Abbas’ advisor claims: Islam’s religious war to destroy Israel has started!

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The most important religious figure in the Palestinian Authority and the closest to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, continues to tell Palestinians that the conflict with Israel is an uncompromising religious war for Islam against Israel and Jews. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who was appointed by Abbas as his personal advisor on Islam and the PA’s Supreme Shari’ah Judge, recently stated that conflict today with Israel is “The Battle of History between Islam and the enemies of Islam.” Israelis/Jews are the“enemies of Islam,” “enemies of Muslims,” have a “culture of Satan,” and represent “evil.” Worse yet, Al-Habbash explained that the current battle is not just another battle on behalf of Islam. It is the ultimate battle described in the Quran as the “final promise,” leading to great destruction for the “Children of Israel.”

  • PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas states that the conflict between Palestinians and Israel is:
    “Between Islam and the enemies of Islam”
    “Between the Muslims and the enemies of Muslims”
    “Between the Islamic culture and the culture of Satan”
    “Between good and evil”
    “Between Allah’s project vs. Satan’s project”

  • The PA Mufti further states: “The harming of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., including the Temple Mount and the Western Wall) and the holy sites and the desecration of their sanctity will certainly lead us to ominous results… those who hold the beliefs will not be silent and will not accept them being harmed… We will not allow any harming of this noble belief, for which we are ready to die.”

The final promise (or The other promise) – The following text, the second half of Sura 17:7 in the Quran, can be understood in two ways: “Then when the final promise came, [we sent your enemies] to sadden your faces and to enter the temple [in Jerusalem], as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with [total] destruction.” Sahih International translation]
Due to the ambiguity of the Arabic “idha ja’a,” it can be understood as either a past or future battle. It can mean either “when the final promise came,” or “when the final promise will come.” In addition the text “al-ahera” could mean “the final promise” or “the other promise.” Many religious scholars understand it as past tense referring to the destruction of the Second Temple. Some understand it as future tense, referring to a future destruction of the Jews. Al-Habbash says it refers to a future final war in which Israel will experience “[total] destruction.” He says the current conflict over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where the PA claims the entire Temple Mount is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and a Muslim waqf, an inalienable religious endowment, disregarding that the Temple Mount is a holy place for Jews, is “the spark of the battle of the final promise.”

[Official PA TV, Quranic Horizons, June 30, 2018]

The final promise (or The other promise) – The following text, the second half of Sura 17:7 in the Quran, can be understood in two ways: “Then when the final promise came, [we sent your enemies] to sadden your faces and to enter the temple [in Jerusalem], as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with [total] destruction.” Sahih International translation]
Due to the ambiguity of the Arabic “idha ja’a,” it can be understood as either a past or future battle. It can mean either “when the final promise came,” or “when the final promise will come.” In addition the text “al-ahera” could mean “the final promise” or “the other promise.” Many religious scholars understand it as past tense referring to the destruction of the Second Temple. Some understand it as future tense, referring to a future destruction of the Jews. Al-Habbash says it refers to a future final war in which Israel will experience “[total] destruction.” He says the current conflict over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where the PA claims the entire Temple Mount is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and a Muslim waqf, an inalienable religious endowment, disregarding that the Temple Mount is a holy place for Jews, is “the spark of the battle of the final promise.”

Al-Habbash is Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah Justice.

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