The signs are coming and going...take heed before the sun rises from the west!
by Matthew Isa Fallon on Thursday, February 10, 2011
Assalaamu Alaikum, we all know a few signs of the impending judgement day, death, natural disasters increasing etc, but do we realize how much is really going on in the earth? I had heard that all these sorts of things were increasing so I've done some research to find out and thought I'd share with myself.
The actor Al Pacino portrays the devil in the movie 'The Devils Advocate', and he says this (abit of vulgar language involved but that's in order to get the point across.)...
You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire. You build egos the size of cathedrals. Fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse. Grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green gold-plated fantasies until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own god. Where can you go from there? As we're scrambling from one deal to the next, who's got his eye on the planet? As the air thickens, the water sours, even bees honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity... and it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare; it's buy futures, sell futures.. when there is no future. We got a runaway train, boy. Every one... is getting ready to fistf*ck God's ex-planet and lick their fingers clean, as they reach out toward their pristine, cybernetic keyboards to tote up their f*cking billable hours.
Who, in their right mind, could possibly deny the twentieth century was entirely mine?
This in itself, shows that everyone knows that the 20th century has been the most corrupt, evil , sadistic, murdurous, disease invested, planet destroying century that Earth has ever had (in its 4+ billion year history). Although we may not agree that the 20th century 'belonged' to Satan, what I see it as is the 20th century was a massive sign for those of us who clearly understand...The last line of that speech should be one that you think about, and in a way, it is difficult to ignore..so inshaAllah we will crack on.
The prophet sulAllah alayhi wa salam said, 'Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of people), afflictions will appear, and there will be much 'Al-Harj''. They said, 'O Allah's Apostle..what is Al Harj?'..He said, 'Killing! killing!'
(Bukhari Hadith 2198 from "at-Tajrid As-Sarih)
Ok well as for time going fast, I can't really prove this but if you just think back to the past year and see how quick it felt compared to previous years then that might help. I remember when i was younger, eating a chocolate bar and drinking a can of soda would take forever..a 2 hour movie would last so long..but now they all seem to last mere seconds.
No one can deny the miserliness of many people now days...'depression' could be used here as an alternative word. Depression...it became a certified illness in the 1970s and 1980s and hundreds of thousands of people commit suicide due to it. What is interesting is, the western world or 'more economically developed countries' suffer from so much more depression than the 'Less economically developed countries.'
In fact, the poorest continent on Earth, Africa has the least amount of depression in the world. And many 'Eastern' languages don't even have a word to describe depression (because they don't know what it is.) Infact there is a strong correlation that shows a person from countries that are more economically developed have a much higher chance of being 'depressed' than a person from a less economically developed country.
This for me is just strange...how dare we feel depressed in these sorts of countries (where we have unlimited electricity, unlimited, healthy drinking water, hot water, large houses, great food, easy lives, cars, hospitals, police and much much more) when 44% of the people in Angola suffer from malnutrition...where 18% of all babies die before they reach 1, where the life expectancy is the second lowest on earth (I could go on for a while. But in Angola (and nearly all of Africa)...people don't get depressed (they can't afford to.) (links below for map)
It just shows how much of a disease this dunya really is, some people won't stop until they have the moon in their left hand and the sun in their right hand..and even then they would want more. Money does not equal happiness, in fact, the opposite is more factual of a statement. So, as we can see..depression/miserliness has become a phenomenon in the west in the last few decades..yet it doesn't even exist in some of the poorest countries in the world. Verily...miserliness HAS been thrown into the hearts of people and has reached epidemic proportions in the western world.
Good deeds disappearing and Afflictions I will cover in another note because this is already quite long. So I'm jumping straight to Al-Harj (killing). What strikes me about the way our beloved Messenger sulAllah alayhi wa salam says this is you can almost feel the intensity in the words, how he repeats the word and the exclamation marks to show it is not a small matter. Now yes, killing has been around since Cain and Abel (Habeel and Qabeel) but since the 1800s it is an extremely obvious fact that killing has been taken to a whole new level.
The Napoleonic war in the early 1800s was the first ever war to be associated with being a world war due to the number of people and countries that took part in it. Around 20 countries (mainly the countries around Europe took part in it), with between 3 and 7 million people dying in these wars. This makes it one of the deadliest wars of all time. In 1914, World War I started...the intensity of this war can be described just by the names it was given. It was called 'The Great War', 'The War' and the 'World War'. Countries from as west as USA and as east as Japan took part in this war, it is estimated that between 15 and 45 million people were killed during (or as a result of) this war.
21 years after the end of WWI, WWII started, now this war is the biggest war and most destructive war there has been. Around 70 million people took part in this war, it is estimated 60 million people were killed during this war...it wasn't just soldiers that died, but civilians as well (around 6 million Jews killed, millions of Russians during the Nazi attack died, hundreds of thousands...if not millions were killed due to the bombings of London, Berlin, Japan and Pearl Harbour.)
Now just think for a minute, 60 million people..that would be like losing the population of the UK, or France, or Italy. If that isn't 'Al-Harj' then I don't know what is.
Another war...the second Congo war took place between 1998 and 2003, leaving between 3.8-5.4 million killed...again it ranks very high in the list of 'Most deadliest wars'.
Since the end of WWII the world has constantly been at war, first there was the Cold war, then many civil wars around Africa (even to this day), Afghanistan has known war for a long time now, also Iraq, Bosnia, Vietnam, Korea, Chechnya, Tibet, Palestine and Columbia have been hosts to wars in the past 50 years. With the technological advances there is these days, death can be dealt easily. The AK-47 is an assault rifle that has had so much influence over the planet in the past 60 years that it is thought there are over 75 million of them in the world (that would be enough for almost every person in Egypt) and can be bought for as little as $30 in some countries. They rule over the continent of Africa, a weapon of choice for the tyrant rulers and their armies.
If there's a WW III whilst the technology we possess is still around, then I think we're due to see numbers in the hundreds of millions (maybe billions) of killed people. I hope I'm wrong but we all know about A-Bombs, WMDs..whatever you want to call them.
Killing is increasing, miserliness is increasing, and the signs of Judgment Day are as clear to us as our own reflection in a clean mirror. We don't know when Judgement Day will be, but live your life like it could be tomorrow, and get your deen on!