Ahadith on the Day of Judgement
I. Abu Huraira (ra) says the Prophet (asws) said: “I have been sent with the Day of Resurrection as close as these.”–Bukhari, Muslim
While saying this, the Prophet raised his middle and forefingers to show how close his own appearance (as a Prophet) and the Day of Resurrection are. But of course, the time-scale is not that which we use for our lives. Rather, the scale is that which is applicable to the life of the universe. In those terms, it could be thousands of years. Yet, the comparison gives us the idea that we are at the fag end of the span of life granted to the human beings on earth.
II. Anas (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “The Day of Judgement will not be called while there is someone (left) on earth saying ‘Allah, Allah.’”In another version he said: “The Day of Judgement will not be called upon someone invoking Allah’s name.”– Muslim
That is, it is only after people have completely forgotten all about their God, to the extent that there will be not a sole on earth invoking His name, that the Day of Resurrection will be called. In other words, after the second appearance of Jesus, there will be a steady decline in religion, culminating either in the conversion of all people to atheism, or their total neglect of the acts of worship, even if the concepts of God and religion remain alive.
III. Ibn `Abbas (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “We are the last of the nations but first to be subjected to reckoning. It will be said, ‘Where is the unlettered nation and its Prophet?’ So we are the last (but the) first.”– Muslim
What is meant by the unlettered nation is not the ignorant nation, nor one which does not know how to read and write – which is the definition of the word Ummi of the original. It means either the first generation followers of the Prophet (saws) who were largely unlettered, with the inclusion of those that followed them in good works, or it could mean the nation that followed an Ummi Prophet.
IV. Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported the Prophet (saws): “You will come to me (on the Day of Judgement) with faces, hands and feet shining as mark of ablution. This will be my Ummah’s identification mark that no one will share with it.” ~ Ibn Majah
How sad then for those who do not offer Prayers. They won’t even be recognizable to us on the Day the field will be teeming with of trillions of people!
V. Abdullah (ra) says we were with the Prophet (saws) under a dome. He said: “Are you satisfied that you should be one-third of the people of Paradise?” We said: “Yes.” He said: “I hope you will be one-half of the people of Paradise. This because none but a Muslim soul will be able to enter Paradise. And, in comparison to the polytheists, you are not but like a few white hair on the body of a black bull or a few white hair on the body of a red bull.”~ Bukhari
VI. Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (ra) reports the Prophet (saws) as having said: “The Day of Judgement will not be called upon but on the worst of people.”– Muslim
That is, the moral and spiritual state of the people will continuously decline, and faith in God and His message will become weaker and weaker until it will disappear altogether. This continuous decline on the one hand renders the theory of evolution false, and, on the other, warns every good Muslim not to accept the influences of his times, rather draw inspiration directly from the Qur’an, sunnah of the Prophet, and the lives of the Companions.
VII. Hudhayfa (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “My Pond will be wider than the distance between Ayla and Aden. And the cups more numerous than the stars. Its drink will be whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. And by Him in whose hands is my life, I shall drive away men from it as does the man drive away strange camels from his waters.” It was asked: “Messenger of Allah, will you be able to recognize us?” He said: “Yes. You will come to me with faces, hands and feet shining as mark of ablution.”~ Muslim
There could be two kinds of people that will be driven away from the Pond. First, those who would not be recognizable because of their neglect of the Prayers and other devotional acts causing the brightness of the face to fade or disappear, and second, those that would be turned away because of their hypocrisy. Them the Prophet (saws) would like to serve, but he will be told that they do not deserve and so he will refuse.
VIII. Mughira (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “Some of my followers shall always remain the better of their adversaries (in their struggle against falsehood). And this will be the situation until the Day of Judgement.”~ Bukhari, Muslim
IX. Mu`awiyya (ra) says I heard the Prophet (saws) say: “A group of people from among my followers will remain following the commandments of Allah. No harm will he do them who abandons them, nor he who opposes them. This will remain so until the Day of Judgement.” ~Bukhari, Muslim
X. Said the Prophet: “A group of this Ummah will always remain upholding the word (of God). Neither will anyone harm them by withdrawing support nor by opposing them. That will be the situation until Allah sends His Command (of the Last Hour).”~ Bukhari