Is there any of the facts mentioned by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) which are not present in our day and age? And how widespread? Take each of the things mentioned, cast a look at the present day world and and you will surely come to the conclusion that the while world is involved therein.
Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abbas (Radiallahu anhu) said: “Among whichever people there is much treachery and fraud (dishonesty) Allah will cast into their hearts fear of their enemies and among the people where there is much fornication and adultery, there will be much death occuring. And that people who cheat with the scales (when weighing) rizq will decrease. And where unfair judgement is given, many murders will occur. And that people where there is breaning of covenants and agreements, Allah will set an enemy power in authority over them.”
Sayyidina AbduLlah bin Umar (Radiallahu anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) once said with great urgency: “0 people of the Muhajireen there are five things which if you ever indulge therein, calamities will engulf you. Allah forbid that you ever indulge therein. One is that when among any people promiscuity (fornication and adultery) become widespread, plague will overtake them as well as new diseases which were previously unknown, and when any people cheat in weighing and measuring they will face drought, famine, hardship and the wrath of unjust tyrant rulers; and when any people withhold Zakaat, rains from the heavens will be withheld from them and had it not been for the presence and needs of mute animals even a little sprinkle of rain would not fall; and those people who break their covenant with Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will fall prey to enemies; and the people who enforce unjust laws will be involved in civil war and rebellion.” (Targheeb).
It is also the theme of many reports from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) that where adultery and immorality abounds, poverty will surely prevail. According to another Hadeeth: “The people who are guilty of breaking their trusts will face bloodshed and civil war. And where indulgence in immorality and promiscuous behaviour occur there will be much death. And the people who withhold Zakaat, from them rain will be withheld.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Fear for others will engulf the hearts of the people among whom there is much bribery.”
Sayyidina Ka‟ab (Radiallahu anhu) said: . „The doom of this Ummat will be breach of trust.” (Durr Manthoor).
In one Hadeeth it is stated that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “From among this Ummat a certain group of people will at night eat, drink and amuse themselves and in the morning they will be transformed into apes and swine. And some will be punished by having the earth caved in over them. People will say: This night such-and such a family was buried alive and such-and-such a night a house caved in. And upon some people stones will rain down from the heavens as was rained down upon the people of Lut. And some people will be destroyed by tornadoes. And why will all that happen? It will be due to the drinking of wine, wearing clothes of silk, keeping singing girls, devouring interest (usury), breaking relations with the next of kin.” (Haakim, Durr Manthoor)
According to one Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “The righteous deed for which the reward is granted quickest is good treatment of the next of kin, so much so that, even though some families act sinfully, yet their wealth increases and they have abundance of offspring. And the sin which brings punishment quickest is unjust oppression and the giving of false evidence, for this not only devours possessions but also causes women to become sterile and depopulate their villages (due to much death after occuring).” (Durr Manthoor).
Further Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Allah postpones (and defers) the punishment for every sin for as long as He wishes. But the calamity which follows disobedience to parents is very soon. Before death occurs one becomes overtaken by it.” (Durr Manthoor). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Remain ciaste and clean, then your women will remain chaste and clean, treat your parents kindly. Then your children will treat you kindly.” (Durr Manthoor)
Once Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said with much emphasis and urgency: “By Him in Whose Hand my life lies, you shall continue to exhort others towards righteousness and continue to prohibit them from the doing of evil. Otherwise Allah will send down upon you such calamities and punishment that you will pray to Him but He will not answer you.”
Also: “You shall continue to comniand others towards righteous deeds and continue to prohibit them from evil before such a time will dawn that you will beg of Allah and He will not answer your prayers.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) warned: “Through the iniquitous deeds of a few people Allah does not cause widespread calamity to descend upon all until such time that those deeds are performed in their presence and they, in spite of being capable of stopping it, refrain therefrom. At such a time the punishment descends upon all, high and low.”
This is indeed the reason for all the daily calamities which we see and hear – the earthquakes, storms, droughts and famines, railway crashes etc. etc. These are daily occurances, and seem to be without limit and without end. We daily hear of new types of diseases, new forms of calamities which in days gone by were only heard of occasionally and seldomly. Those who are readers of newspapers are quite acquainted with these facts. And now, because the duty of calling others to good deeds and persuading them against evil has become well-nigh completely forsaken, it is too much to hope that our duaas will be favourably answered. What good seems to be forthcoming in the announcements of special prayers after Salaah, when we ourselves adopt such a line of action which is the very cause of prayers not being answered?
