Is there any narrations indicating that increase in sudden death is amongst the minor signs of Qiyamah?
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which enumerates some signs of Qiyamah. Sudden death has been mentioned as a sign in this Hadith.
The part in question is as follows:
Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “[A sign of the approach of Qiyamah is that] Sudden death will become apparent.”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 9372)
Although this chain is weak due to a weak narrator, the Hadith is corroborated and suitable to quote.
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 325. Refer: Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 6780, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 12129 and 12133, As Sunanul Waridatu Fil Fitan, Hadith: 395)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar