…Around September, 2011 my thinking had changed again. Like every man in this world, when we look back to our past, we think “What was I doing back then, I could have been doing this or that. I was wasting my time…”! What got me back on the computer, typing into my story again was my mind dwelling again and again about my family. How can I benefit them? I was currently trying to get my ‘board game’ business out of debt and into forward gear. I was still working full time as an Instructor. I felt guilty, as most fathers must, that I hadn’t done enough for my children. I hadn’t set a good enough example. I hadn’t taken time to spend with each and every one of them, to tell them how much I love them and how much I hope for them. I hadn’t taught them the really important lessons about life. I had been too selfish with my time. Maybe my life story would be something good for them when I was dead and gone. I know that if my father, or grandfather, or any of my ancestors for that matter, had written a book about his life I definitely would have read it. Probably several times, as the older you get the more interested you become in your family history. This got me going again for about 10 more pages, including this Preface…
I never really got started in earnest until about May, 2014. At almost 55 years old, I knew I couldn’t possibly have that much more time left in this life. I had already lived about 100 times longer than I had ever intended to. Even after embracing Islam, I seemed sure I wouldn’t live that long! Well, Allah is the Knower of all things, and we know not. I honestly have no idea how much longer I will live.
Allah revealed in the Final Revelation to mankind – the Qur’an:
“Verily, Allah, with Him (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour. He (Alone) sends down the rain, and Knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All Knower, All Aware” Qur’an: 31:34
Perhaps another “wake up call” that galvanized me into action was a recent news article:
Construction on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, which will be one whopping, expense kilometer tall, is set to commence next week, according to local reports.
The Kingdom tower will measure 3,280 feet when completed, which stretches 568 feet taller than the current Guinness World Record holder for tallest man-made construction, the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.
The building will dominate the skyline of the coastal town of Jeddah on the Red Sea. If you’re afraid of heights, you’ll definitely want to know the 200-story building will feature a massive 98-foot terrace jutting from the side of the 157th floor.
The Kingdom Tower won’t come cheap. The cost is expected to be $1.23 billion. It will require 80,000 tons of steel and 5.7 million square feet of concrete.
Why would this small news article make me think that I should get started on my story again? Well, all of my descendants should have read the following hadeeth. It is very famous and it is known as “Hadeeth Jibreel” (Angel Gabriel):
On the authority of ‘Umar'(may Allah be pleased with him), who said: One day, while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allaah, salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam, and a man came before us whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black. There were no signs of travel seen on him and none of us knew him. He approached and sat down by the Prophet resting his knees to his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, then he said, “O Muhammad, inform me about Islaam.” So the Messenger of Allaah said, “Islaam is to testify that none has the right to be worshipped in truth except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, to establish the prayer, to pay the Zakaat, to fast in Ramadhaan, and to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) to the House (i.e. the Ka’bah in Makkah) if you are able to do so.” He said, “You have spoken the truth,” and we were amazed that he was asking him and telling him that he had spoken the truth. He said, “So inform me about Eemaan (Faith).” He said, “It is to believe in Allaah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine Decree (Qadr), both the good and the evil thereof.” He said, “You have spoken the truth.” He said, “Then inform me about Ihsaan (i.e. perfection in worship).” He said, “It is that you worship Allaah as though you see Him and even though you do not see Him, He sees you.” He said, “Then inform me about the Hour (i.e. the Day of Judgment).” He said, “The one being questioned is not more knowledgeable about it than the questioner.” He said, “Then inform me about its signs.” He said, “That the slave girl gives birth to her female slave master and that you will see the barefooted, scantily-clothed, destitute shepherds competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he departed and I stayed for a time. So the Messenger of Allaah said, “O ‘Umar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said, “Allaah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “That was Jibreel who came to teach you your religion.” Hadeeth: Saheeh Muslim
This hadeeth teaches us so many things. It covers the 5 pillars of Islam (the five things that all Muslims must do) and the 6 pillars of faith (the six things all Muslims must believe in). It also mentions some of the signs of the Final Hour. One of which is the bedouins competing in the building of lofty towers… Now the two tallest buildings in the world will be in United Arab Emirates and in Saudi Arabia? Both of which are in the Arabian Peninsula?
Concerning the subject: “Signs of the Hour”. Muslim scholars of the past and present have always felt the same way. They have all believed that most of the signs of the hour had already taken place during or before their lifetimes. So countless Muslim scholars who have lived and died over the last 1,400 years all believed that most of these signs had already happened during their lifetime.
Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said, “How can I feel at ease when the Angel of the Trumpet, (Israfil) has put his lips to the Trumpet and is waiting for the order to blow it”. He (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) perceived as if this had shocked his Companions, so he told them to seek comfort through reciting: `Hasbunallah wa ni`mal-Wakil [Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)]”. Hadeeth: At-Tirmidhi
That was over 1,400 years ago. How much longer could it be before it happens? Of course, Only Allah Knows.
Allah Knows Best about all things, including, of course, the Signs of the Hour. But it doesn’t take a genius to see that the “Bedouin” rulers of UAE and Saudi Arabia are now clearly competing in the construction of the “loftiest” buildings in the world! And rumor has it that now the Emirati’s are considering building another one to go even higher than the one the Saudi’s are currently building… Is there any of us who has doubts about this clearly being the meaning of what was mentioned by Angel Jibreel?
NOTE: This is from the Preface of Volume 1 of my Autobiography
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