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Brothers and Sisters. I don't know why but lately I have been pondering over this topic alot and I have been thinking about the end of this world alot. Maybe it is the turmoil around us that we see in the news every single day. The oil spills, the attacks on innocent people, the injustice all around us and how the blood of our fellow Muslims is being spilt all over like it is of no worth. I dont know what it is that makes me think of the end of times or death so often.

 

I want to know more about this as my research is just like a small drop in the ocean compared to the knowledge others have on this topic.

 

How close are we to the end? Our Prophet Muhammad :no: did give us some insight into what will happen towards the end. The coming of Dajjal (Anti-Christ), the zahoor of Imam Mehdi (A.S) and then the second coming of Hazrat Essa (A.S) . However I am not that much aware of the signs there will be for all these happenings. I recently came across the documentary "The Arrivals". It really made me think aswell. It did make sense. The "New world order" could might as well be the start of the end.

 

I have heard that towards the end natural disasters will increase. Also I did read a few Hadith with stated some of the signs. As some of them are below however I am not sure about their authenticity:

 

Allah's Messenger :j: said: "The Harj (will increase)." They asked, "What is the Harj?" He replied, "(It is) killing (murdering), (it is) murdering (killing)."(Bukhari)

 

"Signs following one another like the pieces of a necklace falling one after the other when its string is cut."(Tirmidhi)

 

Also there was another Hadith which I dont have in writing which stated something about people competing to construct tall buildings. Please do quote the Hadith if you have it.

 

 

I would like it if the well learned people of this forum can give me more insight. I believe that we as a Muslim Ummah need to wake up before we lose everything. If the end is near we need to be steadfast. I think if we drew a timeline from the time Hazrat Adam (A.S) set foot on earth to the time when everything will perish, I guess we stand only a little away from the end. The pointer will be only a few inches away from the end. But thats only what I think and feel from what I see around me and from what I can make out of the situations at the present. Hope you all can enlighten me more with the correct facts.

 

 

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Signs of the Hour

 

There are various sites regarding prophesies on the last days . The sites give very precise locations and happenings before the last day. Are they true ? . However in Quran there are prophesies but it does not mention the places. If there are any clear indications in Quran or in Hadith about Last Days, can you kindly tell.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

The Signs of the Hour are the signs that will precede Yawm al-Qiyaamah (the Day of Judgement) and indicate that it is nigh.

The Hour (al-Saa'ah) means the time of reckoning, and is either:

1. Saa'ah sughra (the lesser hour), which is a person's death, whereupon his reckoning starts when he leaves this world and passes into the Hereafter;

2. Or Saa'ah kubraa (the greater Hour), which is when mankind will be resurrected from their graves to be judged and rewarded or punished accordingly.

When the word al-saa'ah is used on its own in the Qur'aan, it refers to the greater reckoning (the Day of Judgement), as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): "People ask you concerning the Hour…" [al-Ahzaab 33:63]

The Signs of the Hour (i.e., the Day of Judgement) are of two types:

1. Ashraat al-Saa'ah al-Sughra (Minor signs of the Hour)

These are signs that will appear a long time before the Hour approaches, such as the decline of knowledge, the spread of ignorance, drinking of wine or alcohol, competition in the construction of tall buildings, and many others. The scholars have listed almost sixty signs, some of which will accompany the major signs, or will appear afterwards.

2. Ashraat al-Saa'ah al-Kubraa (Major Signs of the Hour)

These are major signs that will appear shortly before the Day of Judgement comes. These extraordinary events will be:

(1) The appearance of the Mahdi. At the end of time, a man from the descendents of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) will appear, and Allaah will help him to make His religion prevail. He will take control of the land (or the earth) and fill it with justice just as it had previously been filled with wrongdoing and oppression. Under his rule, the ummah will be blessed as it has never been blessed before.

This man's name will be like the name of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and his father's namewill be like the Messenger's father's name. He will be a descendant of Faatimah, the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), through the line of al-Hasan ibn 'Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). He will appear from the East. A number of saheeh ahaadeeth refer to the appearance of the Mahdi, including the following:

 

1. Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "During the last days of my ummah, the Mahdi will appear. Allaah will send rain for him, and the earth will bring forth its produce. He will give money sihaahan (according to one report, the Prophet was asked, "What is sihaahan?" and he said, "Equally among people." Reported by Ahmad), and livestock will increase… He will live for seven or eight" - meaning years. (Reported by al-Haakim, 4/557; he said it is saheeh according to the conditions of the two shaykhs [al-Bukhaari and Muslim]. Al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Shaykh al-Albaani said: its sanad is saheeh. Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 711)

2. Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: "I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: 'The Mahdi will be of my family (according to one report: of the people of my household) [Reported by Ibn Hibbaan and by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak. He said: this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of the two shaykhs, but they did not report it. Al-Dhahabi agreed with him] from the children of Faatimah." [Reported by Abu Dawood, 11/373 and Ibn Maajah, 2/1368. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami', section 6610].

Al-'Allaamah al-Safaareeni said: "So many reports were narrated concerning the appearance of the Mahdi that they reached the level of Tawaatur in meaning, and this became so well known among the scholars of Sunnah that it is counted as one of their basic beliefs." (Lawaami' al-Anwaar al-Bahiyyah, 2/84).

[Tawaatur: a mutawaatir hadeeth is one that was narrated by so many people and transmitted by so many people that it is inconceivable that they could all have agreed on a lie. Translator]

Imaam al-Shawkaani said: "The mutawaatir ahaadeeth about the awaited Mahdi, which we managed to find and examine, number fifty, including saheeh, hasan and da'eef munjabir (weak ahaadeeth that are supported by corroborating evidence) reports. They are mutawaatir beyond any shadow of a doubt… The reports from the Sahaabah that speak about the Mahdi are also very many and are judged as having the status of marfoo' ahaadeeth (i.e., ahaadeeth whose isnaads go back to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because this is not an issue in which they would have made ijtihaad." (For more information, see Question #1252).

