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Judgment Day in the Qur'an


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Hello I am wondering what does the Qur'an say of the end times and the end or judgment of the world. In Christianity we believe in the Book of Revelations which explains the last days in which we are living in. When will the end of the world come?



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The Qur'an does not give a detailed explanation of what is to occur on Judgment Day nor does it give a narrative of it. In various parts of the Qur'an it makes mention of it depending on the context of the message.The central point regarding the end of times is to remind humanity that they will surely be brought back to life, be judged, and divided between those receiving punishments and rewards.The scene is unlike Revelation in the Bible.It is not a war between the forces of evil and good. The imagery expressed in the Bible regarding that day is not mentioned in the Qur'an but both give the same sense of gravity of the Day. The following verses are pertinent to your question.

Similarly, when the trumpet is blown - a single blowing - and the earth with its mountains is lifted and crushed (to dust), in a single crushing: On that day will the (Great) Incident take place. And the sky will rent asunder; (you shall see that) it would be extremely frail, on that day; - Al Haqqah 69:13-16

Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder,
And thy Lord cometh, and His angels, rank upon rank,
And Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face),- on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him? - Al Fajr 89:21-23

(It will not be long before they shall see it too). That day, when this sky shall be (red) as the sediment of oil and when these mountains shall be (frail) as carded cotton and even the closest of friends (at that time) shall not be concerned about (the well being of) another friend, even though they shall see each other. This criminal would wish if he could only redeem himself from the (great) torment of that day by exchanging for himself his sons, his wife, his brother, his whole family - which provided him protection - and every person on earth, then, thereby, save himself from it. Absolutely not! It is a flaming Fire, stripping off the skin, calling every person who turned his back (upon the call of the messenger) and looked the other way (ignoring his warnings) and amassed riches and refused to spend it (to help others). - Al Ma`arij 70:8-18

When the Sky is cleft asunder;
When the Stars are scattered;
When the Oceans are suffered to burst forth;
And when the Graves are turned upside down;-
(Then) shall each soul know what it hath sent forward and (what it hath) kept back. - Al Infitar 82:1-5

As it regards your question regarding when the end will come the Qur'an answers:

They ask thee about the (final) Hour - when will be its appointed time? Say: "The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (alone): None but He can reveal as to when it will occur. - Al A'raf 7:187

I hope I have clarified the issue.

God knows best.

Ronnie Hassan
9-15-2004




Answer published by Ronnie Hassan


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