Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Welcoming the 12th Imam? Iran and August 22

What do Iran, August 22, Saladin, and the 12th Imam have in common?

Well, first, Iran announced last week that it would "formally respond next month to a Western package of incentives aimed at persuading it to suspend its uranium enrichment program." Ali Larijani, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said that "August 22 has been set for declaring (our) views."

August 22? Why that date? Hmmm.

Larijani added that Iran would not be intimidated with any sanctions:

In case the path of confrontation is chosen instead of the path of dialogue ... and Iran's definite rights are threatened, then there will be no option for Iran but to reconsider its nuclear policies." [Emphasis added.]

Reconsider its nuclear policies? Hmmm.

So August 22 is the magical date when the world will know Iran's response.

Why August 22?

Perhaps a randomly chosen date? Or not.
Perhaps a date with Islamist significance? Let's hope not.

August 22 is Rajab 28 in the Islamic calendar. This is a special date. Rajab 28 is the date the mighty and glorified Saladin entered and conquered Jerusalem (in A.D. 1187), putting the city under Islamic rule, a hallowed event in Islamic history.

Adding to that, as Joshua Pundit points out, August 22 (Rajab 28) is also the date

the Imam Husayn (who started Shia Islam and who is revered as the precurser of the Hidden 12th Imam) started his journey to Karbala from Medina. And on the eve 27th of Rajab (August 21st) Mohammed allegedly ascended to heaven in the famous `night journey' from Jerusalem, which Muslims commemorate as the Lailatul Mi'raj.

So August 22 has Islamist significance. Hidden 12th Imam? What is that?

The Persian Journal explains,

According to Shi'ite Muslim teaching, Abul-Qassem Mohammad, the 12th leader whom Shi'ites consider descended from the ProphetMohammed, disappeared in 941 but will return at the end of time to lead an era of Islamic justice.

"Our revolution's main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi,"
Ahmadinejad said in the speech to Friday Prayers leaders from across the country." Therefore, Iran should become a powerful, developed and model Islamic society."
[...]
Ahmadinejad refers to the return of the 12th Imam, also known as the Mahdi, in almost all his major speeches since he took office in August.

Ahmadinejad wants to make the conditions just right so Imam Mahdi, the 12th Imam, will return. The conditions that are "just right" for his return are injustice to Muslims, tyranny against them, some type of chaos, and oppression. With these, it is said he will return to institute Islamic justice throughout the lands.

Oh, and one other thing that happens during the reign of Imam Mahdi, the 12th Imam: "Muslims will kill all Jews."

Sounds quite consonant with Ahmadinejad's statements that "Israel must be wiped off the map" and his subsequent request:

We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them. Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations."

Since Ahmadinejad is one who believes in the 12th Imam and that once the conditions are there, that it will happen, what better way (in his mind) to do so than to "make" it happen as Iran "reconsider[s] its nuclear policies" upon Jerusalem, thus ushering in the return of the 12th Imam?

Could this be one reason why Iran may have stoked the fire of this phase of the war in Lebanon and Israel?

Update:
Found two more pieces on this issue: "Understand the Importance of Laylat al-Sira’a wa al-Miira’aj" by Farid Ghadry:
August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira'aj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca. The night of August 21 is a very, very important night in Shia'a Islam. What Iran's Ahmadinajead is promising the world by August 22 is the light in the sky over the Aqsa Mosque that took place the night before. That is his answer to the package of incentives the international community offered Iran on June 6.

The world and especially the US State Department should take this date seriously. Nothing happens without a reason in Iran and the events in Lebanon were intentionally started by Hezbollah, with Iran's tacit knowledge and approval leading to the Rajab 27 night when it delivers its answer, in the form of "light in the sky", over the Aqsa Mosque.
Then this article by Robert Spencer, "Iran's Day of Terror?" Herein he cites the above comments as he gives background and further details to the story of Mohammed's ascension from Jerusalem as the night sky was lit up.

For more on the discrepancy/differences in the calendars (resulting in differently numbered years), see this explanation which also has a calendar converter. Or you can check out what Wikipedia has to say.

