Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Signs of the Hereafter

The Signs of the Hereafter

on his own thighs, he said: O Muhammad! Tell me about Islam. RasuulUllaah (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) replied: Islam is to testify that none is worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish Salaat, to pay Zakaat, to fast in Ramadan, and to perform Hajj to BaitUllaah provided you have resources for it. The man said: You have spoken the truth. 'Umar RadiyAllaahu 'anhu said: We were amazed at his asking the question and endorsing the answer. Then he said: Tell me about Imaan (faith)? RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: Imaan is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine Destiny - both good and bad. He said: You have spoken the truth. And then asked: Tell me about IhsaanRasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: Ihsaan is to worship Allaah as though you are seeing Him, and even if you do not see Him, He certainly sees you. Then he said: Tell me about the Hour? RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: The one who is asked about it knows no more than the one who is asking. He said: Then tell me about its signs. RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: That a slave-girl will give birth to her mistress; and you will see bare-footed, naked and destitute shepherds competing with one another in constructing lofty buildings. 'Umar RadiyAllaahu 'anhu said: Then he went away and I stayed for a while. Then, RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: O 'Umar! Do you know who the questioner was? I said: Allaah and His Messenger know best. He said: He was Jibraiil, who came to teach you your Deen (Islam). (Muslim)

Note:  In hadith, amongst the signs of the Last Day is that a slave girl will give birth to her owner (mistress); which means that disobedience of parents will become rampant at the approach of the Last Day, so much so that girls, in whose nature obedience to their mother is more ingrained, would not only become disobedient, but dominate over their mothers, as a lady mistress orders her maid-servant. This is why RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) has described a slave-girl giving birth to her mistress. The second sign of the Last Day means, such people shall be in possession of wealth who would not be worthy of it. Their interest will be in constructing high buildings and they would compete with one another in it. (Ma'aariful Hadith)

35.  Hassan RahimahUllaah narrates that RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) was asked about two men from the Bani Israiil as to which of them was superior. One of them was an 'Aalim, who observed the obligatory Salaat, and then sat and taught the people good, the other one fasted by day, and worshipped during the night. RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) replied: The superiority of that 'Aalim who observed the obligatory Salaat then sat and taught good, over a devout worshipper who fasted by day and worshipped during the night, is like my superiority over the least amongst you. (Sunan-ud-daarmi)

36.  'AbdUllaah RadiyAllaahu 'anhu narrates that RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: Learn the Qur'aan and teach it to people; acquire knowledge of Deen and teach it to people; learn the obligatory Commandments (of Allaah) and teach these to people: Indeed I would die and verily the knowledge will also be lifted soon, so much so that two people will disagree on an obligatory Command, and there will be no one who could guide them correctly about it. (Baihaqi)

37.  Abu Umaamah Al-Baahilii RadiyAllaahu anhu narrates that RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: O people! Acquire knowledge, before knowledge is withdrawn, and before it is eliminated. (Musnad Ahmad)

38.  Abu Hurairah RadiyAllaahu 'anhu narrates that RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: Indeed, among the actions and good deeds for which a believer will continue to receive rewards even after his death are: (1) Knowledge which he taught and spread (2) Righteous children whom he left behind  (3)  The Qur'aan which he left as an inheritance  (4)  A masjid which he built  (5)  A rest house which he built for the travelers  (6)  A stream which he caused to flow  (7)  A charity that he gave from his wealth, while he was alive and healthy. For all these, he will continue to receive rewards after his death.  (Ibne-Maajah)

39.  Anas RadiyAllaahu 'anhu says about RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) that (at times and according to the needs of the moment) whenever he said something, he would repeat it thrice so that the meaning would be fully understood. (Bukhaarii)

40.  AbdUllaah ibne-'Amr ibnil-Aas RadiyAllaahu 'anhuma narrates that RasuulUllaah (Sallallaahu  'alaihi wa 'aalihii wasallam) said: Allaah will not take away knowledge of Deen from people at once, but will withdraw knowledge by the death of 'Ulamaa until no 'Aalim will be left, people will take ignorant men as their leaders. They will be asked question relating to Deen and they will give verdict without knowledge. They being astray will lead others astray. (Bukhaarii) 

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