Introduction - The Glad Tidings of the Golden Age
Fourteen hundred years ago, our Prophet (saas) spoke in great detail of events that would take place in the End Times – in other words, the age we are living in now – and described the period quite comprehensively. He said that in the End Times, there would be a time when people would abandon the moral values of the Qur'an and that there would be global degeneracy, corruption, war and disorder. Again as revealed by our Prophet (saas) in the hadiths, in this time Allah will send the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), who bears our Lord's title of the Hadi (the bestower of guidance). In this holy time that will witness the appearance of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), philosophies and ideologies based on disbelief will completely disappear, and the oppression and disorder going on all over the world will come to an end. In the time of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), belief in Allah will be lived by as it was in the time of our Prophet (saas), the moral values of the Qur'an will reign among people, and the entire world will become a place of peace and repose. There will be no war or conflict anywhere, all weapons will disappear and not so much as a single person's nose will even be made to bleed. The immorality, oppression, persecution, injustices and degeneracy of the past will evaporate in this holy age, and sufferings of all kinds will be replaced by abundance, wealth, beauty, peace and tranquility. There will be tremendous advances in technology and these will be used for the good and benefit of all mankind. This time, in which there will also be excellent advances in art and beauty, will be known, by Allah's leave, as the "Golden Age."
As a requirement of the test in this world, Our Lord also creates negative forces that are the exact opposite of all delights. Forces (unbelievers in other words) diametrically opposed to the prophets and believers have emerged at every period of history and these have struggled against faith in Allah and proper moral virtues. This is a law of Allah. The existence of Pharaoh in the time of the Prophet Moses (pbuh), of Nimrod in the time of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and of Abu Lahab and the pagans of Mecca in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saas) are manifestations of that Divine law. As revealed in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas), the negative force that will appear in the End Times, when the coming of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is awaited, will be the "dajjal," or antichrist.
Almost all the portents of the End Times set out in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) have come true as of Hijri 1400 (1979/1980 in the Gregorian calendar), in other words in just the period foretold by the Prophet (saas). The fact that hundreds of portents have come about proves that the End Times refer to the age in which we are living and also shows that the Golden Age is very close. The corruption of the dajjal has also shown itself in the End Times in which we are living. This terrible corruption of the dajjal that incites masses of people toward irreligion, that brings with it wars and conflict, and that inflicts degeneracy, anarchy, strife and murder on societies, is Darwinism. Despite having no scientific basis whatsoever, it has become a dominant ideology over the last 150 years by being imposed on people, who have been deceived by this terrible lie, and a number of societies have been drawn toward wars, slaughter, terror and anarchy through adopting Darwinism as their ideology. The way of the dajjal has permeated the world with the corruption of Darwinism, and despite being devoid of any scientific evidence, it has been placed under official protection by many states with false claims and evidence. Since Darwinist ideology is the worst corruption of the End Times, it quickly achieved a false success and took its place in the pages of history as the worst mass deception there has ever been.
However, like all great corruptions, this corruption of the dajjal will also be overthrown and vanish. The Golden Age, the holy period of the End Times, will be when the corruption of the dajjal comes to an end, when war and conflict cease, when the atheist ideologies that have inflicted terrible scourges on mankind are consigned to the dustbin of history and when the world overflows with plenty, abundance and justice. The moral values of Islam will spread across the world in that time and people will turn in droves to belief in Allah. This holy age is now imminent. According to the hadiths of our Prophet (saas), Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) has already appeared. The time when he will be recognized by people is very close. Again as can be seen from the hadiths, the coming of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will also take place very soon. Darwinism, the worst corruption of the global system of the dajjal, has suffered the greatest defeat in history. The dajjal is now dead. By Allah's leave, the plenty and abundance, the peace and security of the Golden Age, which is now close at hand, will reign over all mankind and enfold the whole world. Our Almighty Lord says in one verse:
Allah has written, "I will be victorious, I and My messengers." Allah is Most Strong, Almighty. (Surat al-Mujadala, 21)