O mankind, fear your Lord. Indeed, the convulsion of the [final] Hour is a terrible thing.
On the Day you see it every nursing mother will be distracted from that [child] she was nursing, and every pregnant woman will abort her pregnancy, and you will see the people [appearing] intoxicated while they are not intoxicated; but the punishment of Allah is severe.
Chapter 22 Al-Ĥaj : Verses 1-2
Another Version of this Hadith
At-Tirmidhi recorded from `Imran bin Husayn that when the words,
(O mankind! Have Taqwa of your Lord.) Until His saying,
(but Allah’s torment is severe.) were revealed, the Prophet was on a journey, and he said:
(Do you know what Day that is) They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” (He said: That is the Day on which Allah will say to Adam, “Send forth (those of your progeny) who are to be sent to the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, how many are to be sent to the Fire” He will say, “From every thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine will be in the Fire and one will be in Paradise.”) The Muslims started to weep, then the Messenger of Allah said:
(Be close in your rank and be straight forward, for there was never any Prophet but there was a time of ignorance just before his advent, so the number will be taken from that time of ignorance, and if that is not enough, it will be made up from the hypocrites. A parable of yours in comparison to the other nations is that, you are like a mark on the foreleg of an animal, or a mole on the flank of a camel.) Then he said,
(I hope that you will be half of the people of Paradise.) They said, “Allahu Akbar!” Then he(the narrator) said, “I do not know if he said two-thirds or not.” This was also recorded by Imam Ahmad. Then At-Tirmidhi also said, “This is a Hasan Sahih Hadith.” In his Tafsir, under this Ayah, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Sa`id said, “The Prophet said:
(On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will say: “O Adam.” He will say, “At Your service, O Lord.” Then a voice will call out: “Allah commands you to send forth from your progeny those who are destined for the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, who is destined for the Fire” He will say, “From every thousand” — I think he said — “nine hundred and ninety-nine.” At that time every pregnant female will drop her load and children will turn grey. (and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but Allah’s torment is severe.)) That will be so difficult for mankind to bear that their faces will change. The Prophet said:
(Nine hundred and ninety-nine from Ya’juj and Ma’juj, and one from you. Among mankind you are like a black hair on the side of a white bull, or a white hair on the side of a black bull. I hope that you will be one quarter of the people of Paradise.) We said “Allahu Akbar!” Then he said, (A third of the people of Paradise.) We said, “Allahu Akbar!” Then he said, (One half of the people of Paradise.) We said: `Allahu Akbar!” Al-Bukhari also recorded this elsewhere. It was also recorded by Muslim, and An-Nasa’i in his Tafsir. The Hadiths and reports about the terrors of the Day of Resurrection are very many, and this is not the place to quote them all.
(Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing.) means, a serious matter, a terrifying crisis, a horrendous event. This earthquake is what will happen to people when they are filled with terror, as Allah says:
(There, the believers were tried and shaken with a mighty shaking.) (33:11). Then Allah says:
(The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling,) means, she will be distracted by the horror of what she is seeing, which will make her forget the one who is the dearest of all to her and to whom she shows the most compassion. Her shock will make her neglect her infant at the very moment of breastfeeding, Allah says,
(every nursing mother), and He did not say a mother who has an infant of breastfeeding age.
(her nursling) means, her nursing infant that has not yet been weaned.
(and every pregnant one will drop her load,) means, before the pre- gnancy has reached full term, because of the intensity of the horror.
(and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state,) means, because of the severity of their situa- tion, when they will lose their minds, so that whoever sees them, will think, that they are drunk,
(yet they will not be drunken, but Allah’s torment is severe.)