Regarding the part of the breaking of the cross, killing of the swine etc, the deniers argue that they are all metaphors. They say that breaking of the cross refers to defeating Christianity through arguments and the killing of the swine refers to defeating evil people.
This metaphorical explanation has some problems:
2) If it is believed that “swine” refers to evil people, then it is an insult for our Prophet (may upon him be mercy of Allah and peace) as it argues that he used bad language. Muslims are not willing to accept this poor logic!
3) Deniers have argued that the Qur’an also refers to evil people as swines when they were converted (metaphorically) into ones themselves for breaking the Sabbath. The Qur’an does not speak of a metaphorical conversion but rather a physical one. If evil people are swine, then how come swines were converted into swines? This fallacy does not make sense and is absolutely false.
A different explanation involving a wild interpretation has been presented by a Mirzai relating to these Hadith. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi and his likes usually simply ignore it calling it a mistake and so do the Mirzais but one of them has attempted to give his own interpretation which is discussed below. Surprisingly, Khalid Zaheer also once spoke about them and said that he believed them to be metaphorical.
The Mirzai claims are in brown with my explanations in teal:
“…Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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). …”In the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(SAW), Rome was a vast empire comprised of many European nations. Hence, it would only be fair to conclude that the Europeans of today are the Romans of the time of Hazrat Muhammad(SAW), since Rome is only a small city today.
Syria also had different geographic boundaries in yester-years and the land of Dabiq is said to be north of Aleppo. I was able to locate Dabiq because a battle has been fought at Al-marj Dabiq.
But it is only fair that we take al-A’maq and Dabiq to be only notificational places, in the other Hadith the whole way between Syria and Iraq has been told to be the place where the Dajjal comes up.
Hence, from the start the Hadith is “susceptible of different interpretations”.
The Hadith further goes on in this manner: “…When they will arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans would say: Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from amongst us…”
Now we get a definite thing from the Hadith… the call that the Romans (whoever they are or might be) would be specifically interested in fighting with the Muslims. They would understand Muslims as a declining power and they would like to crush the Muslims before they are able to pick their heads up. The Hadith continues in this manner: “…(the Romans would say) Let us fight with them; and the Muslims would say: Nay, by Allah, we would never get aside from you and from our brethren that you may fight them. They will then fight and a third (part) of the army would 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…”So a war would commence between the two parties… we would not go into the details of whether this war would be of the sword, or of the pen, it would be physical or metaphorical… but what is clear is that it would be a tussle between the good and the bad, between the virtue and the evil.
Three groups are made out of the Muslims, one of which would run away from the fight… taking the wrath of Allah on themselves. They would ignore the war and would tend to their own desires and worldly things.
Then there would be those who would sacrifice their lives and leave their everything for the sake of Allah… And there would be one group that would remain alive, interestingly the Hadith says that these people would not be tested and would emerge as conquerors. The interesting point is, that the conqueror must have taken part in the fight, but the Hadith clearly mentions that they would not “…be put to trial…” which seems very amazing to say the least. “…And as they would be busy in distributing the spoils of war (amongst themselves) after hanging their swords by the olive trees, the Satan would cry: The Dajjal has taken your place among your family. They would then come out, but it would be of no avail. And when they would come to Syria, he would come out while they would be still preparing themselves for battle drawing up the ranks…”Now the Hadith is talking about those who would remain alive and would not be tested. They would begin taking the worldly materials and would leave the Jihad(struggle) to become relaxed and pleased with the good fortune that they have got.
During this interval between wars the Satan would announce that “The Dajjal has taken your place among your family.”interestingly… the Hadith is clearly telling us that the Dajjal would become the head of the families of the Constantinople conquering Muslims… he would stand at the place of the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons who would be busy enjoying the spoils of war and the good fortune their Martyr relatives had brought them.