 

(2) Al-Maseeh al-Dajjaal (The "Antichrist")

Al-Maseeh al-Dajjaal is a man from the sons of Aadam. He has a number of features which were mentioned in the saheeh ahaadeeth, including the following: he will be a young man with a ruddy complexion and curly hair, and will be one-eyed, with his right eye looking like a floating grape. Between his eyes will be written "ka' fa' ra'" (in unjoined letters) or "kaafir" (disbeliever), which every Muslim, literate or illiterate, will be able to read. Another of his attributes will be that he is sterile, and will have no children. Among the ahaadeeth that describe him are the following:

1. Ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whilst I was sleeping, (I dreamt that) I was doing Tawaaf around the House (the Ka'bah)." He mentioned that he saw 'Eesaa ibn Maryam, upon whom be peace, then he saw the Dajjaal, and he described him: "He is a well-built man, with a ruddy complexion and curly hair. He is one-eyed, with his eye looking like a floating grape. (Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in al-Fath, 6/485: i.e., it is sticking out. The word yatfaa, with no hamzah, is used to describe something that is on top of something else. It is likened to a grape which is part of the bunch but sticks out from the rest. Al-Nawawi said: the word has been narrated both with the hamzah and without the hamzah. With the hamzah it means that the light has gone out of the eye, and without the hamzah it means that it is sticking out.) They said: "This is the Dajjaal…" (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 13/90, and Muslim, 2/237)

2. Ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) also reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described the Dajjaal as living among people, and said: "Allaah, may He be exalted, is not one-eyed, but al-Maseeh al-Dajjaal is one-eyed, and his right eye looks like a floating grape." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 13/90, and Muslim, 18/59)

3. 'Imraan ibn Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: "I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: "Between the creation of Aadam and the onset of the Day of Judgement, there will be a creation greater than the Dajjaal." (Reported by Muslim, 18/86). [This means that] the Dajjaal will appear from the East, from Khurasaan, from among the Jews of Isfahaan, then he will travel around the world, leaving no country but he will enter it, except for Makkah and Madeenah, which he will not be able to enter because the angels are guarding them, as is reported in the hadeeth of Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him): "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that the Dajjaal would appear from a land in the East called Khurasaan." (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 6/495); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami', section 3398).

 

The fitnah (trial, tribulation) of the Dajjaal will be the greatest fitnah ever, seen from the time that Allaah created Aadam until the onset of the Day of Judgement, and this will be because of the power that Allaah will permit him to have, of working great miracles that will amaze and confuse the people. There are ahaadeeth that describe how he will have a "paradise" and a "hell", but his paradise will in fact be a hell, and vice versa. He will have rivers of water and mountains of bread. He will command the sky to rain, and it will rain, and he will command the earth to bring forth its produce, and it will bring forth its produce. The treasures of the earth will follow him, and he will travel though the earth at great speed, like rain driven by the wind.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught his ummah how they can protect themselves from the evil of the fitnah of the Dajjaal, as is reported in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "When any one of you pronounces the Shahaadah, let him seek refuge with Allaah from four things, and let him say: 'Allaahumma innee a'oodhu bika min 'adhaab jahannam, wa min 'adhaab al-qabr, wa min fitnati'l-mahyaa wa'l-mamaat, wa min sharri fitnati'l-maseeh al-dajjaal (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of Hell, from the punishment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and from the evil of the tribulation of the Dajjaal)." (Reported by Muslim, 5/87).

Another way of protecting oneself is by memorizing the first aayaat of Soorat al-Kahf. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined reciting the first verses of Soorat al-Kahf against the Dajjaal, by reciting the first ten verses, as was reported by al-Nawwaas ibn Sam'aan, who said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever of you encounters him (the Dajjaal), let him recite the first verses of Soorat al-Kahf against him." (Reported by Muslim, 18/65). Abu'l-Dardaa' (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Soorat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal." (Reported by Muslim, 6/92).

The destruction of the will come at the hands of 'Eesaa ibn Maryam, upon whom be peace, as is indicated in the saheeh ahaadeeth. 'Abd-Allaah ibn 'Amr (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 'The Dajjaal will emerge among my ummah… and Allaah will send 'Eesaa ibn Maryam… and he will pursue him and destroy him." (Reported by Muslim, 18/75).

 

(3) The descent of 'Eesaa ibn Maryam, upon whom be peace

After the Dajjaal has appeared and spread corruption throughout the earth, Allaah will send 'Eesaa ibn Maryam, upon whom be peace, who will descend to the earth, coming down to the white minaret in the East of Damascus, Syria, resting his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, drops will fall, and when he raises it, drops like large pearls will fall (these are like grains of silver in the shape of big pearls, and it means that drops of water as pure as pearls will fall. The water is described as pearls because of its purity). No kaafir will smell his breath except he will die, and his breath will reach as far as his eyes can see. He will come down to the victorious group that is fighting for the truth and has come together to fight the Dajjaal. He will descend at the time when the iqaamah for prayer is being given, and he will pray behind the leader of that group.

 

The reports about his descent are many, including the following:

1. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it is nearly time for the son of Maryam to descend upon you, to judge fairly. He will break the cross, kill the pigs and put an end to war. Wealth will increase so much that no-one will accept it, and one prostration to Allaah will be worth more than the world and all that is in it." Then Abu Hurayrah said: "Recite, if you wish: 'And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him ('Eesaa - as a human Messenger of Allaah) before his ('Eesaa's) death. And on the Day of Resurrection, he ('Eesaa) will be a witness against them." [Al-Nisaa' 3:159 - interpretation of the meaning].'" (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6/490, and Muslim, 2/189).

2. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "How will you be when 'Eesaa ibn Maryam descends to you and your leader is one of you?" (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6/491, and Muslim, 2/193).

Imaam Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Tafseer (7/223): "Mutawaatir ahaadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) describe how 'Eesaa ibn Maryam will descend before the Day of Judgement as a just leader and fair ruler."

 

(4) Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj (Gog and Magog)

Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj are human beings, descended from Aadam and Hawwa, upon whom be peace. According to the descriptions of them given in the ahaadeeth, they belong to the Turkic Mongol race, having small eyes, small, flat noses and wide faces. Their faces look like hammered-out shields (their faces are likened to shields because they are wide and round).

Their appearance at the end of time is one of the signs of the Hour, as indicated in the Qur'aan (interpretation of the meaning): "Until, when Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj are let loose (from their barrier), and they swiftly swarm from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (to fulfilment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves, you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): 'Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were zaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.)." [al-Anbiyaa' 21:96-97]

In the story of Dhoo'l-Qarnayn, Allaah tells us (interpretation of the meaning): "Then he followed (another) way, until, when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word. They said: 'O Dhoo'l-Qarnayn! Verily! Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them?' He said: 'That (wealth, authority and power) in which my Lord has established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men), I will erect between you and them a barrier. Give me pieces (blocks) or iron,' then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said, 'Blow,' till when he had made it (red as) fire, he said, 'Bring me molten copper to pour over it.' So they [Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj] were made powerless to scale it or dig through it. (Dhoo'l-Qarnayn) said: 'This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true.' And on that Day [i.e., the day Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj will come out], We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another, and the Trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together." [al-Kahf 18:92-99]

Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj are also mentioned in the Sunnah, in more than one hadeeth, including the following:

1. Umm Habeebah bint Abi Sufyaan reported from Zaynab bint Jahsh that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) entered upon her one day in a nervous state, saying, "La ilaaha ill-Allaah! Woe to the Arabs from the evil that has approached! Today a hole this big has appeared in the barrier of Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj," and he made a circle with his thumb and forefinger. Zaynab bint Jahsh said, "O Messenger of Allaah, will we be destroyed even though there are righteous people among us?" He said, "Yes, if evil becomes widespread." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6/381, Muslim, 18/2).

2. Al-Nawaas ibn Sam'aan (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported a long hadeeth describing several signs of the Hour. In this hadeeth, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "… and Allaah will send Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj, swiftly swarming from every mound. They will pass the lake of Tiberias [in Palestine] and will drink everything that is in it. Then the last of them will pass by and will say, 'There used to be water here once.' The Prophet of Allaah, 'Eesaa, and his companions, will be besieged until a bull's head will be more precious to one of them than a hundred dinars are to any of you today. 'Eesaa and his companions will pray to Allaah, and Allaah will send a kind of worm (like that found in the noses of camels and sheep) on their (Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj) necks, and they will fall down dead, all at once. Then 'Eesaa and his companions will come down out of the place where they were besieged, and they will find hardly a handspan of land that is not filled with the stench (of Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj), so 'Eesaa and his companions will pray to Allaah, and He will send birds like the necks of camels to carry them away and throw them wherever Allaah wills." (Reported by Muslim, 18/68).

 

(5) The swallowing up of the earth

This means that a place is swallowed up in the earth and disappears into it, as is described in the Qur'aan (interpretation of the meaning): "So We caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place…" [al-Qasas 28:81]. Among the major signs of the Hour will be three such events, as described in the hadeeth of Hudhayfah ibn Usayd (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The Hour will not begin until you see ten signs… (including) three events where the earth swallows up, one in the East, one in the West, and one in the Arabian Peninsula." (Reported by Muslim, 18/27).

 

These events, like other major signs of the Hour, have not happened yet. Although other instances of places being swallowed up by the earth have occurred at various times and in various places, they did not cover so wide an area as to include both East and West. Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: "There have been instances of places being swallowed up by the ear, but it could be that what is meant by the three events referred to is events that are worse than anything yet seen, which could be more intense and cover a larger area." (Fath al-Baari, 13/84).

 

(6) The smoke

Another of the major signs of the Hour will be the appearance of the smoke. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "Then wait you for the Day when the sky will bring forth a visible smoke, covering the people, this is a painful torment." [al-Dhukhaan 44:10-11]. A definition of the smoke was narrated from Ibn 'Abbaas, who explained that it is one of the Signs of the Day of Judgement, as was narrated by Ibn Jareer and Ibn Abi Haatim from 'Abd-Allaah ibn Abi Maleekah, who said: "I went to Ibn 'Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) one day, and he said: 'I did not sleep at all last night.' I asked him, 'Why not?' He said, 'They said that a star with a tail (a comet) had appeared, and I was afraid that the smoke had started, so I could not sleep at all.'"

Imaam Ibn Katheer commented: "This is a saheeh isnaad, going back to Ibn 'Abbaas, the scholar of the ummah and the interpreter of the Qur'aan. This is also the opinion of all the Sahaabah and Taabi'een who agreed with him, in addition, there are many ahaadeeth going back to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) - saheeh, hasan and others - which state the same thing. This is convincing evidence that the smoke will be one of the expected signs, as is also clear from the text of the Qur'aan." (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 7/235).

