The Occurrence of Great
and Astonishing Events
Top) In the1991 flood in Bangladesh,
139,000 people and
approximately half a million animals
lost their lives.
(Left) The eruption of the Nevado
del Ruiz volcano in Colombia in 1985
was a great disasted that caused the
death of 20.000 people.
(Left Below) Ebola virus killed tens
of thousands of people.
(Top, middle) 1985 Mexican earthquake.
(Top, right) "Earthquake in Taiwan"
(Right, Below) In 1997, 1,8 millions
hectars of agricultural land remained
under water due to the flood of the
North Dakota Grand Forks River. The
disaster, which caused a loss of more
than 1 billion dollars appeared under
the headline of "Great Mud: The City
Disappeared." in various newspapers.
Great and extraordinary events preceded
Prophet Mohammed's (may God bless him and
grant him peace) birth. For example, a new
star rose on that night, 14 towers of the
Iranian Emperor's Palace collapsed, the
Magians' (fire worshippers') fire that had
burned for 1,000 years in Iran went out,
the Semavi Valley was flooded, and the Save
Lake dried up.
As indicated in the hadiths above, the
Mahdi's emergence will resemble that of
our Prophet (may God bless him and grant
him peace). Great and miraculous phenomena
will also take place when he emerges.
Some of the remarkable phenomena that
took place during the last century are as
- The Ka`bah was raided, and many Muslims
- The 2,500-year Iranian monarchy collapsed
and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi died
- A gas leak in a Bombay factory killed
- War broke out between two Muslim nations:
Iran and Iraq
- The Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan
- On September 19, 1985, Mexico City was
devastated by an earthquake
- The Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted, wiping
the town of Armero off the map and killing
- Floods in Bangladesh killed 25,000 people
- Rome, the heart of the Catholic Church,
- The worst forest fire in history broke
out in China
- Indian Prime Minister Gandhi, President
Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt, and Swedish Prime
Minister Olaf Palme were assassinated
- Pope John Paul II was shot
- The AIDS virus, identified in 1980, has
so far killed tens of thousands of people
and is known as the "Plague of the Age"
The space shuttle
Challenger exploded soon after it
was launched in 1986.
- The Challenger space shuttle exploded
after take-off in 1986
- The worst nuclear accident in history
occurred when the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor,
located in the Soviet Union, exploded on
April 26 1986 and affected many European
countries by the released radiation
- A hole was discovered in the ozone layer
- The Soviet Union collapsed, thanks to
Gorbachev, and the newly independent states
of Central Asia emerged
- The Gulf War broke out, Iraq annexed and
then fled Kuwait, and was finally occupied
by America and Britain in 2003.
- An earthquake in Armenia reduced cities
to rubble, causing 500,000 people to leave
their homes and more than 40,000 people
to lose their lives.
- The Chinese government sent its tanks
into Tienanmen Square during 1989 to crush
a student movement demanding greater freedom;
2,000 students died
- The Berlin Wall, which for 28 years had
symbolized the cold war, was torn down
- More than 1,400 pilgrims were killed in
a stampede at a tunnel in the Ka`bah in
- Approximately 139,000 people died from
flooding in Bangladesh in 1991, and ten
million were left homeless
- Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were
killed in the atrocities in Bosnia and Kosovo,
and hundreds of thousands more were exiled
- The Ebola virus led to the deaths of tens
- The hurricanes, tornadoes, whirlwinds,
and floods caused by El Niño led to the
deaths of thousands of people, to millions
fleeing their homes, and to billions of
dollars worth of damage
- The London Stock Exchange collapsed on
October 19, 1987, and the ensuing panic
resulted in a value loss of 50 billion Pounds.
- 168 people were killed in a bomb attack
on a federal building in Oklahoma City April
-In 1997, the Hale-Bopp Comet passed so
close to Earth that it could be seen with
the naked eye
- 1,500 people died in an earthquake measuring
7.1 on the Richter scale in Iran on May
- 5,000 people died in an earthquake measuring
6.1 on the Richter scale in Afghanistan
on February 1998
- 1,171 people were killed in an earthquake
measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale in Columbia
on January 25, 1999
- More than 2,100 people died in an earthquake
measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale in Taiwan
on September 21, 1999
- The biggest-ever terrorist attack on America
took place on September 11, 2001. Two passenger
airplanes crushed into the World Trade Center
in New York within 18 minutes of each other.
Another plane crushed into the Pentagon.
Over 5,000 people died.
- An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter
scale struck India, killing thousands of
- Many European countries have experienced
heat waves that have killed many people
- Mars was closer to Earth in August 2003
than at any other time in the past 60,000
In November 2003, 12 people lost their
lives in a flood in Makkah, which is one
of the driest regions in the world.
The collapse of the London Stock
Exchange caused the loss of
50 billion pounds in 1987
(Above Middle) Flood in Mecca,
The Driest City of the Earth,
(Hurriyet, November 12, 2003)
(Above Right) The initial AIDS
cases appeared at the beginning
of the 1980s.
This disease, also called “the
Plague of the Century,”
has killed approximately 18.8
(Bottom Right)The shooting of
Pope John Paul II was among
the great events of the twentieth
Middle) Indira Gandhi, the Indian
Prime Minister, was also assassinated.