They came in with guns,
shed blood in the Haram,
and took the holiest place on Earth…HOSTAGE.
In the sacred month of Muharram 1979, a group of Muslim insurgents falsely believed they were led by the Mahdi as they stormed the Sacred Mosque of Makkah.
For two weeks, the gates were chained shut; adhan, salah and tawaf ceased; and Imam of the Haram along with its worshippers held hostage.
The fitnah of that time was intense and the pain unfathomable. The insurgents truly believed in their cause, ready to fight to their deaths, and indeed they did.
Studying the conditions and precursors has never been more pertinent than right now. Journey back with Shaykh Yasir Qadhi as he uncovers the events that led up to the Siege of Makkah.
Here’s what to expect:
Extract lessons and morals from the siege
Learn the background of insurgents and how they were misled
Recognize the red flags used even today to incite hatred
Learn the true signs of the Mahdi and how to spot false “Messiahs”
Maneuver through fitnah when it hits and how to recognize it
The fitnah passed. The gates were opened. And the worshippers, deprived of the Kabah for far too long, rushed to revive the tawaf once again.
Will this dark moment in recent history be left forgotten or will we ensure it never happens again.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Yasir graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences, and then completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah. He then returned to America, and completed a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University.