Friday, September 28, 2007

Construction of tall buildings

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.47 Narrated by Abu Huraira
One day while the Prophet (saws) was sitting in the company of some people, Jibrael (a.s.) came (in the guise of a human being) and asked, "What is faith?" Allah`s Messenger (saws) replied, `Faith is to believe in Allah, His Angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Messengers, and to believe in the Resurrection." Then he (Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah`s Messenger (saws) replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer (the obligatory) prayers perfectly, to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat), and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is ‘Ihsaans (perfection)?" Allah`s Messenger (saws) replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?" Allah`s Messenger (saws) replied, "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings.
And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
The Prophet (saws) then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour--." (31. 34) Then that man (Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.)) left and the Prophet (saws) asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet (saws) said, "That was Jibrael (a.s.) who came to teach the people their religion."
In another narration of the same incident reported by Hadrat Abdullah ibn Umar al-Khattab (a.s.) and related by Muslim in his Sahih, the portents of the Hour described by the Prophet (saws) to Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) were:
“That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings.”

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