In Islamic eschatology, there is a hadith that the Dajjal (anti-Messiah/anti-Christ) will come and will be followed by 70,000 Jews:
Seventy thousand people from the Jews of Isfahan with turbans and gowns will follow the Dajjal (anti-Messiah).2
Based on this hadith, some Muslim clerics falsely claim that all Jews will be the army of the Dajjal – in other words, the anti-Messiah. It goes without saying that this hadith is not referring to every Jewish man, woman or child. It is referring specifically only to some who are against God’s way. Like many things from the Qur’an and hadiths, this particular example has been taken out of context and used by extremists to justify their desire to commit wanton slaughter.
However, there is apparent evidence to this hypocrisy. According to the Islamic accounts, there is another hadith. The Prophet Mohammed says that:
Seventy thousand scholars from my community, all wearing turbans, will follow the Dajjal (anti-Messiah).2
In referring to the people who will follow the anti-Messiah in the hadith, the Prophet Mohammed speaks in particular of those who are from the Islamic community and, what is more, he draws attention to those who regard themselves as scholars. Consequently, there is an obvious bias with regard to some Islamic figures portraying Jews as evil and enemies of God based on this hadith, and falsely suggesting to kill them as some manner of virtue or indication of piety.
A Muslim cannot deduce any judgments based on a single hadith. However, even if we assume that there are such hadiths, those which seem offensive could easily be interpreted in a rational way that is compatible with the spirit of the Qur’an:The army of the anti-Messiah – in other words, enemies of God – will emerge from every religion, and they will constitute bigots who seek to damage their own faiths and the world. Among them there can be Muslims, Jews, Christians, and others who are insincere in their faith and who are involved in efforts that are against God’s consent.
Furthermore, many different kinds of people are mentioned as “falling away from belief” and following the Dajjal. It would be a misrepresentation of the hadith to say that the Dajjal is a Jewish movement with only Jewish followers. Sometimes his followers are said to be from the Shi’ah or Khawarij or Sunnis. In another hadith, the Dajjal’s followers are said to come from 600,000 Jews wearing crowns along with 600,000 Bedouin, some from the tribe of Jadis, while in other hadiths Turks, Weavers, Magicians, and Uzbeks are mentioned. What is important to note is that any sincere believer, be it a Jew or Muslim, will not follow the Dajjalas he will claim divinity.
While referring to Jews as the army of Dajjal, some Muslims also imply a so-called holy war that ends with the extermination of Jews; furthermore, they claim that the Mahdi – the Islamic holy person of the End Times who is equivalent to King Messiah – will kill all the Jews as a divine mission.3
First of all, the Mahdi that Muslims are awaiting as someone who will guide people to truth in the End Times is the same holy person that the Jews are waiting for as the Messiah, and this leader’s attributes are similar in both Islamic and Judaic accounts. According to the hadiths, the Mahdi is said to rule the Jews with the Torah at his time:
(Hazrat Mahdi) will rule among Jews with the Torah and among Christians with the Gospel.3
The Mahdi will also govern the world through love, not through war. He is someone who avoids war, a man of peace, who is full of love and compassion for all humanity. The way he will operate is described as follows in the hadith:
People will seek refuge in the Mahdi (King Messiah) as honey bees cluster around their sovereign. He will fill the world that was once full of cruelty with justice. His justice will be as such that he will not wake a sleeping person not even one drop of blood is shed. The earth will return to the age of happiness.3
As indicated in the reference to the “burden of war,” all forms of violence, oppression, and conflict will come to an end in the time of the Mahdi (King Messiah):
Enmity and hatred between people will cease….Like the cup fills with water, so will the earth fill with peace….There will be religious unity. Nobody but Allah will be worshiped. War will put down its burden.3
Consequently, it is not only false to suggest that the Mahdi will kill Jews, but it is also against Islamic theology in every way, shape, and form. “Not one drop of blood will be shed” is an indisputable expression and thus the Mahdi will not shed the blood of anyone from any religion.
Via Sinem Tezyapar