This world will one day come to an end.
To the first question, “Who is your Lord?,” the deceased is instructed to reply, “Allah.” In answer to the second question, “Who is your Prophet?,” the deceased should say, “Muhammad,” and the correct response to the third question, “What is your religion?,” is “Islam.” If the individual passes this first phase of the afterlife, the experience of the grave is pleasant, and he or she is given glimpses of the pleasures of paradise. If however, the deceased does not pass this phase, then the grave is the first stage of chastisement. After this, the soul sleeps and does not awake until a blast from an angel at God’s command.
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According to Islamic tradition, this blast signals the end of the world and kills any remaining souls on the earth. It is followed by a second blast that causes all of the souls to be resurrected. At this point, humanity is raised up and assembled on a plain. The Quran states, “On that day We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another; the trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together” (Quran, p. 735). From there, humanity will beg each of the prophets to intercede for them and hasten the Day of Judgement because the waiting is so terrible, but the prophets will refuse. Finally, all of humanity goes to the Prophet Muhammad. He will agree to intercede for them and ask that the Judgement commence. This intercession is granted to him alone.
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Then, each soul is judged based upon its beliefs and actions, which are weighed in the scales of divine justice. At this point, the two guardian angels assigned to all people throughout their adult lives will testify for or against them. According to the Quran, the limbs of each person will testify, and the earth herself is resurrected and bears witness against those who caused her harm. Next, a person will be given a book either in the right or left hand. For those given a book in the right hand, they pass the Judgment and are given the grace of God. For those given a book in their left hand, they fail the Judgment and are condemned to hell. However, at this point, prophets and other righteous people are allowed to intercede for their relatives, followers, or friends among the condemned, and their intercession is accepted. Once the Day of Judgement is over, humanity proceeds to a bridge known as the sirat, which crosses over hell. The saved cross it safely to the other side and are greeted by their respective prophets. The Muslims who make it safely across are greeted by Muhammad, who will take them to a great pool and give them a drink that will quench their thirst forever. The condemned fall into hell. The Quran states that some will only spend a brief time there, while others, the unrepenting and idolatrous ingrates, are condemned forever. Muslims see death as a transition to the other side.
Islam is seen as the vehicle that will take one safely there. It is only in paradise that the believer finds ultimate peace and happiness.
Besides Allah Ta’ala no one knows the exact day of Qiyamat. Only this much is known that on Friday the l0th of Moharram Hazrat ISRAFFEL (Alayhis Salaam) will be ordered to blow the soor (Bugle). The sound will cause every living person or creature to die.
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The earth will be shaken up. The mountain will become like flakes of cotton wool the sun and the moon will crash. The stars will lose their shine and the whole universe will be destroyed.
Signs before the Last Day…
Before Qiyamat approaches the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentioned some signs to look out for indicating the time is getting closer:
- People will disobey their parents and disrespect respect them.
- Breach of trust.
- Singing, music and dancing will become common.
- Illiterate people will become leaders.
- People will speak ill of their ancestors and the previous pious people.
- People of low means will begin to boast of high buildings.
- Unworthy people will be given high posts.
- When it will be regarded as a shame to act upon Quranic injunctions.
- When untrustworthy people will be regarded as trustworthy and the trustworthy will be regarded as untrustworthy.
- When the liars will be regarded as truthful and the truthful will be regarded as liars.
- When women with children become displeased (on account of them bearing off-spring) and barren women remain happy (on account of having no responsibility of off-spring).
- When decisions will be given on mere conjecture (wild guesses).
- When legislation in matters pertaining to my right (religion) is handed over to the worst elements in my Ummah, and if people accept them and are satisfied with their findings, then such persons will not smell the fragrance of Jannah.
- When the off-spring become a cause of grief and anger (for their parents).
- When Islam will become a stranger (unwanted religion).
- When Malice and Hate will become common among people.
- When Islamic Knowledge (Ilm) is lifted.
- When people will boast upon their palatial mansions.
- When oppression, jealousy and greed become the order of the day.
- When lies prevail over the truth.
- When people dispute over petty issues.
- When people blatantly follow their passions and whims.
- When immorality overtakes shamelessness and is perpetrated publicly.
We’re accountable for five things
The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustapha (salla’Llahu ‘alayhi wa salLam) has warned his followers that the two feet of the son/daughter of ‘Adam will not move on the Day of Judgment until he/she has answered questions regarding five matters:
- about his/her life and how he/she spent it
- about his/her youth, and how he/she took care of it
- about his/her wealth, and how he/she earned it
- and how he/she spent his/her wealth
- about how he/she acted upon the knowledge he/she acquired.