In this article, we will briefly discuss the names of ‘The Last Day’ as mentioned in the Quran. Many terms are used in the Quran following the event or situation that will happen on that Day.
The Last Day
Among the names used are al-Yawm al Akhir (Last Day) because of the life that follows our current life, Yawm-ul Bath (The Day of Resurrection), Yawm ul-Qiyaamah (The Day of Standing), and As Saah (The Last Hour). Other than that includes Al Haqqah (The Inevitable Hour or The Reality), Al Ghasyiyah (The Overwhelming), and many more.
One name that interests me today to share with you here is ‘Al Qariah.’ It means ‘The Striking Hour.’ On that particular Day, according to the tafsir of Surah Al Qariah in Tafsir Ibn Kathir, the heart will be rattled, and mankind will be like moths scattered about in all directions. The situation will be chaotic, with people running into each other. Allah also mentioned in Surah Al Qamar ayah 7 with an English translation: ‘Their eyes cast down, going forth from their graves as if they were scattered locusts. On that Day, the mountains will be like carded wool. The situation will be very frightening. Everybody will run for their own life. That is how the condition will be on ‘The Striking Hour’ or ‘The Last Day.’
This a question that we have to ask ourselves. What is my purpose in life? In what pursuits am I spending my time to face ‘The Striking Hour’?”
Al-Bukhari recorded from Anas bin Malik that the Messenger of Allah said, ‘Three things follow the deceased person, and two of them return while one remains behind him. The things which follow him are his family, his wealth, and his deeds. His family and his wealth return while his deeds remain.’
Among the things that delude us in this life are competing for better things or the desire to have a lot. For example, I want more money, a better car, and a bigger house, or by taking pride that I have more than others. Distractions to get more and more in this worldly life can divert our attention from doing better and more critical deeds.
Should we wait until ‘The Last Day’ to come and stop us from all these distractions?
The answer is No because we do not know when is ‘The Last Day’ will come. Allah did not reveal to us the time of ‘The Last Day.’ Allah says in Surah Al Fussilat ayah 47 with an English translation: ‘To Him belongs the knowledge of the Hour.’
Let us take this opportunity to chase our Hereafter by doing a lot of good deeds and controlling our desires. May Allah help you and me to achieve this to be a better person, preparing for it.
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Written by: Dr. Fadzidah UmmuAbdullah
- Tafsir Ibn Kathir Surah Al Qariah
- Knowing The Last Day, Eeman Made Easy; Sheikh Muhammad Al Jibaly