Revisiting Islamic Eschatology- The Knowledge of “The Hour” and Its Imminence in The Qur’an

Since the beginning of the millennium, interest in eschatology has become popular. Many people thought that the beginning of the new millennium would show some signs of the end. In fact, even some films have been produced predicting that 2012 will be the end of history. The idea of eschatology can be found in any religion and in any community of human beings. As for Muslim communities and traditions, the idea of eschatology is deeply rooted in the very essence of Islam. Needless to say, belief in the afterlife is one of the six articles of faith and since Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet and the Qur’an is the last revelation of God according to the Islamic teaching, the holy book of Islam naturally gives great importance to the concept of eschatology.