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, Jul 25 2015 01:22PM

MANSEHRA, Pakistan – Authorities in Pakistan say an earthquake that jolted the country early this morning has killed three people.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.1 quake rocked Islamabad and elsewhere in northwest Pakistan at 2 a.m. Saturday.

The tremor was so strong that people came out of their homes and started reciting verses from the Quran.

Senior police officer Akhtar Hayat Khan said the roofs of three homes caved in because of the earthquake in a village on the outskirts of Abbottabad, killing three people. He said police did not receive any other reports about damage in the region.

Pakistan and the Himalaya region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan's Baluchistan province, killing at least 376 people.

By End-Times, Jul 24 2015 02:36PM

ZAGREB, Croatia – Croatian firefighters have been stretched to their limits as they struggle to contain raging wildfires on the Adriatic coast and islands at the height of tourist season.

Two huge fires have swept through the Peljesac peninsula, forcing evacuation of villages and destroying large areas of olive groves, pine forests and vineyards.

The blaze has occasionally cut off the main road and power supplies since it erupted earlier this week. Associated Press reporters said hot winds on Friday have undermined efforts by firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters.

Fires also have swept through the islands of Korcula and Brac and on several other spots amid extremely high summer temperatures.

Police say they detained a 24-year-old woman suspected of deliberately setting several small fires on Korcula.

By End-Times, Jul 24 2015 02:31PM

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani authorities say flash floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have killed 12 more people across the country, bringing the overall death toll since early last week to 15, as rescuers struggle to move those stranded to safer places.

Friday's statement by the National Disaster Management Authority says seven of the deaths were reported in flood-hit areas in the southwestern Baluchistan province while three people died in the eastern Punjab province. Floodwaters also killed two people in the northern Gilgit Baltistan region.

It says 194,137 people in the district of Layyah and other regions in the eastern Punjab province have been affected.

Meanwhile, the situation was returning to normalcy in the northern city of Chitral, where floods earlier this week killed three people and destroyed roads and bridges.

By End-Times, Jul 18 2015 12:12PM

SYDNEY – A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific and a tsunami threat message has been issued for other parts of the Pacific closer to the epicenter.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat to Hawaii. It says hazardous waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers (186.42 miles) of the Santa Cruz Islands, mainly the Solomon Islands as well as Vanuatu and Nauru.

The Santa Cruz Islands are about 2,252 kilometers (1,400 miles) northeast of Brisbane, Australia.

There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

By End-Times, Jul 17 2015 07:49PM

A new report predicts that a mega-earthquake could kill an estimated 13,000 people and destroy a sizable portion of the Pacific Northwest.

Even more disturbing? It's overdue.

The New Yorker reported that FEMA calculations show these types of earthquakes happen at regular intervals in this specific part of the world, roughly every 240 years.

The last one was more than 300 years ago, in 1700, when a quake there sent a 600-foot wave of water all the way to Japan.

Michio Kaku, a physicist and professor at City College of New York, told Shepard Smith today that the troubling article does not overstate the danger.

"The Cascadia fault is an earthquake waiting to happen," Kaku stated. "We know it's going to happen with an energy 30 times the maximum energy of the San Andreas fault."

Kaku said Hollywood has "brainwashed" people into thinking that California is where the next massive earthquake will hit.

He added that before the mega-quake actually hits, there is a compression wave that is detected by animals.

"Animals start to act very strange. We've seen that happen before earthquakes," Kaku said. "And then, a minute, two minutes later, boom!"

The massive quake, with a magnitude of up to 9.2, would last about four minutes, according to seismologists, with a wall of water following about 15 minutes later.

Kaku said he's concerned that many of the 70,000 residents in the potential "inundation zone" have very little knowledge about this risk.

"It barely rates on the radar screen," he said.

Shep asked Kaku whether he would live in the Pacific Northwest if he had children.

"I'd think twice," he said, advising residents to educate their children on emergency preparedness and what to do in case of an earthquake.

By End-Times, Jul 5 2015 02:39PM

MADRID – A Spanish official says more than 1,350 residents have been evacuated from their homes in the northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spreads through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave.

Lavier Lamban, the president of Aragon, said Sunday that five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills 375 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Madrid. He says the evacuees, who included the residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon. Windy conditions are fanning its flames Sunday, causing a large plume of smoke.

In Portugal, the National Civil Protection Authority says almost 100 firefighters are tackling a wildfire that broke out Saturday night in the forests of Alcobertas, north of Lisbon.

By End-Times, Jul 5 2015 02:38PM

More flights to and from Bali were cancelled on Saturday as an ash cloud from the Mount Raung eruption drifts towards Denpasar airport.

Jetstar had cancelled at least six flights and Virgin had cancelled at least 10. Several others had been delayed or rerouted.

“We regret the impact these cancellations and delays are having on our passengers, particularly during the busy school holiday period, but we will always put safety before schedule,” a Jetstar spokesman said.

Jetstar said it would issue an update on flight schedules before 7pm (AEST) on Saturday.

Virgin says its meteorologists are monitoring the situation in consultation with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

Passengers hit by the cancellations are being offered a range of rebooking and refund options.

Several flights were grounded by the ash cloud on Thursday.

By End-Times, Jul 4 2015 03:59PM

MADRID – Spain's meteorological agency is warning people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over coming days.

The agency said Saturday that "temperatures will be significantly higher in much of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands," exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) and reaching 40 C (104 F) in much of the southern and eastern parts of the country.

The forecast predicted some respite in the form of showers and thunderstorms on July 10-11.

Last week, weather stations across Spain warned people to take extra precautions because high temperatures increase the risk of devastating wildfires.

Across the border, Portugal is also braced for fires after an exceptionally dry winter and the hottest and driest June for 12 years. Almost 54 percent of mainland Portugal is enduring severe drought.

By End-Times, Jul 2 2015 01:39AM

Continental Europe has had blistering heat over the past week, with Spain and Portugal becoming particularly hot. Of Spain’s 50 provinces 43 were put on alert for exceptionally high temperatures, with the mercury widely topping 40C (104F), and some places experiencing temperatures as high as 44C.

The intense heat has also increased the potential for forest fires; woodlands, within a large area, are considered at extreme risk of catching alight. The heat-wave is expected to spread and persist for much of Europe over the coming days.

Meanwhile, in the US mid-west heavy rains have exacerbated already serious floods. Numerous states have been affected, and are expecting further rain.

The city of St Louis, in Missouri, had more than 33cm (13in) of rain in June, 22cm more than the monthly average.

Indiana, in the Great Lakes region, has also been hit hard, with $300m worth of crop damage having already occurred before another deluge of rain happened over the weekend.

Finally, the north American storm season is beginning to draw to a close but you would not have thought that was the case in parts of Canada on Saturday. The state of Manitoba had severe thunderstorms developing during the afternoon, with a particularly potent cell striking the town of Roseisle, about 70 miles south-west of Winnipeg.

Hail stones in Roseisle were reported to be measuring up to the size of tennis balls, and they damaged cars and destroyed crops. These hail stones were driven in on a 60mph wind, worsening the potential for damage.

By End-Times, Jun 27 2015 09:49PM

ISLAMABAD – A Pakistani official says the devastating weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of Karachi has killed 1,233 people.

Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said Saturday that 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated at the city's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province and its capital, Karachi.

He told The Associated Press that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments are still being treated.

Although temperatures in Karachi on Saturday came down to 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) after touching 45 degree Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) a week ago amid chronic power outages.

The heat wave struck Karachi at a time when the city's Muslim majority was observing the dawn-to-dusk fasting month of Ramadan.