The Occurrence of Great and Astonishing Events


So many appalling incidents will occur in his time.
(Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol. 2, p. 258)



Great phenomena will happen in his time.
(Ibn Hajar Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar
fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 27)



"… earthquakes, sorrows, and great events are near. That day, Doomsday, is closer than this hand is to your head," he
[The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace] said.
(Sunan Abu Dawud)



The signs of his emergence resemble those preparatory signs that earlier gave an indication of our Rasulullah.
(Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol, 2, p. 258)


(Left Top) In the1991 flood in Bangladesh, 139,000 people and
approximately half a million animals lost their lives.
(Left) The eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia in 1985
was a great disasted that caused the death of 20.000 people.
(Left Below) Ebola virus killed tens of thousands of people.
(Top, middle) 1985 Mexican earthquake.
(Top, right) "Earthquake in Taiwan"
(Right, Below) In 1997, 1,8 millions hectars of agricultural land remained under water due to the flood of the North Dakota Grand Forks River. The disaster, which caused a loss of more than 1 billion dollars appeared under the headline of "Great Mud: The City Disappeared." in various newspapers.

Great and extraordinary events preceded Prophet Mohammed's (may God bless him and grant him peace) birth. For example, a new star rose on that night, 14 towers of the Iranian Emperor's Palace collapsed, the Magians' (fire worshippers') fire that had burned for 1,000 years in Iran went out, the Semavi Valley was flooded, and the Save Lake dried up.

As indicated in the hadiths above, the Mahdi's emergence will resemble that of our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace). Great and miraculous phenomena will also take place when he emerges.

Some of the remarkable phenomena that took place during the last century are as follows:

- The Ka`bah was raided, and many Muslims were killed

- The 2,500-year Iranian monarchy collapsed and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi died

- A gas leak in a Bombay factory killed 20,000 people

- War broke out between two Muslim nations: Iran and Iraq

- The Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan

- On September 19, 1985, Mexico City was devastated by an earthquake

- The Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted, wiping the town of Armero off the map and killing 25,000 people

- Floods in Bangladesh killed 25,000 people

- Rome, the heart of the Catholic Church, was flooded

- The worst forest fire in history broke out in China

- Indian Prime Minister Gandhi, President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt, and Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme were assassinated

- Pope John Paul II was shot

- The AIDS virus, identified in 1980, has so far killed tens of thousands of people and is known as the "Plague of the Age"

The space shuttle Challenger exploded soon after it was launched in 1986.

- The Challenger space shuttle exploded after take-off in 1986

- The worst nuclear accident in history occurred when the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor, located in the Soviet Union, exploded on April 26 1986 and affected many European countries by the released radiation

- A hole was discovered in the ozone layer

- The Soviet Union collapsed, thanks to Gorbachev, and the newly independent states of Central Asia emerged

- The Gulf War broke out, Iraq annexed and then fled Kuwait, and was finally occupied by America and Britain in 2003.

- An earthquake in Armenia reduced cities to rubble, causing 500,000 people to leave their homes and more than 40,000 people to lose their lives.

- The Chinese government sent its tanks into Tienanmen Square during 1989 to crush a student movement demanding greater freedom; 2,000 students died

- The Berlin Wall, which for 28 years had symbolized the cold war, was torn down

- More than 1,400 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at a tunnel in the Ka`bah in 1990

- Approximately 139,000 people died from flooding in Bangladesh in 1991, and ten million were left homeless

- Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed in the atrocities in Bosnia and Kosovo, and hundreds of thousands more were exiled

- The Ebola virus led to the deaths of tens of thousands

- The hurricanes, tornadoes, whirlwinds, and floods caused by El Niño led to the deaths of thousands of people, to millions fleeing their homes, and to billions of dollars worth of damage

- The London Stock Exchange collapsed on October 19, 1987, and the ensuing panic resulted in a value loss of 50 billion Pounds.

- 168 people were killed in a bomb attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995.

-In 1997, the Hale-Bopp Comet passed so close to Earth that it could be seen with the naked eye

- 1,500 people died in an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale in Iran on May 10, 1997

- 5,000 people died in an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale in Afghanistan on February 1998

- 1,171 people were killed in an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale in Columbia on January 25, 1999

- More than 2,100 people died in an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale in Taiwan on September 21, 1999

- The biggest-ever terrorist attack on America took place on September 11, 2001. Two passenger airplanes crushed into the World Trade Center in New York within 18 minutes of each other. Another plane crushed into the Pentagon. Over 5,000 people died.

- An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck India, killing thousands of people

- Many European countries have experienced heat waves that have killed many people

- Mars was closer to Earth in August 2003 than at any other time in the past 60,000 years

In November 2003, 12 people lost their lives in a flood in Makkah, which is one of the driest regions in the world.
(Left) The collapse of the London Stock Exchange caused the loss of 50 billion pounds in 1987
(Above Middle) Flood in Mecca, The Driest City of the Earth, (Hurriyet, November 12, 2003)
(Above Right) The initial AIDS cases appeared at the beginning of the 1980s.
This disease, also called “the Plague of the Century,” has killed approximately 18.8 million people.
(Bottom Right)The shooting of Pope John Paul II was among the great events of the twentieth century.
(Below Middle) Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister, was also assassinated.


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