End of Israel in 2022 (1443 H)
by Bassam Jarrar
Part 2 of Chapter 1
God’s Mercy and Punishment
In verse 8, chapter 17 of the Holy Qur’an, God calls the Jews to repent and stop their corruption so that they may receive His Mercy:
عَسَى رَبُّكُمْ أَن يَرْحَمَكُمْ وَإِنْ عُدتُّمْ عُدْنَا وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ حَصِيرًا [It may be that your Lord may, yet, show Mercy unto you, but if you revert to your sins, We shall revert to our punishments; And We have made Hell a prison for those who reject faith.]
A clear message to the Jews to refrain from their corruption and return back to the way of the Lord if they want to escape disgrace in this life and a greater irretrievable disgrace in the Hereafter. However, if Israelites reverted to corruption, Allah (s.w.t) will revert to punishment. Reward and punishment befit the situation. Will the Jews be admonished after this measure? Those who reflect on Holy Qur’an find that a group of them will persist with corruption wherever they may be; this results in God’s continued punish to them until the Day of Judgment. وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكَ لَيَبْعَثَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَن يَسُومُهُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَسَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ [Behold! Your Lord did declare that He would send against them, to the Day of Judgment, those who would afflict them with grievous penalty. Your Lord is quick in retribution, but He is also oft forgiving, Most Merciful. ] (Sura Al-Araf 7: 167).
Another form of life punishment is detailed in Chapter 5, verse 64 of the Holy Qur’an; وَأَلْقَيْنَا بَيْنَهُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاء إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ[Amongst them (the Jews) We have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgement](5:64). These are worldly punishments inflicted on them for their corruption.إِ
One of the Qur’anic verses that announce glad tiding to the righteous believers is the following:
إِنَّ هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ يِهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا [Verily this Qur’an doth guide to that which is most right and giveth the glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward] (Sura Israa 17: 9).
The Jews and Christians embrace Islam
As we mentioned earlier, The Qur’anic verses that talk about the second prophecy are found both at the beginning and the end of Chapter 17 of the Holy Qur’an. It can be noticed that, the verses that immediately follow the prophecy verses in each place, talk about the Holy Qur’an as a guide to the truth, a source of good news and glad tidings to the believers and a Warner of God’s punishment to the non-believer;
وأَنَّ الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالآخِرَةِ أَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا [And those who believe not in the Hereafter, that We have prepared for them a grievous penalty - indeed] (17: 10). It is a glad tiding to the believers and a warning to the Israelites who believe in God and his apostles to some extent, but they do not believe in the Hereafter. The Old Testament is over one thousand pages, yet has no explicit reference to the Last Day.
وَبِالْحَقِّ أَنزَلْنَاهُ وَبِالْحَقِّ نَزَلَ وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلاَّ مُبَشِّرًا وَنَذِيرًا
وَقُرْآنًا فَرَقْنَاهُ لِتَقْرَأَهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ عَلَى مُكْثٍ وَنَزَّلْنَاهُ تَنزِيلًا
قُلْ آمِنُواْ بِهِ أَوْ لاَ تُؤْمِنُواْ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ مِن قَبْلِهِ إِذَا يُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ يَخِرُّونَ لِلأَذْقَانِ سُجَّدًا
وَيَقُولُونَ سُبْحَانَ رَبِّنَا إِن كَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّنَا لَمَفْعُولًا
وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلأَذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًا
[We sent down the Qur’an in truth and in truth has it descended and we sent you (Muhammad) to give Glad Tidings and to warn sinners. It is a Qur’an which we have divided into parts in order that you (Muhammad) might recite it to men at intervals: We have revealed it by stages. Say: “Whether you believe in it or not, it is true, that those who were given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them fall down on their faces in humble prostration. And they say: ”Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled! They fall down on their faces in tears, and it increases their earnest humility. ] (Sura Israa 17: 105 -109)
By carefully examining the meaning of the above verses, one would conclude that there is an implicit intention here to talk about the general reaction of the People of the Book (mainly Jews and Christians) to the second prophecy when it takes place. As the verses indicate, the fulfillment of the second prophecy, exactly as predicted and detailed in the Holy Qur’an, will have a positive effect on them. They will realize how true is the religion of Islam, which leads to their embracing of Islam, saying: Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled?
