This critical article on ISIS suggests that some Muslims believe that a final Armageddon war will happen in Dabiq, currently conquered by ISIS. So is this really true, and if yes what are the evidences in Islam?

The Islamic State awaits the army of “Rome,” whose defeat at Dabiq, Syria, will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse.


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There is one hadith in Sahih Muslim(collection of prophet's saying) which mention about dabiq. Given below is that hadith.

The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A'maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counteract them). When they will arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans would say: Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from amongst us. Let us fight with them; and the Muslims would say: Nay, by Allah, we would never get aside from you and from our brethren that you may fight them. They will then fight and a third (part) of the army would run away, whom Allah will never forgive. A third (part of the army) which would be constituted of excellent martyrs in Allah's eye, would be killed and the third who would never be put to trial would win and they would be conquerors of Constantinople. And as they would be busy in distributing the spoils of war (amongst themselves) after hanging their swords by the olive trees, the Satan would cry: The Dajjal has taken your place among your family. They would then come out, but it would be of no avail. And when they would come to Syria, he would come out while they would be still preparing themselves for battle drawing up the ranks. Certainly, the time of prayer shall come and then Jesus (peace be upon him) son of Mary would descend and would lead them in prayer. When the enemy of Allah would see him, it would (disappear) just as the salt dissolves itself in water and if he (Jesus) were not to confront them at all, even then it would dissolve completely, but Allah would kill them by his hand and he would show them their blood on his lance (the lance of Jesus Christ). http://sunnah.com/muslim/54/44

I do not know more about this hadith, like authenticity, what it mean etc.

  • I'm upvoting your for finding the hadith, but it's not normally sufficient to provide hadith without proper explanation.... Apr 21, 2015 at 19:34
  • This hadith is also unauthentic
    – Sayyid
    Mar 20, 2016 at 22:12

Considering this town is closer to Turkey than Saudi Arabia, I doubt it was a statement the prophet actually made. It sounds like a late fabrication during the Ummayad/Byzantine wars. Rome for the Arabs was Constantinople, Turkey at that time, so it makes sense geographically (not Rome in Italy).

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    And swords and lances. This must have happened long ago.
    – a_fan
    Apr 21, 2015 at 18:39
  • Suhayl bin Abi Salih, the 4th transmitter in the chain, was considered da'if (weak) by Daraqutni, Nasa'i said his hadith are matruk (abandoned) and Yahya bin Sa'id al-Qattan said he mixes things or alters. Mar 21, 2016 at 18:51

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