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Minor Signs of Judgement Day

by | Feb 12, 2019

Every Muslim has to believe in Judgement Day and the Last Hour or the Final Hour signs. The Day of Judgement or Qayamat is part of the Belief in Islam. That is why every Prophet cautioned His followers of the Day of Resurrection.

But the knowledge of the Judgement Day. is with Allah alone. However, certain events are going to take place before the last hour. These events are the Fitna (Evils) of the Day of Resurrection.

Our Prophet (P.B.U.H), the Last Prophet, knowing that Doomsday is to come on this very Ummah, also clearly explained the Major and Minor signs before the Qayamat.

When will the Judgement Day?

The knowledge of the moment when Judgement Day will embark is only kept by Allah Almighty alone.

The Holy Quran states:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عِندَهُۥ عِلْمُ ٱلسَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ ٱلْغَيْثَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِى ٱلْأَرْحَامِ ۖ وَمَا تَدْرِى نَفْسٌ مَّاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا ۖ وَمَا تَدْرِى نَفْسٌۢ بِأَىِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌۢ

Indeed, Allāh [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allāh is Knowing and Acquainted. [Luqman: 34]

A Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim:

Angel Jibreel (A.S) came in the guise of man; after asking about Islam, Imaan, and Ihsaan, Angel Jibreel (A.S) asked Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) “then tell me about the hour (meaning the last day),” the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) replied, “The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner” (Muslim, vol 1, Hadith no.4)

Minor Signs before the Judgement Day

This post will discuss 10 Minor signs of the Judgement Day. We will discuss the rest in the next post, Inshallah. Most minor signs of Resurrection Day have appeared while some are occurring, and the rest will appear in the future with significant prominence.

  • The appearance of Ignorance

Narrated by Abdullah (R.A), the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Just before the Hour, there will be days in which knowledge will disappear, ignorance will appear, and much killing.” [Ibn Majah]

  • Afflictions (Fitna) will occur like raindrops

Narrated Usama bin Zaid (R.A) that Once the Prophet (P.B.U.H) stood over one of the high buildings of Medina and then said (to the people),

“Do you see what I see?” They said, “No.” He said, “I see afflictions falling among your houses as raindrops fall.” [Bukhari]

  • Time will pass rapidly Before Judgement Day.

Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A) that The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,

“Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in the people’s hearts), afflictions will appear, and there will be much ‘Al-Harj.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is “Al-Harj?” He said, “Killing! Killing!” [Bukhari; Vol.8, Hadith 63]

Narrated Anas ibn Malik (R.A), Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said,

“The last hour will not come before time contracts, a year being like a month, a month like a week, a week like a day, a day like an hour, and an hour like the kindling of a fire.” [Tirmidhi]

  • Exposing oneself to the Fitna is a Sign of Judgement Day.

Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A), Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H), said,

“There will be afflictions (shortly) during which a sitting person will be better than a standing one, and the standing one will be better than the walking one, and the walking one will be better than the running one, and whoever will expose himself to these afflictions, they will destroy him. So whoever can find a place of protection or refuge from them should take shelter in it.” [Bukhari]

  • Construction of High Buildings is a Sign.

Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A) that Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) said,

“The Hour will not be established

  1. Until two big groups fight, there will be many casualties on both sides, and they will follow 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. Until the religious knowledge is removed (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 is in abundance; so abundant that a wealthy person will worry lest nobody should accept his Zakat, and whenever he will present it to someone, that person (to whom it will be offered) will say, ‘I do not need 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 was in his place.
  • Women will increase in number.

Noticeably, in many countries, the number of women is already much higher than for men, and this trend has started to prevail in all countries as time passes.

Narrated Anas (R.A) the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“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)

  • People will kill each other.

These days, news of some murder, bombing, and massacre pops up in the headlines whenever we open the television or social media.

Narrated Hudhayfah(R.A) that The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,

“The last hour will not come till you kill your leader, fight together with your swords, and your worst ones inherit your worldly goods.” [Tirmidhi]

  • Wine will be permitted.

At-Tabaraani narrated that Sahl ibn Sa’d (R.A) said that the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said:

“At the end, there will be earthquakes, slander, transmutation into animals [or disfigurement, deformity], when stringed instruments and female singers will be widespread, and wine will be permitted.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3665)

  • Muslims will fight with each other.

