ÂKHIRZAMAN - آخر الزمان
The end of the time of the world. The end of time. Last period of the earth’s life, which is near to qiyâmah.
“It is said, the Sahâbah saw Ar-Rasûl Al-Akram ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm, then they believed. However, we have believed without seeing him, in which case our îmân is stronger. Also, there are riwâyât mentioning the strength of our îmân, are there not?
THE ANSWER: At that time, when all ideas were opposed and hostile to the haqiqahs of Islam, the Sahâbah believed so strongly -sometimes on only seeing the person of Ar-Rasûl Al-Akram ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm and without miracles- that all the generally held ideas in the world did not shake them. Let alone doubts, they did not even cause some of them the waswasa. You are comparing your îmân with that of the Sahâbah. For despite your seeing with the mind's eye, not Ar-Rasûl Al-Akram ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm’s humanity and bodily form, which was the seed of the Tuba-tree of his nubuwwah, but through all the nûrs of Islam and haqiqahs of the Qur'an, his luminous, magnificent ma’nawî collective personality, encompassed by a thousand miracles, you fall into waswasa and doubt at the word of a European philosopher. Yet due to their îmân, the Sahâbah did not waver in the face of the attacks of the entire world of kufr and of the Christians, Jews, and philosophers? And how can you compare the intense taqwâ of the Sahâbah and their complete righteousness, which demonstrated the strength of their îmân and proceeded from it, and your dull îmân, which due to your extreme weakness does not impel you to perform even fardh practices completely, O you who make such a claim!? However, the Hadith in the meaning of which is: "Those at the âkhirzaman who do not see me and believe, are more acceptable," refers to particular fadhîlah. It concerns certain special individuals. Our discussion, however, is in regard to general fadhîlah and the majority.” The Words ( 510 )
“There are riwâyât which say: "At the âkhirzaman, no one will remain who will say: Allah! Allah!" 1 لاَ يَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ اِلاَّ اللّٰهُ , an interpretation of this must be as follows: the takkas2 , the places of dhikr, and the madrasas will be closed, and a name other than 'Allah' will be used in the shaâ’er, such as the adhan and iqâmah. It does not mean that all mankind is going to fall into kufr al-mutlaq, for denial of Allah is as irrational as denying the universe. It is not reasonable to suppose it should be thus even with the majority of people, let alone all of them. The kâfirs do not deny Allah, they are in error only concerning His attributes.
Another interpretation is this: so that they do not experience its terror, the rûhs of the mu’mins will be seized a little previously to the qiyâmah. Qiyâmah will erupt over the heads of the kâfirs.” The Rays ( 104 )