Loss of Hope in the Mahdi
This hadith informs us that one sign of
the End Times is the people's despair of
the Mahdi's coming. The prevalence of this
despair is also a sign of Prophet Jesus'
(pbuh) second coming.
People who struggle with war, starvation,
injustice, epidemics, and all forms of depravity
lose their hope that such disasters will
ever end. Many Muslims, on the other hand,
start to despair that Islamic morality will
never prevail and believe that evil will
spread even further.
Indeed in our day, we frequently see examples
of this spirit. Despite the existence of
countless hadiths about the Mahdi's coming,
Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return, and the Golden
Age characterized by great blessings, many
people believe that such a period will never
come. This assumption is also a sign of
the End Times. In a time of despair, people
will enjoy the benefits of the prevailing
Qur'anic morality, thanks to God's mercy.
By God's Will, Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will
return and religion's genuine morality will
prevail all over the world. Just as the
world was filled with violence and injustice,
after Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return, by our
Lord's Will, it will abound with justice,
peace, security, and blessings.