And guard yourselves against a chastisement which cannot fall exclusively on those of you who are wrong-doers, and know that Allah is severe in punishment. (8: 25)
Man needs to understand this well that whenever there is birth, there shall be definitely death like mentioned in the Holy Quran whereby Allah the Exalted has said that: “Each soul (life) shall taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.” (21: 36).
The Hadiths, narrated by Hazrat Anas (ra) also inform us that Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) has said: “A time shall come when those practicing religion shall be similar to those holding embers in (the palm of) their hands.” (Tirmidhi).
What is being explained (in the Hadiths) is that there shall be many people who shall consider it a burden to practice religion like it is difficult for one to hold embers in one’s hand. And our beloved prophet (pbuh) has informed his Ummah also that before the Day of Judgement (Qiyamah) there shall many afflictions (fitna) which shall be like darkness wherein believers shall not see any way out; such afflictions which shall be frightening and dangerous. Many of these believers shall lose faith and shall not practice religion at all. In the morning there are some who shall have faith (Iman), but due to personal gain, or under the domination of the tyrants (Zalims), or under the influence of an infidel, such kind of believer shall lose his faith in the afternoon. As for those who are weak in faith, they shall see it difficult to remain firm on the path (the religion) of Islam.
People who have disregard to what is licit (Halal) and illicit (Haram), and in Bukhari also, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) has give precision on the subject of Muslims not having any regard to what is licit or not. In Mishkat, it is also mentioned that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said that after all obligatory acts (in Islam), it is necessary for the Muslims to seek licit food and Nabi Kareem (pbuh) has made us understand that if in the period of 40 consecutive days a person eats what is licit without mixing illicit food (be it food and means and ways to acquire that food), therefore Allah the Exalted shall filled his heart with Light (Nur) and in his heart shall manifest a source of goodness and intelligence.
“Oh mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
He only orders you to evil and immorality and to say about Allah what you do not know.” (2: 169-170)
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) has reported that he mentioned the above-mentioned verses (2: 169-170) to the Holy Prophet (pbuh). Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas (ra) stood up and said: “Oh Messenger of Allah (pbuh), pray that Allah may accept all supplications I address Him.” Huzur (pbuh) replied: “O Sa’d! Consume licit food, then your supplications shall be heard. By Him in whose hands my life is found (Allah), if someone consumes a morsel of Haram in his stomach, his prayers shall not be accepted for 40 days.”
Signs of Qiyamah
And the Holy Prophet (pbuh) also said: There are a lot of people whose food and clothing are from illicit source and each time they lift their hand in supplication/prayer. How can their supplications be then accepted? There are also those who contribute financially, give Sadaqua and donations with illicit money. This is similar to washing one’s dirty clothes in urine, and this the clothing becomes all the more impure. Allah the Exalted loves those who seeks the licit means and come back home tired at night (bringing in licit money). Allah the Exalted is pleased with such person before he even goes to sleep. One of the signs of Qiyamah as narrated by Hazrat Huzaifa (ra): The Holy Prophet (pbuh) has said: “Qiyamah shall not occur till you murder your Imam (Amir’ul Mumineen) and fight among yourselves with swords (in that period power shall be in the hands of the wrong people).”(Tirmidhi).
That sign of Qiyamah like mentioned in the Hadith has materialised in the times of the rightly guided caliphs, where history of Islam witness how for the first time reactionary Egyptian Muslims murdered the chief of believers Hazrat Uthman (ra) in the year 35 Hijri. Next, in the year 40 Hijri Abdul Rahman bin Muljim murdered the chief of believers Hazrat Ali (ra) with his sword. And on 10 Muharram 61 Hijri, some Muslims, soldiers of Yazid murdered Hazrat Imam Hussein (ra) in the plains of Karbala (Inset: "Battle of Karbala", Iranian painting from the 19th century).
Moreover the Prophet of Allah said (as reported by Hazrat Abu Huraira): “By Him, in Whose hand is my life, the world would not come to an end until a person would pass by a grave, would roll over it and express the desire that he should be in the place of the occupant of that grave not because of religious reasons but because of this calamity.” (Muslim).
Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) also said (as reported by Hazrat Abu Huraira) that Qiyamah shall not come until there are money/riches in abundance. In that epoch, there shall be so much money that when someone shall extract Zakat money to be given away, there shall not be anyone to accept it. (Muslim, Mishkat).
Qiyamah shall not come until you possess many riches and the wealthy shall be afflicted/ sad and say: “Alas! If only we had met someone who had accepted our Sadaqua.” (Bukhari, Muslim). And Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) announced six signs of Qiyamah and one of these signs is that there shall be so much wealth that if one gives someone 100 dinars (gold coins), the latter shall be angry for he will consider it not enough. (Bukhari).
And you see yourselves how difficult it is when you need to give away Sadaqua. When the Hour shall draw near, there shall be the disfigurement of faces, the earth shall sink and there shall be rain of rocks. In the Ummah itself Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) has already said that people shall consume lots of alcoholic drinks, shall listen raptly to music and the songs of singers (female singers) that they shall be lost in them, and all these shall happen in the Ummah where many people shall be trapped by these vices; such vices to which there is no real solution.
May Allah preserve us from the afflictions of the last days, and make us taste His pleasure and to enable us to do each deed with the fear of Allah in the heart, Insha-Allah, Ameen.
- Friday Sermon of August 01, 2014 delivered by the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius.