1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet

Judgement Day - Omens

Sayings and Deeds of the ProphetOf all the apparent absurdities that Muslims have to believe to avoid spending an eternity on fire in Hell, none are stranger than Allah's revelations about Judgement Day, with the portents of that most ominous of days by His Messenger coming in a close second for incongruity and plain weirdness.

The old Persia is today the Islamic Republic of Iran and much of the former Byzantine Empire is now under Muslim rule. The modern example of autocratic, theocratic government which the Prophet warned against in the following hadith is very much a fixture of these countries. Will they be the example that bring on the End Times?

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The Hour will not be established till my followers copy the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch)."

It was said, "O Allah's Apostle! Do you mean by those (nations) the Persians and the Byzantines?"

The Prophet said, "Who can it be other than they?"

Bukhari 92.421

The Byzantine Empire was a Christian Empire, therefore, the following warning in is very much in the same vein as the previous except for the inclusion of the Jews.

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said, "You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure (large spiny-tailed lizard), you would follow them."

We said, "O Allah's Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?"

He said, "Whom else?"

Bukhari 92.422

The Prophet expected Judgement Day to occur during his lifetime or shortly after his death. This is confirmed in many revelations, probably the most significant being revealed truth being 15:99; and of course in the hadiths by the man himself.

15:98 So (Muhammad), celebrate the praise of your Lord and be one of those who prostrate themselves.

15:99 And worship your Lord, till the certain [Hour] overtakes you!

Narrated Sahl bin Sad As-Sa'idi:

Allah's Apostle, holding out his middle and index fingers, said, "My advent and the Hour are like this (or like these)," namely, the period between his era and the Hour is like the distance between those two fingers, i.e., very short.

Bukhari 63.221

The believers will have to fight and slaughter the Jews, with Allah helping out in His own inimitable way, before the blessed Hour which will see killing on an even more monstrous scale, is established.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

Bukhari 52.177

The following hadiths may be a reference to the Huns and other newcomers from the East who challenged Roman rule. Many became Muslims and are no longer a factor as far as the Prophet’s End Time prophesies are concerned, leaving only the Jews as the people to be ruthlessly dealt with before Allah calls it quits for the human race.

Narrated Amr bin Taghlib:

The Prophet said, "One of the portents of the Hour is that you will fight with people wearing shoes made of hair; and one of the portents of the Hour is that you will fight with broad-faced people whose faces will look like shields coated with leather."

Bukhari 52.178

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Turks; people with small eyes, red faces, and flat noses. Their faces will look like shields coated with leather. The Hour will not be established till you fight with people whose shoes are made of hair."

Bukhari 52.179

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The Hour will not be established till you fight with the Khudh and the Kirman from among the non-Arabs. They will be of red faces, flat noses and small eyes; their faces will look like flat shields, and their shoes will be of hair."

Bukhari 56.788

Judgement Day won’t happen until all the good people have died.

Narrated Mirdas Al-Aslami:

The Prophet said, "The righteous (pious people will depart (die) in succession one after the other, and there will remain (on the earth) useless people like the useless husk of barley seeds or bad dates."

Bukhari 75.442

Faith is believing that the whole thing won't start until a slave gives birth to her master and “shepherds of black camels” have developed an interest in erecting tall buildings.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, "What is faith?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection."

Then he further asked, "What is Islam?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan."

Then he further asked, "What is Ihsan (perfection)?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you."

Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.

2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings.

And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah."

The Prophet then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour." (31:34)

Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him.

Then the Prophet said, "That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion."

Abu 'Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.

Bukhari 2.47

Judgement Day will not start until a large fire is visible throughout the Hijaz (also spelled Hejaz, a more than 100,000 square miles area of present day Saudi Arabia centered on Mecca and Medina where Islam was born).

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established till a fire will come out of the land of Hijaz, and it will throw light on the necks of the camels at Busra."

Bukhari 88.234

Before or after the onset of the inferno a man from Yemen (Qahtan) will be seen driving people like sheep.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established till a man from Qahtan appears, driving the people with his stick."

Bukhari 88.233

For some, rational women-loving men, the end times will be the best of times, except for the earthquakes and an increase in homicides.

Narrated Anas:

I will narrate to you a Hadith and none other than I will tell you about after it. I heard Allah's Apostle saying: From among the portents of the Hour are (the following):

1. Religious knowledge will decrease (by the death of religious learned men).

2. Religious ignorance will prevail.

3. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse.

4. Women will increase in number and men will decrease in number so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man.

Bukhari 3.81

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "A time will come upon the people when a person will wander about with gold as Zakat and will not find anybody to accept it, and one man will be seen followed by forty women to be their guardian because of scarcity of men and great number of women."

Bukhari 24.495

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent, time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you."

Bukhari 17.146

At least four of the following six signs have come to pass:

Narrated Auf bin Mali:

I went to the Prophet during the Ghazwa (battle) of Tabuk while he was sitting in a leather tent.

He said, "Count six signs that indicate the approach of the Hour:

my death,

the conquest of Jerusalem,

a plague that will afflict you (and kill you in great numbers) as the plague that afflicts sheep,

the increase of wealth to such an extent that even if one is given one hundred Dinars, he will not be satisfied;

then an affliction which no Arab house will escape,

and then a truce between you and Bani Al-Asfar (i.e. the Byzantines) who will betray you and attack you under eighty flags. Under each flag will be twelve thousand soldiers."

Bukhari 53.401

Signs of which you are already aware and which may have been overlooked:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established

(1) till two big groups fight each other whereupon there will be a great number of casualties on both sides and they will be following one and the same religious doctrine,

(2) till about thirty Dajjals (liars) appear, and each one of them will claim that he is Allah's Apostle,

(3) till the religious knowledge is taken away (by the death of Religious scholars)

(4) earthquakes will increase in number

(5) time will pass quickly,

(6) afflictions will appear,

(7) Al-Harj, (i.e. killing) will increase,

(8) till wealth will be in abundance - so abundant that a wealthy person will worry lest nobody should accept his Zakat (charity), and whenever he will present it to someone, that person (to whom it will be offered) will say, 'I am not in need of it,

(9) till the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings,

(10) till a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, 'Would that I were in his place,

(11) and till the sun rises from the West. So when the sun will rise and the people will see it (rising from the West) they will all believe (embrace Islam) but that will be the time when: (As Allah said,) 'No good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it believed not before, nor earned good (by deeds of righteousness) through its Faith.' (6:158)

And the Hour will be established while two men spreading a garment in front of them but they will not be able to sell it, nor fold it up;

and the Hour will be established when a man has milked his she-camel and has taken away the milk but he will not be able to drink it;

and the Hour will be established before a man repairing a tank (for his livestock) is able to water (his animals) in it;

and the Hour will be established when a person has raised a morsel (of food) to his mouth but will not be able to eat it."

Bukhari 88.237

To save yourself and your religion during the End Times, flee to the mountains and the valleys with your sheep.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Allah's Apostle said, "A time will come that the best property of a Muslim will be sheep which he will take on the top of mountains and the places of rainfall (valleys) so as to flee with his religion from afflictions."

Bukhari 2.18

Where the afflictions will come from:

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:

I saw Allah's Apostle pointing towards the east saying, "Lo! Afflictions will verily emerge hence; afflictions will verily emerge hence where the (side of the head of) Satan appears."

Bukhari 54.499

Could suicide bombers be a harbinger of Judgement Day?

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, and miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the people), and the Harj (will increase)."

They asked, "What is the Harj?"

He replied, "(It is) killing (murdering), (it is) murdering (killing)."

Bukhari 73.63

Many of those murdered killed will undoubtedly be young people, young believers in fact, killed on orders from old men.

Narrated 'Ali:

I heard the Prophet saying, "In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection."

Bukhari 61.577

In the Koran, the moon and the sun, which occupy the same orbit, will collide during Allah’s End Times extravaganza.

75:6 He asks: “When is the Day of Resurrection coming?”

75:7 Then, when the sight is dazzled;

75:8 And the moon is eclipsed;

75:9 And the sun and the moon are joined together;

75:10 Man will say on that Day; “Where is the escape?”

75:11 No, there shall be no escape.

This preceding may explain the Prophet’s alarm at the onset of eclipses.

Narrated Abu Musa:

The sun eclipsed and the Prophet got up, being afraid that it might be the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment). He went to the Mosque and offered the prayer with the longest Qiyam, bowing and prostration that I had ever seen him doing. Then he said, "These signs which Allah sends do not occur because of the life or death of somebody, but Allah makes His worshipers afraid by them. So when you see anything thereof, proceed to remember Allah, invoke Him and ask for His forgiveness."

Bukhari 17.167

Visions of a breach in the wall between Gog and Magog, another harbinger of Judgement Day mentioned in Koran, also caused the Prophet to panic believing the Hour was at hand.

Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh:

That the Prophet once came to her in a state of fear and said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Woe unto the Arabs from a danger that has come near. An opening has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this," making a circle with his thumb and index finger.

