When we read the accounts of the prophets in
the Qur’an, we see that an important divine law governs
all ages. Those societies that reject the messenger Allah
sent to them and fight against him are destroyed, while those
who subject themselves to the messenger experience the material
plenty and spiritual well being that true religion brings.
In the period following these messengers, some societies then
reject the true religion that was clearly communicated to
them, and begin to associate partners with Allah. Discord
and conflict ensue. In fact, they have contributed to their
own disastrous end with their hands.
This law will surely be operative in the End
Times. The Prophet (saas) reveals that the Hour will come
after the death of ‘Isa (as) and at the end of the Golden
Surely, the End Times and the Golden Age
will be the periods in which a last warning will be given
to humanity. A number of hadiths highlight that there will
be no good left in the world after this period. So, we see
that, shortly after ‘Isa (as)’s death, all the
peoples of the world, spoiled by the material abundance of
the Golden Age, will become wicked and reject true religion.
We may state that it may be under such conditions that the
Hour will come, but, of course, only Allah knows.
Surely, Allah is beyond time and
space, whereas human beings are bound by them both. This evident
reality means that the past, present and future are only one
moment in Allah’s sight. In His sight, everything begins
and ends in a moment. From the creation of the world to the
Judgment, everything has been ordained by Allah, down to the
smallest details. Every event, from the smallest to the greatest,
has been recorded in the book called “Lawh Mahfuz”
(Mother of the Book).
Every occurrence, in its every
detail, along with its time and place, is contained within
the destiny ordained by Allah. In the Qur’an, this fact
is stated in these words: “Every
communication has its time, and you will certainly come to
know.” (Surat al-An’am: 67) This time is
precisely predetermined such that “it cannot be delayed
or advanced a single hour.”
Of course, the time when the signs
of the Last Day and the End Times will come to pass is determined
in Allah’s sight down to the last second. For centuries,
believers who sincerely believe in Allah have observed the
occurrence of the signs of the Last Day with great interest
and anticipation, knowing that what they are observing is
the operation of fate. They have carefully considered the
signs in the Qur’an and in the hadiths, and have endeavored
to prepare themselves for the disorder and anguish of the
first period of the End Times. As well, they have earnestly
desired to live in the blessed Golden Age.
The verses of the Qur’an
and the hadiths examined throughout this book have clearly
presented a number of facts regarding the promises of Allah.
The period in which we live is one in which a large part of
these signs of the Hour have come to pass. Today’s world
is witnessing, for the first time in history, the evident
fulfillment of these divine promises, one after the other.
Surely, these are the most important developments since the
time of the Prophet (saas). To view these divine signs dismissively,
to neglect them or reject them is a great loss.
So, we can understand that the
twentyfirst century marks the beginning of a totally new era
in world history.
Allah’s promises are certainly
true. No one can change His promises or prevent their fulfillment.
As in every matter, the best and most beautiful words in this
matter are stated in the Qur’an:
Say: “Praise be to
Allah. He will show you His Signs and you will recognize
them...” (Surat an-Naml: 93)