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THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

Sent by: Dr. Abu Khalid

Start thinking about Judgment Day! But I don't want to be just telling stories, I want you to start imagining, with all your senses that you are there now. I'll try as hard as I can to draw a picture just as if you were really standing there. But please, forget that I am requesting you to only read this article, I'm not. We are just trying to imagine what will happen on Resurrection Day (Judgment Day). My aim is not to scare you. My aim is to tell you the facts about that day.

How will it begin?
"The Trumpet will just be sounded, when all that are in the heavens and on earth will swoon, except such as it will please Allah (to exempt). Then a second one will be sounded, when, behold, you will be standing and looking on!"

"The trumpet shall be sounded, when behold! From the sepulchers (men) will rush forth to their Lord!"

We will try to mention about only one topic– the standing on resurrection day waiting for judgment. After the trumpet is blown, your body parts start to join together, and your bones start to merge once more. Your brain starts thinking, your eyes open and you start to have life back again.

Imagine what this great blow will do? It will bring back all the sand of earth that you were made from thousands of years ago. Imagine the greatness and power of this blow? The trumpet width is like the width of earth and skies together. Your grave cracks and opens from the mightiness of the blow. Are you visualizing this great day with me? So now you are back to life, coming out from your grave, naked and covered in sand, with no water available to wash yourself. Your situation is very hard.

What will you say? All the people on that day will cry out saying the same word: "Myself. Myself". "I don't care today about anyone except myself." Imagine the sound of billions of people around you all saying the same word "Myself. Myself". Who came out with you from the same grave? Now regarding your father and your mother – do you remember that day when your father died how much you cried? Do you remember how much you hugged and kissed him and said: "If I could only see him again for one second?" And now, on the Day of Resurrection, after thousands of years, imagine how much you really missed him. Of course you will hug him and kiss him... or at least that is what you imagine. But no, this will not happen.

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

يَوۡمَ يَفِرُّ ٱلۡمَرۡءُ مِنۡ أَخِيهِ (34) وَأُمِّهِۦ وَأَبِيهِ (35) وَصَٰحِبَتِهِۦ وَبَنِيهِ (36)

“the Day when one will flee from his brother, and from his mother and father, and from his wife and sons,” (Abasa 80:34-36)

Imagine yourself running away from your own father! From your own Mother, from your spouse, from your children! It has been a thousand years since the last time you saw them and you are running! Can you imagine yourself running from your mother, your children and your spouse? Everyone is running, but where to? No one knows where to. We are just running and saying the same word "myself, myself" again and again. Imagine yourself running without an aim. You don't know where you are going, you are so afraid, and you're just running and running. You don't want to be tied down by anyone and you don't want anyone to stop you from running.

Maybe this picture scared you, but I told you that resurrection day it not all fearful. Now imagine the bright and beautiful side: A family coming out from their graves holding hands. Imagine with me – the father, the mother, and the children – all holding hands together. Why is that? Examine the Aayah (Verse) which says:

ٱلۡأَخِلَّآءُ يَوۡمَئِذِۢ بَعۡضُهُمۡ لِبَعۡضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا ٱلۡمُتَّقِينَ(67)

“Friends, on that day, will become enemies to one another, except the Allah-fearing,” (Zukhruf 43:67)

So if a family was righteous in their life will they run away from each other? Of course not. So the Aayah: "That Day shall a man flee from his own brother, and from his mother and his father, and from his wife and his children." Who does it apply to? It applies to the disbeliever of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) and the people who forgot about Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) in their lives. For example, if two friends loved each other, and helped each other in obeying Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) in their life...on the Day of Resurrection they are standing hand in hand. If two friends work hard every day in order to engage themselves in religious tasks, then the same thing is true for them.

It's up to you. Which picture do you prefer? We are now all gathered on the same land. Imagine nowadays how life is becoming crowded with so many people. That is nothing compared to all the millions and billions standing together on the Day of Judgment. There are no trees for shade, no water to drink, and no rock to hide behind.

وَبَرَزُواْ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعٗا

“And they will come forth before Allah all together,” (Ibraheem 14:21)

This Aayah doesn't mean they are marshaled physically...no, it means that everything in their soul and heart is apparent...everything is obvious. Your cruel side appears, anything sinful you did in your life appears, if you had betrayed your spouse, your friends, your employer... it will all be clear. Yet, look at the good side. Not only will bad things appear, good things will too. If you offered Salaah (Prayers), if you observed Sawm (Fasted), if you did anything good in your life, it will also appear. Take a moment now to think about it! What would you like to show on that day? Really, it's not all fearful, it isn't all horror. If you can imagine that day clearly, you will give up a lot of bad habits that will make you regret later. So, as you can see, it all depends on what you choose to do in your life.

