Understanding End Times

It is an imperative for the Islamic scholarship to explore the subject of eschatology

Dr. Ruheel Ahmad Mir
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 12 2018 11:24PM | Updated Date: Sep 12 2018 11:24PM
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Islamic Eschatology is the branch of Islamic theology that studies knowledge of the End times or Final age (‘Ilmu Akhiru Zaman’). It explains the events that would unfold before the end of history---Yawm-ul-Qiyamah or the Day of Resurrection. The two basic sources of the Islamic eschatology are the Holy Qur’an and the authentic Ahadith (sayings of the beloved Prophet, PBUH).  

 

The subject of eschatology as a tool/science to explain the modern age, however, remains to be alien to most of the contemporary Islamic scholarship. Sheikh Imran Hosein, a sufi scholar who is pioneering and promoting this methodology makes him a unique figure in this field. Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad in 1942) is a contemporary Islamic scholar, thinker and philosopher with specialization in Islamic Eschatology, world politics, economics and modern socio-economic and political affairs. His knowledge in a number of different subjects related to Islamic Eschatology is spectacular and unparalleled. He is a graduate of the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi, the University of West Indies, Al-azhar University and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Switzerland. He worked for several years as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Govt. of Trinidad and Tobago before giving up the position in 1985 to devote his life to the mission of Islam.

Sheikh Imran Hosein has authored several books on the subject---the important being: “Jerusalem in the Qur’an”, ‘An Islamic View of Gog and Magog in the Modern Age’, Surah Al-Kahf and the Modern Age’, ‘The Prohibition of Riba in the Qur’an and Sunnah’, etcetera. His unique style and methodology of explaining the most vexing contemporary issues pertaining to globalization, International politics, the world economy, International monetary affairs, the increasing prosperity of those who belong to or support the modern 'exploitative' Euro-American World order, and the increasing poverty and destitution of those who resist the same, etc., with high vividness and unambiguity, using the Islamic Eschatology, is truly enthralling. He questions the very mysterious nature of Judeo-Christian alliance,of course championed by none other than all powerful, the USA supporting Zionist claim on the Holy Land (Al-Quds) as their ‘Promised land’ (promised some 3000 years ago in Torah, as they claim), with President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israel’s capital and subsequent declaration of Israel as a Jewish state by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) being the latest important developments in this context . So, one is left only to wonder that how can the so-called ‘most advanced Western Civilization’ with secularism and democracy as their ideals, support this claim! This is why Sheikh Imran calls this alliance a mysterious one. While on the other hand, he supports and cherishes the efforts of all those nations, especially the Islamic countries that are aimed at forging friendship and alliance with the Orthodox/Eastern Christianity, the leader of whom, what he believes to be Russia (as he supposes the Russia to be ‘Rum’ that will forge an alliance with Muslims in Akhiruzaman as foretold in the Holy Book &Ahadith). These things may seem to be unrealistic and metaphysical in nature in this materialistic world but we as Muslims have unflinching faith in what has been authentically received from the Prophet (SAW) though there remains possibility of divergent interpretations. It is also better to revisit debates on apocalypse or end times in other traditions to arrive at better understanding.  Certain cataclysmic events are predicted across traditions though precise import of them is a matter of debate.

Reading and listening to Sheikh Imran (as numerous of his video lectures are available on youtube in the public domain) leaves one amazed and over-awed by the veracity of the Holy Qur’an and the Ahadith in foretelling the events with such accuracy. His penetrating analysis of these sources and their application to the contemporary global issues leaves one spellbound. His masterful style of explaining the ‘Gog and Magog controlled’ world’s political, economic and financial system, Anti-Christ (Dajjal), the Great war or Malhama (or Armagadon) in the end times with potential to kill ‘99 out of every 100’ (as mentioned in the Hadith of beloved Prophet, PBUH) possibly by anticipated nuclear or biochemical warfare, etc with special reference to the current International developments. It will not be out of place to mention here that the predictions made by Sheikh Imran on several important global issues proved almost always accurate to everyone’s surprise, let alone the religious scholarship. Events such as the so-called Arab Spring, NATO-Russia meddling, crisis in Ukraine, Syria &Libya, failed military coup of Turkey, weakening of US dollar and global economic recession, etc were long ago predicted by him before they actually got realized, thanks to his deep insight and knowledge of the Holy Qur’an.

In the above context,i t is clear that the Islamic Eschatology really works wonders in not only explaining the most compelling issues that are unfolding by each passing day in the International scenario, but also suggesting the way forward. Given such a huge importance of the subject, it becomes imperative for the Islamic scholarship to explore the subject of ‘Islamic Eschatology’ and to do more research in it. Its importance seems to be growing faster than ever before with each passing moment, given the volatile current international developments. There are plenty of Ahadith of our beloved Prophet (SAW) on the subject, which of course find great relevance in these chaotic and disturbed times. Therefore, an opportunity presents itself before the Islamic scholarship to work out the necessary modalities to develop and promote the subject in sync with the much disturbing contemporary issues confronting the whole world in general and Muslim Ummah in particular, and prescribe solutions thereto. And the methodology prescribed by Sheikh Imran Hosein can serve in this regard.

 

Ruheel Ahmad Mir is a graduate in Veterinary Sciences

ruhailmir939@gmail.com

 

 

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