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Signs Of The Last Day

A Strange Obsession

There has been a strange obsession of late with the end of the world. People of many faiths seem to think the signs of the last day are all around them. And who can blame them? With all the news of devastating natural disasters, endless warfare, perpetual suffering, and indiscriminate violence, it’s no surprise many people feel the end is near.

Even Hollywood has gotten into the act with several recent movies about the end of the world like:

  • Deep Impact
  • Armageddon
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Happening
  • Knowing
  • 2012

Eschatology  is the study of the end of times, or last days, or end of the world. Islamic eschatology is very precise in many respects, and very vague in others.

In this time of worldwide confusion, Muslims are also searching for evidence or signs that Allah’s promise is near. After all, there’s no doubt for us Muslims that the world will end at some point. Our Lord has mentioned it numerous times in the Quran.

The only question is when His promise will come.

Fortunately, we have guidance from our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that helps us recognize what to look for and understand what current events mean.

Understanding these signs is probably more important for Muslims than it is for other groups since we are in such a strange position. Muslims control much of the wealth in this world, and have great numbers, and powerful weapons.

Yet we find ourselves at the mercy of every other group of people. It is not enough that so many Muslims suffer at the hands of Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Atheists. Thousands of Muslims are killed every year by other Muslims! With such corruption and devastation, it is no wonder we feel as if the end is upon us.

Major and Minor Signs

In truth, only Allah knows when the last day will come. But we can use the clues He has given us in His book and through His messenger to recognize the signs of the last day.

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There are many signs, some of them major and some of them minor. In this author’s opinion, many of the minor signs have happened.

The Major Signs

It doesn’t appear that any of the major signs have taken place yet.

This is important since the major signs are evidence that the Day of Resurrection are nearby as is the end of all life in the universe.

The 10 major signs of the last day are:

  1. The appearance of the False Messiah, known in Arabic as the Dajjal and in English as the Anti-Christ.
  2. The arrival of Isa Ibn Maryam, known in English as the Messiah, or Jesus Christ.
  3. Three landslides: one in the east…
  4. One in the west…
  5. And one in the Arabian Peninsula.
  6. The hordes of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj, known in English as Gog and Magog.
  7. The Smoke as Allah says in His book: “Then wait for the day when the sky brings a visible smoke.” Chapter 44 Verse 10.
  8. The sun rising from the west.
  9. The coming of The Beast as Allah says in His book: “And when the Word is fulfilled against them, We shall produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: he will speak to them, for that mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs.” Chapter 27 Verse 82.
  10. A fire that will drive the people to their gathering place.

The Minor Signs

While none of the major signs of the last day have occurred, many of the minor signs has occurred. We should understand these and learn to recognize them as more will likely occur during our lifetimes, Inshallah.

The minor signs that have already taken place are:

  • The prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him).
  • The death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
  • The conquering of Jerusalem by Muslims. This happened during the Caliphate of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.
  • The Plague of Emmaus. This took place in 639 CE, during the time of Caliph Umar, and claimed the lives of many Companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
  • Extreme wealth to the point where charity is not needed. This also took place during the time of Caliph Umar when the wealth of the Muslim world was so great there was no one to give Sadaqah and Zakah.
  • The emergence of major tribulations and upheavals. These tribulations include, but are not limited to, the the assassination of Caliph Uthman, the Battle of the Camel between Ali and Aisha, the war between Ali and Muawiyyah, the death of Hussein ibn Ali, and the siege by Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf on the city of Medina.
  • The rise of false prophets. This started with Musailamah the Liar, but includes many others like Aswad Al-Anasi, Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, and Elijah Poole.
  • The occurrence of a great fire in the Hijaz. This took place in 654 AH.
  • The conquest of Constantinople. This took place in the year 1453 CE when the Muslim Ottoman Empire besieged and captured the city.
  • The loss of trust. This is evident today in the widespread use of passwords, personal identification numbers, and specialized security services to protect everything from our homes to our identity.
  • Widespread fornication and adultery. This is also evident today, especially in the west, where it is rare to find anyone over the age of 15 who has not committed fornication.
  • Widespread acceptance of usury and interest. This is also obviously in place today. Every country in the world is involved in Riba (usury), and many countries, like the United States, base their entire economy on usury and interest. It should be noted that during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) usury was rare amongst people of all faiths.
  • The spread of alcohol consumption. Alcohol has been drunk in many nations all throughout time. But until recently, it was kept to a minimum in most Muslim lands. Unfortunately, alcohol is legally sold in most Muslim nations today.
  • Shepherds competing in building tall structures. We see this in the recent completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Rose Hotel, the world’s tallest hotel is also in Dubai. Ironically, the Rose Hotel will be surpassed by Abraj Al Bait in Mecca in 2011. This is a perfect example of two nations of former Bedouins and shepherds competing which each other to build tall structures.
  • Loss of Islamic knowledge. There was a time when becoming an Islamic scholar was a¬† noble and sought after profession. Not for worldly gain, but for the love of Islam. Nowadays, it is rare to see people aspiring to become scholars or even expand their knowledge. And many who do so, do it for status and glory. And as more scholars return to Allah, each successive generation will have less scholarship, less scholars, and more ignorance.
  • An increase in earthquakes. For the first half of the last decade (2000-2004) there was an average of 1202 earthquakes per year. During the last half of the decade (2005-2009) there was an average of 1962 earthquakes per year. That is an increase of 61%. And in the first half of 2010 there were three major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China that resulted in the deaths of over 250,000 people.
  • An increase in killings. There have always been genocides and wanton killings throughout history. But it seems like this is getting worse as time passes. There was once a time when random, mass killings and shootings were rare and highly publicized events. Do you remember the publicity surrounding the Columbine killings in 1999? That resulted in the deaths of 13 people. Since then, there have been at least four school shootings with higher casualties in China, the U.S., Germany, and Azerbaijan. And many more with lower casualties. Also, workplace shootings have become disturbingly commonplace; to the point where the phrase “going postal” (from the rash of U.S. Post Office shootings in the 1990′s) is part of regular speech now. Of course, there are also high casualties resulting from various terrorist attacks throughout the world including the U.S., Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, U.K., and countless other places. And we cannot forget wars waged by powerful countries like the U.S. and Israel against weaker populaces resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents that usually go unreported.
  • A slave woman giving birth to her mistress. Some scholars say this indicates children losing respect for their parents. This would have been unheard of in most societies several decades ago. However, this is common now where parents can be imprisoned for disciplining their children.
  • Women will outnumber men. According to the CIA Factbook, virtually every country in the world has a higher ratio of women to men. The few exceptions are China (where a strict one child per family rule results in a high rate of female infanticide), Vietnam, Portugal, and a handful of other small countries.
  • Women who are clothed yet naked. You can simply turn to any modern music video and see many examples of women who are wearing clothes yet they are showing more skin than is covered. In fact, you can see this just by walking through any Western city (and many Muslim ones also.)
  • An increase in false testimony and false witnesses. I recently watched a news report about an increase in false rape reports in the U.S. On a global scale, the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell testified before the entire world that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in order to justify a war against that nation. It was later found out that his testimony was false.
  • Dreams of believers coming true. There is no way to quantify if this is happening now, but I can say on a personal level, that I have experienced this.
  • The Romans will fight the Muslims. The Romans of the Prophet’s time were not actually based in Rome, but in Constantinople. Hence, we should not take the word “Romans” literally. Instead, it most likely alludes to the society that is based on Roman civilization which today is the West headed by the U.S. Today, the U.S. in involved in a “War on Terrorism” that seems to only involve fighting against Muslims and Muslim nations. Most of the Western world has joined the U.S. in this effort.
  • Men will look women and women will look like men. I don’t believe this requires any explanation, but you can do a Google search for Gay Pride parades in the U.S. to see many examples of this.
  • Time will move quickly. Think back upon the last 5, 10, or 15 years. Does it not seem to have passed like a blur?
  • Immoral deeds will be committed openly. See the previous entry about Gay Pride parades in the U.S.

