The Day of Resurrection


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  • The Day of Resurrection


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    Chapter Five

    The land Of
    Promise

    When Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, resurrects people many scenes
    shall pass, which Allah has narrated to us in the Noble Qur’an. Nonetheless,
    what is stated in the Noble Qur’an are only examples that clarify to us what
    shall happen. But all the events are within the Knowledge of Almighty Allah,
    Alone.

    The first of these events on the Day of Resurrection is that it shall
    come suddenly upon us all. Even the dead people who knew their destination and
    have seen what we do not see, do not know when resurrection shall happen. They
    shall be surprised by it just as the living on the face of the earth shall be
    at the time of resurrection.

    Thus, the Last Hour [of Resurrection] comes upon the living and the dead
    unexpectedly. Neither the dead people know the time of the Day of Resurrection
    nor the living, nor the Jinn. Even the angels who are close to Allah – Angel
    Jibrîl (Gabriel) peace be upon him – do not know the time of resurrection.
    Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, has kept the knowledge of resurrection with
    Him Alone.

    ‘Umar bin Al-Khattâb (may Allah be pleased with him) said: One day we were sitting in the company
    of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) when there
    appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes, his hair extremely
    black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At
    last he sat with the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) rested
    his knees on his knees, placed his palms on his thighs and said: "O
    Muhammad, inform me about Islam?” He (the Prophet) said: “Islam is to testify
    that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and
    to offer prayers perfectly, pay Zakah (compulsory charity), observe fast during
    the month of Ramadan, and perform pilgrimage to the House if you are able to
    find thereto a way.” He (the inquirer) said: “You have told the truth.” He
    (‘Umar bin Al-Khâttab) said: “It amazed us that he would put the question and
    then he would himself verify the truth.” He (the inquirer) said: “Inform me
    about faith?” He (the Prophet) said: “To believe in Allah, in His angels, in
    His Books, in His Messengers, in the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine
    Decree, the good of it and the evil.” He (the inquirer) said: “You have told
    the truth.” He (the inquirer) said: “Inform me about Ihsân (perfection and
    sincerity in worship)?” He (the Prophet) said: “
    To worship Allah
    as if you see Him
    , for if you do not see Him, He, verily, sees you.” He (the
    enquirer) said: “Inform me about the Hour (of the Doom)?” He (the Prophet)
    said: “
    The one who is asked about it does not know more than the one who is
    asking
    .” He (the inquirer) said: “Inform me about its portents?” He (the
    Prophet) said: “That the slave-girl gives birth to her mistress and master, and
    that you find the barefooted,
    naked, destitute
    shepherds vying with one another in the construction of high buildings. He (the
    narrator, ‘Umar bin Al-Khâttab) said: “Then he (the inquirer) went on his way
    but I stayed with him (the Prophet) for a long while.” He then, said to me: “O
    ‘Umar, do you know who the inquirer was?” I replied: “Allah and His Messenger
    know best. He (the Prophet) said: “He was (angel) Gabriel. He came to teach you
    your religion.””

    Gabriel who is the closest Angel to Allah, all praise and glory is to
    Him, who descended with the Qur’an, does not know when the Hour shall be
    established.

    Therefore, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says in His Book what
    means:

    [They ask you, [O
    Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? Say, "Its knowledge is
    only with my Lord. None will reveal its time except Him. It lays heavily upon
    the heavens and the earth. It will not come upon you except unexpectedly."
    They ask you as if you are familiar with it. Say, "Its knowledge is only
    with Allah, but most of the people do not know."
    ] [Al-A'râf, 7:
    178]

    So, the Hour shall come suddenly upon all the creatures, the dead and
    the living. Neither the dead, nor the living, nor the angels know when will the
    Hour come but it shall overtake them all. The first thing that follows the
    surprise is watching; to watch that Great Event when all the creatures of Allah
    are resurrected.

      

    At that moment people shall be different. The state of every person will
    agree with his deeds. Meaning, the state of every person will depend on the
    deeds
    he has done in worldly life. If he is
    from the righteous, his state will agree with the degree of his piety and
    loyalty to Allah. And if he is from the sinners, his state will agree with the
    degree of sinners.

