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The End Times (by - Syed Abdul Jabbar Qureshi

The End Times (by - Syed Abdul Jabbar Qureshi

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All Praise and Devotion is due to Allah (subhanahu-wata’ala) alone. Today we have powerful secular nations plunged deep into sin, rich Muslim nations engaging in hypocrisy and polytheism, and a global lack of Islamic leadership. A leadership on the path of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) is almost absent from the Muslim
Ummah.

Due to the current condition of our world, it is not only preferred, but also obligatory on every Muslim to try to educate his or herself on the realities of Al-Fitan. Al-Fitan is a broad term used in Islamic Literature to denote the trials that humanity would face as the Hour draws near. Studying about Al-Fitan entails reviewing all the Qur’anic
Ayahs and all the Ahadith regarding the matter. To make this task easy, we have compiled English translation of a chapter called Al-Fitan from the most respected and authentic encyclopedia of Islamic History titled “Al bidaya wa-an-Nihaya” by Ibn Kathir.

The content of this book is organized under twelve chapters, ten of which are mostly direct translations of Ibn Kathir’s works with a few comments added for clarification of the subject matter. The last two chapters have been written in order to emphasize some things relevant to our age. Things that weren’t so dire in the time of Ibn Kathir. Before we begin a study of Al-Fitan, let us make a Du’a occasionally recited by our Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam):

Transliteration: Allahumma inni as’aluka ilman naafi’a
Translation: O Allah, I ask of you knowledge which is beneficial.
All Praise and Devotion is due to Allah (subhanahu-wata’ala) alone. Today we have powerful secular nations plunged deep into sin, rich Muslim nations engaging in hypocrisy and polytheism, and a global lack of Islamic leadership. A leadership on the path of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) is almost absent from the Muslim
Ummah.

Due to the current condition of our world, it is not only preferred, but also obligatory on every Muslim to try to educate his or herself on the realities of Al-Fitan. Al-Fitan is a broad term used in Islamic Literature to denote the trials that humanity would face as the Hour draws near. Studying about Al-Fitan entails reviewing all the Qur’anic
Ayahs and all the Ahadith regarding the matter. To make this task easy, we have compiled English translation of a chapter called Al-Fitan from the most respected and authentic encyclopedia of Islamic History titled “Al bidaya wa-an-Nihaya” by Ibn Kathir.

The content of this book is organized under twelve chapters, ten of which are mostly direct translations of Ibn Kathir’s works with a few comments added for clarification of the subject matter. The last two chapters have been written in order to emphasize some things relevant to our age. Things that weren’t so dire in the time of Ibn Kathir. Before we begin a study of Al-Fitan, let us make a Du’a occasionally recited by our Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam):

Transliteration: Allahumma inni as’aluka ilman naafi’a
Translation: O Allah, I ask of you knowledge which is beneficial.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Ayat and Ahadith about the Hour............................................................... 3
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
General Description of Al-Fitan.................................................................. 7
Divisions within the main Religious Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
The Evils that will befall the Muslim Ummah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
2. Greater signs of the Hour............................................................................. 10
The Mahdi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Trials and tribulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
3. Signs and Portents........................................................................................... 20
4. Appearance of Dajjal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
5. Ahadith about the Dajjal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
6. Warnings against the Dajjal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
7. A test for people at the end of time.......................................................... 38
More Ahadith about the Dajjal.................................................................. 41
Protection Against the Dajjal..................................................................... 42
The Life and Deeds of Dajjal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
8. The descent of Jesus at the end of time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Description of Messiah Jesus Son of Mary (Peace be upon him) 47
The Appearance of Gog and Magog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
The Destruction of Ka’abah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Medina’s Inhabitants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
9. The emergence of the beast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
The Rising of the Sun from the West. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
The Appearance of Smoke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

210. The Hour will not come until.................................................................... 55

Description of the People at the End of Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
11. Evidence for Imam Al-Mahdi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Who Is Imam Mahdi?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
His Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
His Emergence and Rule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Emergence of Al-Mahdi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
The Current Situation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
12. The Black Banners of Khurasan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
The Black Banners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
The Army of Black Banners is Unstoppable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Analysis of Authenticity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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