As Muslims, belief in the day of judgement is an article of faith. The happenings on the Day of Judgement are part of the knowledge of the unseen. Anything from the unseen is only known from The Qur’aan, or from The Sunnah of The Prophet. The opinion of any scholar is not relied on in determining what is from the unseen. And to disbelieve in the knowledge of The Unseen is disbelief. The basis for the unseen are five, and they are mentioned in the last verse in suuratu Luqmaan, 34:

{Surely ALLAAH, the knowledge of the hour is with HIM, and HE sends down the rain and HE knows what is in the wombs; and no one knows what he shall earn on the morrow (future); and no one knows in what land he shall die; surely ALLAAH is Knowing, Aware}.

In an authentic hadeeth, The Prophet said “the keys to the unseen are five, none knows them except ALLAAH…” and HE mentioned the five above.

Everyone will die and be resurrected as ALLAAH has stated after mentioning the stages human went through in HIS creation of him, HE said:

{Then after that, you will all surely die. Then surely on the day of resurrection, you shall be raised}. Al-Mu’minuun, 15 & 16, and many other verses of the Qur’aan.

Every living being shall die, and the souls shall be returned on the day of judgement back to their body, not just in spirit, also in flesh.
{And the Trumpet will be blown, and whoever is in the heavens and the earth shall fall dead. Then it will be blown for the second time, and at once they will be standing, looking on.}, Az-Zumar, 68.

The unbelievers in The Prophet Time and even some in this day deny resurrection and belied The Qur’aan and Sunnah. But a Muslim can not deny this. This is why it is wrong when warned about the Hereafter, that you say: who have gone there to confirm? It is from the knowledge of the unseen and believing in it is not a choice.

Was he not a small seed in the seminal elements? Then he became a clot of blood, so HE created him then made (him)? Then HE made of him two pairs, the male and the female? Is He Who could do all that not capable of resurrecting the dead?”. Al-Qiyaamah, 37 – 40.

After the resurrection, people will be commanded to move towards, The “Mahshar”. The mahshar is where the people would gather, standing and waiting for judgement. They will stand naked, barefooted, uncircumcised. They will all sweat profusely. Some would differ in quantity of sweat. Some, their sweat will reach their ankles. Others, knees. Others, up to their neck. This sweating will be due to terror and anxiety. The standing on that day will last 50,000 years. All these are reported in authentic narrations. They will be naked and uncircumcised, not afraid or embarrassed of their nakedness.

Aa’ishah reported that The Prophet said:

The people will be assembled barefoot, naked, and uncircumcised.” I said, “O Messenger of ALLAAH, will the men and women look at each other?” The Prophet said, “The matter will be too serious for them to notice.”  (Bukhaariyy, (6075) Muslim, (5107)

Only seven categories of people will be saved from this. May we be from them. Aameen.

The Prophet said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the sun would draw so close to the people that there would be left a distance of only one mile” Muslim.

Nevertheless, on that day the believers will be shaded. ALLAAH mentions in the Qur’aan:

{{Indeed the righteous will be in shades and fountains}}. Mursalaat, 41.
As for the plane of Judgement, the people will be gathered on reddish white land like a pure loaf of bread (made from pure fine flour).” Sahl (the narrator) said, “It will have no landmarks for anyone (to make use of)” Al-Bukhaari, 6521. This means everywhere will be plane and no mountain, no tree, no hill, no even highland, nothing in that plane of judgement (al-Mahshar). You can stand in the east, and be looking at the west. ALLAAH said:

{They ask you in regards to the mountains, say: My Lord will blow them away with a blast}. Maryam, 105.
ALLAAH also said:

{On the Day when the earth will be changed to another earth and also will the heavens, and they (all creatures) will appear before ALLAAH, The One, The Irresistible. (Al-Waahidul Qahhaar). Anbiyaa, 48.

The day of judgement is a serious affair. May ALLAAH ease our affairs and make it easy on us and place us under HIS shades and fountains. Aameeen.

The Trumpet
The Suur (trumpet) will be blown and every single being created will die. ALLAAH said:

{And The Day on which the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth, will be terrified except him whom ALLAAH will (exempt). And all shall come to HIM, humbled}. An-Naml, 87.

The Messenger of ALLAAH said: “The gaze of the one who will blow the Trumpet has been fixed since he was entrusted with it, looking towards the throne, ready (to blow it), in case he will be commanded to do so before he blinks, as if his eyes are two shining stars.” As-Silsilatus-Saheehah, 1078.

So, the Angel, Israafeel is ready to blow the first owing of the Trumpet, but waiting for ALLAAH to give the instruction.

In Saheeh Muslim (2940), it is narrated that ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr said: The Messenger of ALLAAH said: “… then the Trumpet will be blown and no one will hear it but he will bend his neck to one side and raise it from the other side. The first one who will hear it will be a man who is busy in setting right the cistern meant for supplying water to the camels. He will swoon and the other people will also swoon. Then ALLAAH will send down rain which will be like dew and bodies of people will grow out of it. Then the trumpet will be blown again, and they will stand up and begin to look around”. This is the second blowing of the trumpet.

ALLAAH also described this similarly in brief in this verse, and a verse earlier mentioned:

{And the trumpet shall be blown, so all that are in the heavens and all those that are in the earth shall swoon, except such as ALLAAH please; then it shall be blown again, then lo! they shall stand up looking onward}. Az-Zumar, 68.
Hmm! This day is worth preparing for with good deeds. We can never do good deeds enough. May ALLAAH overlook our shortfalls. Aameen.

Abuu Hurayrah said:

The Messenger of ALLAAH (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Between the two blowings of the Trumpet there will be forty.” The people said, “O Abuu Hurayrah! Forty days?” He said: “I am not sure.” They said, “Forty years?” He said: “I am not sure.” They said, “Forty months?” He said: “I am not sure. Then ALLAAH will send rain down from the sky and they will grow as herbs grow. There is no part of a man which will not decay except a single bone at the base of the coccyx (tail bone), from which he will be re-created on the Day of Resurrection

The first one to be resurrected on that Day is the Prophet, صلى الله عليه و سلم. Then other creatures will wake too, after him. All that will be by the second blowing of the trumpet. And the scales will be set up on that day.

The Scale

{{And the weighing [of deeds] that Day will be the truth. So those whose scales are heavy – it is they who will be the successful. And as for those whose scale will be light, they are those who will lose their ownselves (by entering Hell)}, Al-A’raaf, 8-9.
The “Mawaazeen” (Scales) are established in the Qur’aan that they are real and true. The scales have two pans. The good deeds are placed in one pan, and the evil deeds are placed in the other. If the good deeds out weigh the evil, then there is success and salvation. There will be no perdition. But if his evil deeds are heavier then he may have failed and lost. ALLAAH stated:

{As for him who will be given his Record in his right hand, he will say: “Take, read my Record!} Al-Haaqqah, 19.

He will rejoice to receive his book by his right, as that signifies success. May ALLAAH count us among the successful ones.

{Take, read my Record! Indeed, I was certain that I would be meeting my account}, Al-Haaqqah} 19-20.

Meaning: in the world, he was certain this was going to happen. He knew that he was going to be held accountable on Judgement Day. And when he realised this on time, he prepared for it.

May ALLAAH protect our ‘eemaan and make us from those who prepared for The Last Day. Aameen.

As for the one whose scale of good deed was outweighed by the scale of evil deeds, he shall receive his record in his left hand. ALLAAH said about such, may we not be from this category:

{But as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, “Oh, I wish I had not been given my record! And had not known what is my account. I wish my death had been the Decisive} one}, Al-haaqqah, 25-27. The meaning of Decisive is that he wishes he was never resurrected after death. That is, ‘I wish I had died and that was all” but nay!
{Does man think that he is to be left to wander without an aim?!}, Al-Qiyaamah, 36.
He (who’s scale of evil was more than that of good) would further say: {My wealth has not availed me. My authority is gone away from me}, Al-haaqqah, 28-29.
Wealth, linage, degrees, honour, nobility and what have you, will be useless that day. “My wealth has not availed me”.
يوم لا ينفع مال و لا بنون!!!

And in the end, he will be cast to hellfire. ALLAAH, after giving him his account would announce to the angels, {Arrest him and chain him down. Then drive him into The Hellfire. Then thrust him into a chain, the length of it which is seventy cubits. Indeed, he did not use to believe in ALLAAH, The Great, Nor did he encourage the feeding of the poor. So there is no devoted friend for him today, nor any food except from the discharge of wounds}, Al-haaqqah, 30-36.

May ALLAAH not let us experience this and may HE save us from hellfire, whose fuel is humans and stones.

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