Exploring the Moon is identified with the slogan: "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." This historic moment in space research wasdocumented by cameras, and everyone from that time to this has witnessed it. As Surat al-Qamar 54:1 states, this great event may be a sign of the LastDay, which would mean that we are living during the End Times. (God surely knows best.)Another very important sign is that the numeration (abjad) of a certain part of Surat al-Qamar 54:1 by alphabetical Arabic letters is 1969, the year whenAmerican astronauts set foot on the moon. (For detailed information on this numeration technique, refer to the section "The Time of Prophet Jesus' (pbuh)Second Coming.")
... The Hour has drawn near and the moon has split. (Qur’an, 54:1)
Hijri (Islamic): 1390, Gregorian (Christian): 1969
We also need to mention that "the splitting of the moon" is one of the miracles that God granted to our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace).One hadith relates this miracle, as follows:
... This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abdullah b. Mas`ud [who said]: We were along withGod's Messenger (may peace be upon him) at Mina, when the moon was split in two. One of its parts wasbehind the mountain, and the other one was on this side of the mountain. (Sahih Muslim)
This is the miracle heralded in the verse. However, as the Qur'an is applicable to alltimes, we can assume that this verse also draws our attention to the exploration of theMoon. (God knows best.)
The Iran-Iraq War
The following hadith reveals an important war that will take place in the End Times:
There will be tumult in Shawwal [the tenth Islamic month], talks of war in Dhu al-Qa'dah [the eleventh Islamic month], and the outbreak of war in Dhu al-Hijja [the twelfh month]. (Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-Ashrat as-Sa'ah, p. 166)
These three months coincide with the months during which the Iran-Iraq war developed.
Tumult in Shawwal …
The first uprising against the Shah took place on 5 Shawwal 1398 (8 September 1976), as indicated by the hadith.
Talks of war in Dhu al-Qa`dah, and the outbreak of war in Dhu al-Hijjah …
A full-blown war broke out between Iran and Iraq in Dhu al-Hijjah 1400 (October 1980).