    All creatures shall be crowded together on the Land of Gathering, which
    is the land on which we shall live till we proceed to the Land of Promise. It
    is the land where Judgment shall be executed. The standing shall extend for
    long and the sun shall draw near the creatures’ heads. 

      

    The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) relates to us what shall happen on that Day,
    saying:

    “The believers will assemble on the Day of Resurrection and say,
    ‘If we could seek intercession with our Lord.’ So they will go to Adam and say,
    ‘You are the father of mankind, Allah created you with His Own Hands, and
    ordered the angels to prostrate to you, and taught you the names of all things;
    so please intercede for us with your Lord, so that He may relieve us from this
    place of ours.’ Adam will say, ‘I am not fit for this (i.e. intercession for
    you).’ Then Adam will remember his sin and feel ashamed thereof. He will say,
    ‘Go to Noah, for he was the first Messenger whom Allah sent to the inhabitants of
    the earth.’

    They will go to him and Noah will say, ‘I am not fit for this.’ He
    will remember asking his Lord that of which he had no knowledge, then he will
    feel ashamed thereof and will say, ‘Go to Khalîlu Ar-Rahmân [the friend of the
    Most Merciful, i.e. Abraham].’ They will go to him and he will say, ‘I am not
    fit for this. Go to Moses, the servant to whom Allah spoke (directly) and gave
    him the Torah.’ So they will go to him and he will say, ‘I am not fit for
    this,’ and he will mention (his) killing a person not in retaliation of murder,
    and so he will feel ashamed thereof before his Lord, and he will say, ‘Go to
    Jesus, Allah’s servant, His Messenger and Allah’s Word ["Be!" - and
    he was] and a spirit (Rûh) created by Him.’ ‘Jesus will say, 'I am not fit for
    this, go to Muhammad the servant whose past and future sins were forgiven by
    Allah.’ So they will come to me and I will proceed till I will ask my Lord’s
    Permission and I will be given Permission. When I see my Lord, I will fall down
    in Prostration and He will let me remain in that state as long as He wishes and
    then I will be addressed: ‘(Muhammad!) Raise your head. Ask, and your request
    will be granted; say, and your saying will be listened to; intercede, and your
    intercession will be accepted.’ I will raise my head and praise Allah with a
    saying (i.e. invocation) He will teach me, and then I will intercede. He will
    fix a limit for me (to intercede for) whom I will admit into Paradise. Then I
    will come back again to Allah, and when I see my Lord, the same (will happen).
    And then I will intercede and Allah will fix a limit for me (to intercede for)
    whom I will admit into Paradise, and then I will come back for the fourth time,
    and I will say, ‘None remains in Hell but those whom the Qur’an has imprisoned
    (in Hell) and for whom eternity (in Hell) has become inevitable.’”

    This noble hadith raises many question:

    The first question is: If Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)
    shall intercede on the Day of Resurrection, why is not his intercession limited
    to his Ummah (nation) only? And why does this intercession include the rest of
    nations?

    The answer is that Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, has sent
    Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) as a mercy to all that
    exists. Among the signs of this mercy is that it embraces all creatures.
    Therefore, he is given universal intercession to all the creatures of Allah on
    the Day of Resurrection, and a special intercession to his Ummah. 

    The second question: is about seeing Allah, all praise and glory is to Him.

    Allah says in His Noble Book what means:

    [No vision can
    grasp Him, but His Grasp is over all vision. He is the Most Subtle and
    Courteous, Well­-Acquainted with all things.
    ] [Al-An‘âm, 6:
    103]

    Which means that no vision can grasp Him in worldly life because He, all
    glory is to Him, has created us from clay that cannot bear the Light of Allah’s
    Kingdom, all praise and glory is to Him.

