The earth is adorned with everything for the people to test them and distinguish those among them who work righteousness (18:7) and everything on it will be wiped out leaving it completely barren (18:8). Thus, the Day of Destruction will definitely happen (77:7) and no force in the universe can stop it (52:8). The day will be a terrible day, especially for the disbelievers (74:9-10). It will be so terrible that even a nursing mother will discard her infant, and a pregnant woman will abort her fetus who witness the day (22:2), and there is no escape from it (75:10-11).
[18:7] We have adorned everything on the earth (alaa l-ardi), in order to test them, and thus distinguish those among them who work righteousness.
[18:8] Inevitably, we will wipe out everything on it (alayhaa), leaving it completely barren.
[77:7] What is promised will come to pass.
[52:8] No force in the universe can stop it.
[74:9-10] That will be a difficult day. For the disbelievers, not easy.
[22:2] The day you witness it, even a nursing mother will discard her infant, and a pregnant woman will abort her fetus. You will see the people staggering, as if they are intoxicated, even though they are not intoxicated. This is because, God’s retribution is so awesome.
[75:10-11] The human being will say on that day, “Where is the escape?” Absolutely, there is no escape.
What will happen on that Day
This is the promised day when the horn is blown (50:20). When the horn will be blown once (69:13), the earth will be leveled ejecting all its contents as like as eruption (84:3-4) and the mountains will be wiped out (52:10). The heaven will crack, and fall apart (69:16).The sun and the moon will crash into one another (75:9). The terrible sound will be heard because of crashing of the heavenly bodies into each other (52:9) producing profound smoke in the sky (44:10). Followed by the second blow (79:7), the people will come out like swarms of butterflies (101:4) and will be gathered before God (3:9) to receive their recompense for their works (16:111). The stars are put out (77:8) but the earth will shine with the light of its Lord and everyone will be judged equitably without least injustice (39:69). The angels will be around to carry out various commands (79:3-5), and a new earth and new heavens will replace the present earth and heavens (14:48):
[50:20] The horn is blown; this is the promised day.
[69:13] When the horn is blown once.
[84:3-4] The earth will be leveled. It will eject its contents, as it erupts.
[52:9-10] The day will come when the sky will violently thunder. The mountains will be wiped out.
[69:16] The heaven will crack, and fall apart.
[75:9] And the sun and the moon crash into one another.
[44:10] Therefore, watch for the day when the sky brings a profound smoke.
[101:4] That is the day when the people come out like swarms of butterflies.
[79:6-7] The day the quake quakes. Followed by the second blow.
[3:9] Our Lord, You will surely gather the people on a day that is inevitable. God never breaks a promise.
[16:111] The day will come when every soul will serve as its own advocate, and every soul will be paid fully for whatever it had done, without the least injustice
[77:8] Thus, when the stars are put out.
[39:69] Then the earth will shine with the light of its Lord. …. Everyone will then be judged equitably, without the least injustice.
[79:3-5] And those floating everywhere. Eagerly racing with one another – to carry out various commands.
[14:48] The day will come when this earth will be substituted with a new earth, and also the heavens, and everyone will be brought before God, the One, the Supreme.
Signs of the End of the World
The Quran has confirmed that the day will not come to people suddenly as He has provided various signs to understand how close we are to it or when the world will come to an end:
[47:18] Are they waiting until the Hour comes to them suddenly? All the signs thereof have already come. Once the Hour comes to them, how will they benefit from their message?
However, here are the signs given in the Quran that tell us that the end of the world will not remain hidden from people while the world is approaching towards the event:
1. Appearance of the earthly creature
[27:82] And when the promised day (the end of the world) is near, we will produce for them a creature from the earth (daabbatin mina l-ardi), speaking to them that the people are not certain about our revelations.
This verse is a prophecy in the Quran that a creature from the earth will be produced to confirm what people are not sure about God’s revelations. The fulfillment of this prophecy is the first sign that the end of the world is not too far, and the creature is the computer that has intelligence to compute most accurate calculations faster than human being.Hence, the computer was required to unveil the Quran’s numerical code by God’s leave for the authenticity of the Quran to bring people back to His revelations presenting physical proofs. However, many of our closed-minded scholars and their puppets are reluctant to accept it to bea creature as prophesied in the verse expecting amythical grotesque beast consisting with concoction of various body parts of 10 animals without realizing how the ears of elephant will get fit to the head of a bullas described in the hadith book “Allah will cause it to emerge from the earth, which will be brought from Makkah, or from somewhere else. Its head is like the head of a bull, its eyes are like the eyes of a pig, its ears are like the ears of an elephant, its horns are like the horns of a stag, its neck is like the neck of an ostrich, its chest is like the chest of a lion, its color is like the color of a tiger, its haunches are like the haunches of a cat, its tail is like the tail of a ram, and its legs are like the legs of a camel!”
