Yet mankind is heedless.
Allah ﷻ says in Surah Ghafir:

وَأَنْذِرْهُمْ يَوْمَ الْآزِفَةِ

And warn them of the Day that is drawing near,
[40:18] _
This is as Allah ﷻ says:

اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ

The Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two].
[54:1] _
اقْتَرَبَ لِلنَّاسِ حِسَـبُهُمْ

Draws near for mankind their reckoning
[21:1] _
This is explained by the Hadith narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar رضي الله عنه in which he said “We were sitting with the Prophet ﷺ while the sun was rising above Quayqaan, after Asr he ﷺ said,

مَا أَعْمَارُكُمْ فِي أَعْمَارِ مَنْ مَضَى إِلَّا كَمَا بَقِيَ مِنَ النَّهَارِ فِيمَا مَضَى

“What remains of your time, compared to what has passed, is as long as what remains of this day compared to what has passed of it”
[Musnad Ahmad]

In another Hadith Sahl bin Sa`d said that he heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,

بُعِثْتُ أَنَا وَالسَّاعَةُ هكَذَا

“I was sent like this with the Last Hour” and he pointed with his middle and index finger.
[Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmad] _
This was 1400 years ago Ikhwaani, Akhwaati, so ponder how much more closer Al Qiyamah is.
Coming back to our ayah, Allah ﷻ continues:

إِذِ الْقُلُوبُ لَدَى الْحَنَاجِرِ كَـظِمِين

When the hearts will be at the throats, filled [with distress].
[40:18] Qatadah said, “When the hearts reach the throats because of fear, and they will neither come out nor go back to their places.”
Say and speak all you want in the Dunya and make excuses all you want, but on Qiyamah, your mouth will be silent.
And Allah ﷻ ends the ayah:

مَا لِلظَّـلِمِينَ مِنْ حَمِيمٍ وَلاَ شَفِيعٍ يُطَاعُ

There will be no friend, nor an intercessor for the wrongdoers, who could be given heed to.
[40:18] Means, those who wronged themselves by associating others in worship with Allah ﷻ, will have no relative to help them and no intercessor who can plead on their behalf; all means of good will be cut off from them.
Seek protection from Major Shirk as well as Minor Shirk.
Wallahi, this is Shaytaans first aim against you.
And how many muslims do you know who became Murtad and committed Shirk.
Seek refuge in Allah ﷻ and ask forgiveness before the opportunity is lost.

May Allah ﷻ keep us steadfast upon His Deen.
آمِيْن يَارَبَّ الْعَالَمِينْ

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