(excerpt from “The Beginning of The End“)
There really isn’t much left to the imagination when it comes to this aspect of the hadīth in discussion. Murder has become the most commonly covered incident on the daily news bulletin. What we do know, is that hundreds of millions have been killed in the name of secular ideals in the world wars. Iraq was invaded under the false pretense of possessing weapons of mass destruction, yet to this day, there has not been an ounce of evidence to justify that claim. In the wake of that invasion, thousands of innocent people were killed in the name of oil. The Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ warned us of a time when people would be killed in great numbers. Cursory studies into the subject of global killings reveal that even Muslims are killing each other in the name of their country. Islāmic eschatology tells us –and Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ knows best- that we will see this thirst for blood rise until such a time when Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ decrees the return of the son of Mary.