Among the ahaadeeth that describe the appearance of the smoke as one of the signs of the Hour is the following:

1. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Hasten to do good deeds before six things appear: the Dajjaal, the smoke…" (Reported by Muslim, 18/87)

(7) The rising of the sun from the West

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "… The day that some of the Signs of your Lord do come, no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith…" [al-An'aam 6:158]. Most of the mufassireen (commentators) state that one of these signs is the rising of the sun from the West. Among the reports that indicate this are:

1. The hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) according to which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The Hour will not begin until the sun rises from the West, and when it rises and the people see it, they will all believe, but that will be when it will do a person no good to believe, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 11/352, and Muslim, 2/194).

2. The hadeeth of 'Abd-Allaah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'Aas (may Allaah be pleased with them both), who said: "I learned from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) a hadeeth that I have never forgotten since. I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: 'The first of the signs of the Hour to appear will be the rising of the sun from the West.'" (Reported by Muslim, 18/78).

 

(8) The appearance of the Beast

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "And when the Word (of torment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out from the earth a beast to them, which will speak to them because mankind believed not with certainty in our aayaat." [al-Naml 27:82]

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 'There are three things which, once they happen, it will do a person no good to believe, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith: the rising of the sun from the West, the Dajjaal, and the Beast of the earth.'" (Reported by Muslim, 2/195).

Abu Umaamah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The Beast will emerge, and it will mark all the people on their noses, and this mark will last, so that if a man buys a camel, and is asked who he bought it from, he will say, 'From the man with the mark on his nose.'" (Reported by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 322).

According to some reports, when the Beast appears, it will mark the believers and the kaafirs. As for the believer, it will make his face shine brightly, as a sign of his faith, and as for the kaafir, it will mark his nose with a sign of his disbelief.

The Qur'aan tells us that the Beast will speak to people, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "And when the Word (of torment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out from the earth a beast to them, which will speak to them because mankind believed not with certainty in our aayaat." [al-Naml 27:82]. This kalaam may refer to actual speech, whereby the Beast will address people, which is supported by the reading of Ubayy ibn Ka'b (tunabbi'uhum, i.e., tell them), or it may convey the other meaning of the word kalaam, to wound, which is supported by the alternative reading (taklamuhum, i.e., mark them by cutting them) reported from Ibn 'Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him).

(9) The fire which will gather the people together

Another of the signs of the Hour is the great fire which will appear from the direction of Yemen, from the bottom of 'Aden, from the Sea of Hadramawt. Among the ahaadeeth that describe this are the following:

1. The hadeeth of Hudhayfah ibn Usayd which mentions the major signs of the Hour, in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "… The last of them will be a fire which will emerge from Yemen, and will drive the people to their gathering place." According to another report: "… and a fire which will emerge from the bottom of 'Aden and drive the people (ahead of it)." (Reported by Muslim, 18/27).

2. The hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which states that when 'Abd-Allaah ibn Salaam embraced Islam, he asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about a number of issues, including the first sign of the Hour. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The first sign of the Hour will be a fire which will drive the people from East to West." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6/362).

3. Ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 'Fire will emerge from Hadramawt or from the sea of Hadramawt (according to another report: from the direction of Hadramawt or from Hadramawt - Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh) before the Day of Judgement, and it will drive the people (ahead of it).'" (Reported by Ahmad, 7/133; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami', 3603).

A number of saheeh ahaadeeth describe how this fire will gather the people together. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The people will be gathered in three ways, willingly or by force, two on one camel, or three or four or even ten on one camel. The rest of them will be gathered together by means of a fire, which will stay with them whenever they stop to rest or to sleep, no matter what the time of day or night." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 11/377, Muslim, 17/194).

Finally, it should be noted that belief in the signs of the Hour is part of our belief in the Unseen (al-ghayb), without which the belief of the Muslim is incomplete. And Allaah is the Source of Strength..

 

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The lesser and greater signs of the Day of Resurrection

 

What are the lesser and greater signs of the Day of Resurrection?.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

The signs and portents of the Day of Resurrection are the things that will happen before the Resurrection takes place and will indicate that it is close at hand. They have been divided into lesser and greater signs. The lesser signs, for the most part, will occur a long time before the Resurrection begins. Some of them have happened and ended – although they may be repeated – and some of them have appeared and are ongoing, and some have not yet happened, but they will happen as the truthful one (the Prophet) (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has told us.

 

The major signs are serious matters, the appearance of which will indicate that the Day of Resurrection is at hand and that there is only a short time until that great Day comes.

 

The lesser signs of the Hour are many, and are mentioned in many saheeh ahaadeeth. We will list them together without quoting the ahaadeeth, because there is not enough room to do so here. We will provide references to trustworthy books on the topic for those who wish to know more about this matter and the evidence for these signs. These include al-Qiyaamah al-Sughra by Shaykh ‘Umar Sulaymaan al-Ashqar [this book is available in English translation under the title The Minor Resurrection, published by International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia] and Ashraat al-Saa’ah by Shaykh Yoosuf al-Waabil.

 

The lesser signs of the Hour include the following:

 

1. The sending of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

 

2. The death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

 

3. The conquest of Jerusalem.

 

4. The plague of Amwaas (Emmaus), which is a city in Palestine.

 

5. Widespread wealth and lack of need for charity.

 

6. The appearance of fitan (tribulations). Among the tribulations that occurred in the early years of Islam were: the killing of ‘Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him), the battle of the camel and the battle of Siffeen, the emergence of the Khawaarij, the battle of al-Harrah, and the opinion that the Qur’aan is a creation.

