Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Beast of the Earth (Part 2)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
نحمده ونصلى على رسوله الكريم
Among the major signs of Judgment Day, mentioned explicitly in the Qur’an, is the emegence of the “Beast”:
وَإِذَا وَقَعَ الْقَوْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَخْرَجْنَا لَهُمْ دَابَّةً مِّنَ الْأَرْضِ تُكَلِّمُهُمْ أَنَّ النَّاسَ كَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا لَا يُوقِنُونَ۞
And when the word is fulfilled against them, We shall take out for them a Beast from the Earth speaking to them because mankind was, of our Signs, not certain.
(Sura 27:82)
In a previous entry, I stated: “This ‘Beast’ is therefore not some four-legged animal, or some kind of mythical or monstrous creature. He is an evil human being, or in Qur’anic terminology, a beast that has the ability to speak”. Furthermore, I have identified the Beast with the eschatological figure that is mentioned in the Bible. Unlike the figure of the Dajjal (Antichrist), the Beast and his emergence has been mentioned explicitly in the text of the holy Qur’an. Perhaps this means that the Beast’s appearance is more significant than that of the Dajjal. Both are, however, among the ten major signs of the Hour. Imam al-Qurtubi has mentioned the fact that some of the latter exegetes said that the Beast is a speaking human (Kitab al-Tadkira bi-Ahwal al-Mawta wa-Amur al-Akhira p.1334):


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