19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

How Last Ummah will be Recognized

A man asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “O Messenger of Allah, how will you recognize your Ummah from among the other nations from Nooh to your Ummah?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Their faces and limbs will be shining with the traces of Wudhoo (ablution), and no one but they will be like that. And I will know them because they will be given their books (the record of their deeds) in their right hands, and I will know them because their children will be around them.” [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh]

The Muslim Ummah will have beauty, light and whiteness as adornment on the Day of Resurrection as a result of having performed Wudhoo in life. By this adornment the Muslim Ummah will be distinguished from other Ummahs on the Day of Resurrection.

Two additional points of distinction for them will be that they will have their record of deeds in their right hands and they will have their children around them.

Why will the children of the Muslims be around them but the Kuffar not have their children around them? Possibly because all relationships will be severed that day and only each person’s relationship with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will remain. Those who loved Allah in life had the blood of love flowing from Allah to them and circulating in the network of their human relationships keeping them alive. But he who was cut off from Allah and had none of this love blood coming to him had his network of relationships dry out.

So we will be with our families on the Day of Resurrection inshaAllah.

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