SIGNS OF LAST THE HOUR

Last month we started the introduction to the signs of the fast hour and the categories under which we are going to treat them. This month we are going to start with those signs that have already happened.

1. The sending of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him): One of the signs of the Hour is the sending of the Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him). Sahl (RA) related: I heard the Messenger of Allaah say while gesturing with his index and middle fingers, " and the Hour have been sent like this"" (Muslim). The meaning is that if we were to liken time to the middle finger, what was left at the time when Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) was sent was like the extent to which the middle finger is longer than the index finger, and what had already passed was like the length of the index finger in relation to the middle finger.

It could also mean that his coming as a messenger is close to the hour.. This is indicated by another hadeeth where the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "The lifespan of this ummah, in comparison with the past nations, is like the time from Asr prayer until the sun sets" (Muslim). The hadeeth likens mans existence to one day of this world, in which the Muslim ummah emerged at the time of Asr.

2. His Death The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Count six signs that indicate the approach of the Hour: my death, the conquest of Jerusalem, a plague that will afflict you (and kill you in great numbers) as the plague that afflicts sheep, the increase of wealth to such an extent that even if one is given one hundred Dinars, he will not be satisfied; then an Affliction which no Arab house will escape and then a truce between you and Bani AMsfar (i.e. the Byzantines) who will betray you and . attack you under eighty flags. Under each flag wfll be twelve thousand soldiers.  (Bukhaaree) 

3.The splitting of the Moon The Muslims {their scholars) are unanimous that the moon was split during ""- the time of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), and that its splitting was one of the dazzling miracles. Allaah. says, "The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder. And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: This is continuos magic."(Q54:1-2] Ibn Masood (RA) narrated: Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) in Mina, the moon was split into two halves, one half behind the mountain and the other in front of it. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said to us Bear witness" (Muslim)  

4. The fire in Hijaaz that illuminated the necks of the Camels in Busra The Messenger of Allaah (peace and . blessings be upon him) said, "The Hour will not come until fire comes out of the land of Hijaaza and will illuminate the necks of camels in Busar" (Bukhaaree) Ibn Katheer wrote about the event as reported by someone living in Damascus at that time known as Abu Shaama who said: "In the name of Allaah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. There arrived in Damascus on the first day of Shabaan, 654 AH, letters from the city of the messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) (Madina), in which were descriptions of a mighty event which happened there.

I was one of the trustworthy witnesses that he had written letters in Taymaa by the light (of that fire). Abu Shamah said: this is a quotation from a letter ,which we received: "On Monday the first of Jumaadal al-Aakhir,in 695 A ,there was a noise in Madinah like a sound of intermittent distant thunder. This continued for two days, then on the night of Wednesday the third of the month, the sound which we had been hearing was followed by an earthquake.

On Friday the fifth of the Harrah (stony area or lava field around madina) exploded with a great fire.as big as the Mosque of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) We watched it and it was throwing forth sparks (huge) as al-Qasr (huge log of wood ) ,as Allaah says .this was in a place called Ajeeleen. There flowed forth from this fire a river which was four parasangs (12 miles) long and four miles wide and as deep as the height of a man and a half.

It flows over the face of the earth and there comes forth from it hills and small mountains it flows over the face of the earth and it is molten rock, Until it becomes like molten copper .when it solidifies it becomes black ,but before it solidifies its colour is red. Because of this fire, many people have given up their sins and have drawn closer to Allaah by acts of worship and the governor of Madina has returned a lot of things were wrongfully from people".

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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