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I'm curious to know where Will McCants gets this idea that most Sunnis, and especially "upper class", "cosmopolitan" Sunnis look down on interest in the End Times, thinking that only Shia are interested in it. Muslims have always been interested in this topic; this did not start recently, and any Islamic speaker or publisher can confirm that. (Shia have a completely different narrative, which has little in common with the Sunni one.)I don't have access to the letters Will McCants has, but for any Muslim with even a basic level of knowledge, the idea of tactical military planning based on the coming of the Mahdi is wrong not because it's from the lower classes but because no one knows when the Mahdi will come. As we learn from the famous hadith of Jibreel (the angel Gabriel), not even Prophet Muhammad or Gabriel knows when the Hour will come and when the signs preceding it will occur. I would assume that this would be the objection if a leader was actually setting plans and goals based on the idea that the Mahdi would be here "tomorrow" (which is hard to believe anyway, since it's so obviously wrong - but again, I don't have the source documents).
Outside my expertise so can't give a real response. Would suggest you ask McCants himself. He's on Twitter.
1) It's not easy to have serious discussions via tweets, and 2) he is not happy to being questioned.
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