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The Future of Palestine ǀ The Believer Doesn’t Despair


 

The Imaam said, “It has reached me from someone who became a Sufi, after he used to be on guidance, that he stated that the Mahdi عليه السلام is on the verge of appearing during these days, and he [specifically] named Ramadaan of this year! This is one of his fabrications or a whispering from his devil—because this issue is a matter of the Unseen which no one but Allaah knows.

In fact, it contradicts what the authentic hadiths say, and what Allaah’s Universal Way [Sunnatullaah al-Kowniyyah] necessitates, from which is His Saying, ‘Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves,’ [Ra’d 13:11], which is that it is known that Jesus عليه السلام will descend at the white minaret to the east of Damascus and that he will pray behind the Mahdi, may Allaah be pleased with him, and this means that Jesus عليه السلام will be with the believers in Jerusalem when Dajjaal, with whom will be seventy thousand Isfahani Jews wearing Persian shawls, lays siege to it—and this means that there will be no Jew in Palestine at that time, or at the very least, in Jerusalem, and that means that the Muslims will have put an end to the country of the Jews.

The situation of the Muslims today, unfortunately, does not suggest that they can do that, because of their distance from employing the means which will prepare them for it, due to the fact that they have not aided Allaah such that He will aid them, for this reason they must return to their religion so that the disgrace [they are currently under] can be lifted from them, as their Prophet Muhammad ﷺ promised them, such that when the Mahdi and Jesus do come, they will find the Muslims ready to be led to that in which their glory and honour lies [both] in this life and the hereafter, so they must work for that as Allaah the Most High ordered, ‘And say, ‘Do [as you will], for Allaah will see your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger …’’” [Tawbah 9:105]

Ad-Da’eefah, 13:382-383.

Also read: Al-Albaani on Boycotting The Goods of Those who Slaughter Your Brothers Like Sheep.

The Descent of Jesus عليه السلام


“It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “How will you be when the Son of Mary descends among you and you are led by one from among you?” I said to Ibn Abî Dhi’b, ‘Al-Awzaa’i narrated to us from Az-Zuhri, from Naafi, from Abu Hurairah, “And your Imaam is one of you.” Ibn Abi Dhi’b said. “Do you know what, ‘You are led by one from among you,’ means?” I [i.e., al-Walid ibn Muslim, one of the narrators] said, “Tell me.” He said, “He will lead you according to the Book of your Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, and the Sunnah of your Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.”” [Muslim]

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “This is forthright concerning the fact that Jesus عليه السلام will rule according to our legislation, and will judge according to the Book and the Sunnah, not with something other than these two [sources, whether that be from] the Injeel or Hanafi Fiqh or things like it!”

Mukhtasar Saheeh Muslim, p. 543.

A Refutation of a Doubt Concerning The Descent of Jesus, the Son of Mary عليه السلام


 

Questioner: Some scholars say that Jesus’ descent عليه السلام or that the hadith of the Anti-Christ [Al-Maseeh ad-Dajjaal] is weak and that it has no basis because Jesus عليه السلام… i.e., after a human passes away or was living on earth, he will not return again until the Day of Resurrection, he will not return to earth again, and the aayah they used as a proof is, “[Mention] when Allaah said, “O Jesus!  Indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself …” Aali-Imraan 3:55 to the end of the aayah, so it means that his death has taken place, so how will he be able to descend after his death?

Al-Albaani: The answer, quite frankly, is that those who make such statements … and the onus is on the narrator, i.e., you are the narrator so the onus is on you, you are the one who is transmitting [what they said, i.e., the onus is on you to have asked the question correctly and thus the answer I give will be based upon what you asked].

So the quotes that you just transmitted are from people who are not scholars, why [are they not scholars]? Because where does a scholar take his knowledge from? “Allaah said … Allaah’s Messenger said …” okay, after, “Allaah said … Allaah’s Messenger said …” we have nothing except what the Salaf as-Saalih said.

