An Islamic Look at the End of Times
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The Final Countdown
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala sailed over Li will occur in the Vienna Mohammedan. Allah Allah He was so happy about a cassava. Oh, praise the due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be constantly showered upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, the master of the first and the last had upon his family, his companions and all those who call to his way, and establish his sunnah to the Day of Judgment. As to what follows Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Alhamdulillah, we begin another year of our classes. And this year is a very unique one, in the sense that
there are so many major changes happening in the world around us. And this has caused some confusion and misunderstanding in our community, especially for the younger generation, especially for those who are connected with cyberspace with the media. And the media is so filled with images and information and so that
sometimes it's hard to separate ourselves from the power of these images that are around us. And every week, of every month, there's some new incident that is happening. And maybe in the past, there were incidents like this, the death of individuals, or
countries being destabilized, these things happened in the past, but because of social media,
because of communication that people have now, and with the ability to make what is real, appear to be false, and make what is false, appear to be real, because of this ability, that people have,
things appear to be more extreme.
And this also is connected with what is happening in the environment itself. Because we have reached definitely an extreme.
And so to make sense, this course, is really developed to make sense out of things, what is happening around us, and then where we are going. Because in many cases, when you look at the world itself, and you look at science, and you look at the secular world, which is dominating our minds, you don't really hear Muslim voices that much. And then you go to the Muslim community, you go to the masjid, you read some of the books, and it seems in many cases, that they are detached from reality.
And so our sessions will be made to bring us in line with what is happening in the world. Number one, and then some of the concepts that people have, in what we call the End Times The Final Countdown, because we are moving toward the end of time. And there are a lot of different concepts of the end of time. People who watch the media or watch TV or the movies, they realize that the majority of the movies coming out now have a type of apocalyptic theme.
They talking about what is going to happen to the world.
After the apocalypse after the disaster after the nuclear world, what will happen? What will people do? And so young people's minds are then thrust into this makeup world because really, it's up to the person who is writing the script to fill in the details. And some of the stories are really strange.
Sometimes it even looks like it's America again, taking over.
But in a new world apocalyptic, you know stats. So what we see and what we hear, in many cases is totally different.
Then what is on the ground.
So this really is the intention, it is to look at some of the major issues. And I'm sure that you have been
watching or hearing about some of the ins things that are happening in the world, the United Nations General Assembly is happening right now. The leaders of the world gathering together, many of them, of course, we're in London and England because of the funeral of the Queen. But still, the leadership of the world
is there discussing the future, what are we going to do? And the things that are being said, by some of the leaders
seem to be really extreme.
And so we want to sort of unpack this, we want to unpack what is going on? What is being said, and then look at it from an Islamic point of view, as well, where do we stand? And how do we react to this situation. And this is of critical importance to us, because of the amount of information which is being poured onto us. Recently, you may know,
the death of Queen Elizabeth, the second, and lot of discussion, a lot of information, people are in extremes. And their relationship
with the queen will vary based upon their understanding, you know, of the world, people who are caught up in the media realize that within the Commonwealth,
that image of the Queen, not the Queen herself, it's on everything. It's on their currency. It's hanging on their walls, their memorabilia, their awards, the name and the faces all over the place. And
people who are not aware of history.
They're not aware of what happened before. get caught up in this, even to the point where there was a Muslim, I guess, people may know he was from Yemen. And he made obrah for the queen.
And the Saudis arrested him.
They didn't know what to do. And he had a poster where he's, you know, making homework, you know, for the queen. And
it's what is in his mind,
what is in his mind?
Does he realize the reality? Number one, of course, as Muslims, we have respect for anybody who dies, the Prophet SAW Salem, on one occasion, there was a janazah in Medina. And it was a Jewish man.
And the janazah was going by. And the Prophet SAW, Selim was sitting with his companions in Medina. And he's he stood up for the janazah.
And so the people said, Why are you standing up?
This is yahoodi, this is not a Muslim. And the Prophet turned to them and said, Isn't this a soul.
So he showed respect for the person that had passed away. And in many traditions, he said, that you should
don't curse the dead because they are receiving what they earned. So you don't have to waste your time cursing. So those are went to extremes and cursing and carrying on that's an extreme.
Those who went to the other extreme, not dealing with the reality, that is also an ends, we want a more balanced position in this because the name and the image,
the name, Elizabeth, the name, Charles, actually have meanings, the flag has a meaning in different parts of the world. So really,
this hype that goes on and captures the minds of the people. This isn't one area, we have to separate the hype from the reality and to try to bring some understanding of where we are as Muslims. And again, looking at what recently happened, or is happening now in the United Nations. Again, reminds me of certain NBR
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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu, Los Altos, Simon SULEV about. Now as we continue on, in our new class, we're beginning this fall, the final countdown.
And this came out of the issue of the End Times. And so this theme of the end, the apocalypse,
the last days,
the end of human existence, concepts like this, ideas like this are all over the place.
And it's International. Now. This is the point that it reached. And so the idea of our sessions is to not get caught up in the hype, we need to understand what is happening around us. And many times Muslims put their head in the sand like an ostrich, putting its head in the sand, not realizing the things that are happening around them, and how serious they are.
At the same time, we can't be caught up
in the hype, caught up in any false constructs or false understandings. What is happening here because we have our understanding, and it's a solid one.
And so one of the important verses I found, which keeps talking, it's case glaring, is vs. Right in the beginning of certain NBR. And these verses are translated to say, closer and closer to humanity, comes their reckoning, yet they do not care.
