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Signs in the heavens and a popular notion in the Islamic world that Osama bin Laden is the “Mahdi,” a long-awaited messianic deliverer, increase this month’s risk of mega-terror attacks on the U.S. – including raising the threat of al-Qaida’s nuclear “American Hiroshima” plan, says an author and expert in a report released today to WND.

Paul L. Williams, author of “The Al Qaeda Connection” and a former FBI consultant, warns in a report that first appeared in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin terror attacks on the U.S. before Nov. 2 would have special spiritual significance.

“Islamic clerics point out that the signs in the heavens are propitious for such an event,” writes Williams. “This year, Muslims will experience solar and lunar eclipses during the holy month. These great heavenly signs, according to Islamic visionary Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Sahib, foretell the coming of the “Mahdi,” the mighty warrior of the Apocalypse, who will defeat the army of Yajuj wa-Majuj (“the infidel unbelievers”), led by the Dabbah or “the Beast.” He will lead the Muslims to great victory and bring forth the Day of Islam, when all of creation falls before the throne of Allah.”

Millions of Muslims worldwide already regard bin Laden as the “Mahdi,” say Williams and other analysts of Islam.

“Islamic tradition says that the Mahdi will be a descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatima,” writes Williams. “He will have a distinctive forehead, a prominent nose, and a black mole on his face. He will arise from Arabia and will be called from a cave by Allah to serve as the savior of all true believers.”

Williams points out bin Laden’s followers see significance in his high forehead, the prominent nose, the black mole, his origins in Arabia and his calling from a cave in Afghanistan.

“Bin Laden speaks of the president of the United States as Dabbah, the beast he must slay, and of the American people as the Yajuj wa-Majuj, the nation of Gog that he must destroy,” reports Williams. “In his edicts and official correspondence, he no longer signs his name as Osama bin Laden but as Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden.”

Is bin Laden the “Mahdi”? Many Muslims think so. And these are prophetically significant times for those who believe. A solar eclipse occurred Oct. 3 and a lunar eclipse followed Oct. 17. This is a unique phenomenon that only occurred once before — during the Ramadan of 1894. At that time, Muslim scholars said that the next occurrence of twin eclipses will signal the appearance of “the divinely guided one” and the end of human history.

“One Muslim, who views bin Laden as the Mahdi, is Sheikh Nasir bin Hamid al Fahd,” explains Williams. “Al Fahd recently issued a religious ruling or fatwa on behalf of the clerics of Saudi Arabia that granted bin Laden and other terrorists the permission to use nuclear weapons against the United States.”

In the fatwa, titled “A Treatise on the Legal Status of Using Weapons of Mass Destruction against Infidels,” al Fahd ruled that international law should not be taken into consideration while determining if America should be nuked. Islamic law, he says, overrides all man-made laws.

“Al Fahd justifies the mass casualties and destruction that would be caused by the ‘American Hiroshima’ — the al Qaida plan to detonate seven tactical nuclear weapons in seven major U.S. cities — by arguing that an estimate of the number of Muslims killed by Americans would total almost 10 million,” writes Williams.

In addition to the Double Occultation of the sun and the moon, many Muslims see other signs that Allah seeks the destruction of the United States, including the devastation wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Williams points out that, in a communiqu? to bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top al-Qaida lieutenant in Iraq, mentions the “Great Ramadan Offensive” that will create a “fateful confrontation” with the United States and Israel.

“I think that the plans for the next stage of the jihad has reached you or will reach you in a few days,” Zarqawi writes in the letter. “O God, make the plans of Osama come to fruition!”

The communiqu?, dated May 30, was intercepted by CIA officials and remains on the Global Information System database that is accessible only to government officials with high-security clearance.

“Most U. S. intelligence officials dismissed Zarqawi’s letter as wishful thinking until Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s second in command, appeared on al-Jazeera, the official television network of Saudi Arabia, to deliver a message to the American people,” explains Williams.

In the message, which was broadcast Aug. 8, al-Zawahiri said: “What you have seen, O Americans, in New York and Washington and the losses you are having in Afghanistan and Iraq, in spite of the blackouts by your media, are only the losses of the initial clashes. … You will soon experience horrors that will make you forget the horrors you have encountered in Vietnam.”

The al-Qaida No. 2 man went on to say: “Jihadist forces have been established in all of Western Europe to defend the powerless within the nation. For the crimes that the Crusaders have committed against the Muslims will be reaped by Christians and Jews throughout the Western world.”

“Zawahiri’s video messages are viewed by intelligence officials as telling signs that a terrorist attack is imminent,” says Williams. “His televised message Sept. 6, 2004, took place before the December 6, 2004, bombing of the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, while his message of June 17, 2005, preceded the London bombings.”

Williams says concerns about an October attack were heightened more by reports that jihadists viewed the ravages of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as signs that Allah was pleased with the plans for “the American Hiroshima.”

“Allah has punished America with winds and water,” one imam is quoted in the GIS report as saying. Another imam reportedly quipped that America, as evidenced by the natural disasters, is “under the curse of the Jews.”

Paul Williams is the author of “The Al Qaeda Connection.” To read his follow-up on the heightened threat of nuclear terrorism during Ramadan, subscribe to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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