When we make a study about the emergence of the great Leader, we find a strange coincidence between the Islamic view and the view presented by other religions. The Islamic point of view is that the Great Leader will emerge from a village named ‘Karaah’. He will start for Mecca all alone. On reaching the suburbs of Mecca in the afternoon, he will sit under a tree. He will be having a yellow turban on his head and a rod in his hand. Just at that time, angel Gabriel will recognize him and under the orders of God Almighty will request him to stretch out his hand so that he may take the oath of his allegiance. The Great Leader will stretch out his hand and Gabriel will take the oath of allegiance. At this time a white cloud will be protecting him from the sun. By the sunset, he will reach the precincts of Kaaba. The Testament of Burnbas tells the same story in the following words:
“After a long long period, God will show mercy and send Him that messenger, on whose head a white cloud will hang over for shade. A saint of God will recognize him and will introduce him to the rest of the world.”
Testament of Burnbas Chap.72
A long Chain of Traditions tells that he will spend his night in Kaaba. At night when the whole Arabia is enjoying sound sleep, the four great angels Gabriel, Michael, Israfil, and Izrail will present themselves to him with a big army of angels. All the angels will take the oath of allegiance. Then Gabriel will submit respectfully, “Since you have taken over, why do not you make a proclamation to this effect? The Great Leader will say:
“Worth of praise is that Lord of worlds who has fulfilled his promise made to us and has made us the owner of his earth.”
Then he will come near Kaaba and will ride its roof and make a universal proclamation “O my adjutants reach me at once.” At that moment some of them will be busy in saying prayers, some will be asleep and some others will be attending to their worldly affairs. The proclamation will reach the ears of the selected saints (adjutants). They will run, each one saying: “I am at your Service.” The adjutants will include 313 men and 50 women who will reach Kaaba instantaneously. The Traditions tell that God Almighty will pave the way for a great Leader’s rule overnight. Jesus Christ had made a prophecy about this fact:
“Then two shall be sleeping in the bed, the one shall be taken. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; one shall be taken and the other left. Two persons will be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.”
St. Matthew Chapter 24 (40-42)
He further said, “The example of the heavenly kingdom is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened.”
Luke Chapter 13 (21)
It means that everything will be done overnight. As regards the introduction of the Great Leader the Traditions clearly tell that a white cloud will be overshadowing him and angel Gabriel will be in that cloud. Where-ever the Great Leader will go, Gabriel will proclaim out of that cloud:
- This is Mehdi (A.S) The Caliph of God, follow him.
At the start of emergence, there will be three loud proclamations. The first will be for assembling his devoted companions; The other will be for assembling his assistants and helpers whose number will be 10,000; The third will be made by Gabriel to invite all the nations of the world to join the Divine Revolution The Traditions tell this proclamation will be heard in every nook and corner of the world. It will have such an effect that the person who will be sitting will stand up, the standing will sit down and the sleeping will wake up. Everybody will become wonderstruck and harassed. Everyone will take that proclamation as if it were being made in the language one speaks. TheTraditions ordain that when you hear this sound, say at once:
“I am at your service”
and start towards Mecca. You should try to reach there even if you have to crawl over the snow because this last proclamation will be made at the time when a general oath of allegiance will be taken in Kaaba. One should not look back as stressed by Jesus Christ:
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away; and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”
Luke Chapter 17 (29-33)
When we study the Traditions deeply, we find that the persons who will reach the great Leaders will be of different categories.
- Those who will reach the very first night viz.313 men and 50 women
- Those 10,000 will reach the next day.
- Those, who will find a letter from the Great Leader under their pillows. After reading the same they will start and will reach within a few days.
- Those, who will be lifted by angels and transported to Mecca. They will become aware when they reach there.
- Those, who will incidentally assemble at some special points as it is said that many helpers will get incidentally assembled at Taleqan and on hearing the last proclamation will start running and will reach the destination.
- Those who belong to nations and religions other than Islam and have a prior knowledge of the emergence of the Great Leader will also try to reach. Those who believe in any revealed religion will also be transported by angels.
It has been clearly told by the prophets that all types of persons (good and bad) will be assembled. The bad will be sorted out and punished. This has been told by Christ in a parable:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, That was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind; Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So it shall be at the end of the world; the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire; There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
St. Matthew Chapter 13 (47-50)
When we review the incidents that will take place at the time of emergence, we feel that they bear two aspects. Some of the same look like they relate to a political and religious revolution in which the general public of all the nations seems to play a great role. As regards the other aspect it appears to be a collection of mythological events. For instance, riding on the clouds, armies of angels, the loud voices out of clouds, miraculous swords, resurrection of the dead, and so on and so forth. Thus two pictures appear before us. One is that a great Reformer comes alone to Mecca. There he gives a slogan. It is so attractive that all the people of the earth without distinction of culture or creed, religion or civilization find the solution to their problems in that slogan. The poor and the oppressed will support him, and the tyrants and oppressors will oppose him. The group of religious monopolists viz. Priests, mullahs, pundits, and rabbis will come out to oppose him because they would find that slogan injurious to their interests. They will plead against him. All these opposing forces will try to impede that great Reformer but his slogan will prevail all over the world within a few years. The opponents will be beheaded for thwarting the revolution and thus a society of gentleness and ethical values will come into being.
The other picture seems to be very mythological. A Spiritual king of heaven alights on the earth; a heavenly throne is set and decorated for him. He sits on that throne and decorates it with his presence. All the inhabitants of the earth and heaven are ordered to assemble at one point. All the past and dead people stand out of their graves and assemble in a special field. The moon and stars lose their brightness. Angles and genies come down from heaven and surround that throne saying loudly: “God is Greatest.” The system of the world is totally changed. The wicked and the evil-doers meet their fate. Meanwhile, the Devil collects his forces, a great battle takes place and the Devil is killed. Thus the vice is put to an end and the reign of eternal pleasure and happiness starts.
It is just possible that someone may raise an objection to this aspect saying that it does not work well during the present scientific age or it does not appeal to a modern mind. The answer to the same is that:
It is not correct to consider everything wrong which our mind does not understand. There are so many things that we cannot understand, yet we take them as right. Human reasons cannot understand all that is spiritual and metaphysical. Supernatural mystery and miracles are the essence of religion. It is, by dint of these things that people acknowledge a religion. We cannot reject it by calling it ‘mythology’. If we go on labeling all the miracles shown by various prophets as mythology, no religion in the world would be acceptable. The moral laws as contained in various religions can be framed by the human mind also. It is the supernatural and the miracles that force a person to accept a religion as Divine. Thus the prophecies made about the period of the great Leader having a supernatural touch are to be acknowledged as such. The books of 220 religions tell the above-related incidents about the Great Divine Leader. Therefore we cannot label them as mythology.