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Here I would like to provide the format for questions I am asked from time-to-time, and the answers I am able to come up with.

  Who Was Nostrodomus? A young brother asked me about Nostradamus.
Michel de Nostradame was born on December 14, 1503 at St. Remy in Province, France to a family of Christianized Jews. Both his grandfathers taught him a wide range of subjects. By the time that Michel began his formal education in Avignon, where he learned philosophy, grammar, and rhetoric, he was already well versed in classical literature, history, medicine, astrology (then a legitimate science), and herbal and folk medicine.
Nostradamus (the Latin version of his name) first became well known due to his novel and very successful treatment of bubonic plague, the infamous Black Death that ravaged France in the early 16th century. His innovative cure (which was developed by and propagated by the Muslims) consisted basically of cleanliness and vitamin C. The first step when he entered a village was to have all of the corpses removed from the streets. He then prescribed for his patients plenty of fresh air, unpolluted water, and his "Rose Pills," which consisted of rose petals (and, perhaps, rose hips), sawdust from green cypress, iris, cloves, calamus, and lign-aloes. He did not allow his patients to suffer "bleeding," then a popular, although futile, treatment for everything from a minor cold to the Great Plague. He truly was successful in combating a disease for which there appeared to be no cure and no relief. It is estimated that over one-quarter of the entire population of Europe was killed by the Black Death during its sporadic visits.
In 1537, plague struck Agen, where Nostradamus was living with his wife and two children. He confidently began to treat his fellow citizens but, unfortunately, was unable to save his family from his old enemy. Distraught and questioning his own abilities, Nostradamus began to wander through Europe aimlessly for the next six years. It was during this time that he first became aware of the awakening of his “prophetic powers".
When plague broke out in Aix, capital of Province, for nine months Nostradamus again applied his proven skills to save as many of the populace as possible. After the plague dissipated, the city showed its gratitude by bestowing upon him a pension for life.
Ten years after the death of his wife and children, Nostradamus settled in Salon and remarried, eventually fathering three daughters and three sons. He had the upper floor of his house transformed into a private study, where he installed his magical equipment: astrolabe, magic mirrors, divining rods, and a brass bowl and tripod, designed after the type used by the Delphi oracles.
Under cover of night, he would retire to his study where he would sit before the tripod upon, which simmered the brass bowl filled with water and pungent herbs (probably bay laurel or a combination of herbs). For a few years, Nostradamus struggled with the dilemma of whether he should make his findings public. In 1550, he published his first almanac of prophecies -- twelve four-line poems called "quatrains." Each quatrain gave a general prophecy for the coming year. The acclaim that he received due to the almanac encouraged Nostradamus to continue. He produced an almanac every year for the rest of his life.
His most famous work, The Centuries, was begun in 1554. Eventually these prophecies were to consist of ten volumes of 100 quatrains each. Centuries 1 through part of 4 were published in Lyons in 1555. The remainder of 4 and the subsequent Centuries through 7 were published later that same year. The last three were printed in 1558, but Nostradamus decided not to have them widely distributed. The Centuries have remained constantly in print for over 400 years.
In his own time as is true today, Nostradamus' quatrains have received mixed responses. The combination of French, Provincial, Greek, Latin, and Italian written as riddles, puns, anagrams, and epigrams are complex and demand that the potential interpreter have knowledge in a wide range of subjects. Many people from the 16th century through modern times have been enthralled by the prophecies and have tried to make sense of them. Some quatrains could fit descriptions of just about any era. Others are more exact, and it is those quatrains that have established the well-earned reputation of Nostradamus as one of the world's greatest prophets.
Today, many people refer to Nostradamus as the greatest prophet of all time actually; he was only the most published. Edgar Cayce made prophecies as well, and nearly all of his have been proven true, Nostradamus had less then fifty percent of his prophecies proven true.