How do we understand what Allaah said in His Book and what His Prophet said in his hadith?  [We do so] according to what the Salaf as-Saalih were upon. And I will remind you of the aayah, “And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers–We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.” Nisaa 4:115

So now, this quote which you narrated to us from those people, is it, “… the way of the believers …” [as mentioned in the above aayah?] Is it the way of the Salaf? Is it the way of the four Imaams? Fourteen Imaams? Forty? As we mentioned, the scholars of the Muslims, maa shaa Allaah [are great in number].

I say: this is not the way of the believers, this is the way of one of two men:

Either an ignorant Muslim or a kaafir who is concealed amongst the Muslims and who tries to scheme against or corrupt the creed of the Muslims with philosophising like the type you mentioned.

And which is what? That Allaah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself …” … we say to this person: what does, “… indeed I will take you …” mean? Is the word al-Wafaah [which is the word used in the aayah] only used to mean death in the Arabic language? The answer is no, because al-Wafaah [death] comes with the meaning of sleep? True or not?

Questioner: True.

Al-Albaani: “And it is He who takes your souls by night and knows what you have committed by day. Then He revives you therein [i.e., by day] that a specified term may be fulfilled.” An’aam 6:60

Questioner: Allaah takes [Trans. note: same verb as the one used in the aayah mentioned in the question about Jesus] the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” Zumar 39:42

Al-Albaani: Yes, the aayahs in the Noble Quraan explain each other. So the verb الوفاة/al-Wafaah [lit. death] does not mean death [here], and concerning this ayaah that which comes after, “… indeed I will take you …” explains it. Who is being addressed? Jesus. So let us, by way of explanation, say, “… indeed I will take you, O Jesus …” in soul and body, and [then Allaah said] , “… and raise you to Myself …” who is being addressed here? Jesus. Namely, [“I will raise you to Myself …”] [both] your soul and your body.

Like His Saying, the Most High, in Surah al-Israa which [brother] Abu Bakr mentioned just now, even though in doing so he was wrong [i.e., in a previous question], “Exalted is He Who took His Servant [i.e., Prophet Muhammad] by night from al-Masjid al-Haraam to al-Masjid al-Aqsaa …” Al-Israa 17:1 some of the tafsir scholars of the past and hadith scholars said that the Prophet’s Ascension was by his soul and not his body, but the people of knowledge refuted them, saying, [in the aayah] “Exalted is He Who took His Servant [i.e., Prophet Muhammad] by night from al-Masjid al-Haraam to al-Masjid al-Aqsaa …” the servant is in body and soul, likewise Jesus is body and soul, so He said, “… indeed I will take you …” i.e., I will take your body and soul and raise you up to Me, i.e., just as you are, with your body and your soul.

The clear Arabic tongue mentioned in unanimous [mutawaatir] hadiths from the Prophet عليه السلام supports this meaning, in some of those hadith he said, “Verily, Jesus the son of Mary will descend among you as a just judge. And so [he] will break the cross and kill the pigs, and wealth will become so abundant that no one will accept it. And a [single] prostration that day will be more beloved to a believer than the world and everything in it.” Bukhaari and Muslim.

So, the Prophet عليه السلام confirmed this raising which was mentioned in the previous aayah, “… and raise you to Myself …” and there is an ending [to this], which is that this revered individual who will be taken up [to Allaah] in both body and soul will then descend as a just ruler, break the Cross, kill the pigs and so on until the end of the hadith.

So Jesus عليه السلام is alive in Heaven.

He will descend to establish for these Christians who took him as a deity instead of Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, that he is a servant on one hand and that Muhammad عليه السلام is better than him on the other, since he will judge by his [i.e., Prophet Muhammad’s عليه السلام] sharee’ah and will be a part of his Ummah.

Such that in another authentic hadith there occurs that he said, “Jesus the son of Mary will descend by the white minaret in the eastern part of Damascus on the wings of two angels,” this is in Sahih Muslim in another hadith [it is mentioned that] when he descends at Fajr time, it will have been established for Muhammad the Mahdi [to lead it], Muhammad the son of Abdullaah al-Mahdi, well-known as The [Imaam] Mahdi, so the prayer would have been established for him to lead, but when he sees that Jesus عليه السلام has descended he will ask him to go forward to lead it, but Jesus will say, ‘No, an honour bestowed by Allaah on this Ummah.’ So Jesus the Prophet of the Christians and the Jews who disbelieved in him–will follow [Imaam] Mahdi in prayer, [Mahdi] who is a person from the Ummah of the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ.

