- Cloud Seeding
- Increase in Milk Production
- The Treasure Detector
- Trawl Nets
- Greater Life Expectancy
- The Discovery of Solar Cookers
- Clouds of Smoke
- The Dajjal Will Bring Uneducated, Ignorant People under His Sway
- A Person’s Voice Speaking To Him
- Other Signs
The Prophet (saas) has given a great deal of information about both the age in which he lived and the future of the Islamic world, and as a miracle from our Lord these have all come true. Many of the reports given by the Prophet Muhammad (saas) about the future of the Islamic world concern the End Times. Some of the events he spoke of and which we are witnessing coming about in our own time are increased earthquakes, drought, extraordinary celestial phenomena, great wars, a rise in anarchy and chaos, reduced security, and uprisings. Our Prophet (saas) tells us that in the End Times Muslims and believers will suffer various difficulties, but that after that period, with the second coming of Prophet ‘Isa (as) and the appearance of the Mahdi, an age of light will be experienced. The Prophet (saas) has supplied many details of the portents prior to the coming of Prophet ‘Isa (as) and the Mahdi and has described the joys to be experienced when these blessed individuals appear.
The hadiths supply many signs of the appearance of the Dajjal and events that will take place at that time. Some of these, which are in all likelihood taking place in our day are:
As an-Nawwas ibn Sam'an reported, the Prophet (saas) said:
“He would then give command to the sky and there would be rainfall upon the earth ...”
(Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 7015)
It is reported in the above hadith that in the End Times there will be means of causing rainfall when so desired. These methods are actually employed today. The technique known as cloud seeding is applied as follows:
“Seeding of clouds requires that they contain supercooled liquid water—that is, liquid water colder than zero degrees Celsius. Introduction of a substance such as silver iodide, which has a crystalline structure similar to that of ice, will induce freezing (heterogeneous nucleation). Dry ice [frozen carbon dioxide] or propane expansion cools the air to such an extent that ice crystals can nucleate spontaneously from the vapor phase. ... In mid-latitude clouds, the usual seeding strategy has been predicated upon the fact that the equilibrium vapor pressure is lower over water than over ice. When ice particles form in supercooled clouds, this fact allows the ice particles to grow at the expense of liquid droplets. If there is sufficient growth, the particles become heavy enough to fall as snow (or, if melting occurs, rain) from clouds that otherwise would produce no precipitation. This process is known as "static" seeding. Seeding of warm-season or tropical cumuliform (convective) clouds seeks to exploit the latent heat released by freezing. This strategy of "dynamic" seeding assumes that the additional latent heat adds buoyancy, strengthens updrafts, ensures more low-level convergence, and ultimately causes rapid growth of properly selected clouds. Cloud seeding chemicals may be dispersed by aircraft or by dispersion devices located on the ground (generators).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_seeding)
One place in which this technique is often employed is Kansas. The National Geographic website provides the following information on the subject:
“In Kansas, clouds sometimes promise rain and fail to deliver—or produce crop-damaging hail. To coax moisture from the clouds, the Western Kansas Weather Modification Program sends out its planes. Wing-borne burners produce a silver iodide smoke, which rides updrafts into the sub-zero heart of certain storm clouds. At that altitude, the silver iodide particles provide nuclei around which cloud water can freeze. When they're heavy enough, the grains of ice fall—melting into rain on the way down. In theory, the strategy not only increases rainfall but also keeps moisture from being swept high into clouds and forming hail. …” (http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0506/feature5/gallery5.html)
Cloud seeding by spraying silver iodine vapour from a plane in the state of Kansas.
(Source: National Geographic web site)
The rain bomb is a technology that has been developed over the last 60 years. Today, some 24 countries, including the USA, Israel, Canada, Russia, Thailand, Morocco and Australia employ the technique to increase rainfall. (http://www.aksam.com.tr/haber.asp?a=77081,10) The pictures below show the silver iodine and some of the cloud seeding devices employed today:
Cloud seeding rockets attached to a plane wing
Cloud seeding rockets containing 50 gr. of silver iodine
Experimental firing of a cloud seeding device
Increase in Milk Production
The events that we are told will take place in the End Times in those hadiths of the Prophet (saas) that have come down to the present day have taken place in our own time by means of advances in technology. One of the events reported in the hadiths as a portent of the appearance of the Dajjal is an increase in milk yield. The progress that has been in livestock rearing in our time has given rise to this increase in yield reported in the hadith. And Allah knows best.
