The Signs Before The Day Of Judgment


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  • The Signs Before The Day Of Judgment


  • Trials and tribulations

    Zaynab bint Jahsh said, The Prophet (sallallah alayhe wa sallam) got up

    from his sleep; his face was flushed and he said, There is no god but

    Allah. Woe to the Arabs, for a great evil which is nearly approaching

    them. Today a gap has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this

    (Sufyan illustrated this by forming the number of 90 or 100 with his

    fingers). Someone asked, Shall we be destroyed even though there are

    righteous people among us? The Prophet said, Yes, if evil increases.

    (Bukhari).

    Umm Salamah, the wife of the Prophet said, One night the Prophet got up

    and said, Subhan Allah! How many tribulations have come down tonight, and

    how many treasures have been disclosed! Go and wake the dwellers of these

    apartments (i e his wives) for prayer. A well-dressed soul in this world

    may be naked in the Hereafter. (Bukhari.)

    Usamah ibn Zayd said, Once the Prophet stood over one of the battlements

    of al-Madinah and asked the people, Do you see what I see? They said, No.

    He said, I see afflictions falling upon your houses as raindrops fall.

    (Bukhari, Muslim.)

    Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) said, The Prophet said, Time will pass

    rapidly, knowledge will decrease, miserliness will become widespread in

    peoples hearts, afflictions will appear, and there will be much Harj. The

    people asked, O Messenger of Allah, what is Harj? He said, Killing,

    killing! (Bukhari)

    Al-Zubayr ibn Adi narrated, We went to Anas ibn Malik and complained about

    the wrong we were suffering at the hands of al-Hajjaj. Anas ibn Malik

    said, Be patient, For no time will come but that the time following it

    will be worse, until you meet your Lord. I heard the Prophet say that.

    (Bukhari.)

    Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet said, There will come a time of afflictions

    when one who sits will be better than one who stands; one who stands will

    be better than one who walks; and one who walks will be better than one

    who runs. Whoever exposes himself to these afflictions, they will destroy

    him. So whoever can find a place of protection or refuge from them, should

    take shelter in it. (Bukhari and Muslim.)

    Hudhayfah said, The Prophet told us two Hadith, one of which I have seen

    fulfilled, and I am waiting for the fulfilment of the other. The Prophet

    told us that honesty came down into mens hearts (from Allah); then they

    learnt it from the Quran, and then from the Sunnah. The Prophet told us

    that honesty would be taken away. He said, Man will be overtaken by sleep,

    during which honesty will be taken away from his heart, and only its trace

    will remain, like traces of a dark spot. Then man will be overtaken by

    slumber again, during which honesty will decrease still further, until its

    trace will resemble a blister such as is caused when an ember is dropped

    onto ones foot: it swells, but there is nothing inside. People will be

    carrying on with their trade, but there will hardly be any trustworthy

    persons. People will say, There is an honest man in such-and-such a tribe.

    Later they will say about some man, What a wise, polite and strong man he

    is! - although he will not have faith even the size of a mustard-seed in

    his heart. Indeed, there came a time when I did not mind dealing with any

    one of you, for if he were a Muslim his Islam would compel him to pay

    whatever he owed me, and if he were a Christian, the Muslim official would

    compel him to pay it. But now I do not deal with anyone except so-and-so

    and so-and-so. (Bukhari.)

    Ibn Umar said, The Prophet stood beside the pulpit, facing the east, and

    said, Afflictions will verily emerge from here, where the top of Satans

    head will appear. (Bukhari.)

    Abu Hurairah said that he had heard the Prophet say, The Hour will not

    come until a man passes by someones grave and says, Would that I were in

    his place! (Bukhari.)

    Abu Hurairah said, I heard the Prophet say, The Hour will not come until

    the buttocks of the women of Daws* move whist going around Dhu l-Khalasah.

    Dhu l-Khalasah was an idol worshipped by the tribe of Daws during the

    Jahiliyyah. (Hadith from Bukhari.)

    Abu Hurairah also said, The Prophet said, The Euphrates will disclose a

    golden treasure. Whoever is present at that time should not take anything

    of it.

    Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet said, The Hour will not come before the

    Euphrates uncovers a mountain of gold, for which people will fight.

    Ninety-nine out of every hundred will die, but every one among them will

    say that perhaps he will be the one who will survive (and thus possess the

    gold). (Muslim.)

    Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet said, The Hour will not come until the

    following events have come to pass: two large groups will fight the

    another, and there will be many casualties; they will both be following

    the same religious teaching. Nearly thirty Dajjals will appear, each of

    them falsely claiming to be a Messenger from Allah. Knowledge will

    disappear, earthquakes will increase, time will pass quickly, afflictions

    will appear, and Harj (ie killing) will increase. Wealth will increase, so

    that a wealthy man will worry lest no-one accept his Zakat, and when he

    offers it to anyone, that person will say, I am not in need of it. People

    will compete in constructing high buildings. When a man passes by someones

    grave, he will say, Would that I were in his place! The sun will rise from

    the west; when it rises and the people see it, they will believe, but,

    No good will it do to a soul to believe in them then, if it believed not

    before nor earned righteousness through its faith ... (Al-Anam 6:158)

    The Hour will come suddenly: when a man has milked his she-camel and taken

    away the milk, but he will not have time to drink it; before a man

    repairing a tank for his livestock will be able to put water in it for his

    animals; and before a man who has raised a morsel of food to his mouth

    will be able to eat it. (Bukhari.)

    Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, Of all the people, I know most about every

    tribulation which is going to happen between now and the Hour. This is not

    because the Prophet told me something in confidence which he did not tell

    anyone else; it is because I was present among a group of people to whom

    he spoke about the tribulations (al-Fitan). The Prophet mentioned three

    tribulations which would hardly spare anybody, and some which would be

    like storms in summer; some would be great and some would be small.

    Everyone who was present at that gathering has passed away, except me.

    (Muslim.)

    Abu Hurairah said, I heard the Prophet say, If you live for a while, you

    will see people go out under the wrath of Allah and come back under His

    curse, and they will have in their hands whips like the tail of an ox.

    (Ahmad, Muslim.)

    Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet said, There are two types among the people

    of Hell whom I have not yet seen. The first are people who have whips like

    the tails of oxen, with which they beat people, and the second are women

    who are naked in spite of being dressed; they will be led astray and will

    lead others astray, and their heads will look like camels humps. These

    women will not enter Paradise; they will not even experience the faintest

    scent of it, even though the fragrance of Paradise can be perceived from

    such a great distance.

    Anas ibn Malik said, The Prophet was asked, O Messenger of Allah, (what

    will happen) when we stop enjoining good and forbidding evil? He said,

    When what happened to the Israelites happens among you: when fornication

    becomes widespread among your leaders, knowledge is in the hands of the

    lowest of you, and power passes into the hands of the least of you. (Ibn

    Majah.)

    Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet said, Woe to the Arabs from the great evil

    which is nearly approaching them: it will be like patches of dark night. A

    man will wake up as a believer, and be a kafir (unbeliever) by nightfall.

    People will sell their religion for a small amount of worldly goods. The

    one who clings to his religion on that day will be as one who is grasping

    an ember - or thorns. (Ahmad.)

    Abu Hurairah said, I heard the Prophet saying to Thawban, O Thawban, what

    will you do when the nations call one another to invade you as people call

    one another to come and eat from one bowl? Thawban said, May my father and

    my mother be sacrificed for you. O Messenger of Allah! Is it because we

    are so few The Prophet said, No, on that day you (Muslims) will be many,

    but Allah will put weakness (wahn) in your hearts. The people asked, What

    is that weakness, O Messenger of Allah? He said, It is love for this world

    and dislike of fighting. (Ahmad.)

    The Prophet said, There will be a tribulation in which one who is sleeping

    will be better than one who is lying down, one who is lying will be better

    than one who is sitting, one who is sitting will be better than on who is

    standing, one who is standing will be better than one who is walking, one

    who is walking will be better than one who is riding, and one who is

    riding will be better than one who is running; all of their dead will be

    in Hell. The Companion of the Prophet who narrated this Hadith said, O

    Messenger of Allah, when will that be? He said, That will be the days of

    Harj. He asked, When will the days of Harj be?

    The Prophet said, When a man will not trust the person to whom he is

    speaking. The Companion asked, What do you advise me to do if I live to

    see that? He said, Restrain yourself, and go back to your place of

    residence. The Companion then asked, O Messenger of Allah, what should I

    do if someone enters my neighbourhood to attack me? He said, Go into your

    house. The Companion asked, What if he enters my house? He said, Go into

    the place where you pray and do this - and he folded his arms, - and say

    My Lord is Allah, until you die.