There are some minor signs do not seem to have happened yet. Such as:

  • Wild animals and inanimate objects will speak to us. This may be partially true in the case of inanimate objects speaking to us like GPS navigation systems, cell phones, iPods and such. However, I am not aware of wild animals speaking to humans as yet.
  • A mountain of gold will be found in the Euphrates Rivers.
  • The deserts of Arabia will become lush and fertile again. This is happening on a small scale with advanced irrigation techniques and “desert greening.” But it is not to the point where we can say the desert is green.
  • Perhaps the most important minor sign that many Muslims are awaiting is the arrival of the Mahdi, or the Guided One. Though many have claimed to be him, it is evident that he has not come yet.

As we can see, most of the minor signs have taken place. This is troubling since many of these things would have been unthinkable during the Prophet’s time (peace be upon him), but they are common now. There are only a few remaining minor signs of the last day, and they may come to fruition during our lifetime, Inshallah.

May Allah protect us during these coming times of tribulation.

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52 Responses to Signs Of The Last Day

  1. Assalaam Alaikum brother Ibrahim,

    To correct to in regard to the last few points you made about being unaware about animals speaking to humans I would like to share a Hadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari with you.

    Narrated Abu Huraira (RadhiAllahu anhu): The Prophet (SAW) said, “While a man was riding a cow, it turned towards him and said, ‘I have not been created for this purpose (i.e. carrying), I have been created for sloughing.” The Prophet added, “I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar believe in the story.” The Prophet went on, “A wolf caught a sheep, and when the shepherd chased it, the wolf said, ‘Who will be its guard on the day of wild beasts, when there will be no shepherd for it except me?’ “After narrating it, the Prophet said, “I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar too believe it.” Abu Salama (a sub-narrator) said, “Abu Bakr and ‘Umar were not present then.” (It has been written that a wolf also spoke to one of the companions of the Prophet near Medina as narrated in Fatah-al-Bari: Narrated Unais bin ‘Amr: Ahban bin Aus said, “I was amongst my sheep. Suddenly a wolf caught a sheep and I shouted at it. The wolf sat on its tail and addressed me, saying, ‘Who will look after it (i.e. the sheep) when you will be busy and not able to look after it? Do you forbid me the provision which Allah has provided me?’ ” Ahban added, “I clapped my hands and said, ‘By Allah, I have never seen anything more curious and wonderful than this!’ On that the wolf said, ‘There is something (more curious) and wonderful than this; that is, Allah’s Apostle in those palm trees, inviting people to Allah (i.e. Islam).’ “Unais bin ‘Amr further said, “Then Ahban went to Allah’s Apostle and informed him what happened and embraced Islam.)” palm trees or other trees and share the fruits with me.”

    [Al Bukhari, Book 39, Hadith 517]

  2. the speaking of animals to humans could be the people who claim to be psychic and there abilities are towards animals. eg Horse whisperer and dog whisperer and people who say that an animal projects psychic thoughts to them thus speaking to them telepathically. this is a an increasing obsession and dangerous to those who believe in G-D

  3. about animal talking. Now a days there are many animated movies made that have animals talk. that could be a sign.

  4. Beautiful, succinct, concise, balanced and well written. Excellent dawah brother, I pray Allah SWT blesses you and your loved ones with true success in this duniya and the akhira Ameen. You have a talent from Allah to write and are using it fisabilillah and I admire that. Alhamdulillah.

    • Thank you again Sister Khadijah. As I mentioned in your other comment, I hope to make a full series on the Last Days soon, Inshallah. I hope it is successful and beneficial.

  5. As salam alaekum, my Brother in islam. I really enjoy ur lecture. May Allah subhanau wata’alah continue to strenght ur effort to move forward in enlighting the muslim brothers and sisters of world. Jazakumu Llahu khaeran.