An-Nawwas ibn Sam'an reported that the Prophet (saas) said:
“He would come to the people and invite them (to a wrong religion) and they would affirm their faith in him and respond to him. He would then give command to the sky and there would be rainfall upon the earth and it would grow crops. Then in the evening, their posturing animals would come to them with their humps very high and their udders full of milk and their flanks stretched.”
(Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 7015)
The artificial insemination of the animal population, embryo transfer and the raising of animal quality by means of high productivity stock, which began being implemented only recently in our own time, have led to a huge rise in milk production in all countries, particularly Holland and Belgium. In Holland, for example, the daily average milk yield from a single cow has risen to 35 liters. Some cows are even known to produce as much as 53 liters. (http://arsiv.zaman.com.tr/2001/10/30/ekonomi/ekonomidevam.htm)
The Treasure Detector
The hadiths describing the End Times also tell us of many portents, together with a variety of other information and developments. One of these is a hadith describing the emergence and attributes of the Dajjal. This hadith tells of treasure hidden beneath a building as the Dajjal passes by it:
“He would then walk through the waste land and say to it: Bring forth your treasures, and the treasures would come out…” (Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 7015; reported by an-Nawwas ibn Sam'an)
As we know, detectors that can find metals under the ground and that are capable of distinguishing between metallic and non-metallic compounds are in wide use today. Thanks to these, it can immediately be established whether or not there is any metal buried beneath a building or under the ground. These detectors, which make it easy to find buried metals such as gold, silver, copper and bronze, are frequently employed in engineering, construction and by the military, and by others for treasure hunting.
The above hadith may well be referring to the use of such a device. That would explain the detection of treasure beneath the building and its subsequent extraction. And Allah knows best.
One of his (Dajjal’s) astonishing deeds is this: He will enter the sea three times a day; one of his arms is long. With his long arm he will lean on the bottom of the sea, and with his other hand he will sweep up and catch what he wishes from among the fishes in the deeps... (Reported by Abu Nuaym [ra]). (Signs of Qiyamah, 10th edition, p. 216)
It is indicated in the hadiths of the Prophet (saas) that in the End Times Dajjal will “reach down the bottom of the sea and catch the fishes of the deeps.” The “trawl nets” used today in catching fish fully match this description given in the hadith. And Allah knows best.
Fishing with trawl nets is also known as “multi-species fishery” because a large number of species are caught at the same time. Trawl nets, a kind of drag net, are used in seabed and mid-water fishing. These nets, which scour the seabed with steel cables, trap all the fish they encounter.
Trawl nets, resemble large, cone-shaped, wide-mouthed (30 meters or so wide) bags. Wooden struts are used to keep the mouth open when the net is first cast into the sea. These are connected to the trawler boat by steel cables. Bottom trawling is generally used in places where the seabed is largely flat. Dropped from the trawler boat, the trawl net is dragged along behind it for some 1.5 to 3 hours and scours the seabed, catching all the fish it encounters. It is then raised using a winch and the fish inside unloaded on deck. Once the fish have been cleaned and washed, they are packed in ice in the ship’s hold. On some very large and highly advanced trawlers, the fish are loaded into freezing apparatus once they have been cleaned. These boats are able to remain at sea and therefore fish for more prolonged periods.
Greater Life Expectancy
Our Prophet (saws) has provided considerable information about the period in which he lived and also the future of the Islamic world, and all his reports have turned out to be true, as a miracle from Allah. A large part of what the Prophet Muhammed (saws) tells us about the future of the Islamic world concerns phenomena to do with the End Times. Accounts given by our Prophet (saws) and that have been witnessed to come true in our own day are that there will be an increase in earthquakes during the End Times, that there will be drought, that extraordinary phenomena will be observed in the skies, that there will be great wars, an increase in chaos and anarchy, a decline in security and also revolutions.
