The Shortening of Time
In our time, supersonic aircraft, trains,
and other advanced vehicles can carry us
to a certain place in hours instead of months.
Moreover, they can do so more easily, comfortably,
and safely. In this sense, this sign has
The Qur'an mentions vehicles that are the
product of modern advanced technology:
And horses, mules, and donkeys
both to ride and for adornment. And He creates
other things you do not know. (Surat an-Nahl,
Other hadiths mention the contraction of
time, as follows:
hadiths also indicate that people will save
lots of time. International communication
that used to take weeks now takes a couple
of seconds, thanks to the Internet and other
modern communications technology. Goods
that took months to reach their destinations
can now be transported far more quickly.
Today, millions of books can be published
in the time it took to write just one book
a few centuries ago. Daily things we now
take for granted, such as hygiene, methods
of food preparation, and child-care, no
longer require as much time, thanks to modern
We could easily provide many more examples.
However, what is important here is that
we realize that the signs revealed by the
Prophet (may God bless him and grant him
peace) are now coming true.