 

7. The emergence of claimants to Prophethood, such as the liar Musaylimah and al-Aswad al-‘Anasi.

 

8. The appearance of fire in the Hijaaz, which appeared in the middle of the 7th century AH, in 654 AH. This was a great fire, which the scholars who were alive at the time of its appearance and those who came after them described in great detail. Al-Nawawi said: There appeared in our time a fire in Madeenah, in the year six hundred and fifty-four. It was a very great fire on the eastern side of Madeenah, beyond the Harrah, and knowledge of it was widespread throughout Syria and all lands. Those of the people of Madeenah who were present told me about it.

 

9. Loss of trust. One of the manifestations of loss of trust is people’s affairs being entrusted to those who are not qualified or able for that.

 

10. The taking away of knowledge and the prevalence of ignorance; the taking away of knowledge will occur with the disappearance of the scholars, as it says in al-Saheehayn.

 

11. The spread of zina (adultery, fornication)

 

12. The spread of riba (usury, interest)

 

13. The prevalence of musical instruments.

 

14. Widespread drinking of alcohol.

 

15. Shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings.

 

16. A slave woman giving birth to her mistress, as is stated in al-Saheehayn. There are several views among the scholars as to what this means. The view favoured by Ibn Hajar is that there will be widespread disobedience among children, so that a child will treat his mother as a master treats his slave woman, with negligence and insults.

 

17. Widespread killing.

 

18. Widespread earthquakes.

 

19. Appearance of landslides, transformations and stones from heaven.

 

20. Appearance of women who are clothed yet naked.

 

21. Believer’s dreams coming true.

 

22. Widespread giving of false testimony and concealment of true testimony.

 

23. Large numbers of women.

 

24. The land of the Arabs becoming once again meadows and rivers.

 

25. The Euphrates will uncover a mountain of gold.

 

26. Wild animals and inanimate objects will speak to people.

 

27. The “Romans†will increase in number and fight the Muslims.

 

28. The conquest of Constantinople.

 

The major portents of the Hour are those which were mentioned by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the hadeeth of Hudhayfah ibn Aseed, and there are ten signs: The Dajjaal; the descent of ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary); Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj (Gog and Magog); three landslides, one in the east, one in the west and one in the Arabian Peninsula; the smoke; the rising of the sun from its place of setting; the Beast; and the fire which will drive the people to their place of gathering. These signs will appear one after another, and when the first of these signs appear, the others will come soon after.

 

Muslim narrated that Hudhayfah ibn Aseed al-Ghifaari (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out to us when we were discussing. He said: “What are you discussing?†They said: “We are talking about the Hour.†He said: “It will never begin until you see ten signs before it.†He mentioned the smoke, the Dajjaal, the Beast, the rising of the sun from its place of setting, the descent of ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj, and three landslides, one in the east, one in the west and one in the Arabian Peninsula, and the last of that is a fire which will emerge from Yemen and drive the people to their place of gathering.

 

There is no saheeh text which states the order in which these signs will occur, rather the order of some of them is to be understood from the context of the texts.

 

Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

 

Will the major portents of the Hour occur in a certain order?

 

He replied:

 

The order of some of the major portents is known, and in the case of others the order is not known. Among those whose order is known are the descent of ‘Eesa ibn Maryam, the emergence of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj, and the Dajjaal, for the Dajjaal will be sent, then ‘Eesa ibn Maryam will come down and kill him, then Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj will emerge.

 

Al-Safareeni (may Allaah have mercy on him) listed the order of these portents in his ‘Aqeedah, but some of the order is acceptable whilst some of it is not. But what matters is that there are major signs of the Hour and when they happen, the Hour has drawn nigh. Allaah has decreed portents of the Hour, because it is a serious event and people need to know when it is about to happen. End quote.

 

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (2/question no. 137)

 

And Allaah knows best.

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Will we see the Mahdi et al. in our lifetimes?

 

I have read many signs concerning the appearance of the Mahdi, Dajjal, Prophet Isa. Signs that the Holy Prophet (saws.gif ) predicted. These signs have amazed me because they have almost all come true, or are happening at this moment. Signs such as time will pass quickly, drinking wine will increase, fornication will increase, singing will be common.. and so many more.

My question is, is that do you think that the coming of any of the three people named above is close and may it occur in our lifetime?

Thankyou.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

The appearance of these three signs, the Mahdi, the Dajjaal and the descent of ‘Isa (peace be upon him), will undoubtedly happen, as is indicated in the saheeh reports. These three signs will appear within a short space of time, as ‘Isa (peace be upon him) will pray behind the Mahdi, and will kill the Dajjaal, as was reported in the saheeh ahaadeeth. As for when this will happen, Allaah knows best about that. As to whether it will happen soon, the texts seem to indicate this, but the question of whether it will be in our lifetime or after is part of the Unseen, which no one knows except Allaah. The Muslim should seek refuge with Allaah from fitan (tribulations) in general, and from the fitnah (tribulation) of the Dajjaal in particular; he should pray to Allaah, openly and in secret, to help him remain steadfast in this world and the next.

 

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How can we understand the strength of israel in the context the approach of the onset of the Hour?

 

The prophet(saw)said that the signs would come very quickly, also that he was the beginning of those signs...what is happening right now? how is it possible that israel is so powerfull on earth?.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

The portents of the Hour are not all of the same degree, rather some of them are minor and some are major. The major signs are those which, when the first one appears, the others will follow like beads falling from a broken string. But with regard to the minor signs, there is a long period of time between the first and the last of them. The sending of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was one of the minor signs of the Hour, not one of the major portents.

 

It was narrated that Anas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I and the Hour have been sent like these two.†He said, And he held up his index and middle fingers together.

 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6139; Muslim, 2951.

 

Al-Qurtubi said:

 

The first of the portents of the Hours is the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because he is the Prophet of the end of time. He has been sent and there will be no Prophet between him and the Resurrection.

