It’s a Sign – The World’s tallest Building

The World’s tallest building had opened with a bang on 4 January 2010 in the emirate of Dubai, measuring a whopping 828m in height.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai - The World's tallest building.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai – The World’s tallest building.

The Burj Khalifa is far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101. Known as the Burj Dubai during construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai’s oil-rich neighbor, Abu Dhabi. Construction of the super tower began in 2004. The engineering marvel dwarfs existing skyscrapers, with the previous tallest building in the world, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, reaching a comparatively modest 508m.

Signs of the Last Hour : “Tall Buildings”

In the famous Hadith of Jibreel which we often hear, what we don’t usually know is that in the same hadith the Prophet actually prophesied about the appearance of tall buildings at the end of time. See the full hadith below:

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that:

“The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said; Ask me (about matters pertaining to religion), but they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) were too much overawed out of profound respect for him to ask him (anything).

In the meanwhile a man came there, and sat near his knees and said: “Messenger of Allah, what al-lslam is?”

To which he (the Holy Prophet) replied: “You must not associate anything with Allah, and establish prayer, pay the poor-rate (Zakat) and observe (the fasts) of Ramadan.”

He (the inquirer) said: “You (have) told the truth.” He (again) said: “Messenger of Allah, what al-Iman (the faith) is?”

He (the Holy Prophet) said: “That you affirm your faith in Allah, His angels, His Books, His meeting, His Apostles, and that you believe in Resurrection and that you believe in Qadr (Divine Decree) in all its entirety,”

He (the inquirer) said: “You (have) told the truth.” He (again) said: “Messenger of Allah, what al-Ihsan is?”

Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: “(Al-Ihsan implies) that you fear Allah as if you are seeing Him, and though you see Him not, verily He is seeing you.”

He (the inquirer) said: “You (have) told the truth.” He (the inquirer) said: “When there would be the hour (of doom, the last hour)?”

(Upon this) he (the Holy Prophet) said: “The one who is being asked about it is no better informed than the inquirer himself. I, however, narrate some of its signs (and these are):

  • When you see a slave (woman) giving birth to her master – that is one of the signs of the last hours;
  • When you see barefooted, naked, deaf and dumb (ignorant and foolish persons) as the rulers of the earth – that is one of the signs of the last hours.
  • And when you see the shepherds of black camels exult in buildings – that is one of the signs of the last hours.

The last hours is one of the five things (wrapped) in the unseen. No one knows them except Allah.”

Then (the Holy Prophet) recited (the folowing verse): “Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does any one know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor does any one know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).” (Surah Luqman 31:34)”

He (the narrator, Abu Huraira) said: “Then the person stood up an (made his way). The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: “Bring him back to me.” He was searched for, but they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) could not find him. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) thereupon said: “He was Jibreel (Gabriel) and he wanted to teach you (things pertaining to religion) when you did not ask (them yourselves).”” (Sahih Muslim, Book #001, Hadith #0006)

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