The Hadith explains that: (after the announcement)”…Certainly, the time of prayer shall come and then Issa (peace be upon him) son of Mary would descend and would lead them in prayer. When the enemy of Allah would see him, it would (disappear) just as the salt dissolves itself in water and if he (Issa) were not to confront them at all, even then it would dissolve completely, but Allah would kill them by his hand and he would show them their blood on his lance (the lance of Issa Christ)…”
So, the Dajjal would be a fitna controllable only through prayer… and the Christ would direct the strayed Muslims towards prayer. (how he would descend is another case). The enemies of Allah would disappear… and it would not be because of Issa(AS) that they would run-away because the Hadith says that “and if he (Issa) were not to confront them at all, even then it would dissolve completely”… so why would the enemy dissolve? So, why would the enemy dis-solve as we already know that the coming of Issa(AS) would have nothing much to do with the dis-solving of the enemy.To my best knowledge, it would be the prayers and belief in Allah that would have re-kindled into the world-loving Muslims that would destroy the enemy. Let me quote a relevant Aayat from the Quran and a Hadith explaining the Aayat… and again they shall be about the last age:
In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
[62:1] Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth glorifies Allah, the Sovereign, the Holy, the Mighty, the Wise.
[62:2] He it is Who has raised among the unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves who recites unto them His Signs, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and Wisdom though before that they were in manifest error;
[62:3] And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.
[62:4] That is Allah’s grace; He bestows it on whom He pleases; and Allah is the Lord of immense grace.
Verse 3 from the above verses is of prime importance regarding the last days (Aakhirah) as it talks about the raise of Prophet Muhammad(SAW) in the “Aakhireen” whom the unlettered people haven’t met. So who are these “Aakhireen”… why is there a Prophet being sent to them? These verses are explained clearly from two Ahadeeth from Sahih Bukhari:
Volume 6, Book 60, Number 420:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
While we were sitting with the Prophet Surat Al-Jumu’a was revealed to him, and when the Verse, “And He (Allah) has sent him (Muhammad) also to other (Muslims)…..’ (62.3) was recited by the Prophet, I said, “Who are they, O Allah’s Apostle?” The Prophet did not reply till I repeated my question thrice. At that time, Salman Al-Farisi was with us. So Allah’s Apostle put his hand on Salman, saying, “If Faith were at (the place of) Ath-Thuraiya (pleiades, the highest star), even then (some men or man from these people (i.e. Salman’s folk) would attain it.”
Volume 6, Book 60, Number 421:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said. Then some men from these people would attain it.”
So, clearly the Prophet sent to the “Aakhareen” would provide them with Iman, with belief in Allah and that would be the weapon that would kill the Dajjal!!!An interesting point here is, that the Bukhari Hadeeth talks about Muslim people in Persia, whereas the Muslim Hadeeth talks only abut the location of the Roman army, the place of battle and that an (anonymous) army of the best soldiers shall come from Madina to fight the Romans instead of allowing the Romans to fight the Muslims. To whom the Romans would say that: “Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from amongst us. Let us fight with them;”
So, where would these “Aakhareen” be???
Taking into account the fact that Hazrat Abu Huraira(RA) is the reporter in both the Ahadeeth… one would prefer that the place would be Persia since the Romans would be traveling towards the East and they would encounter the best army near Arabia, after which the land of Persia starts.
So, the Maseeh(AS) would emerge in the Persians… or rather, the Muslim Persians. The Muslim Hadeeth I have been trying to analyze ends with the following words: ” …but Allah would kill them by his hand and he would show them their blood on his lance (the lance of Issa Christ).”Hence, Allah would listen to the prayers of the Muslims led by the Maseeh(AS) and would kill the enemies (Interesting to note that Dajjal has been called plural in this Hadith, which means that the Dajjal might also be a nation). The enemies will be killed by Allah, Himself… and only Allah would show the blood on the weapon of the Maseeh(AS).
So that even the Maseeh(AS) would know that only Allah has won, and it was not the deeds of the Maseeh(AS) or the efforts of the Muslims.
Muslim response to the above explanation:
1. Who are the Romans?
The Mirzai has accepted that the Europeans of today are the Romans. It must be added that the Romans (Rumi) are the descendants of al-Rum the son of (or grandson of) Esau the son of Isaac. Therefore, we must expand this definition of Romans to modern day Canadian, Americans, Europeans, Australians and New Zealanders.
2. Syria of yesteryear.
The Syria or Sham at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) consisted of modern day Syria, parts of Lebanon and parts of Palestine. The army that would land in Syria would be near Madina. Aahadith have been presented above which state that the Romans would come under 80 flags with 12,000 men under each flag (960,000 soldiers).
3. Who would the Romans fight?
The Romans would have come to pick up some men who they would have thought to be prisoners of Muslims but the Muslims would refuse to hand them over to them calling them as their brothers. These brothers would be Roman converts to Islam who would have joined the fight from the side of the Muslims.
4. This army would conquer Constantinople
This part has already been explained above and shall be explained here again. The Prophet asked the companions whether they know of the land surrounded by water and land and the companions understood it to be Constantinople whereas it was some place in Europe as said directly by the Prophet in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6930 which clearly says that the killing of Dajjal would be after the conquest of Rome. Said the Holy Prophet PBUH:“You will invade the Arabian Peninsula and Allah will grant it. Then Persia and Allah will grant it. Then you shall invade Ar-Rum (Europe) and Allah will grant it. Then you shall attack the Antichrist and Allah shall give him to you”The Messenger of Allah was then asked “which of the two cities will be conquered first – Constantinople or Rome?” and the Holy Prophet PBUH replied : ” The city of Heraclius (Constantinople) will be conquered FIRST”
This shows that the conquest of Constantinople and Rome are different. The majority of the people of this army would be from Khorasan belonging to bani Isra’il (western Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan): Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6979
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace he upon him) saying:
You have heard about a city the one side of which is in the land and the other is in the sea. They said: Allah’s Messenger, yes. Thereupon he said: The Last Hour would not come unless seventy thousand persons from Bani lsra’il would attack it. When they would land there, they will neither fight with weapons nor would shower arrows but would only say:” There is no Allah but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that one side of it would fall. Thaur (one of the narrators) said: I think that he said: The part by the side of the ocean. Then they would say for the second time:” There is no Allah but Allah and Allah is the Greatest” that the second side would also fall, and they would say:” There is no Allah but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that the gates would be opened for them and they would enter therein and, they would be collecting spoils of war and distributing them amongst themselves that a noise would be heard and It would be said: Verily, Dajjal has come. And thus they would leave everything there and would turn to him.
The explanation to this Hadith is quite long and will take a lot of space if posted here. A detailed explanation can be read here. This link is a must see and will clarify a lot of current world issues.
5. These people would not be put to trial
The Hadith above explains what this really means. They would conquer Rome without a trial and they would achieve success in whatever situation they would face. The above Hadith explains this very well.
6. Dajjal would then come
After the war, Satan would cry out that Dajjal has come to their families. The Mirzai claims that corruption is meant by Dajjal here but the fact is that they would immediately run towards their families which means that a human Dajjal would have literally come.
7. Issa will descend at the time of prayer
This does not mean that Dajjal would be killed through prayer. The Hadith speaks of the Fajr prayer when Issa (peace be upon him) would descend from the sky.
8. Dajjal is plural here?
Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 7034
Anas b. Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:
The Dajjal would be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan wearing Persian shawls.
Dajjal would have Shias from Iran with him. This explains the Hadith posted by the Mirzai that if faith were scarce, one from the Persians would surely find it. The Hadith state that the Mahdi would unite two large groups of the Muslims and the finding of faith refers to this unity.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib said:
“When the ‘Support’ of the family of Muhammad rises, Allah will unite the people of east and the people of west.”
Ibn Asakir, as quoted in al-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Ch. 11, section 1, p 252
9. The enemy would dissolve
The reason why Dajjal would dissolve is that Allah had promised earlier that the conquerors of Rome would not be put to trial and Allah would kill Dajjal without any problem for the Muslims. Also see the heading of “Prophet rejecting nations were destroyed” here.
10. Who would be the Aakhireen?
The verse states that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is for the companions of the Prophet and also for the Aakhireen (the last). This clearly shows that Issa (peace be upon him) would not be a Prophet of the people then but he would also be a follower among the Aakhireen.