In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
The most important day for Christians has come upon us: Easter. It is on this day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (pbuh) from the dead. Christians the world over will be exclaiming “He is risen!” in utter joy. Although I will not be among those who are celebrating Easter, my thoughts will still dwell upon Christ on this Easter Sunday.
In fact, my thoughts dwell upon Jesus Christ (pbuh) often, almost every day. He is the brother of my beloved, Muhammad (pbuh), and the mighty Messiah sent by God to the children of Israel. He is the pure one, born without a father, who did great works in the name and by the permission of God. In addition, I work in a Catholic hospital, and images of Jesus are, naturally, everywhere. It makes me think of him and ask God to send down upon him His blessings and mercy.
And on this Easter day, I declare that Jesus (pbuh) is coming. Christ the son of Mary (pbuh) is coming, and he is coming soon.
How do I know that Jesus (pbuh) is coming? My beloved told me so. In the collection of Bukhari, Abu Hurairah (r) is reported to have said: “The Prophet said, ‘Time will pass rapidly, knowledge will decrease, miserliness will become widespread in peoples hearts, afflictions will appear, and there will be much Harj. The people asked, O Messenger of Allah, what is Harj? He said, Killing, killing!'” The Prophet (pbuh) was referring to the signs of that Last Day. In another hadith in Bukhari, the Prophet (pbuh) said much of the same: “Near the establishment of the Hour there will be days during which Religious ignorance will spread, knowledge will be taken away (vanish) and there will be much Al-Harj, and Al-Harj means killing.”
My beloved also told me, as reported in both Bukhari and Muslim, “‘By Him in Whose hand is my soul, surely the son of Mary will come down among you as a just ruler. He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the Jizyah. Wealth will be in such abundance that no-one will care about it, and a single prostration in prayer will be better than the world and all that is in it.”
Thus, Jesus (pubh) is coming; he is coming very soon, in fact.Yet, how can I say such a thing? Because of the madness that is occurring around us today. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told us that killing will increase dramatically. In fact, in a hadith in Muslim, the Prophet (pbuh) said: “By He in Whose hand is my soul! The world shall not pass [away] before there comes upon people a day in which the murderer will not know why he has murdered, nor will the murdered one know why he has been killed.”
Are we not at this point in time? Is it not true that there is killing everywhere among us? Do these “holy warriors” who maim and murder innocent people on airplanes and at pizza parlors, cafes, hotel banquet halls, mosques, open air markets, and buses know why they are killing? Did the victims of these satanic “holy warriors” know why they are being killed? Did the innocent Iraqi civilians who were killed during the Iraq invasion know why they were killed? Did the victims on 9/11 know why they were viciously murdered? Did the satanic 9/11 murderers – who were exclaiming “God is the Greatest” as they slammed United 93 into the ground – know why they were killing?
Did Starkesia Reed and Siretha White, two young girls killed in March by stray bullets in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, know why they were killed? Did the people who shot those bullets know why they killed them? Did Dexter Smith, a 27-year-old barber who was killed while cutting someone’s hair on Chicago’s South Side, know why he was killed? Did his murderer really know why he killed him? Is there not killing all around us today?
Absolutely. That’s why I know Jesus (pbuh) is coming. And when I see him, I will at once feel joy and dread. I will feel joy at seeing my beloved Christ, the brother of my beloved, the son of my beloved Mary (pbuh), the Messiah, the Word of God communicated unto Mary, the spirit emanating from God. I will feel joy at being able to see a Prophet of God, rather than imagine what a Prophet would be like. How often, really, can one say the he saw the Christ of God?
Yet, I will also dread his coming. It means the end is very near, and I do not want to be on earth at that time. There will be much tribulation, much difficulty, much trial. I shudder at being alive when the Anti-Christ will come, tempting people to believe that he is God Almighty. It will be a scary time, and I will be afraid to end up on the “wrong team.”
But, I should not get carried away in my worry. If I see my beloved Christ, I pray that the Lord God blesses me to be on his side, on his team, with the believers. I pray that the Lord God allows me to see the Anti-Christ, the Dajjal in Arabic, as the liar he truly is (dajjal is “liar” in Arabic).
So, no, on this day, I won’t be rejoicing that Christ has risen from the dead; I do not believe he has died. Nevertheless, my thoughts will dwell on him, my beloved Christ, because he is coming. Christ (pbuh) is coming very soon. I pray I will be ready.