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Signs of the Last Days, Part 3

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

11 March 2016 Feltham, London UK

Jumu’ah Khutbah at the Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement (CSCA)

[Series source text: السنن الواردة في الفتن وغوائلها والساعة وأشراطها As-Sunan al-Waridah Fi ‘l-Fitani wa Ghawaali’ihaa wa ‘s-Saa`ati wa Ashraatihaa, by `Uthman bin Sa`eed al-Muqri ad-Daani; research and Hadith authentication by Dr. Ridaaullah bin Muhammad Idris Mubarakfuri; published by Daar al-`Aasima, Riyadh. Originally published 444 Hijri.]

[Opening du`a.]

O Muslims, Believers! Alhamdulillah Allah (swt) gave us the honor of Islam, if He didn’t choose us to be Muslim we would have been lost. Allah has rahmah and gave us the honor to be from the Ummah of Prophet (s). Whatever Prophet said was wahiyy, the Holy Qur’an was wahiyy, and whenever he opened his mouth to speak it was wahiyy. Alhamdulillah a lot of Hadith told us about the Last Days. All of us believe what Prophet (s) said, no doubt, and he told his Sahaabah (r) to mention to us about the Signs of the Last Days, that people have to prepare themselves for that day, and don’t say it is too far, as Allah (swt) said:

اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ

The Hour (of Judgment) approached and the moon split. (Surat al-Qamar, 54:1)

From that time 1400 years ago, Allah revealed to Prophet (s) that it is so near. There are many Hadith that explain what is happening today and I will mention one Hadith that might help us understand where we now stand.

قَامَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَالِبٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ : فَحَمِدَ اللَّهَ وَأَثْنَى عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ : " يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ , سَلُونِي قَبْلَ أَنْ تَفْقِدُونِي " , قَالَهَا ثَلاثَ مَرَّاتٍ , فَقَامَ إِلَيْهِ صَعْصَعَةُ بْنُ صُوحَانَ الْعَبْدِيُّ , فَقَالَ : يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ! نَبِّئْنَا مَتَى خُرُوجُ الدَّجَّالِ ؟ فَقَالَ : " يَا ابْنَ صُوحَانَ ، اقْعُدْ , عَلِمَ اللَّهُ مَقَالَتَكَ , مَا الْمَسْئُولُ عَنْهَا بِأَعْلَمَ مِنَ السَّائِلِ , وَلَكِنْ لَهَا عَلامَاتٌ وَهَنَاتٌ وَأَشْيَاءُ يَتْلُو بَعْضُهَا بَعْضًا كَحَذْوِ النَّعْلِ بِالنَّعْلِ , وَإِنْ شِئْتَ أَنْبَأْتُكَ بِعَلامَتِهَا " , قَالَ : عَنْ ذَلِكَ سَأَلْتُكَ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ! قَالَ : اعْقِدْ بِيَدِكَ يَا صَعْصَعَةُ , إِذَا أَمَاتَ النَّاسُ الصَّلاةَ , وَأَضَاعُوا الأَهِلَّةَ , وَاسْتَحَلُّوا الْكَذِبَ , وَأَكَلُوا الرِّبَاءَ , وَأَخَذُوا الرِّشَا , وَشَيَّدُوا الْبِنَاءَ , وَاتَّبَعُوا الأَهْوَاءَ , وَبَاعُوا الدِّينَ بِالدُّنْيَا , وَاسْتَخَفُّوا بِالدِّمَاءِ , وَتَقَطَّعَتِ الأَرْحَامُ , وَصَارَ الْحِلْمُ ضَعْفًا , وَالظُّلْمُ فَرَحًا ، وَالأُمَرَاءُ فَجَرَةً , وَالْوُزَرَاءُ خَوَنَةً , وَعُرَفَاؤُهُمْ ظَلَمَةً , وَقُرَّاؤُهُمْ فَسَقَةً , وَظَهَرَ الْجَوْرُ , وَكَثُرَ الطَّلاقُ , وَمَوْتُ الْفَجْأَةِ , وَقَوْلُ الْبُهْتَانِ , وَحُلِّيَتِ الْمَصَاحِفُ , وَزُخْرِفَتِ الْمَسَاجِدُ , وَطُوِّلَ الْمَنَارُ , وَازْدَحَمَتِ الصُّفُوفُ , وَنُقِضَتِ الْعُهُودُ , وَخُرِّبَتِ الْقُلُوبُ , وَشَارَكَتِ الْمَرْأَةُ زَوْجَهَا فِي التِّجَارَةِ حِرْصًا عَلَى الدُّنْيَا , وَتَرَكَ النِّسَاءُ الْمَيَازِرَ , وَتَشَبَّهْنَ بِالرِّجَالِ , وَتَشَبَّهَ الرِّجَالُ بِالنِّسَاءِ , وَالسَّلامُ لِلْمَعْرِفَةِ , وَالشَّهَادَةُ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُسْتَشْهَدَ , وَلَبِسُوا جُلُودَ الضَّأْنِ عَلَى قُلُوبِ الذِّئَابِ , قُلُوبُهُمْ أَمَرُّ مِنَ الصَّبِرِ , وَأَنْتَنُ مِنَ الْجِيفَةِ , وَالْتَمَسُوا الدُّنْيَا بِعَمَلِ الآخِرَةِ , وَالتَّفَقُّهَ بِغَيْرِ الْمَعْرِفَةِ , فَالنَّجَاءَ فَالنَّجَاءَ , الْوَحَا الْوَحَا , الْحَذَرَ الْحَذَرَ , الْجِدَّ الْجِدَّ يَا صَعْصَعَةُ بْنَ صُوحَانَ , نِعْمَ الْمَسْكَنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ بَيْتُ الْمَقْدِسِ , وَلَيَأْتِيَنَّ عَلَى النَّاسِ زَمَانٌ يَقُولُ أَحَدُهُمْ : يَا لَيْتَنِي تِبْنَةٌ فِي لَبِنَةٍ فِي سُورِ بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ

`Ali ibn Abi Talib stood on the minbar, praised and thanked Allah, then he said, “O People, ask me before you lose me, ask me before you lose me, ask me before you lose me!” Then Sa`sa`ah ibn Sawhaan al-`Abdi stood up and said, “O Amir al-Mu’mineen, inform us of when the Dajjal will emerge!” He said, “O Ibn Suhan, sit down. Allah knows what you have said; the one being asked knows no more than the one asking. However, there are signs for it and there are things people narrate to each other about it. If you wish, I can tell you about its signs.” He said, “O Amir al-Mu’mineen, that was what I asked you about.” He said, “Sit down, O Sa`sa`ah! If people cause the prayer to die, lose the lunar months, make lying lawful, consume usury, accept bribery, build high buildings, follow desires, sell religion for the dunya, take killing lightly, cut family ties, and if forbearance becomes weak and oppressors rejoice, and princes are obstinate, and ministers betrayers, and their gnostics become oppressors, and their reciters deviant, and if oppression becomes manifest, and if divorce, sudden death, and slander become prevalent, if the Mushafs are embellished, the mosques decorated, the minarets made tall, the rows of prayer full, contracts breached, hearts broken, and if the wife shares in her husband’s business in order to safeguard her dunya, if women abandon skirts and imitate men, and men imitate women, and if the greeting of salaam is only to those whom one knows, and testimony is given before it is sought, and if they wear sheepskin on the hearts of wolves, their hearts are more bitter than patience and worse smelling than a corpse, and if they pursue the dunya through actions of the Akhirah, and if study of Fiqh is without real knowledge… then beware, beware O Sa`sa`ah bin Sawhaan! At that time blessed is Jerusalem as a place of residence. There will come upon people a time when someone will say, ‘If only I were a piece of mud brick in the city walls of Jerusalem.’” (Al-Burhanpuri, Kanz al-`Ummaal)

The Sahaabah (r) asked Sayyidina `Ali (a), “When is the anti-Messiah coming?” `Ali (r) said, “I can tell you when the Dajjal will be coming with these signs. I cannot tell you the days and the one, as when Jibreel (a) came to the Prophet (s) and said, “Tell me about the Last Days,” the Prophet (s) said, “The one asking knows better than the one being asked,” and then he said, “Yaa Jibreel, you know better. Give me its signs.’” Here Sayyidina `Ali (r) is telling its signs, when they asked, “Yaa Ameer `al-Mu’mineen, tell us its signs.” He said, idha adaa`a ‘n-naasu as-salaatu, “When the people lose the prayers, they lose being trustworthy, they betray each other, they take the money from each other, and they make lying normal and true, that is a Sign of the Last Days.”