Our Prophet (saws) has told us that Muslims and believers will be subjected to various difficulties in the End Times, that the Prophet ‘Isa (as) will return to Earth in the wake of this troubled time, and that with the appearance of the Mahdi all believers can expect an age of felicity. Our Prophet (saws) has also provided detailed descriptions of the signs that will be seen before the coming of the Prophet ‘Isa (as) and the Mahdi, as well as of the joys that the coming of these holy personages will bring.
As reported in the hadith, one of the portents of the End Times and the appearance of the blessed Mahdi is “increased life expectancy” during this holy period. Some of the hadith and accounts regarding this are as follows:
Life expectancy will increase in his (the Mahdi’s) time. This increased life expectancy also means that he (the Mahdi) will be long-lived. (p. 184)
In his time (the blessed Mahdi's) ... Life spans will grow longer...
(Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi'alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 43)
Life spans will grow longer...
(Al-Suyuti, Portents of Doomsday, Death and Resurrection, p. 1699, p. 179)
There has been a relative increase in life expectancy in recent times, but none to match the increase observed in the 21st century. Research has revealed that human life expectancy will rise by 50% this century and that there will be many more people living to see their 100th birthdays in the years to come.
Increases in life expectancy
1800s: average life expectancy 24
1900s: average life expectancy 48
2000s: average life expectancy 63
The results of research into genetics and gene technology at the end of the 20th and early 21st centuries show that “life expectancies will be prolonged.” For example, a report in National Geographic magazine stated that the formula needed for a longer and healthier life would soon be available in pharmacies. Scientists who say they have identified the gene for long life state that the average life may soon be around 100 years. Another study reports that children born around now will live to be approximately 125 or 150. Many researchers state that “there will be nothing out of the ordinary in people aged 150” and that in the 21st century life expectancies will increased beyond all comparison with the past.
The fact this phenomenon, imparted by our Prophet 1400 years or so ago, coming about so clearly and manifestly without doubt represents very glad tidings for believers. Just like this prediction, the other reports imparted by our Prophet (saws) will also all come true, and mankind will witness many holy phenomena during the 21st century. By the will of Allah, the Prophet ‘Isa (as) will return to Earth, the blessed Mahdi will appear, and by means of these holy personages the moral values of Islam will prevail across the entire world. This is something promised in the pages of the Qur’an. In verse 55 of Surat an-Nur, our Lord tells us: “Allah has promised those of you who have faith and do right actions that He will make them successors in the land as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their religion with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE LONGER
Turkish daily Radikal, 21 April 2002
… The ‘Industrial revolution’ in the late 19th century and scientific advances led to extraordinary progress in the field of medicine in the last century. This has prolonged human life expectancy by 50% … The frontiers of middle age have been put back from 40-50 to 60-70. As we enter the new millennium it has emerged that certain diseases are caused by defects in genes, themselves the secret of life. Biotechnological progress is now at the point of being able to rectify gene defects.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO HUMAN LIFE EXPECTANCY?
Turkish daily Hürriyet, 18 March 2004
According to some scientists, children born today will be able live up the age of 150, and some are of the opinion that there is no limit to human life expectancy. Human life expectancy regularly increases by 2 years every decade. This means that in 2150 the average life expectancy will be 122.5, and people aged 150 will be regarded as quite normal. There are currently some 40,000 people aged over 100 in the USA, although the number was only around 2,300 in the 1950s. James Vaupel, from the Max Planck Demographic Research Institute in Rostock in Germany, suggests that the number of centenarians will double in developed countries every 10 years. http://webarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/2004/03/18/429832.asp
Turkish magazine Tempo, 25 June 2004
Human life expectancy has almost doubled since the end of the 19th century. It is estimated that human life expectancy will increase still further thanks to advances in genetic medicine. A study by the medical journal Anti-Aging asked 60 experts in the field to estimate the life expectancy of a child born in 2100. The majority of the experts responded “at least 100 year,” while some said that life expectancy could reach 150 or even 200 years.