They turn away, whenever a renewed message comes to them from their Lord. They listen to it, and they play.
Now, again, this is divine revelation.
And when it's saying Taraba, you have the word Corrib, which is near. So Tara, by means something is coming closer, it's coming closer, like it's right around the corner, it's moving in on you. And Allah is saying hisab, the final account is coming really, really close to people. But for some reason, they don't care.
And even though they're getting all these messages from it,
they just turn away.
And they play.
And this is an interesting verb, also Romila boon that they actually play. And again, this is revealed 1400 years ago, in the Arabian Peninsula, but you can see this is more relevant today than probably it has ever been before.
Because games, gaming and games is something that human beings naturally do. The Prophet SAW Salem even used to run races with his wife, Aisha, or the law on her. They had wrestling, they had different games that they would do people need to enjoy themselves. And that's the way it's been in cultures throughout the world.
It really wasn't until near the end of the Roman Empire.
And so we're looking at around
400 ad 500 ad, you know, a little bit before we're talking about the end of the Roman Empire, that the Romans the leadership needed to have some way in order to keep the masses of the people busy to control this huge empire.
With such differences between the rich and the poor, you need to keep the minds of the people busy. And so they built these huge coliseums that we call the stadiums. Huge coliseums and then they have
I add or enslaved warriors, that they call the gladiators. And the gladiators would fight matches inside of the stadiums. Then, when Christianity was was being spread the teachings of Paul, it's not actually original teachings of Isa lay Salam. Because we realize that the original teachings of Jesus was Tawheed. It was a belief in one God. But this was a form of Trinity.
But still, it was different than the Roman belief, because God is in the picture.
And so they couldn't bear to be overtaken by this new religion. And so they would capture the early Christians. And they would take them to the coliseums. And they would literally feed them to lions and hyenas that they would be eaten alive in front of the people. This is really, this is hard to imagine.
But people would be cheering and drinking wine and alcohol. And so this became a way that they could control the people through the games. And they even developed champions in the gladiators, teams, different teams would go on. And so this became institutionalized at the fall of the Roman Empire.
Now we see today, this concept of institutionalized games, has become international.
And we all enjoy sports sports is sunnah. It is the way of the Prophet SAW Salem, but the institutionalized game that takes you away from reality into another world.
You see, this is something different. And right now, with all the things that are happening in the world, with all the signs that are going on,
it's messages are coming. And, and recently, a renewed message came, this is only like three weeks ago. And this came from the scientist in Greenland. And they are studying the glacier, the glaciers of the North. And they recognize that because of the heat, because of the temperature on the earth, the major glacier in Greenland, it's melting.
And that one was considered to be probably the largest solid glacier, this huge rock of ice in the northern hemisphere. It's melting now. And when this starts to melt,
that there's got to be all types of things happening, and that the pace that is melting it, the way it is changing, they never expected this. It's totally unprecedented. And so the glaciers melting in the north, all the different issues that are happening. But with this, like Allah said wahome yella Boon
signs are coming to them. But still, they play. And
the issue the key issue in the United Nations, now, United Nations is plays a role has an international body. Sometimes it sort of covers up reality, and doesn't help us. But in other cases, it is a good way that people can actually come together Alhamdulillah, the president of Turkey, President Erdogan spoke today and made an excellent talk to the nations of the world. Because right now the role that Turkey is playing, you know, is like a middle nation. So they're able to talk to Ukrainians to Russians. They're able to go in between in a way that no other nation on Earth is able to do.
And so that was good. And he was able to make some important statements. But the head of the United Nations and Tony Antonio Guterres,
he, in his discussion with the world, he made it clear that the key issue happening right now is climate change. It is the global warming warning. Now remember the verse the verse is saying renewed signs, when new signs are coming to you now, clearer and clearer and clearer and clearer. And this
little drawing that you see is an excellent way to look at how like what is the result of the warming and the heating up of the earth. And so you see that
the the it has the changing rain and snow patterns
And we can see what is happening in the world, the rain and the snow. Not only are we having terrible amounts of rain, but also snow, you think that it's all hot, but it's not all hot, we're having terrible winters as well. And you even see that there there is a there is a difference in the the the migration of animals. And and if you notice, here in Canada, we don't have that many animals that we can visibly see. But in the small area that we live in, we know our birds, and we know the different animals. And we see that it's not the same.
The birds are not even moving the same way that they used to move. The animals, you know, are not moving the same way. As a matter of fact, insects such as ants, that used to be very active, were hardly active in our house at all.
Our creatures are actually going through changes right in front of us. But again, when people are caught up in cyberspace, you know, and not dealing with reality, then you see,
the glaciers are there on your right. And then you see what is happening now the melting that is happening. And this of course, will will really produce major amounts of water coming down. One of the issues that we face here in Canada, and the northern countries face is the melting of permafrost and permafrost is a solid, it's when you go north.
It's like a It's like a It's not rock. It's actually the Earth itself, but it is so frozen
that you can't break into it. And I remember going with a group to Inuvik, we went to the Northwest Territories, to the masjid of of the of the Far North. And
the masjids everything in Inuvik, everything in the Northwest Territories has to be built above the ground. And so all of your piping, everything, there's no basements in the house, because you can't break permafrost.
That that's part of the whole northern region, the permafrost is melting.