 

Al-Tadhkirah, p. 111

 

With regard to the strength of israel (the Jewish state), this is something that has happened to them by the will and decree of Allaah.

 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Indignity is put over them wherever they may be, except when under a covenant (of protection) from Allaah, and from menâ€

 

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:112]

 

Allaah has given them power and respite, but that is only so that when He does seize them, He will seize them severely.

 

It was narrated that Abu Moosa (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Allaah gives respite to the wrongdoer until, when He seizes him, He does not let him go.†Then he recited (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the (population of) towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful (and) severeâ€

 

[Hood 11:102]

 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4409; Muslim, 2583.

 

At the time of the Mahdi and when ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) comes down, the Muslims’ victory over the Jews will be complete.

 

It is proven (in the hadeeth) then when the leader of the Muslims, the Mahdi will come to lead them in praying Fajr, ‘Eesa ibn Maryam will come down to them, and the imam will step back so that ‘Eesa can come forward and lead the prayer, but ‘Eesa will put his hand on his back and say, “Go forward and lead the prayer, for the iqaamah was given for you.†So their imam will lead them in prayer, and when he has finished, then ‘Eesa will head towards the Dajjaal, with whom will be seventy thousand Jews. When the Dajjaal looks at him, he will melt like salt in water, and the Messiah ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) will catch up with him at the gate of Lod (which is a town near Jerusalem) and kill him. Then Allaah will cause the defeat the Jews, and there will be nothing that Allaah has created that a Jew hides behind, but Allaah will cause that thing to speak. Rocks, trees, walls and animals will all say, ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allaah, here is a Jew, come and kill him!’ – except for the box-thorn tree (al-gharqad), for it is one of their trees and will not speak.â€

 

If the Muslims want to defeat the Jews and all kaafirs, they have to turn back to Allaah and support His religion until Allaah grants them victory, for the Jews are too insignificant for words, but they took advantage of the fact that the Muslims have turned away from their religion.

 

We ask Allaah to bring the Muslims back to their religion and help them follow it properly.

 

And Allaah knows best.

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:sl: Brother,

 

You have indeed given a very detailed answer to my question. :j:

 

I have read many signs concerning the appearance of the Mahdi, Dajjal, Prophet Isa. Signs that the Holy Prophet (saws.gif ) predicted. These signs have amazed me because they have almost all come true, or are happening at this moment. Signs such as time will pass quickly, drinking wine will increase, fornication will increase, singing will be common.. and so many more.

My question is, is that do you think that the coming of any of the three people named above is close and may it occur in our lifetime?

 

From what I have understood of the answers you have posted I believe that most of the lesser signs are already prevalent in our society today. I guess all of us can feel that. The way things are right now it seems as even a 100 more years will also be alot before Dajjal appears.

 

The way it has been said that the signs will appear quickly after one another which is so true. I mean when we read through the list of the lesser signs its like we can tick practically all of them as true and occurring right now around us. If the coming of Prophet Muhammad :no: is one of the minor signs of the Hour then mankind has travelled 1400 years now from then. By which one can only imagine how far we have travelled from the starting of the minor signs.

 

I cant be too sure as we cannot predict anything and only Allah :sl: knows for sure when the major signs will occur and whether we will come to see any one of the three people mentioned in our lifetime but in my opinion the stage has been set. I mean look around us. Everything is happening the way Dajjal and Shaitaan would want it to be in order to lure the people into their trap. The power that israel has is not just a mere coincidence. Its a part of a greater plan.

 

As the Muslim Ummah we need to open our eyes and see whats happening around us. We all do but we either fail to or refuse to realize whats happening. Alot of people I talk to about this and ask them what else do you think is happening around us usually respond by saying " I know Dajjal will come, but Im sure not in our lifetime. Its still hundreds of years later."

 

However to me it seems that maybe even a 100 years is too far. We need to unite. We need to make ourselves strong enough to fight this battle and above all we NEED to come back to our Deen.

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It is very ironic. I had posted this question around Maghrib time on IF. And now as it is 10 PM here, I checked my email and found an email in my inbox from my mother which is actually one of those forward on emails. Its subject is Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said this 1400 yrs ago! . It states the signs of the Hour, minor and major. As it is a forward email I dont know how authentic it is but I will still paste alot of the content here as MANY of the signs mentioned in this email are close to what Brother Muhammad has mentioned in his reply. However these are just one lined signs with no further explanations.

 

Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said these 1400 yrs ago!

 

* Camels will no longer be used as a means of transport;

 

* People will ride on saddles that aren't saddles (cars?)

 

* The distance on earth will become short;

 

* Horses will not be used in wars;

 

* Muslims will defeat the Byzantines which will end with the conquest of Constantinople

· Istanbul);

 

* The Jews will gather again to live in Bilad Canaan;

 

* Very tall buildings will be built;

 

* The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance, with much killing;

 

* Adultery will become widespread, and the drinking of wine will become common;

 

* The number of men will decrease and the number of women will increase until there are 50 women to be looked after by one man.

 

* Islam will become worn out like clothes are, until no one will know what fasting, prayer, charity and rituals are;

 

* Allah will send a disease to fornicators that will have no cure (Aids?);

 

* People will begin to believe in the stars and reject AL QADAR (THE DIVINE DECREE OF DESTINY);

 

* Men will pass by people's graves and say: 'Would that I were in his place'; (large amount of sucidal deaths?)