    Moses (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), in his humanity, wanted
    to see Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, after Allah talked to him. So,
    when Moses, the Messenger of Allah, and the one whom Allah talked to, said:
    ["My Lord,
    show me [Yourself] that I may look at You."
    ] [Al-A‘râf, 7:
    143]

    The Answer that Allah, The Most Exalted, gave to him was:

    [[Allah] said,
    "You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in
    place, then you will see Me." But when his Lord appeared to the mountain,
    He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious.
    ] [Al-A‘râf, 7:
    143]

    This glorious Ayah shows us that Moses, in his humanity, could not bear
    the Light of Allah’s Kingdom therefore he
    fell
    down unconscious from the powerfulness of the Light, and similarly all mankind
    with their human form cannot see Allah, all praise and glory is to Him. They
    cannot bear the Light of
    Allah’s Kingdom.  

    Hence, in the life of this world we cannot see Allah, but in the
    Hereafter we shall be a new creation with regards to the nature of formation.
    In worldly life we live and die, but in the Hereafter we shall be developed
    into another creation, that never die but live forever.

    In worldly life, our lives are measured by time. We reach youth then old
    age. But in the Hereafter there shall be no time. Every one of us will remain
    forever young. This means that the nature of our formation shall differ,
    whereby there will exist in us things that have not existed before in the
    nature of our worldly formation.

    Faces looking at their
    Lord

    Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, will change the nature of our
    formation in the Hereafter to be able to see Him, all praise and glory is to
    Him.

    Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says what means:

    [[Some] faces, that
    Day, will be radiant, Looking at their Lord.
    ] [Al-Qiyâmah, 22:
    23]

    Thus, we learn from the Noble Qur’an that our formation in the Hereafter
    will differ from that of worldly life, to be able to see from the Kingdom of
    Allah what we do not see in this world.

    Some people said, "O Messenger of Allah! Shall we see our Lord on the
    Day of Resurrection?"
    He said, "Do
    you jostle with one another for (seeing) the sun when it is free from
    clouds?"
    They replied, "No, O
    Messenger of Allah."
    He said, "Do
    you jostle with one another for (seeing) the moon on a full moon night when it
    is free from clouds?"
    They replied, "No,
    O Messenger of Allah!"
    He said, "So
    you will see Him (your Lord) on the Day of Resurrection."

    How shall all of us see everything on the Day of
    Resurrection?

    There remains a last question concerning this noble Hadith, which is:
    “How will everyone of us fully see the whole spectacle of Resurrection Day; the
    first and the last generations all in one domain, seeing and hearing it all?
    Considering such a huge number of creatures, how will we be able to see and
    hear it?

    The answer is that scientific progress has approximated this picture.
    Now and after using satellites every one of us can sit at his home and see
    everything taking place in the whole world without moving from his place.

    Did not the whole world see the descent of the first man to the moon at
    the same instant, though everyone of us was sitting at his place without
    stirring thousands of miles away. Despite this we clearly saw what happened as
    if sitting on the moon’s surface.

    Does not man now talk on radio or television and the whole world hears him
    at the same instant he speaks? If this is possible by the power of the
    creatures of Allah, how is it then by the Power of Allah, all praise and glory
    is to Him?

    Yes Indeed! We shall see and hear everything on the Day of Resurrection.
    Everything shall be witnessed by all the creatures of Allah.

    Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says what means:

    [That is a Day for
    which the people will be collected, and that is a Day [which will be]
    witnessed.
    ] [Hûd, 11: 103]

    Therefore, it is said that disgrace in worldly life is less painful than
    disgrace in the Hereafter. Because disgrace in worldly life is witnessed by a
    far less number of people. Whereas, disgrace in the Hereafter shall be
    witnessed by all the creatures of Allah.

    Disclosure of secrets         

    In the Hereafter secretes shall be disclosed. There shall be no secrets,
    but whatever man secretly did and hid from people shall be disclosed before all
    the creatures of Allah. Therefore, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him,  says about that Day what means:

    [The Day when all the secrets will be
    examined
    ] [At-Târiq, 86: 9]

    Every secret that people cared to hide and thought that none shall know
    it; every crime that was secretly perpetrated and none knew about it; every sin
    committed and the sinner was anxious to hide, all this shall be exposed on the
    Day of Resurrection before all the creatures of Allah.

    There are incidents that took place and man forgot about it in the midst
    of life events. He will find them before him clear and obvious just as they happened
    with their heroes, characters and events.           

