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23 August 2017 CE | 00 Dhul-Hijjah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


The Hour is at Hand


On the authority of Anas ibn Malik (radi Allahu anhu), the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “I have been sent when the Hour is like this” – and he pointed with his forefinger and his middle finger. [Sahih Bukhari]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) put his noble forefinger and middle finger together, symbolizing with the former, human history until his time, and with the latter, history until the Day of Judgement.

With the Day of Judgement so close we still do nothing to prepare for it, instead waste our health and time on worthless pursuits. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) asks, “Are they waiting for anything except the Hour, that it should come upon them unawares? Its warning conditions have already come.” [47:18] Nobody can avoid the Day of Judgement, irrespective of when they die. Then what is the use of being so involved with worldly pleasures?

“Like all Islamic virtues, zuhd is a golden mean between two extremes; in this case the extremes of worldliness and of monkery. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal defined zuhd as ‘Not to be pleased when given the things of this world, and not to be sorry when they are taken away.’ He also taught that there are three degrees of zuhd: that of the common people, which involves avoiding what is forbidden (haram), that of the elite, which is to avoid what is permissible (halal) but unnecessary, and that of the highest elite, which is to avoid everything which distracts one from God.” [Translator’s note, The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith, p.56, The Quilliam Press]

“The early Muslims were indifferent to the things of this world: gold was as dust in their sight, but this did not make them into monks or recluses; instead they conquered great empires and created a new civilization. Similarly, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) foretold that the Muslims would one day become weak, and that the reason for this would be ‘love of the world, and hatred of death.’” [Translator’s note, The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith, p.56, The Quilliam Press]

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