 

* The Euphrates will uncover a mountain of gold for which people will fight over (the river of Alfurat that lies near Syria );

 

* Two large groups of people will fight one another, and there will be many casualties; they will both be following the same religion (World War II?);

 

* Approximately 30 DAJJALS will appear, each one claiming to be the messenger of Allah;

 

* Earthquakes will increase;

 

* Time will pass quickly;

 

* Afflictions will appear;

 

* Killing will increase;

 

* Wealth will increase;

 

* Women will be wearing clothes but not wearing clothes

 

The email further continues stating:

 

* THE PROPHET (P.B.U H) SAID: 'IF MY UMMAH BEARS 15 TRAITS (QUALITIES), TRIBULATION WILL FOLLOW IT.' (DAY OF JUDGEMENT) SOMEONE ASKED,'WHAT ARE THEY O MESSENGER OF Allah?' HE (P.B.U.H) SAID:

 

* When any gain is shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor;

* When a trust becomes a means of making profit;

* When paying ZAKKAT becomes a burden;

* When voices are raised in the Masjid;

* When the leader of a people is the worst of them; when people treat a man with respect because what he may do;

* When much wine is drunk;

 

The Majors signs of the Hour include:

 

* The appearance of the DAJJAL (Anti Christ); * The appearance of Ya'juj and Ma'juj (biblical Gog and Magog);

* Isa (Jesus) will come during the time of Dajjal;

* The rising of the sun from the west;

* The destruction of the Ka'ba and the recovery of its treasures;

* The smoke.

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:sl:

 

Allah knows best whether dajjaal will appear within our lifetime or whether he will appear in one hundred years. What we should be doing is looking at ourselves and making sure we are doing what is required from us. It's uncertain whether we will live to see the events mentioned by the Messenger of Allah :no: but what is certain is that we could die at any moment and we must make our preparations for our meeting with Allah :sl:

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Assalamu alaikum, Well said brother Muhammad, we do not know what will happen in the next minute, may Allah help us to utilize every minute of our life in trying to abide by the commandments of Allah for the pleasure of Allah and Allah alone, and let us make duaa that Allah will shower His Mercy on us and bless us with Paradise in the HEREAFTER, ameen.

 

Wassalamualaikum.

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:D

 

Very true Brother. We do not know whether we will live to see tomorrow or not. Death cannot be predicted but it is the ultimate truth. However I wish as Muslims we all became more than more closer to Allah :sl: I see alot of Muslims in which I would include myself aswell who are becoming too involved in this Dunya than thinking about why we are here in the first place. I am in no place to comment on anyone but myself. So I will only include my example. There are days when I am so involved in this life that I totally forget about remembering Allah :no: which is SO sad. I feel horrible about it. Then there are some bouts during the year when I feel close to my Deen and remembering Allah :j: is all that I want to do. However during those days I do notice that when I am closer to my Deen I find lesser people understand me. :sl: I dont know why I feel so but everytime I start talking about Deen and Allah :D and what the Prophet Muhammad :D said and did during his lifetime, I dont have alot of people on the same page as me.

 

For example when I meet my friends or cousins and I want to sit and do Zikr with them. Talk to them about how glorious Allah :D is or discuss past events which have taken place in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad :D I find that most of them would for that very minute nod and smile and say yes thats wonderful but then they want to move on to a more materialistic talk. If I mention to them that how death is always lingering around since we never know when it will hit us the replies I usually get is "oh stop scaring us". So hence usually what happens is that my zeal also dies down because I feel very isolated and strange. I know thats very very bad.

 

I know my reply is going totally off the topic but my connection to the topic is that I find it sad that people like me sometimes get so involved in Dunya that we forget our purpose in life. We always tend to think that we still have a long way to go. There is still our old age for repentence and praying. Right now we dont need to think of death. However with the way the world is nowadays everything is so unpredictable. We really need to become stronger as Muslims.

 

May Allah :D give us all the strength and will to become better Muslims. Ameen!

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I think that the majority of us can relate to what you have said. I think even the companions may have felt like this at some point and to some degree; and I'll remind you of the hadith.

 

It was narrated that Hanzalah al-Usaydi said: Abu Bakr met me and said: How are you, O Hanzalah? I said: Hanzalah has become a hypocrite. He said: Subhaan Allaah! What are you saying? I said: When we are with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) he reminds us of the Fire and the Garden until it is as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but when we depart from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), we attend to our wives and children and businesses, and we forget a great deal. Abu Bakr said: By Allaah, we experience something similar. Abu Bakr and I went and entered upon the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and I said: Hanzalah has become a hypocrite, O Messenger of Allaah. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Why is that?†I said: O Messenger of Allaah, when we are with you, you remind us of the Fire and the Garden until it is as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but when we depart from you, we attend to our wives and children and businesses, and we forget a great deal. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if you continued as you are when you are with me, and continued to remember (Paradise and Hell), the angels would shake hands with you in your homes and on the streets. But, O Hanzalah, there is a time for this and a time for that†(he said it) three times.

 

Narrated by Muslim (2750)

 

This is actually something I have been thinking more about lately, because -- I'm not going to lie, I too suffer from it. I think that a major contributor to this is the environment we live in. I'm not saying that we aren't at fault or that we can't do more, but I do genuinely think that what surrounds us is a large barrier in the way of us bettering ourselves. We have computers, televisions, games consoles and all these other types of entertainment; and when we have a decision to make as to whether we should spend our time worshiping Allah :sl: or spend our time in entertainment we sometimes get the balance wrong. May Allah forgive us.

