The signs of the Day of Judgement are many – the rising of sun from the west, the coming of Dajjal (Anti Christ), the return of Prophet Eesa (peace be upon him) to defeat the Anti – Christ. Startling events will precede the Day of Judgement – among them the disappearance of the Quran. One might wonder how will the Quran disappear when it is recorded in books and memorized by Muslims throughout the world but authentic Hadith from the Prophet (peace be upon him) indicate that the Quran will indeed disappear.
“Something will come and take the Quran one night and not one aayah will be left, either in the Mus-haf or in the heart of any person, but it will be taken away.” (Narrated by al-Daarimi with a saheeh isnaad, no. 3209)
Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Indeed, it will be taken away by night at the end of time, from the written copies and the hearts. No word of it will remain in the hearts, nor any letter in the written copies.”
Source: Majmū’ al-Fatāwá 3/174
Al-Daarimi narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said:“Recite the Quran much before it is taken away.” They said, “These Mushafs will be taken away! What about that which is (memorized) in men’s hearts?” He said: “Something will come and take it one night, and in the morning they will wake up without it. They will forget the phrase ‘laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’ and they will start to recite the sayings and poetry of the Jaahiliyyah. That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them.”
It is said that “the word being fulfilled against them” refers of the coming of the beast which was spoken about the Prophet (peace be upon him):
Coming of the beast
“There are three things which will not benefit anyone to believe if he did not believe before. They are the Dajjaal, the beast and the rising of the sun from the west – or from the place where it sets.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 3072; he said it is a saheeh hasan hadeeth).
So will the Quran disappear? Sadly, the answer is YES. Allah sent it as guidance for mankind. But a day will come when it will be wiped away from every book and every heart. People of that unfortunate time will be doomed back into Jaahiliya (ignorance). Before that day comes, let not a day pass when you don’t recite, understand and live by the Qur’an.
The Quran was revealed like a miracle and was preserved like a miracle. A day will soon come when it will be taken away from people like a miracle. And on that day, the living must know that the Day of Judgement is indeed near!