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Muhammad’s Prophecy?

December 15, 2016

There is a hadith (and I forgot from which collection of hadith sayings it is from) that says that Messenger Muhammad saws said: “”Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the tree and the stone, and the tree and the stone say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah , there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

In our age and time, this seems ridiculous. How can stones and plants, trees, talk? What language would that be? Many critics of this hadith claim that this is preposterous claim and that this “proves” that Messenger Muhammad saws did not speak prophecies.

Well, I beg to differ, and here is why (for all the claims I make, please look at the sources at the bottom of this post):

  1. Technology is advancing rapidly and why would not it be possible to have “talking” vegetation? We already have a spinach plant that can detect explosives. Yup, you heard me right. According to CBS article from November, 2016 a spinach plant has been engineered to detect explosives. Who is to say that eventually, we will not have more bionic vegetation in our surroundings when fighting wars?
  2. Plants can “talk”, according to scientists. They communicate in various ways such as by releasing chemicals into the ground. If we can make bionic spinach, what about other plants? And how far would those bionic plants go in terms of how we use them for surveillance and other areas?
  3. We already have FAKE trees, stones and other tools that we can use for intelligence purposes. The fake trees have been used since WWI to spy and help in war against the enemies. Imagine how far the technology has advanced and what those fake trees can do today?  Everything seems to be becoming “smart” and with that it means that many objects can be used to detect and locate people and unwanted things, to gather information, learn about habits, and literally spy on everyone.

The war between Muslims (Arabs) and Jews in the Middle East has raged for over 5 decades. The technology that Messenger Muhammad saws mentioned in the above hadith is here. It is just that Israelis have the upper hand at the moment and they have been winning this long-term war. Many believe that the hadith above is in the context of a Muslims’ victory. But I think it is just speaking of the time and age of the technology that will be available when the infamous war occurs. Based on the hadith itself, it does not really point to a victory of Muslims or Jews. It just speaks that the war will be awful.

In 7th century Arabia, what Messenger Muhammad saws may have seen in a vision may have looked to him like a real tree talking. After all, when a fake tree or stone is made for the purpose of locating someone, it is going to resemble real things. In his day, Messenger Muhammad saws could not have imagined people making trees or stones. But he saw the vision of this, and therefore he said what he said.





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