An end-timely reminder
[ by Charles Cameron ]
I spend a fair amount of effort as you know, trying to monitor the various forms of end-times religion manifesting in the Abrahamic faiths, so it came as a shock to me to find a seam of material on Sunni Mahdism that I hadn’t previously run across, now a year old, from over on my old side of the pond of all places…
Look what happens to London:
And if that isn’t graphic enough for you — and it really isn’t very graphic — look at what happens to New York…
The End of Time… A New Beginning…
The first image comes from a poster for a tour of Ireland in October of last year — though why the good people of Ireland should be so worried if London is consumed in sulphurous fog and flame is a little hard for me to understand — while the second graphic advertises a conference in London — though why the good people of London should be so concerned if the city of New York… no, I won’t go there, there’s the Special Relationship, isn’t there? Is there?
I missed both events, alas, living quietly here in the United States, or I might have heard, in Ireland:
a clear description about life in the grave, the trials of the last day, the major and minor signs leading to the last hour and the day of resurrection including Imam Mahdi, The Dajjal and many more.
I could have taken notes, and published them here on Zenpundit. After all, as the advertisements advertised:
On the Day of Judgment those who pass the test will be rewarded with Paradise.
Cliff’s Notes for Judgement Day — a sure best seller!
Not to worry, I can still study up on the January 2009 London conference, at which Anwar al-Awlaki reportedly hosted a live video question-and-answer session, presumably beaming in from Yemen — even though tickets are no longer available…
If I can just get hold of the DVDs…
Sadly, though, they’re out of stock…
Okay seriously now — three points:
This is associated with al-Awlaki. This has slick PR, intercontinental video feeds, and DVDs. And this is Sunni Mahdism.
May 14th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Sunni. Wow. Who’s backing this?
May 14th, 2011 at 5:18 pm
The London event was produced by Noor Pro Media Events and presented at the East London Mosque.
I don’t have much on Noor Pro Media: they are apparently run by one Adal Khan and had a website at http://www.noorpro.com/ — but it’s not there any more.
As for the East London Mosque: according to WSJ, and disputed by Islamophobia Watch, "the East London Mosque is among Britain’s most extreme Islamic institutions." WSJ continues: "Built with financial aid from Saudi Arabia, the sprawling facility is home to the London Muslim Center where incendiary preachers are regularly welcomed … the East London Mosque [is] the key institution for the Bangladeshi wing of JI [Jamaat-e Islami] in the U.K. Jamaat-e Islami is the radical South Asian party created by Syed Abulala Maududi, which aims to create an Islamist theocracy."
Links: WSJ – Islamophobia Watch – Telegraph re event – ELM on Awlaki – longer version – Awlaki himself
The Irish branch of Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) appears to have been the promoter of the Irish tour — FOSIS is an umbrella group of student societies in the UK and Ireland.
Link: FOSIS Ireland