Admonishing the Muslim Umma About the Beginning and Nearness of the Signs of the End of Time


A folio of the hand written text Tanbeeh’-Umma, the writing is utilizing two colors (Red and Black) the writing style is tight and sharp containing twenty lines of colophon.

All praises are due to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May Allah send the best blessings and most perfect peace upon the master of the messengers, our master Muhammad, his pure family and noble Companions. May Allah be pleased with the masters of the Tabi`een, the right acting scholars, the Mujtahid imams and upon all those who follow them until the Day of Judgment.

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace was once asked by the Angel Jibril: “Inform me about the Hour?” He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

The one questioned knows no more about it than the questioner.” He then said, “Inform me of its signs?” He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: “It is when the slave-girl gives birth to her mistress and when you see the barefooted, naked, destitute herders of sheep building lofty buildings.” In another narration on the authority of Abu Hurayra who said that the man asked:

“When is the Hour?”

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace said:

“The one questioned knows no more about it than the questioner. However, I will inform you of its preconditions. When the slave-girl gives birth to her master, then that is among its preconditions. When naked barefooted Bedouin becomes the leader of the people, then that is among its preconditions. When the herders of beasts compete with one another in building lofty buildings, then that is among its preconditions. There are five others and no one knows them accept Allah.”

He then recited:

“Verily with Allah is knowledge of the Hour. He sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. No soul knows in which land it will die. Verily Allah is Knowing Aware.”

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  1. as-Saalamu Alaykum,

    Are there any books written by the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate or in company that deal with the physical descriptions of Syed al-Mahdi?

    A better explanation of the words of Ibn Mas’ud;

    “The Mahdi will first appear in the end of time from the farthest west.”

    These words are mentioned in a hadith, presented in the aforementioned book posted.

    Outside of my Sankore studies I’ve come across traditions from various scholars that speak of the mole on Syed al-Mahdi’s right cheek, the mole on his right leg, and right hand. Even the his face, smile, and the leaf mark on his back shoulder blade.

    It is said he will be despised by most the Ummah, which is why he will only have with him a few, even though the Ummah is as the foam of the ocean today…

    The Mahdi will challenge every so called “contemporary scholar,” of this age due to the fact he is coming with ancient traditions however the general Muslim world will be so oblivious to them, causing him to be the most hated.

    The ‘farthest west,’ would be California… Perhaps the Mahdi will rise in the United states first.

    It is said he will meet Yeshoua (Jesus ibn Maryam) in the holy land, and they will kill the dajjal and his army.

    The Black Hebrew Israelites believe that they will be returned back to the holy land, where they will meet their king.

    Perhaps Syed al-Mahdi will rise in the west in order to call the Children of Israel (African Americans) back to at-Tawheed and meet with Yeshoua in the holy land where he will request syed al-Mahdi to lead the prayer as an indication that he indeed is Muslim?

    Are there any books written that talk about his physical appearance?

    I am convinced by this aforementioned book written by the SHEHU (RA), that Syed al-Mahdi will be a man of color, a black man indeed.

  2. Salam ‘alaykum Shaykh. On the issue of edged weapons, do you believe that when the Mahdi arrives modern weaponry (firearms, etc.) will be obsolete or inoperative, or that people in that time will return to the use of edged weapons? If so, have you come across anything textual or through the words of the ‘Arifin that mentions it? Jazakum Allah khayran.

  3. As’Salaam ‘Alaykum Shaykh Shareef,

    I have reviewed some of your contributions to the African Islamic Intellectual Tradition. And your contributions offers important scholarly discussions along with connections to these valuable resources for our community.

    Based on your review of the literature on Islam In the Sahelian Tradition. Is there any narrative description that describes the coming of Muslims from Ethiopia during the early first or second century-Islam to the regions of the Sahel (Ghana, Songhai and Mali)?

    In an earlier discussion with a colleague. He related a narrative that is based an oral sources which offered the view that some scholars from Ethiopia came and resided in the region. That time-window coincided with the development of a scholarly-culture after King Najashi of Ethiopia was (reported to) have become Muslim.

    Please advise or provide some discussion regarding the accuracy or inaccuracy of this narrative.

    May Allah (s.w.a) continue to guide you and your pen in this noted, essential and valuable path of scholarship.

    Baba Yusuf.

  4. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, may Allah send blessings upon our master Muhammad, his family and companions and grant them peace.

    All of the sacred communities which have an eschatology believe that these times are the times which their traditions foretold of. The Abrahamic faiths are all in agreement about the age in which we live. The human project has subcume to its most animalistic instincts and the higher spiritual and humane aspirations have been overshadowed by the demand of the markets and consumerism.
    Those who claim to follow the Christian faith have completely abandoned the values propounded by their master, Christ Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount. Those who claim to be the heirs of the House of Isreal have abandoned every principle laid down my Moses and the Prophets; except that of a land grab and the dispossession of the rights of the true heirs of Abraham. The Muslim communities all over the world are under seige and the common voice one hears from western metropoles is the need to exterminate Muslims and their way of life from the planet. In the mean time, the evil of this age has spit forth a scion of fanatics claiming to be Muslim puritans who have slaughtered more Muslims in this age than any of the ravaging forces of the west. Daesh, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram have committed so much death and mayhem among Muslims that any intelligent person can only conclude that these muharibeen are under the employ of the same disbelievers that they denounce. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace foretold that the truthful would be considered liars and liars would be considered the defenders of truth; and the trust of Islam will be given to wrathful youth who will be the cause of the affliction of Muhammad’s Ummah.
    Holding to the religion of Islam in this age is like holding on to red hot coals and there is not a single genuine Muslim whose hands are not scorched from seeking to hold to the Way of Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.
    The Shehu once said that his jihaad will not cease until it reaches the Mahdi, O Allah make the prophecies of the Shehu ring true. Gladden the hearts of the believers after their sadness and expand their breast after being constricted.

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