And the Prophet (s) prohibited Muslims from lying, and in this time we are seeing a lot of people lying to each other. Sayyidina `Ali continued, “They eat the riba, interest, and they accept money ‘under the table’ (bribery),” and today you cannot have a project officially approved except the officer is bribed. Do we see that or not? In every Muslim country they do that and I am not speaking of the non-Muslim countries; they lie, they lost the Trust, and they took rishwah, money under the table. “And they build high-rises,” as the Prophet (s) mentioned:

وأن ترى الحفاة العراة العالة رعاء الشاء يتطاولون في البنيان

You will see the barefoot, naked, destitute Bedouin shepherds competing in constructing tall buildings.


“Then you see the barefooted, naked Bedouin competing in building high buildings, and they follow their desires,” as we are seeing today, everyone is following his desires, no one is following what Allah wants. “And they sold the religion for dunya and they did not care for bloodshed, they kill and they don’t care, and they kill hundreds and thousands at one time,” that is what we are seeing in many Muslim countries. “And the blood relationships have been cut,” people don’t care for their parents, their children, their wives and they cut their relations. The patient one is considered weak and you see princes, the ones controlling us, are tyrants and the ministers betray their citizens after they elect them. Those who know how to read Holy Qur'an they are corrupted, and there is abundant divorce.” Now in every house (family), after many years of marriage there will be divorce. “And people die suddenly in their beds,” you wake up in the morning and Allah takes the souls of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters suddenly!

“And to say things that are not true and decorate the Holy Qur'an, and the masaajid have been decorated with fancy decorations and the minarets become very high, and there is abundant breaching of contracts.” We are breaching our contract with Allah from the Day of Promises, when He asked, “Am I not your Lord?” and we said, “Yes.” When we came to dunya we broke that contract.

“And to make money, women begin to work as partners of their husbands in stores and offices; at that time they say there is not enough money to live on, so husband and wife have to work. And the women no longer dress in skirts, they wear pants, they imitate men in their dress and the men imitate the women. Quloobuhum amarr min as-sabr, their hearts are tougher and stiffer than anything else, wa la-yaatee-anna `alaa ’n-naasi zamaanun yaqoolu yaalaytanee tibnun fee Bayt al-Maqdis, and good people will say, “I wish to be a mud brick in Masjid al-Aqsa.”

From the Signs of the Last Days, the Prophet (s) said:

عمران بيت المقدس خراب يثرب

The restoration of Jerusalem is the destruction of Yathrib. (Ahmad, Abu Dawood)

“To restore Masjid al-Aqsa and destroy Madinat al-Munawwarah, the holy city of the Prophet (s), which he mentioned as ‘Yathrib,’ meaning “the old city,” and today the building of high-rises is destroying the old buildings of Madinah that have all the history, which means our history will be gone. Prophet (s) said that they will restore Masjid al-Aqsa and this is what is happening today: those who occupy the territory of Muslims, Bayt al Maqdis, are restoring the temple and relics of Sayyidina Sulayman (a) while the Muslims are destroying the relics of the Prophet's city!

These are the signs that there will come a time of malhama, that the Day of Judgment will not come until two big countries fight each other. That is a Sign of the Last Days and at that time Sayyidina al-Mahdi (a) comes and Sayyidina `Isa (a) comes and he fights the Dajjal. They (Sahaabah) asked the Prophet (s), “Where is the best place to be on that Day?” and the Prophet (s) said, “Go to Shaam (Damascus), it is markab al-awliya, full of awliya and most of Ahl al-Bayt are there!

May Allah forgive us.

[Closing du`a.]

[End. Salaat al-Jumu`ah.]


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