Signs Of The End
Open Your Eyes!
Time Is Running Out
Start Preparing! It is now or never!
(By: M. Javed Naseem)
إِنَّ ٱلسَّاعَةَ َلآتِيَـةٌ لاَّ رَيْبَ فِيهَا وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ
“Lo, the Hour is surely coming, there is no doubt
thereof; yet most of mankind believe not.”
“The threatened Hour is nigh.”
This is the end of the year – the year that we celebrated with fireworks, colorful decorations and wild music, not to mention the exotic food and drinks. Every beginning has an end. The end of the year should also remind us the end of our lives one day; and the end of this world too. We must realize that it’s the beginning of the End Time. Let’s open our eyes and don’t ignore the signs! It’s time that we start preparing for the journey. It’s high time that we start preparing for the exams as there will be some tough questions to answer.
فَإِذَا نُفِخَ فِى ٱلصُّورِ نَفْخَةٌ وَاحِدَةٌ
وَحُمِلَتِ ٱلأَرْضُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ فَدُكَّتَا دَكَّةً وَاحِدَةً
فَيَوْمَئِذٍ وَقَعَتِ ٱلْوَاقِعَةُ
وَٱنشَقَّتِ ٱلسَّمَآءُ فَهِىَ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَاهِيَةٌ
“And when the Trumpet shall sound one blast,
and the earth with the mountains shall be lifted up
and crushed with one crash, then, on that day,
will the Event befall. And the heaven will split
asunder, for that day it will be frail.”
Many signs have come to pass, one by one, and the remaining signs will also appear soon. The Judgment Day, The Resurrection Day, The Day of Justice, The Day of Reckoning, The Longest Day, The D-Day, The Day of Accountability or The Last Day – no matter what you call it – is fast approaching. We are now in an era that can easily be called the start of the End of the world.
If we want to do something beneficial for the Hereafter, now is the time. Once the sun rises from the west, it’ll be all over. It will be too late. Nothing will avail then. And if we die before that time – the same thing – it’s over. The worst part of it is that we don’t exactly know when it will be, tomorrow, next month or in 5 years. That means we don’t really know how much time we have got to fix our lives and prepare for the Hereafter. So, consider every day as your last day and do as much good as possible. There is a lot to do. We better start working on it now because it is now or never!
إِنَّهُمْ يَرَوْنَهُ بَعِيداً وَنَرَاهُ قَرِيباً يَوْمَ تَكُونُ ٱلسَّمَآءُ كَٱلْمُهْلِ
وَتَكُونُ ٱلْجِبَالُ كَٱلْعِهْنِ
“Lo, they behold it afar off, while We behold it nigh;
the Day when the sky will become as molten copper,
and the hills become as flakes of wool.”
إِذَا رُجَّتِ ٱلأَرْضُ رَجّاً وَبُسَّتِ ٱلْجِبَالُ بَسّاً
فَكَانَتْ هَبَآءً مُّنبَثّاً
“When the earth is shaken with a shock, and the hills are
ground to powder, so that they become a scattered dust …”
We shouldn't be waiting to see that happen. As intelligent creatures, we should be able to sense things from afar. And when we have the signs in front of us, we can’t be blind to them. If we are not taking advantage of this moment, we are losing every moment of a few precious days (months or years) left at our disposal. A day has still 24 hours to it but these 24 hours fly faster than those 24 hours 10 or 20 years ago. And this is also one of the signs of the approaching last Hour. According to one Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 9, book 88, No: 183), the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
“Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease,
miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the people),
afflictions will appear, and there will be much “Al-Harj”.
The people asked: “O Allah’s Apostle, what is ‘Al-Harj’?”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “Killing! Killing!”
According to another Hadith, narrated by Abu Musa (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 9, book 88, No: 185), the Prophet said:
“Near the establishment of the Hour, there will be days
during which (religious) knowledge will be taken away
(vanish) and general ignorance will spread, and there will
be Al-Harj in abundance, and Al-Harj means killing.”
There is a lot of killing (bloodshed) going on in the world today. The forces of evil are spreading violence and waging wars against weaker nations killing innocent people. Even Muslims are fighting against Muslims in
Libya, Syria, Egypt,
Sudan and Pakistan. Most of the Muslim
countries are governed by incompetent and dishonest rulers who are ignoring the Quranic laws and imposing the non-Muslim Western laws
to destroy Islamic culture.
Wild music and musical instruments are being promoted worldwide. And poets are out there busy in
praising the rich and
the powerful who are corrupt
Prophet Muhammad (saw) mentioned many signs of Qayamah (D-Day) and those signs have been recorded in different Ahadith. According to one of these Ahadith narrated by Abu Huraira (Sahih Bukhari, vol 9, book 88, No: 237), Allah’s Apostle said:
“The Hour will not be established till:
1. Two big groups fight each other whereupon there will be great number of casualties on both sides and they will be following one and the same religious doctrine.
2. About 30 Dajjals (liars or false prophets) appear (at different times and places), and each one of them will claim that he is Allah’s apostle.
3. The religious knowledge is taken away (by the deaths of religious scholars).
4. The earthquakes will increase in number.
5. The time will pass quickly.
6. Afflictions will appear.
7. Al-Harj (killing or bloodshed) will increase.
8. The wealth will be in abundance – so abundant that a wealthy person will worry lest nobody should accept his Zakat, and whenever he will present it to someone, that person (to whom Zakat is offered) will say: I am not in need of it.
9. The people compete with one another in constructing tall buildings.
|(Camel-herder Bedouins (of Dubai) competing for tall buildings)|
11. The sun rises from the west.” (At that stage, it will be all over, too late to repent or do good deeds. It won’t be accepted any more).