N.B.
I am not advocating real "End of the World-ism." I am not suggesting that I know the time or the hour when the Lord will come. I do not know that and never speculate when it really might come. What I am doing is pointing out that some religious folks out in Iran believe such things. They don't have to be right. In fact, I think they are wrong. However, right or wrong, they believe it and might act in a corresponding way: that is, ensuring that the conditions are ripe to help usher in the coming of the 12th Imam and thus institute Islamic rule.

Ahmadinejad may be wrong about the coming of the 12th imam, but even if he is that would not change the possible fact of his acting as if he were right. That is what worries me about what he might do or the clerics behind him might convince him to do.

Go Israel.

16 comments:

Shimshon said...

Everything must be done that Iran does not get any nuclear capacities. It should be top priority for the western world.

Anonymous said...

This has more info:

The Missiles of 27 Rajab
By Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=23578

Anonymous said...

Why do we have to put up with the lie that Mohammed "ascended" from Jerusalem.....when it is was only a dream and he never even visited Jerusalem?

W. said...

Just keep in mind that the first reference (above) to the "ascension" is qualified: "Mohammed allegedly ascended to heaven."

Hope that eases your irritation with the continual statement that he ascended or was even in Jerusalem (which in fact one of his wives somewhat refutes, that is, unless he had the gift of bi-location).

I know in the link to Farid Ghadry's statement that there is not the qualifier "allegedly." Perhaps he is Muslim and believes in the story. I don't know. Either way, it doesn't change the possible significance of the date. Whether or not he really did ascend and whether or not he was ever in Jerusalem, Muslim folks today believe it and some of them--the more militant ones--may just act out in a corresponding way.

I for one do not believe he ascended. But then again, I am not Muslim so my opinion on that is rather beside the point.

Anonymous said...

See also:
http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Capital_Goods/Construction_Services/threadview?m=tm&bn=10607&tid=16212&mid=16212&tof=1&frt=2

Anonymous said...

Sorry.
Here is the link

Anonymous said...

Could it be that Israel is well aware of the plan, and is using the Lebanon/Hezbollah conflict as a pretext to preemptively strike Iran and its nuclear capabilities ahead of Aug 22nd?

Brett said...

I think all of this concerning the 12th Imam and August 22nd is interesting to say the very least. As you said, I will not say that I know that we are approaching the end times but the fact that all three major religions are looking for their messiah to come very soon is very thought provoking. Whether or not the Muslim Mahdi shows up to bring "peace" to the world remains to be seen, but one thing for certain is that we must take seriously those who believe he will and are doing what they can to try to make it happen. These are interesting times we are living in.

Anonymous said...

Both sides want this war, and the return of the 12th Imam is nearly identical in thought to the return of Jesus Christ, and both require the same sort of paltform to return on.

Evangelical Christians desire that Iran caryy out their attacks as to allow this Armaggedon, this ultimate destructio occur.

But who will come to save us, The 12th Imam, Jesus Christ, Anyone, no one, maybe just ourselves.

Consider the fact everyone wants a end, well almost everyone, I plan to survive the strikes to come.

Blessings
Ed Hubbard

Anonymous said...

I know who he is; he is living-- he only does not know himself, for god will not grant him the vision until the time is right.

Anonymous said...

We need some non bias writers giving us the facts. We only hear what the U.S. and Israel want us to hear. It's obvious that if we know about these "proposed attacks" Israel is very aware.

Anonymous said...

The jews are waiting for the messiah, they will know him upon the second coming of jesus. The christians are awaiting the second coming, and will see the lord when he arrives to defeat the muslim messiah. Islams messiah will be known from the bibles description of the wicked one, Gog, or the antichrist. This is the false prophet that is detailed throught the entire biblical prphocies. He will be anounced by an islamic king, they are both represented in the last book of the bible as the 2 beasts. So the 3 religions are all waiting for the coming messiah, and all will get them.

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W. said...

For more info, check out this Shia site on the Imam: http://www.shianews.com/hi/articles/islam/0000290.php

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