What is the Grading of a Report Stating the Fourth Tribulation Will Last for 18 Years?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I wanted to ask if there is a hadith in the book Al-Fitan on page 190. It doesn’t have a number, but it says that a fourth tribulation will last 18 years in Syria before the Euphrates dries up, and I wanted to ask how authentic it is.


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This has been reported in Al-Fitan by Nu’aim Ibn Hammad with a weak chain.

It has been reported by Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) that the tribulation will last for 18 years, then matters will be evident while the Euphrates will uncover a mountain of gold, and nations will fall for it, every seven out of nine will be killed.

[Al-Fitan-Nuaim Ibn Hammad]

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وأخرج برقم (٩٧٢): حدثنا يحيى بن سعيد، عن ضرار بن عمرو، عن إسحاق بن أبي فروة، عن أبي هريرة رفعه بلفظ:
«الفتنة الرابعة (٤) ثمانية عشر عامًا (٥)، ثم تنجلي حين تنجلي، وقد انحسر الفراتُ عن جبل من ذهب، تكبُّ عليه الأُمّةُ، فيُقتل عليه من كل تسعة سبعةٌ»
(٥) أخرج نعيم بن حماد في «الفتن» (١/‏٣٣٥-٣٣٦ رقم ٩٧٠) بسند ضعيف ومنقطع عن أبي هريرة قوله: «تدوم الفتنة الرابعة اثنا عشر عامًا، …» وذكر نحوه، وفي هذا مخالفة لما ورد في الحديث: «ثمانية عشر عامًا»