Sunday, March 18, 2012

Egyptian Presidential Candidate: 'I am the Mahdi'

From Jihad Watch:

"According to today’s edition of Egypt’s Al-Wafd, a popular political website, the latest candidate for the Egyptian presidency, Muhammad Muhammad Musa, claims he is the hidden Mahdi -- a savior figure in Islamic eschatology."

"After exiting from the Supreme Council for Elections, Musa said that “he is the awaited Mahdi who will liberate the Arab world, and that the anti-Christ [al-Masih al-Dajjal] appears to him daily in dreams trying to prevent him from running for the presidency and liberating the Arab countries from tyranny. He confirmed that he ran for presidency in 2005 against [ousted Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak, but that the military intelligence service and police arrested his son in an effort to force him to withdraw from the race,” which he did."

"The Mahdi, of course, is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic tradition, will come immediately before the end times to battle the evil Dajjal and make the entire world Muslim. One of his signs is that "Muhammad" must be part of his name -- and Musa has it twice -- or some derivation, e.g., "Ahmad."

"Nor is this some arcane fiction ignored by all. As Timothy Furnish writes over at Mahdi Watch:"

"Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles. Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and most recently in the ongoing Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of Iranian President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin might be the (now occulted?) Mahdi."

Posted by Raymond on March 13, 2012 10:55 AM"
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Last March I'd reported on an interesting video that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had produced for their circles but was smuggled out to the West by an undercover operative. In it, Ryan Mauro of Frontpage Magazine analyzed the documentary produced by the Iranian regime. It was re-published in the Assyrian International News Agency. Here is Mauro's synopsis:

"The Iranian government has produced a bone-chilling documentary that claims that Ayatollah Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad, and Hassan Nasrallah are talked about in Islamic prophecy as leaders who will wage war to bring about the arrival of the Hidden Imam, which the film says is "very close" to happening." [ed. note: Nasrallah is the man currently leading the militant terrorist group Hezbollah.]

"Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who spied for the CIA and authored A Time to Betray last year, procured the entire film and says it was created by close associates of Ahmadinejad and was shown to top clerics two weeks ago. His chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, is said to have played a role in its creation. Kahlili allowed FrontPage to view a shortened version of the film over the weekend, which he says the Iranian regime intends to distribute to mosques and Islamic centers throughout the region with an Arabic translation and is currently being shown to members of the Revolutionary Guards and Basiji."

"The purpose of the film is to make the case that Iran is prophetically destined to lead the war against Islam's enemies, which is as a prelude to the appearance of the Hidden Imam, also called the Mahdi, who brings the final victory for Islam and reigns over the whole world. It uses current events to argue that "the final chapter has begun" and the Mahdi's arrival is imminent. Most disturbingly, it teaches that Khamenei, Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah are the individuals prophesied to make this happen."

"The documentary claims that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is the Seyed Khorasani talked about in the Hadith that leads a nation in the East (Iran) as "the preparer" for the Mahdi's intervention. In July 2010, a senior Iranian cleric revealed that Khamenei had told close associates that he had privately met with the Mahdi and was told that he'd arrive before his time as Supreme Leader ends. Khamenei is 71 years old and widely understood to be in poor health, so the grand jihad that Khamenei believes he must command must come soon."
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This week Iran had come out with bellicose language of talk of destroying America. Joel Rosenberg termed: "Such language is consistent with the Twelver eschatology held by the senior Iranian leadership that says Iran must seek to annihilate Israel (the “Little Satan” in their view) and the U.S. (which they call the “Great Satan”) in order to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam and the establishment of a global Islamic kingdom or Caliphate."

The feeling of imminence for both Christians and Muslims is heavy. Both religions share a similar end time eschatology, except that the Muslim eschatology is opposite to the bible's and therefore exactly false. This link is to the transcript of the Iranian video, the title of which is "The Coming is Near". Both religion's adherents feel that the time is nearing for the final showdown between sin and holiness, good and evil, saved and unsaved meeting their everlasting fates. That the Egyptian presidential candidate is talking of these things, even that he feels he IS the final Imam/Mahdi, is not surprising, as the Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran feels also that he is a high-end player in the final events. Since Iran feels so strongly that they are the nation to lead the Muslim world into wiping out tyranny and liberating the population into Islam, I wonder how they will feel that now an Egyptian man is claiming to be the Mahdi. These times are daily getting more prophetic.

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