5b – The End of This World

THE LAST DAY

The Last Day is so named because there is no day (of this world) after it.  On that day, Allah will cause this world to perish, and will replace it with another wherein people will be given the dues of their worldly actions.

The Time of Occurrence of the Last Day

Its exact time is known only to Allah.  “They ask you about the Hour, when will its coming be?  Say : its knowledge is only with my Lord.  None will reveal it at its time save Him.  [Its knowledge] is weighty upon the [inhabitants of the] heavens and the earth.  It will not come to you except suddenly.  They ask you as if you are well-informed about it.  Say : Its knowledge is only with Allah, but most of mankind do not know.” [Qur’an, 7:187]  At the end of the Jibreel hadith, the angel Gabriel asked the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), “When is the Hour?”  He replied, “The questioned is not more knowledgeable about it than the questioner,” and then recited a verse of the Qur’an.  “Indeed, with Allah is the knowledge of the Hour.” [Qur’an, 31:34]

Thus, it is totally forbidden to engage in speculation or calculation in order to try to predict the end of the world.  Anyone who believes that a psychic or fortune-teller shares in Allah’s knowledge of the Hidden, has left Islam.  On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be well pleased with him) : “Whoever came to a diviner, or a fortune-teller, and affirmed him in that which he said, has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).” [Nasa’i, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Al-Hakim]   Nor is it permissible to visit psychics and the like for fun, and the person who does risks losing his prayers for forty days.  “Whoever came to a fortune-teller, and asked him about something and then affirmed him , the salah of forty days will not be accepted from him.” [Narrated by Muslim] Read more