Zainab bint Jahsh said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we be destroyed even though there are pious persons among us?"

He said, "Yes, when the evil person will increase."

Bukhari 54.565

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

Allah's Apostle performed the Tawaf (around the Ka'ba while riding his camel, and every time he reached the corner (of the Black Stone) he pointed at it with his hand and said, "Allahu Akbar."

Zainab said: The Prophet said, "An opening has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this and this," forming the number 90 (with his thumb and index finger).

Bukhari 63.215

The Doctor Dolittle effect!

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Once Allah's Apostle offered the morning prayer and then faced the people and said, "While a man was driving a cow, he suddenly rode over it and beat it. The cow said, 'We have not been created for this, but we have been created for sloughing.'

On that the people said astonishingly, 'Glorified be Allah! A cow speaks!'"

The Prophet said, "I believe this, and Abu Bakr and Umar too, believe it, although neither of them was present there. While a person was amongst his sheep, a wolf attacked and took one of the sheep. The man chased the wolf till he saved it from the wolf, where upon the wolf said, 'You have saved it from me; but who will guard it on the day of the wild beasts when there will be no shepherd to guard them except me (because of riots and afflictions)?'"

The people said surprisingly, "Glorified be Allah! A wolf speaks!"

The Prophet said, "But I believe this, and Abu Bakr and Umar too, believe this, although neither of them was present there."

Bukhari 56.677

An unmistakable clue that Judgement Day is at hand is the sun rising in the West; but it will be too late to believe.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until the sun rises from the West: and when the people see it, then whoever will be living on the surface of the earth will have faith, and that is (the time) when no good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it believed not before."

Bukhari 60.159

The sun will rise in the West to be replaced by a big head where it used to make an appearance every morning since the formation of the solar system.

Narrated Abu Masud:

The Prophet pointed with his hand towards Yemen and said twice, "Faith is there," and then pointed towards the East, and said, "Verily, sternness and mercilessness are the qualities of those who are busy with their camels and pay no attention to their religion, where the two sides of the head of Satan will appear," namely, the tribes of Rabl'a and Muqar.

Bukhari 63.223

Take precautions to avoid surprises when the big day comes such as being accused of the sins of your brother.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever has wronged his brother, should ask for his pardon (before his death), as (in the Hereafter) there will be neither a Dinar nor a Dirham. (He should secure pardon in this life) before some of his good deeds are taken and paid to his brother, or, if he has done no good deeds, some of the bad deeds of his brother are taken to be loaded on him (in the Hereafter)."

Bukhari 76.541

Things will be so bad that you will wish you were dead ...

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The Hour will not be established till a man passes by a grave of somebody and says, 'Would that I were in his place.'"

Bukhari 88.231

… but perhaps not before witnessing the most bizarre spectacle that will signal the Hour is at hand, the jiggling of women's buttocks.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established till the buttocks of the women of the tribe of Daus move while going round Dhi-al-Khalasa."

Dhi-al-Khalasa was the idol of the Daus tribe which they used to worship in the pre Islamic Period of Ignorance.

Bukhari 88.232

The appearance of a thin-legged black Ethiopian man who has come to destroy the holiest shrine in Islam may also be a precursor of Judgement Day.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "DhusSuwaiqatain (the thin legged man) from Ethiopia will demolish the Ka'ba."

Bukhari 26.666

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

The Prophet said, "As if I were looking at him, a black person with thin legs plucking the stones of the Ka'ba one after another."

Bukhari 26.665

The last persons to die:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The people will leave Medina in spite of the best state it will have, and none except the wild birds and the beasts of prey will live in it, and the last persons who will die will be two shepherds from the tribe of Muzaina, who will be driving their sheep towards Medina, but will find nobody in it, and when they reach the valley of Thaniyat-al-Wada', they will fall down on their faces dead."

Bukhari 30.98

Ad-Dajjal and Jesus

No narration about the End Times would be complete without mentioning the coming of the false messiah, Ad-Dajjal. The appearance of Ad-Dajjal during the chaos that will be the End Times cannot be doubted. The Prophet, who, as mentioned earlier, expected Judgement Day in his lifetime or shortly thereafter, sought protection in his prayers from the malevolent messiah’s influence.

Narrated Aisha:

The Prophet used to say, "O Allah! I seek refuge with You from laziness and geriatric old age, from all kinds of sins and from being in debt; from the affliction of the Fire and from the punishment of the Fire and from the evil of the affliction of wealth; and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of poverty, and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of Al-Mesiah Ad-Dajjal. O Allah! Wash away my sins with the water of snow and hail, and cleanse my heart from all the sins as a white garment is cleansed from the filth, and let there be a long distance between me and my sins, as You made East and West far from each other."

