Signs of Jesus’ (pbuh) Second Coming
The Signs from the Islamic Resources 9
94. Diminished Love and Respect among People
Young people will be rebellious, and love and respect between young people and adults will deteriorate:
When the old have no compassion for the young, when the young show no respect to the old … when children grow angry … judgment is at hand. (Narrated by Umar [r.a.], Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 480)
Respect for the old and compassion for the young will disappear. (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 140)
95. Weakening of the Family Structure
The hadiths also state that divorce and the number of illegitimate children will increase:
Divorce will be a daily occurrence. (Allamah Safarini, Ahwal Yawm al-Qiyamah)
There will be an abundance of illegitimate children. (Muntakhab Kanz al-`Ummaal)
96. Increase in Worldly Ambition
Influenced by materialism and their worldview, people will be excessively attached to this world and forget about the Afterlife:
Stinginess will dominate…(Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
… Niggardliness will be cast into people's hearts… (Sahih Bukhari and Abu Dawud)
97. Prevalence of Hypocrisy and Ostentation
... on that day, people will not abstain from hypocrisy, and it will not embarrass people (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 458, no. 835)
Hypocrisy will prevail; hypocrisy and ostentation will not be a matter of shame. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 470)
98. Spread of Cursing and Abuse
The End Times is a period of widespread cursing and abuse among people. This situation is expressed as follows:
In the Last Days, there will be such people, who, when they meet, curse and abuse each other instead of greeting [with salaam]. (Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuti, Durre-Mansoor)
The community of the faithful will be on a favorable path until they encounter three things: Until goodness disappears, until immoral children grow in number, and until essekkarun appears amongst them… They asked what is essekkarun? They answered, a generation that will emerge in the End Times, among whom greetings will be regarded as vile oaths. (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, pp. 141-42)
99. Spread of Forgery and Bribery
In the End Times, forgery and bribery in business life will become common and will continue to spread, for:
Verily a time will reach the people, when the believer would not be concerned over what he earned from money, whether it is from halal [lawful] or haram [unlawful]. (Ibn Ahmad Hanbal)
When Doomsday approaches... people will cheat in measures and weights. (Ramuz al Hadith, vol. 33, p.7)
When people cheat in measures and weights. (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 139)
Taking bribery... is among the signs of Doomsday. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 454)
100. Increase of Gossip and Derision
Another characteristic will be the increased level of gossip and mockery of other people:
As Judgment draws near... the most respected people of the age will be flatterers and sycophants. (at-Tabarani )
There will be an abundance of critics, tale-carriers, backbiters, and taunters in society.(Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Muntakhab Kanz al-`Ummaal)
The Last Hour will not arrive until people come forth who make a living with their tongues, just as cows eat with their tongues. (Tirmidhi)
A time will come when a man will remain among his people but live in fear of being derided. (ad-Daylami)
However, God informs us that gossip and derision are evil, and commands believers to avoid them. One verse reads:
O you who believe! People should not ridicule others who may be better than themselves, nor should any women ridicule other women who may be better than themselves. And do not find fault with one another or insult each other with derogatory nicknames. How evil it is to have a name for evil conduct after coming to faith! Those people who do not turn from it are wrongdoers. O you who believe! Avoid most suspicion. Indeed some suspicion is a crime. And do not spy and do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat his brother's dead flesh? No, you would hate it. And be aware of God. (Surat al-Hujurat, 49:11-12)
101. Some Young People Turn Away from Religion's Morality
Ali [r.a.] relates: "The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) once asked: 'What will become of you when your young people turn to wrongdoing, and your women turn to excess?'" (Agreed upon)
Young people's proneness to distance themselves from religion's morality is also a sign of the End Times. Young people who are vulnerable to diversion and misguidance can readily come under the influence of movements that are incompatible with the Qur'an's morality or incline toward irreligious lifestyles. A lack of proper education concerning religion's true morality accounts for this. This situation is especially apparent in some Western countries and those ruled by communist regimes for an extended period of time.
102. The Collapse of Moral Values
In our day, a great danger threatens the world's social fabric. Just as a virus kills the human body, this danger – the degradation of those moral values that help maintain a healthy society – brings about a subtle social collapse.
From the hadiths of our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), we understand that social degeneration will prevail in the End Times. One hadith tells us that people will engage openly in prostitution:
The Hour will not come until hearts become strangers, words become apart, and brothers adhere to other religions.(ad-Daylami)
Homosexuality, prostitution, premarital and extramarital sex, sexual misdemeanors, pornography, sexual harassment, and the increase of sex-related illnesses are important indications of the collapse of moral values.
These remain continual matters of public concern. Some people are not aware of this growing danger and so mistakenly consider it as normal. But, statistics show that with every passing day, this danger is spreading unperceived.
The proportion of sex-related illnesses is an important indication of the problems facing humanity. According to World Health Organization (WHO), sex-related diseases form one of the largest segments of illnesses. These reports show that of an estimated 333 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur in the world every year.54 In addition, AIDS continues to be the most serious problem. WHO statistics indicate that AIDS has killed 18.8 million people since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s.55 The WHO report for 2000 sums up the situation succinctly: "AIDS is unique in its devastating impact on the social, economic and demographic underpinnings of development."56
Among the most frightening developments is the spread of homosexuality. In some countries, homosexuals can legally marry, enjoy its social benefits, and form associations and organizations. Around the world, their activities show their opposition to religious faith and their antagonism to religious values.
This is a characteristic of our age, for such things have never happened before since the time of the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace).
The audacity of today's homosexuals makes one think of what happened to Lot's people, who were noted for their homosexuality. As the Qur'an says, when they flamboyantly rejected Lot's (pbuh) invitation to the right path, God destroyed the city and its people by a great disaster. As a reminder, the remains of this perverse society still lie beneath the water of Lut's Lake (the Dead Sea).
It is clear that the hadiths describing the moral degeneration of the End Times are coming true today. This once again reminds us that, by God's Will, Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return to this world is very close.
103. Spread of Adultery
The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace)says that the spread of extramarital sexual relationships is a sign of Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) second coming:
The Hour will come when adultery becomes widespread. (Sahih Bukhari)
The weakening of moral values and a sense of shame is described in these words:
The Last Hour will not be established until they [wicked people] commit adultery on the roads [public ways]. (Ibn Hibban and al-Bazzar)
Children of adultery will grow in number. Many people will commit adultery with women in the middle of the street. (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 140)
A time will come when adultery with women will be committed in the middle of the road. Nobody will object to this. (Muhammad ibn '`Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li -Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 142)
It is interesting to note that, recently, scenes of prostitution captured by hidden cameras have been broadcast on television. Prostitutes have sexual intercourse with their customers in the middle of the street. This is another sign of the Last Day as revealed in a hadith, one which millions of people have witnessed.