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  • Is Quran's Warning For The Imminence Of The Last Day Like Crying Wolf?

    Posted by Nadeem Minhas on March 19, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    It seems like the Quran mentions many signs of the Last day and then states that many signs have already occurred and the Last day is near. Since the Quran was revealed, many more signs of the last day have occurred. Yet, there are no imminent signs of the last day.

    The Quran telling people 1400 years ago that the Last day is near is like telling someone that it will happen in your lifetime; otherwise it doesn’t matter to them. Yet the event has not happened for anyone since the Quran was revealed.

    Apparently, it seems like the Quran is untrue, and it is a crying wolf. How can someone trust the Quran if the Last day has not happened since 1400 years ago.

    Since the Quran can’t be wrong, my take is that the Qur’an’s warning for the imminence to the Last day is specific to each person than the entire himanity.

    For a single person, the Last day is the day when the person dies. Because after death, the next time the person opens his eyes, it will be the Last day.

    So doesn’t it make sense that for each person, the Last day is imminent in a few years, but for humanity, it may take millions or billions of years.

    Umer replied 2 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Is Quran's Warning For The Imminence Of The Last Day Like Crying Wolf?

    Umer updated 2 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • Nadeem Minhas

    Member March 19, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Instead of imminence of the Last day, why Allah didn’t warn people of the Last day upon their death. That would have been more personal and accurate than the warning of the Last day that is nearby with some sign idetifying its imminence?

  • Umer

    Moderator March 23, 2023 at 12:49 am

    It is in principle true and explicitly clear from Quran that only Allah knows the exact time of Qiyamah and it is one of those unseen informations about the future, whose knowledge has not been shared with any other creation of Allah. But the question is has Allah chosen not to share any signs at all? the answer to this is no, Allah has given us signs about Qiyamah in Quran. The rise of Gog Magog being one of the major signs which changed the whole history of the world, was prophesized in Quran and gradually we are moving towards that condition where they would be charging from every valley and collide like waves of water and Qiyamah will emerge from that chaos [See: Quran 21:95-97 (Discussion 66721 • Reply 66739) AND Quran18:98-99].

    Regarding the verses which apparently give an impression that it might happen in their lifetimes (i.e. the direct addressees) or that the day is near (e.g. Quran 33:63), there are two aspects to understand such statements:

    i) The literary aspect:

    Firstly, used as a way to direct attention of the those addressees (who were apparently mocking this claim of Qiyamah and demanding for it to be broght to them right away) towards the fact that had it come now, would you people be ready to face it? what if the day is near? what would you have gained by expending your energies in asking the wrong questions and mocking the prophet of Islam, if it were to come now, you people would be the biggest losers. All these terms can be used to describe the essence of those verses. They are actually not claiming that Qiyamah is near, infact they are making another claim that only Allah knows the exact time of Qiyamah, so why are you people (i.e. the direct addressees) wasting your time in asking the wrong questions instead of getting ready for his day as if it were near. Had you people known the reality of this world, you people would have claimed the same.

    Secondly, it is also a human nature that when we look in the past, we tend to believe that all past was just a matter of yesteday, hence all the promises, expectations, fears and regrets that seemed to spread over a vast lifetime of 60-70 years, ultimately confine into a matter of days when seen in the hindsight. Therefore, the rejectors of message will also say on the day of judgement that life of this world was just a few days when they see it in the hindsight on the day of judgement, hence the promsie of Allah that it may be near will eventually seem true to everyone of the rejectors of the message. (See: Quran 23:112-115 AND Quran 20:103-104).

    ii) The factual aspect: The term near is relative w.r.t each person and especially w.r.t Allah. Quran 22:47 tells us that one day for the Lord is equal to our thousand years. Therefore, in this context, the Qiyamah might just be a matter of days when seen from the perspective of Allah.

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