One of the portents of THE COMING OF Hazrat Mahdi (as) Is the stoppIng of the Euphrates.
(Al-Muttaqi Al-Hindi, Al-Burhan Fi Alamat Al-Mahdi, P. 39)
‘The stopping of the waters of the Euphrates and the appearance of treasure the value of gold,’ appears in many books of hadiths, such as Muslim, Bukhari and Abu Dawud.
Turkey’s greatest river:
This river witnessed a major event in 1975. The 210-m high Keban Dam built over the river stopped its waters: in other words, the river was “halted.” The portent indicated in the hadith of our Prophet (saas) duly took place.
Another of our Prophet’s (saas) hadiths on the subject reads:
Allah's Messenger (saas) said: "The Hour will not come to pass before the Euphrates dries up to unveil the mountain of gold, for which people will fight. Ninety-nine out of one hundred will die [in the fighting], and every man among them will say: 'Perhaps I may be the only one to remain alive.' " (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, 3: 332)
Let us now examine some of the expressions in the hadith:
“ before the Euphrates dries up...”
In the view of such great hadith scholars as Imam Suyuti, our Prophet (saas) is here referring to the ‘halting of the flow of the River Euphrates.’ The Keban Dam, constructed in 1975, really did stop the waters of the Euphrates, and this sign of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) of the End Times duly took place.
" to unveil the mountain of gold..."
Thanks to this dam, resembling a 210-m high “mountain,” the fertility of the land has been enhanced by the production of electricity and the water collected being used for irrigation, meaning that these lands have indeed become as valuable as “gold.”
As can be seen from diagrams of the region, this dam literally resembles a concrete mountain. And a treasure the value of gold pours from it, in line with the words of the hadith “a mountain of gold.”
“ for which people will fight...”
Because of the terror which persisted for so long in the region and is still going on, these lands suffered terribly from anarchy. And more than 30,000 people lost their lives, just as our Prophet (saas) foretold in the hadiths.
There is no doubt that the events foretold in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) coming about one after the other, just as described, shows that the time of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is here.
Therefore, the stopping of the waters of the Euphrates in 1975 is a most significant portent of the End Times, telling us that Hazrat Mahdi (as), reported as expected to begin work in Hijri 1400, or 1979-80 AD, is at work now and that the days of his appearance are close at hand.