That's something that has never happened before. They've never recorded anything, since they've been taking records of the permafrost actually melting in the north. It's unprecedented. And, of course, with this water coming with this heat, you know, the rising
temperatures is destroying the coral reefs,
which which support much of the life in the oceans it is destroying, you know, natural cycles. And so this is the destruction. Okay. And so to put it to look at some of the major ones, again, these are signs that are coming to us. The Greenland glaciers, they're shifting, and they're melting.
And much of the of the of the world has got the hottest temperature in years.
United Nations leader said that the temperature in Europe has been the hottest since the Middle Ages.
Since the Middle Ages, is never been so hard before this kind of talk.
You've never heard this, people talking like this. First, they said 500 years. But now they're going back to the Middle Ages. And this heat is drying up rivers. It's drying up areas and probably one of the most severe attacks on the rivers is the Yangtze River in China. Although it's not so publicized because Chinese news is not so publicizes less, it's something to do with the economy. But this is the third largest river in the world.
It's the largest river in Asia.
And it is drying up to the point where in certain parts of the Yangtze, there are Buddhist temples, which are now showing
which were way under the water. This is like centuries ago, maybe 500,000 year old temples, whatever. And it's and it's showing in the water
one of the major rivers dried up, and they found I believe it was in Spain. They found another stone hedge no the stone hedge and they found another one in Spain, but it was under the water
and it is so dry.
Right, that literally, that Stonehedge is showing.
The droughts that are happening are unbelievable. And again, we're not getting the publicity that we want, especially in the Muslim world. But the drought right now, in East Africa, it's unbelievable.
The animals are dying.
Literally, food insecurity. There's millions of people. And sometimes it's hard for us in Canada, because we have a fairly stable society to imagine these things, you know, that are happening, especially like when the crisis came in Pakistan recently, and people realize, again, Malaysia glaciers, right, because Pakistan has the largest glacial area within a country where it can pull it down on you into a river. And so it starts pouring down into the country, and especially the area called the Sindh and Baluchistan. So this is like the lower lands. It's not like the Kashmir high Punjab, you know, areas not the high high areas. But as Baluchistan is low, is desert, it's flat.
And so the water is pouring down. And literally 1/3 of the country is underwater 1/3 of the country, which means 30 million people are in danger now.
And 30 million people for a Canadian, this is like the population of Canada.
And if you think about these numbers, and again, you know, I'm bringing these numbers to show like, this is the final countdown,
like these numbers that are happening now, this movement that's going on,
to a certain extent, and many of the climate scientists, you know, are putting it out
that much of what is happening is irreversible.
Before there was a chance to reverse it, and we can lighten it a little bit. Although the way people are acting now. It doesn't seem like they're going to do it.
Right. But But this much of it is irreversible, it means it's going to continue. And it's going to get worse and worse and worse.
And the hurricanes, the typhoons right now. There's a hurricane in the south Fionna, which has just hit Puerto Rico, I've been in that country before. Unfortunately, because of the colonial system. They don't have the infrastructure to really deal with hurricanes like they would say in Miami, Florida. Right? And but Fiona has hit them, and all their lights are out. They're in serious crisis. And this is just the beginning. Now, hurricane season is kicking in.
It's kicking in the typhoons. There's a typhoon right now in Japan,
the typhoons hitting the Philippines in that region there. They again, they're talking that this is something which is apocalyptic, it's they've never seen the force of the wind,
the force of the wind, it is taken to another level. Okay. So this is not to say that there has never been heat. There has never been drought, famine, there has been famines, there has been droughts. But with the climate change, the disaster and the climate, it just puts it to another level now. So it's another level of reaction that the earth is giving. And this is something which is expected. Because just like your body reacts to poison, it reacts to abuse, and you get a fever, you will get bumps. The earth is an unnatural ecosystem. It has been abused by human beings. Right? It's going to react. And so this is the natural reaction, which is coming out. And, you know, people
take extremes, some try to deny, although really the deniers now, the climate change deniers, they don't have much to stand on.
Especially since the fact that it's not just the so called global south of the Third World, it's here
because what is happening in the southwest of the United States, and in California is unprecedented, the water, the drought that is going on. Now, they are literally marshalling the amount of water that you can use to some places, you know, in that part of the world, that you know, if you use the water, you can get a fine
or you go to jail if you use the water at certain times. This is California, which is considered to be one of the richest states in the United
That's right. So so these fires and the things that are happening, even in Canada, because we've, we felt insulated.
What city probably has the highest standard of living in Canada? Anybody knows we which city would you choose to be the highest standard of living in Canada? Anybody? We have a real estate man here. But But how many people which what would you say?
Vancouver? Not Toronto, right? We have we have some problems, although we're fairly well up there. But Vancouver and just recently, because of the forest fires and the smoke. Vancouver was recorded, I believe it was last week or the week before. So it had the worst air quality in the world.
Worse than Delhi? In India, usually in Delhi, you know the air, you can't breathe it right.
It was worse than Delhi.
The worse quality on Earth, Canada, Vancouver. So nobody is safe. Nobody. And this is something which, you know, the United Nations now, the Secretary General, you know, he's, you know, coming out to the people and he even made the statement. He said the world is sleepwalking toward destruction, the destruction of the planet. by climate change. Think about think about somebody sleepwalking. So you get up in the middle of the night, and you're sleeping, but you're walking around your house, some people walk in asleep.
Okay, so people are literally walking in asleep.
Okay, because it's happening all around us.
But people make up excuses.
