Muslim Eschatology Essay

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Muslim eschatology is based on the Holy Qur’an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad known as Hadith in religious literature. Muslims believe that there is one God who has created humankind to worship Him. The humans He has created will soon die and await the Day of Judgment together with those who are alive now, in addition to those that will be alive on “that Fateful Day,” according to the Qur’an. The Day of Judgment is 50,000 years long, “according to your reckoning,” says the Qur’an. In the original Arabic reading of the Book, all time is one, which is to say that there is no difference between the present and future in the Arabic language. The future is happening right now. Some people are in heaven, others in hell. According to Muslims, man will be raised back to life after death, and he will be called to settle accounts with Almighty Allah, the Lord of the universe proclaimed by the Qur’an. He is the God of the Muslims as well as the Christians and Jews, the Lord of Adam or Aadam, Noah or Nuh, Abraham or Ibrahim, Lot or Loot, Moses or Musah, Jesus or Isa, and Muhammad besides all other prophets and ordinary people, as well as all things which obey Him day in day out. Only the names of prophets have changed, and essentially there is one soul: “He created man from a single soul,” says Allah or God in the Holy Qur’an. So, even after our lives in heaven or hell it is possible that everything would turn into nothingness, and only Allah or God will remain. It can be imagined that good people would find eternal bliss at the time. In the Qur’an, Allah says, “Only the Face of the Lord remains.” This sentence could also be read as, “Only the Face of God will remain,” presenting a future that man must deal with now.
Not all Muslims are agreed on what happens after death. Certain scholars have found evidence in the sacred texts that man can get to paradise immediately after death, without an interval between now and the Day of Judgment, when the universe will be torn apart. One of the theories of the universe tearing apart is presented by Humayoun Khan, M.D. The doctor presents a fantastic scientific theory on the reversal of time on the Last Day. According to the New Testament, Jesus will descend on earth before the Day. The Qur’an similarly proclaims that Jesus is a “Sign of the Hour.” The reality is, according to Dr. Khan, that Jesus will descend just as he ascended at the time that he was being crucified. Muslims like to say, “God knows best” in matters of the unseen. But Dr. Khan believes that Jesus will descend because of time reversal, that is, on the Day of Judgment the universe will contract just as it is expanding at the moment; and there will be a reversal of gravity to boot. Because the universe would be contracting, everything will start to happen in reverse. Allah says that the “dead will be raised back to life.” Since everything will be happening backwards in time reversal, Jesus will descend the way he had...

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