Islam from a Biblical Perspective XIX
The majority of Islamic studies of eschatology are divided into two categories, the Minor Signs and the Major Signs.
The Minor Signs are sometimes thought of as the equivalent of what Jesus referred to as “the birth pangs”, which is to say that they are those signs that precede the Major Signs. Many of the Minor Signs will actually take place concurrently with the Major Signs. The Minor Signs should not necessarily be thought of as the first signs, but rather the lesser signs.
The Major (or greater) Signs obviously speak of far more significant events than the Minor Signs. These signs relate to issues such as the coming of the Muslim Antichrist (Ad-Dajjal), or the return of the Muslim Jesus (Isa Al-Maseeh), or most important, the coming of the Muslim savior/ messiah figure (Al-Mahdi).
The priority of the Last Days in Islamic Belief
The Qur’an mentions five things that a Muslim must believe in order to be a Muslim. From the Qur’an, we read: “It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets…” (Sura 2:1777; Pickthall)
Notice the order of the five tenets of belief:
1. Belief in Allah
2. Belief in the Last Day
3. Belief in angels
4. Belief in the scripture
5. Belief in the prophets