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The End of Times in Islam

A Signpost, Not a Doomsday Clock

By SoltlanePublished about a month ago 2 min read

The concept of the end of times, also known as Yawm al-Qiyamah (the Day of Judgement) in Islam, is a significant aspect of Islamic faith. It serves as a reminder of the impermanence of worldly life and the importance of righteous living. While the exact timing remains unknown, Islamic texts, particularly the Quran and Hadith collections like Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, offer descriptions of the events leading up to and including the Day of Judgement.

Signs of the Hour: Indicators, Not Predictions

The Quran and Hadith mention various signs that will precede the Day of Judgement. These signs are not meant to be predictions of an exact date, but rather serve as indicators of a general timeframe. Some of the major signs include:

Moral Decay: An increase in social ills, immorality, and a decline in religious knowledge are mentioned. Sahih Muslim narrates the Prophet (PBUH) saying, “From among the portents of the Hour are the following: Religious knowledge will be taken away by the death of religious learned men; Religious ignorance will prevail…”.

Natural Disasters: The occurrence of increased earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters is mentioned as a sign.

Appearance of the Dajjal: The Dajjal, a false messianic figure, is said to appear before the Day of Judgement, deceiving people with his miracles.

The Descent of Jesus (AS): Islamic belief holds that Jesus (AS) will return to Earth before the Day of Judgement to establish justice and defeat the Dajjal.

The Day of Judgement: A Time of Reckoning

The Day of Judgement is described as a momentous event of reckoning. People will be resurrected and judged by Allah (SWT) based on their deeds in this life.

Sahih Bukhari narrates the Prophet (PBUH) saying, “None of you will know when the Hour will be established…”, emphasizing the unknown nature of the exact timing.

The Quran describes the Day of Judgement as a day of fear and awe, with people divided into those who will enter Paradise (Jannah) and those who will be condemned to Hellfire (Jahannam).

Beyond Fear: A Call to Action

The concept of the end of times in Islam is not meant to instill fear. Instead, it serves as a powerful reminder:

The Importance of Righteous Deeds: The knowledge that we will be judged for our actions encourages Muslims to live a life based on Islamic principles.

The Impermanence of This World: Understanding the temporary nature of worldly life encourages focusing on the Hereafter.

The Power of Faith: Belief in the Day of Judgement strengthens faith and offers solace in the face of life’s challenges.

Please note: There are varying interpretations of the signs and events surrounding the Day of Judgement. The purpose of this article is to offer a general overview based on Islamic sources.

In Conclusion

The concept of the end of times in Islam is not about predicting a specific date, but about living a meaningful life guided by faith. By understanding the signs and the ultimate purpose of the Day of Judgement, Muslims can focus on self-improvement, righteous deeds, and preparing for the eternal life to come.

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