Allah’s Word and the Invasion of Gog and Magog
‘You should know him when he comes: a reddish-white-skinned man; of a well-proportioned frame; has got one of the best hair lock has ever seen, which reaches his shoulder; water-drops fall down from his head when he bows, while they slide down like pearls when he raises his head,’ said Mohammed to his followers describing in general some characteristics of the man who has been allotted by Allah to kill the Charlatan Messiah – Jesus Christ.
Known in Quran as “Allah’s Word”, “ a Soul from Him”, “Messiah”, “Eessa”, “the Son of Mary,” Jesus, ‘clad in two robes, will descend from the lower sky, laying his hands on two angels, near the white minaret in eastern Damascus’. By the time of his descend Muslims of Damascus will have already prepared their lines for performing the Fajr Prayer, the prayer meeting performed daily at the dawn time. Jesus then will enter the mosque, and as soon as the Imam of the prayer sees him, he will move back to let Christ to perform the prayer as their Imam, but Jesus will refuse, accepting a normal place among the congregation.
Jesus Christ will begin to prepare for the battle against the Charlatan Messiah and his armies. In the meantime the Charlatan will be fleeing southwards. Jesus Christ will follow him up until he overtakes him near the gate of Al-Llud, a township many miles to the southeast of Jaffa. As soon as he sees Jesus, the Charlatan Messiah’s body ‘will dissolve like salt; if he [Jesus] let him he will dissolve completely, but Jesus will kill him, and will show his followers the blood in his bayonet.’ (In this incident, it seems that the dissolution of the Charlatan’s body is a “practical verification” of the warning uttered centuries ago by Mohammed: ‘Whoever intents Medina with evil, Allah will dissolve him like salt.’)
Not long after the accomplishment of his mission, Jesus Christ will head for those faithful who were under siege at Mount of Smoke, ‘whom Allah will have saved them from the ordeal of the Charlatan’ and, to erase their distress, ‘he will rub over their faces and will inform them with their ranks in Paradise.’ Peace now will have been restored to the world, and, so, people will begin to return to their countries, while Jesus Christ, as so many ahaddieth affirm, will set out on a journey to perform a pilgrimage in Mecca.
Here, it is well to shed light on Muslims’ beliefs in accordance with Jesus Christ, as well as with all the other Prophets and Messengers of Allah, so as to clarify what may have confused the non-Muslim readers as to Muslims’ attitude towards Jesus Christ, and the attitude of Prophets and Messenger in relation to one another.
As a matter of fact, Muslims believe that all Prophets and Messengers, from Adam to Mohammed, were sent to their people by Allah, and they all had called their nations to worship Allah alone and nothing else beside Him. Thus they believe that the source of heavenly religions is the same, even though the laws of each one differed.
According to a verse in Quran, non of Allah’s Prophets and Messengers but had taken the oath that he would believe in, and follow and support, any Prophet, or Messenger, whom would be sent with a confirmation to what had been revealed to him – an obvious example of this statement is represented in Prophet John’s attitude, who become at once a follower of Prophet Jesus and supported his calling. And, in the same way, the followers of a former religion should convert, without delay, to the new religion sent down by Allah, lest they would have been considered infidels – we have a good example in Mary, the mother of Jesus, and many others of the disciplines who were previously Jewish and turned at once to be Christian just as Jesus was ordered by Allah to begin his calling to the new religion and heavenly laws revealed to him.
In this case, as regards to Muslims, Islam imposes upon them believing in all Allah’s former Prophets and Messengers and all the Holy Books, in their original forms, of course, revealed to them. This command is plainly expressed in the following verse: “Say, O Muslims, that we have believed in Allah, and in what have been sent down to us [Quran], and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the Prophets, and in what had been given to Moses and Jesus, and in what had been given to other Prophets: we do not make distinction between any of them, and we are submitted to Him.” It is because of this command that Muslims have never stroke back, and will never strike back, the frequent ridicules and reviles directed by Christian or Jewish individuals, or institutions, towards their Prophet, Mohammed.
Muslims’ point of view concerning Jesus’ attitude with that Muslim Imam, mentioned previously, is an indication that he will not come with a new religion, and that he will rule on the basis of the last heavenly laws Allah has sent, the laws of Islam. But it will be only during that prayer, however, that Jesus Christ will be led in prayer; from the end of this mass-prayer on, Jesus’ position among Muslims will be as ‘a justice ruler.’