And then think about the concluding verse of Chapter 17 as to its meaning and the musical rhythm: وَقُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ الَّذِي لَمْ يَتَّخِذْ وَلَدًا وَلَم يَكُن لَّهُ شَرِيكٌ فِي الْمُلْكِ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ وَلِيٌّ مِّنَ الذُّلَّ وَكَبِّرْهُ تَكْبِيرًا [Say: “Praise be to God who begets no sons and has no partners in His dominion: Nor needs He any to protect Him from humiliation: Yea, magnify Him for His greatness and Glory! ] (Sura Israa 17: 111)
The Expulsion of Jews from the City of Medina
We read in the honorable biography of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم that the Prophet had expelled, from the city of Medina, the Jewish Qaynuqa’a tribe and, later on, the Jewish Bani Nadeer tribe. Following these events came the revelation of Chapter 59 (Al-Hashr) of the Holy Qur’an. This chapter begins, similar to Sura Israa (Chapter 17), by praising and glorifying God:
سَبَّحَ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
هُوَ الَّذِي أَخْرَجَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ مِن دِيَارِهِمْ لِأَوَّلِ الْحَشْرِ مَا ظَنَنتُمْ أَن يَخْرُجُوا وَظَنُّوا أَنَّهُم مَّانِعَتُهُمْ حُصُونُهُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ فَأَتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَمْ يَحْتَسِبُوا وَقَذَفَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الرُّعْبَ يُخْرِبُونَ بُيُوتَهُم بِأَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَيْدِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَاعْتَبِرُوا يَا أُولِي الْأَبْصَارِ
[Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, let it declare the praises and glory of God: for He is the Exalted in might, The Wise. It is He who got out the unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes to the beginning (or first phase) of their Hashr (gathering)... ] (Quran 59 : 1-2)
Qur’anic interpreters have indicated that this [first gathering] as referred to in the above verses will take place in the Greater Syria (which includes Palestine). In order to understand the significance of this gathering, one would need answers to the following questions:
What is the purpose of the beginning (or first phase) of the gathering to be located in Palestine? Or Greater Syria?
Why this expulsion (of the Jews from Medina) is considered to be the beginning (or first phase) of the gathering’?
What will happen in the last phase gathering?
It has been narrated in the Qur’anic commentary of ‘Nasafee’ that when the Messenger of God, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم , expelled the Jewish tribe of Bani Nadeer from Medina, he said to them: “Go on to the beginning of your gathering and we shall be on your track.” Does this point to the second prophecy which is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an? [..., but when the Promise of the End comes to pass, We gather you together in a mixed crowd]
So, one can conclude that the Jewish entry to the Holy Land after the death of Prophet Moses was indeed an introduction to the fulfillment of the first promise (prophecy) and their entry following their expulsion from Medina, was an introduction to the fulfillment of the Promise of the End. The time gap is insignificant because this is meant to be a portent of the warning revealed in Sura 17. It is only a symbolic beginning. Nasafi narrated that some of the Jewish Bani Nadir tribes lived in Jericho in the Holy Land (Palestine).
We say the gathering, in its beginning, is not حشر (Hashr), though it is appropriate to say it is the beginning of حشر (Hashr) because حشر (Hashr) implies a gathering of a crowd in a small limited space accompanied by uncomfortableness. This means that Promise of the End becomes fulfilled when the gathering of the Israelites (Jews) becomes a حشر (Hashr) .
