By Sami Zaatari
One question non-Muslims like to ask Muslims is what prophecies did the blessed prophet Muhammad make? The non-Muslims can be split into 2 categories, one category are hostile non-Muslims, who ask the question in a rhetorical style already assuming the prophet Muhammad made no prophecies, while the 2nd category of non-Muslims are genuine truth seekers who really want to know if the prophet Muhammad made any prophecies.
In this article I shall produce three prophecies that were made by the prophet Muhammad. One prophecy shall be able to be witnessed by your own eyes today; the second prophecy will be a prophecy that came to pass during the prophet’s life time, while the third prophecy is a prophecy that came to pass after the prophet’s death and during the time of the early Muslims.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is Islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.
So here is the first prophecy. The angel Gabriel comes to the prophet while he is in the company of his companions, and Gabriel asks the prophet when Judgment day will arrive. The prophet tells Gabriel that no one knows the day, or the hour, but God alone. It is interesting to note that Jesus taught the same thing as well in the Gospel of Mark:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only
So the prophet Muhammad told the angel Gabriel that no one knows the last hour, however so he will give Gabriel some signs of the last hour, basically events that will occur that will let someone know that Judgment day is approaching.
One of the signs and prophecies the prophet Muhammad makes is that his people who are the shepherds of black camels will take part in constructing very high and tall buildings, and top of this they will compete amongst each other in this construction.
This prophecy can be witnessed by your own eyes today in the lands of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
Today the United Arab Emirates has constructed the tallest man made standing skyscraper on the face of this planet, the Burj Arab Tower, which stands at 2,087 ft at this moment, and it will still be going higher as well.
To make things more interesting there is some competition from neighboring Gulf states as well! Bahrain is currently in the process of constructing the Murjan Tower, which is expected to reach 3,353 ft when completed.
On top of this there is more competition from Kuwait, who are in the process of constructing the Burj Mubarak al-Kabir, which is expected to reach 3,284 ft.
Saudi Arabia is also in the process of beginning the construction of the Mile High Tower to be built in the city of Jeddah, which is expected to be twice as tall as Burj Dubai!
So notice what we have, we have Dubai, who has already constructed the tallest building on the face of this planet, and Dubai is in direct competition from its fellow people in the neighboring Arab Gulf States, and all of these people are the shepherds of the camels.
Furthermore here is some more proof of this prophecy:
The Burj Al-Arab: the Tallest standing hotel on earth, located in Dubai.
The Kingdom Centre: the 40th tallest standing building on earth, located in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
The Dual towers: the 95th tallest buildings on the face of earth, located in Manama Bahrain.
There are many more tall buildings in this region which make it into the top 100 tallest buildings on earth, but these few examples should be enough to show the proof of the prophecy.
Hence this is a prophecy that you can all witness for yourselves, all of you should buy yourselves a fly Emirates plane ticket to Dubai, and check the buildings out, and then read the hadith and marvel at the accurate prophecy.
Amr b. Awf stated, “I Salman, Hudhayfa, al-Nu-man b. Muqarrin and six of the ansar were working on forty arms lengths of the trench. We dug on until we reached al-Nada, where we came across a huge, white rock. It broke our metal tools and gave us great difficulty. So Salman went to the Messenger of God (SAAS) who was then in a Turkish pavilion, and told him of it. He came and took the pickaxe from Salman and struck the rock so hard it split. From it there came a flash of light so strong as to illuminate all the way between the two lava field- (at both ends) of Medina, that is. It was like a great lantern on a very dark night. The Messenger of God (SAAS) invoked God’s greatness, saying Allahu Akbar, ?God is the most Great’, as at a victory, and the Muslims did so as well. He then struck it again and the same thing happened, a third time with same result. Salman and the Muslims asked the Messenger of God (SAAS) what the light meant. He replied, ?From the first, the castles of al-Hira and cities of Chosroe were lit up to be seen like the fangs of dogs. Gabriel announced to me that my nation would be victorious over them. From the second, the red castles of Byzantium were illuminated, as though they were the fangs of dogs; Gabriel announced to me that my nation would be victorious over them. From the third, the castles of Sana were lit up like the fangs of dogs; Gabriel announced to me that my nation would be victorious over them. So be joyful at this news!’ the Muslims were delighted, and said, ?Praise be to God! A true Omen!’
“When the enemy clans appeared for battle, the believers told one another that that was what God and his messenger had promised them and was true, and so their faith and determination were reinforced. The hypocrites said, ?He tells you he can see from Yathrib to the castles of al-Hira and the cities of Chosroe, and that they will be rendered up to you, yet here you are digging the trench and cant even come out into the open!’
?And so it was that about them God revealed, ?(Remember) when the hypocrites and those with sickness in their hearts say, “What God and his messenger promise us is mere fancy!”‘”(surat al-Azhab, XXXIII, v.12.).
