IS IMAM AL-MAHDI ABOUT TO EMERGE?There are some Muslims who, impressed by the views of distinguished scholars such as Ibn Khaldun and Dr Muhammad Iqbal, have rejected belief in the advent of Imām al-Mahdi. Some of them even go on... + Read More
Transcription of a lecture delivered by Maulana Imran N Hosein at Maulana Ansari dhikr group gathering, Abd-al-Aleem House, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lecture transcribed by Irshad Soofie (http://www.sufi.co.za)
We begin with Allah's Blessed name; we praise Him and we glorify Him as He aught to be glorified and we pray for peace and blessings on all His noble messengers and in particular the last of them all, the blessed Prophet Muhammad. Nabi Muhammad warned; he warned of an age that is to come, which would be a terrible age, more terrible than any age that mankind would ever had experienced since Adam came on earth. Very few would survive that age. A terrible, evil, mastermind will attempt to take control of the world. And that terrible, evil, mastermind of whom Allah had hinted when He said:
We attempt in this essay to examine the appearance of an epistemological paradox in the thought of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
was that knowledge which he imparted to his native people, Indian
Muslims who were subjected to brutal anti-Muslim British colonial rule,
which touched their very souls and fired them with a scorching
reaffirmation of commitment to Islam the religion. It was communicated
in their native languages - Urdu and Persian. Had it been communicated
in English, the European world of scholarship that was waging war on
Islam would have rejected and sneered at it. Iqbal would have suffered
a loss of prestige amongst his European peers.
And then there
was that other knowledge which he communicated in English, and which
included his views concerning the ‘End of History’. It impressed
European scholarship, as well as his western-educated countrymen. Had
some of it been communicated in Urdu or Persian, such as his rejection
of belief in the advent of Imam al-Mahdi, of Dajjal the false Messiah
or Anti-Christ, and in the return of the true Messiah, Jesus the son of
the Virgin Mary (peace and blessings of Allah Most High be upon them
both), it would have created serious and abiding problems for him
amongst the Muslim masses. To this day, there are many Muslims who are
inspired by Iqbal, but remain blissfully ignorant of his real views
concerning the ‘End of History’.
Allah , Most High, says in the Holy Qur’aan in the 16th Sura, al-Nahl (The Bee), in verse 89:
And We have sent down to thee a Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims.
Introduction and Greeting
Sura, al-Nahl, Sura 16 entitled, ‘The Bee’ and Allah , Most High, declares, ‘And we sent down the book, the Qur’aan, which came down after the Torah, after the Gospel, on thee, O Muhammad ( s.a.w ), that this Qur’aan might explain all things; that this Qur’aan therefore might explain the Last Age, and that with this Qur’aan we may be able to understand the Signs Of Allah , Most High, big as billboards; which will appear in the Last Age. In this Qur’aan there is guidance, how to live at all times, but in particular, in the Last Age. That explanation and guidance constitute rahmah (mercy) from your Lord. For those who have the good sense and wisdom to accept it, embrace it and apply it- bushra la hum (good news, glad tidings) for such people. They will understand what others cannot. They will succeed when others will not.