9 Points for Smart folks to think about today (whether you are Muslim or not)

Peace upon those who seek it.

Over the years in our conversations with Soulaiman Soussi he’s mentioned some interesting points that have stuck with us. Imagine a single word or phrase subtly changing the way you see the world, opening you up to a different view point, allowing you to see the familiar on ways you were incapable of before. Because often times we are so used to thinking about things in one way only that we might miss absolutely obvious things right in front of our eyes.

These nine themes can be worked out further and formalized, but they stand here as a few points for clever or smart people to think about today, no matter if you are a Muslim, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or even Scientologists. Or something else altogether.

Each in themselves stand as formal laws in the deciphering work, and can be restated to give them full justice.

And what’s more, if you’re Muslim, even a light and passing consideration of these themes should have a medicating affect on those afflicted with the Kharijite/Wahaibist/Salafist memetic strain.

If you can’t make your way through this list consider it a useful weeding out filter; do you really want to be the type of person who has higher than a snowball’s chance on a hot day of figuring out the enigma of the Dajjal? Do you want to be one of those souls who might be able to penetrate beneath the surface of things, and possibly do something useful once they’ve done so, or not?

If so then these themes will help you.

Point 1. If you can’t name the beast then you can’t control or fight it. If you can’t name it then you cannot have certain knowledge of it. If you do not have certain knowledge of it then you cannot build on it.

Consider this; if you are certain of your last step then its easier to take the next step after. Think about it. When your previous step was made in certainty your next step will be easier, but if your previous step was made in doubt your next step will be much harder. In this way, nothing solid can be built on doubt or speculation. Speculative doubt (dhan, ظانّ ) can get you started looking and investigating in a direction, but you cannot build something solid or lasting on it.

When you name something then you can mentally handle and manipulate the concept. You can refer to it and explore it. If you cannot “put your finger on it” if it is “ineffable” if you “cannot articulate it” you may know it implicitly, in a sort of latent way, then you cannot extrapolate on your knowledge of the beast. You cannot usefully build upon your doubt, or do much with it.

Yet most everyone builds on doubt, all the time, everywhere. But they end up with an increasingly unstable edifice, as they get to the top, the present, the now.

Once you have named the thing, then you can begin to truly contend with it. Therefore the word is important. If you “have the words” for something, then you are in a position to begin to do something with it.

Point 2. The first rule of history is, never underestimate its people. Do not assume that the people in the past were more stupid than you are. It’s quite possible they were smarter in many ways. This applies to politics, migrations, building, or any domain of past human life.

When you see historical figures do something that seems to you to be puzzling, naive, or stupid, it is foolish to assume they didn’t know what they were doing or were stupid and naive. Whether it’s Abu Bakr ibn Abi Qhuhafa and ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, or Sargon ben La’ibum, or Julius Caesar and Vercingetorix, people in history were often not only as clever as you think you are, but sometimes more clever.

Pay attention to this, if you are attributing something to a past figure that you would not apply to yourself, out of charity or generosity, assuming they were naive about something, beware. They don’t need your charity. They went about their lives quite well without you and your charity. This is a sign you really don’t understand what was going on, or that your understanding is lacking. And if your understanding happens to be borrowed from other authorities, then their understanding was lacking. If you are charitable with a past figure you think you understand, but ultimately you understand nothing.

If someone in history did a thing for which you would judge yourself in a certain way if you were do it, then do not be charitable about it.

There were Paleolithic and neolithic people more wily, perceptive, and penetrating in thought than any of us. They did not have our technology, or our scientific knowledge of how the world really works, but this doesn’t mean they couldn’t do incredibly rational things with what they had.

Many of these people, if they were put in your shoes and given your own gadgets, could probably do things that you couldn’t even conceive. You and I are not that clever.

This rule is one that fringe “Ancient Astronaut theorists” flagrantly violate. This is because they are not that clever, and simply cannot conceive that people with stone-age mentalities could figure out how to do what seems to be incredible things.

But people with stone-age mentalities had the same basic drives we do today, just fewer gadgets to distract themselves with. Instead of tweeting or poking around on Facebook, or any number of distractions that have steadily mounted for the last 300 years or so, they had a long time to figure out how to move really big rocks. What’s that impressive about moving really big rocks and piling them on-top of each other? Have you wondered why the Quran constantly mentions ancient perished So what if the Bosnia pyramids may appear to have an ancient cement aggregate like coating. Is it that far of a leap that people 7000 years ago couldn’t have figured out how to crush certain rocks, cook them, and mix them with water?

Point 3. Know your stuff, and know how to think. A good way to learn how to think is this; Go read Sir Author Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The original ones. All of them. Indeed, read them twice.

If you read them as a child then sit down, and re-read them. Pay close attention to how Holmes thinks. After you do this, here is something that you need to understand. Sherlock Holmes is not the real smart guy.

It’s his brother Mycroft Holmes. Mycroft is the guy who never leaves his club.

Notice that every time Sherlock gets in a truly deep bind that he can’t even think his way out of, he goes and visits this old establishment club, and chats with his brother Mycroft whose only occupation in life, outside of occasional Government Intelligence work, is sitting in an armchair reading newspapers all day long.

When Soulaiman Soussi gave us this advice, he mentioned that when he was younger this bit about Mycroft stuck with him.

If you know your stuff, really know your stuff, you don’t have to run all around the world, you can survey and understand the world from your armchair.

If you want to be able to better think, about the world and its politics, or even about religion, scripture, the Qur’an and hadith, or anything else even, go read some Sherlock Holmes and actually think about what you are reading.

Point 4. The Qur’an has to be read intelligently, this means pay attention to things like grammar. Grammar is a key to understanding the Qur’an. Structured grammar is the key to real language in the proper sense, as opposed to informal spoken dialect. You have to read the Qur’an the way a mathematician reads equations and handles variables, constants, and symbols.

The Qur’an’s grammar matters absolutely and conveys vital meaning. Tense, person, case, all matter for the message.

What is obvious to the wise is subtle to the dummy. If something is worded in the dual and not the plural then it is that way for a reason. If there is a dialog or discourse between people, and you ignore its changes in tense, mood, and person, then you will ignore part of it’s message.

Classical Arabic, the most ancient living language in the world, has a structured and formal grammar unlike that of any other ancient language. This formal grammar conveys meaning on a mathematical level. Sanskrit does not, Avestan Persian does not, and everything out there written about them and their grammar is post-Islamic, when you examine it. Arabic is the formal model of a language that all of these other ancient languages try to match up to. The Qur’an’s use of Classical Arabic conveys information mathematically, precisely; if you do not understand the grammar deeply, you will miss much of the message even if you understand the vocabulary.

