Signs related to technology in the end times from the hadiths about the antichrist
The hadiths porovide various pieces of information and the technological advances that will take place in the time of the antichrist.
"He will hold the clouds in his right hand, extend to where the Sun sets, walk on the ocean, and yet the water will come only up to his heels… There will be smoke in front of him and a green mountain behind… He will issue such a cry that all those between the earth and the skies will hear it... He will command the soil and it will grow crops..." (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 219)
He will hold the clouds in his right hand...
This may be a reference to airplanes capable of reaching the uppermost levels of the atmosphere. Planes ascend to the level of the clouds and make it possible for human beings to reach them
He will extend to where the Sun sets...
Sunset can be observed all over the world using technological devices such as telescopes and satellites. Satellite systems can provide images of all countries, and these can then be watched all over the planet on the Internet. The reference in the hadith to “the antichrist extending to where the Sun sets” may be pointing to the satellite system in question.
He will walk on the ocean, and yet the water will come only up to his heels...
This description may well be a reference to present-day sports such as surfing, water-skiing, kite surfing, or barefoot water-skiing. People who engage in these sports move over the surface of the water, touching it only with their feet. The reference in the hadith to the antichrist walking on the water, and the water coming only up to his heels, may well be an indication of these sports.
There will be smoke in front of him and a green mountain behind...
The reference in the hadith to “smoke in front of him, and a green mountain behind,” bears a close resemblance to the picture established by modern-day airplanes in the sky. As the illustration makes clear, as they fly an image forms of a cloud of smoke in front of them, and one of a mountain covered in greenery behind.
He will issue such a cry that all those between the earth and the skies will hear it...
Modern advances such as radio, television and the Internet can broadcast across the world by means of satellites and radio waves, and everyone in all countries can now listen to the same broadcast at exactly the same time. This technological system, representing a single broadcast or voice, may well correspond to the hadith’s description of everyone in heaven and earth hearing the same thing. And Allah knows the truth.
He will command the soil and it will grow crops...
The hadith also refers to the antichrist “commanding the soil to grow crops.” The different kinds of agricultural machinery and the various sizes of tractor available today make harvesting a simple matter.
The building of dams
He (Antichrist) will come to a river and he will command it to flow, thus it will flow, then he will turn upwards and command it to flow and it will flow, then he will command it to dry and it will dry. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 213)
The hadith refers to building of dams at the time of antichrist. As a matter of fact, when the dam shutters are locked, the river dries sraightaway and when the dam shutters are opened, the river continiues to flow.(Allah knows the truth)
A REFERENCE TO RAPID TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY
"The antichrist will travel the world in 40 days." (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 216)
The account refers to the speed obtained in moving from one place to another in the End Times.