By Nathan Jones
The following is what Islam teaches concerning the end times, primarily understood from the Hadith, which has incorporated elements of the Torah, New Testament, and Zoroastrianism. Not all Muslims believe in every, or even some, of these eschatological elements, just as in Christianity there are widely divergent views concerning the last days. But, whether these elements are believed or not, this is basically what the Hadith teaches.
Bear in mind there are elements in Islam that were taken from other religions, so we are going to recognize some things that are familiar from the Bible. Don’t forget, though, Islam is a made-up religion. Satan doesn’t know how the end times are going to turn out except from what he reads in the Bible. So, as we go through Islam’s end time views, please don’t be concerned that any of what you are about to read is going to happen.
The Mahdi versus the Dajjal
Islam generally believes in a savior called the Mahdi. He’ll arrive during a time called “The Hour.”
There will be a number of very interesting signs that follow his coming. Women will outnumber men 50 to 1. Men will eat with their tongues like cows. Time will contract. Wild beasts will speak. And, the Euphrates River will uncover a mountain of gold. When that happens, the Mahdi will come.
They also have an Antichrist called the Dajjal. Of course, since Islam hates the Jewish people, he’s supposedly going to be a Jew. The Dajjal is prophesied to be born in Iran. He has one eye and the word “Infidel” actually tattooed on his forehead. He will lead a Jewish army.
In response to the Dajjal, the Mahdi shows up. Some Islamic sects call the Mahdi the Twelfth Imam, who was a kid that supposedly fell down a well centuries ago, yet he comes back. The Twelfth Imam directly descends from Mohammad.
Jesus also plays a part in Islamic eschatology, and is sometimes confused with the Mahdi. The Mahdi will lead Muslims, along with Jesus, against the Dajjal. Islam teaches that Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives, which they clipped from the Bible, and he will defeat the Dajjal near Tel Aviv. He also defeats the Gog-Magog invaders. Jesus then converts the world to Islam, breaks all the crosses, kills all the pigs, and he marries, has children, and then he dies.
The world during these battles will endure many natural disasters and dangerous beasts will appear. Smoke will engulf the world. There will be landslides. The sun will begin rising from the west. Fire will round up all the people in Syria.
Resurrections occur in Islamic eschatology. There are three to be exact: The Trumpet of Terror, The Trumpet of Swoon, and The Trumpet of the Resurrection.
The Day of Reckoning
That brings people up to the Day of Reckoning. For a Muslim, the Day of Reckoning is like Purgatory. Even if a Muslim is the most devout teacher of Islam, no matter what kind of Muslim you are, you know you are going to end up suffering for at least a little while. A Muslim must suffer as it’s a works-based religion.
Allah then judges each person based on their works. Each person was assigned two angels, and your deeds, they were recorded and placed on scales. If you are found worthy, you cross a bridge. Those who are unfaithful will fall off the bridge into Hell, though there are still some chances to be saved after that and so later be rescued from Hell.
Islam has a Heaven called Paradise. Sura 4:56-57 explains:
“But those who believe and do righteous deeds, we will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide forever. For them therein are purified spouses, and we will admit them to deepening shade. But those who believe and do righteous deeds, we will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide forever. For them therein are purified spouses, and we will admit them to deepening shade.”
Those who are slain in life for the advancement of Allah are promised 72 voluptuous virgins. Seven levels exist in their Paradise. Unlike Christianity, though, it’s not a heaven of spiritual delight and communion with God. Allah is off in the distance. You don’t get to talk to him. Paradise is all physical, all sensual; really it’s all sexual. Why would any woman be interested in becoming a continual concubine throughout their eternal stay? They say it’s because they gain eternal youth.
For those who go to Hell, Sura 4:56-57 says:
“Indeed, those who disbelieve in our verses [the infidels], we will drive them into a fire. And every time their skins are roasted through we will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever exalted in might and wise.”
Hell in Islam also has seven levels. Did you know there is a level of Hell reserved just for Christians? We’ve got our own level of Hell! And, of course, there’s also a level of Hell reserved for the Jews.
In keeping with Mohammad’s disdain for women, there’s a level of Hell primarily reserved for ladies. Not many women are going to make it into Paradise, unless you are one of the virgins. Although, at a 72:1 ratio, I’m not sure how that works. Unfortunate for the Muslim female, Hell is primarily for women.