Muhammad Qasim's apocalyptic dreams and how they haunt Malaysian Twitter
A deluge of Malay and English-language tweets directed at Malaysian Twitter accounts have got many curious about the subject of those posts: of one Muhammad Qasim and his dreams.
Many of the dreams described by these accounts – seemingly random and range from those who just joined and long-time members of Twitter – involve bleak themes and apocalytic events.
Some talk about witnessing Ya’juj and Ma’juj – the Muslim version of Gog and Magog – and the rise of Mahdi, all common eschatological themes in Islam.
More often than not, these tweets that aggressively and undeterred in spreading their messages result in much annoyance from their targets, who resulted in them being blocked and subsequently reported to Twitter.
But there does not seem to be an end yet for this movement. If anything, there seems to be more and more accounts spreading the word about Qasim and his dreams.
But who is Qasim? What makes his dreams so compelling to many who felt they needed to spread the gospel?
More importantly, who is behind these seemingly spammy tweets? Are there real humans behind this movement, or is it the work of an organised system of Twitter bots?
BBNU interviewed some of these supporters, went through their WhatsApp groups, and pored over their literature to understand this movement.
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