What Stage of Punishment Are YOU At?

CATACLYSMIC CALAMITIES TO PERPLEX EVEN THE BEST OF YOU


The following Hadith is one of many similar ones found in Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya Uloomud Deen, which seems to depict the various stages a nation passes through before Allah’s Ultimate Wrath is finally dispatched. All of us should ask ourselves at what stage we are at, before the disastrous calamities reach us:

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“When your women will become disobedient, your young men will commit great sins, and you will give up Jihad; What will then be your condition?”

The companions asked, “Ya Rasulullah, will it happen? He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Yes, by One in whose Hand there is my life, a more serious thing than that will happen.” The companions asked, “What is that serious thing?”

He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“When you will not enjoin good and forbid evil; What will then be your condition?”

The companions asked, “Ya Rasulullah, will it happen? He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Yes, by One in whose Hand there is my life, a more serious thing than that will happen.” The companions asked, “What is that serious thing?”

He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“When you will take the good deeds as evil, and evil deeds as good; What will then be your condition?”

The companions asked, “Ya Rasulullah, will it happen? He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Yes, by One in whose Hand there is my life, a more serious thing than that will happen.” The companions asked, “What is that serious thing?”

He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“When you will be ordered to do evil things, and prohibited from doing good deeds; What will then be your condition?”

The companions asked, “Ya Rasulullah, will it happen? He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Yes, by One in whose Hand there is my life, a more serious thing than that will happen.” The companions asked, “What is that serious thing?”

Allah (azza wa jal) will say:

“I take oath by Myself that I will create such disasters and calamities for them, in which those who are patient will be puzzled or perplexed.”

3 thoughts on “What Stage of Punishment Are YOU At?

  1. Talib

    Masha’Allah what a great reminder!! I will say that the last statement in the article “I take oath by Myself that I will create such disasters and calamities for them, in which those who are patient will be puzzled or perplexed.” puzzles and perplexes me. May I ask in which ayat does this appear in?

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    1. admin Post author

      I don’t think it’s a verse from the Qur’an. It’s part of the Hadith which is quite normal. There are many Hadiths, known as Hadith Qudsi, which state the words of Allah (azza wa jal).

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  2. RN

    This is just a suggestion but what might make this short article even more effective is if we were given examples of each condition. For example, what are some instances where good deeds are regarded as evil and evil deeds regarded as good. If readers are given specific examples, it might make more of an impact.

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