Basically you have three prophecies being made here, that the Muslims would be victorious over the Persians, Byzantines, and the Yemenis.
The prophet Muhammad made these prophecies during the digging of the trench, which took place right before the battle of the Trench. In fact notice that the hypocrites thought the prophecies were so outrageous and ludicrous because the Muslims were digging themselves in a trench to defend themselves against the pagans, yet the prophet Muhammad is saying they will conquer the Persians and the Byzantines, the two strongest empires in the regions!
Just like the prophet prophesized the prophecies fell into place. The Muslims conquered the Persians by 651, and had conquered the Byzantines by 638. Yemen had also come under Muslim control by 630.
The third prophecy is a prophecy that occurred during the life-time of the prophet, the prophecy comes from the Noble Quran:
YUSUFALI: Verily We have granted thee a manifest Victory:
This verse was revealed right after the treaty of Hudaybiyyah was made. The treaty of Hudaybiyyah was a treaty between the Muslims and the pagans of Makkah, that they would cease hostilities with each other. The treaty was conducted when the Muslims made their way to Makkah to perform the pilgrimage, the pagans prevented the Muslims from entering, however so they said they would allow the Muslims to make the pilgrimage on the following year and then on. There were some stipulations in this treaty that were not pleasing to the Muslims, however so the prophet went on with it.
After the treaty was conducted the prophet Muhammad and the Muslims left, and the Muslims were very disappointed in what had just transpired, they had felt like they had just lost.
As Ibn Kathir writes:
This honorable Surah was revealed after the Messenger of Allah returned from the area of Al-Hudaybiyyah, during the month of Dhul-Qa`dah, in the sixth year of Hijrah. This is when the idolators prevented him from reaching Al-Masjid Al-Haram to perform the `Umrah he intended. They stopped the Prophet from reaching Makkah at that time, but then were prone to peace negotiations. A peace treaty was conducted stipulating that the Messenger would return this year and then come back for `Umrah the following year. The Messenger agreed. However, some of the Companions disliked these terms, including `Umar bin Al-Khattab, as we will mention in detail, Allah willing, while explaining this Surah. After the Prophet slaughtered his sacrificial animals in the area where he was stopped and headed back to Al-Madinah, Allah the Exalted and Most Honored revealed this Surah about what occurred between him and the idolators. Allah declared the Al-Hudaybiyyah peace treaty a manifest victory, because of the benefits peace would carry and the good results that did originate from it. `Abdullah bin Mas`ud and other Companions said, “You consider the conquering of Makkah to be Al-Fath (the victory), while to us, Al-Fath is the treaty conducted at Al-Hلudaybiyyah.” Jabir (bin `Abdullah) said, “We only considered Al-Fath to be the day of Hلudaybiyyah!” Al-Bukhari recorded that Al-Bara’ (bin `Azib) said, “You consider Al-Fath to be the conquest of Makkah, which was indeed a victory. However, we consider Al-Fath to be the pledge of Ar-Ridwan on the Day of Al-Hudaybiyyah. Then, we were fourteen hundred with the Messenger of Allah
Yet at this exact time, a verse was revealed to the prophet Muhammad saying what had happened was a victory!
And indeed it was a victory. The Muslims who were present while the treaty was made were numbered at 1400:
Volume 5, Book 59, Number 472:
Narrated Al-Bara bin Azib:
That they were in the company of Allah’s Apostle on the day of Al-Hudaibiya and their number was 1400 or more. They camped at a well and drew its water till it was dried. When they informed Allah’s Apostle of that, he came and sat over its edge and said, “Bring me a bucket of its water.” When it was brought, he spat and invoked (Allah) and said, “Leave it for a while.” Then they quenched their thirst and watered their riding animals (from that well) till they departed.
Yet 2 years later the Muslims marched with 10,000 soldiers to Makkah and conquered it without a fight!
The peace treaty was a major benefit to the Muslims that led to a huge increase in the Muslim population, the reason for this was because the Muslims were now free to completely concentrate on propagating the mighty Islamic faith to the other tribes and people.
So what at the time seemed to be a very bad moment for the Muslims, and an apparent loss, the prophet has a revelation and he tells his fellow Muslims that they have been granted a victory. This victory came to completely pass two years later with the conquest of Makkah.
Notice that this prophecy, just like the one made during the battle of the trench are prophecies that at the time seem impossible and inconceivable, which is what makes these prophecies so much stronger and special.
So we have all seen three crystal clear prophecies, prophecies that are accurate to the point, not open and vague that can be interpreted in several different ways, such as supposed Biblical prophecies.
Each one of these prophecies have to come to pass, the first prophecy is a prophecy which you can all witness by yourselves today, the second prophecy is a prophecy that came to pass in the times of the Muslim Salaf, and the third prophecy was a prophecy that came to pass in the prophet’s life time, hence you have the full circle of prophecies being fulfilled!
And Allah knows best and I testify that Muhammad is the last and final messenger of God!