The Emergence of False Prophets

Those who are unwilling to prepare the coming of this worthy Messenger may be hoping to encourage believers towards slackness by seeking to portray such preparations as unnecessary. One of their ruses will involve the appearance of false messiahs. From time to time, those who were not of sound mind or who had various personal agendas have claimed to be Prophet Jesus (pbuh). Some groups have sought to use such people's ignorance for their own ends, such as by saying, in effect, "Declarations that Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will come have led to the emergence of false messiahs." Such statements are designed to slow down or even end these necessary preparations. However, God will allow nobody to delay this sacred time, which He has promised. In fact, the appearance of false messiahs is a portent, the glad tidings, of the coming of Prophet Jesus (pbuh).

 

The appearance of 60 liars, each of whom claims that God, the One God, has sent them as a prophet.
(Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi 'Alamat
al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 36)

 

 

The Hour will not be established until about thirty Dajjals [liars] appear, and each one of them will claim that he is God's Apostle� (Sahih Bukhari)

 

The above hadiths remind us of developments in our own day. By taking advantage of the hopes of Muslims and Christians, various deceivers have claimed prophethood and, at times, have caused great suffering.

Experts have noted that the number of so-called messiahs began to proliferate in the 1970s and continue to rise. According to these experts, there are two basic reasons for this increase: the collapse of communism and the possibilities afforded by Internet technology.43


Hadiths reveal that before Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) sojourn, false prophets will appear. During the last 30-40 years, many such people appeared: David Koresh (above at the cover of Time) was killed along 80 of his followers in 1993.
(The two photographs above - Time, May 3, 1993)

At the end of the 1970s, Jim Jones, founder of The People's Temple, a sect remembered as leading the greatest number of people to mass suicide, is one of these examples. (Below left) Jim Jones, who poisoned himself and his 900 followers, including children, is one of the foremost examples.

(Above left) Fake Prophet (Takvim, April 6, 2002)

The following excerpts will give us a better understanding of this phenomenon:

The tension that lasted for 51 days between the federal agents and the members of the sect ended in a tragedy. The fiery demise of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, that claimed the lives of David Koresh and at least 74 of his followers.44

... Last week at two sites in Switzerland and one in Canada, where 53 of Jouret's followers and their children died. Police in two countries are trying to find out whether the deaths were mass suicide, mass murder, or some bizarre combination of the two.45

Grim evidence of the worst cult slaughter. Up to 1,000 followers feared dead as more graves found in Uganda. 46

It was an event that sent shock waves worldwide - the worst mass suicide in modern history. More than 900 people, members of a cult, were found clustered together in a South American forest. The dead were followers of Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples' Temple in San Francisco.47

The Qur'an also points to the advent of false prophets, as follows:

Who could do greater wrong than someone who invents lies against God or denies His Signs, or who says: "It has been revealed to me," when nothing has been revealed to him, or someone who says: "I will send down the same as God has sent down?" If you could only see the wrongdoers in the throes of death when the angels are stretching out their hands, saying: "Disgorge your own selves! Today you will be repaid with the punishment of humiliation for saying something other than the truth about God, and [for] being arrogant about His Signs." (Surat al-An`am, 6:93)

These people, who may have committed the sin described in the verse, will surely receive their recompense for their lies.

The days when the lies of all false prophets will be eradicated are close, for our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) announced that, after the liars have gone, Prophet Jesus (pbuh) would return.

True believers will recognize Prophet Jesus (pbuh) from the portents. Each of his deeds will be wise and inimitable, and these portents will set him apart from other people and make him immediately recognizable. No proof will be needed. The efforts of all false messiahs to prove themselves is the clearest indication of their falsity.

Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) actions will prove his identity. He will defeat all atheistic movements and other systems that attempt to spread the denial of God and immorality, use God's revelation to defeat with great ease the snares of the deniers, spread the religion's moral values among people, and negate the efforts of the ungodly. His miracles will prove that God's religion is the true way and that believers will inevitably prevail. In the Qur'an, our Lord gives these glad tidings to believers:

They desire to extinguish God's Light with their mouths, but God will perfect His Light, though the disbelievers hate it. It is He Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other religion, though the associators hate it. (Surat as-Saff, 61:8-9)

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43. "The lure of the cult," Time, April 7, 1997.
44. "The Year in Review - 1993: Chronology," Britannica CD 2000.
45. "In the Reign of Fire," Time, October 17, 1994.
46. "Grim evidence of worst cult slaughter," The Guardian, March 29, 2000.
47. CNN, "The 20th Century: Jonestown, 1978." Online at: http://cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/century/episodes/08/timelines/headlines/infoboxes/jonestown.html.


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