Point 5. Henry Truman once said that nothing is new but the history you don’t know. However what you don’t know should be intolerable to you. Therefore, catch up already.

In the so-called “Truth Movement” it’s common for people to say they “woke up.” You see this idea of “waking up” being discussed more and more.

It’s like this. Most people float and dream their way through life, on assumptions and what little they were taught. Until the rug is pulled out from under their feet by faceless nameless forces they only half understand.

When this happens they react, thinking that they are waking up. In reality they are simply reacting to the immediate stimulus. The reaction is usually out of nostalgia and sentimental seeking a half remembered past that they thought was better.

You fear what happens when you don’t obey the authority figures you were trained to obey.

When people talk about “waking up” to “the world as it is” they are talking about things no one is concerned about until it personally hits them. These same people are content while it hits someone else.

The faceless authorities whom you think manipulate you and your life rely on this, and on how malleable you and your children are. Reflect on this; our society now accepts as normal children being literally drugged by their school authorities. Most people now see this as commonsense normalcy. Few actually reflect and think about what it took to get to this level. Fewer do so unless it affected their family first.

They fall right back into another dream because of the failure of it, it was all personal and selfish, I was not a universal true awakening out of empathy and understanding for everyone, and not just themselves. It would be harder to fall back into the walking dream if their wake-up was a true and universal one.

Point 6. Everyone makes too big of a deal of their culture, history and language. Only someone who is truly multicultural and multilingual can critique other cultures’ and languages’ mediocrity as well as their own. This starts with a radical sort of honesty: the honesty of being a person who can see their own people’s, culture’s, and language’s mediocrity.

Most people lack the courage, or the ability, to see their own family’s, culture’s, and people’s mediocrity.

This is where we get self-aggrandizing lies, in national, racial and ethnic narratives and in historical literature. Entire systems of thought have been erected, academic schools of thought and governments formed, and untold millions of human souls reduced to thralldom, slavery, and massacre on the basis of self-aggrandizing liars making things up about their family, ancestors, folk, people, race, and their nation.

These stories and narratives exist because they are unable to face the mundane nature of their situation and past. They do not want to admit their own mediocrity. This prevents them from changing.

Point 7. Change cannot occur in a closed system, a body moving at a constant speed will roll continually until affected by an outside force. Left alone, each of us is a closed system, until someone else comes along. Just because we are adults doesn’t mean that we are entirely self-sufficient. Sometimes people need someone, an outside agent, to awaken something inside of them.

“The hand of Allah is above their hands,” (إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّـهَ يَدُ اللَّـهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ) Qur’an chapter 48 verse 10(سورة الفتح – ١٠). The hands of many is being spoken of here, not the hand of one person.

Each of us sometimes needs someone to be with us, to bring up a new idea, for something new to happen. The whole world, in this sense, is a closed system, and rarely punctured with someone bringing something new. This is what Prophethood (Nubuwwa) is all about.

The world sits as a closed memetic system, with different permutations and variations of existing old ideas and concepts bouncing around, playing out, until someone and something comes in from Outside and contributes something new. A memetic catalyst, if you will.

Like a chemical catalyst, a very small amount of this catalyst acts like a dye in a vat of liquid. A small amount changes the color of the entire vat. Or it is like opening a skylight, in a room of absolute darkness. Suddenly the room has light.

History from that point is an unfolding of the consequences of this new body of ideas. Some people steal from it, take a bit from it but not acknowledge its source, and try to integrate or harmonize it with their old tired inherited crap, legacies from others unquestioningly passed on. Some people are honest, acknowledge it, and try to carry it while not fully understanding what they try their best to carry.

An infinitesimally small few will, however, deeply explore and plumb it, try to renew it when it is forgotten, and only the one who does dare strip themselves of their “precious”inheritance is able to gain full understanding of the whole of it, in a way that the rest of humanity declined to.

Point 8. Dishonest people do not acknowledge their teachers and sources. This is the basis of intellectual and personal dishonesty. When you learn something from someone admitting it is intellectual and personal honesty.

When you consciously claim that something you learned from elsewhere is your own, then you are stealing. Yet, you will not truly understand an idea until you have grown to “own it” in a sense. To own and be able to state it in your words. There is no real contradiction here.

The problem with this ingratitude is memetic, you gain one small thing, mastery of a branch or piece of knowledge, but you lose the greater – your personal honesty.

The source of all injustice and sin is lying. Small ones lead to bigger ones, which lead to deadly ones. 1.3 Million Iraqis were murdered because a son of a bitch lied about weapons of mass destruction. So lying preceded wholesale murder and slaughter.

This is why you can’t benefit from what you stole, because the whole system becomes corrupted by that lie at its foundation.

As a closed system, affected by an outside force – a teacher or source of information, most people should acknowledge their sources but they do not. There are real dangers to this, if you think about this for a bit you may begin to realize some of the advantages and benefits to admitting what your sources were, as you continue to learn and mature, and honestly grow to “own” an idea, as it becomes your own, integrated into your mind and life in a healthy and beneficial way.

Point 9. People today are addicted to noise. They are addicted to the noise because they are trying to tune out their inner demons. If you have you never wondered about it then you should.

After wondering about this can you then wonder why this is so? If you can wonder this, then why not consider yourself; are you also addicted to noise?

In coffee-shops, supermarkets, in bars, hookah spots, restaurants, elevators, and shopping malls; everywhere people are surrounded by droning music. Almost all of it, if you really pay attention to it, is simply noise.

But this is not only pushed on people; they choose it. Notice how everywhere people go they seem to be listening to something. Notice how many people on the street, at work, even at home, go about with ear-bud headsets, no matter what they are doing. They are drowning out their inner demons with noise. But this does not cure them.

Until this beast was named you probably didn’t even consider it. Now that it’s been identified, and named, you can start to wrestle with it.

No one wants to consider what is really going on and dealing with it, they choose to shove something in their ears and sit in front of TV several hours a day.

These are nine useful points to consider and think about.

Peace upon those who seek it.

Civilization, Society, Instinct and Logic – Part 3, A Devil you don’t know exists, whence Information comes, Reason Language and Logic

Peace upon those who seek it.

We need to expose a couple of axioms that are needed to further understand this work as it continues to unveil:

One; All information in the Universe is from Allah, thus all wisdom is from Allah.

Two; Thus information in this Universe can only be transferred, it is neither created nor destroyed inside of this closed system of a Universe.

