Our Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) predicted that one of the signs of Judgment Day would be that the land of Arabia would return to greenery and rivers, as it once was (reported by Muslim in his Saheeh).
This might be a surprising statement, in light of the fact that the Arabs did not think that Arabia was once luscious and fertile and had rivers.
This discovery, of a unique species of elephant tusks in the Arabian desert, shows that once upon a time, the desert lands of Arabia actually were luscious green and had large bodies of water on them.
Allah and His Messenger have spoken the truth.
Deep in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, a team led by Oxford University has made a startling discovery: a giant, 325,000-year-old tusk belonging to an extinct species of elephant, remarkably preserved and embedded by an ancient lake.
It is vivid proof, say archaeologists, that giant beasts once roamed lush and fertile plains where today the wind-blown sand covers the searing Nafud Desert.
“Using satellite technology to map out the terrain, we predict there are tens of thousands of unknown archaeological sites in the Arabian Desert,” says project leader Prof Mike Petraglia. “There are over 7,000 [dried-up] lake beds on the peninsula, most in Saudi Arabia.”