Or they try to escape. They try to escape. And verse inserted Anbiya is saying that when these renewed signs come to them, it says we're home, y'all are born, they start playing. And so what is happening to us? Okay, the cricket champion World Championships.
The Winter Olympics just happened?
The World Cup, right, the FIFA World Cup. And where is it happening?
In Qatar, in the Muslim world. So you think that Muslims, you know, are at a high level and, you know, we're not like that. The Qatar is spending somewhere around it's hard to even imagine this. But they're spending like $220 billion
for a soccer game
And people are dying, literally in Yemen, the famine in Yemen,
the droughts that are going on,
but they're spending this huge amount of money for sport and play.
So we fall right in the middle of this.
And so the Quran again, as we're reading the verses in the book of Allah subhanaw taala this book, it was not revealed to just read
you have to look at the the meanings to that, but you have to start reflecting on it. This is what we want to do in these sessions, Inshallah, is to reflect upon the Quran reflect upon the sayings of the Prophet SAW Selim and what was given to us. And so the Muslim world, we are south, okay, we looked at the world, but the Muslim world, we are facing serious tests. And again, the words we're using we're saying calamity, you can say trials afflictions, sometimes they use the word fitna
or Fitton, which is like a calamity it is a trial sometime we'll see but
um, we'll see but he was a terrible thing like Missy bottle Mote, like one of the worst trials or tests or shocks that you can have is death, especially when somebody in your family dies. This is a masiva
and this is why Allah subhanaw taala tells us it's wizards of Bukhara that those that when you know the Musa hits them, they say in Allah, Allah he were in LA he Raggio
that we came from Allah and we returned to Allah. But that's the most Ceiba when this death, it comes to them. This is what they say. And so the Muslim world itself.
Look at the different categories. Now, I want you to think about these categories, because we're going to reflect upon other religions and other ways
of life, to show you that this thinking is not just something that so called Islamic fundamentalist Muslims are talking about. This is a reality. The United Nations Secretary General is saying famine.
Okay, and famine, Yemen, Afghanistan, East Africa. It was reported a few weeks ago that in parts of Afghanistan, they were literally boiling grass in order to have something to drink to make soup.
Next drought. Okay, and we have we're getting hit, for the most part, the drought in East Africa. The majority will be Muslims. Like we said, floods, Pakistan, Bangladesh, of course, constantly. The other one that we didn't mention genocide. So this is another major calamity that is striking us. The Kashmir situation is Turkistan Uighur people are the Chinese Muslims Uighur Muslims. He's Turkistan. The hodza situation of Palestine.
Okay, minor ma Rohingya Muslims, what is happening there.
This is another major calamity.
It's like a fitna which is striking the Muslim world. Okay. Another key area is Islamophobia.
And I was glad to hear that. President Erdogan, when he made his talk to the United Nations, he mentioned Islamophobia.
He said this is an international crisis. And he said this should be considered your, you know, the same way you consider anti semitism, or these other, you know, hate crimes, Islamophobia is real. And this has on all levels in society. It is a push back, it is a push back and Muslims for a long time
didn't realize like, why are they pushing back on us. But we have to realize that we have been blessed with the final testament, the last revelation, and it's still in its original form.
So because it's in its original form, and because the to put it into practice, the Sunnah, is there, whether we're practicing or not, we have the model. We have the solution, and the way out.
And so Islamophobia is another major challenge facing us, can one which is a reality, maybe not so out in the open, but we recognize it, it is the loss of faith. And it is despair. So many people have despairing because they don't necessarily see good things. They don't see good things. And it's it's a natural thing for people
to feel some depression, when things go bad, but if we are connected to our faith, right, if we are really reading the Quran with meaning,
and understanding the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him with meaning.
Right, then we would understand that the issue of calamity, the issue of crisis. This is something which hits even the prophets in the province of salem said that the people who were tested the most, and who suffered with most were the prophets themselves,
then the righteous people, and it goes down. So the people that Allah loves,
He will put to the test.
Confusion that is part of the meaning of fitna, it's like a gray area where you're not sure what to do. You're not sure to go to the right or to the left, to go forward or to go backward.
This is part of the issue of our fitna, because it's something that's unclear. And this is leading to us. And this is one of our most dangerous issues. It is a leadership crisis. And the Prophet SAW Salem on one occasions, told us, he said the thing I fear for you the most is misguided leaders.
I fear for you, these misguided leaders. And this is something which is very serious issue.
And so we have to and again, this is our beginning as we go into the end times as we go into the final countdown, because as we go through the subjects, and again, even for those who have read the subjects, the signs of the last day, every time you read it, you're going to hear something new.
Every time and with things happening I
outside in front of us, it will bring to life, what you may have read and didn't understand.
And the bottom line if you can get anything out of everything that I'm saying and that is inserted Talaq right in the beginning it within the second and third verses Allah subhanaw taala is telling us we're mainly a tabula Hajjaj Allahu Maharajah, where your resume and how to lay your tesab or Mejia to work on Allah Allah Who hustle in Allah ballyhoo Omri, Kajal Allahu equally che in kodra. Okay, this verse, we need to put it on our wall, you need to be reading this first. Try to read tap. See, as of this, try to understand what comes out of it. Because Allah says, Whoever has taqwa,
the consciousness of Allah.
Allah will make a way out for him.
If you really develop your taqwa and provide for you, from where, you know not,
some provision will come. Whether it's a provision in this life, or it's a provision in the hereafter. Because remember, as Muslims, we don't see, everything's in this world alone.
