The End Times is a period of tribulations that were Prophecised in the texts of various religions. This era is significant because it is not just peculiar but a difficult period for most of the mankind. The events taking place in this age will ultimately lead to a final showdown between good and evil known as Malhamtul Kubra. And then the emergence of various Prophetic figures like Imam Mahdi, Prophet Jesus and the False Messiah (Dajjal).
The Following are the Most Significant Geopolitical Events that have taken place till now:
1. The First Crusade
On November 27, 1095 (Zu Al-Qada 27, 488 Hijri) at the Council of Clermont in Clermont, in southern France, Pope Urban II delivered a speech, urging the Christians to aid the Byzantine Empire against the threats of invasion of Constantinople by Muslims and to capture the Holy Land from Muslims.
The first official Crusader armies started their expedition from France and Italy to invade the lands of Muslims on August 15, 1096 AD (Shaban 23, 489 Hijri), the date chosen by Pope Urban II.
The Crusaders breached the walls of Jerusalem and conquered Jerusalem on Friday, July 15, 1099 AD Julian (Shaban 23, 492 Hijri). The next day, on July 16, 1099, the Crusaders forced Jews of Jerusalem to gather in the main synagogue and then, the Crusaders set this synagogue on fire. Most of the inhabitants of Jerusalem (mostly Muslims) were slaughtered by the Crusaders. Pope Urban II died on July 29, 1099, without knowing that Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders.
2. Capture of Jerusalem by Muslims
Muslims, under the leadership of Salah Eddeen Al-Ayyubi, defeated the Crusaders in the Battle of Hitteen (town of Hitteen is close to Tiberias, in Northern Palestine), on Saturday, July 4, 1187 AD (Rabi Thani 26, 583 Hijri). After a siege that lasted from September 20, 1187, Jerusalem which was ruled by the Crusaders finally surrendered to Salah Eddeen Al-Ayyubi’s forces on October 9, 1187 Gregorian (Rajab 27, 583 Hijri).
3. Sykes–Picot Agreement
Sykes–Picot Agreement is among the events, signalling the beginning of the countdown toward the End Times. It is a secret agreement, between Britain & France, with the consent of Russia, to divide the Middle East, among themselves, that was finalized on May 16, 1916 (Rajab 13, 1334 Hijri).
4. Balfour Declaration
Balfour Declaration by the British government to facilitate the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine was offered to the Jews in a letter signed by Britain’s Foreign Minister on November 2, 1917 (Muharram 16, 1336 Hijri).
5. Fall of Jerusalem
In the evening of December 8, 1917 (Safar 23, 1336 Hijri), the Ottoman Governor of Jerusalem, Izzat Bey, gave a “Surrender Letter” to former mayor of Jerusalem, Dr. Hussein Al-Husseini so that he delivers it to the invading British forces. The Ottoman forces started retreating from Jerusalem during that night.
The next morning on Sunday, December 9, 1917 Gregorian (Safar 24, 1336 Hijri), Hussein Al-Husseini delivered the letter of surrender and the keys of the city to British Officers, Sergeants James Sedgwick and Frederick Hurcombe, just outside Jerusalem’s western limits. This event represented the return of the rule of the Crusaders over Jerusalem after being ruled by Muslims since year 1244.
On that day, Christians rang their church bells in celebration of this occasion and held prayers. The head of the British forces, General Allenby, said: “The wars of the Crusaders are now complete.”
6. Britain’s conquest of the rest of Palestine in September 1918.
During the First World War (1914–18), an Arab uprising and the British Empire’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force under General Edmund Allenby drove the Turks out of the Levant during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. The United Kingdom had agreed in the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence that it would honour Arab independence if they revolted against the Ottomans, but the two sides had different interpretations of this agreement, and in the end, the UK and France divided up the area under the Sykes–Picot Agreement—an act of betrayal in the eyes of the Arabs.
7. World War II Ends
The end of World War II on November 11, 1918.
8. Fall of Constantinople
Britain’s occupation of Constantinople (Istanbul) on November 12 – 13, 1918
9. British Mandate for Palestine
The terms of the British Mandate for Palestine were finalized and unanimously approved by the entire League of Nations, consisting of 51 countries/members, on July 24, 1922 (Zu Al-Qada 28, 1340 Hijri). The mandate came into effect on September 29, 1923 (Safar 17, 1342 Hijri).
