Lesson One - Introduction
"NO, MOTHER! YOU CAN'T DIE! NO!" She had died there
in the hospital bed. Despite the best efforts of the medical
staff, death had come in like a thief and snatched a living soul
away. Now the family was left behind to suffer the pain of losing
a loved one.
This is a sad fact of life that is repeated daily. Whether
we are rich or poor, healthy or sick, righteous or sinner, one
day we must pass through death's gate. This is very sad news.
But even in the midst of such terrible tragedy, there is good
The good news is this -- one day, death itself will die. That's
right. Death will be utterly defeated and show its face no more.
The time is coming when we will no longer lose loved ones to
this dreaded enemy. The fear of death and of the pains of the
grave will be gone because death itself will be gone, never to
come again. Is that not wonderful news? Allah has revealed this
truth in the writings of his holy prophets. He has appointed
a day in which death will be destroyed, a time commonly known
as qiyamat. That is the subject of this course.
The word "qiyamat" is an Arabic word meaning "rising
(from the dead)". So when we say "qiyamat", we
are actually saying "resurrection". Qiyamat is the
day of resurrection. The dead will rise in that day, but more
than that, in qiyamat, death itself will be thrown down never
to rise again. It is written in the holy ,
"The last enemy to be destroyed is death." (Holy
, 1 Corinthians 15:26)
Not only that, but all the bad things that are associated
with death like physical pain and sorrow, will also be finished
forever. The says elsewhere,
"And Allah shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are
passed away." (Holy , Revelation 21:4)
Perhaps you have already learned about some of the events
of qiyamat in the past. This study course however, is different.
Previous scriptures such as the Holy , , and ,
contain many details concerning qiyamat that you will want to
know. Not only that, but from the reading of these portions of
holy Scripture you will find encouragement as you face the future.
As you do this course you will notice that Prophet is mentioned time and time again. As you perhaps already
know, is often called "the sign of qiyamat".
His visible return to earth is the sign that the end is near.
Many amazing events will happen during that time, some good,
some very bad. But last of all, all creation will joyfully shout,
as the proclamation goes forth that "death is no more".
In this study, the term "qiyamat" is used to refer
to the entire period of time at the end of this age which includes
not only the actual day of resurrection, but also the following
- the rise of Dajjal (Antichrist)
- the time of great trouble which will come upon the earth
in the last days
- the return of to earth
- the kingdom of on earth
- battle with Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog)
- the final judgment
- and several other subjects
Is it possible that qiyamat will come soon? When will it be?
How will it all happen? How will we know if the day has arrived?
Is there some special thing we can do to prepare ourselves for
that day? What happens to us after death? What can we do so that
in death we can be sure to find rest instead of misery? We will
try to answer some of these questions by means of Allah's holy
It is the prayer of this writer that in studying this course
the student may discover how to be ready for that day without
fear of death. Instead, may you discover how to face the future
with peace, joy, and confidence.
said to his followers, "Peace I leave with
you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (Holy
, John 14:27)
A sample question is given below:
1. Based on what you read in this lesson, the word "qiyamat"
b) rising (from the dead)
Based on the above lesson, the correct answer is "b) rising
(from the dead)". The radio button beside "rising (from
the dead)" should be pressed. Now continue on your own with
2. Scriptures given previously to the Qur'an include...
All of the above
3. An important prophet in relation to qiyamat is...
c) Dawud (pbuh)
4. According to 1 Corinthians 15:26 in the holy , death
a natural part of life
c) to be
with us forever
5. The writer of this course hopes that from this course you
a) how to face death without fear
how to have peace of mind
c) how to live with joy and confidence
of the above
6. promised his followers that he would give them...
b) a good home
c) his peace
d) freedom from oppression