Three; Any influx of New Information into humanity, and its subsequent manifestations, are from Allah. The nuzul of Revelation is a quantitative and Qualitative addition to the informational content of the universe itself.

Four; the Hadiths of the Dajjal Island and Ibn Sayyad must be understood if one is to have hope of understanding any of these matters.

The knowing of the first two seems easy but the actual understanding of them and their implications is difficult.  The third derives from the understanding of the first two, and our authority for the fourth statement is Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Allah ennoble his visage, in his narrated statement that the one who knows Ibn Sayyad is the Dajjal will be happy, and the one who does not will not be happy.

Civilization, Society, Instinct and Logic – Part 2, Programming, Choices, Language and Logic

Peace upon those who seek it.

Here we begin to look at Logic, and in what follows will return to logic. In any logical operation you can perform valid operations upon invalid data. If you start with the wrong axioms but use correct reasoning you will arrive at questionable conclusions. Now if you take wrong axioms, an then start to use wrong reasoning going step to step all the way, then you will simply arrive at stupid, bizarre, and throughly delusional conclusions. Here you will never be able to actually solve the problem at hand, but will simply knit for yourself a tangled web of delusion.

Look closely at every Kafir culture you have traveled to, witnessed, or lived in. Observe what they see as their “individuality” and “strength.”

Think to yourself, is it not truly quite as it seems? Does it not seem like the very opposite?

Amazing Prophetic Warning; The Drone Hadith. Series Interlude

Peace be upon all those who seek it.
As time grows short, we hope to share more pieces of this puzzle in order to help increase awareness and assist you, dear reader, in evaluating your priorities and hopefully providing tools that will help see you through the coming fitnah with your iman intact.

We will resume the discourse on generations shortly – Allah willing – because it unlocks keys to this puzzle. Prior to that it is generally not appreciated the degree to which The Messenger of Allah, SAAWS, sought to provide us with as many warnings as possible about the dangers his Ummah would face in its later days. Lacking the context of seeing the world in which these warnings would manifest the Salaf, the noble Companions and the following generation tried their best to transmit Prophetic warnings to us, without seeing the full context that The Messenger, SAAWS, saw in his clear and precise vision of our very own age.

This Hadith contains a warning
حَدَّثَنَا حُسَيْنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ عَنْ زَائِدَةَ عَنْ مَنْصُورٍ عَنْ شَقِيقٍ عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ قَالَ
لَيُوشِكَنَّ أَنْ يُصَبَّ عَلَيْكُمُ الشَّرُّ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ حَتَّى يَبْلُغَ الْفَيَافِيَ قَالَ قِيلَ وَمَا الْفَيَافِي يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ؟ قَالَ الْأَرْضُ الْقَفْرُ

From Hussayn Ibn Ali, of Za’ida, of Mansur, of Shaqiq, of Hudhayfa (ra) who said:
Verily it will be poured upon you the evil from the sky, until it reaches unto the deserted wilderness (al- fayafi).” It was then said the questioner asked “And what is the deserted wilderness (al- fayafi) Oh Abu Abdullah?” who then replied that it was the barren earth.

Source: مصنف ابن أبي شيبة – Musanaf of Ibn Abi Shayba – كِتَابُ الْفِتَنِ – The Book of Tribulations (Kitab al Fitan)

We understand this Hadith as a direct and essential warning to the Muslims us of the unleashing of a new kind of evil, from which every traditional form of defense would be for naught. In the past ones escaping armies and pursuits could always take refuge in remote wilderness far from the agents and troops of their pursuers. However this Hadith indicates that a time would come in which a terrible evil harm would be poured from out of the sky itself, upon the Muslims, to the extent that even the one fleeing would be overtaken by it as he seeks distant wastelands and desert areas.

This evil, we assert, are electronic aerial drones, and Allah and his Messenger know best. Never before in history has it been possible to literally unleash thousands of weapons in the sky capable of tracking perusing and hunting down a man or group of men, from the sky, into the most remote wilds and then pouring down upon their victim destruction.

The menace of drone warfare has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent Muslims, only a few egregious incidents make their way into the Western media, in truth however their targets are arbitrary, their purpose nothing but imprecise and arbitrary strategic terror, their thousands of innocent unnamed victims whose deaths’ magnitude is routinely lied about in the press, are mostly unnamed.

As the American public soon shall learn, what was allowed to be unleashed by their own government upon the Muslims, shall encompass them as well in their subjugation to the masters they unwittingly chose. What is gravy for geese is often gravy for ganders, as the saying goes:

FAA: Look For 30,000 Drones To Fill American Skies By The End Of The Decade

The essential irrationality of Islamiphobia is always easy to see, in frothing at the mouth to kill Muslims and serving as part of this agenda, the hateful and irrationally fearful elements in the American public collectively;
* allowed themselves to be used
* by the dajjal, who unseen calls the shots as the chief Shaytan of Insan(mankind),
* as minions
* and when the beast of Babylon’s utility is at an end, then like a cheap confused whore, she is disposable


We seek Allah’s refuge from every false accuser, liar, and deceiver.
And Allah’s peace upon those who seek it.

Pr0Ph3Cy By Numb3rs – Five: Unraveling Generations, Putting the Questions Together

Series Navigation
[ Part One: Important Warning ] [ Part Two: Asking The First Questions ] [ Part Three: First Examined Hadiths ] [ Part Four: The Question of Generations, Another Hint ]

Addendum – Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers?
Manipulation of Prophecy The Future and YOU
[Part 1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – Part 2:Contrasting Present and Past – Part 3:The Trap and Background Music – Part 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

Peace unto those who seek peace,

Allah willing you have considered our arguments and hints. To resume from where we left off our first question was whether we could find a divine unit of measurement, a period, by which to measure human communities and affairs through history. The period is a divinely mandated length and we found that the human generation was that unit of measurement: a constant value for all of humanity.

A generation does not yet give us a precise enough measurement unless we have a way of measuring a generation itself. This period itself must be a defined, exact and definite number. This number must be precise, regular and essential, a sine qua non. The period of an hour, for example, is an exact quantity, itself able to be broken down into exact numbers of smaller periods such as minutes and seconds. By this metaphor we seek an “hour” to measure of humanity’s “clock” itself. Every human community may be measured by this a divinely ordained “clock”. Each community, from families, clans, tribes, folk and peoples (Qawm, Aqwam), and nations (Milats and Ummahs.) is measured by generations composed of this precise time-span.