Because we're in a transition period from this world, into the Hereafter. And so
Allah said, whoever has a consciousness of Allah, Allah will make a way out for him and provide for him from where he knows not and whoever depends on Allah,
Allah will be sufficient for him. This is Tawakkol
Tawakkol. So you say Tawakkol, Allah, Allah,
you depend upon Allah.
Allah will be sufficient. Now remember, the Prophet SAW Selim. You know, he said to his companions, that you should talk Allah Allah, you should have, you should depend on Allah, but tie your camel.
So that's the balance. So in other words, you know, this is an example for nomadic people. You have a horse, you have a camel, you know, when you stop, okay? You say, Okay, I depend upon Allah just let it walk. No, you tie it.
Because the camel might run.
So even though you depend upon Allah, ultimately, you take all the different necessary steps
in order to bring about the best result, that's the balance to occur. So it's not one extreme or another, but ultimately, but the most is dependence on Allah.
And if you do that, Allah will be sufficient.
That this is a really important thing. Allah will be sufficient, you'd be surprised that you won't need as much food. You'd be surprised what people can go through and still come out alive. When we study Islamic history and see what Muslims have gone through the changes the things that have happened to the Muslim world, you would not believe what Muslims have gone through, and we're back. And we're still functioning. Things that would even make the disasters of today seem small. Of course, this climate thing is something different. But in terms of the genocide, but we faced at different points like the Mongol invasion, you know, of the Muslim world. Never.
In anybody's history, have we seen a massive destruction, you know, of people, you know, you know, to go on like this, except to the modern era where now we have nuclear weapons. Okay, so the verse continues, and it's saying, in Allaha, ballyhoo armory,
Allah will reach his purpose. So, in other words, what's happening around us, it's not by chance.
There's a purpose to it. There's a design in everything that we see around us.
And it ends by saying, Kajal Allah, who luckily che in kodra, Allah has made a limit for all things. So there is a limit. There's only so far that all of this is going to go and then there's going to be a change. So this really is our fall back verse.
Right, that that we need to think about at the time of the calamities
the calamities itself,
the most Ceiba the fifth,
it has a purpose to it, there's a meaning to it. And one is called Faraj. It's an explanation of your sins, you know, that we are when you fast you
In Arafat de, or Muharram, you have cafardo. Right? It will wipe away the sins of the year before the year coming. You know what not that's the concept of kuffaar. So in this case the Prophet SAW Selim said, No calamity befalls a Muslim, but that Allah wipes away some of his sins because of it.
Even though it was the small pain he receives from a thorn.
Now again, this is when people when you suffer pain, and you're Muslim,
okay, you suffering pain, but you recognize the Creator. Because pain is part of existence for all creatures. But when you're suffering it, when we're going through it, and you have the consciousness of Allah, it can actually be a type of Kafala
calamities also can show the sign of Allah's love. And again, this might sound strange, the second Assam even Tamia Rahim, Allah was reported to have said, a calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you than a blessing that makes you turn away from Allah. Think about this. If this calamity now and we've had it in our lives, you get hurt, you lose money, something happens to you. And now you realize you get serious about your press. You get serious about your ubaidah so that calamity actually brought you closer to Allah. Then you have another part of your life where everything is easy. Blessings are coming. The notch everything you don't have to ask for anything.
But if that's taken you away from your prayers taken you away from your practices, you better off with the calamity.
Okay. And another great scholar on it. Okay, Rahim Allah. He once said, calamities trials and tests are signs of love from Allah for the believers.
They are comparable to a cure. Although it is bitter, you accept it because it is from the one you love. And to Allah belongs the best example. Think about that. So many times you take a cure, we have this cough medicine, here. Buckley's they call it.
And if I have a really bad throat, I'll drink some Buckley's. And when you drink that, you will get a pain.
Right? It is really, really harsh, but it does the job.
So many cases, the things which are curing you, many of the bush to the leaves that we have, the bitter ones, are the ones that will clean you out, we have one in the Caribbean region. In Jamaica, they call it Cersei. And so this is like really bitter.
Okay, but when you drink this tea, cleansing.
So it's actually helping you although
it is something that is better.
It's a beautiful example, you know, that he's making so these calamities that I'll be following the Muslims.
There's something to this, there's something in back of this,
because the calamities will also teach us patience.
And even opium said panicking does not make the calamity go away.
In fact, panicking makes the calamity more difficult.
So when it hits, to lose control of yourself, oh, go with God.
And lose. That's not going to make anything better. It is it is saba. And the concept of Saba is perseverance. Right? Resilience, its resilience and human beings, Muslims especially, we're going to have to be resilient as we go to the Day of Resurrection.
And we will be studying Inshallah, we want to look at n times, we want to look at what has been predicted that's in front of us.
Some of the things have happened already
was predicted, some of the things are in the process of happening.
Some of the things will be about to happen. And we want to look at this. And now we can start to pick out what's happening around us and realize that the province of Salam had mentioned this before.
And the Prophet peace be upon him, you know, was reported to have said on the Day of Resurrection, people will wish that the skins have been cut with scissors in this world, when they see the reward of those who are struck with calamity.
Right? When they see the reward on the Day of Resurrection, right, they wish that they had agony,
especially the ones who are living so called good lives.
one of the most confusing parts of this, and we had had a tradition before. But another tradition I found, which actually added to this other, this first tradition of those who have been in the classes before.
