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|What are the signs of the Day of Judgment? Please explain. Thank you|
Salam Dear Khalid,
Thank you very much for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
'The times of my coming and the Hour are close like these two fingers.' (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
This indicates that, we of the present day are not far away from the Hour. But, Allah alone knows the exact time of the Great Hour and He has not revealed it to anyone.
'There are five things which nobody knows except Allah.' (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Then, he recited:
When Angel Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the guise of a Bedouin to ask him about Islam, iman (faith) and ihsan (excellence of faith), the Prophet answered his questions. But when he asked him about the Hour, he said:
'The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner' (Sahih Muslim)
Abdullah ibn Masood – the companion of the prophet -reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
'Islam began as something strange, and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning; so happy news for the strangers.'
Ali ibn Abi Talib reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
'If my ummah (nation) bears fifteen traits, tribulation will befall it.' Someone asked, 'What are they, O Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'When any gain is shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor; when a trust becomes a means of making a profit; when paying zakat (alms) becomes a burden; when a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly whilst shunning his father; when voices are raised in the mosques; when the leader of a people is the worst of them; when people treat a man with respect because they fear some evil he may do; when much wine is drunk; when men wear silk; when female singers and musical instruments become popular; when the last ones of this ummah curse the first ones - then let them expect a red wind, or the earth to swallow them, or to be transformed into animals.' (At-Tirmidhi)
Also Abdullah ibn Umar said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
'O Muhajirun, (emigrants from Mecca to Medina) you may be afflicted by five things; God forbid that you should live to see them. If fornication should become widespread, you should realize that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their forebears never suffered. If people should begin to cheat in weighing out goods, you should realize that this has never happened without drought and famine befalling the people, and their rulers oppressing them. If people should withhold zakat, you should realize that this has never happened without the rain being stopped from falling; and were it not for the animals' sake, it would never rain again. If people should break their covenant with Allah and His Messenger, you should realize that his has never happened without Allah sending an enemy against them, to take some of their possessions by force. If the leaders do not govern according to the Book of Allah, you should realize that this has never happened without Allah making them into groups and making them fight one another.’ (Ibn Majah)
Ali ibn Abi Talib also reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
'The Hour will come when leaders are oppressors, when people believe in the stars and reject al-qadar (the divine decree of destiny), when a trust becomes a way of making a profit, when people give to charity (sadaqah) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread - when this happens, then your people will perish.' (Sahih Muslim)
Here are a few other signs of the Last Day, mentioned by the Prophet (peace be upon him):
Salam and please keep in touch.