The themes and ideas in this series were developed over decades of rigorous and backbreaking intellectual labor. Leaving you hints but letting you search for an answer yourself is essential. This is not a superficial and speculative game; this series deals with matters critical to all of our futures, personal lives, hearts and souls. Without working for answers, when they are handed to you on plates and you do not personally explore the issues the end answers will be useless to your lives.

We know that there is a well established answer, established in the Sunnah and Qur’an. Among the favor of past nudges and hints, we indicate that the answer is explicitly related in numerous hadiths, and the age at which certain specific Prophets, alaihim salaam, were given Risalat – at which point their missions commenced – are also important.

We presented a couple of hadiths that concern the “Stages”, that is tabaqats, of the Ummah. We indicated that these hadiths were seen as weak – da’if – or worse in the eyes of some scholars and indicated that we will examine them hadiths in closer depth. By Allah’s leave we soon shall, giving more variants and information.

In defining the ages of human generations a critical concept is accountability. This age defining a human generation must include personal accountability for actions and intentions, and when such accountability begins and ends. This must cause us to closely examine human life-spans and death ages. Death is accountability’s final seal. Different ideas may be guessed at, but they fall short. For example some may decided to choose the age of, for example, 20. Others may decide to average out human life-spans, thinking that while people die at different ages, these ages can be averaged out. These fail, age 20 for reasons considered; averaging ages fails because you can not arrive at an exact and constant measure through human history.

Take tens of thousands of years of humanity, century to century, community to community, and realize that death ages vary wildly even between classes in specific communities and ages. This will skew any possible average. Stratified elites of city dwelling pagans may average wildly differently from their oppressed slaves and commoners. Rustic barbarians constantly on the move may average out entirely differently due to the collective rigors of their lives. Modern physical anthropology proves the back-breaking low life-expectancies of much of prehistoric humanity.

This is the crux of the issue:

– Is there a certain age in human lives at which one’s character is all but sealed?

– Is there a typical human norm in which, by a certain age, the vast majority of people are set in their ways so much that further education, advice, and experiences typically do not change them much in morals and character?

This consideration is important, ultimately what concerns us are the essential cast of one’s character and morals, not acquired naqali knowledge. Essential knowledge molds one’s character, external facts and datum do not.

At a certain age people are typically incorrigible in their ways. Unless severely challenged by a Transformative event or force, only Allah can rectify them. At that age you arrive at a prefiguration of your end and sealing state, and may Allah grant us a good one. This age will give us a steady benchmark of human lives, irrespective of their peoples’ life expectancy, which massively varies from community and age.

We will, by Allah’s leave and will, bring you proof and evidence of the solution to this matter. The evidences for the argument, the daleels, will be definitive, that is to say Qati. After presenting these proofs we will then turn to try to unravel the puzzle of the Ummah’s Tabaqaat

And Tawfiq is from Allah.

[ Part One: Important Warning ] [ Part Two: Asking The First Questions ] [ Part Three: First Examined Hadiths ] [ Part Four: The Question of Generations, Another Hint ]

Conclusion: the Problem’s Crux and Solution – Part 5 The Future and You

Part 5 The Crux of the Problem – and it’s Solution

Addendum: Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers? How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[Part 1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – Part 2:Contrasting Present and Past – Part 3:The Trap and Background Music – Part 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

Peace upon those who seek peace,
We are now at the end of this journey. Let’s consider a few things together.
When The Mahdi does arrive, if he has not already arrived, realize that you may be unable to even recognize him for what he is because what you are expecting as miraculous is not congruent with reality, al-Haqq, itself. What you may be looking at and not perceiving is just be some guy, someone who seems like a total nobody to the entire world, with a small group of friends or small band of followers doing something or other out in the Middle East. Perhaps some minor rag-tag group or small faction, or just a small group of disparate individuals who blip in and out of the news you watch every single day. And perhaps only in the alternative and fringe news, and not even the mainstream press. While you skim the headlines you may see mention of this tiny group, derided as a group of no account, while you and the rest of the entire planet utterly fail to realize what was occurring.

Consider the difficulties in identifying one man by what you consider to be clear indications.

The Illogic of Expectations, Negative and Positive identifying

Why do we expect the future to be essentially different than our present? Why do we surmise that it should be any less mundane than today, that it should be different from the day to day reality that we already see constantly unfolding around us? Is the end cataclysmic? Without a doubt, but could it be that our understanding of the cataclysmic is warped?

You can’t really easily identify people by the things they do not do, for this is a negative identification and positive identification is far easier. We all tend to be able identify people by things that they do and which are apparent to our observation.

Consider deeply the matter of positive identifying. Would you be able to identify one of us if all that you knew is that we don’t east fresh tomatoes? How would you pick any of us out of a million people simply given the sign that we don’t eat tomatoes? This is a negative identifying, you wouldn’t be able to identify people by negative means, by the things they do not do, or the things they do not like. I challenge you to find one man by only three signs, he is not Chinese, he does not have red hair, and he does not pray tahhajud on Thursdays.

Logically we cannot easily identify people by the things the don’t do or are not; it is easier to identify people by the things they do or are. But for Prophets and Messengers the main way to identify them is simply that they are different from the masses. Such men do not do the petty and stupid things that most of us tend to do. Prophets and Messengers do not lie, or cheat in their transactions, or fornicate. In a sense they are basically like hermits, they do not go out there flaunting themselves and making spectacles. Apart from moral uprightness and honesty by in large they do not stand out very much, they dress simply and when they do go out and preach it tends to be things that the majority of humanity find rather boring, such as believe in one God, seek righteousness, do not lie and steal, do not fornicate with your neighbors wives and daughters. When they go to people’s doors the people who hear them probably respond along the lines of; “Okay, thank you very much old man, we have to got to bed and put our kids to sleep” and roll their eyes.

If such men showed up in a town square with a Mariachi Band, however, would the people forget them? Not by a long shot. Prophets do not have mariachi bands following them in their wake. Imagine yourself on any street corner today, in Paris, or New York, or Cairo, or Tunis, or London; imagine yourself standing there all day in simple clothes of the age, dressed like any clean but humble working man, telling people to desist from unrighteousness. They will just see you as a boring crazy guy on a street corner, but they will all run to see the Mariachi band that just set up a few blocks down the road and the charismatic lead singer with an eye-patch and sequins in his sombrero. This is the reason why the prophesied future may already be here and you don’t recognize it. Because it doesn’t have special effects or a musical soundtrack, and all of your life, whether you admit it or realize it, or not, this has been what you have been expecting.

