A Weakening Economy in Specific Years


People will prosper until the ninety-fifth year, that is, their business will prosper. In the ninety-seventh and the ninety-ninth year, their possessions will go to waste ...
(Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar
fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 54)


This hadith contains detailed information about the economic situation during the End Times.

It is highly probable that "ninety-fifth year" refers to the year 1995, a period when people had a relatively better life and its conditions had not become so difficult. Indeed, as described in the hadith, during that year people had enough income to earn a living and had some possessions. However, during 1997-99 the economy deteriorated, poverty spread, and possessions lost their value. Such an event can happen very quickly, as exemplified by Argentina's recent economic crisis.

(1) Is the World about to go Bankrupt? (Cumhuriyet, August 1, 2001)
(2) Japan Collapses (Milli Gazete, January 6, 2003)
(3) Argentina exploded at last (Cumhuriyet, December 21, 2001)
(4) Earthquake in the Wall Street (Radikal, July 25, 2002)


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