The Signs Before The Day Of Judgment

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  • The Signs Before The Day Of Judgment

  • Greater signs of the Hour


    After the lesser signs of the Hour appear and increase, mankind will have

    reached a stage of great suffering. Then the awaited Mahdi will appear; he

    is the first of the greater, and clear, signs of the Hour. There will be

    no doubt about his existence, but this will only be clear to the

    knowledgeable people. The Mahdi will rule until the False Messiah

    (al-Masih al-Dajjal) appears, who will spread oppression and corruption.

    The only ones who will know him well and avoid his evil will be those who

    have great knowledge and Iman (faith).


    The false Messiah will remain for a while, destroying mankind completely,

    and the earth will witness the greatest Fitnah (tribulation) in its

    history. Then the Messiah Jesus (alayhe sallam) will descend, bringing

    justice from heaven. He will kill the Dajjal, and there will be years of

    safety and security.


    Then the appearance of Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog) will take mankind

    by surprise, and corruption will overtake them again. In answer to Jesus

    faithful prayer to Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala), they will die, and safety,

    security, justice and stability will return. This state of affairs will

    continue for some years, until the death of Jesus.


    The Ulama differ concerning the order in which the other greater signs of

    the Hour will come about. They are:

    • The destruction of the Kabah and the recovery of its treasure.
    • The rising of the sun from the west.
    • The emergence of the Beast from the earth.
    •  The smoke.
    • A wind will take the souls of the believers.
    •  The Quran will be taken up into heaven.
    • A fire will drive the people to their last gathering place.
    • The Trumpet will be sounded: at the first sound everyone will feel terror; at the second sound all will be struck down; at the last sound all will be resurrected.

    The Mahdi


    The Mahdi will come at the end of time; he is one of the Rightly-Guided

    Caliphs and Imams. He is not the Mahdi who is expected by the Shiah, who

    they claim will appear from a tunnel in Samarra. This claim of theirs has

    no basis in reality nor in any reliable source. They allege that his name

    is Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Askari, and that he went into the tunnel

    when he was five years old.


    The matter we intend to discuss has been proven by Ahadith narrated from

    the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam): that the Mahdi will appear at

    the end of time. I believe that he will appear before Jesus the son of

    Mary comes down, as the Ahadith indicate.


    Hajjaj said that he heard Ali say, The Prophet said, Even if there were

    only one day left for the world, Allah would send a man from among us to

    fill the world with justice, just as it had been filled with oppression

    and justice. (Ahmad).


    Ali said, The Prophet said, The Mahdi is one of us, from among the people

    of my household. In one night Allah will inspire him and prepare him to

    carry out his task successfully. (Ahmad and Ibn Majah.)


    Ali said, whilst looking at his son al-Hasan, This son of mine is a Sayyid

    (master), as the Prophet named him. Among his descendants there will be

    man named after your Prophet. He will resemble him in behaviour but not in

    looks. Then he told them the report which mentions that the earth will be

    filled with justice. (Abu Dawud.)


    Abu Dawud devoted a chapter of his Sunan to the subject of the Mahdi. At

    the beginning of this chapter he quoted the Hadith of Jabir ibn Samrah, in

    which the Prophet said, This religion will remain steadfast until twelve

    caliphs have ruled over you. (According to another report he said, This

    religion will remain strong until twelve caliphs have ruled over you.)

    Jabir said, The people cheered and shouted Allahu akbar! Then the Prophet

    whispered something. I asked my father What did he say? My father said, He

    said, All of them will be from Quraysh. 


    Another report says that when the Prophet returned to his house, Quraysh

    came to him and asked, What will happen after that? He said, Then there

    will be tribulation and killing.


    Abu Dawud reported a Hadith from Abd Allah ibn Masud: The Prophet said, If

    there were only one day left for the world, that day would be lengthened

    until a man from among my descendants or from among the people of my

    household, was sent; his name will be the same as my name, and his fathers

    name will be the same as my fathers name. He will fill the earth with

    justice and fairness, just as it will have been filled with injustice and

    oppression. The world will not end until a man of my household, whose name

    is the same as mine, holds away.


    Abd Allah said, The Prophet said, A man from my household, whose name is

    like mine, will take power. (Tirmidhi.) In another report, from Abu

    Hurairah, the Prophet said, If there were only one day left for this

    world, Allah would lengthen it until he took power.


    Abu Said said, The Prophet said, The Mahdi will be one of my descendants;

    he will have a high forehead and a hooked nose. He will fill the earth

    with justice and fairness just as it was filled with injustice and

    oppression, and he will rule for seven years. (Abu Dawud.)


    Umm Salamah reported that the Prophet said, People will begin to differ

    after the death of a Khalifah. A man from the people of Madinah will flee

    to Makkah. Some of the people of Makkah will come to him and drag him out

    against his will; they will swear allegiance to him between al-Rukn and

    al-Maqam. An army will be sent against him from Syria; it will be

    swallowed up in the desert between Makkah and Madinah. When the people see

    this, groups of people from Syria and Iraq will come and swear allegiance

    to him. Then a man from Quraysh whose mother is from Kalb will appear and

    send an army against them, and will defeat them; this will be known as the

    Battle of Kalb. Whoever does not witness the spoils of this battle will

    miss much! The Mahdi will distribute the wealth, and will rule the people

    according to the Sunnah of the Prophet. Then he will die, and the Muslims

    will pray for him. (Abu Dawud.)


    Ali said, The Prophet said, A man named al-Harith ibn Hirath will come

    from Transoxania. His army will be led by a man named Mansur. He will pave

    the way for and establish the government of the family of Muhammad, just

    as Quraysh established the government of the Messenger of Allah. Every

    believer will be obliged to support him. (Abu Dawud.)


    Abd Allah ibn al-Harith ibn Juz al-Zubaydi said, The Prophet said, A

    people will come out of the East who will pave the way for the Mahdi. (Ibn



    Abd Allah said, Whilst we were with the Prophet, some young men from Banu

    Hashim approached us. When the Prophet saw them, his eyes filled with

    tears and the colour of his face changed. I said, We can see something has

    changed in your face, and it upsets us. The Prophet said, We are the

    people of a Household for whom Allah has chosen the Hereafter rather than

    this world. The people of my Household (Ahl al-Bayt) will suffer a great

    deal after my death, and will be persecuted until a people carrying black

    banners will come out of the east. They will instruct the people to do

    good, but the people will refuse; they will fight until they are

    victorious, and the people do as they asked, but they will not accept it

    from them until they hand over power to a man from my household. Then the

    earth will be filled with fairness, just as it had been filled with

    injustice. If any of you live to see this, you should go to him even if

    you have to crawl across ice.


    This text refers to the rule of the Abbasids, as we have mentioned above

    in the text referring to the beginning of their rule in 132 AH. It also

    indicates that the Mahdi will appear after the Abbasids, and that he will

    be one of the Ahl al-Bayt, a descendant of Fatimah, the daughter of the

    Prophet, through Hasan, not Husayn, as mentioned in the Hadith from Ali

    ibn Abi Talib; and Allah knows best.


    Thwaban said, The Prophet said, Three men will be killed at the place

    where your treasure is. Each of them will be the son of a Khalifah, and

    none of them will get hold of the treasure. Then the black banners will

    come out of the East, and they will slaughter you in a way which has never

    been seen before. Then he said something which I do not remember; then, If

    you see him, go and give him your allegiance, even if you have to crawl

    over ice, because he is the Khalifah of Allah, the Mahdi.  (Ibn Majah.)


    The treasure referred to in this text is the treasure of the Kabah.

    Towards the end of time, three of the sons of the Khalifahs will fight to

    get hold of it, until the Mahdi appears. He will appear from the East, not

    from the tunnel of Samarra, as the Shiah claim; they believe that he is in

    this tunnel now, and they are waiting for him to emerge at the end of

    time. There is no evidence for it in any book or Sahih tradition, and

    there is no benefit in believing this.


    The truth of the matter is that the Mahdi whose coming is promised at the

    end of time will appear from the East, and people will swear allegiance to

    him at the Kabah, as some Ahadith indicate.


    At the time of the Mahdi, there will be peace and prosperity, with

    abundant crops and wealth, strong rulers, and Islam will be



    Abu Said said, By Allah every ruler we have had has been worse than the

    previous one, and every year has been worse than the year before, but I

    heard the Prophet say, Among your rulers will be one who will give out

    wealth freely, without counting it. A man will come and ask him for money,

    and he will say Take; the man will spread his cloak out and the ruler will

    pour money into it. The Prophet spread out a thick cloak he had been

    wearing, to demonstrate the mans actions; then he gathered it up by its

    corners and said, Then the man will take it and leave.  (Ahmad.)

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