The views the reader will see presented here will not agree with the mainstream view seen by non-muslim America. This is partly because, as the contemporary ex-muslim author Walid Shoebat says, both Sunnis and Shiites believe in Taqiyya. “’Ninth-tenths of (the Islamic) religion is Taqiyyah (dissimulation), hence one who does not dissimulate has no religion.’ (Al-Kafi vol. 9 p. 110)” (Shoebat pg.74,75) According to Shoebat then, Muslim doctrine requires the use of subterfuge to expand the dominion of Islam. For example, in contrasting Islam with Christianity, Shoebat points out that there is not a single verse in the Qur’an that says, “love your enemies.” (Shoebat, p.47) Outsiders should not expect to know the truth about Islam without digging for it.
Educated and respected Christian writers throughout history have described Islam as having the spirit of, or as producing the Antichrist. “Hilaire Belloc, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Gregory Palamus of Thessalonica, Vernon Richards, Sir Robert Anderson, Cyril of Jerusalem, Sophronius the Patiarch of Jerusalem (560-638), Maximus the Confessor (50-662), John of Damascus (676-749), Eulogius of Cordova, Paul Alvarus, and the Martyrs of Cordova, … John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards” (God’s War on Terror, Walid Shoebat; pg.41).
Walid Shoebat, who says he grew up Muslim but converted to Christianity, describes Islam as “not merely a personal belief (faith), but also a system of government and expansion.” He says, “It can not be separated from the tenants of war that form its very foundation. (pg.103)” He says Islam teaches that Jesus will return to “lead Israel’s enemies against her in battle and to kill or convert all Jews and Christians to Islam” (pg.62). Noting that, “belief in a coming Mahdi is universal for all Muslims,” he says, “according to Islamic tradition, the Mahdi doesn’t merely emerge as some vague great religious leader; he will return to reinstate the office of the Caliphate.” (pg.54) That is he will establish sharia law internationally. (pg.53). Islam has “its own calendar and laws, both of which are the first things Islam has imposed in every country it has ruled.” (pg.86). “Changing the times and the seasons” is something that the biblical antichrist does. Also, in Shoebat’s opinion, the biblical reference to the antichrist not regarding the desire of women refers to the lack of respect in sharia law for women’s rights (pg.92).
This could not be the messiah of the Christians, but is analogous to their antichrist. Christian scripture says of the antichrist that he will rule Israel, and will “try to change the set times and the laws.” (Daniel 7:25) The antichrist is famous for ruling over 10 kings or nations. (Rev 17:12,13). Shoebat says that, “in 2002, a plan for the reestablishment of the Caliphate was written … . According to this plan, a ten-member council of “Assistant Caliphs” would assist the Caliph in his rule.” ( pg.91)
As to how he will rise to prominence, Islamic tradition teaches that “the Mahdi will find some supposedly lost portions of the Old and New Testaments (in Antioch and/or a mountain in Syria) and even the Ark of the Covenant,” and that these will convert many to Islam. And “’Allah will give him power over the wind and the rain, and the earth will bring forth its foliage. He will give away wealth profusely, flocks will be in abundance, and the Ummah [Empire of Islam] will be large and honored’” (pg.83, footnoted)
Muslims believe that the Mahdi will ride the white horse of Revelation 6:1,2. This rider in Revelation is given a crown and a bow and rides out to conquer. Following him are,“war, famine, plagues, death, persecution, martyrdom of God’s people, great earthquake, and even the wrath of God.” (pg. 84). The Muslims say he will, “judge by the Qur’an (with justice) and with (him) will be men with marks of prostration on their foreheads.’” (pg.84, footnoted). This all parallels the biblical antichrist, and particularly, the mark parallels the “mark of the beast.”
