The End of the World


One day centuries ago, while a shepherd was tending to his flock, a wolf attacked a sheep and dragged it away. The shepherd gave chase and rescued the sheep, but the wolf sat on its tail and spoke to the shepherd saying, ‘Fear Allah! You have taken provision from me which Allah gave me.’ The shepherd said, ‘Amazing! A wolf sitting on its tail and speaking to me in the language of a human being.’ The wolf said, ‘Shall I tell you something more amazing than this?Allah’s Messenger then ordered that the call of prayer be made. He came out and asked the shepherd to tell the people his story and he did. Then Allah’s Messenger said, “He has spoken the truth; by Him in whose hands my soul is, the Day of Resurrection will not be established until beasts of prey speak to human beings, until the stick and the shoelace of a person speak to him, and his thigh informs him about his family as to what happened to them after him.
The Prophet recounted events that would happen in the future, and in particular those leading up to the Last Day in great detail. ‘The Prophet addressed us with a sermon in which he left nothing unmentioned that would occur until the Last Hour. The one who knows it, knows it and the one who is ignorant of it is ignorant. Sometimes I see something of which he mentioned which I had forgotten and I recognise it just as a person recognises someone he used to know after seeing him again.’ Umar b. al-Kha??ab said, ‘The Prophet stood and told us about the events from the beginning of creation until the time that people will enter Paradise and Hell. Some remembered everything that was said and some of us forgot.’
Before the Last Hour occurs there will be a number of general indications that it is drawing close such as the increase of murder, natural disasters, and widespread ignorance of the truth. There are, however, some very specific events that will happen as well which are referred to as the Majors Signs of the Last Hour:Allah’s Messenger came out to the Companions who were involved in a discussion. He asked, “What are you discussing?” (The Companions) replied, ‘We are discussing the Last Hour.’ He said, “It will not come until you see ten signs: the Smoke, the Dajjal, the Beast, the rising of the sun from the west, the descent of ?Isa, son of Maryam, the Ya?juj and Ma?juj, the sinking of the earth in three places, one in the east, one in the west and one in Arabia. After this a fire would burn, spreading from Yemen, and would drive mankind to the place of their assembly.”[5]
Allah’s Messenger \said, “Rush towards good deeds before six things happen: the sun rising from the place of its setting, the Dajjal, the Smoke, the Beast, your death and the Last Day.” He said, “The first (of the truly extraordinary) signs will be the sun rising from the place of its setting and the coming of the Beast in the morning, whichever of these two happens first, the other will soon follow.” “Your Lord has warned you against three: The Smoke which will afflict the believers like a cold, but will afflict the non-believer by bloating him up so severely that it will come out of every orifice, and the Beast and the Dajjal.”
“And “Once three signs occur, the soul will not benefit from believing if it did not believe before: the Dajjal, the Dabba (the Beast), and the sun rising from the West.” They ask you about the Hour, saying, ‘When will it arrive?’ But how can you tell them that? Its time is known only to your Lord; you are only sent to warn those who fear it. On the Day they see it, it will seem they lingered only an evening or its morning.
Rather than trying to find out exactly when it will happen, what we are required to do is to prepare ourselves for it. A bedouin once asked the Prophet about the Last Hour. He said, “It will surely come to pass but what have you prepared for it?” The man replied, ‘Messenger of Allah, I have not prepared much in the way of prayer and good works, but I love Allah and His Messenger.’ The said, “You will be with those you love.”