Which great Islamic scholars have said, on the basis of the hadiths of our Prophet (saas), that the life-span of the world is 7000 years?
BEDIUZZAMAN SAID NURSI – AT-TABARI – AL-BARZANJI – AD-DAYLAMI – BISTAMI – AHMAD IBN HANBAL – AS-SUYUTI – MANAWI – IBN KATHIR
1) BEDIUZZAMAN SAID NURSI STATED THAT THE LIFE SPAN OF MANKIND WAS 7000 YEARS:
“… THERE ARE SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS, DESCRIBED AS QUR’ANIC DAYS, FROM THE TIME OF ADAM TO THE DAY OF RECKONING…” (Barla Addendum, p. 286)
“A GROUP FROM MY COMMUNITY WILL REMAIN IN TRUTH UNTIL ALLAH’S COMMAND.”
The abjad calculation of the clause “A group from my community…” which is 1542 (2117) implies its (the community’s) time of survival. The abjad calculation of the clause “will remain in truth” (when the gemination mark is counted) gives 1506 (2082) it indicates until that date (2082) it will continue its work of enlightenment evidently and obviously, and maybe victoriously until 1542 (2117) in secrecy and defeat. The abjad calculation of the clause “UNTIL ALLAH’S COMMAND” (WHEN THE GEMINATION MARK IS COUNTED) SUGGESTS THAT THE DAY OF JUDGMENT WILL BEFALL THE UNBELIEVER IN 1545 (2120). (Kastamonu Addendum, p. 33)
Said Nursi says that the life of the Ummah will last until the year Hijri 1506:
“The first sentence refers to the last period of a community striving on the path of Allah in the End Times in ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED – (1500) and the second sentence to the victory of the struggle (waged on the path of Allah) in ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDED AND SIX (1506). (…)It suggests it will continue in a visible and manifest, and perhaps victorious form, until this date (1506).” (The Ratifying Stamp of the Unseen, p. 46)
2) TABARI STATED THAT THE LIFE SPAN OF THE WORLD WAS 7000 YEARS:
“… In Abdullah ibn Abbas’ account there are 2256 years from the Prophet Adam (as) to the Prophet Noah (as), 1079 years from Prophet Noah (as) to Prophet Abraham (as), 506 years from the Prophet Moses (as) to the Prophet Solomon (as) building the Temple, 220 years from him to Alexander and 369 years from Alexander to the Prophet Jesus (as). There are 551 years from the Prophet Jesus (as) to our Prophet (saas). The intervening 434 years were counted from the Interregnum. However, it is stated that the Disciples dispersed around and did this AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD WAS MADE 7000 YEARS…” (from the Tabari translation, pp. 289-290)
3) IN Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, IT IS STATED THAT THE LIFE SPAN OF THE WORLD IS 7000 YEARS:
Anas Ibn Malik narrates that the Messenger of Allah (saas) said:
The life span of the world is seven days in the days of the Hereafter. Almighty Allah has said: “A day with your Lord is equivalent to a thousand years in the way you count”.
Allah will ascribe the equivalent of good deeds of THE SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS OF THE AGE OF THIS WORLD to the one who meets the need of any of his brothers in the faith on the path of Allah as if he spends his days in fasting and his nights in worship. (Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 88)
Ibn Abbas cites the Prophet (saas) as saying: THE WORLD IS SEVEN DAYS LONG, EACH DAY IS LIKE A THOUSAND YEARS, and the Messenger of Allah (saas) was sent at the end of that. (Al-Burhan fi ‘Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, 89)
They narrated from Daqqaq Ibn Zaid Al-Juhani: I told the Messenger of Allah (saas) of a dream I had had. In that dream the Messenger of Allah (saas) was at the top step of a seven-stepped pulpit. He said: THE SEVEN-STEPPED PULPIT YOU SEE IS THE SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS OF AGE OF THIS WORLD. (Al-Burhan fi ‘Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 89)
4) THE LIFE SPAN OF THE WORLD IS PUT AT 7000 YEARS IN COLLECTIONS OF HADITHS:
THE LIFE OF THE WORLS AND MANKIND FROM ADAM TO THE DAY OF RECKONING IS 7000 YEARS.
