Unseen Islamic State Treatise on Calendars: Full Text, Translation & Analysis
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi • Oct 17, 2015 at 6:54 pm
This treatise of the Diwan al-Buhuth wa al-Eftaa’ (Research & Fatwa-Issuing Department), previously unseen in the outside world, concerns the question of whether one can use ‘Miladi’ dating, best known in its current and most widely used form as the Gregorian calendar. In short, the conclusion is that the Islamic State must ultimately erase all traces of Miladi dating as it is a system of dating associated with the disbelievers, in particular the Christians. On the basis of the principle that one must not imitate the disbelievers, one should not use Miladi dating. Rather, the system to be followed is the ‘Hijri’ dating, which begins from the time of the migration [hijra] of the Prophet from Mecca to Medina [c. 622 CE] and follows the Arabic lunar calendar. Read more.
Translation of the Fatwa (by Al-Tamimi), in pertinent part, is below:
In the contemporary eras the Crusaders have succeeded in appointing idolatrous tyrants loyal to them to whom they have entrusted the implementation of their plans, including making the Muslims follow these disbelievers. Among such matters is the replacement of the Hijri dating with the Miladi dating.
Indeed the Ummah of Islam is an ummah of Truth, sovereignty and will, and it is not content with being followers of the disbelievers, the enemies of God and His Messenger (SAWS), and thus finds that the Companions, may God be pleased with them, when they realized the important of dating, put in place an Islamic dating system and did not assent to the dating of the disbelievers. Thus the Miladi dating that the Muslims have adopted in our time must be removed and Islamic dating must take its place. For we do not consider it permissible to use Miladi dating for affairs.
Does the above Fatwa bring this prophecy passage to your mind?
Daniel 7:25 NASB “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. (Italics supplied).
My interpretation of Daniel 7:7 – 28 has two periods of its fulfillment: an early period and an end-of-days period. Daniel 7:7 – 8 NASB has already been fulfilled. It was the first period of fulfillment (beginning in 622 A.D.) when Muhammad and his followers migrated from Mecca to Medina, followed by Islam’s onslaught of the Middle East, led by Muhammad, and then his Companions after his death in 632 and following. Daniel’s prophecy intends to describe later periods after the initial period by the use of the phrase “I kept looking” (Daniel 7:9 NASB, 11, 13, 21). Daniel 7:17-18 NASB describes the entire time period of the four empires (Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and the fourth kingdom, Islam) as it looks back from the end to the beginning. It states, ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 ‘But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.'” Clearly, Daniel 7:18 has not occurred yet. Daniel then wants to know more about the fourth empire which is the empire described as the final empire and the empire of great destruction. This empire was “different” than the previous empires, and it “trampled down the remainder with its feet.” (Daniel 7:19 NASB). Daniel 7:21 NASB then skips to the final days by the phrase, “I kept looking … until the Ancient of Days came….” During this period just prior to the Ancient of Days coming, the fourth beast will wage war against the saints and overpower them for a “time, times and half a time” (Daniel 7:25 NASB). The Court will sit for judgment and the dominion of the beast will be taken away, annihilated,and destroyed forever.” Daniel 7:26 NASB.
Hallelujah — the intended alteration in times and law will not occur. Judgment will be passed in favor of the saints! But notice — the saints will be overcome for “time, and times, and half a time.” Revelation 13:7-8 NASB.
Jesus come quickly.