A Brief Description of the Question:
A war between Jews and Muslims at the end of time is mentioned. Will you give information about the talking of the tree or stone behind which a Jew hides?
There are hadiths that mean: "Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the tree and the stone, and the tree and the stone say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah , there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’
Just as there are mutashabih (having more than one meaning) verses, so too are there mutashabih hadiths. That is, some deep truths are expressed through similes and metaphors. One of the mutashabih hadiths is the one mentioned above. Allah knows best but one of the interpretations of the hadith may be as follows. At the end of time, the mischief and destruction of Jews will increase so much and their impertinence and rebellion will rise so much that Muslims and Christians will unite and act together against them. After coming together, they will form one power against Jews and will destroy them.
There will be serious antipathy against Jews all over the world so people will inform about Jews through all kinds of communication media, and will try to eliminate them. The Prophet (pbuh) said even the stones and trees would inform about them to express the extremeness of the situation.
The Truthful Informant (the Prophet) informed us about it. It will take place sooner or later. Nowadays, they are continuing to gather in their promised land, where they will face their ultimate end; they are continuing their oppression that will cause the general conscience of humanity to decide about ultimate impact they will receive. Until the decision process of the general conscience of humanity against them, which is likened to the talking of the stones and trees, is completed, the curse of the oppressed will reach its target and the material supplies necessary for the execution of the decision given by the oppressed consciences will be obtained.
Hazrat Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: "The Messenger of Allah said:
"A section of my people will not cease fighting for the Truth and will prevail till the Day of Resurrection. He said: Jesus, son of Mary, would then descend and their (Muslims') commander would invite him to come and lead them in prayer, but he would say: No, some amongst you are commanders over some (amongst you). “(Muslim, Eeman 247.)
The hadith expresses that Islam will prevail in the world until the Day of Judgment and that it will exist having a power to fight openly. That expression means the powers against Islam will exist, too. However, it informs us that Islam will not exist in the form of a defeated religion, having been intimidated, hidden, and ineffective, and among limited number of people but struggling victoriously, openly and gloriously. That prophetic information is a glad tiding that is enough to make Muslims get rid of hopelessness about future. Throughout history, Muslims have been exposed to torture, insult, migration and defeat but they have never been destroyed by a decisive beating. The Prophet informs us that the situation will go on until the Day of Judgment and that Muslims may be intimidated in some parts of the world but the flag of oneness will wave in others.
Our Prophet (pbuh) definitely saw, with the permission of Allah, all of the days to come until the Day of Judgment and informed us about them. The news that he gave us about the future occurred like the morning sun and will continue to occur. However, he had to give the news in a covered style so as not to harm the mystery of testing. He gave the news in a covered way. The news about the Day of Judgment is covered like that.
Now, let us have a look at some of the news the Prophet (pbuh) gave about the future:
Hazrat Huzayfa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘I swear by Allah, in whose hand is my soul, that Doomsday will not strike unless you kill your belief, swing your swords against your Muslim brothers and the evil ones inherit your world.’”1
Hazrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) and Hazrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrate: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘There will be disorders as dark as the night before Doomsday strikes. At that time, a person gets up as a believer and becomes an unbeliever in the evening. He is an unbeliever in the evening but gets up as an unbeliever in the morning. Many people sell their religion in return for very small amounts.’”2
Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘After you, some days will come when knowledge and science will be removed and harj will increase!’
“The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) asked:
‘O Messenger of Allah! What is harj?’
“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
‘It is killing. It is killing. It is killing.’”3
Umar ibn Hamza (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘You will definitely fight Jews! The battle will be so intense that the stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!.”4
Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Jews will fight you! However, in the end, you will defeat them. Killing will be so intense that the stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’”5
Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Judgment Day will not come unless Muslims fight the Jews. Muslims will defeat and kill Jews. The Jew will hide behind the stone and the tree, and the stone or tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him! Only the Gharqad tree will not say because it is the tree of Jews.”6
Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Doomsday will not strike unless the religious knowledge is taken away, earthquakes increase in number, time approaches and day and night become united, afflictions appear, killing increases, wealth becomes abundant like flood flows, people compete with one another in constructing high buildings. Doomsday will strike so suddenly that a man will have milked his she-camel and will have taken away the milk but he will not be able to drink it. A person will have raised a morsel (of food) to his mouth but Doomsday will strike so suddenly that he will not be able to eat it..”7
Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Some of my people will alight on low-lying ground, which they will call al-Basrah, beside a river called the Tigris over which there is a bridge. Its people will be numerous and it will be one of the capital cities of Muslims. At the end of time, the descendants of Qantura' will come with broad faces and small eyes and alight on the bank of the river. The town's inhabitants will then separate into three sections:
“- one section will follow cattle and (live in) the desert and perish.
“- another section will seek security for themselves (and make peace with the descendants of Qantura'); thus, they become unbelievers.
“- and a third section will put their children behind their backs and fight the invaders, and they will be the martyrs.”8
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) informed us in that hadith that when the end of time approached Muslims would
1- fall into weakness of belief,
2- neglect the duty of commanding what is right and forbidding what is evil,
3- be drifted into civil disorders and wars due to weakness of belief,
4- the evil and oppressing people would dominate over innocent people,
5- the evil people would cause intense disturbance in the world.
It is stated explicitly in hadtihs that Muslims and Jews will fight. It is possible to understand from the text of the hadiths that Muslims will not be the attacking party. Muslims will be right in their cause. Therefore, the public opinion of the world whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim will support Muslims. The talking of the stone and tree in the hadith is a metaphor for the common conscience, that is, the common voice of the people of the world.
Thus, the public opinion of the world will not approve of Jews. However, there will be a nation that will approve the aggression of Jews, that will support and protect them and that will fight for them. That nation was described as “gharqad tree” by our Prophet (pbuh), who sees the future clearly.
The Messenger of Allah informed miraculously that the cities of Basra and Baghdad, which had not been established at that time, would be established and that Muslim people would live there. As a matter of fact, Badiuzzaman also mentioned that hadith.9
As it is known, Baghdad was burnt and destroyed by Hulaghu in 656 H. Thus, the interpretation of the descendants of Qantura' turned out to be true. However, the fact that the USA and the UK, who are close friends with Jews, burnt and destroyed Baghdad again put the oppression of the descendants of Qantura' together with the metaphor of the Gharqad tree that supported Jews into agenda once again.
It is known very well how the mischief of Jews has turned the Middle East to hellfire today it is understood from hadiths that that war will continues a misfortune of the end of time until Jews are defeated. May Allah turn it to a good thing.
1- Tirmidhi, Fitan 9, (2171).
2- Tirmidhi, Fitan 27, 30, (2196);
3- See: Muslim, Fitan 18, (157); Tirmidhi, Fitan, 28
4- Muslim, Fitan, 80
5- Muslim, Fitan, 81
6- Muslim, Fitan, 82
7- Bukhari, 12/2123
8- Abu Dawud, Mahalim 10, 4306
9- Maktubat, p. 112