Kanz al-Ummal, hadith no: 16459.
Muhammad Tahir ibn Ali al-Hindi, Tadhkirat al-Mawduat, I/223.
Al-Sakhawi in al-Maqasid al-Hasana (transmitted by Daylami), I/693, hadith no: 1243.
Al-Munawi, Fayz al-Qadir, III/547; hadith no: 4278 (transmitted by Daylami)
“… SABEANS AND MEMBERS OF THE OTHER THREE REVEALED FAITHS ARE AGREED THAT THE LIFE SPAN OF THE WORLD IS 7000 YEARS…”
(Bayazid Bistami’s Miftah al-Jifr)
5) OUR PROPHET (SAAS) REVEALED THAT THE LIFE OF MY COMMUNITY (UMMAH) WILL NOT EXCEED 1500 YEARS:
“The life of my community WILL NOT EXCEED 1500 YEARS.”
(Suyuti, Al-Kashf ‘an Mujawazat Hadhihi al-Ummah al-Alf, ‘Al-Hawi lil-Fatawi’, Suyuti. 2/248, Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan. Bursawi 4/262, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Kitab al-`Ilal, p. 89)
Suyuti’s statement made on the basis of the hadith handed down from our Prophet (saas) is also that THE LIFE OF THE UMMAH WILL NOT GO PAST THE YEAR 1500:
The life of this community will exceed 1000 years, yet be limited to 1500 years… (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 299) (Transmitted by Jalaluddin As-Suyuti’s Al-Kashf ‘an Mujawazat Hadhihi al-Ummah al-Alf, ‘Al-Hawi lil-Fatawi’)
6) OUR PROPHET’S (SAAS) HADITH SAYING THAT “I CAME AT THE AFTERNOON PRAYER OF MANKIND:”
I CAME AT THE AFTERNOON PRAYER OF MANKIND. (Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Kitab al-`Ilal p.89)
Considering this hadith together with that reading, “The life of my community will not exceed 1500 years”;
WHEN WE TAKE THE TIME FROM AFTERNOON TO EVENING, ONE FOURTH OR ONE FIFTH OF THE DAY, AS 1500 YEARS, THEN THE LIFE SPAN OF MANKIND EMERGES AS BETWEEN 6000 AND 7500 YEARS. (Allah knows the truth.)
MASS REALIZATION OF THE PORTENTS OF THE END TIMES IN THE LAST 30 YEARS CONFIRMS THAT THE LIFE SPAN OF THIS WORLD IS 7000 YEARS.
In 8 authentic hadiths said by our Prophet (saas) and narrated by Imam Suyuti who is one of the greatest hadith imams it is notified that the life span of the world is 7000 years and 5600 years of this have passed until the time of our Prophet (saas).
When we extract 5600 from 7000, 1400 years is left.
In another hadith, our Prophet (saas) said that “the life span of my community will not exceed 1500 years.”
Since we are in the year of Hijri 1431 now and calculate that we are in the Hijri 14th century till the year of Hijri 1500, then it is a certain fact that Hazrat Mahdi (as) has to come within this century.
Because there is no other century left for Hazrat Mahdi (as) to come.
The realization of almost all the portents of the End Times narrated by our Prophet (saas) in the hadiths one after the other since the beginning of the Hijri 1400, clearly shows that we are in the End Times and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come within this century.
Further the fact that all of the portents have been realized in the last 30 years confirms the hadiths that the life span of the world is 7000 years, 5600 years of this have passed till the time of our Prophet (saas) and the life span of this community will not quite pass 1500 years. (In the following pages, these portents are explained in detail.)