Towards the last years of the world certain signs will show those of wisdom and knowledge that the world of the Dunya is coming towards its endings and the time of the Day of Judgement is approaching.
The Prophecies about this period are numerous and as with all prophecies they contain symbolic elements, of which only God knows their true physical meaning before they have occurred, but from study of these many prophecies many Muslim scholars have put together a sort of ‘future history’ of those later days.
As yet only God knows (along with any beings He chooses to inform) how accurate these speculations that are based upon collating the relevant Hadith into a coherent narrative will be.
At the time of writing there are some Muslims who interpret these Hadith in very literalist terms whilst others interpret them much more symbolically and the majority are probably between these two positions.
The exact order of the actual occurrence of the events of the Hadith prophecies below may possibly vary from how they are presented below, when they actually come to pass, in whatever way God wills them to.
Some signs of end times recorded in the Hadeeth…
the loss of the knowledge of the religion amongst the Muslims, the arising of disgraceful sinners as the leaders of the people,
the arising of mass lewdness and clothes that accentuate the body making people appear naked,
there will be great wealth but it will not be shared in Zakaat or charity,
people will break trusts and the breaking of family ties will be normal, children will be born outside of the nest of marriage, women will start to dress like men and some men will start to dress like women,
people will make false testimonies for worldly reasons, there will be a multitude of Christians upon the earth (but they will not be true Christians)…
the Bedouin competing to build lofty skyscrapers (as is now seen in the Gulf),
the discovery of gold (presumably black gold) in Arabia that leads to wars and conflict,
there will be an abundance of tyrants and policemen, usury will be renamed ‘profit’ (interest) as well as many more signs.
Signs that are Coming to Pass
Of the signs that have been prophesied it has been pointed out that many had already come to pass by the beginning of the twenty-first century CE. The worst of the signs of the approach events will be the difficulties the Muslim will face.
At this time the enemies of Islam persecute the Muslim’s to such a degree that holding firmly on to the true deen of Islam (the Islamic way of life) will be as difficult as holding on to a hot coal.
The true blessed Ulema (scholars of Orthodox Islam) will be persecuted, the pious will conceal themselves and many Muslims will only be able to find refuge in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
At this difficult time Imam Mahdi (ra) will reveal himself to save the Muslim Ummah and a new era will begin.
Prophecies About Imam Mahdi
As already mentioned. Prophecies about Imam Mahdi are contained in the Hadith. They are numerous and as with all prophecies they contain symbolic elements, of which only God knows their true physical meaning before they have occurred, but from study of these many prophecies many Muslim scholars have put together a sort of ‘future history’ of those later days.
As yet only God knows (and any beings He chooses to inform) how accurate these speculations based upon collating the relevant Hadeeth into a coherent narrative will be.
At the time of writing there are some Muslims who interpret these Hadith in very literal terms whilst others interpret them much more symbolically and the majority opinion is probably between these two positions.
The exact order of the actual occurrence of the events of the Hadith prophecies below may possibly vary from how they are presented below, when they actually come to pass, in whatever way God the All Wise wills them to.
About the Imam
Imam Mahdi is believed to be a descendant of Imam Ali and Sayyidah Fatimah (may the blessings of God be upon them both) and at the time of his arrival he will be forty years old (bearing in mind that God controls the dimension of time and these years will have been as long as God chose).
Even at the time of writing there are some Muslims who say that Imam Mahdi is already upon the earth and that he is residing in a place of secrecy and God knows best as to whether this is currently a physical or a spiritual existence.
According to the Hadeeth at the appropriate time Imam Mahdi will be dwelling in the holy city of Madinah and when he is forty years old he will travel to the holy city of Makkah. He will be recognized as he performs Tawaf around the Holy Ka’abah.
People will recognize him due to various signs such as his pale complexion, his broad face and his humble type of speech and the people there will request to become his disciples, but he will refuse to be their leader at first, until an unseen voice will proclaim him as being the Mahdi and the vice regent from God Almighty.
The voice will instruct the Muslims to listen to him and follow him. All the true Muslims will pledge their allegiance to Imam Mahdi and they will hand over the control of the lands they still posses to him.
True Religion Triumphs
At this time monstrous evil rulers who often pretend to be Christians or Jews, but who really follow the anti-Christ (Dajjal) will have taken control of the lands of the world and Imam Mahdi will assemble a great army of the righteous to fight them.
Once the army is assembled Imam Mahdi will visit the tomb of the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) in the Holy city of Madinah and then the Muslim army will travel to Syria to confront the ‘Roman’ (i.e. classically modeled civilization) forces representing the agents of the anti-Christ (Dajjal).
A massive battle of terrifying destruction will ensue and although the Muslims will suffer great causalities they will achieve victory under the wise instructions of Imam Mahdi and after the battle a Utopian government will be established based upon the worship of the One True God .
Through the influence of this genuine Utopian society the world will be filled with tranquility. justice and well-being.
