18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Goodness of the Good Won't Save

Aisha (radi Allahu anha) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “In the end of this Ummah there will be a collapse, transformation, and Qadhf.” She asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Will they be destroyed while there are righteous among them?” He said: “Yes, when evil is dominant.” [Jami at-Tirmidhi]

“Maskh” is “transformation.” It means that the appearance of some humans will be transformed, for example, into dogs or monkeys. “Qadhf” means to have stones cast down upon it from the heavens.

This hadith is explicit on the point that when sinfulness and moral depravity become rampant in society, and people of goodness and virtue find themselves powerless to stand up to it, or choose not to resist it, then the people shall suffer Allah’s retribution, and not even the goodness of the good among them shall save them.

Death has to come to all creatures. For evil people it is the beginning of eternal punishment, while for the righteous it is the end of suffering.

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