Thursday, April 12, 2012

What is happening to the world today?

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu.

I would like to ask "WHAT is happening to the world today?".
Day in and day out, I hear nothing but bad, I see nothing but evil, I feel nothing but despair.

The only things that keeps me positive and in light of the good things, is my faith in God, my husband, and my beautiful sisters in Islam. Well, that is actually all I need in my life as all the other things are nothing but pollution to ones mind, body, and soul.

 Alhamdulillah for my blessed life.

I have been thinking though, how close we must be to the Day of Judgement. I try to remind myself often, each and every day, that one final moment I will take my last breath on this earth before I die. Before the trumpet sounds, what will I be doing? How will I die? Will I be given good news of Paradise?

These are questions we often bury in the back of our minds, but I really feel as if it should be on our TOP 5 list of priorities. Being a Muslim, we should believe in THE LAST DAY, so why haven't we acted upon it? I have been reading up on a book by Ibn Kathir, and his interpretation on THE LAST DAY (you can also find it posted on my posts) and I pulled only a few Ahadith which are spine-chillingly accurate, to say the least.



'Alî ibn Abi Talib said, "The Prophet led us in praying Salat al-Fajr (the morning prayer). When he had finished, a man called to him: 'When will the Hour be? The Prophet reprimanded him and said 'Be quiet!' After a while he raised his eyes to the sky and said, 'Glorified be the One Who raised it and is taking care of it.' Then he lowered his gaze to the earth and said, 'Glory be to the One Who has outspread it and has created it.' Then the Prophet said, 'Where is the one who asked me about the Hour?' The man knelt down and said, 'I asked you.' The Prophet said, 'The Hour will come when leaders are oppressors, when people believe in the stars and reject al-Qadar (the Divine Decree of destiny) when a trust becomes a way of making a profit, when people give to charity (Sadaqah) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread - when this happens, then your people will perish.'"

'Imran ibn Husayn said, "The Prophet said, 'Some people of this Ummah will be swallowed up by the earth, some will be transformed into animals, and some will be bombarded with stones.' One of the Muslims asked, 'When will that be, O Messenger of Allâh?' He said, 'When singers and musical instruments will become popular, and much wine will be drunk.'" (Narrated by at-Tirmidhî)


'Alî ibn Abi Talib said, "The Prophet said: 'If my Ummah bears fifteen traits, tribulation will befall it.' Someone asked, 'What are they, O Messenger of Allâh?' He said, 'When any gain is shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor; when a trust becomes a means of making a profit; when paying Zakat becomes a burden; when a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly whilst shunning his father; when voices are raised in the mosques; when the leader of a people is the worst of them; when people treat a man with respect because they fear some evil he may do; when much wine is drunk; when men wear silk; when female singers and musical instruments become popular; when the last ones of this Ummah curse the first ones - then let them expect a red wind, or the earth to swallow them, or to be transformed into animals.'" (at-Tirmidhî)


'Abdullâh said, "The Prophet said, 'Just before the Hour, there will be days in which knowledge will disappear and ignorance will appear, and there will be much killing.' " (Ibn Majah; also narrated by al-Bukhârî and Muslim, from the Hadîth of al-A'mash.)



'Abdullâh ibn Mas'ud said: "The Prophet said, 'Islâm began as something strange, and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning, so good tidings for the strangers.' Someone asked, 'Who are the strangers?' He said, 'The ones who break away from their people (literally, 'tribes') for the sake of Islâm.' "


Keeping these prophetic sayings in mind, we should really re-evaluate ourselves and our current situations. Have we really been so caught up with the dunya that we forget to prepare ourselves for our death, and for the Hereafter? We can't actually prepare for our death as we never know when it will creep up on us but by preparing, I mean, have we done the best we could to avoid the punishment of Allah swt? 

Sisters in Islam, young and old. Just as Allah(swt) gave you life, He can easily take it away from you. How will you like to die? In the middle of listening to music, talking to boys, committing adultery, drinking alcohol at a club, dressing like a prostitute, worshipping tv idols, celebrating pagan holidays, or any other thing that the Westerners of today like to partake in. 

Do we know exactly what our duties as a Muslim are? Do you know how to be a servant of Allah rather then a servant of shaitan? Tv, music, parties, is easy to fall into but so hard to get back out of, and I speak on behalf of myself through my past experiences. I am grateful for Islam saving my life, in the dunya and inshaa'Allah the Hereafter.

What are you grateful for? What have you done to show your gratitude to your Creator?
Imagine, the next minute, the next hour, tomorrow, next week was going to be the day that you die. 
What would you want your last actions to be?

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