Our Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had expressed a curse upon him who takes bribes and him who gives bribes and according to some reports even he who acts as intermediary in a bribe-deal is cursed. See for yourself how many people are thus earning Allah‟s curse. Think, if Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had expressed a curse against anyone, what will be the final result awaiting such a person?
In another Hadeeth: “Do not oppress unjustly, or else your duaas will go unanswered.” “The unjust oppressor is given a time (that perchance he may desist) but when Allah takes hold of him for punishment, there will be no escape.”
Allah says in the Quran:
“Thus is the grasp of Allah. When He grasps a village while they do wrong, Indeed His grasp is painful and strong.” (11.102) Now look at all the evils of this world. Then consider. When revenge from Allah‟s side is so severe, can there be any end to the sufferings we deserve? In the Hadeeth we are told that the prayers of the unjustly treated and persecuted one, when made against anyone, is most certainly answered by Allah even if the supplicant be an evil-doer. In another Hadeeth it is said that the curses of such a person is most certainly answered even if he be a non-believer or an infidel. (Targheeb) In one Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) reports that Allah says: “My most severe anger
descends upon that person who unjustly persecutes such a man who has no other helper save Myself.” (Mujam-Sagheer).
The Persian Poet sings:-
“Indeed fear the sigh of the downtrodden one, For verily at the time he beseeches help (from the Lord) From the doors of Allah comes forth Divine Acceptance to welcome such prayer.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Those of the Heavens shall not show Mercy to him who shows no mercy to the dwellers on the earth.” (Targheeb)
In such cases when bearing in mind now these days the duaas of those treated unjustly by us are on the increase and that the inmates of the heavens are showing no Mercy, it stands to reason that there should be so many bolts of lightning and storms directed against us. The Hadeeth states: “Beware of the curses of the persecutej one for nothing stands between such prayer and acceptance thereof.”
According to another Hadeeth: “The curse of the persecuted one is accepted (by Allah) even if he be an evil – doer.”
In one Hadeeth Allah says: “I do not reject the prayer of the unjustly persecuted one even if he be a non believer.” (Hisne-Haseen)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “My Ummat will continue to live on the path of good and prosperity for as long as there will be no great incidence of illegitimate children among them. And when illegitimate children become Widespread among them, Allah will cause a great calamity of punishment to beset thcm.” (Targheeb)
Just forget for a moment he secret and hidden adultery and fornication that abounds today. Apart frorri that, is there any town or village anywhere where openly, boldly, flagrantly and shamelessly adultery and illegitimate children do not abound? Is it not a fact that even the Muslim members of the local town councils, local authorities and municipalities are forced to provide for these fatherless kids? Who can deny the great overwhelming presence of illegitimacy and fornication amongst us?
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “The people among whom the taking of interest and indulgence in adultery appears openly, have indeed invited Allah‟s wrath and anger upon themselves.” (Targheeb)
Now think! How large is the number of those involved in this immoral deed of evil? Think how many are the seemingly cultured men of nobility who rent out their properties for this evil of prostitution? Think how many religious minded members of local municipalities there are who are forced to provide special places where this low and shameful deed (of prostitution) can be performed?
Another thing: It has been reported in numerous authentic Ahaadeeth that the houses wherein there are dogs and pictures are not visited by the Angels of mercy. Abu Wa-il (Radiallahu anhu) says: “Once I was accompanied by Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) on a journey into battle somewhere in Syria. While we stopped to rest at a certain place, the ruler of the locality, very eager to meet the ameer, came forward and as he arrived, he fell into prostration before Sayyidina Umar, Sayyidina Umar inquired:”Why are you prostrating before me?” He replied: “This has been our practice with regard to our own kings.” Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) replied: “Perform sujood only in front of the Being who has created you.” Then the ruler said: “I have prepared a meal for you. Will you kindly proceed with me to our house?” Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) inquired: “Please tell me. Are there any pictures (of animate beings) in your house?” The ruler replied: “Yes there are.” Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) said: “We shall not enter into such a house. You may send some food to me here.” The ruler then had some food sent to Sayyidina Umar and he ate it.
