The Rise of a Comet
As referred to by the hadiths;
- In 1986 (Hijri 1406), Halley's Comet
passed by Earth.
- The comet is a bright, shining star that
travels from east to west.
- This happened after the lunar and solar
eclipses of 1981 and 1982 (Hijri 1401-02).
The concurrence of this star's rise with
other signs of the Mahdi's emergence indicates
that Halley's Comet is the star pointed
to in the hadith.
Imam Rabbani provides the following information
about this comet:
Throughout history, comets have heralded
times of very important developments for
Muslims, some of which became milestones
in Islamic history. The Companions of the
Prophet (may God bless him and grant him
peace) also narrated some of these occurrences,
Other important occurrences said to have
happened with the appearance of this comet
are as follows: Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was
born, Our Prophet (may God bless him and
grant him peace) started to receive the
first revelation, the Ottoman Empire emerged,
and Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople
figures about Halley's Comet:
It is interesting that some figures pertaining
to the comet are multiples of 19.
In 1986, newspapers revealed the
first photographs of Halley's Comet
and its icy nucleus taken by the
Soviet Vega 1 spaceship from a distance
of 5,500 miles away. (Chronicle,
March 20, 1986, p.1278)
For example, Halley's Comet appears every
76 years 76 = 19 x 4
This comet was
last seen in 1406 (according to the Islamic
calendar) 1406 = 19 x 74
The number 74 is also the surah number
of the Surat al-Muddaththir, which refers
to the miracle of 19 in the Qur'an. Surat
al-Muddaththir 74:30 reveals that 19 is
a means of mercy for believers and of fitna
A last great miracle and sign of Halley's
Comet is the appearance of this comet in
1986 (Hijri 1406) is its nineteenth appearance
since 607, when Prophet Mohammed (may God
bless him and grant him peace) was honored
This striking relation of Halley's Comet
with the number 19 may indicate a fitna
upon unbelievers and a mercy on believers.
In Surat al-Muddaththir 74:1-2, God commands
our Prophet (may God bless him and grant
him peace): "You who
are enveloped in your cloak! Arise and warn."
The meaning is clear. Yet, they may also
have a second hidden meaning that refers
to the End Times. The word, "(the one) enveloped
in cloak" may well refer to the Mahdi, who
is from our Prophet's (may God bless him
and grant him peace) lineage and whose appearance
will be signaled by the rise of Halley's
Comet in 1406 of the Islamic era.