One can neither claim that this is the last era, nor that the last era is far away on the horizon. However when we pay attention to the current helplessness of religion, we find that these times are a reflection of those traditions which have been enumerated in this regard.
Ayatollah Murtuza Mutahhari (r.a.) while describing these times writes, “If the fragrant and sweet tasting fruit of reappearance (zuhoor) is yet to ripen, then the blistering heat of the sun must increase in future and the condition of religion and opposition to the Holy Quran will be more severe.”
Here, we shall discuss some of the traditions from the holy infallibles (a.s.) that highlight the sorry state of religion and the Holy Quran which is so apparent today. ‘Physically the people will gather at one place but their hearts will differ with each other. Religion will be stuck on the tongues of each one of them.’(Nahjul Fasaha, Ilzamun Nasib, pg. 181)
A time will come upon the people of my Ummat when the Quran will not exist except as an object of decoration; Islam will remain, through only in name. The people will be Muslims, but from among all people, they will be farthest from Islam.’(Muntakhabul Asar, pg. 427; Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 195) ‘
In that era, prayers will be wasted; lusts will be followed and people will incline towards carnal desires.’(Ilzamun Nasib, pg. 182)
‘The Qaim (a.t.f.s.) will not appear till the time when religion will be in given in the hands of children, the rights of Allah will be trampled upon and Quran will be recited in a singing tune.’(Ilzamun Nasib, pg. 178)
Namaz will be recited at its last time (towards the time of Qaza) and parents will be abused (by their children).Basharatul Islam, pg. 75)
How true are the prophecies of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) about the last era! Dear readers, it is the mercy of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – the most loved of Allah – who warned us of the events in the last era. Indeed satanic inclinations are so widespread that we are already witnessing these prophecies. Goodness is present in our society but in name only. May Allah for the sake of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) continue to guide us and grant us the opportunity (taufeeq) to remain on the right path. It is for this reason that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) of Islam said, ‘And you will see that the people are united in forsaking Amr bil Ma’roof (calling towards righteousness) and Nahi anil Munkar (preventing evil); and in their devoutness towards it.’(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pg. 259)