Isis and Armageddon-Dabiq

Dabiq is the name of Isis-Islamic State’s new glossy recruiting magazine because this village is the place where according to a Muslim Hadith the Muslim and Christian armies will “in the end of days”, face each other; and the Crusaders will be destroyed.

Dabiq is a small town in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey with only a few thousand inhabitants.

Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam has a powerful eschatological strain. It anticipates the end to the world as we know it; a final historical confrontation between good and evil; after which human life will be transformed.

And according to one Hadith, the place where this apocalypse will happen is Dabiq. This is a parallel to the Jewish/Christian location of Armageddon-Har Megiddo in the southern part of Israel’s Galilee.

Of course, Isis is selective in its use of hadith. For instance, other Ahadith have it that Jesus, will return to a place east of Damascus and will join forces with the Islamic messiah, the Mahdi, in a battle against the false messiah, the one eyed Dajjal- Armilos for Jews.

After the death of both the Dajjal and the Mahdi, the Muslim Jesus will rule the Earth. This hadith is less useful to Isis, though its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, looks to some observers to be trying to style himself as the Mahdi.

Secularists believe that these visions of the future are absurd, although many secularists themselves fervently believe that run away genetic modification of food and/or climate change; is going to doom all of human civilization in the next generation.

The basic difference between pessimistic, humanist secularists and religious optimists is that those who believe in the God of Abraham also believe that God’s inspiration guarantees that the spiritual forces of good will overcome all the world’s evils at the end of days; and justice, peace and religious pluralism will prevail. Or as Prophet Micah envisions it: (4:1-5)

In the end of days the mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established as the highest mountain; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.

Many (nor all) nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob. who will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’

Torah will go out from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. God will judge between many (not all) peoples and will settle disputes among powerful nations far and wide.

They will beat their swords into ploughs, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig-tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.

All the nations will walk in the name of their gods, and we (Jews) will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

About the Author
Rabbi Allen S. Maller has published over 450 articles on Jewish values in over a dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. Rabbi Maller is the author of "Tikunay Nefashot," a spiritually meaningful High Holy Day Machzor, two books of children's short stories, and a popular account of Jewish Mysticism entitled, "God, Sex and Kabbalah." His most recent books are "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms' and "Which Religion Is Right For You?: A 21st Century Kuzari" both available on Amazon.
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