The return of Isa ( peace be upon him ) is an event all three Abrahamic faiths are waiting for.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) met Isa ( peace be upon him ) during his Night Journey when he was brought to Jerusalem and to the Heavens afterwards.
In order for us to recognize him and the Dajjal ( Anti Christ ), Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) described him in the following way :
“Ibn Nomayr has narrated to us from Hanzalah from Salim, that the said, “I heard Ibn Umar saying that the prophet said, “I saw near the Ka’bah (House of God), a person who was whitish-red and lank- haired, resting his hands upon two men, as water dripped from his head. I asked, “Who is this?” The people replied, “He is I`sa , Ibn Maryam ,” or they may have replied, “He is Masih, Ibn Maryam .” I also saw behind him, a man of red complexion, curly hair and blind in the right eye. The person with the most resemblance to him that I have seen, is Ibn-Qutn. So I asked, “Who is this?” The people replied, “He is Masih Ad-Dajjal.
( Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim and Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal )
Isa ( peace be upon him ) did not actually die, but he was brought to the heavens , marking the end of his existence on earth , and he will be brought back in order to continue his mission and experience death.
His return will discredit the claims made regarding his crucifixion and will beautifully bring the believing Christians and the Muslims together in a strong brotherhood. All the people will be called to the oneness of Allah.
The return of Isa ( peace be upon him ) is one of the many signs of the Judgement Day. He will be brought down in the East of Damascus , coming down near a white minaret with each hand on a wing of an angel. His head will be bowed down to Allah and from it will fall beads of sweat. He will descend upon Palestine heading for Beit Al-Maqdis for the prayer of Fajr or Asr.
The imam will recognize his presence and will ask him to lead the prayer. Isa ( peace be upon him ) will decline, implying that he has not returned with a new message, but rather as a follower of the message of Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) , since all prophets came with the message of Islam. This simultaneously shows how respectful and humble our dear prophet is .
After the prayer, Isa ( peace be upon him )opens the door of Beit Al-Maqdis and that is when they see Dajjal with his 70,000 soldiers. Just by seeing the face of our prophet, through the infinite Power of Allah , he will melt completely.
It is described in one narration that Isa ( peace be upon him ) will live on earth for 7 years, in total having a life of 40 years (his ascension at the age of 33 plus the seven upon his return).
He will die at the age of 40 and according to scholars he will be buried in Medina next to Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ).
During these 7 years Isa ( peace be upon him ) will experience on earth, Islamic rules and regulations will be followed by everyone and Islam will have been established as the true religion of God. Everyone will live in peace and Imaan ( faith ) will find its place in the hearts of the people.
However, during these years, Allah will reveal to our prophet that two entities called Gog and Magog will attack mankind.
They dominate the world and as if it wasn’t enough, they will wish to dominate the skies also.Their mischief and oppression was limitless and Allah ordered Isa ( peace b upon him )and his followers to seek refuge in the mountain of Al-Tur.
Once they arrived there, they start making dua (supplication) so that Allah destroys them.Due to their horrible acts, Allah will bring them a death to fit their behavior. The oppressors will finally be stopped forever, in the most innocuous manner in order to illustrate how insignificant they are compared to the Infinite power of Allah. They will die of a disease caused by worms that will attack from inside their throats .
By the Mercy of Allah, the earth will be afterwards cleaned and purified. The earth will bring forth all its blessings and offer them to its inhabitants. All evil will have been eliminated and the believers will live in peace.
After performing Hajj( pilgrimage ) and travelling to Madina , Isa ( peace be upon him ) will die and will be buried next to our beloved Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ).
The good people on earth will all die by a breeze leaving the evil ones who will hear the final trumpet meant to mark the end of the world and the beginning of the Judgment day.
Trying times are coming for all of us. However, the coming of Isa ( peace be upon him ) will be a blessing for the believers bringing hope and comfort into their hearts.Allah’s supreme plan for mankind and his messenger’s role on earth will be fulfilled. Isa ( peace be upon him) role is undoubtedly crucial in the history of the world.
Given his importance in all the faiths he impacted,it is critical for all of us to truly understand his pivotal role in shaping the history of mankind and more precisely the status assigned to him in our own faith.
He was mentioned 25 times in the Quran, was the last messenger and prophet before Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) ,as well as the last messenger of the children of Israel.
He was miraculously born , was sent to the children of Israel to strengthen what they already had, brought a new revelation, led a life of righteousness , dedicated his life completely to Allah , was taken back to His Creator and he will be brought back in order to finish his mission.
May Allah strengthen the hearts of the believers and have mercy on them during those desperate times. May He hold our hearts steadfast to the religion of truth and not allow them to digress (stray) from it. He alone we ask, He alone we seek for our strength, and He alone we ask to accept our doings. Allahumma Amin.
Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned.
“Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us; our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maula and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
(Holy Quran , Baqara: 286)
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