The 12th Imam of Shia Islam also called Imam al-Mahdi is always depicted wearing a green head covering accessory or headscarf.
“According to a number of narrations, Kufa will be the capital of caliphate of Imam al-Mahdi (a) which will be the center of attention of the whole world. Imam al-Sadiq (a) was asked about the place that Imam al-Mahdi (a) will settle in and also the place that Muslims will gather around in the time of reappearance, he expressed: “Kufa will be the capital of his caliphate, the mosque of Kufa will be the place for judgment, the mosque of Sahla will be the treasury house while hills of Najaf will be the place for worshiping and praying.”
Al Monitor recently reported the relationship Muqtada Al Sadr has with the Sahla mosque in the Iraqi city of Kufa. The report says:
KUFA, Iraq — The Great Mosque of Kufa (aka al-Sahla)
“Following the fall of the Baath regime in 2003, the leader of the Sadrist movement and son of the assassinated cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, chose the mosque to deliver his first speech following the US invasion. Since then, Shiite parties have been competing to stand on the mosque’s minbar (platform), but Sadr kept a firm grip on it, using it to escalate his attack on the US occupation.Ever since, the mosque has become a platform for rivalries between Shiites, but Sadr clung to it because the supporters of his father would attend the political and religious events in this mosque and meet him there. Besides, the mosque has religious and historic importance for Shiites.In 2004, US forces besieged Sadr, who retreated to the mosque, preventing a possible raid on it.”
Entire report can be accessed in the link at the end of this article.
According to Shia end time beliefs, the Mahdi will also unite all Muslims in an attempt to resist the Zionist regime of Israel and conquer Jerusalem and Palestine for Islam. ABNA 24 recently reported the following:
AhlulBayt News Agency – Seyyed Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of Iraqi Movements, has issued a statement on Saturday for upcoming international Quds (Jerusalem) Day announcing his readiness to confront Israel and stressed had Saudi Arabia focused the coalition of 40 Islamic and Arab countries on liberation of Palestine all Muslim nations would have benefited the move.
In the statement, read in Friday prayer sermons across Iraq, Palestine is dubbed as the wound of Arab and Islam.
He stressed,”Saudi scholars would have been better to call for confrontation with Zionist regime of Israel rather than issuing orders for assassination of people from other Islamic denominations or intensification of clashes between different schools of thought.”
Iraqi leader in his message has called all tribes and ethnicities in the Arab and Muslim world, Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Arab and non-Arab, to unite under the flag of Palestine.
He stressed,” I am ready for confrontation with our Zionist enemy and as we have stood against American occupying forces, we are maintaining our resistance with the new cover of terrorism in our country.”
Muqtada al Sadr slammed Iraq occupiers who have changed course to continue their occupation through traitors and their agents in Arab and Islamic countries, similar to the ongoing situation in Yemen, Syria and other war-torn Arab and Islamic countries.
The cleric reiterated that Palestine should remain as number one issue for the world of Islam because it is the first Qibla (praying direction) of Islam and cradle of future reforms in the world of Islam.
Iraqi religious leader stressed Arab and Islamic countries should resolve sectarian and ethnic disagreements and rise for their common objective, liberation of Palestine. (Link to this report is provided at the end of this article)
Muqtada Al-Sadr is also trying to overthrow the Iraqi government and is also asking all Muslims to unite in order to resist the Zionist regime of Israel and conquer Palestine for Islam.
The Iraqi city of Kufa which the Mahdi will make the capital of his caliphate government is located in the area of ancient Babylon. In our book we went through great pains to show how the Antichrist rises in the region of ancient Assyria and Babylon and makes Babylon the capital of his empire. Babylon is modern day Iraq. He also rises to persecute Israel and conquer Jerusalem according to biblical prophecy. Apparently the 12th Imam of Shia Islam comes to fulfill the same role of the biblical Antichrist. But again, all this may just be a coincidence but it is worth paying attention to.
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