 

I think there are some steps we could take to better this. For example maybe setting out some time every day where we read Qur'an for example, so at least we have done something - even if it's only a 30-45 minute session. Perhaps doing this first thing in the morning will get us in the right mindset for the rest of the day, and result in our day being spent in more awareness of Allah :sl: so we will desire to do more. If we are living in a non-Muslim country we should also have the intention of making hijrah. I feel that if I were in a country where I was surrounded by Muslims I'd be doing better as a Muslim, Allah knows best whether that is true but it's something I think about. If we were in a society which enjoins good and forbids evil, and where there is a real brotherhood, I think our situation would be completely different. The way of life which we are living right now is a life of comfort, and I think this disconnects us from Allah :no: and disconnects us from Islaam. Am I saying that a Muslim can't live in comfort whilst also having faith? No I'm not, but when I look at the nature of humans I see a problem for most of us.

 

I think that umAhmad is an example of someone living a simplistic life, speak to her as I'm sure she can spare you some wisdom.

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Just so that I can have everything organized and in one place, allow me to summarize what has been stated so far.

 

Minor signs:

widespread ignorance, alchohol use, tall buildings, appearance and death of a prophet, conquest of Jerusalem and plague of Emmaus, great wealth, various battles, wrong beliefs about the Qur'an, false prophets, great fire (already happened in 654 AH/1256 CE), widespread: mistrust, usary, earthquakes, adultery/fornication, musical instruments, killing, landslides and meteorites, naked women clothed, muslim dreams come true, false testimony, imbalance of extra women, Arabia no longer desert, mountain of gold from Euphrates river, animals and objects speaking, conquest of Constantinople (1453 CE?)

 

Major signs:

the Mahdi (a prophet with great blessing, related to Muhammad, the first sign?),

the anti-christ (handsome?, sterile, one-eyed or strange right eye and writing between his eyes that illiterate muslims can read, goes on world tour except Mecca and Medina, has miraculous powers, destroyed by returning Jesus?)

The second coming of Jesus (descends to earth at Damascus, breath kills unbelievers as far as his eye can see, breaks crosses, kills pigs, ends war, and multiplies wealth so it is meaningless)

Gog and Magog (Turkic-Mongolian ancestry?, causes great mischief, drink the entire lake tiberias, Jesus will send worms to their necks that kill them)

Swallowing earth (three locations, east, west, Arabian penninsula)

Smoke from sky (causes torment, from a comet?)

Sun rises in west

The beast (marks people's noses, can speak)

Great fire (from Yemen, drives people to gather place? from east to west)

 

Let me know if anything is wrong with this list.

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I was going to paste a long passage from " Ibn kathir's The Signs of the Day of Judgement " but it would be more convenient if I posted the link here, and anyone interested can take a look.

 

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I guess one of the most important questions, at least for me, is that clearly some of the things on the list I posted above have already occurred. But I'm not sure how many of them. Does anyone know which of the above signs have already happened and which are still to come?

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Minor signs:

widespread ignorance, alchohol use, tall buildings, appearance and death of a prophet, conquest of Jerusalem and plague of Emmaus, great wealth, various battles, wrong beliefs about the Qur'an, false prophets, great fire (already happened in 654 AH/1256 CE), widespread: mistrust, usary, earthquakes, adultery/fornication, musical instruments, killing, landslides and meteorites, naked women clothed, muslim dreams come true, false testimony, imbalance of extra women, Arabia no longer desert, mountain of gold from Euphrates river, animals and objects speaking, conquest of Constantinople (1453 CE?)

 

Major signs:

the Mahdi (a prophet*1 with great blessing, related to Muhammad, the first sign?),

the anti-christ (handsome?, sterile, one-eyed or strange right eye and writing between his eyes that illiterate muslims can read*2, goes on world tour except Mecca and Medina, has miraculous powers, destroyed by returning Jesus?)

The second coming of Jesus (descends to earth at Damascus, breath kills unbelievers as far as his eye can see*3, breaks crosses, kills pigs, ends war, and multiplies wealth so it is meaningless*4)

Gog and Magog (Turkic-Mongolian ancestry?, causes great mischief, drink the entire lake tiberias, Jesus will send worms to their necks that kill them*5)

Swallowing earth (three locations, east, west, Arabian penninsula)

Smoke from sky (causes torment, from a comet?)

Sun rises in west

The beast (marks people's noses, can speak)

Great fire (from Yemen, drives people to gather place? from east to west)

 

*1 - Mahdi is not a Prophet. Just a regular person.

 

*2 - On his forehead or between his eyes (or both) it says kafir or disbeliever. I thought that even non-Muslims will be able to read it.. not just Muslims.. not sure though.

 

*3 - Breath and I've also heard his vision. I heard this is how he will kill the anti-christ. As for unbelievers.. don't remember hearing that.

 

*4 - Well Islam will conquer the world when he is here and then the wars will end (naturally). Before that - no. Naturally lol. He will lead the Muslims.

Wealth - There will be wealth but as for him multiplying it by himself? I'm not sure.

 

*5 - He will make duaa and then Allah will send down the worms. :sl:

 

If anyone sees that I've made a mistake please correct it.

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I guess one of the most important questions, at least for me, is that clearly some of the things on the list I posted above have already occurred. But I'm not sure how many of them. Does anyone know which of the above signs have already happened and which are still to come?

 

There are many of the minor signs which have appeared. None of the major signs have appeared yet. Minor signs could happen within a short time period or centuries or longer but when the first major sign appears the rest of the major signs will come like beads falling of a string.

 

Theres a lecture where the speaker talks about the minor and major signs of the day of judgement.

 

You can listen about the minor signs here: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=5U7n_fe8bx4"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=5U7n_fe8bx4[/url]

 

Or download the entire 'The Hereafter' series here: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetkalamullah(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/anwar-alawlaki.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetkalamullah(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/anwar-alawlaki.html[/url] (Just scroll down to 'The Hereafter')

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Thanks for those clarifications and links. I will look over them, time permitting, and see if there are any other questions I have.

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