However, it takes more than a century to build computer in accordance with God’s will and the prophecy is fulfilled with the first commercial computer introduced by IBM on April 7, 1953. This equipment helped us to find the right path to save our souls in the Hereafter through interpreting, understanding and accepting the message in His final scripture. Now this creature, i.e., instrument is even an essential house-hold article almost all over the world and its contribution together with software and internet makes an important distinct era of human civilization called “Information Age”.
Note 1: In addition to the text in the verse 27:82, the context in the verses, 27:81 (before) and 27:83 (after) indicates that the phrase “wa-idha waqa’a l-qawlu alayhim” in the 27:82 refers to the Hour or the Day of Destruction being the literal expression “when the word is going to be fulfilled”:
[27:81] Nor can you guide the blind out of their straying. The only ones who will hear you are those who believe in our revelations, and decide to be submitters.
[27:83] The day will come when we summon from every community some of those who did not believe in our proofs, forcibly.
Note 2: It is found in the other verses where the two words “creature” and “earth” are connected that talk about “creature in the earth” Not “creature on the earth”. Here are couple of examples to clarify straight forward translation “a creature from the earth” in the verse (27:82) for better understanding of the phrase deriving appropriate message coded in the verse:
[6:38] There is not a creature in the earth (wa-maa min daabbatin fee l-ardi), and a bird that flies with its wings, are communities like you….
[11:6] There is not a creature in the earth (wa-maa min daabbatin feel-ardi) whose provision is not guaranteed by God….
Literary, the expression ‘we live on the earth’ may not be incorrect that we see in some translations but scientifically, we all live in the earth as we live within the earth’s atmosphere, and the earth’s atmosphere extends up to more than 6,000 miles altitude according to NASA, being part of the earth. This clarification might help those who misinterpret that this creature will emerge from the earth, i. e., will come out beneath the earth because of the phrase, “daabbatin mina l-ardi “. However, the following verse confirms that the phrase “fee l-ardi” means in the earth Not on the earth as we see in the other verse:
[44:56] They do not taste death therein (“feehaa”, Haa is a feminine pronoun of “l-ardi”) except the first death, and He has spared them the retribution of Hell.
Therefore, we may apply “in the earth” for “fee l-ardi”, “from the earth” for “mina l-ardi” and “on the earth” for “alaa l-ardi” of the phrases in the Quran to make simple to understand and maintain consistency.
Note 3: Let us compare the Arabic text of 24:45 and 27:82 that talk about the creation of creature (daabbah, a feminine indefinite noun derived from the root word “dabba” (verb) means to go slowly) to understand whether the creature as prophesied in the 27:82 verse is divine or man-made:
[24:45] And God created every living creature from water (wal-lahu khalaqa kulla daabbatin min maain). Some of them walk on their bellies, some walk on two legs, and some walk on four. God creates whatever He wills. God is Omnipotent.
[27:82] When the promised day is near, we will produce for them a creature from the earth (akhrajnaa lahum daabbatan mina l-ardi), declaring that the people are not certain about our revelations.
The difference between the wording in the Arabic text, especially the subject and verb but the object “creature (daabbah)” being the same in the above two verses confirms that the creature as mentioned in the verse 27:82 is a prophecy for producing a creature from the earth would be a man-made one in accordance with God-given knowledge and His will, which is fulfilled with the discovery of the computer, an instrument capable of counting thousands of figures and performing complex calculations accepting logic.
Note 4: If we add up the digits of the sura and its verse number, we get 19 [2 + 7 + 8 + 2], which indicates that this creature will be used to unveil the 19-based miracle of the Quran (74: 30 & 35) and may be accepted as another proof by the present and subsequent generations of people witnessing the development of human civilization, and understanding Islam being a very progressive religion of God.
2.The splitting of the moon
[54:1] The Hour has come closer, and the moon has split.
This already happened in June 1969 when man landed on the moon and brought back moon rocks. People in the earth can go now to many museums, colleges and observatories to look at pieces of the moon.