The Jewish Race is no longer a Semitic one
Human race experts state that 90% of the current world Jewry are converts to Judaism and not descendents from the original Israelites or Israelites [from a Semitic origin]. The Jews also acknowledge that 10 of their tribes are lost. The lost tribes are: [Ra’awbeen, Shamoun, Zbolon, Yesaker, Dan, Jad, Asheer, Navtali, Afraym and Mensi.]
In light of this, how can it be claimed that the Jews of today are still considered to be Israelites? The answer can be summarized as follows:
1. The Qur’anic reference in chapter 17, verse 104; [... but when the Promise of the End comes to pass, We gather you together in a mixed crowd] . This means gather you from Diaspora when you descend from various origins, unlike the first warning.
2. The Jews have insisted on calling their current state ‘Israel’. Thus, Israelites have became Children of the State of Israel. No doubt, they are today the sons of ( the State of) Israel.
3. In God's religion (Islam), people are not judged based on their origin or race, but on the basis of their belief and conduct. The Israelites followed a perverted form of Judaism and will follow them whoever shares their beliefs.
4. True affiliation (with a religion) is determined by allegiance. This meaning is depicted in the following verse: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ [...and he amongst you that turn to them for allegiance is (becomes) one of them ] (Quran 5: 51).
5. No one can deny that, today, part of the World’s Jews' origin can be traced to the Israelites, especially Oriental ones (Jews from Middle Eastern Countries).
6. Our claim that some of the present Jews are descended from the Israelites is correct. However, we cannot specify or identify them easily.
The Approach of the Day of Judgment
Some Muslims think that the end of the State of Israel means the Day of Judgment becomes so near. This is unfounded and untrue. Their conclusion is based on the saying of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم : "The day of Judgment will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews...". However, some Muslim scholars indicated that the Prophet’s saying does not imply the Day of Judgment is approaching, but that a great and a decisive battle will take place between the two parties before it actually happens. Even if the saying of the Prophet implies that the forthcoming great battle is a sign for the approaching of the Day of Judgment, one cannot conclude that the end of the Current State of Israel would mark the final battle on Earth. Otherwise, what does the following verse mean وَإِنْ عُدتُّمْ عُدْنَا [but if you revert -to your sins- we shall revert -to our punishment-....] (Qur’an, 17: 8)? . Have we forgotten that the majority of the followers of Dajjal (Anti-Christ) will be Jews according to an authentic Hadith?!
It was narrated in the book of Jihad (holy war) by Abu-Dawood that the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم addressed one of his Companions saying: “…. Ibn Hawala: If you see the Caliphate [Muslim State] has reached the Holy Land [of Palestine], then watch out for earthquakes, disorders and great things to happen. The Hour at that time will be nearer to people than my hand is now to your head.” The phrase the Caliphate has reached shows that the center of Caliphate (Islamic State ruled by a Caliph) will in a way ‘travel’ until it reaches the Holy Land which will be the last home of Caliphate. History tells us that Caliphate started in the city of Medina, then moved to Kufa in Iraq, then to Damascus in Syria, then to Baghdad in Iraq, then Istanbul in Turkey, then it will reach the Holy Land in Al-Quds (or Jerusalem). In support of this [prophetic] saying, one may refer to another saying of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم : "...they - the late Muslims who are true to their faith- will be in Jerusalem and the area surrounding Jerusalem". Thus, when God’s decree comes to pass, the last powerful state for Muslims will be in Jerusalem and its vicinity.
It is worth noting that Muslims have never taken Jerusalem as a seat for Caliphate, as they should. In other words, I do not believe that the final rise of the Muslim State will end by liberating Jerusalem. Indeed, their last rise and dominance will be at the hands of Mahdi who will rule the Earth according to Islamic Law and who will take Jerusalem as a capital. The beginning of Islam was in Mecca and the end will be in Jerusalem.
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ
[Glory to God who did take His servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Furthest Mosque whose precincts We did bless, in order that We might show him some of Our signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth all things. ] (Qur'an 17: 1)