Khorasan (Islamist group) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Khorasan is a historical term for the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran region.[3] The name of the group was likely created by intelligence agencies.[3] "Khorasan" is from the Middle Persiankhwar (meaning "sun") and āsān (or ayan literally meaning "to come" or "coming" or "about to come"), hence meaning "land where the sun rises."[4][dead link]. The hadiths report that Muhammad said that the advent of the Mahdi would be signaled by "Black Standards" proceeding from Khorasan.[5][6]

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  1. ^"Syria’s hard cell: Rise of Khorasan group alarms U.S.". The Pueblo Chieftain. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. ^ ab"US admits there is a much scarier terrorist group than ISIS". RT. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  3. ^ ab"What Is the “Khorasan Group” and Why Is the U.S. Bombing It in Syria?". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  4. ^Humbach, Helmut, and Djelani Davari, "Nāmé Xorāsān", Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Persian translation by Djelani Davari, published in Iranian Languages Studies Website
  5. ^David Cook (2002). Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic. Darwin Press. p. 153.  from the Fitan of Nu`aym and the Ahwal of Safarini. Also Cook, 125 and 206. Note that this particular tradition is ambiguous about whether the Mahdi himself would choose the black banner. Other traditions will be less circumspect (see below).
  6. ^"Hadiths about Army of Mahdi, the Black Flags, and East Khorasan". On the authority of Thawban, the Messenger of Allah (upon whom be blessings and peace) said: The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: "Before your treasure, three will kill each other -- all of them are sons of a different caliph but none will be the recipient. Then the Black Banners will appear from the East and they will kill you in a way that has never before been done by a nation." Thawban, a companion said: 'Then he said something that I do not remember by heart' then continued to say that the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, said: "If you see him give him your allegiance, even if you have to crawl over ice, because surely he is the Caliph of Allah, the Mahdi. If you see the black (meaning war) flags coming from Khurasan, join that army, even if you have to crawl over ice, for this is the army of the Caliph, the Mahdi and no one can stop that army until it reaches Jerusalem." Ibne Majah Page 300, Also in Ahmad's Musnad, al-Haakim's Mustadrak and, Al Busiri, Ahmad Nuaym, Ad-Daylami, Hasan, ibn Sufyaan, and Abu Nuaym
  7. ^Herridge, Catherine (23 September 2014). "US strikes target Al Qaeda veterans in Syria plotting 'imminent attack'". Fox News. Retrieved 23 September 2014.