Mahdi |The Islamic Army Rising From Khorasan |Dajjal is on Facebook

and so now you can “Sign up for Facebook to connect with Mahdi |The Islamic Army Rising From Khorasan |Dajjal.” The group is here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=396103295056&ref=share but I gotta admit, people who want to connect with the Mahdi et al sound pretty boring.

That’s actually an interesting one to me. No, really ;).

Related by Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: "(Armies carrying) black flags will come from Khurasan (Afghanistan). No power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Jerusalem where they will erect their flags

The hadith they quote on their front page was very obviously written ( or extensively re-written ) late as a post-hoc justification for the Abbasid revolution of 749 that overthrew the Umayyad dynasty and ruled to 1258 ( more or less ). The Abbasids did indeed come out of Khurasan and they raised black banners in opposition to the white banners of the Umayyads. Which was a dynasty centered on Syria, at the far end of which lay, of course, the holy city of Jerusalem. As the family of Abbas were relatives of Muhammed, they were considered in some circles more religiously sanctioned than the much derided ( by hostile Abbasid chroniclers after the fact ) corrupt and “secular” Umayyads. Some early “Shi’a” even supported them, thereby ceasing to become Shi’a and merging with the Sunni mainstream with the Abbasid ascendance.

Odd that something so obviously related to goings on in the 8th century seems to have been adopted as a rallying cry by ( apparently ) the Muslim equivalents of the rapture/left behind crowd.

well, Abbasids or not, why not reuse the idea? If an Iranian army does eventually manage to get somewhere close to Israel, it would make sense for them to do the black flags song and dance. Then when it all falls apart, it would be back to the drawing board in eschatological interpretations.