Consider Today

For all you know The Mahdi could have given you a Khutbah once in your life, or you may have seen him having an argument outside of a Coffeehouse with a group of irate brothers, you may have witnessed him in ordinary clothes, talking to people who rejected him. In fact it is entirely possible he may have been somewhere being given a lecture and lesson by a group of people who actually thought they knew better. The Mahdi may have even been preached to by them, berated with fingers wagged at him by someone who thought he was qualified to teach, and we have a lot of those in the Ummah. Perhaps he and his entire small group may have been passed by, somewhere, and no one had a clue as to who they really were.

The Mahdi could not only be this small group but the Prophesies concerning his actually ruling and holding Amirate could be fulfilled while you are totally clueless to the reality of the situation beneath the appearances. Because, like Bani Isra’el 2000 years ago, you were expecting unreality, when reality was staring you in your very face. Jesus son of Mary, ‘Isa Ibn Mariam, could have come and gone for all you know, while you missed him. The False Messiah, al-Dajjal himself, could have come out, ‘ruled’ the entire world, passed from town to town and entered every place except Medina, been killed, and all the while you were eating a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes in your slippers, watching CNN and not having a clue as to what you were witnessing. Do you realize the enormity of this problem? This is what we are up against, that an entire Ummah of nearly 2 billion individuals may be none the wiser of the essential reality of what they have collectively expected for centuries.

Do not misunderstand us, we are not saying that this is happening today, but we are saying it could have happened, and you would be none the wise. We are saying that if you disregard this possibility you could very stupidly putting your entire Islam and Iman in grave danger, all the while feeling quite secure.

What This All Means 

What does this all mean, in terms of actual consequences of our argument? What it means is that when you do read Prophesy, and when you do consider The Future, you must throw off any and all interpretations of the miraculous, and consider the whole matter with truly fresh eyes. When some interpretations offer you an easily detectable sign, ask yourself how easily detectable it really is. The very prophesies themselves all but say that the majority of people will not understand them and will not see what is going on. And further more that when the people finally do see things they will deny them. So where does this leave us? How are we going to recognize or tell the signs when they are staring us in the face? That truly is the dilemma; if such signs are actually not easily detectable or may not even generate a blip of attention in the mainstream news, then what chance do any of us have? If we try to be even hyper-aware so too others in the past were hyper-aware and yet still were deceived.

Some of you reading this are probably well steeped in Qur’an, Hadith, and Prophesies. You’ve probably studied it all in depth, and maybe even dedicated many years of your life to it. You may saying saying to yourself ‘this guy is an idiot!’ or worse ‘this guy is a mubtadi!’ Perhaps you are thinking, well we clearly know the signs by heart.

Well, do you?

You say that The Mahdi will appear in Makkah.. Reflect on this, have not dozens of men appeared in Makkah, over the centuries and a few still even had followers. Some were the children or grandchildren of Sahabah and there were Mahdist expectations of them (which in short negates the skepticism of some in the Ummah who blindly reject the concept in spite of multitudes of Sahih Hadiths explicitly on the Mahdi, the fact that in th first 3 generations people explicitly asked of him and expected him is sufficient proof for anyone with intellect or Iman) These men, when they appeared, were denied, most were even killed, and some were actually killed in the Kaaba itself, and indeed a few by the actual people of Makkah itself, let alone by distant authorities far away. Each man is a data blip on your screen. If this mere sign was so obvious thousands of people over a 1300 odd year period would not have been deluded.

Also reflect on the fact that many pretenders to thee Mahdi arouse outside of Makkah and were followed by just by rustic uneducated ‘Araab and Bedouins, but by learned scholars. These scholars knew such signs as well as you do, and may have had access to Ahadith that you do not given the extinction of many collections through the centuries. Yet they still were deluded.

Another clear sign you may offer up is that The Mahdi will be 40 years of age. Really? Are you not aware that some narrations and their interpretations offer a range of years, from 39, or 38, or 30, or 18, or even 52 and 51, or 62. So now; which Mahdi do you prefer?

Another clear sign that you may offer is that he will be white in face, bright. Some sources however say Asmar – أَسْمَرَ, what does this even mean, does it mean olive skin?

Another clear sign you may offer is that he is tall, beyond the simple subjective nature of height , know that others say short.

Is the Mahdi weighty, hefty and big? But some narrations say that he’s skinny.

So many clear signs that you have memorized, yet ask yourself, and then tell us; which of these Mahdis are you looking for?

The clear sign of name; you offer that the Mahdi is a Muhammad son of Abdullah. Or perhaps of Abdulrahamn, or a similar configuration of divine names. Realize some of the scholars have denied this and pointed out that this is actually an interpretation, a conclusion drawn from an interpretation of the hadith, in which the The Prophet, saaws, states that The Mahdi’s name ‘treads along equal footing’ with his name. The Arabic can be translated in other ways, but this is a legitimate and quite literal translation of the meaning of Arabic. Would you risk kufr to deny the possibility of a literal meaning of a Hadith? The impression that the name of the Mahdi is identical to the Prophet’s, saws, name lies in that his name treads equally with his name, some have interpreted this as meaning “equal” but of course this is not what it necessarily literally means. It is but one possibility.

What does all of this mean, would you remotely dream of saying that you can interpret this to a meaning that you would actually swear to it? No, not if you were wise.

You mention the clear sign of the sinking, well lets look at this matter. How many witnesses are there to the sinking? Is there one Bedouin ‘Araab shepherd? Some narrations that say two survivors of the army itself, one of whom goes to Sham (Syria) to report back to The Sufyani, while another one goes to Makkah and gives The Mahdi good tidings. However some narrations say it is but the one Bedouin shepherd who saw the Army camped, and then he latter returned and saw no signs of them except the top of a tree sticking out of the sand. From this he deduces that what he just witnessed was the army swallowed up, and then he goes to Makkah to tell The Mahdi. Contemplate this for a moment; the man didn’t see the sinking, this legally makes him a dubious witness, you have testimonies of one or two anonymous and by all accounts uneducated soldiers, who were paid to be in vile and detestable army of The Sufyani. Choose them, or choose some anonymous hick of a shepherd who comes to you with stories of an entire army being swallowed up in the sand. Now, pretend that you are in Makkah at that time, and you must make a choice of going to test your life on the testimony of an unknown redneck of an ‘Araab sheep herder, and that if you do many people will go and get killed for this sign?

Do you yet perceive the magnitude of the problem here? What sign is this even? Utterly unreliable witnesses reporting weird things, in response to which the man who will be the Mahdi has to make life or death choices.

