The Islamic Revolution Part 2: An incredible prophecy

Huff Post: This is the second article in a three-series on the geopolitical, social and religious backdrop to the rise of Islam in the 7th century, what it historically reveals and how it contextualizes against narratives of extremists and critics. Read the first part here.

Historians have marveled at how the dramatic turns of the Roman-Persian war, in the era of the rise of Islam, is incredibly predicted by verses 3-5 of chapter 30 (The Romans) of the Holy Quran: The Romans have been defeated in the land nearby, and they after their defeat will be victorious, in a few years…

The Persian badgering of Rome (besieged by internal dissent and discord) began around 600 CE by knocking out Dara, a vital point in the Roman defensive system in northern Mesopotamia. With Persia emboldened and Rome buckling under internal revolts, the scales tipped heavily in favor of the Persians— …cities in Mesopotamia fell like dominoes with Edessa capitulating in 605…then the great city of Antioch in Syria fell in 610 followed by Emesa and then Damascus itself in 613. Egypt, too, would fall later. Things got worse: after defeating a Roman counter-attack in Asia-minor the Shah’s armies turned east toward Jerusalem—the prize, heart and soul of Christendom. The aim was obvious: capture the most holy city in Christendom and, in doing so, assert the cultural and religious triumph of Persia. (The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan).

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