The Order of Sings of the Hour
With regard to the order in which the portents of the Hour will appear, there is some differences of opinion among the scholars, the reason being that no such order of events is narrated in the Sunnah. However the scholars have determined the order of some of the events, as follows:
1-The appearance of the minor portents of the Hour. They are many and there is no specific order for their appearance. These include: the sending of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his death; the plague of ‘Amwas; the appearance of tribulations; the loss of honesty; the disappearance of knowledge; the spread of riba, musical instruments and alcohol; regarding these things as permissible; competition in erecting tall buildings; a great deal of killing; time passing more quickly; adornment of the mosques; prevalence of shirk; the spread of immorality; a great deal of stinginess; many earthquakes; landslides, transformations and pelting with stones from the heavens; disappearance of righteous people; believers’ dreams coming true; neglect of the Sunnah; a great deal of lying; a great deal of false testimony; a great deal of sudden death; a great deal of rain but little growth of vegetation; wishing for death; increase in numbers of the “Romans” and fighting them; and other signs which are narrated in sahih ahadith from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
2-The appearance of Al-Mahdi, who will appear before the Dajjal and before the descent of `Isa ibn Maryam (peace and blessings be upon him).
3-The coming of Dajjal.
4-The descent of `Isa ibn Maryam and his killing of the Dajjal.
5-The appearance of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj (Gog and Magog) who will emerge at the time of `Isa (peace be upon him)
Then the signs will come quickly, one after another. According to a hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The signs will come one after the other, like beads falling from a string”. The sun will rise from the west, the Beast will emerge, and there will be landslides and other major signs.
We ask Allah to grant us steadfastness unto death.