The return of the caliphate: Between Islam and Politics (and the End Times)

The one-eyed Dajjal

A prophecy in Islamic hadiths (messenger’s sayings) stipulates that oppression, tyranny, and darkness will prevail all over the globe.

Eventually, the Caliph Mehdi Muntazar (the awaited redeemer of Islam), who like the Prophet himself will be named Mohammed bin Abdullah, will take the lead and unite the Muslim Ummah (community of believers).

The prophecy says that Islam will gain an upper hand and will be firmly established in the land.

Justice, peace and equity will prevail for seven years, the period of the Mehdi’s reign.

He will arrange a Muslim army and will be on the verge of leading it to defeat the Dajjal (anti-Christ), when Jesus will return and kill the Dajjal.

Then comes the apocalypse.

Today, this prophecy has strong political implications, and not just for Muslims. “The Awaited Mehdi is a myth that states are built on. The myth feeds on itself,” said Ashraf El-Sherif, compara- tive politics professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC)…

ISIS is obsessed with the emergence of the Mehdi, and is preparing for his reign, claimed Lennart Sundelin, professor of Middle East history at AUC.

Islam’s Holy Prophet Mohamed said that there shall be no true Islamic caliphate starting 30 years after his death and up until Caliph Mehdi emerges, said Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohamed Yehia Al-Kattani…