And this is talking about the years of deceit and the years of confusion, you know that people are actually going
hadith, the Prophet SAW Salem is saying in amama Dejong see Nina, cada you Kathy Buffy her sodic when you start the Kofi al Khatib, where you have enough el Amin, where your terminal fee ha ha and we had to kill the movie hydraway vida, de la madre Vida call it alpha way sick, yet a calorie Abdl ama or Wahoo Imam Ahmed, if you must know. So the Prophet SAW salem said Verily preceding now, see how he talks, he said preceding the false messiah, that Jah
Okay, preceding the job.
And we will be studying who is the job?
What does it actually mean?
Did he appear already,
but the Prophet SAW seldom said that preceding the job, there will be years of deception,
in which the truthful will be considered liars.
And the liar will be believed, look at the world today.
Just go online, right? Just go up CNN or BBC, right. And then you will see the trustworthy will be discredited.
And the treacherous will be trusted. And the disgraceful will speak out. This is Rwanda. Now, you may have heard this tradition before, but the practice is solemn, you know, then he was asked, Who is this disgraceful, rabid?
And he said Alayhi Salatu. Salam
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little wicked men will speak out on the affairs of the masses of the people. Now, this has given us a little more depth into this tradition, which has been spoken about this right away with that, okay, because for a sec, is from the word fast sick. And Fisk is a type of disobedience to Allah subhanaw taala a person committing especially minor sins, you know, you know, that, you know, bad minded, you know, bad acting person. But this so this is not just a fast circuit for waste.
This is a toss up here, which means like a little,
a little sinner, a little wicked person. So in other words, this little person, and little, it doesn't just mean it's short, right?
It means little in the sense of character, in the sense of where this person is worth.
Right? So these four ways said, they will be the leaders. And you go around the world, and you look at the leaders, I'm not mentioning names.
But you look at some of the leaders who people are crying for. And people are voting for look at their personal life.
It's unbelievable, how can you detach
the personal life of the person and that person is your leader, your idol.
But just before the coming of the job.
Now, this is setting a stage for us, because we're going to move right into the time of the job.
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Hadar these deceptive years.
So these are the years of deceit. Now,
what is the discussions happening with other people? I want to give you some examples. Because especially in the case of the Christians and the Jews, the people of the book now that people are the book, they have something of the book.
And so it's mixed up with their own understandings, but something of the revelation is there. So therefore, even in early times, Muslims would look at some of their writings to see, especially if there's something that they didn't have all the information about. Now, what about end times,
Christians and Jews? There's a strong sense right now. If you went to if you're Christian, especially in America, evangelical Christians, and you ask them is we at the end of time
about 80 to 90% of them would say, yes,
we're right at the end. Okay. And there's talk in their churches about the Antichrist.
The Return of Jesus, the final conflict.
This is out there, and it actually plays itself out in movies. It plays itself out now, online, it plays even for the little kids video games.
So at all levels, now they're they're putting in this information, which was discussed in the churches before. But now with social media, it's become mainstream. I want to give you an example.
This concept of apocalypse.
Okay, now you hear this word mentioned. And apocalypse, it means something like when you say it's like the end of the world, or something which is so destructive, right? That it seems like the end of the world, like a major earthquake. So it seems like the end of the world. But when they talk about it in the in Biblical sense, the APAPA pocalypse is the total destruction of the world.
Okay, which they have in their
New Testament, called revelations. Okay. And it can be used to describe other destruction, like war, and so forth and so on. Okay, now, this is very interesting. These are Christians, right? That's the way when you meet Christians today, and they look at us, or they look at the world, they act a little bit different now.
Okay, and I can remember being in South Africa.
And I was in, you know, I went with my friend,
my assistant to this song, junior college, they want to know something about Islam.
And at that time, Muslims are being called fundamentalists.
And so I went there dressed as a Muslim, I'm not gonna, you know, dress like a non Muslim, because I'm going to do non Muslims. I was just like a Muslim, my assistant, he had a total ban. So we walked into this class with young students, students, and they looked at us as a Whoa, when they saw us, you know, with the clothes on, right? Because they've been watching the TV and the movies and whatever.
After we finished talking with them, and explaining what Islam was, they were crowding around somewhere saying, like, where's your center? Where can I have more information? And then the teacher stood up. And he said, Everybody sit down.
And he said, I don't usually talk about teachings from my church, this is a college.
But he said, You have to watch out for what's happening today. Because our preacher has told us that near the end of time, the devil and his followers would actually be so shifty and tricky, that they would wear the clothes of the righteous.
And they would act like the righteous, right in order to take you astray. So in other words, the fact that we are dressed in you know, these clothes, we're fasting, and we're praying, you know, whatever, we're Muslim, we say, Gee, that's the devil. Now. That's what they're teaching in his church.
You see, so the Christians have what they call from the revelations, the six seals coming out of the revelations. And it's interesting when you see what we have just spoken about and what we're going to talk about. And so they say the first seal is religious deception. And that's similar to what we were way better. Does see Nina Hadar number years of deception. The first seal in the Revelations is people will come in the name of peace, but they bring war.
And that's coming about how many people are saying we're fighting for peace.
And they're blowing you up, all over the place. Okay, that's the first seal. The second seal is what happens from the deception was,
so there's going to be a lot of major wars. The third seal is famines. So that's where people are starving to death and look at the famines. Yemen is is the worst on Earth. The fourth seal is pestilence. Disease, right?
