Do The Muslim and Jewish-Christian Savior Concepts Parallel One Another?
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I have heard people talk about the Twelfth Imam. I have listened to only a few of Glen Beck’s radio programs and he has mentioned the Twelfth Imam and the Muslims’ believe that he is to return in the last days.
Many have looked at this to be in parallel to The Bible’s account of the last days. And they seem astonished on how this could be. I have looked this up in Wikipedia and and it describes how Muhammed al-Mahdi
is to be believed by many Muslims to be the Twelfth Imam.
So apparently Glenn Beck is not making this stuff up.
Who Is Believed By Some The Twelfth Imam?
Apparently, as Wikipedia describes it, the Shi’a Muslims believe that Muhammad al-Mahdi, who apparently was the son of the eleventh Imam, to be the Twelfth Imam. Al-Mahdi, who was born in 869 as Abu’l Qasim Hujjat ibn Hasan ibn ‘Alī.
During the funeral of his father, the eleventh Imam, al-Mahdi dismissed his uncle and said, “Move aside, uncle; only an Imam can lead the funeral prayer of an Imam”. Thus, this lead many to the belief that he was the twelfth Imam.
Soon after the funeral, he disappeared and is claimed to be into occultation (hidden by Allah.)
Why Is The Twelve Imam So Important?
Apparently the Sahih Bukhari which is one of the six canonical hadith collections of Sunni Islam books states
“Islam will continue to be strong to twelve Muslim rulers.”
And some where in another hadith, it quotes that Muhammad as saying,
Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before the Day of Judgment, Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person out of Ahl al-Bayt who will be called by my name and my father’s name. He will then fill the Earth with peace and justice as it will have been filled with injustice and tyranny before then
This is all according to Wikipedia.
So What Does This Mean
Well, from what I can gather, the Muslims look forward to the day that he will return and bring absolute justice to the earth. There are other quotes that this will all come in a time of war and turmoil, and he will return to lead the battle. They also believe that Jesus Christ will come soon after.
You see as one studies the Bible, in Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Revelations, one see how in there will be a big battle in the very last days before The Savior comes. And The Savior will bring justice and salvation for all. This is in agreement with what the Muslims belief.
Where Did This Parallelism Come From?
I am not an expert on this, but from what I understand, the Islamic religion was started by Mohammed. Mohammed is said to have had visions and was visited by the angel Gabriel. Mohammed started preaching this around the year 610 AD. He started following a chief god of Western Arabia called Allah.
Apparently.most of what Mohammed said were turned into their scriptures, as well as other religious leaders after him.
Mohammed had The Bible and understood it to a degree and a lot of his teaching paralleled The Bible. He know Jesus Christ would return. And that his return would be during the time of major wars and chaos through out the world. He had the same information we have today.
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