having
served in both the Public and Private sector in responsible positions for over
three decades. He is a frequent contributor to NewAgeIslam.com
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influence of Christian and Jewish beliefs in the shaping of our
theology is immense.”
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