    Therefore, Allah, The Exalted and Ever-Majestic, says what means:

    [Allah has kept
    account of it, while they have forgotten it
    ] [Al-Mujâdilah,
    58: 6]

    While reading the book of deeds and watching the tape of life history
    with all its event, the criminals on the Day of Resurrection will say as the
    Noble Qur’an relates to us:
    ["Woe to us! What sort of Book is this
    that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with
    numbers!" And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and
    your Lord treats no one with injustice
    .] [Al-Kahf, 18: 49]

    Thus, we learn that whatever we did in our lives shall be present before
    us on the Day of Resurrection. The intercession of the Messenger of Allah (may
    Allah bless him and grant him peace) will rescue many believers from the
    torment. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is
    granted the right of intercession for his Ummah. Those who try to deny his
    right of intercession have deviated from the Law, because his right of
    intercession is established by the Noble Qur’an. Allah, all praise and glory is
    to Him, says what means:

    [Who is it that can
    intercede with Him except by His permission?
    ] [Al-Baqarah, 2:
    255]

    And He, all glory is to Him, says:

    [That Day, no
    intercession will benefit except [that of] one to whom the Most Merciful has
    given permission and has accepted his word.
    ] [Tâhâ, 20: 109]

    There are other Ayat in the Noble Qur’an which acknowledge that there
    will be intercession on the Day of Resurrection to the one whom Allah has given
    permission. Certainly, there is no one nobler or closer than the Messenger of
    Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). Therefore, no one shall be
    better than Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) for interceding.
    Allah has given him the right and permission of intercession. The Messenger of
    Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is sent a mercy to all that
    exists and mercy entails intercession.

    The creatures of Allah shall all be gathered on the Day of Resurrection
    and the standing shall be long. The sun will draw near to the heads of the
    creatures and
    every person will be a
    pledge for what he has earned.
    Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, has created this world and sent
    down in it His Law of duties. He decreed by the power of free choice that man
    should either choose his faith or his disbelief, Allah forbid.

    Whoever chooses faith then he is safe in the abodes of belief. He is
    ranked among
    the ones brought near [to Allah] and the companions of the right. And
    whoever
    chooses
    disbelief – Allah forbid – he has chosen the Fire and He is ranked among the
    punished.

    And the procession proceeds from the land of Gathering to the Land of
    Promise, which is a land that Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, has
    prepared for the Hereafter, for the Day of Judgment. All the creatures of
    Allah, from the time of the Prophet Adam (may Allah bless him and grant him
    peace) till the Last Hour, shall be gathered on it. For every person is a known
    place on it. A place that Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, has specified
    for everyone of His creatures. Every man is accompanied by an angel who will
    lead him to his special place on the Land of Promise.

    When we reach the Land of Promise all means completely end and are
    destroyed. There shall be no means but everything shall be directly received
    from The Originator, all praise and glory is to Him. The light that will
    illuminate this Land shall be the Light of Allah, be ever gloried His Majesty
    and Might. And all Power there belongs to Allah, Alone, without means. No human
    will possess any power to do a thing for himself and will not possess for
    others any harm or benefit. Everything that Allah, all praise and glory is to
    Him, has subjected to humans by His power will return to the Direct Divine
    Power.

    And Everything spoke!!      

       

    Your tongue that used to obey you in lying, hypocrisy and disbelief, you
    would find it a glorifier of Allah, and a witness against you. And the hand you
    attacked with, stole with, killed with and did with it whatever incurred the
    Wrath of Allah and used to obey you in the life of choice, you would find it a
    witness against you. Also, the feet and skin, and every cell of your body would
    testify against you on that Day.

    Concerning this, Allah, The Most Exalted, says what means:

    [On a Day when
    their tongues, their hands and their feet will bear witness against them as to
    what they used to do.
    ] [An-Nûr, 24: 24]

    We have to pay attention that Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, has
    created a language for everything. The word ‘thing’ refers to all
    species; it comprehends everything that Allah has created. Even inanimate
    beings have a language by which they speak. We have already clarified this and
    how the Noble Qur’an has stated that inanimate beings have sentiments and that
    the land cries.

    The land shall testify to the steps you have walked. And the stone shall
    testify against you on the Day of Resurrection. Those who worshipped stones and
    idols, these stones shall come to testify against them on the Day of
    Resurrection, saying: “They have worshipped us when we are certainly more
    worshippers to Allah than them
    .” 

