Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days

Epigraph: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Source: Muslim Sunrise, the very First Muslim quarterly publication of North America

By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, said and it is common knowledge among the Muslim circles, “In the Latter Days, the sun shall rise from the West.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that this hadith implies that religion of Islam will spread in the West in our times.

Is this wishful thinking or are there reasons to believe that this prophecy from 14 centuries ago may come true soon?

In Europe as a whole, the Muslim share of the population is expected to grow by nearly one-third over the next 20 years, rising from 6% of the region’s inhabitants in 2010 to 8% in 2030. In absolute numbers, Europe’s Muslim population is projected to grow from 44.1 million in 2010 to 58.2 million in 2030. In the Americas the population is projected to increase from five million to 11 million. Man has always been dependent on the Providence of God. However, the prosperity generated by the industrial revolution in the last two centuries created an illusion of human self-sufficiency. This illusion and the reaction against the contradictory and irrational Christian dogma gave rise to Deism of the Founding Fathers of our beloved USA, especially the stalwarts like President Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine . Deism in the philosophy of religion is the standpoint that reason and  observation of the natural world, without the need for organized religion, can determine that a supreme being created the universe. Further the term often implies that this supreme being does not intervene in human affairs.

Our universe came into being at the time of the Big Bang and is after all not eternal as Aristotle proposed, which created a basis for atheism until the discovery of the expansion of the universe by Edwin Hubble. It is now becoming increasingly known in the scientific circles that there are countless physical constants in the blue print of our universe that make our universe biophyllic or suitable for life, once again highlighting the Creator of our universe. All these scientific discoveries highlight the need of a Deist God who created our universe.

But, does He have anything to do with His creation? Is He a Personal God who participates nano-second by nano-second in the affairs of one species among the millions on the planet earth? The recent natural disasters one after another with an increasing frequency in the last decade have, if nothing else, emphasized the vulnerability of human life and the need for a Consoler ; if not for every human then at least for those who have been immediately affected by such calamities.

In the first three months of 2011 alone we have seen disasters in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand and now in Japan.  If Tsunami and earthquakes were not enough, the concern for a nuclear disaster is looming large after several explosions in the Fukushima nuclear plant. The agnostics and atheists can preach their theology from the security of their ivory towers but as there is a saying there are no atheists in the foxholes or the observation that the atheists start praying when their plane hits turbulence, the vulnerable who are suffering in these calamities find no choice but to pray for help from Almighty God.

To move from Deism to Monotheism and Personal God in a rational fashion, one needs to consciously decide between Islam and Christianity, rather than fall back in a mindless fashion to the religion that one inherits. The followers of Judaism and Sikhism, the other monotheistic faiths, do not proselytize, perhaps a subtle acknowledgement of lack of universality and perfection. At any rate, here the focus is on Christianity and Islam.

Read further in the PDF file of the Muslim Sunrise: 2011 summer volume of the Muslim Sunrise


6 replies

  1. Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days > The sunrise cannot change, it has always been in the East, sundown in the West. The Earth is spinning anti-clockwise [Common knowledge]. The West> people write from Left to Right:> Middle East> People write from Right to Left. This suggests back-to-front thinking, thus Middle East thinking viz-a-viz to/from The West. Confusion caused by comparing religion to the sun. Mohammad was born at the end of the sixth century, was taken (phychologically) by the jews resulting in the compilation of the Qur’an . Both Bible and Qur’an are translations, (copied from) the jews scriptures. Quote from the scriptures “confounds his enemies”, the scriptures were/are written by the jews therefore ‘he’ is in fact the jews themselves, and they are also ‘Allah’, quotes from the Bible “deceive the elect”, “circumcise their hearts”, harden their hearts”..

    • Of course the Qur’an is not ‘copied’ from the bible. It is a direct revelation from Allah. Why is it similar in many instances? Simple : Because all the prophets come from the same Creator of the World !!!!

  2. I SAID THE QU’RAN WAS COPIED TO/THROUGH MOHAMMED BY A SENIOR JEW. You are aware of the psychological contact today still controlled by the jews, the Qu’ran and Bible being the mediums. You are limited to the Qu’ran, the Christians to the Bible. AGAIN:> GROW UP RAFIQ, people are dying, people are suffering because of the Jews/Qu’ran/Bible connection,

    • Well that may be your personal view. Muslims belief that the Qur’an was directly revealed by Allah to the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be on him) via the Angel Gabriel. Similarities with the bible or other previous scripts are simply because the Quran comes from the same source as earlier revelations.

      • ‘Muslims belief’ => in this csse is ignorance. FACT::>> The Qu’ran is copied off the Jews scriptures as is the Bible (chk it out before deciding, the truth saves lives). I see lives lost unnecessarily on the news.

      • AGAIN: Yes, there are similarities in the Qu’ran with earlier scriptures. The reason is simply that they origin from the same source. The creator of all things sent prophets throughout the ages, Mohammad, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, being the last law-bearing prophet and the Qur’an the last revealed book. Why? simply logic: before the books could technically not be preserved. With the Qur’an we are reading now exactly the same text that was revealed over 1400 years ago.

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