3.The prophecy on the advent of God’s messenger
[3:81] And when God took a covenant from the prophets: “Whatever I have given you of the scripture and wisdom, then a messenger comes to you confirming what is with you. You shall believe in him and support him.” He said: “Do you agree and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said: “We agree.” He said: “You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you.”
[33:7] And when we took from the prophets their covenant, and from you (Muhammad), and from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary. And we took from them a solemn covenant.
The advent of the messenger as prophesied in the above verses of the Quran was fulfilled with the message, “The Quran is mathematically composed” supported by one of the great miracles, “The number 19”, which is the code of the Quran being the common denominator of the Quran’s mathematical characteristics:
[7:75] The arrogant leaders among his people said to the common people who believed, “How do you know that Sãleh is sent by his Lord?” They said, “The message he brought has made us believers.”
Moreover, the name of this messenger being Rashad Khalifa is mathematically coded in the Quran. According to him this prophecy was fulfilled in Zul-Hijjah 3, 1391 A.H (Dec 21, 1971) while the details and true significance of this event was not clear to him until Ramadan, 1408 A.H but his declaration to be a messenger of God would not come to public until 1989 except sharing Quran’s miracles with the people around him.
However, the Muslim scholars accepted the Quran’s mathematical miracles immediately but it was difficult for them to accept him as a messenger of God for holding Muhammad in great honor as well as most likely, the misinterpretation of the following verse, which encodes the message that the Quran is the final scripture associating the scripture with Muhammad through the phrase “khatama l-nabiyeen” meaning the final prophet:
[33:40] Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of God and the final prophet (wa-khatama l-nabiyeen). And God is fully aware of all things.
4. Discovering the 19-based mathematical coding of Quran
[74:30] Over it is nineteen.
[74:35] This is one of the great miracles.
By God’s grace, Dr. Rashad Khalifa is the discoverer of the Code 19 and the year of discovery was 1974 which means that the message, “The Quran is mathematically composed” was fulfilled in 1974. The discovery was incidental when he was trying to understand the meaning and significance of the mysterious Quranic initials prefixed in the Arabic text in 29 suras of the Quran. The code 19 provides strong evidences for the existence of God and the authenticity of the Quran as well as serves as an effective tool for removing all the corruptions from our practices and beliefs occurred over the period of time. This number 19 is mentioned in a chapter (sura) known as “The Hidden One” the 74th chapter of the Quran. Juxtaposing these two numbers yields 1974, exactly the year in which the code was deciphered, the calendar based on the birth of Jesus and the solar year accepted by the Quran as units of calculating time (19:33, 43:61 and 6:96). Besides, the solar calendar based on the birth of Jesus commonly used calendar in the world, if we multiply these two numbers, 19 and 74 (19×74), we get 1406 which is the number of lunar years between the revelation of the Quran and the discovery of the code. Hence, this prophecy was fulfilled in 1974.
5. Appearance of Gog and Magog
[21:96] Until when Gog and Magog have appeared, and they will descend from every height.
[21:97] And the truthful promise has approached when those who disbelieved stare in horror: “Woe to us! we had been heedless to it. Indeed, we were wicked.”
Gog and Magog are allegorical names of two villainous communities mentioned in 2 suras (18, 21), who oppressed the believers of God in the past but we are not explicitly informed of the event(s) through the Quran except the hints. However, they will reappear and attack the submitters when the inevitable prophecy will come to pass. This Quranic prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.
6. Advent of Zul-qarnain
[18:83] They ask you about Zul-Qarnain. Say, “I will narrate to you some of his history.”
[18:84] We granted him authority on earth, and provided him with all kinds of means.
[18:86] When he reached the far west, he found the sun setting in a vast ocean, and found people there. We said, “O Zul-Qarnain, you can rule as you wish; either punish, or be kind to them.”
[18:90] When he reached the far east, he found the sun rising on people who had nothing to shelter them from it.
[18:93] When he reached the valley between two palisades, he found people whose language was barely understandable.
[18:94] They said, ‘O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?”
[18:95] He said, “My Lord has given me great bounties. If you cooperate with me, I will build a dam between you and them.
[18:98] He said, “This is mercy from my Lord. When the prophecy of my Lord comes to pass, He will cause the dam to crumble. The prophecy of my Lord is truth.”
[18:99] At that time, we will let them invade with one another, then the horn will be blown, and we will summon them all together.
