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..." (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 219)
He will hold the clouds in his right hand...TM
This hadith reported from the Prophet (saas) refers to the antichrist 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 antichrist “holding the clouds in his right hand.” And Allah knows the truth.
He will extend to where the Sun sets...
The reference in the hadith to 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 antichrist extending to where the Sun sets” may be pointing to the satellite system in question. (Allah knows the truth).
He will walk on the ocean, and yet the water will come only up to his heels...
Our Prophet (saas) tells us that the antichrist “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 antichrist walking on the water, and the water coming only up to his heels, may well be an indication of these sports. And Allah knows the truth.
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 antichrist 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 the truth.
He will command the soil and it will grow crops...
The hadith also refers to the antichrist “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 the truth.
(Antichrist) will come to a river and he will command it to flow, thus it will flow, then he will turn upwards and command it to flow and it will flow, then he will command it to dry and it will dry. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 213)
The hadith refers to building of dams at the time of antichrist. As a matter of fact, when the dam shutters are locked, the river dries sraightaway and when the dam shutters are opened, the river continiues to flow.
A REFERENCE TO RAILROAD TRANSPORT
With the antichrist there will be two mountains. One mountain will have trees, fruits and water, the other mountain will have smoke and fire. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 213)
This account describes the position of trains and railroad wagons in the End Times. Railroad wagons are made out of wood and used to carry fruit. As the account says, there is “smoke and fire” on railroads. “With the antichrist there will be two mountains” refers to the use of railroads and to these wagons loaded with fruit.
Fire forms in the engine sections of trains that run on coal or diesel, and smoke in their chimney stacks. The “two mountains” in the account refer to two large masses consisting of the railroad and the wagons. The reference to “with the antichrist” indicates that the person driving the train moves along with it. (Allah knows the truth.)
A REFERENCE TO NARCOSIS USE
He (antichrist) will also have Paradise and Hell with him. ... Then he will appear to kill someone and bring him back to life.” (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 213)
People’s hearts are removed and replaced under narcosis in the End Times. In this way, people are put in a form of death and then resuscitated. In the same way, people whose hearts stop can be brought back to life by the use of electroshock. This is being referred to in the account. (Allah knows the truth.)
A REFERENCE TO MASS DINING SYSTEMS
Antichrist will have a mountain of bread and meat, and a river of water... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 213)
"He will also have a mountain of meat, a mountain of bread". (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 214)
"He will have with him a mountain of broth, cooked meat that never cools, a flowing river... behold food and drink, he will say" (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 215)
The account notes the provision of food en masse to people forced to live under communist oppression in the 20th century. Vast quantities of food and drink, compared to rivers in the account, would be brought in to factories where 10-20,000 people were forced to work en masse.
A REFERENCE TO RAPID TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY
"The antichrist will travel the world in 40 days." (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
The account refers to the speed obtained in moving from one place to another in the End Times.
A REFERENCE TO RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS
When dajjal (the antichrist) emerges, he cries so loud that the people of both East and West hear him. (Ibn Kathir, an-Nihaiah, 1:96) (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
The account refers to radio and television broadcasts in the End Times that all people in East and West will be able to hear. (Allah knows the truth.)
A REFERENCE TO THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY
"He (antichrist) will catch a bird flying in the air and roast it under the Sun." (Hakim, ibn al-Asaqir ibn Omar) (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
A reference to the use of solar energy in the End Times. (Allah knows the truth.)
DARWINISTS’ USE OF RECONSTRUCTIONS
He (antichrist) will say to a Bedouin, What do you think if I bring your father and mother back to life for you? Will you bear witness that I am your lord? The Bedouin will say “Yes”, so two devils will assume the appearance of his father and mother, and will say, "O my son, follow him for he is your lord." (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 217)
The antichrist will say, “I will resurrect your dead father.” And when they say, “Yes, show us,” he will show them false ape-man pictures produced using reconstructions and false transitional fossils, saying, “I am your father.” And they will go along with this devilish deception. The ideology of the antichrist will depict people’s forefathers as apes, and they will be taken in by this deception of the antichrist’s.
