During the lecture on the Signs of the Hour, I mentioned that the Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) death is one of the minor signs of the hour.
Narrated Auf bin Malik: “I went to the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) during the Ghazwa of Tabuk while he was sitting in a leather tent. He said, “Count six signs that indicate the approach of the Hour: my death, the conquest of Jerusalem, a plague that will afflict you (and kill you in great numbers) as the plague that afflicts sheep, the increase of wealth to such an extent that even if one is given one hundred Dinars, he will not be satisfied; then an affliction which no Arab house will escape, and then a truce between you and Bani Al-Asfar (i.e. the Byzantines) who will betray you and attack you under eighty flags. Under each flag will be twelve thousand soldiers.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Vol. No. 4, Hadeeth No. 401]
In fact, the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) referred to his death as the “greatest calamity” (the reference can be found in the book mentioned below). There’s an entire book entitled, “The Calamity of the Prophet’s Death and its effects on the Muslim Nation”. It’s quite wonderful (and it’s by one of my favourite authors).
You can download it here.
To read more about the Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) death, please read the following links:
The Death of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) – From Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtoum (The Sealed Nectar)
The Death of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) – From Al-Minbar