Signs of the Day of Judgment 1-5

[Based off the notes I took on Imam Anwar’s famous lecture on the ‘HereAfter’. His lecture series is widely available and can be found online. He references authentic Hadith and the Quran. As always this is a learning experience, so any comments and additional thoughts or details are appreciated.

I have tried to confirm what was mentioned by quoting Hadith (color coded in red) to the best of my ability. I referenced – http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/searchhadith.html. ]

The Minor Signs of the Day of Judgment

  • 1st Sign – the message of Prophet Muhammad (saws)
    • Prophet Muhammad said: I was sent as close to the day of judgment as these two fingers together (BUKHARI)
    • Volume 6, Book 60, Number 458 (BUKHARI):
      Narrated Sahl bin Sad:

      I saw Allah’s Apostle pointing with his index and middle fingers, saying. “The time of my Advent and the Hour are like these two fingers.” The Great Catastrophe will overwhelm everything.

    • When Prophet Muhammad (saws) came to Medinah there was Light everywhere
  • 2nd Sign – the death of the Prophet Muhammad (saws)
    • this was t he biggest disaster that afflicted the Ummah!
    • Medinah was dark when Prophet Muhammah (saws) passed away – the ppl of Medinah felt something was missing
  • 3rd Sign – the opening of Jerusalem
    • Happened during time of Umar ibn al-Khattab
      • Our honor is only in Islam..not the clothes that we wear (14 patches in his) or the entourage around us
      • the people of Jerusalem couldn’t believe it and they were crying…they gave him the keys
  • 4th Sign – a death that will eat you away like a Disease
    • happened after the opening of Jerusalem
    • more then 25,000 muslims died in that plague
    • this is one form of shahid (martyr)
    • Volume 1, Book 11, Number 688 (BUKHARI): Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Martyrs are those who die because of drowning, plague, an abdominal disease, or of being buried alive by a falling building.” And then he added, “If the people knew the Reward for the Zuhr prayer in its early time, they would race for it. If they knew the reward for the ‘Isha’ and the Fajr prayers in congregation, they would join them even if they had to crawl. If they knew the reward for the first row, they would draw lots for it.”
    • Volume 9, Book 86, Number 104 (BUKHARI):

      Narrated ‘Amir bin Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas:

      That he heard Usama bin Zaid speaking to Sa’d, saying, “Allah’s Apostle mentioned the plague and said, ‘It is a means of punishment with which some nations were punished and some of it has remained, and it appears now and then. So whoever hears that there is an outbreak of plague in some land, he should not go to that land, and if the plague breaks out in the land where one is already present, one should not run away from that land, escaping from the plague.”

  • 5th Sign – abundance of wealth
    • a man will be handed 100 dinar and not be satisfied
    • this happened during Umar ibn AbdulAziz and Umar ibn-al Khattab
      • there was an abundance because Allah(swt) put baraqa (blessing) in their wealth..it was a blessing
    • another sign: a man will go out with gold and not find anyone who can accept it
      • tells us two things – ppl are not greedy, ppl are satisfied, content in their hearts
    • another sign: the earth will vomit gold and silver
    • another sign: river of euphrates..out of ever 100 that go their 99 will be dead (this is one of the minor signs that will come later)
    • [Sahih Muslim] a warning from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): I was given the keys of the treasures of the earth.. my concern is that you would compete on this world and that would destroy you…I do not fear poverty, we are not out of resources. the problem is oppression, and unfair distribution
    • Volume 4, Book 53, Number 385 (BUKHARI):

      Narrated ‘Amr bin ‘Auf Al-Ansari:

      “Rejoice and hope for what will please you! By Allah, I am not afraid of your poverty but I am afraid that you will lead a life of luxury as past nations did, whereupon you will compete with each other for it, as they competed for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.”

    • Today one of the reasons why Allah(swt) may not give us (blessing) baraqah in our rizk (wealth) is because we are not following shariah of business
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