The Discovery of Solar Cookers
He will catch a bird flying in the air and roast it under the Sun.. (1)
In the above hadith reported from the Prophet (saas), our attention is drawn to “hunted prey being immediately able to be cooked and eaten” in the time of the Dajjal. Another aspect of these descriptions is that this will take place “in a sunny environment.” These statements in the hadith may be referring to the “solar cookers” that are used with modern-day technology. And Allah knows best.
Thanks to the solar cookers that are manufactured as an alternative to LPG, natural gas, electricity, wood and coal, even foods such as meat can be immediately cooked and eaten under the Sun.
As shown in the picture, solar rays are focused on the cooker thanks to the bright interior surfaces. Food placed inside the oven cooks in the high temperatures released by the reflected solar ray. (2)
The descriptions referring to the End Times are highly applicable to our own time.
(1) Signs of Qiyamah, 8th edition, translated by Naim Erdoğan, Pamuk Publishing, p. 216.
(2) Emily Krone (Daily Herald Business writer), “Elburn-made solar ovens give hope to many in Third World,” September 26, 2004, pp. 1, 3.
Clouds of Smoke
The Dajjal will say, "I am the Lord of the worlds... It is by my leave that this Sun follows its course, if you wish, I can halt its progress!” They will respond by asking him to halt it. At this he will imprison the Sun, and will make a day resemble a month and a week a year. (Reported from Nu’aym ibn Hammad and Hakim ibn Mas'ud (ra)) (Signs of Qiyamah, 10th edition, p. 219, 220)
One of the hadith of our Prophet (saas) refers to the Dajjal imprisoning the Sun. Today, smoke clouds can be formed using a variety of different techniques, by means of which the sunlight can be blocked out. The smoke bombs used to create such clouds were used in the First and Second World Wars. These shrouded the sky, blocked off all sound and prevented the detection of planes and parachutists. This artificial measure, the blocking out of the Sun’s rays, appears to be in close agreement with the imprisoning of the Sun referred to in the hadith. And Allah knows best.
The Dajjal Will Bring Uneducated, Ignorant People under His Sway
According to the indications in the hadiths and statements by Islamic scholars, the worst corruption caused by the Dajjal will be the spreading of atheism, leading to anarchy and conflict. The system of the Dajjal will employ materialism and Darwinism to encourage people towards denial, irreligion and immorality. As noted in the hadiths, the materialist propaganda of the system of the Dajjal will mainly influence uneducated, ignorant people.
This aspect of the Dajjal is described as follows:
(The Dajjal) will particularly be able to deceive women and ignorant peasants... (Signs of Qiyamah, p. 216)
Looking at countries such as China, the Soviet Union, North Korea and some South American nations, in which communist revolutions took place in the recent past, we can see that the prediction in this hadith has indeed become a reality. Communist leaders have generally indoctrinated and misled people living in rural or mountainous areas, with low levels of education or none at all, leading to enormous corruption. Lenin instigated uprising among the Russian serfs and Mao among Chinese peasants, while Castro carried out his uprising in rural and forest areas by influencing the people inhabiting them. Communist guerrilla movements are still active in rural areas in North Korea and some South American countries. It is noteworthy that the communist, separatist, terrorist organization in Turkey concentrates its efforts in mountainous areas, trying to deceive the uneducated inhabitants. However, the people in the region possess foresight and knowledge, which allows them to increasingly see that this separatist terror group is actually atheistic in structure, and thus will avoid being used by these terrorists.
A Person’s Voice Speaking To Him
I swear to Allah, in whose power my life is, that Doomsday will not take place until savage animals talk to human beings, until a person’s voice and shoes speak to him, and until people tell him what they are doing.”
(Imam Sha’rani, Death, Doomsday, Resurrection, p. 471 )
With the cassette and CD players widely used today it is possible to record a person’s voice and listen to it later. The reference to “a person’s voice speaking to him” is suggestive of these devices. The expression “until a person’s shoes speak to him” puts one in mind of the listening devices that intelligence officers conceal in their footwear. Listening devices installed inside shoe heels and developed by Romanian intelligence during the Cold War were used by Western diplomats.
