"It may happen that the people of Iraq may not send their qafiz and dirhams [their measures of food-stuff and their money]." We asked: "Who will be responsible for it?" He said: "The non-Arabs will prevent them." He again said: "There is the possibility that the Syrians may not send their dinar and mudd." We asked: "Who will be responsible for it?" He said: "This prevention will be made by the Romans."

(Sahih Muslim)
The Rebuilding of Iraq

Doomsday will not come until Iraq is attacked. Innocent people in Iraq will seek shelter in Damascus, which along with Iraq, will be rebuilt.

(Muntakhab Kanz al-'Ummal, 5:254)
Iraqis Flee to Damascus and the North

Doomsday will not come until Iraq is attacked. the innocent and clean people of Iraq will flee to Damascus.

(Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 210)
Fitna in Damascus

The tribulations in Damascus will calm down on the one hand and flare up again on the other. This tribulation will not end until an angel from the sky calls: "The Mahdi is your leader. the Mahdi is your caliph."

(Ibid., p. 63)
Damascus, Iraq, and Arabia

Our Prophet (saas) said: "There will be such troubles and calamities that nobody will be able to find a place of shelter. These woes will move around Damascus, fall upon Iraq, and tie the hands and feet of the Arabian Peninsula. the community of Islam will fight against troubles in the steppes. Nobody will feel any sympathy for them or even say ‘Alas!' As they try to remedy their woes on the one hand, they will emerge again on the other."

(Muntakhab Kanz al-'Ummal, 5:38-39)
" A Great Battle Between the Tigris and the Euphrates "

There will be a city called Zawra [Baghdad] between the Tigris and the Euphrates, where a great battle occurs. Women will be taken prisoner, and men will have their throats cut like sheep.

(Ibid., 5:38)

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