Mandatory Palestine, a geopolitical entity established between 1920 and 1948 in the region of Palestine under the terms of the Mandate for Palestine. So, the British rule over Palestine which started by the conquest of Jerusalem in December 1917 finally gained international approval through League of Nations.
10. The Abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate
On October 19, 1922 (Safar 27, 1341 Hijri), Refet Bele Pasha, an army commander and representative of the Ankara Turkish Government loyal to Kemal Ataturk, arrived to Istanbul with a small armed force to gradually take over the administration of the city.
They were greeted with a welcoming reception by the people of Istanbul. He met Ottoman Sultan Mohammad VI (also known as Waheed Eddeen), who had nothing left to do but abide by the decisions of the government in Ankara. Soon after this meeting, on November 1, 1922 (Rabi Awwal 11, 1341 Hijri), the Ottoman Sultanate was separated from the Caliphate and the Sultanate was abolished. The abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate effectively ended the Ottoman Empire, which had lasted since 1299.
11. Treaty of Lausanne
On November 11, 1922, at the Conference of Lausanne, the Government in Ankara was recognized. On the morning of November 17, 1922 (Rabi Awwal 27, 1341 Hijri), the 36th and last Ottoman Sultan Mohammad VI, after having obtained asylum from Britain, left the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul on board the British ship Malaya and went for his exile initially to Malta which was ruled by Britain, and later moved to San Remo on the Italian Riviera where he lived till he died on May 16, 1926 (Zu Al-Qada 3, 1344 Hijri).
According to his will, he was buried in the cemetery of the Takiyya Suleimaniya Mosque originally built by Sultan Suleiman I in Damascus, Syria. Mohammad VI wasborn on January 14, 1861 (Rajab 3, 1277 Hijri). He was a descendant of Mohammad II who conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453.
12. Establishment of The USSR
The Soviet Union (USSR) was established in 1922 after the Bolshevik Revolution. The country was a one-party state governed by the Communist Party. Under the doctrine of state atheism, there was a “government-sponsored program of forced conversion to atheism” conducted by the Communists. The regime targeted religions based on state interests, and religious property was confiscated, believers were harassed, and religion was ridiculed while atheism was propagated in schools.
13. Recognition of the Republic of Turkey
On Monday, October 29, 1923 (Rabi Awwal 19, 1342 Hijri), the Turkish parliament established the Republic of Turkey, replacing the Ottoman Empire. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was elected as President of Turkey.
14. The Abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate
First the Ottoman Sultanate was abolished and then on March 3, 1924 (Rajab 27, 1342 Hijri), the Ottoman Caliphate was abolished too. The last Ottoman Caliph, Abdul Majeed II, who was the 29th Ottoman Caliph, had served from November 19, 1922 (Rabi Awwal 29, 1341 Hijri). On March 4, 1924, he and his family had to leave Turkey.
15. The Establishment of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
With the encouragement and support of Britain, the Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, led a pan-Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1916 to create a united Arab state. The Arab Revolt failed in its objective but the Allied victory in World War I resulted in the end of Ottoman control in Arabia and Hussein bin Ali became King of Hejaz.
Although, Ibn Saud avoided involvement in the Arab Revolt, he focused his struggle against the rival Al Rashid ruling family in Najd region. After defeating Al Rashid, he took the title Sultan of Nejd in 1921. With the help of a tribal army, the Ikhwan, the Kingdom of Hejaz was also conquered by 1924–25. For the next five years, he administered the two parts of his dual kingdom as separate units.
After the conquest of the Hejaz, the Ikhwan leadership’s objective switched to expansion of the Wahhabist realm into the British protectorates of Transjordan, Iraq and Kuwait, and began raiding those territories. This met with Ibn Saud’s opposition, as he recognized the danger of a direct conflict with the British. The Ikhwan leadership turned against Ibn Saud and after a two-year struggle, were defeated in 1929 at the Battle of Sabilla, where their leaders were massacred.
On 23 September 1932, the two kingdoms of the Hejaz and Nejd were united as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that date is now a national holiday called Saudi National Day.
16. The Partition of Palestine
The U.N. voted to partition Palestine and gave a significant portion of Palestine to the Jews on November 29, 1947 (Muharram 16, 1367 Hijri). This date represents the accomplishment of the Third Stage toward the full the implementation of Balfour Declaration and Promise of the End Times mentioned in Sura 17.
