Sign of Last Hour :Tall Buildings in Arab World

Most of the Arab Muslims I know are bedazzled by glitz and glamor. I personally view it as being seduced.
My first trip to the ME the people were keen to show me everything new and modern, especially buildings. People would invite me in off the street to show me their Disneyland memorabilia etc. I was polite but on my own I went to all the ancient places and shopped for Arabic antiques.  I had to really go 'down under' for antiques. I enjoyed the adventure! I brought back photos of everything old and original as I could find and one of my Arab friends remarked, "oh, this is so embarrassing!" But where I come from everything is new with no historical value. So I suppose it's natural for what  I see as historically valuable and beautiful they see as dilapidated old shit! I am guessing that this is why too many Muslims do not protest the demolitions of ancient sacred Holy sites to make way for the new and the glamorous.

The general nature of what is mentioned in this hadith of the signs of the Hour is that affairs will be entrusted to the wrong people, as the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to the one who asked him about the Hour, “When the affair is entrusted to the wrong people, then expect the Hour,” because when the barefoot naked shepherds of sheep and they are useless ignorant people become the top people and owners of wealth and property to such an extent that they compete with each other in building, then because of that the organization of the world and of the deen become corrupted.
 Imam an-Nawawi (d.1278 CE) (in his interpretation of Sahih Muslim) mentions:
The people of badia (the desert Bedouins) and their like are people of need and poverty. (A time will come) when the world will be laid open for them until they compete with one another in (the construction of) buildings, and Allah knows best.

§  Abu Hurayra(Radiyallahu Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Final Hour will not come until people COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER in the height of their buildings.”
 ►{Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari by Imam Bukhari}
§  In a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari Prophet(Peace be upon him) said, ‘That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.’
§  When you see naked barefoot ones becoming the leaders of men, that is one of its signs. When the shepherds of lambs compete in constructing tall buildings that is one of its signs.
►{Version Recorded by Imam Muslim}
His words, “…shepherds of sheep and goats competing in raising tall buildings” are thus narrated in the hadith of ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. What is meant is that the least of the people will become their leaders with a great deal of wealth, to such an extent that they will boastfully compete in a great deal of building, and in decorating and bringing it to perfection.
In the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, there is mention of three signs, of which there is that naked barefoot people will be the top people, and of which there is that the shepherds of sheep will compete in building.

The House Saud occupies the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
A car Park on the birth place of the Prophet (saw), Bulldozed and Gasoline poured on the grave of the mother of the Prophet (saw), Lavatories built on the house of Sayyedah Khadijah. Saudi religious authorities have overseen a decades-long demolition campaign that has cleared the way for developers to embark on a building spree of multi-storey hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and luxury apartment blocks on a scale unseen outside Dubai.

Prophet Muhammad was a humanitarian and noble ruler who ensured equality for all those living in his community. In his last sermon at Mount Arafat in 632 AD, Muhammad declared, “An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab … a white person has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over white except by piety and good action.” The Prophet’s message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.


  1. When you see naked barefoot ones becoming the leaders of men

    I didn't know that HRM Hillary ran around barefoot!

    As for the naked part, that's too unsettlingly to contemplate.

  2. An Arab once told me that the British came over and plucked out the least educated desert Bedouin in sandals and made him a king. Or maybe that was plural. Anyway, such it is we see so many creeps in high office, particularly our own! None of them are fit for office, they are total idiots. "It's the Jews, stupid!'


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