THE SPREAD OF ATHEISM IN THE END TIMES
“When he (antichrist) says I am your lord (Surely Allah is beyond that)... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 218)
The antichrist has deceived people by saying, “I am the lord of the world”. (Surely Allah is beyond that) He has depicted matter, and therefore all atoms, as a supposed deity. (Surely Allah is beyond that) But this trickery of the antichrist’s has been created in such a way as to be exposed when Hazrat Mahdi (as) shows people the truth, the fraudulent nature of Darwinism and the fact that Allah has created all things.
THE SPREAD OF DARWINISM IN THE END TIMES
“He [the antichrist] will say, ‘Go now, and tell people that I am their Lord; tell them of my paradise and hell’... (Surely Allah is beyond that.)
Upon this they will pose as their fathers, mothers and sisters and scatter around. They will come to the household of a man and say, “Can you recognize us?” They will answer, “Yes, that is my dad, that is my mom and that is my brother...”
...”You tell a lie! You are evil, and he is one of a liar! We are told that our Prophet (saas) mentioned you. Our Prophet (saas) foretold us that he is a liar, that his people around him are liars, that the Prophet Jesus (as) will come and defeat him...” and upon this they will turn without no benefit (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, s. 218)
It is narrated that people under satan’s influence will deceive people by saying that people themselves and also their forebears are supposedly “apes.” “I am an ape, you are an ape and your sister is an ape,” they will say. But believers led by Hazrat Mahdi (as) will thwart this trickery of the antichrist’s and tell everyone that Allah has created all things from nothing. The words, ”You tell a lie! You are evil, and he is one of a liar!” reveal that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will definitely expose this trickery of the antichrist’s.
THE SPREAD OF MATERIALISM IN THE END TIMES
“He [the antichrist] will say, ‘Go now, and tell people that I am their Lord; tell them of my paradise and hell’... (Surely Allah is beyond that.)
(Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 218)
The antichrist will deny Allah and invite others to denial by claiming that Paradise and Hell are in this world. The account states that materialist scientists under the influence of the system of the antichrist will spread irreligion across the whole world, and will therefore summon people to the system of the antichrist and to make Darwinist propaganda.
A REFERENCE TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
There will be three hard years before the antichrist (coming forward). For those people will suffer a great famine. During the first year, Allah will command the sky to hold back third of its rain... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 220)
This state of affairs that would take place in the End Times described in the account has already happened. People across the world are suffering grave economic difficulties. Wars, conflicts, terror and acts of violence are persisting in many parts of the world; many people living under difficult conditions, such as hardship, troubles and hunger. The drought referred to in the account has also shown its effects across the world.
A REFERENCE TO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
He will call a single person, kill him AND CUT HIM UP... That person’s body will be cast away in two pieces. The antichrist will then tell those around him, “Look at this servant I have killed. I SHALL NOW BRING HIM BACK TO LIFE.” (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 220)
The account refers to the development of technology and medicine in the End Times. It is described how in the time of the antichrist people’s bodies will be divided in two, and that it will be possible for these to be put back together again. In our day, internal organs such as the heart and the liver are removed from the body during medical operations and people then brought back to life by these being replaced again.
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...” (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 219)
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).”
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. …”
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.
INCREASE IN MILK PRODUCTION
One of the events reported in the hadiths as a portent of the appearance of the antichrist 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 the truth.
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.” (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 219)
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.
THE TREASURE DETECTOR
One of these is a hadith describing the emergence and attributes of the antichrist. This hadith tells of treasure hidden beneath a building as the antichrist 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… (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 219)
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 the truth.
One of his (antichrist’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... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
It is indicated in the hadiths of the Prophet (saas) that in the End Times antichrist 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 the truth.
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.
DISCOVERY OF SOLAR COOKERS
He will catch a bird flying in the air and roast it under the Sun... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
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 antichrist. 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 the truth.
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. (Emily Krone (Daily Herald Business writer), “Elburn-made solar ovens give hope to many in Third World,” Daily Herald, September 26, 2004, pp. 1, 3.)
The descriptions referring to the End Times are highly applicable to our own time.
CLOUDS OF SMOKE
The antichrist 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) (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, pp. 219, 220)
One of the hadith of our Prophet (saas) refers to the antichrist 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 the truth.
THE FLOWING OF RIVERS THROUGH ARAB LANDS
“The Day of Judgment will not take place … until rivers and streams flow through Arab lands.” (Ash-Sharani, Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 471)
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.