Now, let's go back to the Day of Judgment. How long do you think you will keep standing? Guess again! The answer is 50,000 years of standing! Your throat gets dry from thirst, but you still don't die. Your stomach will nearly burst from hunger, but you still don't die. Your legs can barely carry you, 50,000 years! Imagine! Who can take all that? Are you scared? Well, don't be. As a Hadeeth tells us, time passes quickly for a believer, as long as it takes to offer two quick Rak'aat (Units of Prayer). Which one are you? Imagine yourself standing there full of regret and saying, "If only I obeyed Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)". How long will you stand, 60 years? 60 years is the average life of a human. 20 years? 600 years? 20,000 years? 50,000 years? Or just a small length of time one passes while offering quick Salaah, because you obeyed Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s commandments. And as for the times that you disobeyed Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), you quickly repented and asked Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'
aalaa) for forgiveness?

And not only are you standing; you are without clothes, crowded in a small and confined space. Imagine all the congestion and all the people–squished together. Imagine the pain and fatigue, the heat and the thirst. Who can take all that?

Now, let's start looking at the people around you – one is blind, though he wasn't in life, another one has vision although he was blind in life. You are confused, which one of them are you? Look at the Aayaat:

وَمَنۡ أَعۡرَضَ عَن ذِكۡرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُۥ مَعِيشَةٗ ضَنكٗا وَنَحۡشُرُهُۥ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَٰمَةِ أَعۡمَىٰ (124) قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرۡتَنِيٓ أَعۡمَىٰ وَقَدۡ كُنتُ بَصِيرٗا (125) قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ أَتَتۡكَ ءَايَٰتُنَا فَنَسِيتَهَاۖ وَكَذَٰلِكَ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ تُنسَىٰ (126)

“As for the one who turns away from My message, he shall have a straitened life, and We shall raise him blind on the Day of Judgment. He will say: ‘My Lord! Why did you raise me blind while I was sighted?’ He will say: ‘In the similar manner as Our signs came to you, and you had ignored them. In the same way you will be ignored today’.” (TaaHaa 20:124-126)

Let's look at another example – the criminals. These are the people who used to spread bad things all over the earth – your so-called friends who taught you how to use drugs, whispered to you that it was ok, to date and disobey your parents, made you forget Salaah times by partying. Look at the Quraanic Aayaat:

وَتَرَى ٱلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ يَوۡمَئِذٖ مُّقَرَّنِينَ فِي ٱلۡأَصۡفَادِ (49) سَرَابِيلُهُم مِّن قَطِرَانٖ وَتَغۡشَىٰ وُجُوهَهُمُ ٱلنَّارُ (50)

“On that day you will see the culprits tied up together in chains, their shirts will be of rosin, and their faces will be covered with Fire” (Ibraheem 14:49-50)

These criminals will be cuffed with chains, and with liquid pitch in their face, and then fire nears to their face, which will make them start burning and burning.

Now, let's look at a nice example – he is a person with light emitting from all over his body. He is like the moon in a dark land – when he moves his hand right the light moves right and when he moves it left, the light moves left. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

يَوۡمَ تَرَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَٰتِ يَسۡعَىٰ نُورُهُم بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيهِمۡ وَبِأَيۡمَٰنِهِمۖ بُشۡرَىٰكُمُ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ جَنَّٰتٌ تَجۡرِي مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَٰرُ خَٰلِدِينَ فِيهَاۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ (12)

“On the Day when you will see the believing men and the believing women, their light proceeding in front of them and to their right hands, (it will be said to them,) ‘Good news for you today! Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever! That is the great achievement’.” (al-Hadeed 57:12)

See the different cases of the people? Some will be standing for 50,000 years; some will be standing for time of two Rak’aat Salaah, some with their faces burning, some in complete darkness, some with light leading their paths. Which of these people are we?

Wait, another thing starts to happen. The sun starts to get closer and closer until it becomes one mile away from the heads of the people. Today, the sun is millions of light years away from us and we can barely stand it in the summer. Imagine when it is one mile away? Imagine how hot it will be. We all start to sweat. Imagine sweat combined with sand on your lips. You can't even open your mouth or the sand will enter. In fact, you can't even say ouch! Imagine 50,000 years, one sinks (drowns) in his sweat and doesn't die. But don't be afraid, for Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s shade will shade those who did not disobey Him. Imagine that – it is not any ordinary shade, but the shade of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s throne. Unlike the shade of a tree, this shade will cover so that no sun can shine through and you will sweat no more.

There are seven types of people who will be shaded on the day when there will be no shade but Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s shade. Imagine Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) is calling for them now and you are waiting to be called:

  1. A just leader
  2. A young man, or woman, grown while obeying Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa). Are you one of them? Come on, you must be one of them before it's too late. Don't wait and regret it until later in life. These people kept saying I will go to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) when I am older. But how can you be so sure that you will even live until you are older? So, none of the last two are you? Let's go on to the third.
  3. A man whose heart is joined with the Masjids, the house of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa). What does that mean? It means that he loves the Masjids so much that he offers all of the five Salaah in the Masjid. Remember when you said: "I'll not offer Salaah in Masjid. It is enough to offer at home." Now, keep standing then. Imagine now people are getting shaded under the Throne of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) and you're still not? Let's go on to the fourth type of person. Now, maybe that's you!

(Continued)

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