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The Day of Judgement

  Yūsuf ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Wābil

An explanation of the ḥadīth concerning the Great Fire, the last of the greatest signs of the last hour.

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  The narrations have come showing that the emergence of this fire will be from Yemen, from the depression (in the earth) of ’Adn, and will emerge from the sea of Hadramawt.

Section 9: The Fire which will gather the people (after mentioning the other signs of the day the author says:
And from them (the signs) is the coming of the great fire, which is the last of the greatest signs of the hour, and the first of the signs announcing the establishment of the Hour. 

[Its place of emergence] 

The narrations have come showing that the emergence of this fire will be from Yemen, from the depression (in the earth) of 'Adn (1), and will emerge from the sea of Hadramawt. As has been reported in other narrations. 
So here are a group of the aḥādīth which clarify the place of emergence for this fire, and the are presented here as evidences in their apparent form. 

1- There comes in the ḥadīth of Huthayfah the mentioning of the greater signs of the Day of Judgement, the statement of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam): " And the last of these is a fire which will emerge from Yemen, chasing the people to the place of their gathering. narrated by Muslim. (2) 

2- And in another narration from him by way of Huthayfah also: " and a fire emerging from the depression of Yemen, relocating the people."(3) 

3- And is has been narrated by Imām Aḥmad and at-Timidthee from Ibn ʿUmar raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu, who said: The Messenger of Allāh said: " There will emerge a fire from Hadramawt or from the sea of Hadramawt, before the day of judgement, 
gathering the people."(4) 

4- And is has been narrated by Imām al-Bukhārī from Anas raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu, about ʿAbdullāh Ibn Salām, that when he became Muslim he asked the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) about certain issues, one of them being: What is the first sign of the hour? So the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: " As far as the first sign of the Hour, then it is a fire, gathering the people from the east to the west." (5) 

So the reconciliation between these ḥadīth, Some saying that the fire is the last of the greatest signs of the Hour, and others saying it is the first is; That its being last has to do with the signs that were mentioned before it in the ḥadīth of Hudhayfah, and its being first has to do with that it is the first of the signs which essentially have nothing after it from the affairs of this life. There occurs after these type of āyāt or signs, the blowing of the Horn. In difference to the signs mentioned in the ḥadīth of Hudhayfah, for after each of these signs there remain some aspects from the affairs of this world. (6) 

Endnotes: 

(1) {'Adn}: Is a well-known city in the southern part of the al-ʿArabīan Peninsula, on the sea of Hadramawt. (called today the al-ʿArabīan sea or the Indian ocean) 
(2) Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim book of trials and the signs of the hour, (18/27-29 w/ the explanation of al-Nawawī) 
(3) ibid. 
(4) Musnad Imām Aḥmad, Aḥmad Shākir said: Its chain is authentic. And at-Timidthee, al-Albānī said: Authentic (Ṣaḥīḥ) see Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ al-Saghīr.
(5) Ṣaḥīḥ al Bukhārī, Book of the stories of the Prophets, chapter: The creation of Ādam and his offspring. 
(6) Fat‘h al Bārī (13/82)

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The ḥadīth in Ṣaḥīḥ al Bukhārī (the book of Riqāq, the section of the gathering, 11/377 with al-Fath) 
The messenger of Allāh said: 
You all will certainly be gathered barefoot, naked and un-circumcised, {As We started the first creation we will return it.}(al-Anbiyāʾ:104) And the first of creation to be clothed on the day of resurrection is Ibrāhīm Al-Khalīl." 
and Allāh says " The day when the earth is changed to another as well as the skies. And they will be prepared for Allāh the One, the Overpowering." [Ibrāhīm: 48.] 
Al-Baghawī brings a narration in the tafsīr of this verse: 
1. The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: " The people will be gathered on the day of judgement, on a dusty-white land like a clean loaf of round flat bread, there will be no landmarks for anyone (to use)." 
The ḥadīth is in Mukhtsar Muslim/1950 and Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ/ #8043 from Āʿishah.

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Will we be raised at the same place as the Jinn?

The ḥadīth in Ṣaḥīḥ al Bukhārī (the book of Riqāq, the section of the gathering, 11/377 with al-Fath) 

The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said:

You all will certainly be gathered barefoot, naked and un-circumcised, {As We started the first creation we will return it.}(al-Anbiyāʾ:104) And the first of creation to be clothed on the day of resurrection is Ibrāhīm al-Khalīl." So the address here is general, so I would have to have a dalīl to differentiate between jinn and man, wallāhu 'Alam wa sallillahumma ala an-nabi al-ummi wa ala aalihi wa Sahbihi.

 

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