So these four seals are called The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Now those who are video games, those who are watching movies, you're young people, if you mentioned the 400 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, they might know what you're talking about. But they don't realize this is coming out of the Bible.
And plus, they might not realize that
There's something of truth inside of this.
Okay, the fifth seal
is tribulation, fitna.
That's their fifth seal, what we call fitna which is your persecutions, your afflictions. And the sixth seal is cosmic signs like earthquakes, that your natural catastrophes
that's coming out of your climate climate change. So what is happening in the world today for the Christians, this is fitting into their revelations, right?
The only difference that we will need to understand because many times our own children, our own understanding is caught up in a Christian understanding, not realizing that Muslims, we have our own understanding. So we need to understand what is our what is our position, in terms of the Antichrist in terms of these different issues that will come up?
I want to look at another one. This is a Jewish group.
And this might be considered the most extreme of the Orthodox Jews. But one report states that a Jewish group and apparently
they apparently completely red heifer has been born. So a red heifer is a heifer as a cow.
Okay, like CIRTL Bacara, right? Remember certain Bacara the story of Bacara is the cow.
And the questions that the deal that that the Jews were asking, you know, that they wanted to have as a special type of cow in order to make a sacrifice. Okay, it's something to do with their traditions. So now they claim that the heifer, the first in 2000 years, he has been born. And this was fulfilling the biblical prophecy that signals the coming of the Messiah, which Christians believe will end with an apocalypse.
So this is not Christian, these are Jews. So they say with this Hefa there's going to be a Messiah.
The birth of the potential cow of prophecy was announced by the Temple Institute, our group which says it is dedicated to every aspect of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, on the 17th day of Elul 5778, which is August 28 2018. Okay, a red heifer was born in the land of Israel. The group, this is what they put in their Facebook page. Okay. The organization says that the female baby cow foreshadows the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem, heralding the arrival of the Jewish Messiah.
So they have one who's going to come to right, that's the Jewish Messiah. Right but the evangelical Christian theologians also believe the construction of the Third Temple will lead to judgment day. So now, what is happening in muscle axon?
Right if you see even the recent events that are happening, they are closing in on muscle AXA, they are having events, they are pushing for the digging under the ground. It is said that under martial law and the Dome of the Rock, because that whole area is martial Luxor, right. It's not just the one section two whole area is martial arts. They're digging underneath. And one Muslim scholar said if it wasn't the will of Allah, that Dome of the Rock should should have crashed down on the ground. They get so many tunnels under the ground, because they're trying to find evidence of the Temple of Solomon.
But they can't find anything. There's no evidence, because it wasn't there is another another place. But they believe though that that's what it is. They believe it's there.
The only problem now standing in their way is the Muslims.
Right, because we have Marshall Aqsa, we have the Dome of the Rock. And according to international agreements, there's supposed to be a unity of all the great religions in Jerusalem. And we have the right to worship in this area. This is agreed upon,
but they're pushing and pushing and pushing. So this is for them and times.
Okay, and we're going to look how we're going to see how this plays itself out.
Right, but you watch the events surrounding Jerusalem now. Keep watching and it might even come up about red couse there's going to be images coming up about the temple and the Temple Mount. It's especially right under the dome of the rock that place With Adama raucous they want to go right underneath that
right in order to bring that thing about.
in having this final countdown discussion, opening up the door for further understanding.
There's one tradition because this is not new to us. Al Hassan Al bacillary Rahim Allah He said
a man came to hustle and bustle, okay? And he said, there are people who are frightening us, till our hearts are filled with anxiety and dismay. He told them, the one who frightened you till you reach a state of security is better than the one who makes you feel secure till you reach the ultimate fear.
So, in other words, you need some fear, taqwa is made up of fear, and hope. It's not all just hope, right? You have to feel the punishment of Jahannam, right? We have to have this and we have to realize what's going on outside you can't escape.
It, it's nothing wrong with having some fear. But that fear should lead you in the right direction. Okay, so this is what the intention is, with our classes to strengthen the taqwa.
It will strengthen us, you will protect us from doing her arm things. And the more we have this fear and hope and understanding of what's going on, it's going to help us it's going to help us it helps us to reflect on the hereafter as well.
It'll also promote balance.
Okay, because most average Muslims, they don't know what's happening. false information is out there. false messiahs. You know, false maladies, divine knowledge, you know, the poor brother making camera for the queen. All types of things are happening because they don't know what's going on.
Right? So the average Muslim needs to have this knowledge. Okay. But it should be it's signposts on the road of life.
Okay, and this is the knowledge which which will guide us to what is unfolding in front of us, but this knowledge of the Unseen from the Islamic position, okay, that this comes from Allah subhanaw taala, because insert of Bacara right in the beginning, it's talking about the believers and said, Alladhina, you know, in a bit of shape, it is those who believe in the unseen and we believe that something from the unseen was given to us in Revelation. So we go to the revelation in the Quran, and also to the Prophet Muhammad, Salah Salem, and enlightened his companions, and they have been enlightened scholars as well. Right. So that's going to be the basis of what we'll be studying
Inshallah, as we go. And I want to leave you before we open up the floor for any general questions at the end of this class
with some of our own wisdom, again, some of the terms remember what we're talking about this authentic audit report and I will download the provinces sellers report to have said Almighty Howdy, who Mattoon Martoma Lisa Alejandra Booneville ACARA that will have a dunya Alphington was Allah azza wa jal cutter RWA. Buddhahood. He said this my alma, this, my Alma is a nation that has mercy on it. Or Martin Marhaba.
