June 22, 2024
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"Malhamat al-Uzma" is an Arabic term that translates to "the Great Battle" or "the Great War." In Hadith literature, particularly in Islamic eschatology

Malhamat al-Uzma” is an Arabic term that translates to “the Great Battle” or “the Great War.” In Hadith literature, particularly in Islamic eschatology (the study of the end times), Malhamat al-Uzma refers to a significant battle that is prophesied to take place near the end of times.

While the term “Malhamat al-Uzma” itself may not be explicitly mentioned in the Hadith literature, various Hadiths (sayings and traditions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him)) describe a major conflict or battle that will occur before the Day of Judgment. This battle is often associated with the arrival of the Mahdi, a messianic figure in Islamic eschatology, and the descent of Jesus Christ (Isa ibn Maryam) to Earth.

The details surrounding Malhamat al-Uzma vary across different Islamic traditions and sources. Some Hadiths describe it as a cosmic struggle between the forces of good and evil, while others depict it as a specific military confrontation between believers and disbelievers.

Nafi’ b. Utba (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: You will attack Arabia and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you will attack Persia and He will make you conquer it. Then you would attack Rome and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you would attack the Dajjal and Allah will enable you to conquer him. Nafi’ said: Jabir, we concluded that the Dajjal would appear after Rome would be conquered.

[Sahih Muslim:H# 2900]

Overall, Malhamat al-Uzma is a concept within Islamic eschatology that underscores the significance of the end times and the ultimate triumph of righteousness over evil. It serves as a reminder for believers to remain steadfast in their faith and to prepare for the events leading up to the Day of Judgment.

Million Men Army

Why the said war is titled “The Great War? The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him answered.

Narrated Auf bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I went to the Prophet (ﷺ) during the Ghazwa of Tabuk while he was sitting in a leather tent. He said, “Count six signs that indicate the approach of the Hour: my death, the conquest of Jerusalem, a plague that will afflict you (and kill you in great numbers) as the plague that afflicts sheep, the increase of wealth to such an extent that even if one is given one hundred Dinars, he will not be satisfied; then an affliction which no Arab house will escape, and then a truce between you and Bani Al-Asfar (the Romans) who will betray you and attack you under eighty flags. Under each flag will be twelve thousand soldiers.

[Sahih al-Bukhari: H# 3176]

Middle East: The Lands of Great War

In some interpretations of Islamic eschatology, particularly within certain Muslim communities, there is a belief that the Great War (Malhamat al-Uzma) will occur in the Middle East. This belief is based on various Hadiths and prophetic traditions attributed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that mention specific locations and events associated with the end times.

According to these interpretations, the Middle East, and particularly the region known as Bilad al-Sham (which includes present-day Syria, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon), is said to be the setting for significant events leading up to the Day of Judgment. These events may include the emergence of the Dajjal (the false messiah), the descent of Jesus Christ (Isa ibn Maryam), the battle against Gog and Magog (Ya’juj and Ma’juj), and other eschatological events.

Ultimately, beliefs about the location and nature of the Great War in Islamic eschatology are matters of faith and interpretation, and they may differ among individuals and communities within the Muslim ummah.

Damascus: The Headquarters

Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:

The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counteract them). When they arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans would say: Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from amongst us. Let us fight with them; and the Muslims would say: Nay, by Allah, we would never get aside from you and our brethren that you may fight them. They will then fight and a third (part) of the army will run away, whom Allah will never forgive. A third (part of the army) which would be constituted of excellent martyrs in Allah’s eye, would be killed and the third who would never be put to trial would win and they would be conquerors of Constantinople.
[Sahih Muslim: H#2897]

Makhul (May Allah have mercy on him) reported the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying:

“The place of the assembly of Muslims at the time of war will be in a land called al-Ghutah (Damascus).”

[Sunan Abi Dawud: H# 4640]

On the authority of a Companion the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, he said: ‘Indeed, Sham (Greater Syria) will be captured by you, and it contains a place called al-Ghutah, meaning Damascus, among the best of the Muslims’ dwellings in battles.'”

[Musnad Ahmad: H#22323]

Al-Ghutah is an oasis in Damascus, that supplies fresh water to the people of Damascus.

Armageddon and Malhamat al-Uzma

Armageddon is a term with roots in Christian eschatology, referring to a prophesied final battle or cataclysmic event described in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament of the Bible. The term is derived from the Greek word “Ἁρμαγεδών” (Harmagedōn), which is mentioned only once in the Bible, specifically in Revelation 16:16.

In the Book of Revelation, Armageddon is depicted as the site of a great and final conflict between the forces of good, represented by Jesus Christ and his followers, and the forces of evil, represented by Satan and his followers. The outcome of this battle is described as the ultimate triumph of righteousness and the establishment of God’s kingdom on Earth.

Over time, the concept of Armageddon has been popularized and interpreted in various ways by different religious traditions and cultural contexts. It has become synonymous with any catastrophic or apocalyptic event that signals the end of the world or a significant transformation in human history.

In popular culture, the term “Armageddon” is often used to describe scenarios involving global disasters, wars, or existential threats to humanity, whether real or fictional. It has been the subject of countless books, movies, and other forms of media, reflecting humanity’s fascination with the idea of a final reckoning or decisive moment in history.

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