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A Clear View:

of what has been narrated

regarding the Fitan and the Malahim at the End Of Time

 

 

By

 

Muhammad At-Tayyib ibn Gary [Abu 'Abdillah al-Maliki]

 

Note: The author of this book, Mr. Muhammad At-Tayyib ibn Gary, is NOT associated with Discovering Islam. The views expressed by the author in this book are his own views and do not reflect the views of Discovering Islam.

 

       Part 3 of the Book

 

Chapter 21

The revival of the "crusader mentality" among the Europeans

The more technologically advanced western society became after the Industrial Revolution, the more atheistic and materialistic it became in its outlook. Religion gradually became less important and less relevant in their lives to the point that today, the majority of Europeans and Americans are effectively Christians in name only, neither practicing their religion nor believing in it.

People are largely influenced by the cultures and habits of the powerful nations that dominate them. The great Muslim historian 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn Khaldun [rahimahullah] observed that whenever the Muslims were dominated by other people, the Muslims would imitate their habits and culture, but whenever the Muslims were dominant over other people, those people would imitate the Muslims.

This has proven to be especially true in the past century. Many Muslims all over the world, as a result of their weakness and defeatism, have been dazzled by the mirage of the secularism of the kafir west and its perceived successes, and have blindly and unquestioningly embraced it. The majority of the governments in the Muslim lands have embraced secularism, and in many places the people have turned away from their religion en masse.

Ibn Khaldun also observed that history moves in cycles, and that for everything there is a rise and fall. This is in contrast to the superficial and short-sighted opinion of many modern western historians that history is in a process of constant advancement and evolution, a view no doubt influenced by the atheistic Darwinian theory of evolution.

Over the past few centuries, many so-called intellectuals and visionaries have appeared in the west who viewed their own ideal conception of the society – whether communist, socialist, capitalist, or today, liberal democratic – as the ultimate point of human evolution, and simply could not even imagine that their ideology could possibly fail or become obsolete. All of them were proven wrong. Is it not then time for these people, who continue to recklessly apply Darwin's highly disputed theory to their own ideals and fancies, to learn from the mistakes of those before them, and to wake up from this illusion?

Any return of the Muslims to their religion and the rise of a powerful Islamic rule in the Muslim lands – which must certainly occur – will result in a corresponding weakening and decline in the western countries. Such has always been the push-and-pull nature of the great powers throughout history. Logically, this would lead to many Christians in the west becoming influenced by the great importance that the Muslims give to religion, with the result that those Christians – if they do not become Muslims – will most likely return to their own religion with a renewed fervour. Many people have in fact witnessed this phenomenon becoming more common in our own time.

The increasing hardships and the threat of the disintegration of society after the fall of the credit-based economy and the decline of technology would also be a major factor in the return of the Christians to their religion, as many people tend to take refuge in religion when everything else that they had put their faith in fails.

 

Al-Hakim narrated from Dhu Mikhbar, the brother of an-Najashi [radhiyallahu 'anhuma], that he heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"You will make a truce with the Romans, and you and them will fight together against an enemy beyond them. You will be victorious and win many spoils, and you will come back and settle on a hilly field. So one of the men from the Romans will say: "The cross has triumphed!" and a man from the Muslims will say: "Rather it is Allah Who triumphed." So they will argue with each other, and the Muslim will rush upon their cross, which will not be far away, and knock it down. The Romans will rush upon the breaker of their cross and kill him. The Muslims will rush for their weapons, but they will be killed, and Allah will honour that group of the Muslims with martyrdom. So the Romans will say to their ruler: "We have sufficed you the strength of the Arabs." They will then break the truce and gather for the Malhamah, coming to you under eighty banners, under each banner twelve thousand men."

Regardless of whatever cultural and religious changes that the Europeans have undergone over the centuries, this "crusader mentality" – evident in the above hadith in their saying: "The cross has triumphed!" – is deeply ingrained within the European psychology, perhaps more so than in that of the American people. A look at their history and their general attitude towards Islam and the Muslims today will clearly reveal that the "crusader mentality" has indeed been inherited and passed down over generations, however much they might like to claim to the contrary. And the hadith of Dhu Mikhbar indicates that this mentality will continue among the European Christians until the end, and Allah knows better.

 

Chapter 22

Al-Malhamah al-Kubra [the greatest battle]

The truce with the Romans:

Al-Hakim narrated from Dhu Mikhbar, the brother of an-Najashi [radhiyallahu 'anhuma], that he heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"You will make a truce with the Romans, and you and them will fight together against an enemy beyond them. You will be victorious and win many spoils, and you will come back and settle on a hilly field. So one of the men from the Romans will say: "The cross has triumphed!" and a man from the Muslims will say: "Rather it is Allah Who triumphed." So they will argue with each other, and the Muslim will rush upon their cross, which will not be far away, and knock it down. The Romans will rush upon the breaker of their cross and kill him. The Muslims will rush for their weapons, but they will be killed, and Allah will honour that group of the Muslims with martyrdom. So the Romans will say to their ruler: "We have sufficed you the strength of the Arabs." They will then break the truce and gather for the Malhamah, coming to you under eighty banners, under each banner twelve thousand men."

And in the narration of Nu'aym ibn Hammad:

"So he will gather his forces against you for the duration of a woman's pregnancy, then they will come against you with eighty banners, under each banner twelve thousand men."

 

The Malhamah:

Muslim narrated from Yasir ibn Jabir that he said: "A red wind blew in al-Kufah. So a man came who had nothing to say except: "O 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud, the Hour has come."

He said: "So he sat up after he had been lying down, and said: "The Hour will not come until inheritance is not distributed and spoils are not rejoiced over." Then he pointed his hand towards Sham, saying: "An enemy with gather its forces against the people of Islam, and the people of Islam will gather their forces against them."

I said: "The Romans, you mean?" He said: "Yes, and there will be during that battle a massive retreat. The Muslims will send a detachment to fight to the death, and to not return unless they are victorious. So they will fight until night intervenes between them, and each side will come back without victory, and the whole detachment will have been killed. Then the Muslims will send another detachment to fight to the death, and to not return unless they are victorious. So they will fight until night intervenes between them, and each side will come back without victory, and the whole detachment will have been killed. Then the Muslims will send another detachment to fight to the death, and to not return unless they are victorious. So they will fight until evening, and each side will come back without victory, and the whole detachment will have been killed.

Then on the fourth day, the remainder of the people of Islam will face them in battle, and Allah will cause them [i.e. the Romans] to be defeated, and they will be killed in such a slaughter that will never have been seen before, until a bird will pass over them and before it has left them it will drop dead. Brothers will search for each other, and will find only one man remaining out of a family of a hundred, so what spoils could they enjoy, and what inheritance could they distribute?

