Signs of the Hour 18

In The Name Of Allah, The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful

War is that word which gives jitters to anyone. The inferno of the war, the bloodshed when envisaged sends shivers down our spines. It is a state of annihilation where innocent youth, women and men are left in utter havoc.

Among the signs of the Hour are wars and battles, which Allah’s Messenger prophesied that they would take place between the Muslims and other groups.

● War between Muslims and Turks:

Turks most often refer to a collection of ethnic groups that speak languages belonging to the Turkic language family.

It was narrated from Abu Huraira that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The Hour will not begin until you fight the Turks, who have small eyes, red faces and flat noses, as if their faces are hammered shields. The Hour will not begin until you fight with people whose shoes are made of hair.”

(Al Bukhari and Muslim)

According to many Islamic scholars, the people referred in the aforementioned hadith are the Mongolian Tartars who invaded the Muslim lands and shed a great deal of blood.

During the era of the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them), a battle took place at the beginning of Umayyad Caliphate, where Muslims defeated the Turks.

● War between Muslims and Romans:

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated another sign of the Hour related to conflagration between Muslims and Romans, which will occur before the appearance of Mahdi.

He (peace be upon him) stated that it will be a great battle where Muslims will prevail.

Mu’adh Ibn Jabal narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“When Jerusalem flourishes, Yathrib will be in ruins. When Yathrib will be in ruins, the great battle will occur. When the great battle occurs, Constantinople will be conquered. When Constantinople is conquered, the Dajjal will appear.”

(Recorded by Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi)

To sum up, I’d say that these foreshadow the advent of the overwhelming Hour. The bottom line is that the Hour is yet to come and we are blessed with time for preparing ourselves to meet our Lord!

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