What's the Mercy, the punishment will not be in the hereafter.
But the punishment will be in this life.
That being fitten, earthquakes and murder.
So this is serious.
So what did he say?
The reality is if if we have Tawheed and sha Allah, the class of the belief in one God, if we have this in us the Kelemen in the Hereafter,
even though there are some people who will go to the hereafter and be punished for a period of time, and then go to paradise.
Some can go directly to paradise. So that's not inshallah going to be our punishment, but the punishment will be here.
So he mentioned fitten was the plural of fitna.
Remember the seals, right?
Remember the four horsemen?
This is the Prophet SAW Salem speaking. He said, what's going to hit us? There's going to be trials, tribulations afflictions, there's going to be earthquakes, meaning natural catastrophes, and there's going to be capital genocide. It's going to happen to us and these things will happen to us as a wake up call
and inshallah it will give us the understanding to wake up before it is too late. So inshallah we hope to be able to look at these issues and does
As part of the class, near the end, I want to open up the floor for any general questions that you may have. If during the class, you have something, you can write it down. We also have people online with us, how many people we have online with us now?
We have 59 people online, so so you're not alone.
You're not alone. And so from all around the world, inshallah there are people with us in this class, and I want to open up the floor to the chat. If there are any questions or anybody has anybody further
be mentally disturbed person.
This is I don't know. I mean, generally speaking, you know, Omar is for a Muslim.
So so when you do Omar for somebody would be a family member or somebody. So how can you do Omar for somebody who's not a Muslim?
Right? So either it's an extreme form of ignorance, you know, or
it is derangement.
But I remember some time ago, that I and I say this with all respect, because people are in mourning now right. But some time ago when member Salman Rushdie who recently got attacked, when he put out the Satanic Verses, and then the fatwa was put out against him.
They said that the Queen's endanger the royal family, everybody's in danger.
And then the word came, the royal family is not in danger. Because the queen is a little beat.
She is from the family of Prophet Muhammad SAW Saddam so Iranians would never touch it. Because he's Island bait, right? That was really strange. But then the genealogists they did, there is a genealogy out there, where the present British royal family, it goes back to the Habsburg people in Austria.
And if you go back in their lineage, you will see this is over 800 years ago or so that there was a marriage between the royalty of the Romanians of the dynasties and and the Lucia. That is when the Muslims were ruling in Europe. Right and all the Royals were sending the people to Spain to study.
Okay, so one of the princesses they married
through the family, and that person was from Kadesh at Qureshi blood. So therefore that Qureshi blood went into the Habsburg that went into the royal family. And so they said, the Iranians will never touch her man, she's a little bit.
So I don't know whether he's thinking like that. But we'll leave it alone. Because, you know, unfortunately, mental health, we have serious mental health issues in the Muslim world, you know, May Allah help him and help us to do things in a balanced way. Right? Again, we respect you know, the family is in mourning, people are in mourning process, Selim stood up for the janazah of a Jewish person. That's right. But the reality of the British monarchy, what it means in the Muslim world, what it means in the world cannot be forgotten.
And that's what has to be dealt with now. Right after the morning, the day is over. Now the world is going to say, what are we going to deal with with this? Should this monarchy continue?
Or should it end serious discussion going on between the nations of the world and those who understand history? You gotta go back and read some of the things I know, even the history of India. There's some unbelievable things that happen what the British did in India. Okay, I studied Nigeria and details, unbelievable slaughters that they did.
So this has happened in many parts of the world. And Allah knows best. Okay, and the other general questions, are there anybody have anything from the chat room or in the questions?
You said, the fear and the hope that be 5050? How would you think?
You know, when the scholars look at the word talk? Well, they they define it as one of the definitions is alcohol for Rajab? So they say fear and hope. Okay. And they don't put a percentage on it. What it is like a mixture of the two, but more than likely and Allah knows best. There is more hope than fear.
Right? Because we believe that Allah is merciful. We say Bismillah R Rahman. r Rahim. Allah is the Most Merciful. So we believe Allah's Mercy overcomes his anger.
Okay, but the anger is there, right?
So the consciousness of Allah has got both right.
So sometimes it's telling us as the prayers going out, and so then, you know, it's not only you know, I love Allah and I want to make it but then also I have to make it. It's written on me.
Right? So both of those things are at
out of this 99 Names of Allah Yeah.
Approximately talks about fear. And
I wish I was a scholar of the 99 names, you know what I'm not. But like I say there is more generally there is more mercy, then there is punishment and fear. And you know, the name of Rockmount of Rahim that's the most oft repeated.
So it's clear. And you see in traditions that Allah's Mercy overcomes his anger,
right? So we should always look upon Allah subhanaw taala as merciful God.
Right, but realize that, you know, pain and punishment is a reality. And for every action, there's a reaction you do wrong, there's going to be a reaction for it. That's the reality of the universe. So this is our medalla introduction, you know, to our course, Inshallah, and we want to look at n times, we want to look at the final countdown in the world. It's not that we would have nightmares and be afraid at night. But no, so we can understand what is happening around us. Because this is serious. And if you just listen to what's happening in the United Nations, and what's going on around us, this is the end times it's irreversible, but we need an Islamic understanding about what
is happening. So I leave you with these thoughts. And I ask Allah subhanaw taala to have mercy on me. And you will ACARA Dawa. hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh