CAIRO - Prophecies of the doomsday on Friday, December 21, are meeting rejections from Muslim scholars as a big lie, criticizing the media for creating panic and terror among the public.
No one knew about the exact date and time of doomsday, Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri, a top official of the Wafaq-ul-Madaris Pakistan, the largest federation of Islamic seminaries around the world, told Pakistan's The News daily on Sunday, December 16.The Allah Almighty has kept this knowledge secret and exclusive to his own person.
Texts inscribed on stone tablets by the Maya civilization say that the doomsday will occur on December 21, 2012.
But scholar Jalandhri rejected the prediction as the greatest lie.
Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has told us about the warning signs before doomsday and several things have yet to occur, he said.
So any such prediction would be baseless and futile.
The myth is based on the Mayan calendar which marks the end of a 5,126 year old cycle around December 12, 2012.
A chorus of books and movies has sought to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from rogue black holes and solar storms to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field could 'flip' on that date.
The disaster movie 2012, released last year, is based on the myth that the world will end with the Mayan calendar in 2012.
It sees a series of geological and astrological disasters plunging the world into chaos.
But archaeologists say there is no evidence the Maya ever made any such prophesy.
Yet, media advertisers are running wild with the doomsday theme.
One beer-company billboard near the resort of Tulum proclaims, "2012 isn't the end, it's just the beginning -- of the party!"
The Mexico subsidiary of Renault is running "end of the world" promotions with interest-free loans for car sales: "Given that the world is ending, we're ending interest rates!"
Oprah Winfrey's website got into the act by publishing a list of "Apocalypse Dinners."
"Whether the world is really ending or whether you're just having a busy week, these six make-ahead meals from cookbook author Lidia Bastianich freeze well and feed many," it says.
Reports about the end of the world have also lured mixed reactions from the public.
I don't know whether it was true or false, but the idea of massive destruction everywhere was just beyond the human heart that could get panicked, Muhammad Saeed, a Rawalpindi resident, said.
Saeed said he read about the devastation of December 21 in a magazine and was caught with a terror.
I immediately stopped my children not to read any such story or see a news report, he added.
Zara Ahmad, a housewife, was not moved by media reports.
As Muslims we believe in several warning signs appearing before doomsday and we know that all that have yet to occur, Ahmad said.
Since no one could tell with finality when it has to happen, so such predictions could not be either accepted or rejected.
But accepting and visualizing the great devastation is horrible and I pray to Allah to save us.
Throughout the history of the world, each civilization has believed in a catastrophic event that would befall them.
Allah Almighty has kept that date a secret. Not a human, angel, or prophet has ever been privy to that knowledge.Anyone who promulgates this false message of 2012 as being the end of our world is committing a grave disservice to their own souls as well as the greater community around them.