God has promised to send Zul-Qarnain just before the end of the world with authority to protect the believers from the attack of Gog and Magog. Like Gog and Magog, Zul-Qarnain is allegorically mentioned in the sura 18 (found both survival and end of the world) seems to be one of His chosen (18:93, 18:98). But at certain point the protection will be broken and the horn will be blown to happen the Day of Destruction as promised according to God’s will (18:99). The appearance of Zul-Qarnain would be the final sign when the world will come to an end. This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.
Unveiling of the End of the World
The end of the world is inevitable but it was unknown to many generations of people when the world will come to an end. It is God’s plan to keep it hidden for a certain period of time (20:15) and then to be unveiled through His chosen one, which is His system (72:27) while it will always remain unknown to the disbelievers (43:66). The year of the end of the world has been calculated from the information as coded in the following verses of the Quran. according to the birth calendar of prophet Jesus who has been mentioned in the Quran as a marker to serve the End of the World. In addition, the gematrical value of the seven pairs of Quranic initials prefixed to 29 suras supports to unveil the year of end of the world in 1710 A.H according to the lunar calendar. The end of the word will remain hidden to the disbelievers only:
[20:15] The Hour (end of the world) is surely coming; I will keep it almost hidden, for each soul must be paid for its works.
[72:27] Only to a messenger that He chooses, does He reveal from the past and the future, specific news.
[18:25] They stayed in their cave three hundred years, increased by nine.
[43:61] He (Jesus) is to serve as a marker for knowing the end of the world, so you can no longer harbor any doubt about it. You shall follow Me; this is the right path.
[43:66] Are they waiting for the Hour (Day of Judgment) to come to them suddenly when they least expect it?
1. Pinpoint the year 2280 (The Seven Pairs)
[15:85] We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, except for a specific purpose. The end of the world will come, so treat them with benign neglect.
[15:86] Your Lord is the Creator, the Omniscient.
[15:87] We have given you the seven pairs, and the great Quran.
Quranic Initial Gematrical Value
The gematrical values of “The Seven Pairs” of Quranic Initials total is 1709, which indicates that the world will survive for 1709 lunar years from the time this prophecy is stated in the Quran. Therefore, the world will end in the year 1710 AH and the number is a multiple of 19 => 1710 = 19×90.
These seven pairs or the 14 Quranic initials are not only the foundation of the authenticity of the Quran from God but the total gematrical value of these Quranic’s miracles pinpointthe year of the end of the world in the year 1710 A.H.In addition, the Quranic initial ALM is the gateway to access our guidancefrom sura 2 (Al-Baqarah) to sura 114 (Al-Naas)while sura 1 (Al-Fatehah)as our specific words specially designed and given for our contact with our Lord 5 times a day.
It is noteworthy that the verse, 15:85 states: “…The end of the world will surely come to pass”. The next verse, 15:86, tells us that “Your Lord is the Creator, the Omniscient” andof course, He knows when it will end. Hence, the following verse, 15:87 tells us when the world will end”We have given you the seven pairs and the Great Quran”.
2. Relation between Lunar and Solar Calendar
[18:21] We caused them to be discovered, to let everyone know that God’s promise is true, and to remove all doubt concerning the end of the world. The people then disputed among themselves regarding them. Some said, “Let us build a building around them.” Their Lord is the best knower about them. Those who prevailed said, “We will build a place of worship around them.”
[18:25] They stayed in their cave three hundred years, increased by nine.
The unveiling of the end of the world took place in the year 1400 AH, which is 309 years before the prophesied end of the world (1709-1400 = 309). The number 309 is a Quranic number (18:25), and is connected with the end of the world (18:21). The peculiar way of writing 309 in 18:25, “Three hundred years, increased by nine”, indicates that 300 is solar years and 309 is lunar years and there is 9 years difference between lunar and solar years.The year of this discovery, 1400 A.H, coincided with 1980 A.D, and 1980 plus 300 solar years is 2280, also a multiple of 19 => 2280 = 19x120 like the lunar 1710 (19x90). Thus, the world will end in the year 1710 A.H or 2280 A.D.