Daniel 11:38 says that the antichrist will “honor the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.” Shoebat sees this in Islam’s doctrine (and long history starting with Mohammed as a warlord) of required contributions to war efforts (pg. 95,96). He says, “Allah is the greatest war god history has ever known whose glory was advanced through war.” (pg.101) The reference in verse 38 to his not honoring the god of his fathers Shoebat sees fulfilled in Mohammed’s rejecting the ancestral gods of his people for his new god, Allah (pg. 100).
Shoebat says that Islam grew out of, “heretical groups such as the Gnostics and the Nestorians, (which culminated) in the religion of Mohammed, the greatest heresiarch that the world has ever known.” (pg.62) The apostle Paul in his letters to John describes antichrist as the one who denies that Jesus is the Son of God, and says, a “man who denies that Jesus is the Christ,” is of that spirit. He continues that this, “is the antichrist, he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 John 2:22,23) Paul is saying that it is the antichrist that denies that Jesus was the only-begotten Son of God. According to Shoebat, “the religion of Islam has as one of its most core and fundamental beliefs, a blatant denial of Jesus as God’s Son. (pg.59) He says these are the very words that “encircle the inside of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem”: “’Far be it from God that he should have a son!’” (pg.64)
Muslims believe in a second coming of Jesus Christ, in which he will descend from heaven. But in their version, upon his return he will come, “bearing witness to the seal of the Messengers, Prophet Mohammed;” and he will, “espouse the cause of the Mahdi.” (pg.60) He will “declare Himself to be a Muslim, He will deny all the claims of being God, or the son of God.”(pg.59) The Qur’an teaches that Jesus was not crucified. Shoebat says that, “all of the most revered interpreters of the Qur’an … interpret Qur’an 3:54 as referring to Allah deceiving people to believe that Jesus was crucified when He was not” (pg.66). He says, “Muslim scholars explain that (when Jesus returns) Christians and Jews will ‘confirm that he is alive and has not died and he is not God or the Son of God but [merely] His [Allah’s] messenger’” (pg.59).1 So Muslims deny both that Jesus was and is God and that Jesus was crucified. According to the New Testament, this is the spirit of the antichrist.2 “Antichrist will be Anti-Trinity, Anti-Son, Anti-Crucifixion, and Anti-God-in-the-flesh. Islam’s theology filfills these denials perfectly.” (Shoebat, p.57)
“Siraj Wahaj, the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayers and speeches of love, brotherhood, and hrmony before the U.S. House of Representatives, in speaking to a Muslim audience in New Jersey said that Muslims should ‘take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong we’d elect our own emir (leader) and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if 6 to 8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.’” (pg. 78 and footnoted)
The greatest caliphate the world has known, in terms of temporal power, was the Ottoman Caliphate, which ruled the Ottoman empire. It was broken up by the Christian west in 1924. For the Muslim, this plunged the world into darkness. (pg. 81,82)
1Verse [Qur’an 19:33] “So Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”! The unified opinion of Islam maintains that the bodily death of Jesus will happen after his second coming. They believe he will die in front of the entire world. (from an email by anon)
2The view presented is not the only one. Ahmadiyya Islam argues that one was to be born and rise within the dispensation of Muhammad, who by virtue of his similarity and affinity with Jesus, and the similarity in nature, temperament and disposition of the people of Jesus’ time and the people of the time of the promised one (the Mahdi) is called by the same name.
Numerous hadith are presented by the Ahmadis in support of their view, such as one from Sunan Ibn Majah which says, There is No Mahdi but Jesus son of Mary.
Ahmadis believe that the prophecies concerning the Mahdi and the second coming of Jesus have been fulfilled in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(1835–1908), the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement. Contrary to mainstream Islam, the Ahmadis do not believe that Jesus is alive in heaven, but that he survived the crucifixion and migrated towards the east where he died a natural death and that Ghulam Ahmad was only the promised spiritual second coming and likeness of Jesus, the promised Messiah and Mahdi. Therefore if Jesus did not die and rise three days later, than Ghulam Ahmad will die at the hands of the Jews and rise three days later.
(c) Allen C. Dietrich 2012