17. Establishment of the State of Israel
The Zionist Jews unilaterally declared the Establishment of the State of Israel on the land of Palestine on May 14, 1948 (Rajab 5, 1367 Hijri). This date represented the accomplishment of the Fourth Stage toward the full the implementation of Balfour Declaration and Promise of the End Times mentioned in Sura 17.
18. Arab-Israel War
On June 1, 1967, Israel formed a “National Unity” government, and on June 4, 1967, the decision was made by Israel to go to war. On Monday, June 5, 1967 (Safar 26, 1387 Hijri), Israel launched its 6-day war against the Arabs. Israel captured Gaza on June 6, 1967 (Safar 27, 1387 Hijri).
Israel captured East Jerusalem including the Old City of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque and therefore, all of Jerusalem became under its control on Wednesday, June 7, 1967 (Safar 28, 1387 Hijri).
Today, Iyar 28 is celebrated annually in Israel as Jerusalem Day. The leader of the brigade, Lt. General Mordechai (Motta) Gur, communicated the unfolding events to his company commanders by radio: “Shortly we’re going to go in to the Old City of Jerusalem, that all generations have dreamed about. We will be the first to enter the Old City.”
Then, after an intense battle, he uttered his now-famous words: “The Temple Mount is in our hands!”
Then, the Chief Rabbi of Israel’s army, Shlomo Goren, while dressed in military uniform and carrying a Torah scroll, blew a Trumpet (ram’s horn) at the Western Wall to announce the re-unification of East Jerusalem (which was ruled by Jordan) with West Jerusalem (which was ruled by Israel), and held the first Jewish prayer session at the Western Wall since 1948.
Until then, during the Ottoman and the British occupation of Jerusalem, Jews were not allowed to sound the Trumpet at the Western Wall. Israeli soldiers were singing a popular Israeli song titled “Jerusalem of Gold” written by Israeli poetess and song-writer, Naomi Shemer. This event was broadcast live on Voice of Israel radio station. This war resulted in Israel capturing East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Golan Heights from the Arabs. Hundreds of Palestinians sought refuge in Church of Nativity in Bethlehem.
19. Capture of East Jerusalem
On June 1, 1967 (Safar 22, 1387 Hijri), when war with Israel’s Arab neighbours was imminent, Moshe Dayan was appointed Minister of Defense of Israel. He personally oversaw Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem on June 7, 1967.
20. Capture of Golan Heights
On June 8, 1967, Dayan bypassed both the Prime Minister and the Chief of Staff, ordering the Israeli army to attack and capture the Golan Heights in Syria.
21. The Iranian Revolution
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 overthrew the monarchy of Iran and replaced it with an Islamic Republic.
22. The Soviet–Afghan War
The Soviet–Afghan War lasted over nine years, from December 1979 to February 1989. The Afghan Taliban, fought a guerrilla war against the Soviet Army and the Republic of Afghanistan. It resulted in a decisive victory of Afghan Taliban.
23. The Collapse of USSR
The mighty USSR disintegrated in 1991 and resulted into 15 republics.
24. The 9/11 Attacks
The Zionists orchestrated a false attack on New York & Washington D.C. that occurred on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (Jumada Al-Thania23, 1422 Hijri). On this day, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York collapsed.
25. US War in Afghanistan
Following the 9/11 attacks, President Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over bin Laden which the Taliban declined. Then on 7 October 2001, USA declared War in Afghanistan. To justify the War, the Bush administration claimed that intervention was necessary because the Taliban threatened the sovereignty of other states. Currently (in 2020) negotiations are going between USA and Afghan Taliban and the US Army will soon leave the region without fulfilling its mission after 19 years of the War.
26. Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the planning of the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
27. Trump Peace Plan (2020)
The Trump Peace Plan (2020) Plan proposes US recognition of Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank land and of Jerusalem as Israel’s indivisible capital. Palestinian Government cut ties with Israel and US after rejecting Trump peace plan. The Palestinians have no other choice but to accept it.
With the start of 2020, we have witnessed many unusual events in the world like assassination of General Solemani of Iran, Earthquakes in Turkey, Peace deal by Trump and rapid spread of Coronavirus. All these signs tells us that the final war is very near and can break out any time. We can expect it in next few years or by the end of this decade as most of the signs are being fulfilled at a rapid pace. Many have not been mentioned in this post and many are yet to be fulfilled.
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