Minor Signs of the End Times
There are Minor & Major Signs that indicate Day of Resurrection (Day of Judgement or Doomsday) is approaching.
Minor Signs are expected to occur in the End Times. Generally speaking, the Minor Signs either: (a) precede the beginning of the Major Signs, or (b) occur after the beginning of the Major Signs, but they are not significant enough to warrant classifying them as Major Signs.
Today, most of the Minor Signs have been fulfilled.
No single Hadith lists all the minor signs, but there are hundreds of minor signs mentioned in hundreds of Hadiths. These Hadiths do not usually mention that they are Minor Signs. On the other hand, there are Hadiths that all of the Major Signs. So, we can classify as Minor Signs, those signs not listed among the Major signs.
Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, There are two types among the people of Hell whom I have not yet seen. The first are people who have whips like the tails of oxen, with which they beat people, and the second are women who are naked in spite of being dressed; they will be led astray and will lead others astray, and their heads will look like camels humps. These women will not enter Paradise; they will not even experience the faintest scent of it, even though the fragrance of Paradise can be perceived from such a great distance.
Anas ibn Malik said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked, O Messenger of Allah, (what will happen) when we stop enjoining good and forbidding evil? He said, When what happened to the Israelites happens among you: when fornication becomes widespread among your leaders, knowledge is in the hands of the lowest of you, and power passes into the hands of the least of you. (Ibn Majah.)
Ali ibn Abi Talib said, "The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم 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 (required Charitable tax paid by Muslims) becomes a burden; when a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly whereas he shuns his father; when voices are raised in the mosques; when the leader of a people is the worst among 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.'" (Tirmizi)
Ali ibn Abi Talib said, "The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم led us in praying Salat al-Fajr (the morning prayer). After he finished, a man called to him: 'When will the Hour be? The Prophet reprimanded him and said 'Be quiet!'. After a while he raised his eyes to the sky and said, 'Glorified be the One Who raised it and is taking care of it.' Then he lowered his gaze to the earth and said, 'Glory be to the One Who has outspread it and has created it (meaning Glory to Allah).' Then the Prophet said, 'Where is the one who asked me about the Hour?' The man knelt down and said, 'I asked you.' The Prophet 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 Sadaqah (charity or alms) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread - when this happens, then your people will perish.'"
Imran ibn Husayn said, "The Prophet said, 'Some people of this Ummah will be swallowed up by the earth, some will be transformed into animals, and some will be bombarded with stones.' One of the Muslims asked, 'When will that be, O Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'When singers and musical instruments will become popular, and much wine will be drunk.'" (Tirmizi)
عن ثوبان رضي الله عنه قال:قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :
Abu Hurairah said, I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم saying to Thawban, O Thawban, what will you do when the nations invite one another to invade you as people invite one another to eat a dish? Thawban said, May my father and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah! Is it because we will be few in number? The Prophet said, No, on that day, you (Muslims) will be a lot, but Allah will put Wahan (weakness) in your hearts. The people asked, O Messenger of Allah, What is Wahan (weakness)? He said, 'It is love of this World and dislike of death' (meaning you do not fight because you fear death). (Ahmad, Abu Dawud)
Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, Woe to the Arabs from the great evil which is nearly approaching them: it will be like patches of dark night. A man will wake up as a believer, and be a kafir (unbeliever) by nightfall. People will sell their religion for a small amount of worldly goods. The one who clings to his religion on that day will be as one who is grasping an ember - or thorns. (Ahmad.)