In understanding Prophesies people are expecting truly weird and spectacular things without the imagination to put themselves in the picture, all the while actually not expecting what they should be expecting. The narrations of the the sinking is only but one of the many things that alerted us to this problem. Any event must be judged by the quality of the witnesses and reporters to determine the quality of the event. This event was witnessed by the very lowest grade of witness. In the sharia you couldn’t even execute a chicken on the basis of such witnesses, much less than make Khuruj and go to war against the Entire World, and do not be deceived in this – this is what all of this affair amounts to, a band of 313 men, plus one Amie, who are going to war against the entire planet, which includes most of the Ummah itself who have been blinded by the Dajjal’s lies.

And this gives us another clear sign to look at, the 313. Allah truly knows best about this number, where did it come from? Some of these narrations concerning it only rise to the level of the companions. We do not dismiss them, unlike deluded and whacked out Kharijites who risk denying the worlds of the Prophet, SAWS, but it is a problem when the narrations require much more research. Is this an exact number? The Mahdi’s army may end up eventually with thousands in it. What if this body is 200, or 500, then what are you going to do when you witness them? Deny them because there is not an exact numerical amount of 313? Maybe some are taking baths or in the privy when you come across them, or asleep. Maybe some are en route but considered among this number. Is the number supposed to be exact or is it just an estimate? Is there, perhaps, an important meaning to the number that is part of the transmitted narrations that you are not understanding? If you encounter 100 men en route searching for The Mahdi, or 400, then what do you do? Is the exact number itself critical to the point that you would deny a group or man because you don’t see exactly 313 mustered up, what if some later join up, or others joined earlier but are now gone. At what exact point are they 313? They start off at 7, then 12, then 300 or so, perhaps they end up as 317, or 5000, or 50,000. Any group whatsoever that will have any success will eventually pass the point of having at least 313 followers.

Let’s examine a clear sign; you may say that The Mahdi will conquer the whole middle east. Well will he be in one spot, at one time? If not then who are other spots, ordinary men like what you see all around you in the Middle East today. Now of these men who you see here and there, running things around you, would you trust any of them with your goat? Would you trust us with your goat? Well our own fathers wouldn’t, and we are not too certain that we would trust you with out goats either.

Would you like to consider the clear sign of a voice from the sky? Assembled before you all of the hadith, there are perhaps seventy thereabouts, read all 70 or so narrations transmissions and variants. Perhaps you will notice that the “voice” described may not be something that anyone actually even hears. Which implies that the nature of the voice may be different than what you expect. If in some narrations the voice is heard, somehow the manage to not understand it, and somehow many people are deceived in spite of this “voice”. Do you know what it may be? Could it be some sort of boom in space or the upper atmosphere, or some other sort of atmospheric event? Perhaps it will be a sound that is perfectly scientifically explainable and very normal and not the one most people are looking for, while a small number, of very few people, “get it” And maybe even then, they don’t

Do you really expect a Monty Python like voice from clouds in heaven to be broadcast on that day, with visible angels with bugles?

For every one of these signs, when looked at closely, we have seen there were many realistic and seemingly mundane ways of looking at them, that were not only mundane but perfectly linguistically valid in meaning. And each of these, in reality, are deep miracles if you but understood.

You need to look at all of these expected signs, and if you are able to take the time out to do so analyze them not in light of what you expect and are looking for, but in light of all of the possible quite ordinary meanings.

There has been a major manipulation of our expectations, hopes and dreams. This manipulation is consciously performed, by a knowing and conscious agent, and it manifests at the emotional level of our coveted expectations and desires. At the level of hope and desire it is quite easy to deceive oneself and others. If we are to have any hope of unraveling things we must accept this and attack it, before it destroys us.

Here we conclude, please consider these ideas as you read further.

Series Addendum – Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers?How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – 2:Contrasting Present and Past – 3:The Trap and Background Music – 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

Miracles of the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 4 The Future and You

The Miracle of the Seemingly un-Miraculous

Addendum: Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers? How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[Part 1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – Part 2:Contrasting Present and Past – Part 3:The Trap and Background Music – Part 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

Consider the miracles around you daily. Are you having problems thinking of some?

We are coming to the pivot point of this whole issue. What all of this actually means is that what’s Prophesied, whether in Islamic sources, or the original sources of past Ummahs, were many statements. In understanding any statements that sound dramatic we should probably revisit them, over and over again, and assume that the miraculous and dramatic are probably hidden in the mundane. What this practically means is that when you are reading narrations of Fitan or Malahim, when you are reading Prophesies, you have to revise your sense of the miraculous.

We are not saying these prophesies are lies, no far from it they are Truth, but you the reader may be inadvertently lying upon them by projecting fantasies and expectations into them. In effect our sense of the miraculous is simply deadened. If the Prophet Muhammad, SAAWs, says that ‘Isa, as, is going to kill the Antichrist when he comes, most people are prone to expecting a miraculous Battle Royall, with lightning in the sky and dark swarming clouds. You are not watching 300 or Clash of the Titans, when these matters come to pass they could be just like any street fight on a corner that you or others have witnessed in life. Out the corner of your eyes you see a few people tussling on the ground, there are police sirens because someone called 9/11, some people may be armed with belts or knives, perhaps a gun pulled, someone has a large sharp stick. Some of the people are bearded others are not. You would have no idea what you were witnessing.

There is some attuning that needs to be done. We contend that peoples sensitivity to miracles have become pretty much dead or atrophied. When people expect a miracle they expect a David Copperfield magic trick. In the actual Prophesies, when they speak of something the Prophets do, realize that they may be speaking of something utterly miraculous, but sublime in a way that only a heightened sense of awareness and sensitive mind can detect. The rest of humanity could be staring at such miracles in the face, and simply not be attuned to what is actually miraculous in them. This is because their tastes and perceptions are coarsened and jaundiced. They expect magic, when what they are looking at is divine miracle. They expect Pharaoh’s’ magicians, and are blind to the Red Sea parting or plagues of blood and frogs. They explain away the miraculous because it does not look like a sorcerer’s trickery, and they do not know what to pick out.

Much more about this needs to be said, and if time permits we shall. Many people, even all people – including us through our lives – have been misinformed and deluded about miracles. In our own talks between ourselves, and in communicating with others, we have realized that a delusional sense about the Miraculous, The Future and Prophesies, is widespread. People have a sense that is quite delusional, that Prophesies are reality bending events. They are actually reality fulfilling events.

What we are saying in essence is that the miraculous is in the mundane. If Allah permits we will address this topic in greater detail and depth because it is critical to our analysis.

