Belief in the Last Day

May 29, 2007

The Last Day has many different names by which it is knowns.  These names include the Day of Judgment, the Day of Resurrection, and the Day of Reckoning among other names.  Belief in the Last Day is one of the six pillars of eman and is required in the belief of the believer as the Holy Quran states, “And who believe in which has been sent down to you (Muhammad (SAW)) and in (the books) which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter” (Translation of the Meaning of the Holy Quran, 2:4). 

As Muslims, our belief entails knowing that there will be another life after this one and knowing that there will be a Day of Judgment with recompense in Paradise (Jannah) or Hell-Fire (Naar).  The effects of believing in the Last Day are manyfold and they include:

  1. demonstrating the completeness, greatness, and uniqueness of Allah’s Names and Attributes
  2. increasing the love for meeting Allah (SWT) in the hearts of the believers
  3. establishing fear from Allah (SWT)
  4. aiding Muslims in hastening towards good deeds
  5. aiding in patience and perserverance in doing good
  6. aiding in abstaining from wrong
  7. aiding in patience in times of hardship
  8. establishing Zuhd (asceticism) towards matters of the duniya

Scholars have included belief in the last day to include the topics of: the End of Time (Apocalypse) and its signs, death, the soul, life in the grave, resurrection, the Day of Judgment, and Paradise and Hell-Fire.  Insha’Allah, my future posts about the Last Day will discuss these sub-topics.


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