Anit-Christ and Christ himself. This had been foretold by Muslim holy
Sadir al-Sayrafi says: I heard from Imam Abu Abdullah Jafar al-Sadiq
that: ... He whose rights have been taken away and who is denied
(hazrat mahdi (as)) will walk among them, move through their markets
and walk where they walk. but they will not recognize hazraz mahdi
(as) until Allah gives them leave to recognize him, just as He did
with the Prophet Yusuf (as).
The Prophet(SAW) said:
Allah will bring out from concealment al-Mahdi from my family and just
before the day of Judgment; even if only one day were to remain in the
life of the world, and he will spread on this earth justice and equity
and will eradicate tyranny and oppression.
(Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, P. 99)
Libya protests spread with increasing violence
Updated February 21, 2011 22:38:17
Violent clashes between demonstrators and police are continuing in
Libya where the death toll is thought to have climbed to more than
230. Protesters claim to have taken control of the country's second
largest city, Benghazi, while clashes between security forces and
demonstrators are rising in the capital, Tripoli. There are
unconfirmed reports that the leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has fled as
further cracks appear in his four decade old regime. Libya's
ambassador to India has resigned in protest over the government's
treatment of protesters. And there has been a call within Libya to cut
all oil exports until the violence ends.
Reporter: Karon Snowdon
Speakers: Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libyan president; Professor
Amin Saikal, director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian
National University; Catherine Ashton, representative for foreign and
security policy, European Union
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SNOWDON: Protests continue in Yemen, Bahrain, Iran and Algeria but
it's Libya that is causing concern around the world.
The death toll in Libya is put at more than 230 by Human Rights Watch
but with no foreign journalists in the country and severe media
restrictions it's impossible to confirm the precise situation.
It does appear protesters took control of Benghazi over the weekend
after some army units defected to their cause.
Reports out of the capital Tripoli say there are now deadly clashes
between protesters and what are thought to be heavily armed African
There's been no sign of Muammar Gaddafi except possibly earlier
recorded TV footage, but his son and expected heir, Seif al-Islam
Gaddafi, remains defiant.
He said during a national broadcast late Sunday night, Libya could
descend into civil war.
GADDAFI: We're in very high spirits and Muammar Gaddafi the leader is
leading the battle and the army is with him, the armed forces are with
him. And there are tens of thousands of people who back him. We will
not let Libya go, we will fight to the last man, to the last bullet,
and we will never leave it.
SNOWDON: The belligerent stance means there will be more violence,
says Professor Amin Saikal, from the Australian National University.
SAIKAL: Gaddafi's regime has been an especially repressive regime,
which was firmly controlled by him and basically run by his very
efficient and brutal secret police.
SNOWDON [TO SAIKAL]: So you're expecting more violence before this is
SAIKAL: I think there will be more violence and we also hear there are
disturbances in Tripoli itself. And his son has come out and said we
are on the verge of civil war but he was very combatant. He promised a
new constitution and new liberal law but at the same time he said we
are going to fight to the last man.
SNOWDON: Yet support could be dwindling.
Two senior figures, the Libyan ambassadors to India and the Arab
League, have resigned.
Plus, powerful opponents appear to be reading the situation and
telling the Gaddafis to go.
Speaking to the Al Jazeera network, the leader of the Al-Zuwayya tribe
in eastern Libya is threatening to cut oil exports unless authorities
stop what he called the 'oppression of protesters'.
Most of Libya's oil is exported to Europe.
Leaders there, slow to criticise the regime, are now speaking out.
Catherine Ashton, is the EU representative for foreign and security
ASHTON: I am really worried about what is happening in Libya at
present time. We have been urging restraint, we continue to do so. It
is very, very important that this violence stops and they reach a
SNOWDON: The US and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon,
have also called for an end to the use of force.
Amin Saikal says there is no turning back for Libya.
SAIKAL: Well there's no question this is a popular uprising against
Gaddafi's 40 year rule. And he has managed to deceive the Libyan
public and the international community for that long but now I think
it's come to the point that the people have just had it. And they were
looking for a spark and that spark came with Tunisian and Egyptian
revolutions and the Libyan people felt that if the Egyptians and the
Tunisians can do it, we should be able do it.
SNOWDON: It's been a feature of these conflicts and these uprising
that they haven't been driven by the clerics.
SAIKAL: It hasn't been driven by the clerics and we really don't know
if it's been led by a single individual or an organisation or this is
just a spontaneous popular uprising. The way I see it its just a
spontaneous popular uprising against the Gaddafi regime.