Islamic Eschatology


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Islamic eschatology is the branch of Islamic scholarship that studies Yawm al-Qiyamah ("the Day of Resurrection") or Yawm ad-Din ("the Day of Judgment").  This is believed to be the final assessment of humanity of Allah, with annihilation of all life, resurrection, and judgment.

By End-Times, Nov 30 2015 02:56PM

HELSINKI – Officials say that more than 35,000 people were without electricity in Sweden on Monday after a storm battered southern Scandinavia, damaging buildings, toppling trees, canceling trains and closing bridge links between Denmark and Sweden.

Danish meteorologist John Cappelen said the storm had wind speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) with gusts reaching 165 kph. It hit Denmark late Sunday and blew over the region in about four hours, narrowly avoiding Norway.

Swedish utilities said that up to 75,000 customers were without power during the storm. There were no early reports of casualties.

Cappelen said the storm weakened slightly as it headed northeast toward Finland and Estonia, where ferries were canceled. High winds disrupted cargo and passenger ships in Lithuania and blew off roofs in Latvia.

By End-Times, Sep 12 2015 03:43PM

At least 87 people were killed Friday in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, when a crane collapsed on the city's Grand Mosque during a strong thunderstorm, the Associated Press reports.

The AP, citing the Saudi Arabia Civil Defense Authority, said at least 184 were injured.

"A strong thunderstorm developed in the higher terrain east of Mecca, then spread westward into Mecca with damaging winds," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said. "The steering winds were easterly, which helped to direct the thunderstorm to the west and into Mecca."

Airport observations just east of Mecca, indicated that thunder was reported around 5 p.m. local time. Temperatures dropped from 104 F (40 C) to 77 F (25 C) in less than two hours, Smerbeck said.

Later this month, Muslims from all over the world are expected to descend on Mecca, Islam's holiest site, as part of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

By End-Times, Aug 24 2015 01:36PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine officials say a powerful typhoon has blown out of the northern Philippines, leaving at least 15 people dead and several others missing, including in a gold-mining village where more than 100 rescuers scramble to dig through a mudslide for possible survivors.

Government forecasters said Sunday that Typhoon Goni was last tracked at sea about 430 kilometers (267 miles) northeast of Basco town in Batanes province on the archipelago's northernmost tip. It had sustained winds of 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 170 kph (105 mph). It was forecast to lash southern Japan within 24 hours.

Most of the deaths were reported in Benguet province, where landslides killed 11 people, including at least three miners.

By End-Times, Aug 13 2015 06:36PM

A woman and two girls have been found dead after they went missing in a flash flood caused by torrential rain in central Morocco, authorities said Thursday.

They were found Tuesday and Wednesday several kilometres from the course of the flood in a valley known as Wadi Alfet, near Azilal.

Authorities and residents are still looking for two other women, said official press agency MAP.

All five were reported missing Monday after they had sought shelter in a house that was later swept away in the flood.

Earlier this week, heavy rain and high winds hit several areas around the country, in some cases causing material damage.

Flash floods are common in Morocco’s valleys.

The country witnessed record rain levels twice in 2014. Southern coastal city Agadir was one of several areas to log more than a year’s worth of rain in 10 days.

The heavy downpour killed some 50 people and affected thousands of others in the regions of Agadir, Guelmin and Ouarzazate.

By End-Times, Aug 11 2015 01:50PM

CAIRO – Egyptian health authorities say at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heatwave hitting the country.

The Health Ministry says that 19 people died Monday when temperatures reached around 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's north. The ministry says the heatwave killed 21 people Sunday.

The ministry said Tuesday that most of those killed were the elderly. Twenty-six people died in the capital, Cairo, a crowded, sprawling city of at least 18 million. Three who died from the heat were patients in a psychiatric hospital north of Cairo.

Egyptian summers are usually hot, but an unprecedented heatwave has been baking the region in recent weeks.

By End-Times, Aug 10 2015 10:23AM

WARSAW, Poland – A heat wave in Poland, with temperatures that have reached 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), is forcing the national supplier to cut electricity to factories and other large power consumers for several hours on Monday to take pressure off the power grid.

A period of sweltering temperatures combined with low rainfall has also caused a drought, which has hit agricultural areas in the east particularly hard. The levels of the Vistula and several other rivers have fallen dramatically.

The prime minister is meeting with a crisis management team Monday to discuss how to manage the effects of sweltering temperatures that are unusual for Poland.

The highest temperature measured in recent days was 38 Celsius in the western Polish city of Wroclaw and elsewhere in the area.

By End-Times, Aug 4 2015 10:50AM

BEIJING – A flash flood has struck a scenic area outside the central Chinese city of Xi'an, sweeping away nine Chinese tourists. Eight bodies have been recovered.

State media reports say the flood struck Xiaoyuhecun Valley on Monday afternoon amid the heaviest rains recorded in the area in 30 years.

The Xinhua News Agency says a team of about 200 police officers, firefighters and paramilitary troops searched the area overnight, recovering eight bodies by Tuesday morning.

A former imperial Chinese capital, Xi'an lies in a greenbelt along the ancient Silk Road surrounded by the mountainous, mostly arid, province of Shaanxi.

Many Chinese scenic sites suffer from chronic mismanagement, poor crowd control and other safety issues.

Emergency services in Xi'an either didn't answer calls or said they had no updated information.

By End-Times, Aug 4 2015 10:49AM

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Authorities say at least four people, including three children, have died and a dozen have been injured in flash flooding in northwestern Macedonia that caused landslides, power outages and road damage.

Marjan Josifovski, police spokesman in the northern city of Tetovo, told the AP Tuesday that scores of homes had been damaged by the high winds and torrential rain, describing the storm as the worst to hit the region in more than a decade.

Regional officials said that a least seven villages in the region had lost road access because of mudslides, while the storm had also cause a bridge collapse and the overnight closure of the road to neighboring Kosovo.

Several homes in the city of Tetovo were also evacuated, authorities said.

By End-Times, Jul 31 2015 07:05PM

TEHRAN: Iran says a magnitude-5.5 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district some 800 kilometers (497 miles) southeast of Tehran. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the quake struck around 2:56 p.m. Friday (1126 GMT) with an epicenter in the town of Sirch.

In 2013, a magnitude-6.1 quake killed at least 37 people in an area of the same province where Friday's quake struck.

Iran experiences frequent earthquakes. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 earthquake killed some 26,000 and flattened the historic city of Bam.

By End-Times, Jul 31 2015 07:03PM

YANGON, Myanmar – Heavy rains forecast for the next few days could worsen already dire flooding in large parts of Myanmar.

State newspapers reported Friday that President Thein Sein has urged Cabinet ministers to go out into the field to supervise flood relief operations.

The Relief and Resettlement Department estimates that between 67,000 and 110,000 people have been severely affected by flooding in the past few weeks, particularly in the Sagaing region, and Kachin and Shan states, accounting for 21 deaths in July. Farmland and houses have been damaged, and several roads and rail lines cut.

Dr. Tun Lwin, a former state meteorologist, said he believed the government should have already declared a state of emergency, since people are trapped by water in many places.