Expecting the unexpected: Rabbis, Islam, and the End of Days
[ by Charles Cameron — strange intersections between Islamic, Judaic and Christian teachers around the end times, also Yehuda Etzion of the Jewish Underground, and Habayit Hayehudi’s Jeremy Gimpel ]
My guess is that at least one aspect of this screen-grab will surprise you — but it’s hard to say which!
One possible surprise is a 2013 end times prediction from an Islamic source — but there are enough other surprises here to go around, I think…
Okay, here it is. I ran across two videos of rabbis on two sites connected with Islamic end times expectations today, and they’re causing a bit of a re-set in my thinking about the various alignments possible in the complex world of competing contemporary eschatologies.
I imagine the rabbi in the first of the two videos is from Neturei Karta or Satmar, because at one point he says:
this country (Israel) does not have the right to exist
and refers to the State of Israel as “the origin of evil”.
There is obviously much more going on here, and I’m none too confident of the accuracy of the subtitles, so I’d appreciate any comments from those who know more about either the rabbi’s Jewish context or the Muslim eschatological site‘s place within the Mahdist spectrum.
The second video comes from Adnan Oktar / Harun Yahya. What’s most intriguing to me here is the rabbi’s assertion that “Islam is the religion of Adam himself” — the Noahide or universal faith into which we are all born according to Judaism. And once again, I’d appreciate any commentary on the participants and their respective contexts:
He’s definitely an interesting fellow, this Harun Yahya — his teachings on Mahdism feature a peaceable Mahdi, he has reached out in dialogue to Joel Richardson, the author of Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist, and his Jewish contacts include Adin Steinsaltz, Talmudic scholar par excellence and president of the revived Sanhedrin.
By way of abrupt contrast, consider the inflammatory words of this current candidate for the Knesset, Jeremy Gimpel, drawn from a speech he gave in a Florida church in 2011:
Imagine if the Golden Dome – I’m being recorded so I can’t say ‘blown up’ – but let’s say the Dome was blown up, right? And we laid the cornerstone of the Temple in Jerusalem. Can you imagine? None of you would be here – all of you would be like, “I’m going to Israel, right?” No one would be here, it would be incredible!”
Alongside these of Harun Yahya, from his conversation with the rabbinic delegation from the Sanhedrin:
Out of a sense of collective responsibility for world peace and for all humanity we have found it timely to call to the World and exclaim that there is a way out for all peoples. It is etched in a call to all humanity: We are all the sons of one father, the descendants of Adam, and all humanity is but a single family. Peace among Nations will be achieved through building the House of G-d, where all peoples will serve as foreseen by King Solomon in his prayers at the dedication of the First Holy Temple. Come let us love and respect one another, and love and honor and hold our heavenly Father in awe. Let us establish a house of prayer in His name in order to worship and serve Him together, for the sake of His great compassion. He surely does not want the blood of His creations spilled, but prefers love and peace among all mankind. We pray to the Almighty Creator, that you harken to our Call. Together – each according to his or her ability – we shall work towards the building of the House of Prayer for All Nations on the Temple Mount in peace and mutual understanding.
Hachrazah 5769 Tamuz 9 from the revived Sanhedrin site, a fascinating overview. Joel Richardson, Muslim Leader wants Temple Rebuilt, WND Haaretz, Is it the End of Days for Jeremy Gimpel?, also with fascinating detail
Note particularly, in Joel Richardson’s piece, this quote attributed to Rabbi Hollander:
It is said that the structure of the Dome in Haram E-Sharrif (the Temple Mount) was originally meant by (Caliph) Omar to be a House of Prayer for Jews, and the Al-Aqsa for Muslims.
When considering Gimpel’s remark, bear in mind also that Yehuda Etzion was imprisoned in the early 1980s for his part in a conspiracy to blow up the Dome of the Rock –a four year effort which included the recruitment of an air force pilot, the theft of military explosives, and the making of 28 bombs — oy — which was only called off when no rabbi could be found to give it his official blessing, and which resulted in a trial at which the judge praised the defendants for their “pioneering ethos”.
On this, see, eg:
David New, Holy War: The Rise of Militant Christian, Jewish and Islamic Fundamentalism, pp 154-56.
January 21st, 2013 at 6:46 am
Not sure where these dudes are coming from, Charles.
Ultra-Orthodox have generally been anti-Zionist, seeing the Israeli state as blasphemous having not been established by the Messiah. On the other hand, I have a very difficult time seeing Ultra Hasidim extremists embracing Islam in this fashion – that’s the crowd who have invoked Old Testament genocides by ancient Hebrews and Israelites against tribal pagan enemies as religiously sanctioned lessons for today and managed to alarm even Martin van Creveld in the process.
January 21st, 2013 at 3:53 pm
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January 21st, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Yup. Neturei Karta and Satmar fit the ultra-orthodox position you describe, so my assumption was that the first rabbi probably came from one of those camps, though I don’t know for sure. But the rabbi in the second video, Rabbi Benjamin Abrahamson, is a historian and consultant (on Islam, I believe) to the revived Sanhedrin. As for the Sanhedrin itself, there’s a fascinating article about Rabbi Steinsaltz and the “nascent” (his emphasis) Sanhedrin on their own site. Highly recommended.
My guess is that there are more currents in play than we generally suppose.
January 21st, 2013 at 10:12 pm
My thanks to Hanif Koya for reposting this post at The Muslim Times, an Ahmadiyya news source.