Signs of the Last Hour

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.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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