Now, in fairness, I would like to admit that Nostradamus certainly must have had some sort of power, but this was a weak and over-stated power that could only harm him, and others. No one can deny that Nostradamus lived, and died, a troubled and difficult life. Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us how to see through the wicked illusions of the Shaytan (Devils). The following is an incident related by the companions of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had warned us of 30 lesser Dajjal's (Literally liars, but commonly referred to as Anti-Christ's) that will appear before the TRUE Dajjal (The expected Anti-Christ). One such lesser Dajjal was Ibn Sayyad, who lived during the time of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) took a group of his trusted companions with him to visit Ibn Sayyad, who was in his pubescent years (about 13). We saw him playing with some of his friends, when he saw us coming he walked over to us. Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) asked him, "Do you testify that I am the Messenger Of Allah (Glory To Him)?" Ibn Sayyad replied, "No! Do you testify that I am the Messenger of Allah (Glory to Him)?" Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) smiled and said, "I testify that 'There Is No Divine Except Allah, & Muhammad Is His Messenger.'" He then told Ibn Sayyad, "I have kept something in my thoughts for you, can you tell me what it is?"
Now basically, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), knew that this teenager was telling people that he was a prophet and had the power of past prophets, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), basically tells this teenager, "Tell me what I'm thinking, if you are not a liar." What he was thinking was a verse from the Qur'an, sura "Ad-Dhukaan, (The Clear Smoke)" [44:10] 'Therefore, watch for the day when the sky brings a profound smoke.' Back to the story.
Ibn Sayyad thought for a moment and replied, "Is it 'the smoke?' Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) smiled and said to his companions (May Allah be pleased with them) "Truly, this man is confused." and they left.
The purpose of this was to teach his companions, so they could teach us, how to spot a false prophet. Not just anyone can predict the future or read minds, but even if you can, it doesn't mean that your power comes from God.
Ibn Sayyad claimed to be a prophet of God, true prophets have direct, and complete, revelation from God. In The Bible, Deuteranamy, God tells Moses (Peace be Upon Him) that a prophet who predicts, and it fails to come true, is a false prophet, and he should be killed. Muhammad didn't kill Ibn Sayyad because he knew that he would recant, after Muhammad died, and become a Muslim (And this DID come to pass).
Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had the entire verse (above) in his mind, Ibn Sayyad could only see half of a word, least of all the complete thought. Ad-Dhuk means, The Smoke, but the WHOLE word was Ad-Dhukaan, meaning The CLEAR Smoke. So not only could Ibn Sayyad not see the whole verse, but he couldn't even see an entire WORD.
Back to Nostradamus, the best of his revelations (that came true) was his prediction of the "2nd Anti-Christ". He said that his name would be "Hisler", and we know that it was "Hitler". Again, this is amazing, and most people don't have this kind of power. Regardless, this power, as impressive as it may be, is not from God--so he is a false prophet.

