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Friday, 21 December 2012

Doomsday rumours spread by ‘big losers’, says Imam

Taken from http://www.khaleejtimes.com
by Ahmed Shaaban / 19 December 2012

Scholars here have denied the end of the world prophecies tied up with the Mayan apocalypse hyped for this week, saying it is a sin to spread them.

They have advised the public not to believe, promote or share the rumours being propagated online with the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21.

The Fatwa Section of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments said the end of the world, the start of the Doomsday, is not known to anyone, including the prophets.

“According to Islam, there are extremely mighty major signs before the Day of Resurrection, and none of these has shown up,” a Mufti with the Authority said.

Islamic researcher Dr Shaikh Mohammed Ashmawy agreed, saying no one had seen the emergence of Dajjal (a false Messiah), Mighty Smoke, the Talking Beast, the rising of the sun in the west, and the descent of Prophet Isa (PBUH).

“Also, no one has claimed seeing the emergence of Yajuj (Gog) and Majuj (Magog), big landslides in the east, west and Arabian peninsula, and the emergence of a big fire in Yemen driving people away to Levant.”

Grand Mufti of Dubai Dr Ahmed Al Haddad said all the end of the world allegations were groundless or could be easily refuted. “These are just lies we should all refrain from repeating and sharing.”

“Doomsday shall only happen unexpectedly and all of a sudden, and no one knows the exact or precise timing but Almighty Allah, and that is one of the five other things known only to God.”

Elaborating, Dr Haddad added that there are other minor signs that must appear before the end of the world, yet none of these has shown up. “It is a big sin to spread these lies which destabilise the society.”

Imam of Anas bin Malik Masjid Shaikh Noah said such lies related to the end of the world had been spread before. “These lies mostly come from irreligious or atheist people; why do many people believe them?”

“Just ask them about their sources and you shall know the truth; they are big losers interested in terrifying others, and spreading rumours which have nothing to do with science or religion.”