There are many major signs that will indicate if the Day of Judgement is near.

One among them is that the Quran will be taken away. A number of hadith point that out, some of them are:

From ‘Abd-Allah(swt) ibn Mas’ood, who said: “Something will come and take the Qur’aan 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)

Al-Daarimi narrated with a different saheeh isnaad (no. 3207) that ‘Abd-Allah(swt) ibn Mas’ood said: “Recite the Qur’aan much before it is taken away.” They said, “These Mus-hafs 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-Allah(swt)’ and they will start to recite the sayings and poetry of the Jaahiliyyah. That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them.”

The phrase ‘That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them’ is a reference to the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when the Word (of torment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out from the earth a beast for them, to speak to them because mankind believed not with certainty in Our Ayaat (Verses of the Qur’aan and Prophet Muhammad)” [al-Naml 27:82].

Ibn Katheer said in his tafseer of this aayah:

This beast will emerge at the end of time when mankind becomes so corrupt that they neglect the commandments of Allah(swt) and change the true religion. Allah(swt) will bring forth for them a beast from the earth – it was said from Makkah, or from elsewhere – and it will speak to the people concerning that. Ibn ‘Abbaas, al-Hasan and al-Qutaadah said – and it was also narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib – (may Allah(swt) be pleased with them all): it will speak to them, i.e., it will address them. ‘Ataa’ al-Khurasaani said – and it was narrated from ‘Ali and this was the view favourd by Ibn Jareer: it will speak to them and it will say to them, ‘mankind believed not with certainty in Our Ayaat’. There are some reservations about this interpretation, and Allah(swt) knows best.

According to one report, Ibn ‘Abbaas said: the words tukallimuhum (to speak to them) means, it will wound them; according to another report he said: it will do both (i.e., speak to them and wound them). [The word Tukallim may mean either speak or wound. – Translator]. This is a good point with no contradictions, and Allah(swt) knows best. (Tafseer al-Qur’aan al-‘Azeem, 3/375-378)

Further evidence that the Qur’aan will be taken away at the end of time is to be found in the report narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, no. 8698, according to which Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah(swt) be pleased with him) said:

“This Qur'an will most certainly be taken away from amongst you.” He was asked: “O Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan, how will it be taken away when it is so deeply rooted in our hearts and is written in our mus-hafs?” He said: “Something will come to it at night, then there will be nothing left of it in people’s hearts or in the mus-haf, and the next morning the people will be like animals.” Then he recited the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):“And if We willed, We could surely, take away that which We have revealed to you (i.e. this Qur’aan). Then you would find no protector for you against Us in that respect” [al-Israa’ 17:86]. Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (13/16): its isnaad is saheeh but it is mawqoof. Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 7/329): its men are the men of saheeh, apart from Shaddaad ibn Ma’qil, who is thiqah. And it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

This hadeeth is to be regarded as marfoo’, because it deals with something which is not subject to opinion or ijtihaad.

Allah has revealed Quran as a guidance to mankind and has himself promised to take care of it and protect it. It is a miracle of Allah and it will remain so. Ummah of Muhamad (peace be upon him) will learn from iy and be guided by it but just before the end of times Allah will take it away and all the souls of the believers will be taken away as well. There will be only most evil people left on earth. There will be no goodness left, no fasting, no Hajj, no charity. There will be no pint of Kaba being among the kufaar and by Allah's decree, it will be destroyed at the hands of kaafir from Ethiopia. Al-Bukhari narrated in his Saheeh, no. 1519 that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah(swt) be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allah(swt) (peace and blessings of Allah(swt) be upon him) said: “The Ka’bah will be destroyed by Dhu’l-Suwayqatayn from Ethiopia.” And Allah(swt) will take the Qur'an away from the earth, and not one aayah of it will be left in the mus-hafs or in people’s hearts. Allah(swt) will not permit His Book to remain on earth if it is not benefitting anyone and no one is acting in accordance with it. So this thing will come to pass.

This frightening event makes the sincere Muslim hasten to pay attention to the Book of Allah(swt), to learn it, memorize it, recite it and ponder its meanings, before the Book is taken away.

This is one of the tribulations that will happen at the end of time, concerning which our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah(swt) be upon him) said:

“Hasten to do good deeds before tribulations come like patches of the dark night, when a man will wake up as a believer and by evening he will be a kaafir, or in the evening he will be a believer and by morning he will be a kaafir, selling his religion for some worldly gains.” (narrated by Muslim, no. 169).

We ask Allah(swt) to make us adhere firmly to His religion and to protect us from tribulations, both seen and unseen.