Technologies in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (a.s) foretold by our Prophet (a.s)
A PERSON’S VOICE SPEAKING TO HIM
I swear to Allah, in whose power my life is, that the Day of Judgment will not take place ... until a person’s voice and shoes speak to him, and until people tell him what they are doing.” (Ash-Sharani, Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 471)
With the cassette and CD players widely used today it is possible to record a person’s voice and listen to it later. The reference to “a person’s voice speaking to him” is suggestive of these devices.
The expression “until a person’s shoes speak to him” puts one in mind of the listening devices that intelligence officers conceal in their footwear.
The reference to “people telling him what they are doing” may indicate how families and friends a long way away establish communications using Internet, cameras and video telephones.”
A SOUND RECEIVER INSERTED INTO A SHOE HEEL
The Last Hour will not come before the end of a man’s whip speaks to him. (Tirmidhi)
Theterm “theend of a man’swhip” may again be a reference to today’s technology’s wireless and mobile phones resembling whips.
Theuse of wirelessand mobile phoneswhoseantennaare not unlikethetips of whipsbears a closesimilaritytotheterm “beforetheend of a man’swhipspeakstohim.”
HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL MAKE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN OBTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS IN THE WORLD
The universe will be as visible as the palm of his hand for Hazrat Mahdi (as). (Bihar al-anwar, vol. 52, p. 328)
The hadith indicates that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will use hand-held computer technology to obtain any information he wants or to establish communication with anywhere in the world.
HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL BE KNOWN ALL OVER THE WORLD BY WAY OF THE INTERNET, TELEVISION AND THE RADIO
The imam [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will (spiritually) conquer the East and West and bring Islam (the morality of Islam) to rule across the world... ALMIGHTY ALLAH WILL GIVE PEOPLE SUCH POWER THAT EVERYONE WILL HEAR HIS [HAZRAT MAHDI’S (AS)] WORDS, WHEREVER THEY MAY BE, and the imam (as) will give life to Islam... (Bihar al-Anwar, V. 52, p. 279 and V. 53, p. 12 Ikmal al-Din, V. 2, p. 367)
It is also indicated in the hadith that through such means of communication as the Internet, television and radio, every community will be able to see images of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and listen to his words, translated into their own languages, from anywhere in the world:
In the Iqdud Durar he says: THIS SOUND WILL COVER THE WORLD AND EVERY PEOPLE WILL HEAR IT IN THEIR OWN TONGUES. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 51)
IN THE TIME OF HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE ESTABLISHED USING VIDEOPHONE AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
It is certain that in the time of QAIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)] IF A BELIEVER IS IN THE EAST, HE WILL PERSONALLY SEE HIS BROTHER IN THE WEST.IF HE IS IN THE WEST, HE WILL SEE HIS BROTHER IN THE EAST. (Bihar al-Anwar, v. 52, p. 391)
The videophones and camera systems in computers produced in the 21st century have made it possible to establish visual links and speak with people all over the world whenever we wish. With these developments, yet another portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) has become a reality.