Apocalyptic prophecies are a major drive in the Middle East. It gives the Sunni Islamic State the reason to exist. It gives the Shi’ite Iran and Assad the reason to murder hundreds of thousands and prepare to kill many more. Both Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims prepare themselves to implement the Apocalyptic prophecies foretold by Mohammed. Two huge armies fighting each other before the world will be destroyed by natural disasters and the return of Jesus. According their faith, Jesus will convert to Islam and kill the Christians and the Jews.
Islam split into its Sunni and Shi’ite branches during a war over the succession to the leadership of the faith in the generation that followed the Prophet Mohammad’s death in 632. The hadith, or sayings of the prophet and his companions, have been handed down orally over the centuries and are the most important sources of authority in Islam after the Quran itself. Many date back to those medieval battlefields in what are now Syria and Iraq, where the two main Islamic sects took shape.