3. Birth of Jesus serves as a marker
[43:63] He is to serve as a marker for knowing the end of the world, so you can no longer harbor any doubt about it. You shall follow Me; this is the right path.
i. We know that between the birth of Jesus and the birth of Muhammad there is 570 years. The number, 570 is a multiple of 19 and the product is 19 x 30. The numbers 19 and 30 are very significant within the miracle of the Quran as we know that the code of the Quran, 19 is mentioned in the verse 30 of sura 74.
ii. This number of years between the birth of Jesus and the birth of Muhammad, which is 570, confirms the calculations on the end of the world. The world will end in the year 1710 A.H., which corresponds to the year 2280 A.D. Both 1710 and 2280 are not only multiples of 19=> 1710 = 19×90 and 2280 = 19×120 but are also multiples of 570 => 2280 = 570 x 4 and 1710 = 570 x 3.
iii. The number of years between the birth of Jesus and Muhammad (570) is the same as the number of years between the end of the world in Solar calendar (2280) and Lunar calendar (1710), which is connected to the hijra (immigration of Muhammad to Medina not his birth). The difference between the birth of Muhammad and Jesus is 570 years [570 – 0 = 570] while the difference of the end of world between solar year and lunar year is 570 years [2280-1710 = 570]. Hence, Jesus birth and Muhammad immigration to Medina is connected with the year of the end of the world.
4. Connection with Gog and Magog
[21:96] Not until Gog and Magog reappear, will they then return – they will come from every direction.
[18:94] They said, ‘O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?
Since Gog and Magog are mentioned in 18:94 and 21:96, if we count the verses from 18:94 to the end of Sura 18,i.e., 18:110, we get 17 while if we count the verses from 21:96 to the end of Sura 21,i.e., 21:112, we get 17 as well. So, this is the Quran’s sign that Gog and Magog will re-appear in 1700 AH.Thus, their appearance will be 10 years before the year of the end of the world.
5. Historical record
History indicates that there was a conversion between the prophet and the Jews of Medina about the life span of his religion. The Jews said, “Your Quran is initialed with A.L.M., and these Initials determine the life span of your religion. Since ‘A’ is 1, ‘L’ is 30, and ‘M’ is 40, this means that your religion will survive only 71 years.” Muhammad said, “We also have A.L.M.S.” They said, “The ‘A’ is 1, the ‘L’ is 30, the ‘M’ is 40, and the ‘S’ is 90. This adds up to 161. Do you have anything else?” The Prophet said, “Yes, A.L.M.R.” They said, “This is longer and heavier; the ‘A’ is 1, ‘L’ is 30, ‘M’ is 40, and ‘R’ if 200, making the total 271.” They finally gave up saying, “We do not know how many of these initials he was given!”, and this event was published in Al-Suyooty’s famous reference, Itqaan.
6. Scientific prediction
There is also scientific prediction that the year 2280 would be the year of the end of the world. According to NASA there is a possibility that asteroid could hit the earth about 50 years from now and if the earth survives at this time, the asteroid would hit the earth again on March 16,2280 A.D.
It is required for us to believe that this world will come to an end and the people will be gathered before their Lord for judgment to receive their recompense for their works followed by this event. The Quran has provided us with various signs to know how close the end of the world is or when the world will come to an end. What we know now that only two signs: (1)appearance of Gog and Magog, and (2) advent of Zul-Qarnain are yet to be fulfilled to happen this event. However, Gog and Magog are allegorical names of two villainous communities who will oppress and attack the believers of God while Zul-Qarnain is an allegorical name of God chosen one who will protect and save the believers from their oppression and attack until certain time but ultimately causing the end of the world in accordance with God’s will.
The Quran has also provided us knowledge to use the foundation of authenticity of Quran to pinpoint the year of the end of the world. The event will happen according to God’s will when the gravitational force pulling on every other object in the universe is assumed to be taken off by Him to crash the heavenly bodies into each other. Now we know that the world will end in the year of 1710 A.H, which corresponds to 2280 A.D. It is good for us to know when the event will happen but not required; what is required for us is prepare ourselves expecting the event to avoid the retribution of the day and to receive good reward from God upon equitable judgment. The guilty will see Hell and fall into it and they have no escape therefrom (18:53) while the righteous will receive good reward (18:88) and have deserved the blissful Paradise (18:107) wherein they abide forever (18:108):
[18:53] The guilty will see Hell, and will realize that they will fall into it. They will have no escape therefrom.
[18:88] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they receive a good reward and we will treat them kindly.
[18:107] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they have deserved a blissful Paradise (jannaatu l-ferdaws) as their abode.
[18:108] Forever they abide therein; they will never want any other substitute.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.