In the last few decades, there has been an increased interest in Khorasan, especially, with regards to the predictions mentioned in Hadith about wars during the end times. The wars have already begun and are ongoing in the Middle East and Asia. The Hadith is mentioned in Jami` at-Tirmidhi (2269).
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w) said:
“Black standards will come from Khurasan, nothing shall turn them back until they are planted in Jerusalem.”
Khorasan is the ancient name of the region comprising of parts of Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some areas of Kyrgyzstan.
Recently, I was asked if Pakistan is part of the Greater Khorasan. To answer this pertinent question we need to take a look at history, going as far back as Prophet Nuh (AS). Ibn Kathir (1300-1373) writes in, Stories of the Prophets that Prophet Nuh (AS) had four sons; Yam, Ham, Sam and Japheth. Yam refused to board the Ark and perished in the flood. After the flood, Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Judy in Turkey and his remaining three children disembarked to three different directions. Ham went towards the south i.e. Africa. Sam or Shem resided in the Middle Eastern lands and Japheth decided to head north.
The first people blessed with the task of building empires were the children of Ham in Africa, including, Egyptians, Sudanese and Berbers. This is why we find signs of early civilisations in the African continent. Then came the turn of Sam’s descendants in the Middle East, these include the Arabs and the Persians. As many inventions and innovations happened in this region, it was given the title of ‘cradle of civilisation.’ Last in the queue are the descendants of Japheth. They include the Turks, Gog Magog, Russians and Caucasians.
The transition period
At the time when Islam arrived, it was still the descendants of Shem ruling over the Middle East. The Arabs took over the reins of powers from the Persians. Soon after 1300AD, Arabs power was uprooted by the Mongol invaders. At the same time, Turks like Ertugrul Ghazi and his son Osman I rose to the challenge and lay the foundations of a new empire, the Ottoman Empire. We can assume that this was probably the transition period and power shifted from descendants of Shem to descendants of Japheth.
Ever since then Allah(s.w.t) has blessed with the power of knowledge different northern regions under the control of descendants of Japheth to dominate others, thus, the renaissance period of Europeans began. Similarly, it was the descendants of Japheth (Turks) who ruled over the Greater Khorasan. I repeat the people of Central Asia (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan), as well as Mongols, are all Turks. Mughals who ruled over India (1526–1857) were Turks too, descendants of Timur Lang.
Timur Lang (1370–1405) spent most of his life on the battlefield, waging wars on Mamluk’s of Egypt to Sultanates of Delhi in India as well as in southern Russian regions. The same regions have been witnessing wars for decades now and it seems more new conflicts are brewing there.
The coming war on Turkey
This week, Armenia and Azerbaijan have decided that diplomacy has failed and their militaries will now decide the fate of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. As the two countries descend into all-out war, some argue that Turkey is the real intended target of this conflict. Why Turkey, you may ask. The answer is simple. After Syria, Turkey is next in line. It is all linked to the Israeli flag. The Israeli flag has two lines; one represents the river Euphrates and the other refers to the river Nile. Some parts of the river Euphrates are under Turkey.
Turkey is well aware of these plans by Zionists. Thus, Turkey has been busy trying to keep Zionist allies away from its borders, e.g. invasion of northern Iraq to push back Kurds, invasion of northern Syria to push back Kurds and others. Zionists have promised Kurds a state called Kurdistan on the east side of the river Euphrates. Turkey’s posturing suggests it wants to avoid a wider conflict. However, in doing so it has upset many of its friends as well as foes.
- USA is upset about the S-400 defence system Turkey purchased from Russia.
- Russia is an ally of Armenia and therefore is on the opposing side in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as in Libyan and Syrian conflicts.
- The Europeans are upset about the Turkish invasion of Libya too.
- France, Greece and other Europeans are also upset about the oil and gas exploration initiated by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea around Cyprus.
- India is unhappy about the Turkish president’s statement on Kashmir. Turkey is siding with Pakistan.
- Saudis as well as Egypt and UAE are taking a stronger stance against Turkey by boycotting trade.
It seems anti-Turkey rhetoric in the Zionist-controlled media will only increase in the coming days.
The fall of Turkey will bring back once again the prominence of Khorasan, in a military sense. Khorasan was once a flourishing centre of knowledge. Many of the greatest Islamic scholars came from Khorasan, namely Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Abu Dawood, Al-Tirmidhi, Al-Nasa’i, Al-Ghazali, Al-Juwayni, Abu Mansur Maturidi, Fakhruddin al-Razi, and others. Neither Khorasan nor Turkey will become a regional or global leader again as each region is given only one opportunity to rise to power and both have had their chances, in my opinion. Allah knows best.
Is Pakistan part of Khorasan?
Khorasan had some powerful and famous rulers and quite a few of them invaded India many times e.g. Mahmud of Ghazni a ruler of the Turkic dynasty of Ghaznavids, ruling from 999 to 1030 invaded India almost every year during his reign. The list of attacks or invasions is long.
Here we need to understand that invasions involve three types of people, i.e. (1) the ruling political leadership, (2) the capitalist investors (3) the foot soldiers. It is fairly straightforward to understand the interests and potential gains sought by the first two parties involved. But why would foot soldiers risk their lives for a meagre salary? Why would ordinary soldiers want to go to wars? The answer is simple; their reward lies in the opportunity to spread their genes. Wars involve pillage and as part of booty (women).
Now to answer the question is Pakistan part of Khorasan. It depends on how much Turkish blood entered the subcontinent during these nearly millennia of invasions. In my view, a considerable amount of Turkish blood still runs through the people of this region. So yes, Pakistan is by extension part of Khorasan.