HOW LONG WILL THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CEASEFIRE HOLD? - Gülşah Güçyetmez
We are all curious as to the answer to that question. And we are praying for the establishment of a lasting peace this time. The conflict that has been going on for years comes to a halt with agreements reached from time to time, but it has still not come to an end. Because of these conflicts, the innocent peoples of Palestine and Israel cannot live in peace. And yet both sides share a common belief that will be instrumental in peace being brought about … ‘The King Messiah, or Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh).’
The Jews are awaiting their savior the King Messiah (Moshiach), or Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), who is promised in the Torah for many years. Rabbi Maimonides, regarded as one of the greatest Torah scholars since the 12th century, stated that the twelfth of the 13 fundamental articles of faith of Judaism is "to believe in the coming of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)].”
On that basis, the Jews’ beliefs regarding the “Mahdi” are set out as follows:
"I sincerely believe in the coming of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)], and even if his coming is delayed, I await his coming every day."
The situation of those who deny the coming of the Messiah, or Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), is described as follows in the Mishnah Torah, one of the sacred texts of Judaism:
Whoever does not believe in him [the Messiah], or does not await his coming, denies not only [the statements of] the other Prophets, but also [those of] the Torah and of Moshe (Moses [pbuh]), our teacher... (Maimonides, Mishnah Torah, Laws of Kings 11:1)
In addition, the Shmoneh Esrei, a prayer which Jews recite three times a day, also contains a prayer to Allah for the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) to be imminent.
In the same way, the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) in the End Times is also very important for Muslims. The coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is foretold in a great many reliable hadiths in al-Kutub as-Sitta.
Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will come among my community. … In his time my community, the good and bad, will be blessed with incomparable blessings, the sky will cause plentiful rain to fall and the earth will hold nothing back. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 9)
The Prophet Muhammad (saas) has described the events that will take place in the End Times, the present day in other words, in great detail in the hadiths, and hundreds of events have miraculously taken place one after the other. The fact that these signs have come about is at the same time proof that Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is living in this century. Our Prophet Muhammad (saas) reveals in a hadith that those who have the honor of seeing Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) must also join him, in other words, be united in love:
Whoever lives to see him after you, let him join him even if he has to crawl over the snow. Let him join him, because he is Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh). (Hadiths from Jalaluddin al-Suyuti's Classification: Signs of the Mahdi of the End Times p. 14.)
The savior awaited by both Jews and Muslims is Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), who will be an instrument of love, union and peace. The oppression, disorder and conflict in the world will not come to an end unless Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is instrumental in it. That is because everything happens in the manner Allah commands. And Allah has chosen Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) as the person who will be an instrument in peace in the world. There is therefore no point in people looking for other solutions than Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) and acting upon them as they see fit. Indeed, none of the methods tried so far have been of any use. Allah will cause love to rule the world once people act on this desire of His. We will enter the Golden Age revealed in the hadiths. There will be no interference in anyone’s beliefs or opinions. The climate will be a most tranquil one of peace and brotherhood, one in which everyone, believers and non-believers, will be treated with affection, when the poor and orphaned are not oppressed, when everyone is protected and when justice reaches its finest form. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will have moral virtues that everyone trusts, will prioritize democracy and will be a spiritual leader who approaches all things with justice.
Full peace has still not been established between Israel and Palestine. Yet this is astonishing because Muslims are the children of the Prophet Ishmael (pbuh) and the Jews of the Prophet Jacob (pbuh). The way that two brothers descended from prophets are in a state of conflict is a miracle, and obviously the work of satan, the antichrist. By Allah’s leave, Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will thwart that stratagem. And, insha’ALLAH, a climate will be established in which Jews and Muslims can live together, in peace. We are currently going through birth pains described in both the Torah and the hadiths but, insha’Allah, everyone will soon see that Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is the only solution for our salvation.