All of the evidence presented so far about Jesus (pbuh) being alive and his eventual return to Earth constitutes important good news for believers. Such a historical marvel reinforces believers' enthusiasm and determination. The increasing urgency with which preparations for this event need to be made can be seen in a number of events that are occurring now. As the Qur'an and hadith reveal, we may expect this event to take place in the near future. The present period is one in which many signs of his second coming, the End Times, and the Last Day are taking place. Dozens of such signs have occurred, and, what is more, one after the other, just as revealed in the hadith. The waters of the Euphrates river were cut off, there was a major war between two Muslim nations, extraordinary events occurred in the skies, solar and lunar eclipses happened during the month of Ramadan, natural disasters are on the rise, major catastrophes that have killed many people have taken place, and moral degeneration and corruption have spread all over the world.
Do they not know that God knows their secrets and their private talk, and that God is the Knower of all unseen things?(Qur'an, 9:78)
The fact that all of these phenomena are taking place within a very short period, an even shorter period than that predicted by many people, indicates that even more historic and portentous events will occur. By God's leave, humanity will witness the coming of Jesus (pbuh) at some not-too-distant point. There is no doubt that even the possibility of witnessing this miracle, one of the greatest marvels in human history, is an extraordinary situation. If God permits, many people who read this book will witness this age and meet Jesus (pbuh). Therefore, it is essential that all believers accelerate their preparations for this great event and ignore anything that might hinder their preparations. When Jesus (pbuh) comes, all Muslims must be in a spirit of union and togetherness, as a requirement of Islamic moral values. They must strive to intellectually eliminate all atheistic ideologies, disseminate Islamic moral values to the greatest extent possible, and call people to the truth in the finest manner. They must ready themselves so that they can be his most effective supporters in his struggle against the Antichrist. It is a great honor for Muslims to be among those who strive to make the best possible preparations for such a chosen, honorable, and worthy guest. All believers now living have the possibility of achieving that honor, and everyone is responsible for making the best use of this opportunity, for Jesus (pbuh) may arrive very quickly and unexpectedly.
Many people may wonder what kind of environment there will be when Jesus (pbuh) returns. The hadith provide a great deal of information about this. First, Jesus (pbuh) will slay the Antichrist and end his corrupt system. He will call all people to live according to Islam's guidance and teachings. After the Antichrist's system has been eliminated, people will turn in droves to live by religious moral values. As a result, spiritual and material peace and comfort will blossom and spread. All conflicts and fighting will end, and disagreements will be resolved by peaceful means. Tensions and fears stemming from moral degeneration will give way to security. Justice will prevail all over the world, and a golden age when the old wish to be young and the young wish to be more mature will be ushered in. As there will be no physical and mental pressures to make people uneasy, and as religious moral values will be fully implemented, the finest works of art ever known will be produced and there will be stupendous advances in science and technology. Wherever people may go in the world, they will encounter beauty, wealth, and abundance. This golden age is described in great detail in the hadith, and we shall now look at the delights that Jesus (pbuh) will bring to the world.
Jesus (pbuh) Will Cause Islamic Moral Values to Prevail
Say: ‘The Truth has come. Falsehood can neither create nor regenerate anything.'(Qur'an, 34:49)
He will lead you according to the Book of your Lord and the Sunnah of your messenger.
Jesus (pbuh) will come not as a prophet to the people of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace), but in order to implement the law of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace).
Jesus (pbuh) will descend and practice our Prophet's (may God bless him and grant him peace) law.
He will judge by the law of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) and follow the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), even though he is one himself, and will belong to the people of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace)… He will be one of the people and Companions of the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), and he will be the most devout of them…
There is no prophet between him (Jesus [pbuh]) and me. He will certainly descend. Recognize him when you see him. He is of medium height, of a reddish white color. He will wear two sets of yellow dyed clothing. Water will fall from his hair even if it does not rain. He will fight with people for Islam. He will slay the Antichrist and then remain for exactly forty years on Earth. Then he will die, and Muslims will perform the prayers for him.
He will recognize no other [religion] than Islam … The religion will prevail … Nobody and nothing apart from God will be worshipped.
Global Peace Will Finally Exist
Then We sent Our messengers following in their footsteps and sent ‘Jesus son of Mary after them, giving himthe Gospel... (Qur'an, 57:27)
Jesus (pbuh) will be a just judge and a just ruler among my people ... all grudges and mutual hatred will be lifted (removed), the sting of every stinging insect will be removed until a baby will insert his or her finger in snake's mouth and not be harmed, and the wolf will be like the dog among the sheep [safeguarding them]. Earth will be filled with peace, just as a vessel is filled with water; the word will become one [i.e., only Islam will prevail], and only God will be worshipped; the battle will put down its weapons [i.e., come to an end], and the dominion of the Qurayshis will be broken.
[In his time], there will be no rancor between any two persons.
[In his time], peace will prevail and people will use their swords as sickles. Every harmful beast will be made harmless ... A child will play with a fox and not come to any harm; a wolf will graze with sheep and a lion with cattle, without harming them.
The people then asked: "O prophet of God, why will the horse be so cheap?" He replied: "Because it will never be used for war."
Jesus (pbuh) Will Bring Justice to the World
Jesus (pbuh) will be a just judge, a fully just imam [ruler] within the community of the faithful. He will break the Cross [of the Christians], kill the pig, eliminate the tax on non-Muslims, abandon alms, and no value will be placed on either the sheep or the camel. All enmity and conflict will disappear and vanish … The world will be like a silver bowl, and there will be as many plants as in the time of Adam.