Abu Huraira (R.A) reported from Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H):

“The last Hour will not come until the two parties (of Muslims) confront each other, and there is a large-scale massacre amongst them, and the claim of both is the same.” [Muslim]

  • People will start worshipping Idols

Aisha (RA) reported:

“I heard Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) as saying: The (system) of night and day would not end until the people have taken to the worship of Lat and ‘Uzza.” [Muslim]

A person will wish for his death Abu Huraira (RA) reported Prophet (PBUH) as saying:

“By Him, in Whose hand is my life, the world would not come to an end until a person would pass by a grave, would roll over it, and express the desire that he should be in the place of the occupant of that grave not because of religious reasons but because of this calamity.” [Muslim]

  • The collapse of Moral values

We should look at the current happenings in the whole world. The way mainstream influencers are total moral values. 

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“The Hour will not come until there will be the prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse.” (Sahih Bukhari)

  • Adultery will spread

The minor signs of Judgement day include normalizing adultery. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, 

“The Last Hour will not be established until they [wicked people] commit adultery on the roads [public ways].” 

  • Fatal diseases will become widespread.

Awf Ibn Malik (R.A) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

O Awf ibn Malik! Shall I tell you six signs preceding Doomsday?” Awf said: “What are they, O Prophet?” He (PBUH) said: “Two fatal diseases, such as cholera and anthrax, will spread among you.” (Sahih Bukhari)

  • People will commit suicide

This is explained in the Book of Tafsir as follows

“People will kill themselves. And mischief will prevail all over the world.” 

  • People will kill each other for no reason.

Abu Hurayra (RA) narrated that Prophet (PBUH) said

“People will see such days that the killer will not know why he kills, nor the innocent why they are slain.’ He was asked: ‘How will this be?’ He replied: ‘It is haram [killingKilling]. Both killer and killed are in flames.” (Muslim)

  • Increase in Earthquakes

Who has forgotten the earthquakes of the past three years occurring from place to place worldwide? Those were, however, the signs of Judgement Day. 

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“The Judgement Day will not be established until earthquakes will be widespread.” (Bukhari)

  • Lightning and Thunderbolt

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Thunderbolts will increase as much as the Final Hour approaches when a man comes to a people. He will ask, “Who among you was struck by a thunderbolt this morning?” And they will say, “So and so and so and so was struck.” (Ahmad)

  • Quran and Hadith will be read but not followed

Ziyad bin Labaid (RA) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“It would happen near the Last Hour when the knowledge is taken away.” I asked: “Allah’s Messenger, how would the knowledge become extinct while reciting the Quran? And we would teach it to our sons, and then our descendants would teach it to their sons until Judgement Day?” He replied: “Do these Jews and the Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible without acting upon [the dictates] mentioned in them?.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

In Another Hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“The Ummah will experience a time when people will recite the Quran. But it will not go further than their throats [into their hearts].” (Sahih Bukhari)

  • Muslims will take pride in following the non-Muslims

Worldly fame is taking over. Quick fame is easy to achieve by non-muslims nowadays. Social media influencers, television or film actors, or people from any professionals who appear in front of viewers with cocky attitudes influence weak minds. It is resulting in masses following trends set by non-muslims and infidels.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“I swear that you also will follow the footsteps of the nations that preceded you [e.g., Jews and Christians].”. (Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

Surely you will follow the ways of those nations that were before you. Span by span and cubit by cubit [inch by inch], so much so that even if they entered a lizard’s hole, you would follow them.” (Bukhari)

  • People will sell their religion for small worldly goods

The Prophet (PBUH) said

“A man will wake up as a believer. And be an unbeliever by nightfall. People will sell their religion for a small number of worldly goods.” (Ahmad)

  • Quran recitation for personal benefits

Al Quran affirms that.

“Let him who reads the Quran ask [his reward] from Allah. Because, in the End, Times, many people will read it and seek their reward from other people.” (Tirmidhi)

  • Faith in horoscopes

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“The Hour will come when people will believe in the stars and reject Qadar [the Divine Decree of destiny]” (Al-Haythami, Kitab al-Fitan)

  • Treacheries and tricks will be abundant

Narrated by Abu Huraira (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Soon, years containing treacheries and tricks will come. A liar will be declared true in them, and a true man will be declared a liar; a treacherous will be designated as trustworthy and a trustworthy as a treacherous.” (Ibn Majah)


“In the End Times, people will be carrying out their trade. But there will hardly be a trustworthy person.” (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

May Allah save us from the afflictions that have appeared and the one that is about to occur. Ameen.


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