Things on earth will be good for a long time, but eventually the anti-Christ (Dajjal) will show himself and appear in person. Despite Imam Mahdi’s brilliance the Dajjal’s appearance will require God to send someone very special, whom the world has not seen for a long time, to deal with him.
According to prophecies in the Hadith, when the Dajjal (anti-Christ) finally shows his ignorant self to human kind the people will be divided between the ignorantly inclined people, who will flock to his banner, and the good people who will stay loyal to the One True God .
A struggle will ensue in which the Dajjal’s foolish followers will initially seem to dominate, yet God the Merciful will send Jesus back to the earth, thus beginning the second coming in which Jesus will defeat the Dajjal and restore belief and happiness to the world, bringing in a reign of benevolent rule according to the Divine Laws of the Holy Qur’an.
Dajjal is the anti-Christ
Dajjal will be a devilish false messiah who will one day be set free to trick the worldly people with a false paradise and false hell on earth. He will claim to be various things, including God , but he will be recognized by his one eye. He will travel by a means of transport that allows him to move quickly through the air and he will make trouble everywhere he goes.
The Dajjal will provide his followers with a false paradise upon the earth and they will become very rich and materially powerful, whilst at the same time he will make life for those who reject him extremely difficult. His chief power will be his mastery of illusions and he will fool the gullible by pretending to bring their dead loved ones back to life, but really the supposed loved ones will be devils pretending by the Dajjal’s illusory powers.
Dajjal will first pretend to be a prophet and then pretend that he is ‘God ’. Only the good people will stay loyal to the One True God and avoid falling foul of his devilish deceptions and evil entertainments and he will make life very difficult for those good people who reject him, however all those who are enticed by his evil attractions will lose their souls and their hereafters.
Only the Holy Cities of Madinah Munawwarah and Makkah, (along with Baitul Maqdas) will remain free from the evil of the Dajjal, because God will send Angels to guard these special places.
In other places great Muslim cities will fight the Dajjal and they will be defeated and after the defeat the Muslims of these lands will be divided between those who flee and keep their Imaan (faith) and those who apostatize and pay allegiance to the Dajjal.
Believers should memorize Quran Surah Kahf and Ayatul Kursi which protect from the evil trickery of the Dajjal.
The Second Coming of Jesus
Hadeeth explain that when eventually the blessed Prophet Jesus son of Mary (May Allah bless them both) shall return from Heaven (where he has resided since Merciful Allah (SWT) ordained it that he should ascend there). He shall descend from the sky to Damascus and thereafter he (as) shall lead and guide the believers and confront the Dajjal.
The Dajjal shall flee from him and melt like water before him and those who follow him shall be routed by those who believe. The followers of Dajjal shall have nowhere to hide and they shall be defeated wherever they are on the earth.
Gog and Magog
After the accursed Dajjal has been defeated the misguided races of God and Magog (Yuj and Majuj) shall break through the barrier that has held them back since the time of Dhul Qarnain (ra).
Allah only knows the actual identity of Gog and Magog and whether they are of the races known to us or of races hidden from us at this time. We know that they are held behind a barrier of metal and that they have been trying to break through it since Dhul Qarnain (ra) built it.
The location of the barrier we do not know and neither do we know the identity or location of Gog and Magog – some observers identify them as from amongst the Central or East Asian races or even as the Russians and Chinese (they forget that many of them are good pure believers).
As far as we know Gog and Magog could be underground people, people of another dimension or Allah could have simply shielded their location on the surface of the earth from us by His command – if he did this we could never find them till He (SWT) allowed us as he is the master of what we call ‘physical laws’ – they are just His habitual command and nothing more’.
With the barrier gone, Gog and Magog will pour forth like a flood of locusts across the face of the earth, they are an immoral people and shall devour the wealth of the world. Jesus son of Mary (may Allah bless them both in the best of ways) shall pray against them they will die of a pestilence and the world will be saved from them.
An Age of Happiness
Under the guidance of Prophet Jesus (as) the believers (all those with good hearts shall follow him in submission to the One True God) and and an age of happiness, benevolence and true belief shall follow. Blessed Prophet Jesus (as) shall guide men by the Holy Qur’an. Things will be very pleasant upon the Earth for a long time.
The dangerous beasts shall become gentle and live in peace with their former prey and all shall live in peace. Such safety and tranquility will reign upon the earth that children will even be able to pet snakes that were once dangerous.
Hadeeth indicate that Prophet Jesus (as) shall live on earth for forty years and continue the life that was interrupted by his ascension. He shall marry and have children and after around four decades as the guide of the human race he shall pass away and be buried.
When these things have happened we shall know that the hour is truly very close indeed.
Allah knows the exact ways that all these things will happen and which of them should be understood as being more symbolic and which as more literal. Those who are alive to see them will know, however, it will be a rocky road at times so in many ways it is best to hope that we don’t live to see them pass. Yet those who survive the trial of the Dajjal and see the age of Jesus’ (as) second coming will see a very beautiful thing to be sure.