"We have sent down to you a scripture containing your message. Do you not understand?" (Qur’an 21:10)
When we read the stories of previous generations as related in The Qur’an, most of us are unable to relate to them thinking that they are 'tales from the past' which no longer have any significance in our age of science & technology.
"We narrate to you the best narration's through the revelation of this Reading (Quran). Before this, you were totally unaware." (Qur’an 12:3)
God tells us that what is being told is SIGNIFICANT to us and that in it are lessons which we must learn from:
"In their history, there is a LESSON for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated Hadith; this (Quran) authenticates all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe." (Qur’an 12:111)
We learn of people who existed before us like the people of 'Aad', 'Thamud', 'Noah', 'Pharaoh', 'Lot', etc...
"Have you noted what your Lord did to `Ad?. Erum; with the pillars. The one which the land never saw its like!. Also Thamud, who carved the rocks in the valley. And Pharaoh who possessed might. They all transgressed in the land. They spread evil throughout. Consequently, your Lord poured upon them a whipping retribution. Your Lord is ever watchful." (Qur’an 89:7-14)
Some of these nations we are told were even more powerful that we are today!
"Have they not roamed the earth and noted the consequences for those who preceded them? They used to be more powerful, more prosperous, and built the earth more than you did. Their messengers went to them with clear signs. Consequently, God was not the One who wronged them; they are the ones who wronged their own souls." (Qur’an 30:9)
But, why does God tell us about them?
Yes, they were mostly evil, but how can this information serve us today?
Well, in the narrations of these stories, what unfolds is a SYSTEM that has been ordained by God which precedes the destruction or annihilation of a nation. If we are smart, we can identify this system BEFORE it is too late and before the destruction or doom on a nation kicks-in (like a check-list).
Remember, The Qur’an gives sight to those who uphold it, making them seers when everyone else may be oblivious to their surroundings...Let us be from 'the people of intelligence' rather than just blind followers of the blind.
"The ones who listen to all that is said, then follow the best. These are the ones whom God has guided; these are the ones who possess intelligence." (Qur’an 39:18)
1. Evil being committed.
The first element that begins the trigger of God's system of destruction for a nation or community is that its people start to 'commit evil!'
"The consequences for those who committed evil had to be evil. That is because they rejected God's revelations, and ridiculed them." (Qur’an 30:10)
Although this may be a broad description, the evil that previous nations have been destroyed for includes:
- Slavery & Persecution (Pharoh and his people persecuting the Hebrews 7:127);
- Cheating in Trade & Monopolizing (People of Midyan 7:85);
- Fornication and Homosexuality (Lot's people 7:81);
When we look around us today, we find that most countries in the world carry one or more of the above elements which warranted the destruction of the previous people...Does that mean it is their time?
2. The Leadership.
Once a nation or community fall into the practice of certain evils, then God's system allows their leadership to be REFLECTIVE of the people:
"If We are to annihilate any community, We allow the carefree to rule it, they thus commit vast corruption therein. Then it deserves the retribution, and We annihilate it completely." (Qur’an 17:16)
If the people have activated the 1st point of God's system for doom, then the leadership will arise that will activate the 2nd point of the checklist. This leadership can be one man, a political party, or any other powerful lobby which will work against God's system of justice, peace and freedom.
If you feel that there is a country that practices some of the evil listed in point # 1, then look to its leadership to see if it is allowing and promoting corruption.
3. God’s message is delivered.
God having all Glory & Mercy does not only provide warning signals for those who take heed, but He also allows His message (warning) to be spread one last time for any who wish to save themselves.
"We never annihilate any community without sending warners." (Qur’an 26:208)
This warning could be delivered via God’s scripture, which has been sent to all humankind (34:28), or through specific warners/messengers such as the case of the village that received 3 messengers (36:13-14).
4. Mass wealth.
When the people have committed evil and the leadership also promotes such corruption, then God's system allows that nation / community to be given wealth (sometimes excessive) to increase their transgression.
"When they thus disregard the message given to them, we open for them the gates of everything. Then, just as they rejoice in what was given to them, we punish them suddenly; they become utterly stunned." (Qur’an 6:44)
Thus, if you are living in a country which commits evil, has evil leadership, has been warned, and is being given wealth! Then you'd better be on your way out A.S.A.P.
5. The Destruction Comes.
After the 4 steps above are met, the community or nation is then flung into destruction (be it war, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc..).
"Many a community we annihilated for turning unappreciative of their lives. Consequently, here are their homes, nothing but uninhabited ruins after them, except a few. We were the inheritors." (Qur’an 28:58)
It must be noted that the above 5-steps represent a 'Macro' scale of God's system for destruction. However, it is also possible to see this system put into effect on a 'Micro' scale if a person or family is 'warned' and they do not heed the warning or submit to the path of God (they will be elevated perhaps in wealth or power, but then dropped into misery or destruction just as fast).
The Global Village.
The industrial revolution has quickly advanced technology making the world into 'One Global Village'. Thus, we are no longer isolated by our geographic locations or distances...
TV broadcasting has reached almost every home through satellite technology, the advancement of flight has made trade between nations a must for survival...the Internet has reached millions of homes with its vast array of data...The WTO, UN, IMF, World Bank, etc...
Thus, what is occurring is something that has not been seen since the time of Noah (when his society dominated the world) nearly 13,000 years ago.
The fornication and evil is no longer limited to just one or a few nations...but it has entered every home and the politics and politicians have formed one 'secret' club where they divide the world spoils amongst themselves...
"Why do they not reflect on themselves? God did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, except for a specific purpose, and for a specific life span. However, most people, with regard to meeting their Lord, are disbelievers." (Qur’an 30:8)
The danger of this 'global village' may now be clear. We are at risk for a GLOBAL destruction as these governments conspire and plot evil with each other...and they trigger the system that has been put-in-place by God.
In view of the steps that have been given for God’s destruction to take place, and in view of the world coming together to act and behave as if were one single nation, there are a few alarming prophecies that have occurred recently which warrant serious attention from the students of The Qur’an everywhere:
Reaching the Moon - 1969
"The hour is near and the Moon is breached" (Qur’an 54:1)
This verse has been mangled in the traditional translation as the Moon being 'split' which is why very few have been concerned with its occurrence. The word “inshaq” although can mean “split” also carries the meaning “to make a way” such as the statement “shaqa alwalad tareeqahu ila albayt / the boy “made” his way home”.
The Qur’an tells us that, making our way to the moon, is a sign that Judgement Day has drawn near and hence our destruction becomes close at hand. Also, the entire Sura (54) speaks of the destruction of all previous generations (Noah, 'Ad, Thamud, etc..) which is fitting considering we are following their same life styles.
"They disbelieved, followed their opinions, and adhered to their old traditions." (Qur’an 54:3)
The 'Creature' (dab'a).
"And when they have DESERVED the retribution, We will produce for them a creature, made of earthly materials, declaring that the people are not certain about our revelations." (Qur’an 27:82)
Traditional translations link this with Hadith narration's of a 'snake-like' creature which appears in the mountains of Mecca and speaks to the people. Although I for one would be fascinated to see a dragon being interviewed on CNN, somehow myths & fairy tales do not serve God's purpose or His system.
The translation of the late Dr. Khalifa that the “Dab'a” is the “computer” (as it is made from earthly material and contains data or signals which move through it) is indeed a unique, but very intriguing one.
As most of us know, computers did not start to become commercialized until the early 70's (after the landing of man on the Moon), also, now in the 21st century, there is not a home or school that can do without the computer.
But, how can the computer warn the people?
Well, how is it you are reading this article? Is it not the computer – and the resultant Internet that has made possible communication when it was not possible before?
There are very few now who have not been exposed to the message of God alone through the Internet (in an e-mail, or chat, or discussion, or site)...Thus, the message is being propagated like never before through this medium (even though most reject it).
If the computer, or Internet, is indeed the 'Dab'a', then that spells some major trouble brewing as its appearance will only come when the people have 'DESERVED' the retribution!
If you recall the points of destruction that we have listed above, then you will note that we have entered into the time where the message is being propagated like never before (points # 3&4). This would indicate that the countdown has indeed begun, and we are at the final stage of an eminent event!
One of the prophecies in the Qur’an that has not yet occurred is that of the 'smoke':
"Therefore, watch for the day when the sky brings a profound smoke. It will envelope the people; this is a painful retribution." (Qur’an 44:10-11)
This is one of the few verses that we can find which talks about a future event related to the destruction of most people.
If we look at this verse in light of the prophecy of the Moon, and the Computer, then it becomes relevant that this will be the next event to come...
Looking at what may cause smoke to spread across the entire world, we have a few scenarios to look at:
- Global nuclear war
- Meteor striking Earth causing great dust clouds
- Volcanic eruptions (super volcanoes) shooting out ash and soot.
Option 1 is a very real threat which continues to build as nations struggle for supremacy and domination. The "mushroom cloud" that is the signature hallmark of a nuclear weapon can be understood as the 'smoke' that will be visible in the sky and which will spell doom to most of Earth's inhabitants.
A large asteroid striking land on Earth would cause massive Earthquakes and tremors as well as a cloud of dust which would block the sun for a number of years (thus eliminating most life). It is believed that the people of Noah were destroyed with a large asteroid which struck the ocean (cracking the sea floor and releasing lava which boiled the sea water and caused an end to the last ice age).
With regards to the possibility of the eruption of a super volcano or a number of volcanoes causing the prophesized smoke, there have already been increasing reports of underground activity at the largest known super volcano on Earth (Yellowstone) where the crust has risen 13cm in the past 10 years.
An interesting documentary has been made on this subject (see link) looking at the effects of the eruption of such a natural phenomena and its impact on a global scale.
"We will relieve the retribution for a while; you will soon revert." (Qur’an 44:15)
The good news is that the “smoke” will not be the end or J-day as there will still be survivors from this global event (good and bad):
Thus the smoke will eventually lift or its effects will fade away...and life will return to Earth (perhaps not as industrialized or advanced as we know it) until the final trumpet is blown and it is time...
Israel and Prophecy
Another element which lends weight to the events of prophecy is the creation of the state of Israel which occurred officially in 1948 and the undying support it has continued to receive from Western nations, especially the USA.
The Qur’an has prophesized that the Children of Israel will all gather in one place and be more influential and powerful than ever before (see 17:104), but more importantly, the Qur’an has also prophesized that this gathering of Israel will be corrupt in the eyes of God and unacceptable to Him, hence the power and might of this gathering will be vanquished (see 17:7).
For such prophecy to come true it is safe to assume that events will take place which would divert the focus and ability of the nations that have supported, armed, and funded Israel to continue to do so.
The Qur’an teaches is that there are checkmarks that determine the fate of a people or nation, the Qur’an also teaches us that there are signs and prophecies that will signal some inevitable events that would have been brought on by the action of humankind.
Have we reached the timeline for such events? Is it time to take measures to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the crimes committed by our species against the system of God?
Only time will tell, however, being aware of all possibilities and heeding such warnings can only be of benefit to the believers…
As for the wicked, they will surely taste the consequence of their actions in this world and the next.
"Many a town rebelled against the command of its Lord and His messengers. Thus, We called them to account severely, and We punished them a terrible punishment. They tasted the result of their actions, and the consequence of their actions was a total loss." (Qur'an 65:8-9)
By Layth Al-Shaiban (email@example.com)