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The Hour will not be established-till the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings.(Bukhari)

Among the signs of the Hour mentioned in the hadith Sahih al-Bukhari is: “When the destitute (al-buhm) camelherds compete in building tall structures.” Another version in al-Bukhari has: “When the barefoot and the naked are the top leaders (lit. “heads”) of the people.” In the hadith Sahih Muslim: “You shall see the barefoot, naked, indigent (al-`âla) shepherds compete in building tall structures.” Another version in the hadith Muslim states: “When the naked and barefoot are the top leaders of the people.” A third version in the hadith Muslim has: “When you see that the barefoot and naked, the deaf and dumb are the kings of the earth.”

“Are they waiting for anything except the Hour, to come to them suddenly? But its Signs have already come!” (Al-Qur’an, Surah Muhammad)

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Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said, that he heard Allaah’s Messenger saying:
“All the hearts of the offspring of Aadam are between two fingers of Ar-Rahman’s Fingers, as one heart. He turns it (in any direction) as He wills.”
Then Allaah’s Messenger said:

يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك
Ya Muqallib al-Quluub, thabbit qalbi ala Deenik.
O Turner of the Hearts – keep my heart firm on Your Deen.

[Sahih Muslim – authenticated by al-Albani]

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Advising Youth Who are Spreading Islamic Awareness
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz

Q: What is your advice for the youth of today who are spreading Islamic awareness?
A: This is an awakening that delights every believer, and it can correctly be described as an Islamic revivalist movement. Such awakening is obligatory to encourage and that it must focus on adherence to the Book and Sunnah. The leaders and individuals that make up this movement must abstain from any form of exaggeration and excessiveness, for Allaah Almighty said:

“O People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion” [an-Nisaa 4:171]

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) said, “Beware of exaggeration (ghuluw) in religion, for what destroyed those before you was exaggeration in religion.”* He (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) also said “The exaggerators are destroyed;”** he said it three times. It is obligatory for them to continually focus on seeking the guidance of Allaah, reformation of the hearts and deeds, and adherence to the truth. They should hold fast to the Noble Qur’aan, in a complete manner – by reciting it, reflecting on its meanings and applying its precepts. They should also adhere to the pure Sunnah, because it is the second source, and because it explains the Book of Allaah, as Allaah Almighty said:

“And We have also sent down unto you the reminder and the advice (the Qur’aan), that you may explain clearly to mankind what I sent down to them, and that they may give thought” [an-Nahl 16: 44]

Allaah also said:
“And We have not sent down the Book to you except that you may explain clearly unto them those things in which they differ, and as a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe” [an-Nahl 16: 64]

It is also required for those who call to the way of Allaah that they co-operate and advise those who are involved in these Islamic movements, struggling to remove any scepticism that confounds such work, due to the saying of Allaah Almighty:

“Help each other in al-Birr and at-Taqwaa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help each other in sin and transgression” [al-Maa’idah 5:2]

Fatawa Islamiyah/Islamic Verdicts [Volume 8], (Darussalam Publishers: 2002), p.30 *An-Nasaa’ee, no.3059 **Muslim, no. 2670

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