They desire to extinguish God's Light with their mouths but God will perfect His Light, though the unbelievers hate it. (Qur'an, 61:8)
Jesus (pbuh), son of Mary, will come down as a just judge [ruler] and imam for his nation, by attesting to the truth of Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace), and will slay the Antichrist.
Jesus (pbuh), son of Mary, will come down as an imam who leads people to the true path and [will be] a just judge.
People Will Live in Security
Such security will come to the world that snakes will graze with camels, leopards with cows, and wolves with sheep. Children will play with snakes, and the snakes will not harm them.
Enmity and hatred between people will disappear. Snakes and scorpions will have no venom, and a child will even be able to play with a snake in his or her hand, and the snake will not bite him or her. A girl will chase away the lion, and the lion will not touch her. The wolf will stand and wait among the sheep, as if it were a sheep dog.
Hatred and enmity among people will disappear, since their causes will have vanished.
There Will Be Great Abundance
[When Jesus (pbuh) comes,] wealth will be so abundant that no one will accept it [alms].
The son of Mary will return and kill the Antichrist. Then you will live for 40 years in prosperity.
Everywhere food will cook in pots, unseen prosperity will dominate, and material wealth will be disregarded.
"Earth will turn like a silver tray, growing vegetation as it did in the time of Adam (pbuh) so much so that a group of people will eat a bunch of grapes and it will satiate them; a group of people will eat a single pomegranate and it will satiate them; the bull will be sold for a lot of money; and a horse will cost only a few dirhams." The audience asked: "God's messenger, why will a horse be so cheap?" He replied: "It will not be used as a mount for fighting." He was asked: "Why will a bull be so expensive?" He replied: "The whole land would be tilled."
Earth's productivity will multiply to such an extent that if a seed is sown in a solid rock, it will grow.
Even without the plough, the produce of wheat will multiply seven hundred times, one mudd [a measure of wheat] becoming 700 mudd.
Then Earth will be told to bring forth its fruit and restore its blessing. As a result thereof, there would grow [such a large] pomegranate that a group of people will be able to eat it and seek shelter under its skin. A milk cow will give so much milk that a whole party will able to drink. A milk camel will give such [a large quantity of] milk that the whole tribe will be able to drink out of it, and a milk sheep will give so much milk that the whole family will able to drink out of that…
The Signs of the Jesus (pbuh) Second Coming
We have never destroyed a city without giving it prior warning as a reminder. We were never unjust. (Surat ash-Shu'ara', 26:208-09)
Earlier, we examined the signs of Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) second coming and saw that they appeared one after another, just as the hadiths and the Bible said they would. Their consecutive appearance led us to conclude that we are now living in the period when all people will witness God's good news. Apart from these signs, the explanations of our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) and great Islamic scholars provide us with certain dates.
As we will see in the following pages the fifteenth Islamic century is an extraordinary period when, by God's Will, great events will occur, such as the Mahdi's appearance, Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) second coming, the appearance of the Dajjal and his defeat by Prophet Jesus (pbuh), and people entering God's religion in droves.
In the following pages we will explain the related information one by one.
1. God sends a "Mujaddid" (Renovator of the Religion) Every Century
The Arabic word mujaddid means someone who "revives and renovates the religion." In his hadiths, our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) states that at the beginning of every century, God sends a blessed person from his lineage to explain the facts of the religion according to the necessities of the time.
God will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it. (Sunan Abu Dawud)
On this issue, the great Islamic scholar Imam Rabbani states the following:
At the head of each century, God sends a mujaddid among the ulama of this community who revives the Shariah. (Imam Rabbani)
About the same subject, Bediuzzaman said:
"In every century, God sends a mujaddid." (Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Risale-i Nur Collection, Barla Letters, 119)
Bediuzzaman states that the mujaddid of the twelfth century was Mevlana Halid. (Barla Letters, 120)
In the fourteenth Islamic century, the Risale-i Nur (Bediuzzaman's collected works) served this purpose, as follows:
"Exactly after a century, the cures of the Risale-i Nur appear all around and serve to the very same purpose… With the meaning fortified by the clear expression of the hadith, it is our conviction that, in terms of reviving the religion, the Risale-i Nur is in the position of a mujaddid." (Barla Letters, 121)
Bediuzzaman gives the good news that the mujaddid of the fifteenth century will be the Mahdi:
"Now most of the situations among the Muslims that are opposed to the light of the Qur'an are the grave outcomes of those evil intents and the cruel covenants such as the Treaty of Sèvres. If the letter "mim" bearing the gemination mark is counted as one, like the letter "lam" bearing the gemination mark, it would be 1284 [Hijri]. The European unbelievers who aimed to extinguish the light of the State of Islam at that time provoked the Russians ten years later and curtained the bright light of the Islamic world with a temporary cloud by means of the Russia's gloomy War of 93 [1877-1878 The Ottoman-Russian War]. However, since these oppressions of cloud were dissolved by the disciples of Mevlana Halid-i Bagdadi and not by the disciples of Risale-i Nur, from this point of view this verse symbolically points to them.
It now occurs to mind that if each of the letters "mim" and "lam" bearing the gemination mark are counted as two, the people who will dissolve the oppressions a century later may be the disciples of the Mahdi." (Bediuzzaman, Risale-i Nur Collection, First Ray, p. 85)
As this explanation reveals, Bediuzzaman states that the cruelty found within the Islamic world can be removed only "one century later" by the Mahdi. He explained that during the fifteenth Islamic century, the works of the Mahdi will save people from great trouble and make them attain deliverance.