This article is part of the series " Kindled from a Blessed Tree "


Modern civilization is much more fragile than one might think. When certain parameters shift, it can result in a total collapse of the globalized society. The large industrial complexes, the industrialized agriculture, the entire power and utility network, depend on only a few crucial components, such as, for example, qualified personnel, raw materials, power structures and a highly complex infrastructure, which can be easily destroyed by various factors.

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of the LinkedIn career network, quoted the New Yorker as saying that more than half of all IT billionaires in Silicon Valley have been working on preparing for the post-civilization era. "You're basically seeing that the people who've been the best at reading the tea leaves-the ones with the most resources, because that's how they made their money-are now the ones most preparing to pull the rip cord and jump out of the plane."

More than 600 million containers are transported across the world every year.
This figure alone should make it clear that "the system"
is not sustainable in the long term.

In the documentary film "After Armageddon", a pandemic is taken as an example for a global breakdown, spreading rapidly from Asia across the globe and eradicating great parts of mankind. The film shows how because of the death of the majority of the operating staff soon nothing works any longer and anarchy follows.

First the television does not work anymore, then the internet and telephone network, then electricity and finally the tap water. Plunder and murder mark the struggle for survival. With the collapse of the water supply, the cities become uninhabitable and the remaining population flees to the countryside.

There is not a township but We shall destroy it ere the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with dire punishment. That is set forth in the Book [of Our decrees]. [Koran, Al-Isra' 58]

Any state control has collapsed by then. Defense squads are formed in smaller towns, which protect the town against marauding gangs and guard their cities as they did in the European Middle Ages. Religious, fanatical cults are mushrooming. After some time, life gets back to "normal", in the film at approximately preindustrial level. Plow and horse are used to work the fields and bartering replaces the money.

In Islam however, as well as in Christianity, it is expected that not only epidemics will affect mankind but also war and other catastrophes such as drought. Many prophecies about the end times therefore agree with the above-mentioned predictions, while others paint a gloomier picture.

Nuclear war

The Hadiths listed below are from the book Kitab al-Fitan of Imam Nu'aim, which show quite evidently that the Prophet s.a.w. predicted an atomic war.

Nu'aim narrates from Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud r.a. that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said:

"When there is a scream [sayhah] in Ramadan, then there will be bloodshed in Shawwal, and the tribes will form groups in Dhul-Qaidah, and blood will be spilt in Dhul-Hijjah, and al-Muharram! What will happen in al-Muharram?" saying it three times, "Indeed, indeed! The people will be killed in a great massacre". We said: "What is the scream, O Messenger of Allah?" He said: "This will be in the middle of Ramadhan, on a Friday morning. That will be when the month of Ramadan begins on a Friday night. There will be a blast that will awaken one who is asleep, and bring the young women out of their rooms, on a Friday night during a year of many earthquakes and severe cold."

During Ramadan there will be a sign in the sky, as a bright pillar of light, and in Shawal a catastrophe, and in Dhul-Qaidah many perishing, and in Dhul Hijja the Pilgrims are plundered, and what will make thee understand what Muharam will hold...

A devastating sound will be heard in Ramadan, and a commotion in Shawal, and in Dhul-Qaidah conflict between the tribes, and that year the Pilgrims will be plundered and a great confrontation will unfold at Mina with many killed and much blood spilled as they stand on the rock of Al Aqaba. If the blast occurs in Ramadan, then there will be commotion in Shawal...

We asked: "What is the blast, oh messenger of Allah", and he said: "A strong blast of sound in the middle of Ramadan on a Friday night. This blast will wake the sleeping and knock down the standing, and move the aged women from their shelter on a Friday night of a year that will witness many earthquakes '

The same reports can be also found in Al-Hakim in a narration by Abu Hurairah r.a. So t he Prophet talks about a "blast" with a "devastating sound" that will "awaken the one who is asleep and knock down the standing" and which will appear as a "sign in the sky, a bright pillar of light". People often use the expression "bright pillar of light (or fire)" to describe a nuclear explosion.

Compare the expressions used in the following testimony of a Hiroshima survivor describing the blast, with the expressions used by the Prophet s.a.w. to describe the blast mentioned in the hadiths.

Testimony of Yasuhiko Taketa:

"On the morning of August 6, when I was thinking about what I was going to do that day, my mother asked me to deliver some miso (bean paste) to my sister (second daughter), who had moved to Hiroshima when she got married. I wasn't very happy about having to do that errand, but I headed for the train station. I remember looking up at the blue sky during my walk to the station, and thinking, "It's going to be another hot day." The air-raid siren went off, so I turned around and went back home. My mother scolded me, so I set out once again for the station, but the train had already departed.

I sat on the railing at the ticket gate to wait for the next train. When I thought it should be coming in at any moment, I looked at the station clock. It read a little after 8:10 a.m.

Russian Nuclear Bomb

All of a sudden, there was a dazzling flash of light, brighter even than the sun. For a while, I was blinded. The station building and the tracks looked bluish-white, as though magnesium were being burned in front of the station.

Seconds later, I heard an ear-splitting roar, the sound of a massive explosion. My ears were ringing. The ground trembled under my feet, and all the buildings in the area were shaking. Window panes were blown out and shattered. I was knocked hard onto my back, and thought that my bowels were going to burst out of my abdomen.

My forehead felt hot, and I unconsciously touched it with my hand. When I looked at the sky over Hiroshima, I saw a tiny, glittering, white object, about the size of a grain of rice, tinged with yellow, and red, which soon grew into a monstrous fireball. It was travelling in my direction, and I felt as though it was going to envelop me.