And while they are thus, they will hear of an even worse calamity than that. A person will come and call out to them that the Dajjal has taken their places among their families. So they will drop what is in their hands and go forward, sending ahead of them a detachment of ten horsemen. The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "I know their names, the names of their fathers, and the colours of their horses. They will be the best horsemen on the face of the earth that day."

And he also narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Hour will not come until the Romans camp at al-A'maq or Dabiq. An army from al-Madinah, from the best of the people on earth on that day, will go out to face them. When they have lined up their ranks for battle, the Romans will say: "Do not stand between us and those who were taken from us as prisoners, let us fight them." So the Muslims will say: "No, by Allah, we will never abandon our brothers to you." So they will fight them, and one third of them [i.e. the Muslims] will flee, and Allah will never forgive them. One third will be killed, and they will be the best martyrs in Allah's sight. And one third will be victorious, and they will never again be subjected to trials. They will conquer Constantinople, and while they are distributing the spoils, having hung their swords on the olive-trees, the Shaytan will call out to them: "The Masih has taken your places among your families!"

Weaker athar describing the events of the Malhamah:

Al-Hakim narrated from the hadith of 'Awf ibn Malik al-Ashja'i [radhiyallahu 'anhu] from the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"There will be born among Banul-Asfar a boy from the descendents of kings, who will age in a day as a child ages in a week, and who will age in a week as a child ages in a month, and who will age in a month as a child ages in a year. When he reaches the age of twelve years, they will make him their king. So he will stand up among them and say: "For how long will these people conquer us in our best lands? I think I should go to them and drive them out." So the speakers will stand up and agree with his idea. So, he will send out to the islands and the lands, ordering them to build ships, then he will sail in them with his armies until he lands between Antioch and al-'Arish."

 

Ibn Shurayh said: "I have heard someone saying that they will be twelve banners, with twelve thousand under each banner. So the Muslims will assemble with their ruler in Bayt al-Maqdis, and they will agree to go to the City of the Messenger (Medina) [sallallahu 'alayhi wa­sallam], until their furthest outpost will be at as-Sarh and Khaybar."

Ibn Abi Ja'far said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "My Ummah will go out from Manabit ash-Shih."

He or al-Harith ibn Yazid said: "They will stay there in that place, then one third will flee and one third will be killed, then Allah ['azza wa-jall] will defeat them (Romans) with the third who had remained patient."

Khalid ibn Yazid said: "On that day, Allah will strike with His sword and stab with His spear [i.e. with the swords and spears of the Muslims], and the Muslims will follow them in pursuit until they reach the gulf that is at Constantinople, and they will find that its water has dried up. So they will cross over to the city and settle in front of it, and Allah will demolish its walls with their saying: "Allahu akbar [Allah is the Greatest]." Then they will enter it and distribute its spoils with their shields."

Abu Qubayl al-Ma'afiri said: "While they are like that, a rider will come to them and say: "You are here, but the Dajjal has taken your places among your families!" But it will be false. So whoever listens to the scholars regarding that, then he will stay there along with the spoils that he won, and as for the others, they will depart. And the Muslims will build masajid (mosques) in Constantinople and invade the lands beyond it, until the Dajjal comes out in the sixth [i.e. the sixth year or the sixth month]."

 

And he also narrated from Ibn 'Umar [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"Soon the Muslims will be besieged in al-Madinah, until their furthest outpost will be Silah."

 

And he also narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"When the Malahim occur, a detachment of the mawali will come out from Damascus, who will have the best horses and finest weapons of all the Arabs, through whom Allah will aid the religion."

 

And Nu'aym ibn Hammad narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said:

"When the two old men rule: the old man of the Arabs, and the old man of the Romans, then at their hands will be the Malahim."

 

And he also narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said:

"A boy will appear among the Romans who will age in a year as a boy would age in ten years. He will live in the lands of the Romans, and the Romans will make him their king. So he will say: "For how long will we allow these people to overcome us in part of our own land? I will certainly go out and fight them until I overcome them in the lands they have taken, or they overcome me in what remains under my feet."

So he will go out with seventy thousand ships until he lands between 'Akka and al-'Arish, then he will set his ships on fire. The people of Egypt will leave Egypt, and the people of Sham will leave Sham, and they will all go to the Arabian Peninsula. That is the day about which Abu Hurayrah used to say: "Woe to the Arabs from an evil that has approached." A rope and a well-fed riding animal will be dearer to a man on that day than his family and his wealth.

So the Arabs will seek help from the bedouins, then they will go until they reach al-'Umq, at Antioch. There will be the greatest of battles, until the horses are soaked in blood up to their flanks. Allah will withhold victory from them all, until the angels will say: "O Lord, will You not help Your believing slaves?" So He will say: "Not until they have had many martyrs."

So one third will be killed, one third will retreat, and one third will remain patient. And Allah will cause the retreating third to be swallowed by the earth.

The Romans will say: "We will not cease fighting you until you bring out to us every one among you whose origin is not from you." So the non-Arabs will come out and say: "Allah forbid that we should go back to unbelief after al-Islam!" That is when Allah ['azza wa-jall] will send down His wrath, strike with His sword and stab with His spear. None of them will remain alive to tell about it, but they will all be killed and left lying on their faces.

And they [i.e. the Muslims] will not pass any city without conquering it by declaring Allah's greatness [at-takbir], until they come to the City of the Romans, and they will find that its gulf has dried up. So Allah [ta'ala] will make them conquer it, and on that day so many virgins will be taken captive, and the spoils will be distributed in large containers.

Then, the news will come to them that the Masih has come out. So, they will go forward until they meet him in battle at Bayt Eliya' (Jerusalem), and they will find present there eight thousand women and twelve thousand fighting men, who are the best of those who remain, like the righteous ones of the past. So while they are there under a foggy cloud, the fog will dissipate at dawn and they will find 'Isa ibn Maryam ['alayhis-salam] among them."

 

Chapter 23

The conquest of Constantinople and Rome

Muslim narrated from Nafi' ibn 'Utbah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"You will attack the Arabian Peninsula, and Allah will make you conquer it. Then you will attack Persia, and Allah will make you conquer it. Then you will attack the Romans, and Allah will make you conquer them. Then you will attack the Dajjal, and Allah will make you conquer him."

And he also narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "Have you heard of a city, one side of which is on the land, and one side of which is on the sea?" They said: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah."

He said: "The Hour will not come until seventy thousand men of Banu Iss-haq invade it. When they come to it they will settle around it, and they will not fight with a single weapon or shoot a single arrow. They will say: "La ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar [There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest]," and the side that is on the sea will collapse. Then they will say: "La ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar [There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest]," and its other side will collapse. Then they will say: "La ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar [There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest]," and it will be opened up for them and they will enter it and take the spoils. Then, while they are distributing the spoils, a person will come to them, calling out and saying that the Dajjal has come out. So they will leave everything and go back."

This hadith proves that with exceptionally strong iman and certainty, the very mention of Allah's Name may become a deadly weapon on the battlefield.

And Abu Dawud narrated from Mu'adh ibn Jabal [radhiyallahu 'anhu, from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"The greatest Malhamah, the conquest of Constantinople, and the coming of the Dajjal will all occur within seven months."

And he also narrated from 'Abdullah ibn Busr [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"Between the Malhamah and the conquest of Constantinople will be six years, and the Dajjal will come out in the seventh."

And Abu Dawud said: "This hadith is more authentic than the one before it," i.e. the hadith of Mu'adh.

The hadith of 'Abdullah ibn Busr may be referring to the beginning of the Malahim, while the hadith of Mu'adh mentions the greatest and final Malhamah, indicating that the Malahim will last for six years, and that al-Malhamah al-Kubra and the conquest of Constantinople will be in the final few months of that period, to be followed in the seventh year by the coming of the Dajjal. According to this, any apparent contradiction between the two hadiths may be resolved, and Allah knows better.

And al-Hakim narrated from Kathir ibn 'Abdillah, from his father, from his grandfather [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa­sallam] saying:

"The world will not come to an end, O 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, until…" 'Ali said: "At your service, O Messenger of Allah!" He said: "Know that you will fight Banul-Asfar, and the mu'minun after you will fight them. The best of the mu'minun, the people of the Hijaz who will perform jihad in the Cause of Allah and who will not fear the blame of the blamer, will go out to fight them until Allah ['azza wa-jall] allows them to conquer Constantinople and Rome by glorifying Allah [at-tasbih] and declaring His greatness [at-takbir], then their fortifications will collapse, and they will win a great amount of spoils that they never won before, until they will distribute it in their shields.

Then a person will call out: "O people of Islam! Al-Masih ad-Dajjal has come out in your lands and among your families." So the people will disperse from the wealth, some of them taking and some of them leaving. Both the one who took and the one who left will regret it. They will say: "Who was it that called out?" for they will not know who it was. So they will say: "Send a detachment to Ludd, and if the Masih has indeed come out, they will come back to you will the news."

So they will go and look, but they will see nothing. They will see that the people are in doubt, and they will say: "That person would not have called out unless he had sure news. So make a decision, and make it wisely." So they will decide: "Let us go altogether to Ludd, and if al-Masih ad-Dajjal is there, then we will fight him until Allah decides between us and him, and He is the Best Decider. And if he is not there, then at least you will have returned to your lands, your families, and your camps."

And he also narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "We were with the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam], when he was asked which of the two cities will be conquered first, Constantinople or Rome? So he said: "The city of Heraclius will be first," meaning Constantinople."

 

And Nu'aym ibn Hammad narrated from Ibn Mas'ud [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"Allah will cause Constantinople to be conquered at the hands of a people who are the allies [awliya'] of Allah [ta'ala]. Allah will preserve them from death, illness and disease until 'Isa ibn Maryam ['alayhis-salam] descends, and they will fight alongside him against the Dajjal."

 

Chapter 24

The conquest of India

Nu'aym ibn Hammad narrated from Artah that he said: "At the hands of that khalifah, who will be from Yemen, will be the invasion of India that Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] narrated from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"A group of people from my Ummah will invade India, and Allah will cause them to conquer it, until they come to the kings of India and bind them in chains. Allah will forgive all of their sins. Then, they will turn towards Sham, and they will find 'Isa ibn Maryam in Sham."

 

Chapter 25

The coming of the Dajjal and the descent of 'Isa ibn Maryam ['alayhis­salam]

Al-Bukhari narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"I was shown a dream last night while I was sleeping near the Ka'bah. There was a man of dark complexion, the best dark complexioned man that one might see, with hair touching his shoulders. His hair hung down, and water was dripping from his head. He was placing his hands on the shoulders of two men while he was circumambulating the House. So I said: "Who is this?" So they said: "This is the Masih, 'Isa ibn Maryam."

Then I saw a man behind him, with short and curly hair, blind in his right eye. He most resembled Ibn Qatan out of all the people I have seen. He was placing his hands on the shoulders of a man who was circumambulating the House. So I said: "Who is this?" They said: "Al-Masih ad-Dajjal."

And Muslim narrated from Jabir [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"There will always remain a group from my Ummah, fighting upon the way of Truth, victorious until the Day of Resurrection. 'Isa ibn Maryam will descend and their amir will say: "Come and lead us in the prayer." So he will say: "No, for you have been made leaders of each other, Allah's honour to this Ummah."

 

 

Chapter 26

The fitnah of the Dajjal

Al-Bukhari narrated from Anas ibn Malik [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"There was no Prophet who did not warn his nation of the one-eyed liar. Indeed, he is one-eyed, and your Lord is not one-eyed. And it will be written between his eyes "kafir [infidel]"."

And Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"There will never be, from the creation of Adam until the coming of the Hour, a matter of greater enormity than the Dajjal."

And he also narrated from Hudhayfah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"I know more about what the Dajjal will have with him even than he himself knows. He will have with him two flowing rivers, one of them will appear to the sight to be clear water, and the other will appear to the sight to be a blazing fire. So if anyone lives to witness them, then let him go to the river that he sees to be fire and close his eyes, then let him lower his head and drink from it, and he will find it to be cool water. And the Dajjal will be blind in one eye, which will have a thick covering over it. It will be written between his eyes "kafir", which every believer whether literate or illiterate will be able to read."

And he also narrated from Abu Sa'id al-Khudri [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will come out, and a man from the believers will go towards him. So the bodyguards of the Dajjal will meet him and say to him: "Where are you going?" So he will say: "I am going to this man who has come out."

He said: "So they will say to him: "Do you not believe in our lord?" So he will say: "Our Lord needs no intermediaries."

So they will say: "Kill him." Then one of them will say to the other: "Has your lord not forbidden you to kill anyone without his leave?"

He said: "So they will take him to the Dajjal, and when the believer sees him, he will say: "O people, this is the Dajjal that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] mentioned."

He said: "So the Dajjal will order him to be slashed, saying: "Seize him, and slash him." So they will beat his back and his stomach painfully."

He said: "So he will say: "Do you not believe in me?" He said: "So he will ordered him to be brought, and he will cut him in half with a saw, from the top of his head to his legs."

He said: "Then the Dajjal will walk between the two pieces, then he will say to him: "Stand up!" And he will stand up straight. Then he will say to him: "Do you believe in me?" So he will say: "I am only the more certain about you [i.e. that you are the Dajjal]."

He said: "Then he will say: "O people! This one will not be able to do this again to anyone after me."

He said: "So the Dajjal will seize him in order to slaughter him, but the area between his shoulders will be turned into copper, so he will be able to harm him."

He said: "So he will seize him by his hands and feet, and throw him away. The people will think that he threw him into the Hell-fire, however he in fact threw him into Paradise."

Then the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "This man will win the greatest martyrdom of all people in the sight of the Lord of the Worlds."

Abu Ishaq said: "It is said that this man will be al-Khidhr."

And he also narrated from Umm Shurayk [radhiyallahu 'anha] that she heard the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"The people will flee from the Dajjal to the mountains."

And Ahmad narrated from Jabir ibn 'Abdillah [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will appear at a time when religion is treated lightly and knowledge is turned away from. He will have forty nights to pass over the earth: one of those days like a year, one of those days like a month, one of those days like a week, and the rest of his days will be like these days of yours. He will have a donkey on which he will ride; the distance between its ears will be forty cubits.

So he will say to the people: "I am your lord." And he is one-eyed, but your Lord is not one-eyed. It will be written between his eyes "kafir," and every believer, whether literate or illiterate, will be able to read it. He will come to every place that there is water, except for Makkah and al-Madinah, which Allah [ta'ala] has forbidden to him, and at whose gates the angels stand guard.

With him will be mountains of bread, and all of the people will be in great hardship except for whoever follows him. And with him will be two rivers, and I know better than him as to what they contain: a river that he calls Paradise, and a river that he calls Hell­fire. So whoever enters that which he calls Paradise, then it will be Hell-fire, and whoever enters that which he calls Hell-fire, then it will be Paradise.

With him will be devils, who will speak to the people. And with him will be a great fitnah: he will give an order to the sky and it will appear to the people to rain, and he will kill a person and then it will appear to the people that he will bring him back to life. And the people will say: "Can anyone do this except the Lord?"

He said: "So the Muslims will flee to Jabal ad-Dukhan in Sham, and he will come to them and besiege them, and he will intensify the siege and inflict a severe hardship on them. Then 'Isa ibn Maryam will descend and call out at dawn, saying: "O people! What prevented you from going out to face the filthy liar?" So they will say: "This is surely a man with life in him." So they will go out, and they will find themselves with 'Isa ibn Maryam, and the prayer will be begun. So it will be said to him: "Come forward, O Spirit of Allah." So he will say: "Let your imam come forward and lead you in the prayer." So when they have prayed the Subh prayer they will go out to face him."

He said: "So when the liar sees him, he will dissolve like salt dissolving in water. So he

[i.e. 'Isa] will go to him and kill him, until the trees and the rocks will call out: "O Spirit of Allah, here is a Jew!" So he will not leave a single one who followed him [i.e. the Dajjal] without killing him."

And he also narrated from Mihjan ibn al-Adra' that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] gave a sermon to the people one day and said:

"The Day of Purification, and what is the Day of Purification?" He said it three times. So it was said: "And what is the Day of Purification?"

He said: "The Dajjal will come and go up to Uhud. So he will look at al-Madinah and say to his companions: "Do you see that white palace?" That is the masjid of Ahmad."

Then he will come to al-Madinah and find on every path leading to it an angel brandishing his sword. So he will come to the salt-marsh of al-Jurf and strike its outskirts, then al-Madinah will be shaken by three tremors, and no hypocrite or sinner, male of female, will remain ecept that they will go out to him. That will be the Day of Purification."

And he also narrated from Ibn 'Umar [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "The Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will come to this marsh at Mirqanah," a marsh in al-Madinah, "and most of those who go out to him will be the women, until a man will go to his wife, and to his mother, his daughter, his sister and his aunt, and tie them up for fear that they will go out to him."

 

Chapter 27

The followers of the Dajjal

The majority of the followers of the Dajjal will be from the Jews, the Turkic peoples of central Asia, the munafiqun of this Ummah, and women in general.

Muslim narrated from Anas [radhiyallahu' anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will be followed by seventy thousand Jews from Asbahan, wearing shawls [at-tayalisah]."

Asbahan is a city in Persia that throughout history has had a large Jewish population.

 

And Ahmad narrated from Anas [radhiyallahu' anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will come out of the Jewish quarter of Asbahan, accompanied by seventy thousand Jews."

 

And Ibn Majah narrated from Abu Bakr as-Siddiq [radhiyallahu 'anhu] who said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Dajjal will come out from a land in the east called Khurasan, followed by people with faces like hammered shields."

 

Chapter 28

The battle with the Jews [Armageddon]

Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, until a Jew will hide behind the stones and the trees, so the stones and trees will say: "O Muslim! O slave of Allah! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!" Except for the Gharqad, for it is of the trees of the Jews."

This is probably the battle referred to by the Christians as the Battle of Armageddon that will be fought in Palestine. It is apparent that it does not refer to the current battles between the Muslims and the Jews in Palestine, as the texts clearly indicate that the Muslims will have recaptured Bayt al-Maqdis from the Jews long before the appearance of the Dajjal.

Perhaps the goal of the Jewish followers of the Dajjal will be to conquer the Holy Land for themselves again after the destruction of the state of Israel, and Allah knows better.

 

Chapter 29

The hadith of an-Nawwas ibn Sam'an

 

 

Muslim narrated from an-Nawwas ibn Sam'an [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said:

 

"The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] mentioned the Dajjal one morning. Sometimes he described him as insignificant, and other times as dangerous, until we thought that he was in the corner of the date-palms near us. So when we went to him in the afternoon, he noticed that we were disturbed by that, so he said: "What is wrong?" We said: "O Messenger of Allah, you mentioned the Dajjal this morning, and you sometimes described him as insignificant, and other times as dangerous, until we thought that he was in the corner of the date-palms near us."

 

So he said: "I fear for you other things than the Dajjal. If he comes out while I am among you, then I will contend with him for you. And if he comes out and I am not among you, then every man will contend with him himself, and Allah will look after every Muslim after me.

 

He is a young man with short curly hair, with one of his eyes floating. I liken him in appearance to 'Abd al-'Uzza ibn Qatan. So whoever of you lives to see him, then let him recite the opening of Surat al-Kahf. He will come out from a road between Sham and 'Iraq, and he will spread evil right and left. O slaves of Allah, be firm!"

We said: "O Messenger of Allah, how long will he remain on earth?" He said: "Forty days: a day like a year, a day like a month, a day like a week, and the rest of his days will be like your days."

We said: "O Messenger of Allah, the one that will be like a year: will the prayers of one day suffice us?" He said: "No, you must calculate for them."

 

We said: "O Messenger of Allah, how quickly will he travel through the earth?" He said: "Like the rain driven by the wind. He will come to a people and call them, and they will believe in him and respond to him. So he will give an order to the sky and it will rain, and to the earth and it will bring forth crops. So their livestock will graze on them and they will come back with longer horns, fuller udders, and wider flanks than they ever had before.

Then he will come to a people and call them, and they will reject his saying. So they will wake up in famine, without any wealth.

 

Then he will pass by the empty land and say: "Bring out your treasures!" So its treasures will follow him like swarms of bees. Then he will call a young man in the fullness of his youth and strike him with a sword, cutting him into two halves, which he will place the distance of a bowshot from each other. Then he will call him, and he will come forward running, with his face shining and laughing.

 

 

So while he is like that, Allah [ta'ala] will send the Masih, 'Isa ibn Maryam, who will descend near the white tower east of Damascus, wearing two saffron-coloured garments and placing his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, water will drip from it, and when he raises it, drops like pearls will scatter from it. No infidel will come within the scent of his breath without dying, and his breath will extend as far as the eye can see.

 

So he [i.e. 'Isa] will pursue him [i.e. the Dajjal] until he catches him at the gate of Ludd, and he will kill him. Then 'Isa will come to a people whom Allah ['azza wa-jall] has protected, and he will wipe their faces and inform them of their degrees in Paradise.

 

Then, while they are like that, Allah [ta'ala] will reveal to 'Isa: "I have brought out slaves of Mine, against whom no-one has the ability to fight. So take My slaves to safety on at-Tur."

And Allah [ta'ala] will send Ya'juj and Ma'juj, and they will pour down from every slope. The first of them will pass by the Lake of Tabariyyah, and they will drink all of the water in it, and the last of them will pass by it and say: "There was once water here."

And the Prophet of Allah, 'Isa [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] and his companions will be besieged until a bull's head will be more valuable to one of them than a hundred dinars are to one of you today. So the Prophet of Allah, 'Isa ['alayhis-salam] and his companions will pray to Allah, so Allah will send upon them an-naghf [a worm that affects the noses of camels and goats] that will eat into their necks, and in the morning they will all be lying dead, like the death of a single person.

Then the Prophet of Allah, 'Isa ['alayhis-salam] and his companions will come down to the ground, and they will not find even the space of a hand-span on the earth but that it is filled with their bones and their rotting flesh. So the Prophet of Allah, 'Isa ['alayhis­salam] and his companions will pray to Allah, so Allah ['azza wa-jall] will send birds like the necks of camels, which will carry them and cast them wherever Allah [ta'ala] wills.

Then Allah ['azza wa-jall] will send rain that no house or tent will be able to keep out, so that the earth will be washed clean until it becomes like a mirror. Then it will be said to the earth: "Make your fruits grow, and bring back your blessings." So on that day, a group of people will eat from a single pomegranate, and they will be able to shade themselves with its skin. And the milk will be abundantly blessed until one milking of a camel will suffice a great host of people, and one milking of a cow will suffice a tribe of people, and one milking of a sheep will suffice a family of people.

Then while they are like that, Allah will send a pleasant wind which will take them under their armpits, and which will cause the soul of every believer, male and female, to pass away. The worst of people will remain and they will mate openly like donkeys, and it is upon them that the Hour will come."

 

Chapter 30

The hadith of Abu Umamah al-Bahili

 

Ibn Majah narrated from Abu Umamah al-Bahili [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said:

"The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] gave a sermon in which he mostly talked to us about the Dajjal. He warned us about him, and part of what he said was:

"There will never have been a fitnah on earth, from the time that Allah [ta'ala] created the descendents of Adam ['alayhis-salam], greater than the Fitnah of the Dajjal. And Allah [ta'ala] never sent any Prophet who did not warn his nation of the Dajjal, and I am the last of the Prophets, and you are the last of the nations, and he will come out among you without any doubt. So if he comes out while I am among you, then I will contend with him for you. And if he comes out and I am not among you, then every man will contend with him himself, and Allah will look after every Muslim after me. He will come out from a road between Sham and 'Iraq, and he will spread evil right and left. O slaves of Allah, O people, be firm!

I will describe him to you as no prophet has described him before me. He will begin by saying: "I am a prophet," but there is no prophet after me. Then he will say afterwards: "I am your lord," but you will not see your Lord until you die. And he is one-eyed, and your Lord is not one-eyed. And it is written between his eyes "kafir," which every believer, literate or illiterate, will read. And from his fitnah is that he will have with him a garden and a fire, but his fire a Paradise and his garden is a Hell-fire. So whoever is tried by his fire, then let him seek Allah's help and recite the opening of Surat al-Kahf, and it will become coolness and safety for him, as the fire became for Ibrahim.

And from his fitnah is that he will say to a Bedouin: "What do you think, if I were to resurrect for you your father and your mother, would you bear witness that I am your lord?" So he will say: "Yes."

So two devils will take the form of his father and his mother, and they will say: "O my son, follow him for he is your lord."

And from his fitnah is that he will be given power over one person, whom he will kill and cut in half with a saw, until he throws the two pieces apart. Then he will say: "Look at this slave of mine, I will resurrect him now! And he claims that he has a Lord other than me!" So Allah [ta'ala] will resurrect him, and then the wicked man will say to him: "Who is your Lord?"

So he will say: "My Lord is Allah, and you are the enemy of Allah. You are the Dajjal. By Allah, I was never more certain about you than I am today."

Abu Sa'id said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"That man will have the highest degree in Paradise."

 

Abu Sa'id said: "By Allah, we did not think that that man would be anyone other than 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, until he passed away."

 

Al-Muharibi said: "Then we came back to the hadith of Abu Rafi'. He said:

"And from his fitnah is that he will pass by a tribe and they will deny him, so not a single one of their livestock will remain alive. And from his fitnah is that he will pass by a tribe and they will believe in him, so he will order the sky to rain and it will rain, and he will order the earth to bring forth crops, and it will bring forth crops, so that their livestock will from that day forward come fatter and bigger than they ever were, with wider flanks and fuller udders.

He will leave no part of the earth without passing over it and overcoming it except for Makkah and al-Madinah. He will not come to any of the pathways leading to them but that he will be met by angels brandishing swords, until he comes to adh-Dharib al-Ahmar near the endge of the salt-marsh. Then al-Madinah along with its people will be shaken by three tremors, and it will expel its filth as the furnace expels the filth of the iron. And that day will be called the Day of Purification [yawm al-khalas]."

So Umm Shurayk bint Abil-'Akr said: "O Messenger of Allah, where will the Arabs be on that day?" He said: "They will be, on that day, very few. Most of them will be in Bayt al-Maqdis, and their imam will be a righteous man. So when their imam has gone forward to pray the Subh prayer, 'Isa ibn Maryam will descend at dawn. So that man will defer, walking backwards, so that 'Isa ibn Maryam can lead the people in the prayer. So 'Isa will place his hand between his shoulders and say: "Go forward and pray, for it was begun for you." So their imam will lead them in the prayer.

Then when he has finished, 'Isa will say: "Open the door." So it will be opened, and behind it will be the Dajjal, accompanied by seventy thousand Jews, all of them with ornamented swords and armour. So when the Dajjal sees him, he will dissolve like salt dissolving in water, and run away fleeing.

So 'Isa will say: "I have one blow for you that you will not escape." So he will catch up with him at the eastern gate of Ludd and kill him. And Allah will cause the Jews to be defeated, and there is nothing that Allah has created behind which a Jew will hide except that Allah will cause it to speak, not a rock, or a tree, or a wall – except the Gharqadah, for it is from their trees – except that it will say: "O Muslim slave of Allah! Here is a Jew, so come and kill him!"

The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "And the number of his days will be forty years: a year like half a year, a year like a month, a month like a week, and the rest of his days will be so quick that one of you will come in the morning to the gate of al-Madinah and he will not reach the other gate before evening has come."

 

So it was said to him: "O Messenger of Allah, how will we pray in those short days?" He said: "Calculate the times of the prayers as you calculate them in these long days, then pray."

He said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "So 'Isa ibn Maryam will be in my Ummah, a just judge, and an equitable leader. He will break the cross, slaughter the pigs, abolish the jizyah and the zakah, so that he will not take a single goat or camel. Ill-will and hatred will be lifted, and the venom of every venomous creature will be removed, so that a little boy will put his hand in a snake's mouth and it will not harm him, and a little girl will chase a lion away and it will not harm her, and a wolf will be among sheep as if it were a sheepdog. The earth will be filled with peace like a container is filled with water. There will be unity among people, and none but Allah ['azza wa-jall] will be worshipped. War will cease, the authority of Quraysh will be taken away, and the earth will be like a silver basin, bringing forth its crops as they were in the time of Adam, until a large group of people will gather to eat a single bunch of grapes and it will satiate them, and an ox will be worth such-and-such amount of money, while a horse will be only a few dirhams."

It was said: "O Messenger of Allah, why will the horse be cheap?" He said: "Because it will never again be ridden in war."

It was said: "O Messenger of Allah, why will the ox be expensive?" He said: "Because it will plough the whole earth. And before the Dajjal, there will be three years of hardship, during which the people will be afflicted by severe hunger. Allah [ta'ala] will order the sky in the first year to withhold a third of its rain, and He will order the earth to withhold a third of its crops. Then He will order the sky in the second year to withhold two thirds of its rain, and He will order the earth to withhold two thirds of its crops. Then He will order the sky in the third year to withhold all of its rain so that not a drop falls, and He will order the earth to withhold all of its crops so that not a green thing grows. No cloven-hoofed creature will remain alive except for what Allah [ta'ala] wills."

So it was said: "How will the people live at that time?" He said: "By declaring Allah's oneness [at-tahlil], magnifying Him [at-takbir], glorifying Him [at-tasbih] and praising Him [at-tahmid]. That will fulfill the same function as food for them."

 

Chapter 31

The hadith of Fatimah bint Qays

Muslim narrated from Fatimah bint Qays [radhiyallahu 'anha] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] gathered the people for the prayer one day and said:

"Do you know why I have gathered you?" They said: "Allah and His Messenger know better."

He said: "By Allah, I have not gathered you for an exhortation or a warning, rather I have gathered you because Tamim ad-Dari, who was a Christian man who came and gave the bay'ah and became a Muslim, has told me something that agrees with what I was telling you about al-Masih ad-Dajjal. He told me that he sailed in a ship at sea along with thirty men from Lakhm and Judham. The waves tossed them around for a month, then they came within sight of an island in the sea. They waited until sunset, then they got into the ship's rowboats and entered the island. Then they were met by a shaggy beast with a lot of hair; they could not tell its front from its back.

So they said: "Woe to you, what are you?" It said: "I am al-Jassasah." They said: "And what is al-Jassasah?"

It said: "O people, go to this man in the monastery, because he is longing to hear your news." He said: "When it named the man to us, we feared that it was a devil."

He said: "So we went quickly until we entered the monastery, and in there we found the largest man we had ever seen, bound in the heaviest chains with his hands tied to his neck, and shackled from his knees to his ankles with iron. We said: "Woe to you! Who are you?" He said: "You will soon be able to find out about me. But tell me about you, who are you?"

They said: "We are a group of people from the Arabs. We sailed in a ship at sea, and we became lost and the waves tossed us around for a month, then we came within sight of this island of yours, so we got into the rowboats and entered the island. Then we were met by a shaggy beast with a lot of hair; we could not tell its front from its back because of the amount of its hair. So we said: "Woe to you, what are you?" It said: "I am al-Jassasah." We said: "And what is al-Jassasah?" It said: "Go to this man in the monastery, because he is longing to hear your news." So we came to you quickly, and we feared that it was a devil."

So he said: "Tell me about the date-palms of Baysan." We said: "What do you want to know about them?" He said: "I am asking you if the date-palms bear fruit." We said to him: "Yes." He said: "Soon they will not."

He said: "Tell me about the Lake of Tabariyyah." We said: "What do you want to know about it?" He said: "Does it have water?" We said: "It has plenty of water." He said: "Indeed, but soon its water will dry up."

He said: "Tell me about the spring of Zughar." We said: "What do you want to know about it?" He said: "Is there water in the spring? And do its owners use that spring water to irrigate their crops?" We said to him: "Yes, plenty of water and its owners irrigate from its water."

He said: "Tell me about the Prophet of the unlettered people, what has he done?" We said: "He has come out of Makkah and settled at Yathrib." He said: "Have the Arabs fought against him?" We said: "Yes." He said: "How did he deal with them?" So we told him that he had overcome the Arabs around him and that they had obeyed him.

He said: "Has it really happened?" We said: "Yes."

He said: "Indeed, that is better for them, that they obey him. Now I will tell you about myself. I am the Masih, and soon I will be permitted to come out. So when I come out I will travel in the earth, not leaving a single town without entering it, for forty days, except for Makkah and Taybah; they are both forbidden to me. Every time I try to enter one of them, an angel brandishing a sword will face me and block my way, and on every one of its pathways are angels protecting it."

She said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said, striking the minbar with his staff: "This is Taybah, this is Taybah," meaning al-Madinah. "Indeed, did I not inform you of this before?" So the people said: "Yes."

He said: "I liked what Tamim told me, because it agreed with what I was telling you about, and about al-Madinah and Makkah. Indeed, he [i.e. the Dajjal] is in the sea of Sham, or the sea of the Yemen… No! Rather, in the east is where he is. In the east is where he is." And he pointed with his hand towards the east."

She said: "I memorized this from the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam]."

 

Chapter 32

Ya'juj and Ma'juj

Ya'juj and Ma'juj are tribes of the children of Adam and Hawwa'. They are descendents of Nuh ['alayhis-salam] through his son Yafith, therefore they are related to the Turkic people of central and eastern Asia. Dhul-Qarnayn, a righteous king of ancient times, constructed a great barrier in the mountains and confined them behind it.

As for the whereabouts of this barrier and the Ya'juj and Ma'juj peoples, this is known only to Allah [ta'ala] alone. Before the Hour, the barrier will be destroyed and Ya'juj and Ma'juj will be let loose, to wreak havoc and destruction on the earth. This will occur during the time of 'Isa ibn Maryam ['alayhis-salam], after his killing of the Dajjal, as has come in the authentic ahadith.

Allah [ta'ala] said: "Then he followed a way, until when he reached between the two barriers, he found near them a people who barely understood any speech. They said: "O Dhul-Qarnayn, Ya'juj and Ma'juj are doing evil in the land. May we give you a tax in order that you make between us and them a barrier?" He said: "That with which my Lord has established me is better. So help me with your strength and I will make between you and them a barrier. Bring me bars of iron." Until when he had leveled between the two cliffs, he said: "Blow!" Until he had made it red-hot, he said: "Bring it to me, I will pour molten copper over it." So they could not climb over it nor could they dig through it. He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He will level it to dust. And the Promise of my Lord is always true." And on that day, We will leave them to surge like waves on top of each other. And the Horn will be blown, and We will assemble them all together." [Al-Kahf: 92-99]

 

And Ahmad narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"Ya'juj and Ma'juj dig into the barrier every day, until when they almost see the light of the sun, the one in charge of them says: "Go back home and dig again tomorrow." So they go home, and it returns to being as thick as it was before.

Then when their time has come, and Allah ['azza wa-jall] wishes to send them upon the people, they will dig until when they almost see the light of the sun, the one in charge of them will make an exception by saying: "Go back home and dig again tomorrow, if Allah wills." Then they will come back to it and find it as they had left it. So they will dig through it, and come out upon the people. They will drink all the water, and the people will go for protection to their fortresses.

So they [i.e. Ya'juj and Ma'juj] will shoot their arrows into the sky, and they will come back with the appearance of having blood on them. So they will say: "We have overcome the inhabitants of the earth, and conquered the inhabitants of the heaven." Then Allah will send down upon them an-naghf in their necks which will kill them."

Then the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said: "By He in Whose Hand is my soul, the beasts of the earth will be fattened and nourished from their flesh and blood."

 

And al-Hakim narrated from Abu Sa'id al-Khudri [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"Ya'juj and Ma'juj will open the barrier and come out against the people as Allah [ta'ala] said: "from every slope, pouring down." [Al-Anbiya': 96] So they will wreak havoc on the earth, and the Muslims will take cover in their cities and fortresses, taking their herds with them.

And they [i.e. Ya'juj and Ma'juj] will drink the waters of the earth until one of them will pass by a river, then they will all drink from it until they leave it dry, until one who comes after them will pass that river and say: "There was once water here."

Then, when there is no one from the people remaining except that he has gone to a fortress or a city, one of them will say: "We have finished with the inhabitants of the earth, now only the inhabitants of the heavens are left."

He said: "Then one of them will shake his spear and hurl it into the sky, and it will fall back down again soaked with blood, as a trial and test for them. So while they are like that, Allah will send a worm in their necks like an-naghf, which will eat its way out of their necks, so that they will all fall dead, and no sound will be heard from them.

So the Muslims will say: "Is there any man who will risk his life for us to see what this enemy is doing?"

He said: "So a man will stand up to do that, seeking Allah's reward, feeling that he will surely be a dead man. So he will go down and find them all dead, lying on top of each other. So he will call out: "O assembly of Muslims! Receive the good tidings that Allah has sufficed you against your enemy!" So they will come out of their cities and fortresses, and they will let their herds loose. They will find nothing for them to graze upon except their flesh [i.e. of Ya'juj and Ma'juj], but they will be nourished from it just as well as they had ever been nourished from any vegetation."

 

Chapter 33

The life of 'Isa ibn Maryam ['alayhis-salam] after his descent

Al-Bukhari narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"By He in Whose Hand is my soul, soon the son of Maryam will descend among you as a just judge. He will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the jizyah. Wealth will flow in abundance until no-one will need to accept it, and a single prostration will be better than the world and everything in it."

Then Abu Hurayrah said: "And if you wish, recite: "And there is none of the people of the Book except that he must believe in him before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection, he will be a witness against them." [An-Nisa': 159]

And Abu Dawud narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

" There will be no Prophet between me and 'Isa, and surely he will descend. So when you see him, then recognise him: a medium-sized man of reddish-white complexion, who will descend wearing two garments lightly coloured with yellow, as if drops are falling from his head even though no wetness has touched it. So he will fight the people in the cause of al-Islam, then he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the jizyah. During his time, Allah will destroy all of the religions except al-Islam, and he will kill al-Masih ad-Dajjal. Then he will remain on earth for forty years, then he will pass away and the Muslims will pray over him."

And at-Tirmidhi narrated from 'Abdullah ibn Salam [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from his father, from his grandfather, that he said: "The description of Muhammad is written in the Tawrah, and also that 'Isa ibn Maryam will be buried alongside him."

Then Abu Mawdud said: "And there has remained in the house space for one more grave."

And al-Qurtubi mentioned in at-Tadhkirah that he will pass away in al-Madinah an-Nabawiyyah, and that he will be prayed over there and buried in the Prophetic chamber.

 

Chapter 34

The Hajj will continue to be made to the House after Ya'juj and Ma'juj

 

Al-Bukhari narrated from Abu Sa'id [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Hajj and 'Umrah to this House will certainly continue after the coming of Ya'juj and Ma'juj."

 

Chapter 35

The rising of the sun from the west and

the coming of the Beast of the Earth [dabbat al-ardh]

 

Allah [ta'ala] said: "On the Day that some of the Signs of your Lord come, no soul's faith will benefit it if it had not believed before, or earned from its faith any good." [Al-Ma'idah: 158]

And al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Hour will not come until the sun rises from its setting-place. So when it rises and the people see it, they will all believe together, but that will be the time when "no soul's faith will benefit it if it had not believed before, or earned from its faith any good." [Al-Ma'idah: 158]

And Muslim narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The first of the Signs is the rising of the sun from its setting-place, and the emergence of the Beast among the people in the morning. Whichever of the two comes first, the other will follow it immediately."

And Ibn Majah narrated from Abu Hurayrah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Beast will emerge, and with it will be the Seal of Sulayman ibn Dawud and the Staff of Musa ibn 'Imran ['alayhimas-salam]. It will brighten the face of the believer will the Staff, and it will blacken the nose of the infidel with the Seal, until the people will assemble together, and this one will say: "O believer!" And that one will say: "O infidel!"

And al-Hakim narrated from Abu Sarihah al-Ansari [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"There will be three times that the Beast will emerge. Its first emergence will be in the furthest part of Yemen, and its mention will spread around the desert, but it will not enter the town," meaning Makkah. "Then it will remain hidden for a long while after that, then it will emerge again near Makkah, so its mention will spread around the desert and in Makkah. Then it will conceal itself for a long time. Then, while the people are in the greatest of the masajid in sanctity, and the most beloved and honoured of them to Allah [ta'ala], al-Masjid al-Haram, it will suddenly appear before them in the corner of the masjid, drawing nearer and breathing loudly, between ar-Rukn al-Aswad and the Gate of Banu Makhzum, a fair distance to the right side of the exit.

So the people will run away from in in groups and individually, and a group of the Muslims who realise that they cannot escape from Allah will stay where they are. So it will come out to them, shaking the dust from its head, and it will begin with them, touching their faces and leaving them like shining stars. Then it will turn and go around the earth, and no one will be able to catch up to it or flee from it. A man will seek refuge from it in his prayer, but it will come to him from behind and say: "O so-and-so! Only now you are praying?" So he will turn to look at it, and it will mark him on his face, then it will go.

So the people will talk to each other in their homes, accompany each other in their travels, and share their wealth, and the believer will know who is an infidel, until the infidel will say: "O believer, pay back what you owe me." And the believer will say: "O infidel, pay back what you owe me."

And he also narrated from Ibn Mas'ud [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"The coming out of the Beast will be after the rising of the sun from the west. When it comes out, it will slap Iblis whilst he is in prostration. The believers will enjoy life on the earth after that for forty years. They will not wish for anything except that they will be given it or find it. There will be no tyranny and no injustice, and everything will have submitted to the Lord of the worlds, willingly or unwillingly, until the predatory animal will not harm a beast or a bird, and the believer will beget children and they will not die until the passing of forty years after the coming out of the Beast of the Earth.

Then death will return to them, and they will remain like that for as long as Allah wills. Then death will rapidly increase among the believers, until no believer is left. So the unbeliever will say: "We were frightened of the believers before, but now there is not a single one of them left! And no repentance will be accepted from us!" So they will mate openly in the streets like animals, and one of them will go to his mother or his sister or his daughter and have sexual intercourse with her in the middle of the street. He will stand up from her, then another will get on top of her; no one will object to it or prevent it. The best of them on that day will be the one who says: "If only you moved away from the street it would be better."

So things will remain like that until there are no more children born out of marriage, and all of the people on earth will be children of adultery. So they will remain like that for as long as Allah wills, then Allah will cause all of the women's wombs to become barren for thirty years; no woman will give birth, and there will not be a single child on earth. And all of them will be children of fornication, and they will be the worst of people. It is upon them that the Hour will come."

 

Chapter 36

The Abyssinians and the destruction of the Ka'bah

Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"Zhu-Suwayqatayn from Abyssinia will destroy the Ka'bah."

And Abu Dawud narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma], from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"Leave the Abyssinians alone as long as they leave you laone, for none will bring out the treasure of the Ka'bah except Zhu-Suwayqatayn from Abyssinia."

And Ahmad narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"Zhu-Suwayqatayn from Abyssinia will destroy the Ka'bah, take its treasure, and strip it of its covering. It is as if I can see him: a small man with a bald head and distorted wrists, striking it with his spade and pick-axe."

 

Chapter 37

The fire from the Yemen that will gather the people in Sham

Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu], from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"The people will be gathered in three groups: One group coming in hope and fear; one group riding two on a camel, three on a camel and four on a camel; and the rest of them will be gathered by a fire that will rest when they rest in the middle of the day and at night, and follow them when they are awake in the mornings and afternoons."

 

And Ahmad narrated from Ibn 'Umar [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"A fire will come out from Hadhramawt, or from the sea of Hadhramawt, before the Day of Resurrection, that will gather the people together."

 

And al-Hakim narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As [radhiyallahu 'anhuma] that he said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"There will be migration after migration, and the best of people are those closest to the place of Ibrahim's migration. The worst of the earth's people will remain, cast out by their own lands and repelled by Allah's wind. Then, the fire will gather them together along with the apes and the pigs."

 

Chapter 38

The state of the people upon whom the Hour will come

Al-Bukhari narrated from 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that he said: "I heard the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] saying:

"From among the worst of people are those upon whom the Hour will come while they are alive."

 

And he also narrated from Abu Hurayrah [radhiyallahu 'anhu] that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] said:

"The Hour will come when two men have spread out a garment between them, but they will not be able to sell it or fold it up. And the Hour will come when a man will have come from milking his she-camel, but he will not be able to taste from it. And the Hour will come while he is repairing his watering-tank, but he will not be able to water his animals from it. And the Hour will come when he will have lifted his food to his mouth, but he will not be able to taste it."

 

And al-Hakim narrated in the hadith of Ibn Mas'ud from the Prophet [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam] that he said:

"…Then death will rapidly increase among the believers, until no believer is left. So the unbeliever will say: "We were frightened of the believers before, but now there is not a single one of them left! And no repentance will be accepted from us!" So they will mate openly in the streets like animals, and one of them will go to his mother or his sister or his daughter and have sexual intercourse with her in the middle of the street. He will stand up from her, then another will get on top of her; no one will object to it or prevent it. The best of them on that day will be the one who says: ‘If only you moved away from the street it would be better.’ So things will remain like that until there are no more children born out of marriage, and all of the people on earth will be children of adultery. So they will remain like that for as long as Allah wills, then Allah will cause all of the women's wombs to become barren for thirty years; no woman will give birth, and there will not be a single child on earth. And all of them will be children of fornication, and they will be the worst of people. It is upon them that the Hour will come."

Completed on the night of the 22nd of Jumada al-Ula, in the year 1427 after the Hijrah of the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam], written by Muhammad at-Tayyib ibn Gary, Abu 'Abdillah al-Maliki, may Allah forgive him.

And praise be to Allah, at the beginning and at the end.

 

 

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