The reference to “people telling him what they are doing” may indicate how families and friends a long way away establish communications using internet cameras and video telephones.”
Hürriyet, 4 March, 2009
“A shoe and a telephone”
“Doomsday will not take place until the handle of a whip, his shoe lace speak to a person, until there is such abundance that a person will find nobody to give alms to, until rivers and streams flow through Arab lands.”
Sound receiver installed in a shoe heel
The reference to “a person’s shoe lace speaking” in the above account indicates the shoe lace serving as an antenna in surveillance systems installed in footwear.
The term “until the handle of a whip speaks to a person” may again be a reference to modern technology’s wireless and mobile phones resembling whips. The use of wireless and mobile phones whose antenna are not unlike the tips of whips bears a close similarity to the term “until the handle of a whip speaks to a person.”
THE FLOWING OF RIVERS THROUGH ARAB LANDS
The term “until rivers and streams flow through Arab lands” refers to desert agriculture using large quantities of water on the present-day Arabian Peninsula, and particularly in countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Israel’s water spouts in the city of Haifa
Decorative pools in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv
Mur Valley, Saudi Arabia
King Fahad Spout, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
It is reported from Ibn al-Munadi (ra) that:
"He will hold the clouds in his right hand, extend to where the Sun sets, walk on the ocean, and yet the water will come only up to his heels… There will be smoke in front of him and a green mountain behind… He will issue such a cry that all those between the earth and the skies will hear it... He will command the soil and it will grow crops... " (Signs of Qiyamah, 10th edition, p. 219)
He will hold the clouds in his right hand...
This hadith reported from the Prophet (saas) refers to the Dajjal holding “the clouds in his right hand.” This may be a reference to airplanes capable of reaching the uppermost levels of the atmosphere. Planes ascend to the level of the clouds and make it possible for human beings to reach them. This technology seems to be connected to the words of the hadith regarding the Dajjal “holding the clouds in his right hand.” And Allah knows best.
He will extend to where the Sun sets...
The reference in the hadith to the Dajjal extending “to where the Sun sets,” may well be significant in terms of modern technology. Sunset can be observed all over the world using technological devices such as telescopes and satellites. Satellite systems can provide images of all countries, and these can then be watched all over the planet on the Internet. The reference in the hadith to the Dajjal “extending to where the Sun sets” may be pointing to the satellite system in question. And Allah knows best.
He will walk on the ocean, and yet the water will come only up to his heels...
Our Prophet (saas) tells us that the Dajjal “will walk on the ocean, yet the water will come only up to his heels.” This description may well be a reference to present-day sports such as surfing, water-skiing, kite surfing, or barefoot water-skiing. People who engage in these sports move over the surface of the water, touching it only with their feet. The reference in the hadith to the Dajjal walking on the water, and the water coming only up to his heels, may well be an indication of these sports. And Allah knows best.
There will be smoke in front of him and a green mountain behind...
The reference in the hadith to “smoke in front of him, and a green mountain behind,” bears a close resemblance to the picture established by modern-day airplanes in the sky. As the illustration makes clear, as they fly an image forms of a cloud of smoke in front of them, and one of a mountain covered in greenery behind.
He will issue such a cry that all those between the earth and the skies will hear it...
The hadith also refers to the Dajjal issuing such a cry that all those between the earth and the skies will hear it. Modern advances such as radio, television and the Internet can broadcast across the world by means of satellites and radio waves, and everyone in all countries can now listen to the same broadcast at exactly the same time. This technological system, representing a single broadcast or voice, may well correspond to the hadith’s description of everyone in heaven and earth hearing the same thing. And Allah knows best.
He will command the soil and it will grow crops...
The hadith also refers to the Dajjal “commanding the soil to grow crops.” The different kinds of agricultural machinery and the various sizes of tractor available today make harvesting a simple matter. Similarly, fertilizer and irrigation technologies mean that crops grow very quickly. Using these technologies the land can be sown and made highly productive, and this agrees with the description in the hadith. And Allah knows best.