Daniel 2:41-43 (NASB) 41 “In that you
saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. 42 “As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 “And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.
Shias against Sunnis. The two sects represent the ummah of Islam, the whole Muslim community (a concept in Islam comparable to the body of Christ in Christianity). According to the Oxford Dictionary of Islam — a concept “… expressing the essential unity and theoretical equality of Muslims from diverse cultural and geographical settings. In the Quran, [ummah] designates people to whom God has sent a prophet …. 1
Only one problem – the so-called “theoretical equality” within Islam has never applied across the sects. The two sects have been unable to coexist since the Battle of Karbala, October 10, 680 AD (contrary to the opening statement in the video). Since the death of Muhammad in 632 AD, the two sects have divided over who should be the successor to their messenger, Muhammad. Daniel 2:41-43 NASB above describes precisely the condition of Islam since the Battle of Karbala. Since that decisive battle, clearly, they have been divided (Daniel 2:41 NASB); and Shias are the end-times sect of importance — only Shias “combine with one another in the seed of men” (Daniel 2:43 NASB).2 That is, only Shias combine through the bloodline of the descendants of Muhammad through his son-in-law Ali, and daughter, Fatima. Shias take their name from Ali, they are the Ahl al-Bayt, the “party” or descendants of Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad. The Sunnis have always constituted the majority sect (80-85% of all Muslims), the stronger sect (Daniel 2:43 NASB). Shias, the minority sect, have always constituted the weaker sect (10%), the persecuted sect (the “brittle” sect (Daniel 2:43 NASB)).
The most recent expression of the divide in Islam has expressed itself in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is Shiite (the “Alawite” sect, a minority sect within Shia Islam and a minority people in Syria). Assad’s allies include the Iranians, the Russians, and Hezbollah (Lebanon). The rebels in Syria are Sunni. They are aligned with the Saudis (Sunni), and of recent events, the Americans (so far as being armed by the Americans), as well as the Sunnis of Egypt; and, according to some, terrorists groups aligned with al-Qaeda.
As the below video link describes (courtesy of NPR), Shias around the globe are crossing Syrian borders to support Shias in Syria. The reason is not simply because they are Shia (actually, Shias do not “adhere to one another” (Daniel 2:43 NASB)).3 Within Shiism a day of vengeance against the Sunnis is prophesied. At precisely the time of Allah’s will (Allah is not the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the 12th Imam of Shiism, the “Hidden Imam,” will rise up from his “occultation” to lead Shias against Sunnis. He will avenge the wrongs committed by Sunnis against Shias since the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. He will then unite Islam and lead Islam in dominion over the world (Revelation 13:7-8 NASB).
I encourage you to read Islam the Cloak of Antichrist by yours truly. There you will see interpretations of Bible prophecy that are being fulfilled in the modern day. Iran and Russia will lead the way. The Americans and the Saudis will stand against them. Saudi Arabia, the birth place of Islam, will be destroyed. Israel will be overrun but in the end, but the remnant will come to know the only Begotten.
Jesus come quickly.
- “Ummah.” In The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Ed. John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. 21-Jun-2013. http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/article/opr/t125/e2427 [↩]
- See Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, pp 48, 281-283 [↩]
- See Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, pp 66-67 [↩]