Now let’s return back to the story of Jesus’ second coming. Many authentic ahaddieth refer that Jesus Christ will condemn what had been brought wrongly into his religion after his assumption, and so he will ‘shatter the Cross, kill the pig.’ Further, he will not accept any other religion in the world but Islam, and, therefore, ‘he will delete jizyeah,’ tribute money paid by non-Muslim people.
An extraordinary peace and prosperous will prevail the earth during the first seven years of Jesus’ second coming that, according to Mohammed, ‘There will be no hostility between one person and another; swords will be used as sickles; every harmful creature will be deprived of its injurious manner: a child will play with a snake and it will not hurt him; the wolf will accompany sheep, and the lion will graze with cows.’ But, unfortunately, no sooner people will be basked in this life of peace and ease than they will be afflicted by an unmatched danger, the invasion of the two savage nations known as Gog and Magog.
The first mention of Gog and Magog in Quran displays a story of one pious king whose kingdom, and reputation, reached far and wide. In one of his journeying through the lands, this king, named the horn-headed king, visited a nation who inhabited a region that was located between two dams, or two mountainous barriers: the Arabic word involves more than a meaning. It so happened that the people of that region complained to him the destructive manners of Gog and Magog, and, therefore, so goes the story, offered him a royalty if he would build a barrier that would keep apart between them and the perversity of those savage nations.
The horn-headed king piously refused the royalty, but accepted the construction of the proposed barrier. He requested their assistance in procuring bars of iron and ores of copper. Just as he obtained the requested material, he used the iron bars in shutting up the way, or the entrance, we are not sure, that led between each other, and then, to give it more solidity, he melted the copper and poured it over the barrier. It was to prove a well-done construction that “they could not climb it over nor make a pierce through it,” as Quran puts it.
It is obvious that this king was acquainted with the fact that Gog and Magog will be able, during some time in the future, to damage the barrier, for Quran refers to this statement, which he marked after he had finished the work: “When the promise of my Lord comes, He will turn it into debris.” Mohammed’s ahaddieth, on the other hand, gives an account of the frequent and exhaustedly attempts of Gog and Magog to pierce the barrier. The Prophet declaims:
‘Gog and Magog dig the dam daily until they near to see the light-beam of the Sun. At this point, they decide to stop the work and to return back the next day to complete it; but the blockage turns back to a condition of more solidity than before. On one day in the future they will return to find the work in the same condition they have left it the day before; they will then pierce it to start out: “from every acclivity they will creep.”’
In view of that, this story suggests, if not affirms, that these two nations are living by the moment somewhere on earth. Certain it is that explorers have roamed the world and visited and discovered almost every cubic of it. This statement will, undoubtedly, conjure up the questions of where these two nations, and the above mentioned barrier, might be found, and why we could not by the moment mark out their location.
Question of the like conjure up on my mind the suggestion of being cave-dwelling people who, for unknown reason, could not develop, or, perhaps, adapt with, urbanized life of their time, and, consequently, the suggestion that that barrier has been made to be extending to close all the achievable loopholes of their caves. This proposal may be supported by a passage in Mohammed’s haddieth: ‘… until they near to see the beam-light of the Sun…,’cited above, which somewhat refers that their dwellings are not exposed to the Sun.
Be that as it may, we have many records that by the time of the “liberation” of Gog and Magog, ‘Allah will reveal to Jesus that He has released creatures of His that nobody will have the ability to fight them’, and, for that reason, he should turn, together with the faithful, to Mount Al-Tour for security. A well-known haddieth goes that when the forefront horde of Gog and Magog reach the region, ‘they will pass by Tevereya Lake and will drink all its water, leaving its bed wet; when the last hordes of them reach the lake, they will say that there was once water here!’
People will flee into their castles and towns, and Gog and Magog will turn the world, through their destructive manners, into almost a barren desert. They will find that nobody has attempted facing or resisting them, and so they will think that they have overcome all the people of the earth and then, to overcome the inhabitant of the heavens, they will begin to throw their lances upwards, and Allah, to their deception, will make these to return in blood.
Jesus and his companions are now under siege and in great agony suffering from acute famine that, as Mohammed puts it, ‘the head of a cow will be dearer to them than one hundred golden dinar of your own time.’ Constant appeals to Prophet Jesus will urge him to ask the Divine aid in getting rid of this anguish, and he will provoke, sincerely, to Allah to dispel the calamity. Shortly afterwards, they will send one faithful of them to find out the situation. With no hope to return back alive, that courageous person will descent from the mount and, to his astonishment and rejoice, he will find all the members of Gog and Magog died – Allah will have sent, as a kind of pestilence, a species of worms which will afflict them in their necks, ‘leaving them victims to death as if they were one soul.’
