Of the signs of the Day of Judgement, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) stated that the prevalence of earthquakes will increase (see #17 as well as a previous post of mine). Over the past year especially we have seen a multitude of increasing number of major of earthquakes causing destruction, injury, and death throughout the world. We all know about what has happened in Haiti, Indonesia, Central America, and various other parts of the world recently. Today I read about the recent earthquake in China and I can’t help but feel a sense of trepidation waiting to hear the bad news of another area hit. Also, each time I hear about another earthquake I am reminded about the truth of the words of the Prophet (saw) as well as the upcoming events foretold. Along with helping those effected, I have this growing feeling that we need to wake up and get out of this state of ghafla we are in. It brings about a feeling of apprehension in regards to the major signs of the Day of Judgement. The minor signs will occur gradually, although almost all have already passed or are present today, and the Prophet (saw) stated that the major signs will come quickly, one after another. According to a hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The signs will come one after another, like beads falling from a string”. (Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Awsat; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’).