Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: "By the One in Whose hand my soul is, the son of Mary will soon descend among you as a just judge. He will break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the tribute, and the wealth will be abundant to such an extent that no one will accept it." Sahih/Authentic. - [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) swears in the Hadīth at the imminence and descending of ‘Īsa (Jesus), the son of Mariyam (Mary), and that he will come as a just judge who will rule by Prophet Muhammad's Shariah, which will not be superseded. ‘Īsa (peace be upon him) will break the cross, thus proclaiming that the Christians were wrong in their extolment of him, abolishing Christianity, and ruling by the religion of Islam. He will kill the pig, which means the prohibition of acquiring or consuming it and the lawfulness of killing it; this also indicates that its very body is impure. He will also abolish the tribute, which is taken from the disbelievers in return for acknowledgment of their adherence to their own religion. He will not accept it; rather, he will command people to embrace Islam and make them to do so. The tribute was taken before the era of ‘Īsa for known reasons. But when he comes, wealth will be so abundant that no one will be in need of money, and the truth will be dominant and prevalent and the argument well-established. Hence, he will refrain from taking the tribute. Money will increase so much that nobody will accept it, and this is because blessings will descend from heaven and people will have little aspirations due to their knowledge that the Day of Judgment is imminent.
1: It is permissible to swear without being asked to do so, to further stress the statement to be made.
2: The Hadīth affirms the coming of ‘Īsa (peace be upon him) at the end of times.
3: The Prophet's Shariah may not be superseded by any other.
4: It emphasizes the erroneousness of the Christians' extolment of the cross, as breaking it signifies its annulment and the end of its status.
5: Pig is prohibited under the Shariah of ‘Īsa, and his killing of it will disprove the Christians' claim that it is lawful in their Shariah.
6: It points out the impurity of pigs.
7: There will be opulence and abundant fortunes at the end of times and people will have no need or desire for them.
8: The coming of ‘Īsa (peace be upon him) and his rule by the Shariah of Islam, and the Shariah of Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is one of the signs of the Hour which we should believe in.
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