Praise be to Allaah.
The problem of global
warming is regarded as one of the most serious environmental problems of our
time, concerning which experts have held many conferences and published many
articles about its dire consequences. These experts attribute this rise in
temperature to the accumulation of gases in the atmosphere that is caused by
factories, power stations and car emissions, which has led to a rise in air
temperature and ocean temperature, which threatens to melt the ice-caps and
cause flooding of land, which is expected to change the features of some
countries completely and to change the climate of vast areas on earth.
We could not find anything
about this in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, apart from one hadeeth which some
scholars who are specialized in sharee’ah and environmental sciences say has
to do with this topic, and some of the most prominent specialists in the
world agreed with them, which is that the Arabian Peninsula will again
become meadows and rivers. They attribute that to a complete change in the
earth’s climate and the melting of the Arctic ice cap due to global
What we think is that
Arabia becoming meadows and rivers again is something concerning which there
is no doubt, but we cannot be certain that it will happen because of the
melting of the ice cap, because that is known only to Allaah. But we mention
this view because it is relevant and because it has been said by some
specialists, both Muslims and kaafirs.
The hadeeth is:
It was narrated from Abu
Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Hour will not begin
until the land of the Arabs once again becomes meadows and rivers.” Narrated
by Muslim (157). Meadows refers to spacious land with a great deal of
Dr. Zaghloul al-Najjaar
This hadeeth is a
scientific miracle that describes a natural fact that was not understood by
scientists until the late twentieth century, when it was proven by
definitive evidence that the Arabian Peninsula was meadows and rivers in
ancient times. Climate studies have also indicated that the arid desert is
now on its way to becoming meadows and rivers again, because the earth
throughout its long history passes through climatic changes that take place
gradually over long periods of time, or they may be sudden and swift.
Climate studies indicate
that we are coming into a new rainy period, the evidence of which is the
shift of the ice-cap in the northern hemisphere towards the south, and a
noticeable fall in winter temperatures.
The fact that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to this ice age in
his hadeeth “until the land of the Arabs once again becomes meadows and
rivers” is proof of his Prophethood, and shows that he was always connected
to divine revelation, and was taught by the Creator of the heavens and the
earth. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Majeed
Professor Alfred Kroner,
one of the most famous geologists in the world, attended a geological
conference in the College of Earth Sciences in the King ‘Abd al-‘Azeez
University. I said to him: Do you have any proof that Arabia was once
gardens and rivers? He said: Yes, this is well known to us and it is a
scientific fact. Geologists know this because if you dig in any area you
will find signs that tell you that this land used to be meadows and rivers.
There is a lot of evidence.
I said to him: Do you have
any evidence that Arabia will once again become meadows and rivers? He said:
This is something real and proven. We geologists know it and measure it and
calculate it. We can say approximately when it will happen, and it is not
far off, it is quite close. I said: Why? He said: Because we have studied
the history of the earth in the past, and we have found that it passes
through many stages, one of which is the ice ages. What does ice age mean?
It means that a certain amount of sea water turns into ice and collects at
the North Pole, then it begins to shift towards the south, and when it
shifts towards the south it covers whatever is beneath it, and the climate
on earth changes. Among the climatic changes is the change that takes place
in Arabia, where the weather becomes cold and Arabia becomes one of the
lands which has the most rain and rivers on earth.
I said: Can you confirm
that for us?
He said: Yes, this is an
I said to him: Listen, who
told Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) of that? This
is all mentioned in a hadeeth that was narrated by Muslim; he (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Hour will not begin until
the land of the Arabs once again becomes meadows and rivers.” Who told
Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that Arabia was
once meadows and rivers? He thought, then he said: The Romans. I said to
him: And who told him that Arabia would once again become meadows and
rivers? He thought for a moment and said: The One Who is above! Then I said
to him: Write it down. So he wrote in his own hand: I am astonished at the
scientific facts that I have seen in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, which we could
not prove until recently by modern scientific methods. This indicates that
the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did
not attain this knowledge except by revelation from above.
By Allaah, I spent only two
and a half hours with this German until he said all of that. This giant
among scientists wrote that and approved of it, which indicates that there
is one science, one truth, One God.
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And Allaah knows best.