Some Other Signs Associated with the Day of Judgment
The Return of the Jews to the Holy Land :
Another event that has traditionally been linked to the Day of Judgment, both in the Judeo-Christian traditions and in the Qur'an, is the Return of the Jews to the Holy Land as we may learn from the following verses :
[17:104] : "And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter (wa3’dul akhirati) cometh to pass We shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations."
[59:2] : "He it is Who caused those who disbelieved of the followers of the Book (Jews ?) to go forth from their homes at (till) the first banishment (Li awalil hashr-till the first gathering) you did not think that they would go forth, while they were certain that their fortresses would defend them against Allah; but Allah came to them whence they did not expect, and cast terror into their hearts; they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers; therefore take a lesson, O you who have eyes! "
[17:4] : "And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture:
Ye verily will work corruption in the earth twice, and ye will become
great tyrants*. "
Acceptance of Islam by Followers of Other Religions :
In the opening verses of the chapter 98 in the Holy Qur'an (Al-Bayyina), we read :
"Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among
the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until
there should come to them Clear Evidence,- An Messenger from Allah,
rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy: Wherein are laws (or decrees)
right and straight."
One of the more obvious and straightforward possible interpretations of this verse, is that people of the previous religions (prior to Islam), including the Jews and Christians and those who worship multiple gods, would continue in their ways of non-belief and resistance to Islam, until clear evidence is presented to them. This "Clear Evidence" is explained in the next verse as taking the form of a Messenger from God, with books and new laws ( "An Messenger from Allah, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy: Wherein are laws (or decrees) right and straight").
Today we see that people from every imaginable religious background, --whose ancestors had for more than thirteen centuries resisted Islam--, have as they accept the Baha'i Faith, finally come to accept the Qur'an as the true word of God and Islam as His religion, and would give their lives for the love of the Prophet (PBUH), thus fulfilling the promise in the opening verses of Chapter 98.