Black camels and buildings prophecy.
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In the narrations of Chapt.3 V149, its says that Muslims should not stay in the land where shirk is practices - is it wrong to stay in western countries?
I read again that one of the signs of the hour is that the shepherd of blalck camel start boasting and competing with others in construction of higher buildings, Who is this shepherd of black camel? And which is the black camel refered to here? Exactly what does the whole thing mean?
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Black camels and buildings prophecy
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Your Question: In the narrations of Chapt.3 V149, its says that Muslims should not stay in the land where shirk is practices - is it wrong to stay in western countries?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 149-150:
149 O ye who believe! If ye obey the disbelievers they will drive you back on your heels, and ye will turn back (from faith) to your own loss.
150 Nay Allah is your Protector and He is the best of Helpers.
Respected brother, in our humble opinion, the above quoted verses does not in any way prohibit the believers from staying in a land of disbelievers…..it simply warns the believers that that they should not obey the disbelievers, especially those that invite or encourage them towards their pagan ways and beliefs…perchance their blind obedience of the ways, beliefs, and practices of the disbelievers may turn them back from the light of faith to the darkness of disbelief.
Perhaps the below quoted verses are more appropriate as guidance when one chooses to live in the land of disbelievers:
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 97-100:
97 When the Angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their souls they say: "In what (plight) were ye?" They reply: "Weak and oppressed were we in the earth." They (the Angels) will ask: "Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to move yourselves away (from evil)?" Such men will find their abode in Hell; what an evil refuge!
98 Except those who are (really) weak and oppressed men women and children who have no means in their power, nor (a guide-post) to direct their way.
99 For these there is hope that Allah will forgive: for Allah doth blot out (sins) and forgive again and again.
100 He who forsakes his home in the Cause of Allah finds in the earth many a refuge wide and spacious: should he die as a refugee from home for Allah and his Messenger, his reward becomes due and sure with Allah: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
Islam indeed prohibits the believers to live in a land where they are not freely allowed to practice their belief and their religion……If a believer who finds himself in such a place has the means to migrate to another place where his belief and his practice of religion will not be put on trial because of the laws of the disbelieving, then it is incumbent upon him to do so.
The above quoted verses of Surah Nisaa make it absolutely clear that if one gives up the practice of their religion only because the law of the land did not allow them to practice it, and they had the means to migrate to another place where their belief and their practice of Islam would not be put on trial and they did not do so….such people shall have a severe accounting in the Presence of their Lord.
But if a disbelieving nation allows the believers to practice their belief and their religion, there is absolutely no harm if a believer chooses to reside in that nation, if indeed that is what he wishes to do.
Your Question: …..I read again that one of the signs of the hour is that the shepherd of blalck camel start boasting and competing with others in construction of higher buildings, Who is this shepherd of black camel? And which is the black camel refered to here? Exactly what does the whole thing mean?
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.47 Narrated by Abu Huraira
One day while the Prophet (saws) was sitting in the company of some people, Jibrael (a.s.) came (in the guise of a human being) and asked, "What is faith?" Allah's Messenger (saws) replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His Angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Messengers, and to believe in the Resurrection." Then he (Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah's Messenger (saws) replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer (the obligatory) prayers perfectly, to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat), and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is ‘Ihsaans (perfection)?" Allah's Messenger (saws) replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?" Allah's Messenger (saws) replied, "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings.
And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
The Prophet (saws) then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour--." (31. 34) Then that man (Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.)) left and the Prophet (saws) asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet (saws) said, "That was Jibrael (a.s.) who came to teach the people their religion."
In another narration of the same incident reported by Hadrat Abdullah ibn Umar al-Khattab (a.s.) and related by Muslim in his Sahih, the portents of the Hour described by the Prophet (saws) to Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) were:
“That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings.”
Your Question: Exactly what does the whole thing mean?
Time and time again Allah Subhanah has Declared in His Glorious Quran that there is none in creation who knows the exact time when the Day of Judgment will be established….that Knowledge is with Allah Subhanah Alone.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 34:
34 Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (Alone).
But before the advent of the exact and actual Day of Judgment several things will occur which Allah Subhanah made known to mankind in His Glorious Quran, and to Prophet Mohamed (saws) through inspiration…..and amongst the major Signs preceding the Day of Judgment is the advent of Prophet Isa ibn Maryam (a.s.), the emergence of the tribes of Yajuj and Majuj, the coming of the beast, etc.
One amongst the Signs which will precede the Day of Judgment which Allah Subhanah made known to the Last and Final Messenger of Allah (saws) through inspiration is the one quoted above which states that people who were once shepherds and destitute goat-herds will vie, compete, and boast with one another in the constructions of magnificent buildings.
Your Question: Who is this shepherd of black camel? And which is the black camel refered to here?
If one looks at the history of the people of the Arabian
peninsula, even only less than half a century ago, leave alone 1400+ years ago
when the prophecies were declared in Truth by the Messenger of Allah
(saws)….they were primarily shepherds and destitute goat-herds. If one looks at the cities which have emerged
in the region today, metropolis cities like
I was reading a recent news report from the UAE which declared that in the coming ten years, six of the ten tallest buildings in the world will be located in the UAE alone!
Who exactly are the shepherds or what exactly are the black camels were obviously not mentioned by name by Allah and His Messenger (saws)…thus your guess is as good as mine!
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,