  The Future of (and according to) Islam? Muhammad was given more knowledge about the False Messiah than anyone was, but that ALL the prophets were sent with warnings of him. This shows that of all the tests and trials that God places on us, that the 'One-eyed Liar' is the hardest of the tests. It is recorded that Muhammad tells us that the first supplication we should make, after our salat, is, 'Allah, please protect me from the trials of life and death, from the punishment of the grave, from the punishment of the Hell-fire, and from the trials of the False Messiah.'
Muhammad tells us that he will be blind of his right eye; that it will appear as a swollen grape. His good eye will be green of color. This is important to understand, because he will claim to be God, but he could not be God, because he has an imperfection, a wounded eye, and though he will have the power to do great wonders, he will not be able to heal his eye. More than this, Muhammad tells us that our Lord is not one eyed. If we put thought into this, we can see that with only one eye, we loose all forms of depth perception, so life is like watching TV, and I do not make this comparison by coincidence.
He will be short and fat, with very curly hair, and very red skin. Most movies I have seen (always by Christians or people who follow the Christian scripture) seem to display the False Messiah as a good-looking man. I attribute this to the idea that only charismatic people seem to have any real power, and history will back them up, but the False Messiah will be quite ugly, I assure you. In fact, he will have the mark of disbelief on his forehead, and even the illiterate will be able to see it, but only if they are believers in one God, with no partners. The Christian concept has always been that it will read 666. This has been disproved by the Christian scholars in recent years, they know that it will say something on his forehead, they just don't know what. I suggest that it WILL, in fact, be three digits, but they will be the Arabic letters K-F-R, which stands for Kufr, or disbelief.
Muhammad knows more about the One-eyed Liar than the Liar knows about himself. He will enter every city in the world, if they believe in him, then the city will prosper, if they refuse him, then the city will suffer a drought. He will have the authority to open the sky with rain. He will have two rivers with him, one will appear as a river of cool water, and the other will appear as molten lava. Muhammad gave us some advice concerning these two rivers, he said to close our eyes, lower our head, and drink from the river that appears to be fire, for it is really the water.
He will enter all cities in the world except Mecca and Medina. He will posses great magic, one example will be that he will approach a Bedouin in the desert and offer to raise his mother and father from the grave if he will believe in him. The Bedouin will agree, and the Liar will make two devils appear in the forms of his parents and they will tell him to believe in the Liar.
There can be no doubt that this One-eyed Liar will be able to fool a large portion of the world, but a true believer will be able to resist his lies. When the apostles of Muhammad were asked about the duration of the Liar on earth, Muhammad said that he would be here for forty days, but that the first of these days will be as one year, the second would be as one month, and the third as one week. I have heard speculation by some people that the days would only appear to take that long, but I counter that argument, in that, the apostles then asked if the prayers of that first day should be composed of only five, and Muhammad said, "No", that we would have to calculate the hours and pray accordingly, without the sun as our guide.
I know this seems really bleak, but there is hope. We have to expect a very pious man, called the Mahdi, he will have the same name as Muhammad, and his father's name will be the same as Muhammad's father. There will be seven men, followed by three hundred men each, who will pledge allegiance to the Mahdi in Mecca. He will be a generous man who will give of his wealth without even counting it. It is appears to me that he and his men will be hard pressed, but they will resist the Liar.
One day, in Damascus, near the white minaret (on the eastern side?) the call to prayer will be announced for the Morning Prayer. The Mahdi will be ready to lift his hands up to say Allah-hu Akbar (God is Great, the traditional way to begin prayers, ask any Muslim), but before he can, Jesus will descend upon the earth.
He will be of medium height, with reddish, white skin. His hair will appear wet, although no water has touched it, but droplets like pearls will fall from it. He will be wearing two garments, both yellow, and his hands will be stretched out, holding the wings of two angels.
The Mahdi will offer him to lead the prayers, but he will push the Mahdi forward and tell him to lead, as the call was made for him, and Jesus will follow. After the prayer, Jesus will lead the people to Jerusalem. It is my belief, from my studies, that he will lead the Morning Prayer when he reaches Jerusalem; they will be late for some reason. At this time, the Muslims are under siege in Palestine, like now. He will immediately go to the door and command that it be opened, and the Liar will be waiting.
It is written that seventy thousand Jews, armed and waiting for the order to fight will accompany him. I think this would be a good time to mention that the Jews have not accepted that Jesus is the Messiah. Although we Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God, we DO accept him as the Messiah. The Jews are still waiting for the Messiah to come for the first time, while Christians and Muslims are waiting for him to return. It should go without saying that the average Zionist who hears of someone preaching the destruction of the Muslims will most assuredly give him his attention, and if he has powers, he will be regarded as the Messiah.
The liar will expect to kill Jesus on the spot, but he will be racked with pain and begin to fade away, as water dissolves salt. He will try to run, but Jesus will catch him by the Eastern gate in the area known as Ramallah. There, he will kill him.
At this time, the people of Ya'juj and Ma'juj (Gog and Magog, in the Bible) will cause havoc in the earth again. Jesus, being a man of few words, will then lead the believers to battle the army's of Gog and Magog. The battle will be desperate, and the believers will be loosing, but Jesus will pray, and stinging insects (like locusts) will barrage the enemy, and by morning, they will all be dead. The smell will be awful, so Jesus will pray again, and large birds, like vultures, will carry away the rotting bodies.
It is said that Jesus will remain with us as our ruler for forty (it was not explained, forty days, months, years, or what?) He will not reign as a prophet, but as a king, for he will implement the teachings of Muhammad. This is described as breaking the cross, for the cross has been a symbol of punishment, but the Christians have made it a sign of idolatry, as they wear it on their necks and put them in their churches and claim that Jesus was made divine on it. He will not accept the tax that non-Muslims paid to the Muslim leaders for exemption from military services for two reasons: one; there will be no more war, so no need for armies. And two; everyone will recognize him as the one, true Messiah, and he will not suffer anyone to worship him, so he will not accept any religion but Islam. It is written that he will kill the pigs. God knows best if we should take this literally or not, but the bottom line is, that everyone will accept Islam as the one true religion.
But I cannot say that everyone will be a Muslim from this time on. Certainly most people will strive for good, as they know that the last days are near. Peace will reign supreme under the rule of Jesus. The sky will send down plenty of rain, the earth will be so fertile, that if you dropped a seed on a rock, then it would vegetate. And if someone were to wander in the wilderness and come across a lion, then it would not chase him or her. But eventually, Jesus will die, as all of God's creations must. At this time, the final lesson of the Qur'an will be fulfilled, for in the Qur'an, Jesus said, "I am the slave of God. Peace be upon me the day I was born, and peace WILL be upon me the day that I die and am resurrected (on the last day)." Jesus will die, and the believers will pray over his grave (and offer peace). The last part, about Jesus receiving peace upon resurrection to God should go without saying (because does anyone believe that the blessed Messenger Jesus, Son of Mary, will not be accepted by God?) So with his death, the believers will perform the greatest acts of good they can, because they know that their days are numbered, literally.
One day, a wind will come by, and it will touch all of the believers under their arms, even if they are in the depths of a cave, and they will die, being sent to their God, in peace. I think this a good time to mention that in all of the religions, this is the only clear mention of an actual 'rapture'. Many Christians believe that they will be raptures, or taken up to God, to escape the war that will spread on the earth, called the tribulations, consisting of plague and famine and much strife. I warn all Christians to read well their Bible, for you WILL NOT find any clear mention of any rapture as explained by your Priests and Pastures, and you might be in for a surprise.
Regardless, Islamic scripture states that only the most wicked people, who have not an atoms weight of good within them will remain, and the people will commit fornication and adultery in the streets. The most moral and upright of the people will be a man who sees this and recommends one of these fornicators to take her by a nearby wall so as to keep the roadway clear. The Qur'an will be taken away, and Satan, himself, will walk the earth and command people to worship idols, and they will obey. How long will he have power on earth? Perhaps for two thousand years, as the Bible said he would, but it is not important, because I do not plan to be here for it. At this time, a tall man from Ethiopia, with skinny legs will sit on top of the Ka'baa and remove the stones one at a time and no one would try to stop them. But God made humans only to worship Him, and the earth as a place for us to prostrate, and in this time when mankind is nothing but a rabid animal, he will have no use for the earth OR mankind, so He will destroy them both.
May God save us from the torment He gives to the disbelievers.