Abu Hurairah said, "The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, The Hour will not come until the following events have come to pass: two large groups will fight the another, and there will be many casualties; they will both be following the same religious teaching. Nearly thirty Dajjals will appear, each of them falsely claiming to be a Messenger from Allah. Knowledge will disappear, earthquakes will increase, time will pass quickly, Fitnas (strifes, trials, and Tribulations) will appear, and Harj (killing) will increase. Wealth will increase, so that a wealthy man will worry lest no-one accept his Zakat, and when he offers it to anyone, that person will say, I am not in need of it. People will compete in constructing high buildings. When a man passes by someone’s grave, he will say, Would that I were in his place! The sun will rise from the west; when it rises and the people see it, they will believe, but, 'No good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it will not have already believed or earned righteousness through its faith ...' (Quran, Al-Anam 6:158) The Hour will come suddenly: when a man has milked his she-camel and taken away the milk, but he will not have time to drink it; before a man repairing a tank for his livestock will be able to put water in it for his animals; and before a man who has raised a morsel of food to his mouth will be able to eat it." (Bukhari)
روى عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه أنه جاء
جبريل عليه السلام إلى الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم في صورة رجل يلبس الثياب البيض
الناصعة له شعر شديد السواد ،وسأل الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم عن الإسلام والإيمان و
الإحسان وأجابه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ثم سأله عن الساعة؟ فقال رسول الله
صلى الله عليه وسلم:
حدثنا أبو بكر بن
أبي شيبة حدثنا إسمعيل ابن علية عن أبي حيان عن أبي زرعة عن
أبي هريرة قال
Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, Time will pass rapidly, knowledge will decrease, miserliness will become widespread in peoples hearts, afflictions will appear, and there will be much Harj. The people asked, O Messenger of Allah, what is Harj? He said, Killing, killing! (Bukhari)
Abu Hurairah said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, The Hour will not come before the Euphrates (river which passes through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq) uncovers a mountain of gold (this does not have to be gold, but it must be something very valuable), for which people will fight. Ninety-nine out of every hundred will die, but every one among them will say that perhaps he will be the one who will survive (and thus possess the gold). (Muslim) Abu Hurairah also said, The Prophet said, the Euphrates will disclose a golden treasure. Whoever is present at that time should not take anything of it.
Huzaifah said, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم told us two Hadith, one of which I have seen fulfilled, and I am waiting for the fulfilment of the other. The Prophet told us that honesty came down into men's hearts (from Allah); then they learned it from the Quran, and then from the Sunnah. The Prophet told us that honesty will be taken away. He said, Man will be overtaken by sleep, during which honesty will be taken away from his heart, and only traces of it will remain.... Then man will be overtaken by slumber again, during which honesty will decrease even further, until its traces will resemble a blister such as is caused when an ember is dropped onto ones foot: it swells, but there is nothing inside. People will be carrying on with their trade, but there will hardly be any trustworthy persons. People will say: 'there is an honest man in such-and-such a tribe'. Later they will say about some man: 'What a wise, polite and strong man he is!' - although he will not have faith even the size of a mustard-seed in his heart... (Bukhari)
Hadith - Bukhari 9.237, Narrated Abu Huraira
Allah's Messenger said, "The Hour will not occur
(1) until 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) until about thirty Dajjals (liars) appear, and each one of them will claim that he is Allah's Messenger,
(3) until the religious knowledge is taken away (by the death of religious scholars)
(4) until earthquakes increase in number
(5) until time passes quickly,
(6) until Fitan (afflictions) appear,
(7) until Al-Harj (i.e., killing) will increase,
(8) until 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) until the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings,
(10) until a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, 'Would that I were in his place,'
(11) and until the sun rises from the West.
So, when the sun rises and the people see it (rising from the West), they will all believe (embrace Islam), but that will be the time when: (As Allah in the Quran said,) "The day when some signs of your Lord will come, no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith." (Surah Al-An'aam 6.158)
The Hour will occur 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."
The main Minor Signs include:
So, most of the Minor Signs have been fulfilled. The remaining few Minor Signs which have not been fulfilled yet include:
(1) Major Earthquakes, Famines, Asteroids, and Epidemic diseases. Some of these Epidemic diseases could be intentionally produced and spread by evil powers, as a form of biological weapons.
(2) Euphrates River (which passes through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq) will uncover a mountain of gold (meaning something very valuable). This is in the process of being fulfilled, click here for details.
(3) The return of the land of Arabs (Arabian Peninsula) to being green pastures and rivers, instead of its current condition as a desert. Based on Abu Huraira, Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه وسلم said: " The Hour (of Resurrection) will not come..... until the land of the Arabs (Arabian Peninsula) returns to being pastures ("paradises" according to Musnad Ahmad) and rivers." (Sahih Muslim, Musnad Ahmad). Saudi Arabia has already started to become green. Click here for more information this amazing development !
(4) Lake of Tiberias in Palestine (also known as Sea of Galilee) will dry up. This prophecy and sign is in the process of being fulfilled. The water in the Sea of Galilee is drying up.
Watch this video that shows Sea of Galilee is drying up:
The Shia's Books mention an additional sign:
The Construction of Two Bridges: The Shia believe the first bridge could be the bridge that connects Saudi Arabia to Bahrain which was completed in 1986. The second bridge they expect it to be the proposed bridge that will connect Saudi Arabia to Egypt. So far, Egypt has rejected the construction of such a bridge under pressure from Israel and the U.S. On the other hand, construction of a bridge connecting Qatar to Bahrain was announced on December 31, 2008 and was supposed to start in 2009; however, it has not started yet.