As this fresh news reaches Jesus and the faithful they will descend from the mountain to find that the crops of Gog and Magog thrown off everywhere, and the grimy essence of their decayed bodies prevailing every span of hand of earth. They all will appeal to Allah, Who will send huge birds of His which will pick up the bodies and throw them off where He wills. Soon afterwards, Allah will send down heavy rain, which no home in a desert or in a township will escape it, and this will clean the earth, ‘turning it like a slick ground.’
Peace and prosperity will be restored again to the planet. The situation during that future time, in my point of view, will be similar to that followed the disembarking of Prophet Noah and his followers from the Ark after the Great Deluge: a prophet and his faithful are the only assembly of people inhabiting the world. And, for that reason, ‘the earth will reinstate its blessing and bring forth its vegetation that it will be adequate for a band of people to eat together a pomegranate, and they will shade themselves with its crust; and the milk of a dairy cow will adequate a tribe of people.’
On his second coming, Prophet Jesus will live for forty years, and when eventually he dies, his followers, Muslims, will perform the requested funerary ceremonies. We have an account, though a less reliable haddieth, which refers that his grave will be adjusting that of his brother in Prophecy, Mohammed, in Medina’s Mosque. Certain it is, however, that he will be buried in the same place at which he will die, for there is authentic haddieth of Mohammed tells us that: ‘No Prophet was buried but where he died.’
What expected to happen in the state of religious affairs in the world after the death of Jesus will be, from my point of view, too, like that had taken place after the death of Prophet Noah. The instruction of the religion will, to quote Herodotus, “perish from among men by the lapse of time” ‘in the way that a cloth’s embroideries become, gradually, obliterated,’ and, by the death of pious men and those of religious knowledge, there will no longer be acquaintance of Quran, prayer, fasting, or ceremonies of pilgrimage or charity. On one night, when Quran will thus be not read, ‘Allah will erase all its verses from books, leaving no single verse of it on earth.’
Finally, there will come a time at which some so aged people will say ‘we have heard our fathers say no God but Allah, and therefore we say it.’ It is during these future times that a man of Abyssinia will headed for Mecca to demolish the Kaaba, the sacred house of Muslims, with the intent of excavating its buried treasures. ‘As if I am now watching him: a short, bare-headed, black-skinned man of thin legs plucking out its stones one after another,’ said the Prophet as he was mentioning to the incident.
The earth will be now inhabited only by wrong-doer people who will not know the difference between a sin act and a kind act, and the world will turn to be totally empty of anyone who utters the word ‘Allah’: ‘On those the Hour will occur.’
The very first sign of the Day of Hour is ‘a fire that will drive people from east to west; it will remain with them anywhere they will stay, will follow them whenever they will set off, and will smash up whom will be left behind.’ This fire is, no doubt, enormous volcanic eruption that will probably set out in the eastern parts of the Asian Continent and will force people to move westward until they gather in geographical Syria, which, according to Mohammed, will be the Land of Assemblage. The very last presage of the world end is also a volcanic eruption ‘from the depth Aden,’ Yemen, which will drive the rest of people to the Land of Assemblage.
Life, however, will continue in the normal course of its routine, and people too will be persisting through the routine acts of their daily rounds: ‘The Hour will take place while two men have spread a cloth between them, but they will never sell or buy it nor they will wrap it up; and it will take place while a man has taken off the milk of his cow, but he will never drink it; and it will take place when someone has repaired his field-bed, but he will never irrigate through it; and it will take place while a man has raised a bite of food to his mouth, but he will never eat it’ – that because they will, unexpectedly, hear a strange, ascending, horrible sound – the Alarm of Horror.
This will be blown, through the Horn, by an angel known in Muslims’ culture as Israpheel, who has been allotted, since he was created by Allah, to this duty. ‘No one hears this alarm but will raise a side of his nick and downs the other,’ in the manner anyone does when he aims eavesdropping a strange sound vaguely reach his ears. This alarm will cause death to all living things in earth and heavens, and it will be on one Friday. It is to this alarm that Quran refers: “On the day during which it will be blown through the Horn, all those existing in the heavens and on earth will be astounded, except whom Allah wills.”
‘The first to hear it is one man who will be preparing his farm’s furrows-bed,’ while the last to die will be two shepherd boys going back to their homes in Medina. They, unaware that all other people on earth have died, will feel loneliness since they have not seen anybody on their way back, and then they will, all at once, fall down to their faces over the ground. Such, the worldly life will have come to its very end.