Faisal Kamal Pasha
Sunday, December 16, 2012
From Print Edition THE TIMES, PAKISTAN
The Muslim religious scholars have rejected the baseless prophecies of Mayan civilisation predicting eschatological events on December 21, 2012 with an annihilation of life from the face of the earth.
The scholars criticised the role of media in projecting such flawed and unauthenticated predictions creating terror among the general public importantly at times when there is severe depression and chaos already prevailing in the society.
It is, however, noted that number of people believing in the news reports over media had been scared, especially those who had scene a Hollywood movie ‘2012’ that was released last year. Many people especially women and juvenile children had been found gripped with an awe; waiting for the fateful day as professed by some foreign sources quoting from the ancient Mayan civilisation.
It is however, very important to note here that the reliable internet sources like wikipedia also rejects the idea of doomsday on December 21, 2012 and it is written over there that “Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar “ends” in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture, while astronomers have rejected the various proposed doomsday scenarios as pseudoscience, stating that they conflict with simple astronomical observations”.
Several television channels for the last couple of months had been televising reports about the Mayan civilisation predictions about the doomsday. The constant televising of the message has resulted into forming a belief of several people that the dreadful story is actually true and end of the time is as near as a day after tomorrow. The people had been waiting for the next Friday when either one way or the other the story could get unfold.
Muhammad Saeed, a Rawalpindi resident, told this scribe that he read about the devastation of December 21 in a magazine and was caught with a terror. “I don’t know whether it was true or false, but the idea of massive destruction everywhere was just beyond the human heart that could get panicked. I immediately stopped my children not to read any such story or see a news report,” he added.
Zara Ahmad, a housewife, said: “As Muslims we believe in several warning signs appearing before doomsday and we know that all that have yet to occur. Since no one could tell with finality when it has to happen, so such predictions could not be either accepted or rejected. But accepting and visualising the great devastation is horrible and I pray to Allah to save us,” she also said.
Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri, Nazim-i-Aala Wifaq-ul-Madaris Pakistan, while talking to this correspondent said that the prediction of doomsday on December 21, 2012 is a ‘greatest lie’. “No one knew about the exact date and time of doomsday. The Allah Almighty has kept this knowledge secret and exclusive to his own person. So any such prediction would be baseless and futile, he also said. Our Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him) has told us about the warning signs before doomsday and several things have yet to occur,” he also said.
This correspondent tried to contact the Islamic scholar Allam Tahirul Qadri of Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran, but was told that he is in Canada and would be coming to Pakistan on December 23. His media director Qazi Faiz, however, tried to explain about the version of Tahirul Qadri and said that there were several lectures of Tahirul Qadri about the arrival of doomsday. In one of these lectures Qadri has explained that there were more than 700 year left when Imam Mehdi (AS) would be coming to the earth.