The Mayan Calendar And The End Of The World
Unless you’ve lived on Mars, you’ve probably heard about the so-called Mayan prediction that the world was supposed to end yesterday. And if you’re reading this article today, you know that it didn’t happen.
Without going through the intricacies of the Mayan calendar, I’d just like to put an Islamic spin on the whole thing.
First, you might want to look at the way people reacted to this prediction. Here are some of the weird things reported in this article:
Ceremonies were being held at different sides of the pyramid, including one led by a music group that belted out American blues and reggae-inspired chants. Others involved yelping and shouting, and drumming and dance, such as one ceremony led by spiritual master Ollin Yolotzin.
Seriously? If the world was really ending, would you really want to spend it dancing and singing? Why not spend some time praying or trying to get closer to Allah?
Without answering these rhetorical questions, lets just look at this whole thing a little deeper.
The End Of The World As We Know It
I wrote an entire article about the last days in Islam. And in this article, we saw that there are major signs and minor signs before the last day actually arrives. So for us Muslims, this whole “end of the world” thing was pointless.
That’s because while most of the minor signs of the last day have taken place, none of the major sins have happened. With this knowledge, there’s no reason to worry about the world ending any time soon.
But in a way, we all still have to worry about the world ending.
That’s because for all of us, each and every one of us, the world will end very soon. Perhaps even within the next few days.
When we die, our Day of Judgement has begun.
Prepare For The End
I think it’s rather ironic that many of the people taking part in this whole “Mayan Calendar End Of The World” thing were pagans or New Age types. People who follow these faiths tend to be very gullible to these ideas.
The boisterous gathering Friday included Buddhists, pagan nature worshippers, druids and followers of Aztec and Maya religious traditions. Some kneeled in attitudes of prayer, some seated with arms outstretched in positions of meditation, all facing El Castillo, the massive main pyramid.
But then again, not too long ago there was a Christian group saying the same thing. And they also proved to be dead wrong. Remember this guy?
This is the preacher who said the world was going to end in May 2011, according to his calculations. And when that didn’t happen, he revised his prediction to October 2011.
Needless to say, he wasn’t right the second time either.
Preacher Harold Camping’s Family Radio International posted a special message on its website on Thursday with a lengthy explanation about the Day of Judgment, which is expected to last five months. That “Day of Judgment” began on May 21 -– the date Camping had predicted as the end of the world, the website said. But it is now expected to last through Oct. 21.
I don’t know why people keep shining the spotlight on these crackpot predictions when the Quran tells us all we need to know about the end of the world.
And they say: “When will this promise take place, if you are speaking the truth?”
Say: “Verily, the knowledge is only with Allah and I am just one who warns sincerely.”
Chapter 67, verses 24-25.
Rather than waste time with these silly predictions, it’d make a lot more sense if we start preparing for the end of our own personal world. This is something that is agreed upon by all people, regardless of their faith or lack thereof.
As a Muslim, you should prepare yourself for the end of your world by committing yourself to Allah, studying more Islam, and striving to refrain from bad deeds.
The end of the world is coming. The end of the world for each of us will come when our inevitable death arrives and we transition from this world to the next. When we have nothing else except our deeds and our faith.
That will be the end of the world as we know it.
May Allah guide us all.