“The Hour/Qiyamat will not come until the sunrises from the West. When people will see it, then those who are on the earth will become Muslims but that is the time when acceptance of Islam will not profit them. For, by then the door of Taubah (seeking pardon) will have been already closed down on them,” narrated by Abu Huraira (RA) and reported by Sahih-Al-Bukhari.
Four years ago, NASA confirmed that sunrise from the west on Mars. Explaining the phenomenon of Retrograde motion, a scientist said, “All the planets including earth will go through the same experience at least once.” Nobody knows when exactly the day of judgement shall arrive. However, the holy Prophet (SAW) has explained in detail the signs of the day. Sun rising from the west is one of the signs of the Qiyamat. The phenomenon has already started and NASA has confirmed it recently. In near future the sun shall rise from the west on earth. This will be a day when people shall repent for their sins but it will do them no good. According to a hadith, the Satan will also seek pardon. He shall be seen in mosques weeping over his sins.
Some scholars have interpreted the hadith quoted above differently. According to them, before the Qiyamat the sun of Islam will rise from the West. In other words, Islam will spread in the West before Qiyamat. However, research scholars have always scoffed on such a liberal and Islamically unsubstantiated interpretation of this hadith. They always held that the sun will rise from the West before the Doomsday.
The scholars on hadith have collected from the Quran and Sunnah around sixty signs of the Qiyamat. Some signs are quite disastrous, among them is “rising of the sun from the West”. When this happens, it would indicate that the end is near. There are many hadiths that speak about this sign of the Last Hour.
Other predictions about the day of judgement have already come true. For example Hazrat Anas (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The Qiyamat will not occur till the time seems flying faster. A year will appear like a month, and a month like a week, and a week like a day and a day like an hour and an hour like a fleck of fire” (Sunan At-Tirmizie). Hazrat Ibn Abbas (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said, “Toward the end the world, the old people will try to look younger. They will not get even the smell of Paradise.” (Abu Dawood)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The Qiyamat will not occur till the people specially shepherds (indicating perhaps to Arabs, the people of camels) compete in constructing tall buildings” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).
Hazrat Anas (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said: “One of the first signs of the Qiyamat will be the fire which will gather the people from the East to the West.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). Going by the figurative translation, it points to cultural influence of the West attracting the people of the East to the West. Ironically many easterners become westernized even in their own lands.
The Muslims, therefore, have to hurry up before it is too late especially before the sun rises from the west. Wake up and seek pardon from Allah the most exalted. He is often forgiving.