Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 3, Page 138, Question No.2 of Fatwa No.5253
Question: I kindly request you explain the signs of the [Last] Hour, and how to protect and beware of them, and what should one do if they encounter the likes of these fitan?
Response: The signs of the [Last] Hour are many; from amongst them [are]:
That with which the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) responded to [the Angel] Jibreel (‘alayhis-salaam):
«That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herdsmen vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings».
And from amongst them [are]: The appearance of the Dajjaal, and the descending of ‘Eesaa (Jesus) the son of Mary (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) from the heavens, and the rising of the sun from the west, and the appearance of the Land Beast.
And from amongst them [are]: The abundance of wealth, such that a man will have alot wealth, but will be discontented.
And from amongst them [are]: The occurrance of much fitan, such that there will not remain a house from the houses of the Arabs, except that they would have been afflicted by it.
So you should read the book «al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah» by Ibn Katheer (rahima-hullaah), since there is much explanation in it. And there are also examples, lessons and an explanation of how a person can protect himself from the fitan.
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.