All of these hadiths are authentic.

For this reason, al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaani and many others like him from those well-acquainted with the science of hadith say that the hadiths about the belief concerning the descent of Jesus عليه السلام at the end of time are unanimous [mutawaatir]. It is not the hadith of [only] one person which maybe authentic and maybe weak [no, it is unanimous].

Hadiths which have come from different paths of narration as you just heard now. Just now I quoted you three hadiths without straining myself [i.e., they are so well-known and numerous], you see, so if a person wanted to gather all of the hadiths [about this] for you … one time I gathered forty authentic hadiths [about it], some of the [hadiths of the] Companions have more than one path of narration … etc.

So how is it [then] said about this hadith, “It is weak.”

It [really] means that it is not possible that any hadith can be regarded as authentic by such people.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 528.

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What to Say to Jesus, peace be upon him, If You Meet Him


مَنْ أَدْرَكَ مِنْكُمْ عِيْسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ، فَلْيَقْرَئْهُ مِنِّي السَّلَامَ

Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said, “Whoever amongst you meets Jesus the son of Mary, then convey [the greeting of] salaam to him from me.”

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The Signs of the Hour … 2


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Trials only increased after The False Prophet

Shaikh al-Albaani continued, “As for the prophet of Qadiyan, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, then he came and the trials and tribulations continued to increase after him, and the humiliation of the Muslims increased day after day. So where is the peace and security of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, and the rule of Islaam such that all people become rich, no poverty-stricken person found among them? Especially [among] the people of India among whom this false claimant to prophethood resided, they are from the poorest of the people on the earth. So the reality of the call of Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiyani gives the lie to his claim of prophethood and [to the delivery of a] message, putting aside the fact that he contradicted that which is fundamentally and necessarily known about the religion: that there is no Prophet after Muhammad, عليه الصلاة والسلام. He, عليه الصلاة والسلام, said, “Prophethood and the [delivery of any new] message have ceased. There is no prophet and no messenger after me.” So everyone who claims prophethood … even if he philosophises about it as the Qadiani did [saying] that prophethood is of two types: prophethood of revelation and prophethood of legislation. So the Qadiani claimed that the prophethood which had ceased was that which legislates and that only that of revelation, which does not necessitate the prophethood of legislation, is the one that will remain until the end of time.

And this is a lie.

Rather it is disbelief due to its opposing the texts of the Book and the Sunnah and opposing the consensus of the Ummah, since it is united [upon the fact] that there is no prophet after the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, so there is no difficulty for anyone [to accept] the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, because Jesus will not come with a new prophethood nor a new Legislation [Sharee’ah] nor new revelation.

He will instead come and judge with the Book and the Sunnah.

This is Jesus for whose [descent] at the end of time [i.e., at end of this worldly life] Allaah would have prepared the way through a man from the family of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم. And indeed [that man] is Muhammad the son of Abdullaah the Mahdi. This is the Mahdi which you hear much about, some of what you hear is correct and some things are not so.

And maybe you have heard from many people that there are those who reject the coming of the Mahdi. There is a book written by the famous author Ahmad Ameen called The Mahdi and The Mahdaawees, in it he denies the coming of the Mahdi, and this equates to being a rejection of the authentic sayings of the Prophet reported in the books of the Sunnah: that Muhammad the son of Abdullaah the Mahdi will come before the descent of Jesus as the one who paves the way for Jesus.

From the sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, which speak about the Mahdi who will come before Jesus and meet him, is his saying, عليه الصلاة والسلام, “The world will not end until Allaah sends a man whose name is the same as my name and whose father’s name is the same as my father’s name. He will fill the world with justice and fairness just as it had been filled with injustice and oppression.”[1] And from these hadiths is the hadith, “The Mahdi is from us, the people of the house [i.e., of the Prophet, from the family of the Prophet]. Allaah will prepare him in one night.”[2]

Where will Jesus, peace be upon him, descend?

And they think that Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, will come down at that minaret and they interpret that previous hadith, “He will descend by the white minaret, [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” they explain this hadith [by saying that it is referring to] the minaret which is present today east of the Amawi mosque–and this is an incorrect explanation. That is because the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “He will descend by the white minaret …” and not from the [actual] minaret, and there is a big difference [between the two]. They say, “He will descend in the minaret, then he will come down to the mosque from the minaret,” and the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, says, “He will descend by the white minaret …” Neither did he say, “East of the mosque …” but rather, “… [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” it is obligatory upon us not to add to the sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, that which is not from it.

So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, spoke the truth: “Jesus will descend by the white minaret, [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” And this differs with the passage of time: east Damascus at the time Damascus was conquered was close to the Amawi mosque, and you know that part of Damascus was taken peacefully and the other part through force. So the eastern gate which was east of the Amawi mosque was the end of [the city limit of] Damascus in those days. As for today, then as you can see in all cities that which was east is now west due to the spread of buildings and [only] Allaah knows where east Damascus will have spread to.

The point of proof here is that Jesus will descend and the prayer will have been established, the morning [fajr] prayer for Muhammad ibn Abdullaah [Imaam] Mahdi [to lead], so when he sees Jesus, Imaam Mahdi will recognise him and ask him to go forward [to lead the prayer] but he will reply that no, I will not go forward.”

Al-Fataawaa al-Muhimmah lil-Allaamah Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, of Salaahud-Deen Mahmood as-Sa’eed, pp. 290-291.


[1] An authentic hadith. Reported by Abu Dawud (4282) and at-Tirmidhee (2230) who said, “Hasan Saheeh.”

[2] An authentic hadith. Reported by Ahmad (1/84), and Ahmad Shaakir (645) said, “Its chain of narration is authentic.” Also reported by Ibn Maajah (4075) and al-Albaani declared it to be hasan in As-Saheehah (2371).

The Signs of the Hour … 1


 

The Signs of the Hour and
the False Prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiyani

Question: As regards the establishment of the Hour, there are lesser signs and major signs and especially Gog and Magog?

Shaikh al-Albaani: Dividing the signs [of the Day of Judgement] into minor and major is a technical division [used] amongst the scholars and it is not something which has been reported from the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم–but when such terminology does not go against the Book nor the Sunnah then there is no problem [in using it]. No doubt the brother’s question that what is said should be about the major signs of the Hour is by way of starting with the most important thing first and then the most important after that in knowledge.

There are many major signs but from the most important of them which the respected questioner made special reference to is the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, at the end of time, his killing of the major Dajjaal, and then Gog and Magog after that. These are three of the major signs of the Hour: the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, the appearance of Dajjaal, Jesus’, عليه الصلاة والسلام, killing him, and the appearance of Gog and Magog.

As for Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, then his descent near the end of time is an Islamic belief which it is incumbent upon every Muslim to take as religion before Allaah, and to worship Him through it, having faith and attesting to [the truth of] the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, by way of the numerous hadiths which have been reported from him in the two Sahihs and other than them [regarding him]. From these is the Prophet’s, صلى الله عليه وسلم, saying, “Verily, Jesus the son of Mary will descend among you as a just judge. And so [he] will break the cross and kill the pigs, and wealth will become so abundant that no one will accept it. And a [single] prostration that day will be more beloved to a believer than the world and everything in it.” [Bukhaari and Muslim]. This is one of the many hadiths in which the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, openly declared the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, at the end of time, so it is obligatory that we know that the descent of Jesus at the end of time does not negate the end of prophethood or the end of the message.

For there is a group of people known as Qaadiyanis and they call themselves Ahmadis trying to [falsely] portray that they are followers of Muhammad ibn Abdullaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, the Prophet of Islaam. But in reality they associate themselves with their false prophet called Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. For this reason they misinterpret the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, by saying that it means the coming of someone who resembles Jesus and by that they are referring to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiyani. So it is obligatory upon us to know the characteristics which have been reported about Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, who will descend at the end of time and which were not fulfilled by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiyani and neither were they fulfilled by those other than him who claimed to be prophets or Imaam Mahdi.

