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 the coming of the the
Prophet Jesus (pbuh).
People who struggle with war, starvation, injustice, epidemics,
and all forms of depravity in the End Times lose their hope
that such disasters will ever end. Many Muslims, on the
other hand, start to despair that Islamic morality will
ever prevail and believe that evil will spread even further.
Indeed in our day, we frequently see the examples of this
spirit. Despite the existence of countless hadiths about
the Mahdi's coming, the return of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)
to Earth and the Golden Age marked with 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 prevalence
of the morality of the Qurían, thanks to God's mercy on
people. The fact is however, by Godís Will, the Prophet
Jesus (pbuh) will return back to the world and the genuine
morality of the religion will pervade all over the world.
Just as how the world was filled with violence and injustice,
after him, by Our Lordís Will, it will abound with justice,
peace, security and blessings.