Miracles really do happen, all of the time, all around us. By this we mean true miracles. We constantly witness them, day in and day out, we do not say to ourselves “Ajeeb! How strange!” No, we typically ignore them. We do not just mean little small and personal miracles, we truly mean cosmic miracles of immense scale. We see them, every day, truly universal miracles. The problem is that we are simply used to them.

When we see a sunrise, every day, does it seem miraculous to you ? If not then perhaps it is because you see it everyday. However if you were born on a planet where due to it’s rotation you have never seen one, and you were somehow brought to this Earth, we have no doubt that you would see one as a miracle. You, who have seen thousands of sunrises, simply are accustomed to them,. You see a true miracle as mundane. This is an error in perspective.

If you have never had fresh water, if the experience of drinking fresh water was beyond your ken for your entire life, you would only see the miracle of drinking fresh non-brackish water, and a plenitude of it, once you finally have it for the first time. If however you are used to this miracle, every day, on tap, you utterly fail to see how special it is. Take any number of the thousands of the things we daily witness going on around us. Because we all are; and this means you reading this, as well as us writing this, a bunch of spoiled brats, we simply don’t see such things. Imagine the manner in which a rich and spoiled brat grows used to the showering of gifts and allowances. Such a brat develops a sense of entitlement and certain expectations. This is the bugbear of expectations we hope to slay. A spoiled child stops appreciating the gifts and miracles daily pouring down its poor benighted little head, so do we every morning of our lives; we have just become spoiled to our miracles.

If you go to a parched and famine stricken country and watch a poor person slowly starving, who has watched his or her family members die like flies, and you offer this person for the first time in ages simple water, then this life saving offering is a miracle to them.

If such a person after watching the parched land of their forefathers wither away and turn to dust, wanders seeking a bit to eat or drink while their population is continually decimated, when they suddenly come across a tiny spring, a rivulet of watter and mud streaming through otherwise dead land, and they dip their hands into the crack and extract life sustaining and saving water, this is an utterly delicious miracle to that person. Only because that person’s sense of reality has been reset.

In a sense our memories have become overloaded, and they need to be reset. If we do not figure out how to do so it is possible that events may force our reset, with great discomfort, misery, and death. If you could only reset your memory, and just stop assuming that because something happened yesterday it will happen again today, and tomorrow, then you will learn to start seeing what are truly miracles. Only then will you begin to see life for what it truly is; a continual burst of miracles.

Consider daily the miracles around you again.

Series Addendum – Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers?How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – 2:Contrasting Present and Past – 3:The Trap and Background Music – 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

No Background Music, The Trap and You – Part 3 The Future and You

Part 3, The Trap Explained, with No Background Music…

Addendum: Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers? How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[Part 1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – Part 2:Contrasting Present and Past – Part 3:The Trap and Background Music – Part 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

We wish peace upon those who seek it.

To continue, realize that in the minds of many, The Future is spectacular, with background music. A musical score of triumphant and symphonic angelic choirs booms while the Mujahideen appear behind The Mahdi and Jesus AS. Ominous grinding music cymbals [our own original verb] when the Dajjal and his minions appear.

We must see this soundtrack movie vision of The Future as delusional, and we must rid ourselves of these visions, or more correctly: televisions [another original definition].

If we are given to imagine the hordes of Gog and Magog, e.g. Yajuj and Majuj, swarming across the land, as ugly fur-clad barbarians with flattened faces, like Trolls or Tolkien’s Orcs, with cacophonous post-modern noise music, then it is urgent that we rid ourselves of this mental nonsense.

The Trap Explained:

Is it such a stretch to state that when The Mahdi and ‘Isa Ibn Mariam emerge AS, most of the Muslim Ummah will not recognize them? If you think this is a stretch then explain how was it that the exact same thing happened to the Bani Isra’el? Obviously whatever was inside their heads, the reality of what they saw did not match these expectations. Once you fully wrap your mind around this conundrum, you will grasp the central point.

The existence of our misleading televisions of the FUTURE suggests a grave manipulation of our expectations. Such manipulation requires willing and active agents. Is it possible that the Ummahs of the past, like the Bani Isra’el, were actively misdirected in how they interpreted their Prophetic texts, or even that their texts were distorted in the most subtle literal way to produce the most profound and imperceptible semantic distortions?

Such subtle literal distortions would have allowed a select few to decipher the original meaning of the texts and to recognize Yahya and ‘Isa, alaihim Salaam, even while the vast majority was deceived.

The disturbing question we put on the table is whether or not the same has been done to us. Are we looking for a completely unreal future, and thus being deceived by the very texts of the prophesies that are supposed to aid us in recognizing That Future?

The reality is that you and I have been set up to fail by our own expectations. We all have been set up to miss the very Future we dream of and expect.

Whatever televisions and images that are now in your heads, no matter how dramatic or amazing, they may utterly blind you to recognizing the reality of the real when it finally arrives.

If the past is any reliable indicator of our present condition, then we are all in for a rather big fall. The real drama is that, essentially, we have been suckers for the largest con job of history. To be clear, consider the distinct probability that we could very well be in the Apocalypse right now. That what we see around us are the actual signs of the End and that, in other words, we may be in the process of “missing” the proverbial boat.

It is possible, in fact, that we actually already have missed this proverbial boat, being The Future in the Prophecies we are reading. It is possible that Jesus has already came, The Mahdi already preceded him, The Dajjal already came with the very reign of the Antichrist all but come and gone. That all of this occurred under our very noses with only a very small group of people recognizing it.

The thing is, you already know this: most people are deceived by the Dajjal and most people, in the end, are condemned by their very expectations.

Is this not what the Prophecies tell us? It is. So then?

While we do not argue that the Mahdi AS and Jesus AS or the Dajjal have already appeared, we do logically entertain the possibility. If this was the case then not only would you find yourself clueless, but you would also find yourself potentially among the lost. We hope that you understand the severity of this, if it still sounds impossible to you, then you clearly don’t “get it” yet.

 Please consider these points now.

Series Addendum – Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers?How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – 2:Contrasting Present and Past – 3:The Trap and Background Music – 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

How The Present Contrasts with the Past – Part 2 The Future and You.

Part Two, Understanding How The Present and Past Contrast

Addendum: Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers? How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[Part 1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – Part 2:Contrasting Present and Past – Part 3:The Trap and Background Music – Part 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – Part 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]

Thank you for joining us again. We left off with the realization that humanity typically entertains very unrealistic expectations of the FUTURE which affects their perceptions of Prophecy. Let’s quickly recap matters and proceed:

To Summarize the Past:

People often have views of The Past, The Future, and Religion itself that at the core are quite cartoonish. However this is often the only way that we can make sense of things. When we retreat into a delusional and unrealistic view of religion, it does not do us much objective good.