Because one of the principal signs of Jesus is that he is Jesus the son of Mary not [just someone called] Jesus in general, rather he is the son of Mary, the Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, the Prophet of the Children of Israel–this is the one who will descend and when he does he will not do so with a new prophethood, nor with a new message. But he will descend and judge by the Sharee’ah of our Prophet Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, especially when Jesus descended after Moses, to complete some of the laws which [Allaah’s] Wisdom of legislating determined that he should come with, or which Allaah sent down to Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, after Moses, عليهما الصلاة والسلام.

And you all know that when the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, saw a page in the hand of Umar and asked him about it he replied that it was from the Torah so the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, questioned him about it and he replied, “A man from the Jews wrote it for me.” So he, عليه الصلاة والسلام, became angry and said, “Are you confused as the Jews and the Christians were confused?! By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! If Moses were alive he would not have any choice but to follow me.”[1] Likewise Jesus, عليه السلام, if he were alive on the face of the earth the day the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was sent he would have had no choice but to follow the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم.

And it is known that Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, took the Covenant from all of the Messengers and Prophets that if He sent Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, amongst them they would follow and support him. For this reason the descent of Jesus at the end of time does not negate the fact that the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers as the Lord of all Creation said, “Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allaah and Seal [i.e.,the last] of the Prophets …” [Al-Ahzaab 33:40]

He is the Seal of the Prophets before the descent of Jesus and after the descent of Jesus.

For Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, will descend and judge with the Book and the Sunnah, for this reason the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said in a hadith, “Verily, Jesus the son of Mary will descend among you as a just judge …” so he will judge with the Book and the Sunnah justly between the people not oppressing anyone. The proof for this is that he will break the cross which his followers have taken as [a means of] disbelief and tyranny, [something] Jesus did not order them with –far be it for him ever to do so–but after about one hundred years his followers deviated from the Law [Sharee’ah] of the Gospel [Injeel] and it, naturally, was Islaam, and there is no difference in Islaam as regards creed [aqidah]. For all of the Messengers, from the first to the last, from Adam, the first Prophet, to Muhammad, the last Prophet, عليهم الصلاة والسلام–all of them came with Islaam. The difference is only in some [specific] rulings.

So when Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, descends as a just judge he will break the cross to confirm and establish for his followers that they are [standing] upon nothing and that they are upon manifest misguidance, likewise he will kill the pigs, i.e., he will judge [with the ruling that] it is forbidden to eat their meat and he will judge that they be annihilated and eradicated, confirming to those who claim to follow him or who make the pig lawful [to eat] that it is not from him but rather from the monks who innovated laws for the people of their own accord.

So these [are the] matters [that] are from the characteristics of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, and from the most important of them is that peace and tranquillity will dominate and prevail over the people in those days such that all of the people will become affluent, satisfied with the rule of Islaam which Allaah will bring about of at the hands of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام. For every single one of them would have acquired sustenance which pleases and satisfies him and by which his life in this world would be established–and not only to a moderate level, but rather to such an extent that a man, and all men will give zakaah, but he will not find a single person who will accept it from him. Because the people in his time will have become–by his judging with the Islaam of our Prophet Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم–all of them will have become rich, no poverty-stricken person will be found among them.

Al-Fataawaa al-Muhimmah lil-Allaamah Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, of Salaahud-Deen Mahmood as-Sa’eed, pp. 288-290.


[1] Hasan. Reported by Ahmad (3/387) and Ibn Abee Aasim in As-Sunnah (1/27).

“If Allaah Were to Seize Me …”


 

“Mention of the Statement Concerning Abandoning Reliance Upon Acts of Obedience Even if the Man is One Who Strives in Doing Good Deeds

Muhammad ibn Ishaaq ibn Ibraheem, the mawlaa of Thaqif, narrated to us: Abdullah ibn Umar ibn Abaan narrated to us: Hussain ibn Alee Al-Ju’fee narrated to us: from Fudail ibn Iyaad: from Haashim: from Muhammad: from Aboo Hurayrah who said, “Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ said:

If Allaah were to seize me—and the Son of Mary—because of what these two have earned [i.e., the thumb and the one next to it] He would punish us and He would not have oppressed us at all.””

Authentic ∣ Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan, no. 656.

“In another narration Aboo Hurayrah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“If Allaah were to seize me—and Jesus—for our sins He would punish us, and He would not have oppressed us at all.””

Authentic ∣ Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan, no. 658.

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