Who will be affected by Doomsday? Is it true that the spirits of believers will be removed before Doomsday strikes?

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Who will be affected by Doomsday? Is it true that the spirits of believers will be removed before Doomsday strikes?

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During the end of time, there will be a lot of mischief and disorders one after another; people will abandon the Quran and belief. Ethical people will live in the mountains; justice will exist by name only; oppression and cruelty will cover and surround the world like dark clouds. They are mentioned in the hadiths of the Prophet and they are known very well. As Doomsday approaches, people will go to bed as believers but wake up in the morning as unbelievers; or they will wake up as believers but will go to bed as unbelievers because of the events that take place and the words one utters during the day.(1) It has been known for a long time that Doomsday will strike and affect the evil people who lost their religion and belief and the unbelievers that represent and spread the evil and that the spirits of believers will be removed just before Doomsday strikes so that the believers will not experience that terror as a sign of the mercy of Allah due to their belief (2); it has logical explanations because Allah created this world so that people would believe in Him and worship Him. It is normal for the owner of a land to cancel the contract when the tenant does not act in accordance with his wishes. We can liken it to a business that has been set up to function in accordance with the wishes of the owner. The easiest and most natural solution for a business that does not make any profit is to end it or establish it somewhere else; it is the best logical solution. Therefore, it is quite natural that Doomsday will strike and affect those who deny it so that some of them will see the result through their own eyes.  As a matter of fact, we will quote some of the Quranic verses regarding its denial by the unbelievers so that the issue will be understood more easily:

“The Unbelievers say "Never to us will come the hour": say "Nay! but most surely, by my Lord, it will come upon you― by Him Who knows the unseen― from Whom is not hidden the least little atom in the Heavens or on earth: nor is there anything less than, that or greater, but is in the Record Perspicuous”(Saba, 34:3)

Stating that everything, from the smallest one to the biggest one, everything that is in the sky, is recorded in His knowledge or what is meant by the record is the Quran or lawh al-mahfuz (the Preserved Tablet), in which the destiny of everything is recorded, Allah declares openly that Doomsday will strike and affect unbelievers. The priggish attitude of  the unbelievers and their words of like “Doomsday will not affect us; it will only affect you” that can be heard today, too, as if they have a contract with Allah and making fun of the believers are enough for the strike of Doomsday; they push the button by doing so. When it is a matter of obstinacy, things that are not normally expected to take place can take place. When a criminal or an ordinary man says to the judge, “You cannot condemn me” that judge will definitely condemn that person, if he has honor, even only for that insult and send him to prison; he will even build a prison if there is not one. Besides, Doomsday will definitely strike and Allah will reckon people. It is an absolute fact that is known or need to be learned. However, He knows its real cause and the exact time through His pre-eternal knowledge; therefore, He only delays its time.

“We created not the heavens and the earth and all between them but for just ends, and for a term appointed: but those who reject Faith turn away from that whereof they are warned.”(al-Ahqaf, 46:3) It is in vain that they deny it and try to escape from responsibility. As a matter of fact, they will regret for it and be sorry but it will be too late:

– Then woe that Day to those that treat (truth) as Falsehood!”(at-Tur, 52:11)

Apart from those verses, there are many clear hadiths of Hazrat Prophet (pbuh); one of them is the following hadith narrated by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him):

– Doomsday will not strike or affect any person who says, ‘Allah Allah’.”(3) Or, if we translate the hadith as it is narrated by Tirmidhi, “Doomsday will not strike until there exists nobody who says ’Allah Allah’ on earth.” In another hadith, it is stated that the spirits ofall believers will be removed just before Doomsday strikes and there will be no good people left in the world and that Doomsday will strike and affect the unbelievers.

According to a hadith reported by Hazrat Aisha, one day, the Prophet said,

“– Night and day will not disappear unless people start to worship Lat and Uzza again!” Thereupon, Hazrat Aisha said,

“– O Messenger of Allah! When Allah sent down this verse: “It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it)”(as-Saff, 61:9), I thought it had been completed. Hazrat Prophet (pbuh) said,

– Whatever Allah said regarding the issue will take place. Then, Allah will send a nice wind. Through this wind, the spirits of those who have even the slightest belief in their hearts will be removed. Only the people who are no good will be left in the world and they will return to the religion of their ancestors.”(4) In another hadith reported from Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him), it is stated that the wind is softer than silk and that it will come from the direction of Yemen. (5)

Both hadiths have a similar meaning: All of the believers will be purified and their spirits will be removed just before Doomsday strikes either as a grace of Allah or as a part of the destiny of the Day of Judgment. The unbelievers who see the terror that day will try to believe but their belief will not be accepted. Allah will make all of the believers die beforehand lest they should experience that terror. We do not know but maybe that moment of terror will petrify them and they will lose their belief. However, most of those who do not believe until that time will be forced by the terror of that day and the power of Allah to believe; it is stated clearly in the verses that we quoted and in hadiths. In one of those hadiths reported by Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him), Hazrat Prophet (pbuh) said,

– Doomsday will not strike until the sun rises from the point where it sets. When it rises in the west, people will see it and all of them will believe. However, that belief will not be of any use to the people who have not believed before or who have not done any good deeds by the encouragement of their belief.”(6) At that time, the test will have ended.

Therefore, it will not be possible to enter the venue of examination and to take the test again.

In a hadith reported by Huzayfa regarding the strike of Doomsday when unbelievers are alive and mentioning the dishonor of the people who are shown respect, Hazrat Prophet (pbuh) said,

 – Doomsday will not strike until the least honorable and dishonest people are regarded as respectable people.(7)

Whether those dishonest people who will live just before Doomsday claim that they have believed or not, it is not important in the eye of Allah. Therefore, they form one of the reasons for Doomsday because what matters in the eye of Allah is to have full belief and to live as one believes. Otherwise, everybody thinks they believe based on their own views and utters “Allah” or religious terms unconsciously.

(1) – Tirmidhi, Fitan, 30; Ramuz al-Ahadith, 299:4.

(2) – Bukhari, Fitan, 13; Riqaq, 9; Tecrid-i Sarih Trns. XII, 182; Muslim, Iman, 234; Fitan, 52; Tirmidhi, Fitan, 9, 35, 37; Ibn Majah, Fitan, 25; Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Şualar, p. 490-491.

(3) – Muslim, Iman 234, (148); Tirmidhi, Fitan 35, (2208).

(4) – Muslim, Fitan 52, (2907).

(5) – Muslim, Iman 185, (117).

(6) – Bukhari, Riqaq 39, Istithqa 27, Zakah 9; Muslim, Iman 248, (157); Abu Dawud, Malahim 12, (4312).

(7) – Tirmidhi, Fitan 37, (2210).

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