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam Br. Abdulazeez,

      Ameen. Jazakallah Khair for commenting. All Muslims should reflect on these signs and think of ways to protect themselves if the fitnah (trials) come during their lifetime.

      • I’ve a doubt, Is increasing Masjid is a Sign Of The Last Day? If yes, please provide the proof (like Hadees or somehing) also.

        • As-Salaamu Alaikum Musthafa,

          I’ve never heard of an increase in the number of Masajid as a Sign of the Last day. However, there is a hadith that indicates that the number of Muslims will increase and be very large, but they will be very weak. This is similar to how we are now.

          • Wa Alaikumu salam Mr. Abu Ibrahim,

            Thanks for your information. But I asked some of my friends (Khatheeb in masjid) and they told that ‘increase in the number of Masajid as a Sign of the Last day’.Anyway they promised to give the Hadith. If I get I’ll let you know. Insha Allah.

  6. Mashaallah brother,may Allah reward u,i enjoy reading a lot and ur article was mervelous,looking forward to read more of ur articles.i believe i can say i’m more enlightened on this matter.i love reading about aqira to remind myself of the next stop from dunya.could you please right on the actuall day when people will be resurected.ma’asalam shukran

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam,

      Thank you for visiting and I’m glad you enjoyed the articles. I’m not sure about your last question.

      It seems like you’re asking me about the exact day when we’ll be resurrected. I obviously have no idea when that will be, this is something that only Allah knows.

      If that’s not what you meant, please clarify your question and I’ll try to give you a better answer, Inshallah.

      Also, go visit the video section at the top and look for some of the videos I’ve made about the Dajjal, Al-Mahdi and the Last Day. Perhaps they’ll give you more information, Inshallah.

  7. assalamualykum brother thank you my brother in islam…. on the point of the major and minor signs i believe there is also a hadith relating to the appearance of at -tariq a star with a tail rising from the east also that there will be 3 earth quakes in the city of makkah and that we already had one of these in 2006 circa. please google …. also that there will be a sayhah a thundering sound in the middle of ramadhaan where the ramathan begins on a friday and the middle of ramadhan will be a friday during this month we should see an eclipse of the sun also …. may i remind muslim brothers and sisters that the ramadhan of 2012 begins on a friday inshalla and the middle also falls on a friday inshallah this is information sourced from various places and actual hadith be they strong or weak i place my trust in allah subhanu wa tala

    • Wa alaikum Salaam Br. Hameed,

      Thank you for sharing this information. The only one that I’m familiar with is the one you mentioned about the earthquakes. However, the earthquakes (if I remember correctly) are not restricted to Mecca. There is to be one earthquake in the East, one in the West, and one in the Arabian Peninsula.

      I didn’t want to go too much into this hadith as I’m speculating a bit. However, the hadith in question actually mentions a landslide, not actually an earthquake. And this probably wouldn’t be a normal earthquake/landslide as those happen all the time all over the world, east, west, and everywhere in between.

      But if this earthquake/landslide is supposed to be something big and catastrophic, I would guess (and Allah knows best) that the one in the East has already happened. That would be the tsunami of 2005 that killed so many Muslims. This tsunami was definitely in the East and was actually caused by an underwater earthquake. And it was a big, major event that had repercussions all over the world.

      I don’t know about the earthquake/landslide in the West. I’m not sure if the one in Haiti in 2010 would be this as it was a big earthquake, but it really only impacted one nation. However, thousands upon thousands of people died from that disaster.

      And Allah knows best.

  8. There is the mention of the slave girl giving birth to her mistress. Could this be the slavery in America? Many of those girls were raped by their masters and gave birth. Some of the offspring were taken into the families and background hidden.
    Also, the sheperds were noted as being destitute competing for tall buildings? Could they be the American Native Indians competing to build casinos as they do now? Of course, however they are considered to be worshipers of false deities. I am not sure if they are sheperds, perhaps hunters and nomads.

    • Allah knows best Laura.

      The thing about slavery in the US is that it wasn’t just limited to the US. Slavery existed in many parts of the world at that time, including Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Caribbean.

      Also, male slave owners have been having relations with their female slaves for thousands of years. Even in Islam, Muslims slave owners were allowed to have sexual relations with their female slaves.

      I do understand that raping a slave is much different from having consensual sex with one. But we will never know how often these relationships were forced or consensual. Allah knows best on that.

    • There are several cases in the US where daughters are giving birth to their father’s child (astakhfirullah) and there is no shame or anything of that sort,in fact they are living happily.

  9. there are many videos on youtube with animals speaking and the most common one in most housholds are parrots

    • Yes, you are right about these videos. But I don’t think they can be considered one of the signs of the last day. If a parrot speaks, it is not not really talking. It is simply mimicking what it hears. That’s like speaking into a tape record and pressing play.

      Plus, parrots have been doing this for centuries; even before Prophet Muhammad’s time (pbuh). It is just a gift that Allah gave to one of His creations.

      And Allah knows best.

  10. Jazako allaho khayran brother, you have done a fantastic job in sharing this information with us. I only hope that the Muslims of this youth generation can turn their selves around and reflect on these signs. Speaking from the bottom of my heart, I believe that this century could be the last- since every century lasts 100 years- but Allah knows best. The holy prophet (PBUH) narrated that the Major signs of qiyama will come as fast as beads falling of a necklace- We are already heading towards the last of the Minor signs.May Allah forgive all our sins and guide us to the straight path, and defeat these opressing rulers-AMEEN.

  11. Salaams brother. JazakAllah for this article. The link to the dreams coming true part doesn’t seem to work. Could you please post another link? Shukran.

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam,

      That link was to a post I wrote about some dreams I had myself. I’m not sure if I want to repost it right now as they are kind of personal, but perhaps I will, Inshallah.

  12. Thanks a lot brother for this research.May Almighty Allah reward you ubandantly. I have one question, “How are we going to notice the arrival of Isa bin Mariam, yet non of the people know how he looked like” Is he going to talk about himself that he is so and so?

    • We’ll know the arrival of Isa Ibn Maryam because he will kill the Dajjal and bring victory for the Muslims. You’re right we won’t know how he looks, but at the time he comes, the world will be engulfed in war led by the Dajjal. So when Isa slays him, that’s the sign that he is the true Messenger of Allah.

      And Allah knows best.

  13. Which religions, past and present, have a prophecy or myth about the end of the world?…

    I will answer part of your question (All what I know): Before 1400 years, the relegion of “Islam” appeared from the messenger of God “Mohamed/Mahomet/Muhammad” (the last prophet as stated by Islam). And at the same time Islam tells us about a lot o…

    • The river Euphrates did uncover a mountain of gold – oil is called “black gold”…and the prophet said 99 out of 100 will die for it, thus the wars continually since then…..if you see the documentaries on oil discovery in the middle east on you tube….

        • Wa Alaikum Salaam Br. Sufiyaan,

          Well, many objects are already talking to us.

          Cars, cell phones, GPS Units, toys, and video games all talk to us.

          For instance, Apple’s Siri service literally asks you questions and greets you and reminds of important things. And this service is being duplicated in many other devices.

          Ford motor company has thing thing called Sync which is similar to Siri.

          If our phones and cars are already doing this today, how much more advanced will things be in 5 years? Or 10?

          To me, and Allah knows best, this phenomenon proves the prediction of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is correct. Inanimate objects are talking to us…and not just recorded quotes like those old toys where you pull the string in the back.

          This is really the beginnings of true AI, artificial intelligence.

  14. Dear sisters and brothers the end of time is not near solong we are keeping our faith in good order .concerning our sisters and brothers ther Call themself muslims and at the same time are destruktive they are outsiders they are not walking Allahs road of love because love is giving hope and joy outsiders are taking hope and joy away from ther sisters and brothers it’s stealing trust me Allah are going to punish Them for just that.All we Can do is to pray for the outsiders that Allah Will literen up ther heartstory so they Can see the Road they or to walk the road of love.salam Peter

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