The personages who will appear in the End Times and the events that will take place during that period are most important issues that mankind has been keenly awaiting for hundreds of years. Recently, however, the portents, reports and glad tidings regarding the End Times have been ignored by some, and there have been attempts to have these facts concealed or forgotten.
|By Allah’s leave, those people who witness the portents of the End Times may hope that the coming of the Prophet ‘Isa (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) is close at hand. Every single portent is a reminder that we are living in a most holy time. These historic glad tidings are, by Allah’s leave, about to take place.|
|THE COMING OF THE HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) IS A TIDING BESTOWED ON US BY OUR PROPHET (SAAS). The tidings of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) have been imparted by our Prophet (saas) in person, and there are a great many hadiths on the subject that are agreed to be completely trustworthy (tewatur: a powerful report which cannot be untrue and based upon an entire community). In the words of one hadith: "HAVE THE GOOD NEWS OF HAZRAT MAHDI (AS). He is a person from Quraish and of my Ahl al-Bayt." (Short Book of Portents of the End Times, p. 13), this matter represents great glad tidings for all Muslims.|
|Some of the hundreds of the portents of the appearance of the Hazrat Mahdi (as) that are now coming true OR HAVE TAKEN PLACE are as follows: 1) THE INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN 2) THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR 3) THE STOPPING OF THE WATERS OF THE RIVER EUPHRATES 4) ECLIPSES OF THE SUN AND MOON DURING RAMADAN 5) THE BIRTH OF A COMET 6) AN ATTACK ON AND THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD IN THE KAABA 7) FIRE BEING SEEN FROM THE EAST 8) THE INVASION OF IRAQ 9) AN ARMY SINKING IN THE DESERT 10) WIDESPREAD SLAUGHTER PRIOR TO THE APPEARANCE OF HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)11) CHAOS AND CONFUSION EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD 12) CORRUPTION IN WHICH EVEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE KILLED 13) THE DESTRUCTION OF GREAT CITIES 14) INCREASED NUMBERS OF EARTHQUAKES. The successive realisation of the hadiths regarding the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) points to a specific time frame. The way that all the portents have been taking place in succession since the beginning of the 14th century, according to the Hijri calendar, (1979-1980), makes it very clear that the time we are living in is that in which Hazrat Mahdi (as)is on the Earth. (Allah knows the truth.)|
BEDIUZZAMAN’S STATEMENTS REGARDING THE END TIMES CANNOT BE IGNORED
As we have already discussed in detail in previous articles, one of the subjects to which Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, the renovator of the 13th century, Hijri-style, attaches the greatest importance is that of the End Times. Bediuzzaman set out the portents and significant personages of this holy age for Muslims over many pages and in considerable details. He made important statements that act as a guide for Muslims on the subjects of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the way he will bring Islamic values to prevail on Earth. These valuable descriptions, which shed light on the period we are living in, cannot be ignored or disregarded in any manner whatsoever.
|There have been frequent references to an Islamic Union in the written and visual media. The longing for such a union is expressed by certain circles.|
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 deen with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security. ‘They worship Me, not associating anything with Me.’ Any who are disbelievers after that, such people are deviators. (Surat An-Nur: 55)