And the Moon is eclipsed, and the Sun and the Moon
are fused together, on that Day man will ask: "Where can I run?"
No indeed! There will be no safe place. That Day, the only resting place
will be your Lord. (Surat al-Qiyama, 8-12)
Consider the people and events that shape your life. You are working
hard to get somewhere, trying to find your place in the struggle for a
good life. You are very attentive to some matters and reflect deeply upon
them. At the same time, you carefully avoid thinking about other matters
and, as it happens, many people close to you do the same. Everyone knows
what subjects to avoid in conversation and thought. Death is one of these,
perhaps the most important one. For them, death is an end to which there
is no solution.
The Day of Judgment, which will bring "death" to the universe
just like the death of people, is a matter that people do not like to
think about; rather, they consider it as a remote and distant matter.
They have a vague idea of what will happen on that Day, but since the
thought of it scares them, people are inclined to forget about it. Rather
than facing up to it, they just get on with their lives instead.
People are most affected by the final day aspect of this Day for all beings,
whether living or non-living. The Day of Judgment is the final day of
life on Earth and for the universe. But at the same time, it is the beginning
of the eternal life in the Hereafter. On that Day, people will be resurrected,
created anew. Believers in Allah and the Hereafter will be hosted in Paradise,
whereas unbelievers will be driven to Hell. Therefore, for those who expect
such a Day, fully aware of what this event means, it is meaningless to
run away from death, the Day of Judgment, and the Hereafter. To the contrary,
the reality of death and the events of that Day will lead people to do
good in the cause of Allah, direct them to believe in the Hereafter, and
bring them closer to Allah. Only the believers will be spared the great
fear on that Day, on which previously unseen events will take place, for
Allah reveals that they will have no cause for fear or sadness, for:
Not so! All who submit themselves completely to
Allah and are good-doers will find their reward with their Lord. They
will feel no fear and know no sorrow. (Surat al-Baqara, 112)
Those who believed in this Day and in the Qur'an, as well as that the
real life is in the Hereafter, while alive and lived accordingly will
be safe. They did not disregard the existence of death and were not too
vain to worship Allah. Such people will be received in the most pleasant
way in the Hereafter, and Allah's guiding light will be with them on the
Day of Judgment. The faithful are given the good news in the Qur'an, as
… on the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet
and those who believed along with him. Their light will stream out ahead
of them and on their right. They will say: "Our Lord, perfect our
light for us and forgive us! You have power over all things." (Surat
This book reveals the Day and its events, and warns of its difficulties.
What matters most is that the Day of Judgment is a reality for all people
and, as such, should not be ignored. This book will help you to think
about its existence and reality in the light of the Qur'an's verses.
The purpose here is to warn you of a Day on which you will meet whatever
happens, and to guide you to safety and the eternal life in Paradise.
The reality of this Day's mind-blowing events is an important factor in
driving people to reflect upon it. For this reason, throughout this book
we will describe the details of the time leading up to the Day of Judgment
and investigate its reality.