Miracles of the Prophets, are these topics not essential to the Muslim’s faith?

Question: A book entitled “Tanabu’aat al-rasool” i.e. (Prophecies of the Prophet), was issued in Thailand a year ago. The book is a translation of a book issued in English entitled ‘Israel and the Prophecies of the Noble Qur’aan’ by `Alee Akbar. The author discussed all the Ahaadeeth of the afflictions, battles, and portents that will precede the Hour, and misinterpreted them. Indeed, his views are dangerous to Muslim youth. For example, Al-Dajjaal (the Antichrist) according to his view refers to the mysteries or the Western civilization.

Likewise, Gog and Magog refer to the super powerful states while `Eesaa (Jesus, peace be upon him) died and will not come back. By the same token, Al-Daabbah (the Beast), metaphorically designates vulgar people or modern inventions, etc. The publishers of the Thai version argue that these topics are not essential to the Muslim faith; there is no difference between those who believe them and those who deny them and they do not affect the Muslim faith. Is this true? How do we answer these people?

Answer: It is enjoined upon Muslims to believe in everything stated by Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) with regard to the portents of the Hour and the like. Verily, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) describes righteous people in the beginning of Soorah (Qur’aanic chapter) Al-Baqarah as having firm Eemaan (faith) in the unseen praising them and witnessing their guidance and success… read more here.

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