I was paralyzed with fear and shock, so much so that I had trouble breathing. I tried to escape, but realized that was impossible. I took shelter under a nearby bench. I was terrified by the booming sounds I heard, thinking that enemy planes were strafing the city.

Then the noise stopped. Cautiously, I crawled out of my hiding place and looked around. I saw an enormous, bright red pillar of fire (I was told later that it measured 200 meters in diameter and rose 10,000 meters in the air), which increased in size minute by minute, reaching high in the sky.

From the ground up, the pillar of fire rose toward the sky, with tremendous force. Sometimes it was hollow at the centre. At other times, broiling, leaping flames blew out of the centre. The sight was so horrifying that I can find no words to describe it. An army officer standing on the platform, surveying the area with binoculars, told me that the ammunition dump at the armoury had been hit.

Within minutes, one atomic bomb had transformed the entire city of Hiroshima, now under that huge fireball, into a sea of flames. I never imagined that a weapon could create a gruesome, miserable living hell."

We compare this testimony with the prophecies:

The Prophet s.a.w. said: " With a devastating sound"

Yasuhiko: "I heard an ear-splitting roar, the sound of a massive explosion. My ears were ringing. I was terrified by the booming sounds I heard."

The Prophet s.a.w. said: "Will wake the sleeping and knock down the standing"

Yasuhiko: "I was knocked hard onto my back"

The Prophet s.a.w. said: " Will appear as a sign in the sky, a bright pillar of light"

Yasuhiko: "I saw an enormous, bright red pillar of fire (I was told later that it measured 200 meters in diameter and rose 10,000 meters in the air), which increased in size minute by minute, reaching high in the sky. From the ground up, the pillar of fire rose toward the sky, with tremendous force."

There is no doubt, the Prophet s.a.w. was describing a nuclear blast. The other signs are in logical succession. In an atomic war, the economic and social structure is destroyed. The state order disintegrates and a struggle for the last resources begins. People will, therefore, organize themselves again in tribes, since there one can no longer expect any protection from the state:

... and the tribes will form groups in Dhul-Qaidah

. and in Dhul-Qaidah a conflict between the tribes

In the three months that follow, the struggle for survival will kill most people.

. and in Dhul-Qaidah many perishing

. and the people will be killed in a great massacre

Back to nature

We believe that we know a lot. The truth is that we have forgotten the most "primitive" things, and survive in nature. We cannot even light a fire without buying a lighter in the supermarket, let alone getting food or protecting ourselves from the weather. Not only is the theoretical knowledge gone, but also the physical fitness. In other words, we are completely dependent on "the system". What do we do if it collapses? Or if we do not longer be its slave and e.g. no longer want to use the fraudulent and utterly haram paper money?

It is often helpful to look at different cultures and religions to understand one's own better. Although Islam and Christianity prophesy the collapse of the present society, it is not very clear how life will look after the collapse, except that, for example, war will be fought again with horse and bow and arrow. Perhaps it even does not need much explanation, because with a little reflection, we will come to the conclusion that we will be thrown hundreds and even thousands of years back in time when mankind has lived still in harmony with nature. The fact that only a few individuals will survive such a dramatic leap is self-evident.

Hopi Indians have very impressive prophecies in this regard. They believe that the United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic bombs and radioactivity. Only the Hopis and their homeland will be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee. Bomb shelters are a fallacy. "It is only materialistic people who seek to make shelters. There is no shelter for evil."

These are the Signs that great destruction is coming. The world shall rock to and fro. The white man will battle against other people in other lands -- with those who possessed the first light of wisdom. There will be many columns of smoke and fire such as White Feather has seen the white man make in the deserts not far from here. Only those which come will cause disease and a great dying.

Near Oraibi, Arizona, there is a petroglyph known as Prophecy Rock which symbolizes many Hopi prophecies. It shows, among other things, two different paths: The "life path" established by the Great Spirit divides into the lower, narrow path of continuous life in harmony with nature (K) and the wide upper road of white man's scientific achievements (G). The narrow path (N) that returns to the straight Path of Life is the last chance for people to turn back to nature before the upper road disintegrates and dissipates, eventually disappearing at the time of the "great cleansing" that also Islam mentions.

From 'Abdullah b. Amr r.a. who said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: There will be a fitna that will clean (tastanzifu) the Arabs, its dead will be in Hell. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

Back to nature also means a parting from the globalized way of life that has more or less spoiled and corrupted us all. A withdrawal from the financial system built on Riba, a withdrawal from alienated ways of life, which ultimately makes (spiritual) sick and dependent. We do not know how far we will be thrown back in history. It is therefore good to start from the very beginning, with a way of life that ultimately accompanied mankind the major part of its existence.
If one got the basic knowledge, one can move on to higher skills like forging art, etc.

There are schools that teach archaic ways of life, such as the Roots school, which offers a nine-month course and has a well made video-clip, that gives a good impression.

Very recommendable are also the videos of an Aussie, which goes only with shorts in the rainforest of Queensland and makes everything from scratch himself: www.primitivetechnology.wordpress.com. And also www.stoneageskills.com and www.wildwoodsurvival.com.

More important than all these techniques, however, is the spiritual foundation, the true devotion to God.


Next chapter:

The role of the Messiah in the end times
Dajjal is one-eyed, and today's humanity, blinded by its system, too. It is spiritually blind. Only a fraction of people still rely on its intuitions and instincts, on the voice of the heart, in a world where rationality is required in all everyday activities.