Damascus, Sufi heart of the world, is where Prophet Jesus (Isa) Allayhi al-Salam, will appear towards the end of time, according to Sufi literature.
Ibn Arabi, the famous Sufi Sheikh whose tomb is located at the foot of Jebal Qasyoon, makes numerous references to this narrative in his book The Meccan Revelations (Al-Futoohat al-Makkiyya).
The belief that Prophet Isa is going to appear in Damascus during the reign of Sayyidna al-Mahdi Alayhi al-Salam, is based on many Ahadeeth (narratives) by Prophet Mohammad Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam.
The end of time according to Sufis – and some Christian sects – is just around the corner. There are “signs” that are observed that are believed to announce the beginning of the end: such as great turbulence in the world, injustice, lack of ethics on a wide universal scale, materialism, bloodshed, etc.
Heart is the place of Light (Noor). It is the knower. That’s why Ibn Arabi says, “Ask your Heart,” because Heart can tell Truth from Illusion. The clash happens when “mind” gets in the way and disturbs the knowledge of the heart.
When it comes to belief, one’s heart needs to be purified from the clouds of mind
Materialism in this age and time makes it difficult for people to believe without physical evidence. That’s why believers are usually those who think outside the box. They don’t follow mentally-accepted parameters to decide on whether something is real for them or not. They follow the difficult, uncharted route of Heart… where there are no land posts, no signage, no maps.
Hats off to the believers who suffer on the path to Allah… those who cry their nights looking for a sign to calm their hearts’ fiery desire for Truth, who wait for Yaqeen (knowingness) to knock on their door and lend them peace… for they walk the untrodden paths, learn the untold knowledge, and stick to what Prophet Mohammad described – in a Hadeeth that roughly translates into:
“The holder of religion at the end of times, is like the grabber of hot coal.”
May our vision be of Truth, may our Heart see with the light of the Prophet, and may we rest in peace in Divine Knowingness.