(excerpt from “The Beginning of The End“)
The Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ warned us of a time when musical instruments would be on the rise. Of course, music and musical instruments did indeed exist in the era of the blessed Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ, but there isn’t a sane person on the planet who wouldn’t argue that music has become part of the daily routine of majority of the population.
The reason for our particular discussion on the rise of music and musical instruments in the subject of the signs is based on a narration which proves beyond a shadow of doubt (for those who approach these prophecies without bias) that the Noble Messenger صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ was indeed a true Prophet of God. This is evident from the following narration,
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ لَيَشْرَبَنَّ نَاسٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي الْخَمْرَ يُسَمُّونَهَا بِغَيْرِ اسْمِهَا يُعْزَفُ عَلَى رُءُوسِهِمْ بِالْمَعَازِفِ وَالْمُغَنِّيَاتِ يَخْسِفُ اللَّهُ بِهِمُ الأَرْضَ وَيَجْعَلُ مِنْهُمُ الْقِرَدَةَ وَالْخَنَازِيرَ
The Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ stated, “Most certainly, people from my Ummah will consume alcohol, calling it by another name, over their heads will be playing musical instruments and singing girls. Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ will cause the earth to swallow them and among them he will transform (them) into apes and pigs.”
Since our discussion at this juncture is based on the elucidation of the prophecy concerning music, we will focus on that aspect of the abovementioned hadīth only. The Beloved Messenger صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ stated that the musical instrument during that age will be ‘on the head’ of the person. This is a clear sign of his prophethood!
The musical instrument which is mentioned in this narration may very well have be an allusion to the invention of the ‘headset’ or ‘earphones’ which has become a household item in the modern age. People cannot function without music anymore. There are showers which are fitted with radio and CD players. People who take morning walks and jogs, people in gym, people in the office, on the road, cannot function without their favorite tracks playing on their headphones.
For the Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ to have been this accurate in his prophecy is more than sufficient to acknowledge his connection with the Creator of all. If we are correct, and the mention of the musical instrument is indeed the headphones, then based on the narrations in discussion, we are witnessing the final age of human history, better known to us Muslims as Ākhiruz Zamān.
Furthermore, the fact that this narration has been placed by Ibn Mājah in the section of ‘trials’, which are undoubtedly linked to the subject of Ākhiruz Zamān is proof of this understanding that it was indeed about that era!
 Sunan Ibn Mājah – Book of Tribulations, Chapter on Punishments, Hadīth 4020