نحمده ونصلي ونسلم على رسوله الكريم
Guarding the Frontier in the Holy Land
The establishment of the Zionist state, so-called “Israel” in 1948 was a great calamity. It was a moment in history intimately connected with the emergence of the Dajjal (Antichrist). In several Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ predicted this development and even foretold where the Muslims will be in that time. For example, he ﷺ said:
أَوَّلُ هَذَا الأَمْرِ نُبُوَّةٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ ، ثُمَّ يَكُونُ خِلافَةً وَرَحْمَةً ، ثُمَّ يَكُونُ مُلْكًا وَرَحْمَةً ، ثُمَّ يَكُونُ إِمَارَةً وَرَحْمَةً ، ثُمَّ يَتَكادَمُونَ عَلَيْهِ تَكادُمَ الْحُمُرِ ، فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِالْجِهَادِ ، وَإِنَّ أَفْضَلَ جهادِكُمُ الرِّبَاطُ ، وَإِنَّ أَفْضَلَ رباطِكُمْ عَسْقَلانُ
“The first [part] of this affair is Prophecy and Mercy, then shall come Caliphate and Mercy, then shall come Monarchy and Mercy, then shall come Emirate and Mercy, then they shall stumble over it [this affair of rulership], the stumbling of donkeys. So stick to Jihad, and verily, your best Jihad is Ribat (guarding the frontier), and your best Ribat [is in] Ashkelon.” (Mu’jam al-Kabir of Tabarani)
Ashkelon is an ancient city along the Mediterranean coast near present-day Gaza strip. Both during the Crusades and at present, the Muslims faught in this vicinity against their enemies who invaded and occupied it. The Prophet ﷺ described this resistance along this frontier as the best of the Muslims’ Jihad. At present, the Zionists are inflicting unspeakable atrocities on the Muslims held up in the Gaza strip. The Muslims there who are resisting along this frontier of Ashkelon have been praised by the Prophet ﷺ in this Hadith and Allah knows best.
In another Hadith, the Prophet ﷺ said:
يُقَاتِلُ بَقِيَّتُكُمُ الدَّجَّالَ عَلَى نَهْرِ الأُرْدُنِّ ، أَنْتُمْ شَرْقِيَّ النَّهْرِ وَهُمْ غَرْبِيَّهُ ، وَمَا أَدْرِي أَيْنَ الأُرْدُنُّ
“Your remnant shall fight the Dajjal at the Jordan River. You will be at the East of the River and they at its West, and I do not know where the Jordan is.” (Tabaqat al-Kubra of Ibn Saad)
This Hadith is highly significant in that it establishes the fact that the modern-day Zionist State is the Dajjal, their forces are the forces of the Dajjal. They are his primary followers. Incidentally, the Jordan River is the frontier between the Muslims and the Dajjalic Zionist state. The Muslims are situated in the East Bank while the West Bank is under Zionist control and occupation. Another version of the Hadith states:
لا تَزَالُونَ تُقَاتِلُونَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّى يُقَاتِلَ بَقِيَّتُكُمُ الدَّجَّالَ بِالأُرْدُنِّ عَلَى النَّهَرِ أَنْتُمْ شَرْقِيُّهُ وَهُمْ غَرْبِيُّهُ
“You shall not cease fighting the polytheists until your remnant fights the Dajjal at the Jordan River; you at its East (bank) and they at its West (bank).”
Another Hadith makes clear that there will be a great war between the Muslims and the modern-day Zionist state in which the Muslims shall emerge victorious:
لاَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ حَتَّى يُقَاتِلَ الْمُسْلِمُونَ الْيَهُودَ فَيَقْتُلُهُمُ الْمُسْلِمُونَ حَتَّى يَخْتَبِئَ الْيَهُودِيُّ مِنْ وَرَاءِ الْحَجَرِ وَالشَّجَرِ فَيَقُولُ الْحَجَرُ أَوِ الشَّجَرُ يَا مُسْلِمُ يَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ هَذَا يَهُودِيٌّ خَلْفِي فَتَعَالَ فَاقْتُلْهُ . إِلاَّ الْغَرْقَدَ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْ شَجَرِ الْيَهُودِ
“The Hour shall not be established until the Muslims fight the Jews. So the Muslims shall fight them until the Jew would hide behind a rock or tree; but the rock or tree will say: ‘O Muslim, O Slave of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and slay him.’ Except the Gharqad (tree), for it is from the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim)
This Hadith alludes to the advancement of technology, through which the Muslims will be able to pinpoint the location of the hidden enemy and exterminate them. Some people may object to this Hadith and claim it is encouraging genocide of the Jews. However, the context clearly speaks about an apocalyptic war in which the fighters on both sides are referred to by their nation or community. The Prophet ﷺ said:
لا تَزَالُ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي يُقَاتِلُونَ عَلَى أَبْوَابِ دِمَشْقَ وَمَا حَوْلَهُ ، وَعَلَى أَبْوَابِ بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ وَمَا حَوْلَهُ
“A group of my Ummah will not cease to fight at the gates of Damascus and its vicinity, and at the gates of the Holy City (Jerusalem) and its vicinity.” (Mu’jam al-Awsat of Tabarani & Musnad Abi Yaala)
The value of this Hadith cannot be overstated in pinpointing and identifying those Muslims who at present are fighting in two different fronts; around Damascus (Syria) and around Jerusalem (Holy Land). The Hadith identifies two present Satanic foes of Islam, the fascist, Baathist regime of Assad with its capital in Damascus, and the Dajjalic Zionist regime with its capital in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The Prophet ﷺ has equated the Zionists west of the Jordan River who are oppressing and fighting the Muslims as the Dajjal (False Messiah or Antichrist). Undoubtedly, when the Dajjal emerges as an individual person, he shall be their leader, their messiah. For a while he shall seem invincible, leading them to great victory and power over the land, but when the true Messiah (Jesus son of Mary) peace be upon him, descends he shall lead the Muslims to victory. After the Dajjal is slain, his Zionist army will be on the defense but the Muslims, under the leadership of the Messiah, shall defeat them. However, soon thereafter the forces of Gog and Magog shall march toward the Holy Land in great numbers, but they shall be destroyed not through human agency, but through an epidemic sent by Heaven.
In conclusion, the defeat of the Dajjal and his forces will be through an apocalyptic, armed conflict. This will be the last great military victory of the Muslims, as the Prophet ﷺ predicted:
تَغْزُونَ جَزِيرَةَ الْعَرَبِ فَيَفْتَحُهَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ فَارِسَ فَيَفْتَحُهَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ تَغْزُونَ الرُّومَ فَيَفْتَحُهَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ تَغْزُونَ الدَّجَّالَ فَيَفْتَحُهُ اللَّهُ
“You shall attack the Arabian Peninsula and Allah shall enable you to conquer it; then Persia and Allah will enable you to conquer it; then you shall attack Rome and Allah will enable you to conquer it; then you shall attack the Dajjal and Allah will enable you to conquer him.” (Sahih Muslim)