    Stones rejoice in burning the sinners

    Moreover, these stones – which are the fuel of Hell – shall rejoice
    while burning the disbelievers, the hypocrites and the sinners. They are
    pleased because they are fulfilling the duty that Allah has assigned to them.
    Certainly, from the perfection of worship is that the servant fulfills the
    duties that Allah has enjoined upon him while at the peak of happiness and
    harmony, because he is fulfilling his mission in the universe.

    On the Land of Promise there shall be many scenes while people are
    standing, waiting Judgment. The means have ended and the world of means as
    well. There only remains the Light of Allah, all praise and glory is to Him,
    based on the Saying of The Most Exalted King:

    [And the earth will
    shine with the light of its Lord, and the record [of deeds] will be placed
    ] [Az-Zumar, 39:
    69]

    All these scenes shall be witnessed – as previously clarified – by all
    the creatures of Allah; perfectly seeing them.

    Every human with the god he worshipped

    The beginning of Judgment shall be Allah’s Command that everyone must be
    gathered with what he worshipped. Whereupon, mankind will be divided into
    various parties.

    Those who worshipped stones will stand with the stones; those who
    worshipped the sun will be crowded together with the sun; those who worshipped
    humans – like the people of Pharaoh – shall stand with him and he shall be in
    the forefront. Also, those  who
    worshipped gold statues – like the Buddhists for example – shall stand with
    their statues.

    Those who worshipped their fathers – as in some creeds in Japan – shall
    be gathered with their fathers; those who worshipped animals – as in India –
    shall be crowded together with the animals and those who worshipped Satan shall
    be crowded together with Satan.

    Those who associated partners (false gods) with Allah shall be gathered
    with the partners they
    joined in worship
    with Allah. Whereas, those who worshipped Allah, all praise and glory is to
    him, shall be gathered together. Everyone shall be gathered with what he
    worshipped.

     

    Then Allah shall
    ask, “Where is your gods?” And all those who worshipped false gods
    instead of Allah shall look around them, after truth has appeared manifest and
    has become a certainty; and after all falsity of this world vanished. They will
    look around but what will they find?

    The Noble Qur’an depicts to us this picture through the Saying of Allah,
    Blessed and Exalted is He:

    [And it will be
    said, “Invoke your ‘partners’ ” and they will invoke them; but they will not
    respond to them, and they will see the punishment. If only they had followed
    guidance!
    ]  [Al-Qasas, 28: 64]        

    As such will be the status of those who worshipped things instead of
    Allah, but what shall be the status of those who were worshipped on this Great
    Day? They shall be divided into two parties: a party that is guiltless of this
    worship, as the stones, the sun, the animals and the like. All these beings are
    compelled to obey Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, therefore they do not
    tempt anyone into worshipping them. They are free from the guilt of being taken
    as gods instead of Allah.

    On this Day – as previously clarified – everything shall speak, so what
    shall it say?

    Those who were worshipped…yet free from guilt 

    Those shall go to Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, to declare that
    they are guiltless of being taken as gods and that they did not call people to
    worship them. They are believers in Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, and
    glorify Him.

    Please read the Saying of Allah, The Most Exalted:

    [And [mention] the
    Day He will gather them and that which they worship besides Allah and will say,
    “Did you mislead these, My servants, or did they [themselves] stray from the
    way?” They will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for us to take besides You
    any allies. But You provided comforts for them and their fathers until they forgot
    the message and became a people ruined.”
    ] [Al-Furqân,
    25: 17-18]

    Thus, everything worshipped instead of Allah, without its choice, shall
    declare itself innocent of those who worshipped it. But what about those who
    called people and tempted them into worshipping them, and tortured whoever did
    not worship them?

    Concerning them, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says what means:

    [When those who
    were followed, disown (declare themselves innocent of) those who followed
    (them), and they see the torment, then all their relations will be cut off from
    them.
    ] [Al-Baqarah, 2:
    166]

    Indeed, there are many events that shall take place on that Day, each
    holding a meaning and an indication.

     

     

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