Towards the end of time, the house of Allaah; Kaabah will be destroyed by an Abyssinian called Dhul-Suwayqatayn. Sad, but it true! But how will this happen? The Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him) said: Allegiance will be given to a man between the Rukn [the Yemeni corner of the Kabah and the Maqam [the station of Ibraheem], and no one will violate the sanctity of the house except those who will be living there.
When they violate it, then do not ask about the destruction of the Arabs. Then the Abyssinians will come and destroy it and it will never be rebuilt. They are the ones who will extract its treasure. [Silsilat al- Ahadeeth as-Saheehah)
Imam Ahmad also narrated in AI-Musnad from Abdullah ibn Umar that he heard the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings be upon him) say, "The Kabah will be destroyed by Dhul-Suwayqatayn from Abyssinia. He rob it of its adornments and take away its covering. It is as if I can see him, bald and with distorted wrists and ankles, striking with his shovel and pick-axe". [Silsilat al-Ahadeeth as- Saheehah) He is called Dhul-Suwayqatayn because his calves will be small.
Suwayq is the diminutive of saaq [calf], referring to their thinness. It may be asked, how will he destroy it when Allaah has made Makkah a secure sanctuary? The answer is that He has made it secure until just before the Hour and the end of this world. This is the view of An-Nawawi, and there is no contradiction [between it being a sanctuary and it being destroyed by Dhul- Suwayqatayn) because the destruction will happen at that time [i.e. at the end of the world).
Apart from that, the ruling that it is a sanctuary is still in effect. [If any enemy seeks to attack it and violate its sanctity), Allaah may prevent him as he did in the case of Abrahah, or He may not prevent him for some reason which is known to him, as happened in the case of Qaraamittah who attacked the sanctuary [of Makkah) and committed atrocities therein, and as this evil Abyssinian Dhul-Suwayqatan will do.
The rising of the sun from the west Among the clear signs which will point to the onset of the Hour will be the rising of the sun from the west. In Bukhari it is narrated from Abu Hurayrah [RA) that the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings be upon him] said, "The hour will not come until the sun rises from the West. When it rises and the people see it they will all believe, but that will be the time when faith will not benefit a person if he did not believe before, or did not derive any good from his faith. [Bukhari]
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited