The End Times According to Islam

By Robin Schumacher

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After this event, Jesus will proclaim Islam to be the true religion and all disbelievers will convert. Jesus then begins a theocratic rule that lasts for forty years during which he marries and has children. At the end of the forty years, Jesus dies and his buried beside Muhammad where he, like everyone else, awaits the day of resurrection. It is interesting to note that when Jesus dies, all believers also die.

The Eternal State

After the death of Jesus and Islam's followers, a variety of events then begin to unfold. First a "Beast" that is produced from the earth appears calling on the world to acknowledge Allah. Those rejecting the Beast's message will have "infidel" scrawled across their foreheads.

A great cloud of smoke envelops the earth, large landslides occur, the sun rises in the West, and a worldwide fire breaks out that drives all living things to the place of final assembly before the resurrection. Three trumpet blasts then occur, with the first being a blast of terror and the second sounding killing everything on earth as well as in Heaven, with the exception of Allah himself. The third trumpet (only heard by Allah) is then sounded that signals the beginning of the resurrection.

There is only one resurrection in Islam with the inhabitants of Heaven being resurrected along with those who lived on earth. The just and the unjust are resurrected together, with each person being completely naked. Muhammad is the first to be resurrected, although Abraham is the first to be clothed by Allah. Muhammad is then clothed by Allah and seated at his right hand (taking the place of Christ in the Bible).

An interval occurs between resurrection and final judgment — termed the "Day of Reckoning" — where a type of purging happens to all except very devout believers and prophets of God. Great suffering occurs to all non-believers as well as average Muslims, with no real reason being given for it.

After this process, Allah descends from Heaven to conduct the final judgment of all humans and jinns (genies or spirit beings created from smoke). Humans are judged based on their belief in Allah and moral conduct, with the good deeds being weighed by Allah against the bad — what Islam calls "the Scale". All jinns appear to be condemned. No specific mention is made of the judgment of Satan, or as he is referred to in Islam, Iblis.

Once the judgment of all is complete, every person must cross a bridge that stretches out over Hell, with Muhammad being the first to cross. Those spared by Allah will successfully cross over, while those condemned fall into everlasting punishment. The faithful who make it across the bridge then gather at a pool where they drink and satisfy the intense thirst that was caused by the Day of Reckoning.

However, the faithful are not home-free yet. Is at this point that Muhammad begins to make intercession for Muslim believers with Allah so that they may enter Paradise. At the same time, a second intercession begins on behalf of those condemned to Hell.

The prophets, martyrs, and faithful ask Allah to show mercy to any condemned who have an "atom of faith" in their hearts, and Allah mercifully responds by rescuing a large number of people from Hell. Unlike Christianity, Islam grants a second chance to those condemned by God.

With the ultimate separation of the approved and disapproved complete, each enters into their eternal abode. Islam's Heaven is constructed of seven heavens underneath God's heaven. Various Old Testament personalities are spread among the different layers (Adam's is above Jesus'), with normal Muslims residing in "the Garden," which is a perfect environment that caters to all the desires of the faithful.

Believers are richly adorned and live in mansions, with men receiving perpetual virgins (the exact count of which varies by whether a Muslim died as a martyr or not) who become a virgin again after each instance of sex. In his book on Islamic eschatology, Dr. Samuel Shahid gives strong evidence that the images of Paradise in Islam were borrowed from Zoroastrianism.

Like Heaven, Hell is compartmentalized into seven regions, with specific levels being designed for Christians and Jews. Punishment is eternal with the disapproved of Allah being tortured by demons. Many of Hell's residents, according to one Hadith passage, are women (SaHeeH Bukhari: 29).

Contrasting End Times Actions and Motivations

It goes without saying that not all Muslims think like ISIS and believe that committing acts of terror will speed up the end of the world as we know it. It is terribly sad to see young men and women brainwashed by Islamic militants into believing that if they murder "infidels", even dying in the process, they will automatically be rewarded by Allah and be granted entry into Paradise where they can fulfill their desires to the highest degree.

By contrast, in describing the end times in his second epistle, Peter instructs Christians in the following way: "But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him" (2 Peter 3: 13-14).

1. Joseph Farah; "Iran Leader's Messianic End Times Mission"; January 6, 2006.
2. Ibid.
3. Peter Bergen; "Why does ISIS keep making enemies?; February 18, 2015.
4. Graeme Wood; "What ISIS Really Wants; March 2015.
5. For a good treatment of Islamic eschatology, see Dr. Samuel Shahid's The Last Trumpet: A Comparative Study in Christian-Islamic Eschatology.

Image Credit: Sultan Muhammad; "The ascent of Muhammad to heaven"; 1543; Public Domain

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Published 3-9-15