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End of the world at our doorstep?


Nilanjana Bose,CNN-IBN
Sep 10, 2006 at 09:16pm IST

New Delhi: Religion and faith propound the fact that out-of-turn weather is often a prophecy of bad things to come. So does the recent change in the climate with floods in the desert, snow in summer and overflowing rivers forebode disaster?

According to some Muslim religious leaders qayamat or the end of the world is at our doorstep.

"These are all signs of qayamat. The Quran lays it down very clearly that when normal weather becomes unnatural, it means the end of the world is not too far away," Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mukarram Ahmed says.

But the thought is not alien to other religions. Even Hindus believe that we are now approaching the end of Kalyug, which is the final and most negative of the four cycles that the world goes through.

Some sects within Christianity also believe that Judgment Day or the end of world is heralded by unnatural weather and therefore it's the best chance for Christians to renew their relationship with God.

"The Bible says when the end of the world is near the weather will be very strange. And this is only because people are sinning too often. It's a sign that Jesus is coming," says Pastor Samuel Banerjee, Pentacoastal Holy Mission.

However, while faith and foreboding go hand in hand, reason becomes a casualty.

"Scientists have said in so many words that its because we are not looking after the world that weather is going against us. And instead of caring for the environment and doing some thing constructive about it, people believe in such stupid things. Its very strange," says Sanal Edamaruku of the Indian Rationalist Association.

Doomsday prophecies have been around for decades cutting across religious barriers. And while the weather Gods play their little sport human beings are playing along.

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