The Decending Of Sayyidina Isa (Alayhis Salaam)
The decending of Sayyidina Isa عليه السلام falls in the category of the major signs of Qiyamah according to the Quraan and the hadeeth.
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said, “By Him in whose hands is my soul, the time is near when Ibn Maryam (Isa Alayhis Salaam) will descend upon you; he will rule over you with justice; he will break the Cross and kill the pigs; He will end all battles.
There will be such an abundance of wealth during his rule that there will be no takers; The value of one Sajda in the eyes of the people will be much greater than the world and what it contains;”
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه then recited the verse:
“There is none among the People of the Book but will believe in him before his death.”
Hadhrat Imraan bin Hussain رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said,
“There will always be a group of people on the Path of Truth, overpowering their enemies, until the Order of Allah comes, and Isa (Alayhis Salaam) descends”
Hadhrat Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه narrates that Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will descend on Mount Afeeq. He will be a just ruler. He will don a cloak and be of medium height. His cheeks will be flat and his hair straight. He will have a spear in his hand and he will kill Dajjal. With the death of Dajjal all battles will come to an end.
There will be such peace and safety in his time that if a person were to be confronted by a lion, it will not attack him, and if a person were to take hold of a snake it will not harm him. There will be an abundance of crops during his time as it used to be during the era of Aadam (Alayhis Salaam).
All the inhabitants of the earth will believe in him and they will all follow one religion”. In a lengthy hadith narrated by Hadhrat Nawwas bin Sam’aan رضي الله عنه from Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم who says “,…Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will descend on the white Eastern Minaret of Damascus. He will don two saffron coloured sheets. His hands will be resting on the shoulders of two Malai’kah. When he lowers his head it will appear that droplets of water are flowing (from his hair), and when he raises his head it will appear as though there are shiny silverish pearls on his hair.
Prior to the descent of Isa (Alayhis Salaam) a Muslim army will launch an attack on Hind (India) and Allah will grant them victory. When this army returns to Syria, they will find Isa (Alayhis Salaam) already descended.
Any Kaafir touched by his breath will not live. His breath will reach as far as the eye can see. He will pursue Dajjal and capture him at Baab Lud (near
Jerusalem) where he will then kill him. He will return to those people who were saved from the evil of Dajjal to comfort them, and tell them about their stages in Jannat.
He will then be informed by Allah about the imminent emergence of a nation which cannot be stopped by anyone. Allah will order him to ascend the Mount of Toor with His servants…” (Muslim)
Hadhrat Uthmaan bin Abi Aas رضي الله عنه says, “I heard Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم
myself saying that when Isa عليه السلام will descend at the time of Fajr Salaat the Imaam of the Muslims will request him thus, “0 Ruhullah, lead the salaat”. Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will decline the offer saying”, The virtue of this Ummah is that they lead each other (in Salaat).”
The Ameer will then lead the Salaat after which Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will take up his spear and proceed towards Dajjal. On seeing Isa (Alayhis salaam) Dajjal will melt just as lead melts in fire. Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will place his spear on Dajjal’s chest and kill him. Dajjal’s followers will flee in various directions but will find no place to hide, because even the trees and stones will speak, “0 Mu’min a Kaafir is hiding behind me. Kill him”. (Ahmad)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar رضي الله عنه says that Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said: “Isa the son of Maryam will descend to the earth, marry and have children.”
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Salaam رضي الله عنه (who was a learned Jewish scholar before embracing Islam) says that “it is recorded in the Torah that among the virtues of the final Nabi is that Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will be buried alongside him. Hadhrat Ayesha (Radiallahu Anha) says, “I said, 0 Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم, I think that I might remain alive after you, so do permit me to be buried alongside you”. Rasulullah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم replied, “How can I permit such a thing. Here will only be my grave, Abubakr’s, Umar’s and Isa’s (Alayhis Salaam) grave.
Other Ahadeeth inform us:
– After the death of Dajjal, only one religion will remain, Islam.
– Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will abolish Jizya. (Tax)
– There will be total peace, even between animals.
– The descension of Isa (Alayhis Salaam) upon the Eastern Minaret of the Jaame Masjid of Damascus will be an event which will be observed by all present there. He will descend from the Minaret by means of a ladder. Isa (Alayhis Salaam) will have a reddish white complexion. He will remain alive on the earth for forty years. When he passes away the Muslims will perform his Janazah salaat. He will don the Ihraam either for Umrah or Haj or for both from Fane Rauha.
Extracted from Signs of Qiyamah by Mohammed Ali Ibn Zubair Ali