Did the Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of Allah Be Upon Him)
Not Tell Us When The Hour Would Begin?
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Why did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) not tell us when the Hour would begin?.
Praise be to Allah.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
did not tell us when the Hour would begin because he
did not know when the Hour would begin. We have
already quoted in question no. 32627 the evidence from
the Qur'aan and Sunnah concerning that.
If it is asked: why did Allah not tell us when the
Hour would begin?
The answer is that wisdom dictates that the time
should be hidden from mankind.
The reason for that is that the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent with glad
tidings of Paradise for those who obey Allah, and with
warnings of Hell for those who disobey Him, and with
warnings of the Hour and of Hell and its horrors. The
purpose of that can only be achieved if the time of
the Hour is concealed, so that the people of every era
will fear that it may come upon them. Announcing the
time when it will happen would cancel out that benefit
and would also have other evil consequences. If the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) had told the people: The Hour will come one
thousand years from today, for example, you would have
seen the liars mocking this idea and persisting in
their disbelief, and the doubts of the doubters would
So there is great wisdom in concealing the matter of
the Hour, as Allah has also concealed the time of each
person's own "Hour," meaning his death.
Al-Aloosi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Allah has concealed the knowledge of the Hour because
shar'i wisdom and reason dictate that this should be
so, because that is more effective in calling people
to obey Him and putting them off disobeying Him.
Similarly he has also concealed the lifespan of each
person. The verses indicate that the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not know when
the Hour would begin. Yes, he knew that it was close
in general terms, and he (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) told us of that.
So the believers must fear that Day and their fear
should make them aware that Allah is always watching
what they do. So they should adhere to what is true
and seek what is good, and they should fear evil and
sin, and they should not make the Hour the focus only
of disputes and arguments.
End quote, from Tafseer al-Manaar.
It is by Allah's mercy towards His creation that He
has told them of signs which will indicate that the
onset of the Hour is approaching, so that that will
motivate them to do righteous deeds and fear Allah,
and avoid haraam things. Every time they see one of
its signs, their fear of the Hour and its horrors will
increase, as will their certainty that it is at hand,
so they will prepare for it by doing more righteous
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Do they then await (anything) other than the Hour
that it should come upon them suddenly? But some of
its portents (indications and signs) have already
This is also indicated by the report narrated by
Muslim (2947), that the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) said: "Hasten to do good deeds
before six things come to pass: the rising of the sun
from the west, the smoke, the Dajjaal, the Beast, and
that which will come to each one of you alone, and
that which will affect everyone."
Narrated by Muslim, 2947.
This means: try to beat the six signs that the Hour
has begun, and hasten to do righteous deeds before
they come to pass, for good deeds done after they
appear will not be accepted and will not count.
"That which will come to each one of you alone" refers
to death. "That which will affect everyone" means the
Al-Qaadi said: He commanded them to hasten to do
righteous deeds before these signs came to pass, for
when they come they will dazzle people and will
distract them from doing anything, or will close the
door of repentance and acceptance of deeds to them.
Al-'Alaa'i said: The purpose of these reports is to
encourage us to start doing righteous deeds before we
die, and to make the most of our time before disaster
We ask Allah to help us to make the most of our time
in obeying Him.
And Allah knows best.
Is it true that the Day of Judgement will come on a
Friday, 10th Muharram?
'Abd al-Rahmaan al-Barraak
My question is with regards to the day of judgement.
from what I have read in the sahih (accurate) hadeeth
it is stated that the day of judgement will come on
Friday (10th Muharram).My question is if it is Friday
in Saudi Arabia then it will be another day in USA and
so on....so basically it is never friday all over the
world at one time...please answer, this has been
troubling me for sometime.
Praise be to Allaah.
Everyone who gives a specific time or date for the
onset of the Day of Judgement is a fabricator and a
liar. The onset of the Day of Resur-rection is the
"Hour" of which Allaah says (interpretation of the
"They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection):
'When will be its appointed time?' Say: 'The knowledge
thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its
time but He'" [al-A'raaf:187]
But when the Day of Resurrection comes, at the time
which is known to Allaah, which will be a Friday, then
the system of this universe, with its night and day,
sun and moon and stars, will be changed. We do not
know whether the America which exists today will exist
then or not, for Allaah is Able to destroy whichever
of these nations He wills before the Day of
Resurrection, for Allaah is Able to do all things.