Bukhari 75.379

God's Messenger would have us believe that he is the first Prophet to mention that the false messiah is one-eyed.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:

Allah's Apostle stood up amongst the people and then praised and glorified Allah as He deserved and then he mentioned Ad-Dajjal, saying, "I warn you of him, and there was no prophet but warned his followers of him; but I will tell you something about him which no prophet has told his followers: Ad-Dajjal is one-eyed whereas Allah is not."

Bukhari 88.241

Ad-Dajjal has two eyes actually, but is blind in one eye. For a false messiah he is not very bright, leaving a clear message between his seeing and blind eye that he is not who he pretends to be.

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, "Allah did not send any prophet but that he warned his nation of the one-eyed liar (Ad-Dajjal). He is one-eyed while your Lord is not one-eyed. The word 'Kafir' (unbeliever) is written between his two eyes."

Bukhari 93.505

In one hadith, Ad-Dajjal sets up residence on salt flats next to Medina. How he will get there, having been forbidden access to the mountain passes leading to the city, is not explained. Once there, he will try to impress his audience by killing a man then bringing him back to life, until Allah intervenes when he tries the same trick again.

Narrated Abu Sa'id:

One day Allah's Apostle narrated to us a long narration about Ad-Dajjal and among the things he narrated to us, was: "Ad-Dajjal will come, and he will be forbidden to enter the mountain passes of Medina. He will encamp in one of the salt areas neighboring Medina and there will appear to him a man who will be the best or one of the best of the people. He will say 'I testify that you are Ad-Dajjal whose story Allah's Apostle has told us.'

Ad-Dajjal will say (to his audience), 'Look, if I kill this man and then give him life, will you have any doubt about my claim?'

They will reply, 'No,'

Then Ad-Dajjal will kill that man and then will make him alive.

The man will say, 'By Allah, now I recognize you more than ever!'

Ad-Dajjal will then try to kill him (again) but he will not be given the power to do so."

Bukhari 88.246

Allah will limits Ad-Dajjal's influence in other ways.

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu'ba:

Nobody asked the Prophet as many questions as I asked regarding Ad-Dajjal.

The Prophet said to me, "What worries you about him?"

I said, "Because the people say that he will have a mountain of bread and a river of water with him (i.e. he will have abundance of food and water)"

The Prophet said, "Nay, he is too mean to be allowed such a thing by Allah"' (but it is only to test mankind whether they believe in Allah or in Ad-Dajjal.)

Bukhari 88.238

When you see Ad-Dajjal and he asks you to choose between the fire and the water he is carrying, chose fire. The following hadiths explain why:

Narrated Hudhaifa:

The Prophet said about Ad-Dajjal that he would have water and fire with him: (what would seem to be) fire, would be cold water and (what would seem to be) water, would be fire.

Bukhari 88.244

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Shall I not tell you about the Dajjal a story of which no prophet told his nation? The Dajjal is one-eyed and will bring with him what will resemble Hell and Paradise, and what he will call Paradise will be actually Hell; so I warn you (against him) as Noah warned his nation against him."

Bukhari 55.554

It's hard to believe that there will still be unbelievers in Medina when Ad-Dajjal shows up, for even today, only Muslims are allowed into the second most holy site in all of Islam after Mecca.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet said, "Ad-Dajjal will come and encamp at a place close to Medina and then Medina will shake thrice whereupon every Kafir (disbeliever) and hypocrite will go out (of Medina) towards him."

Bukhari 88.239

The safest place to be during the End Times battle between good and evil will be Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Narrated Abu Bakra:

The Prophet said, "The terror caused by Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal will not enter Medina and at that time Medina will have seven gates and there will be two angels at each gate (guarding them)."

Bukhari 88.240

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "There are angels at the mountain passes of Medina (so that) neither plague nor Ad-Dajjal can enter it."

Bukhari 88.247

Before, or after defeating Ad-Dajjal in the final battle of the End-Times, Jesus, among other things, will kill all the pigs.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts)."

Bukhari 43.656

During the End Times, Jesus will judge the living according to the Koran.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said "How will you be when the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you and he will judge people by the Law of the Quran and not by the law of Gospel."

Bukhari 55.658


Recommended The Islamic Hereafter for the Koran's extensive coverage of that most ominous of days and Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgment Day for an entertaining, if ultimately depressing adaptation.