No one knows when that day will arrive, we can only prepare for it. And if you are planting a seed when the day comes... finish planting the seed.

Muhammad, Messenger of Allah.
  Az-Zabur The Zabur is the Arabic translation of the Psalms, we Muslims believe that God gave the Psalms to David. I know that there is a difference of opinion as to who wrote which Psalms, but regardless, this one is from David, and Christian theologians agree on that.
Yesterday, one of our brothers mentioned that a co-worker of his informed him that Christians, too, make a pilgrimage (referring, of course, to the original dictation by the Papacy that Christians should visit the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and walk the path of Jesus). He didn't have to tell me that this person was trying to stir-up trouble, what with Ariel Sharrone becoming the new Prime Minister of Israel (see, "They Can't Go Home" for the REAL invasion of Lebanon by Sharrone).
I dislike Muslims to confront non-Muslims with anger, so I told him to ask this Christian if he knew where The Prophet David made HIS pilgrimage.
I would like my readers to pay special attention to verse number six. It should be mentioned to the non-Muslim that the word Mecca (our holy city of pilgrimage) is not in the Qur'an, but it is called by its original name... Bacca. This is the location of our Holy Ka'baa.

"1": How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

"2": My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

"3": Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

"4": Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

"5": Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

"6": Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the wells.

"7": They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

"8": O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

"9": Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

"10": For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

"11": For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

"12": O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

By the way, Mecca is in a valley, and we have a well there, called Zam-zam. If you've read the Bible, you'll know that this is the well (and valley) that Abraham left Hagar in with his first-born son, Ishmael. Remember when it was revealed that they were blessed with a well that miraculously appeared for them. Notice that the Bible tells us that these people who seek God there will be blessed, and before that verse, it say's that it is a place of security.

Praise God.