Thursday, August 10, 2006

August 22 Does Iran have something in store?

Bernard Lewis wrote in OpinionJournal In Islam, as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time--Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined. Mr. Ahmadinejad and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the U.S. about nuclear development by Aug. 22. This was at first reported as "by the end of August," but Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement was more precise.

What is the significance of Aug. 22? This year, Aug. 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to "the farthest mosque," usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1). This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind.

ThreatsWatch wrote For more background on Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad and his apocalyptic religious views, please consider: PrincipalAnalysis: Understanding Ahmadinejad.

Brian Whitaker wrote in Guardian Better cancel those holidays. We now have a date for Armageddon, and it's a week on Tuesday - August 22.

I don't know about you, but I've got my theological bags packed, and am keeping watch, waiting for Christ's return, although as I understand it you do not know on what day your Lord will come.


Russ S. said...

What is blatantly offensive to me is the way Mike Wallace appears to be in love with this lunatic after the interview with him. As far as I am concerned, when I look into this madmans eyes, I see pure EVIL. I hate to think this way, but I truly do believe that the end is not far away. I take comfort in knowing that right will prevail, and it is in Gods hands.

Don Singleton said...

I would hate to have to depend on Mike Wallace's opinion of anyone or anything. You may be right, the end may be upon us. My theological bags are packed and I am ready to go.