    Abu Bakrah said, The Prophet said, There will be a tribulation during

    which one who is lying down will be better than one who is sitting, one

    who is sitting will be better than one who is standing, one who is

    standing will be better than one who is walking, and one who is walking

    will be better than one who is running. Someone asked, O Messenger of

    Allah, what do you advise me to do? He said, Whoever has camels, let him

    stay with them, and whoever has land, let him stay in his land. Someone

    asked, What about someone who does not have anything like that? He said,

    Then let him take his sword and strike its edge against a stone, then go

    as far away as possible. (Abu Dawud; similar Hadith in Muslim.)

    At the time of the Fitnah of Uthman ibn Affans Khilafah (Caliphate), Sad

    ibn Abi Waqqas said, I bear witness that the Prophet said, There will come

    a tribulation during which one who sits will be better than one who

    stands, one who stands will be better than one who walks, and one who

    walks will be better than one who runs. Someone asked, What do you advise

    if someone enters my house to kill me? He said, Be like the son of Adam

    (ie resign yourself). (Muslim, Tirmidhi.)

    Abu Musa al-Ashari said, The Prophet said, Before the Hour comes, there

    will be a tribulation like patches of dark night. A man will get up a

    believer and go to sleep a kafir, or will go to sleep a believer and get

    up a kafir. The one who sits will be better than one who stands, and one

    who walks will be better than one who runs. Break your bows, cut their

    strings, and strike your swords against stones. If someone comes to kill

    any of you, then be like the better of the two sons of Adam. (Abu Dawud.)

    Abu Dharr said, The Prophet was riding a donkey and sat me behind him. He

    said, O Abu Dharr, if the people were suffering from such severe hunger

    that you could not even get up from your bed to go to the mosque, what

    would you do? I said, Allah and His Messenger know best. He said, Be

    decent and restrain yourself. Then he said, O Abu Dharr, if the people

    were suffering from severe death (i e if a man were worth no more than a

    grave), what would you do? If the people were killing one another, until

    Hajarat al-Zayt (an area of Madinah) were submerged in blood, what would

    you do? I said, Allah and His Messenger know best. He said, Stay in your

    house and lock the door. I asked, What if I am not left alone? He said,

    Then be one of them. I said, Should I take up my sword? He said, If you

    did that, you would be joining them in their activities. No - if you fear

    that the brightness of the shining sword will disturb you, then cover your

    face with part of your clothing, and let him carry his own sin and your

    sin. (Ahmad.)

    Abd Allah ibn Amr said, We were on a journey with the Prophet ... When the

    Prophets caller called for prayer, I went there. The Prophet was

    addressing the people, saying: O people, it has been the duty of every

    Prophet before me to guide his people to whatever he knew was good for

    them, and to warn them against whatever he knew was bad for them, but this

    Ummah has its time of peace and security at the beginning; at the end of

    its existence it will suffer trials and tribulations, one after the other.

    Tribulation will come, and the believer will say, This will finish me, but

    it will pass. Another tribulation will come, and he will say, This is it,

    but it will pass, and a third will come and go likewise. Whoever wishes to

    be rescued from Hell, and enter Paradise, let him die believing in Allah

    and the Last Day, and treat the people as he himself wishes to be treated.

    If anyone gives allegiance to an Imam, then let him obey him if he can (or

    on one occasion he said: as much as you can).

    Abd al-Rahman (one of the narrators of this Hadith) said, When I heard

    that, I put my head between my knees and said, But your cousin Muawiyah is

    ordering us to squander our wealth among ourselves in vanity, and to kill

    each other, although Allah has said, O ye who believe! Squander not your

    wealth among yourselves in vanity ... (Al-Nisa 4:29)

    Abd Allah (another narrator) put his head in his hands and paused awhile,

    then he raised his head and said, Obey him in that which is obedience to

    Allah and disobey that which is disobedience to Allah. I asked him, Did

    you hear that from the Prophet? He said, Yes, I heard it with my ears and

    understood it in my heart. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, al-Nasai, Ibn Majah.)

    Abd Allah ibn Amr said, I heard the Prophet say, If you see my Ummah

    fearing a tyrant so much that they dare not tell him that he is a tyrant,

    then there will be no hope for them. The Prophet said, Among my Ummah,

    some will be swallowed up by the earth, some bombarded with stones, and

    some transformed into animals. (Ahmad).

     

    FOOTNOTE:

    *Daws: a tribe in Yemen, Dhul-Khalasah: a house full of idols - it is so

    called because they believed that whoever worshipped it or went around it

    would be purified (khallasa).

    This Hadith means that the tribe of Daws will become apostates from Islam

    and will go back to idol worshipping; even their women will exert

    themselves in worshipping the idol and running around it, so that their

    flesh will quiver.

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