Muslim End Times and The Invisable 12th Prophet
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the most dangerous foreign leader the West has ever faced. His aggressive radicalism coupled with possession of nuclear weapons must be seen and analyzed as more than just ‘potentially’ irrational. His religious beliefs must be clearly and thoroughly understood. His openly stated desires to “wipe Israel off the map” and “pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam” open the possibility that, with the power of nuclear weaponry at hand, he just might forsake the well-being of his own nation. In order to serve a ‘greater purpose’, he may be capable of creating a situation so cataclysmic that it would usher in the 12th Imam, thereby, in his mind, saving the world and restoring Islam.

In Islamic theology, it is believed that the Mahdi will come to help the Messiah (i.e., Jesus, referred to in Islam as `Isa ibn Mariyam) to defeat the Antichrist (literally, al-Masih al-Dajjal means "the Deceiving Messiah"), before establishing a just Islamic social order in preparation for Judgement Day.

In the Twelver school of Shi`ite Islam, the Mahdi is believed to have been an historical figure identified with the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi. It is believed that he is still present on earth "in occultation" (that is, "invisable"), and will emerge again in the end times. Those Shi`ites of this school believe that the Imam Mahdi is the rightful ruler of the whole Islamic community (ummah) at any given time."

 







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