Rising of the sun from the west

Islam is the only religion that prophesies that the sun will rise from the West, instead of from rising from the East, in the the End Times, before Day of Judgement. Both the Quran and the Hadith affirm that this phenomenon will take place. The occurrence of this phenomenon is considered in Islam as one of the major signs that indicate the Day of Judgement is close.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

  لا ينفع نفسا إيمانها لم تكن آمنت من قبل أو كسبت في إيمانها خيرا  .  6 / الأنعام / الآية 158

” No good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith.”    (Surah Al-An’aam 6:158)

This verse is referring to the rising of the sun from the West, according to the opinion of the majority of Quran commentators such as Tabari and Ibn Kathir.

Imam Tabari, after mentioning the different opinions of the commentators writes, “The most correct opinion in regards to the meaning of this verse is that what is apparent from the reports narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم   that he said, “Becoming a Believer will be of no benefit after the sun rises from the West.”    (Tabari)

Abu Huraira reported that the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Hasten to do good deeds before six (things happen): Rising of the sun from the West…”   (Mishkat)

Abdullah-bin-Umar said, “I memorized a Hadith of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم  which I have not forgotten. I heard the Messenger of Allah  صلى الله عليه وسلم  say, ‘The first of the Signs that will come is the rising of the sun from the place of its setting and the emergence of the Daabba  to people in Duha (later portion of the morning before noon). Whichever of these two (signs) occurs before the other, then the other one will occur immediately after it.”    (Sahih Muslim)

Door of Tawba (Repentance) will be Closed

Once the sun has risen from the West, the door of repentance for sins committed will be closed by Allah and will remain closed until the Day of Judgement. The following Hadiths clearly specify that the deadline for repentance to be accepted by God ends when the sun rises from the West. Once the sun rises from the West, repentance will no longer be accepted.

Abu-Musa  Al-Ashari narrated that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Verily Allah extends his hand at night so that the sinners of the day may repent and verily extends his hand during the day so that the sinners of the night may repent, (He will keep on doing this) as long as the sun does not rise from the West.”  ( Sahih Muslim)

Safwan bin Assal narrated the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Allah has built a door of repentance where the sun sets, its breadth requires 70 years journey for foot passenger or 40-70 years for a rider. It will not be closed as long as the Sun does not rise from the West.”   ( Tirmizi)

Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani has reported many Hadiths which prove that the door of repentance will remain closed till the Day of Judgement and thereafter writes, ‘‘These narrations give strength to one another, agreeing completely in that once the sun rises from the West, the door of repentance will be closed and will not be opened thereafter.”  (Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani’s book Fat’h Al-Bari)

Becoming a Believer after the Sun rises from the West will not be accepted by Allah

Abdullah bin Abu-Owfa reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah  صلى الله عليه وسلم  say, “Verily a night equivalent to three of your nights will come upon people. When it comes, those who engage themselves in worship during the night will recognize it. A person will stand in prayer, read a section of the Quran and then go to sleep. Thereafter, he will wake up, stand in prayer and read a section of the Quran, then go to sleep. While this condition remains, the people will begin to shout, scream and call one another. They will say, “What is this?” With fear, they will run to the mosque. To their surprise, they will see that the sun has risen from the West. When it reaches the middle of the sky, it will return and set in the West.” He said  صلى الله عليه وسلم , “That is when becoming a believer (in Islam after witnessing this Sign) will no longer be of benefit (because after the sun rises from the West, Allah will no longer accept declarations of faith ).” (Ibn Kathir’s book Al-Bidaya wa An-Nihaya)

Narrated by Abu Huraira, “Allah’s Messenger  صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, ‘The Hour (of Resurrection) will not come until the sun rises from the West. When the people witness this, everyone who will be living on the face of the Earth will develop faith ( believe in Allah), but that is when believing will no longer be of benefit…”   (Sahih Bukhari)

ثلاث إذا خرجن لم ينفع { نفسا إيمانها لم تكن آمنت من قبل } الآية الدجال ، والدابة ، وطلوع الشمس من المغرب – أو من مغربها
الراوي: أبو هريرة المحدث: الألباني – المصدر: صحيح الترمذي

Abu Huraira said: “Three things that once they occur, the soul will not benefit from believing (in God) if it did not believe before … (verse 6:158): the Dajjal (Anti-Christ), Daabba (Beast), and Sun rise from the West.” (Tirmizi and Al-Albani)

الحديث [ إن الله تعالى يقبل توبة العبد مالم يغرغر ] أي فإذا غرغر وبلغت الروح الحنجرة وعاين الملك فلا توبة حينئذ

When will this Sign occur ?

There are two main possibilities:

1. Around the time of the Dajjal.

2. After the descent of Jesus (peace be upon him) from Heaven, but before the last three Major Signs [Pleasant Wind (Rapture), Destruction of Ka’ba, and the Fire].

What is clear based on several Hadiths is that the Daabba (which will mark the forehead of every human being as either a believer or as a non-believer) will come immediately after or immediately before the Sun rising from the West.

Scientist Alexis Obolensky talks about the possibility that the Sun will rise from the West

About Akhi Soufyan

If you see goodness from me, then that goodness is from The Creator. You should be thankful to The Creator for all of that. Cause I'm not the architect of that. I'm only the...the recipient. If you see weakness or shortcoming in me it's from my own weakness or shortcoming. And I ask The Creator and the people to forgive me for that. _______________________________ Website eigenaar voor een betere wereld en doel, niet gericht op verdiensten van geld maar goede daden. In de naam van Allah, de Barmhartige. Als je goedheid van mij ziet, dan is dat de goedheid van de Schepper (God). Wees De Schepper dankbaar voor dat. Want ik ben daar niet de architect van, ik ben alleen de ontvanger.

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