As examples, we examined the time of Jesus son of Mary AS, and how the Children of Israel misperceived his reality in spite of being well-steeped in Messianic Prophecies, as well as intense imminent expectations. Our main guiding rule in this whole series is to never underestimate the people of the past: one cartoonish view of The Past is that its people were primitive simpletons. This is not so, the Israelites were just as smart as people today, and many of them could well have been far more intelligent that you or I, or anyone reading this. How is it that they missed the very signs they were looking for when they came to pass?

When the Future arrived for Bani Israel, out of hundreds of thousands of Jews, and perhaps a million people in all Palestine, only a small handful of people recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It is likely that not even 1% of Bani Israel recognized the very Messiah they were waiting for. We saw that the only possible reason for their mis-perception lay in delusion; delusional expectations of how the FUTURE would look when it arrived, and more specifically, delusions regarding the expected nature, appearance, and behavior of the Messiah and other Prophesied figures such as John The Baptist AS.

Yahya, John the Baptist, daily called out: “here he is” – all the while when the actual Messiah walked down the street, the general people did not recognize him within their very midst. In fact so high was the expectation that many of the Israelites fell for false Messiahs, the history of the 200 years before and after Jesus AS is full of Messianic movements and figures. So clearly these expectations were rife.

Lest we overly focus on the time of Jesus, let’s look at the Israelites in Moses’ day. The Children of Israel witnessed countless miracles but still worshiped the calf? Ponder for a moment this, after literally witnessing miracles “of Biblical proportions” you have an entire Ummah melting their jewelry and molding a Golden calf, worshiping it while engaging in the most vulgar orgies, while Haroun, AS, Moses’ brother stood by helpless. Do you ever ask yourself: “How could they reason so badly?” If not, then perhaps you should be asking yourself this question. Think to yourself, if you saw a plague of frogs, the entire Nile river running red with blood, locusts, entire armies being swallowed by the sea after you passed through unscathed, with other signs and portents, would you be so stupid as to disobey the God of your Prophet and leader and worship a molded Golden calf?

we reiterate all of this in order to shed light on the reality of our current situation by direct contrast and comparison with ancient prophetic catastrophes. In theirs and our case, we have theatrical and yet delusional expectations. By this, we illustrate in dramatic terms how people can in effect and practice disbelieve the fulfillment of prophecies whose very words they thoroughly memorize and believe in and whose fulfillment they expected.

Today’s Situation Contrasted:

Let us examine situation today. If the Bani Israel in Jesus’ day were largely melodramatic in their expectations to the point of literally missing him when he arrived and left, how can we be certain that we are not similarly misled?

Do not be so unwise as to dismiss this caution just yet, because our situation is not so dissimilar to that of the Israelites, or that of other nations and Umam. Then, as now, hundreds of thousands or even millions of people were actively expecting and looking for Prophesied figures of Jesus and John the Baptist AS, yet they failed to recognize them.

Today, the Muslim Ummah expects the Mahdi and then the Messiah AS. Moreover we expect many other apocalyptic changes and figures that were prophesied to occur in The Future, such as The Qahtani, The Khorasani, the evil Sufyani – السفياني -, and the accursed Antichrist; al-Masih al-Dajjal – المسيح الدجّال . Such expectations are not only molded by how we read the Qur’an, Hadith, and other Prophetic literature, but also in how trusted scholars through the ages have interpreted and explained these to us. Naturally all of us have our own various personal ideas of how such things will come to pass.

Our expectations do not develop in our minds in pristine isolation. Our religious sources alone do not mold our Future expectations. When you honestly reflect on where we get our ideas about The Future, you will see a more nuanced picture indeed. We all are exposed to a multitude of external sources, all acting as dominant influences in our lives. Such sources mold our culture, language and beliefs, and coalesce to shape our expectations in many ways. They act as powerful, yet dimly recognized influences, and much of what we are prone to believe as original ideas are actually prompted, provoked, and nudged both by impersonal factors, such as the very logic of the language and cultural system we are exposed to, as well as highly personal influences, human and non-human action with volition and motives. We also often act as “echo chambers” to each other, repeating beliefs, axioms, and assumptions to each other, each of us semi-consciously reinforcing each other’s beliefs and disbeliefs.

In every culture lie hidden or unrecognized, yet authoritative, vectors of social and mental influence. They operate at the periphery of our conscious perception and often inform thoughts and feelings we believe to be wholly our own. Collectively they contribute to a shared pool of dominant assumptions that they we rarely question. A skeptical reader may want to deny this, it is an understandable self-preserving reaction which has intractably confounding consequences. There is great personal power in learning to understand the processes of such influences. This process lies in the purpose of our site, we find that we all live in a veritable Cipherverse, and we aim to decode it bit by bit. These processes are only a small part of the science of Memetics.

What we are influenced with, from authoritative or barely perceptible sources, people tend to take for granted. However profoundly they act upon us, we all tend to barely notice them on the sidelines. In today’s Muslim Ummah many social influences are not from Prophetic texts. But they may impact how we internally understand and interpret Prophetic texts.

There has always been, in every civilization, a sort of entertainment media, what we see in the modern world has direct parallels with the past, from storytellers (al-qussas) in the coffeehouse or Suq, or among the Greeks: the theater and drama, the poets and orators. Even our Paleolithic soul-mates had their social engineering in the form of cave paintings of figures drawn on the wall, mad even more impressive by the dance of flickering mammoth fat lamps. This is all directly analogous to our modern communications and entertainment media.

Look at this ecosystem of ideas as a vast echo-chamber, in which we are all groomed from childhood to engage in a type of magical thinking when it comes to our expectations from Prophecy and The Future. Therefore to better understand the Prophecies as they were intended to be understood by the Prophets of Allah, SAAS, we must kill the thought patterns resulting from such magical thinking as we find them in our heads. We must regard these images of The Future as mental idols; false realities concealing the simple reality that when The Future does arrives, there is no reason why it should not be as mundane and real as the world itself.

Think this over.

Series Addendum – Can Jesus, the Mahdi and the dajjal surpass or even match The Avengers?How our ideas of Prophecy and the Future are Manipulated.
[1: Past Ummahs and Our Delusions – 2:Contrasting Present and Past – 3:The Trap and Background Music – 4:Miracles in the Seemingly un-Miraculous – 5:Conclusion, Crux and Solution]