The following are excerpts from an interview with Jordanian Political Science Professor Ghazi Rabab'a, which aired on Al-Majd TV on May 22, 2005
Rbab'a:I want to finish with what the Prophet Muhammad said: "Judgment Day will not occur until you fight the Jews, when you are on the east of the river and they are on its west, until the tree and rock say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him, except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews."
This tradition was conveyed 1,400 years ago, there was not a single Jew in Palestine, and not a single Muslim east of the Jordan river. Nevertheless, this conflict is the fulfillment of the prophecy. The prophet Muhammad, who "does not speak of his own desire," foretold that we would clash with the Jews, and then the only dialog would be a dialog of weapons, to eradicate them from this land, like the Crusaders before them.
Presenter:Do you believe that the Muslims will one day return to Cordoba and Granada?
Rabab'a:The Muslims will return there if we follow the way of God and spread the word of Islam. Only then will the vast expanse of the land open up to us. Our way to Granada, to Cordoba, and to Palestine is the way of Islam, which brought us to Andalusia, and the way of Salah Al-Din, who liberated Palestine from the filth of the Crusaders.