So, when the sun will rise and the people will see it (rising from the West), they will all believe (embrace Islam) immediately but then, it will be too late. Allah mentions that time in the Holy Quran, Chapter 6, Verse 158):
هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلاَّ أَن تَأْتِيَهُمُ ٱلْمَلاۤئِكَةُ أَوْ يَأْتِىَ رَبُّكَ
أَوْ يَأْتِىَ بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ يَوْمَ يَأْتِى بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ
لاَ يَنفَعُ نَفْساً إِيمَانُهَا لَمْ تَكُنْ آمَنَتْ مِن قَبْلُ أَوْ كَسَبَتْ
فِيۤ إِيمَانِهَا خَيْراً قُلِ ٱنتَظِرُوۤاْ إِنَّا مُنتَظِرُونَ
“On that Day when one of the portents of your Lord
comes, no good will it do to a soul to believe then,
if it believed not before; nor earned good (by deeds
of righteousness) through its Faith.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) further said:
a) - “And the Hour will be established while two men spreading a garment in front of them but they will not be able to sell it, nor fold it up.”
b) - “And the Hour will be established when a man has milked his she-camel, and has taken away the milk but he will not be able to drink it.”
c) - “And the Hour will be established before a man repairing a tank (for his livestock) is able to water (his animals) in it.”
d) - “And the Hour will be established when a person has raised a morsel (of food) to his mouth but will not be able to eat it.”
In every age and time people have been rejecting or ignoring the calls of the prophets of their time. And so is the case today. Many don’t believe in the Hereafter and they mock the Day of Judgment or the Resurrection. The powerful and the arrogant have always challenged the prophets and mockingly said:
قَالُوۤاْ أَجِئْتَنَا لِنَعْبُدَ ٱللَّهَ وَحْدَهُ وَنَذَرَ مَا كَانَ يَعْبُدُ
آبَاؤُنَا فَأْتِنَا بِمَا تَعِدُنَآ إِن كُنتَ مِنَ ٱلصَّادِقِينَ
“Then bring upon us that wherewith you
threaten us if you are of the truthful.”
وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَىٰ هَـٰذَا ٱلْوَعْدُ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
“And they say: When will this promise be
fulfilled, if you are truthful?”
But Allah’s assurance is there. It shall come as it is promised; no denying. There is no escape from it. It’s only a matter of time.
وَيَسْتَنْبِئُونَكَ أَحَقٌّ هُوَ قُلْ إِى وَرَبِّيۤ إِنَّهُ لَحَقٌّ وَمَآ أَنتُمْ بِمُعْجِزِينَ
“And they ask you to inform them (saying):
Is it true? Say: Yes, by my Lord.
Verily it is true and you cannot escape.”
أَلاۤ إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَٱلأَرْضِ
أَلاَ إِنَّ وَعْدَ ٱللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ
Is it not (the case) that to Allah belongs whatever
is in the heavens and on earth? Is it not (the case)
that Allah's promise is assuredly true?
Yet most of them understand not.”
ٱلَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِٱلْكِـتَابِ وَبِمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا بِهِ رُسُلَنَا فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ
إِذِ ٱلأَغْلاَلُ فِيۤ أَعْنَاقِهِمْ وٱلسَّلاَسِلُ يُسْحَبُونَ
فِي الْحَمِيمِ ثُمَّ فِي النَّارِ يُسْجَرُونَ
“Those who reject the Book and the (revelations)
“Those who reject the Book and the (revelations)
with which We sent our messengers; but soon shall
they know, when the yokes (shall be) round their necks,
and the chains. They shall be dragged along in the
boiling fetid fluid; then in the Fire shall they be burned.”
The coming of the wrath of Allah is always sudden. The Almighty gives the wrong-doers enough time to think over, repent and come back to the straight path. But if they continue their evil work and don’t change their ways, Allah strikes. The evil-doers are caught unaware. It comes at a time when it is least expected. The history of nations tells us that after a long wait it always came all of a sudden and wiped them off.
فَأَخَذْنَاهُمْ بَغْتَةً وَهُمْ لاَ يَشْعُرُونَ
“Then We seized them unaware,
when they perceived not.”
وَكَم مِّن قَرْيَةٍ أَهْلَكْنَاهَا فَجَآءَهَا بَأْسُنَا بَيَاتاً أَوْ هُمْ قَآئِلُونَ
“Our punishment took them on a sudden by night
or while they slept for their afternoon rest.”
Now, the big question is: What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for the Strike? If so, then it will be over in a second, and we will not have a chance to repent, let alone do some good work for the Hereafter.
أَثُمَّ إِذَا مَا وَقَعَ آمَنْتُمْ بِهِ الآنَ وَقَدْ كُنتُم بِهِ تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ
“Is it (only) then when it has befallen you,
that you will believe?”
An intelligent person looks around and sees the signs. He learns from his and other people’s mistakes. He learns from the everyday happenings. And after all the signs, all the happenings and all the calamities or disasters in today’s world, the common sense should tell us what to do. We see the wildfires, the floods, the earthquakes, the Tsunamis, wars and bloodshed but we don’t take heed. We think that it is happening to others and not to us. A very wrong thinking!
God sends the signs/warnings for the entire mankind. It is up to us which destination we choose – the World (Dounya) or the Hereafter (Aakhirah). In fact, we are here in this world to prepare for the Hereafter. If we prefer the Hereafter and strive for it, Allah will grant us the World (Dounya) as bonus.
May Allah guide and protect us all! – Ameen.