Look at the houses of today‟s men of culture and learning. Is it at all possible for them to adorn their houses without pictures? Does any “narrow-minded” Molvi have the cheek and the guts to object? Now you tell me. We have closed the doors of mercy upon ourselves and have adopted all those actions which are the sure causes of Allah‟s wrath. Is it any wonder that our troubles and problems should not increase and worsen? Our pious ancestors and elders would not even enter such homes of the non- believers wherein there were pictures. Today we find that we, who came after them, even though claiming to be Muslims have adopted those very unlawful things with which we seek to adorn and beautify our houses. Consider every teaching of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). See our response thereto and the response of the world around us.
You will continue to be increasingly astonished at our disregard of the teachings of Islam! Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “When the sun rises two angels stand near the rising sun and call out: „0 People turn to your Lord. The little you possess and which is sufficient for your needs is better for you than the greater wealth which may engage you in vain things.‟
And when the sun sets two Angels stand near the setting sun and pray: „0 Allah give a goodly reward to him who spends in the path of righteousness, And destroy the wealth of him who withholds himself from spending righteously.‟ (Targheeb)
Think about those people who through being exceptionally stingy and miserly and who through numerous obstacles and troubles collect and gather hard- earned wealth, and then refuse to spend in Allah‟s path any portion thereof. See how they bring endless worries and anguish upon themselves in their striving to gain more and more; and yet they themselves cause the destruction of all they possess. Sometimes they take ill (with some disease) with the result that hundreds of rupees are spent on doctors and specialists for treatment and medicine. And then it may also happen that a case is brought against them in court (as a result of true or false charges). The result will then be that through this ensuing legal battle so much will be spent that the person may land up ruined financially. Then if through the blessings of some righteous deeds a person be preserved against such ruin another calamity may overtake him. It often happens that which the parents had earned through hard toiling and sweat over long years of struggling can be destroyed by his children being so carefree and loose-living that within months everything is wasted on luxuries and immoral sensual pleasures.
This is definitely not a fabricated example of what is improbable. These are true facts of what happens quite often. We see how the fathers had gone through many trials and tribulations and spent much sweat in acquiring some wealth. After their death the children had wasted all that in a few weeks or months. In this way the heirs wasted all in a short space of time.
In the Hadeeth we are told: “Man speaks about „My wealth, my wealth,‟ whereas in actual fact all that is really his is that which he had eaten or the clothes he had worn and that which by spending in the path of Allah he had gathered for himself (as a treasure). Everything else belongs to others.” (Targheeb)
Sayyidina Ali (Radiallahu anhu) said: “Whatever wealth you gather which is in excess of your needs, belongs to others for whom you are merely the treasurer.‟‟ (Kitab-al-Mukhallaat)
This is also substantiated by many Ahaadeeth, all pointing out that all that one possesses beyond one‟s needs are the possessions of others to be spent on them.
Allah Ta‟aala‟s Word states:
“They ask you, 0 Muhammad, regarding what they should spend.Say: That which is superfluous.” (2.219)
In this verse the word “Al-Afwa” i.e. “superfluous” is used. Ibn Abbas (Radiallahu anhu) says it means that which is left over after having seen to the basic needs of one‟s family. Now there is another point which you should consider before proceeding. Today great emphasis is laid upon the eradication of poverty and the affording of help for the indigent and the poor. Do you find any other teachings better than the teachings of Islam in this respect? On the one hand, we have a doctrine in the world according to which a man shall not receive more than he requires. On the other hand is the doctrine that man be persuaded not to keep more than is necessary but should rather willingly and voluntarily spend the rest on
the needy ones. What a big difference between the two. The first doctrine boils down to sheer oppression whereas the second one – the Islamic doctrine – is sheer goodness.
The first doctrine seeks to destroy ambition and to curb the progressive and active ones (because hard work is not adequately rewarded). The second doctrifle on the other hand encourages ambition. It encourages man to earn more and to spend such earned wealth willingly. Beyond that in encouraging charity it not only persuades one to look at one‟s own needs but even encourages the reduction of one‟s own needs in order to have more to spend on the needy.
Such is also the teaching of Islam. Thetefore in praising the Ansaar (the helpers of Madina) the Quran says: “They (the Muhajireen) give preferance over themselves even though, there is hunger tormenting them.” (59 V 9)