A serious problem that people face today is the
disintegration of the social fabric of societies. This collapse
is discernable in various ways. Broken families, the increase
in divorce and illegitimate births naturally lead to the destruction
of the institution of the family. Stress, anxiety, unhappiness,
worry and chaos turn the lives of many people into a real
nightmare. People living in a spiritual void, looking for
a way out of their depression, fall into a bleak mire of alcohol
or drugs. Some, who think that there is no solution to be
found, consider suicide as a way out.
One of the striking marks of social decline is
the huge increase in illicit activities. The level of crime
has reached proportions that astound even experts. The report,
“Universal Crime and Justice,” prepared by the
United Nations’International Crime Prevention Center,
contains a general appraisal of crime throughout the world:
Basically, as in the 1980’s,
the crime rate continued to rise in the 1990’s.
Everywhere in the world, in a five-year period, two-thirds
of the people living in large cities have been the target
at least once of a criminal action.
All over the world, the odds of being the target of a serious
crime (robbery, sexual crimes, assault) are one in five.
Regardless of the area, crimes against property, and crimes
of violence committed by youth, have both had economic ramifications.
The number of types of illicit drugs has increased and their
nature diversified in recent years.21
The growth in the number of those who perpetrate evil
is proved by the numerous instances of immorality reported
in the newspapers. Such instances announce the coming
of the End Times.
Actually, all this is not surprising. The causes
of such a societal phenomenon are clearly related in the Qur’an,
in the accounts of past societies. Social deterioration, and
all the various problems associated with it, are the inevitable
result of human beings’forgetting Allah and the purposes
of their creation, and their abandoning religion and its spiritual
The period referred to as the End Times will be a time
of extreme social disintegration. The structures that
form the basis of society will be seriously undermined.
In the hadiths of the Prophet (saas), there is much to
bring to light the collapse of the fabric of today’s
The aspects of this social deterioration we see
happening so prevalently today were predicted by the Prophet
(saas) fourteen centuries ago. Allah's Messenger (saas) described
the End Times as “When people suffer strife and social
upheaval” (Ahmad Diya’al-Din al-Kamushkhanawi,
Ramuz al-Ahadith). The following are the hadiths relevant
to its first phase:
can be understood from the hadiths that the increase in the
amount of evil people, the fact those people regarded as trustworthy
are liars, and the fact that some who are regarded as liars
are actually trustworthy, are characteristics of the End Times.
hadith reveals that there will be few trustworthy people and
little money earned according to the rules and laws of our
testimony will be neglected while false testimony and slander
will be widespread. This is yet another sign:
only measure by which people will be judged will be wealth,
respect being dependent on how rich a person is:
is said in the hadiths that another sign it the destruction
of social relations between people:
||One of the most important features of the
End Times will be the cessation of love and respect among
people. A sick person lying in the street, with no one
offering him assistance, will be a common sight.
the hadith quoted below, it is stressed that positions of
responsibility will be given to those who are not competent:
characteristic of the period will be the disintegration of
relationships among families, between friends and neighbors,
and the loss of community and spiritual values:
people will be rebellious and the love and respect between
young people and adults will deteriorate:
hadiths show that another characteristic of the End Times
will be that divorce and the number of children born outside
marriage will increase:
by materialism and their worldview, people will be excessively
attached to this world, and will forget about the afterlife.
This is another characteristic of the End Times:
hadith reveals that people will curse and swear at each other:
characteristic of the period will be gossip and mockery of
flatterers will be respected:
sign of the End Times to be frequently encountered will be
dishonesty in business and bribery:
The noticeable increase in murders is a sign announced
in the hadiths.
Prophet (saas) describes the increase of murder in the End
Times in these words:
21. United Nations Office for
Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Global Report on Crime
and Justice, 1999, http://www.uncjin.org/Special/GlobalReport.html