THE GOLDEN AGE
The Prophet (saas) describes the End Times with its heavenly
Many hadiths indicate the existence of a period when the Qur'an's values
will pervade Earth. This period, known as the Golden Age, will last for
more than half a century and, in many ways, will resemble 'the Blessed
Period' of our Prophet (saas).
According to one hadith, people will be so content that they will spend
their days with no idea as to how time passes and how one day turns into
the next. They will pray to Allah to prolong their lives in order to receive
more benefits from these graces. Another Prophetic hadith states that;
The younger ones wish they were grown-ups, while the
adults wish they were younger... The good become even more good, and even
the wicked ones are treated well. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat
al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 59)
Many hadiths reveal that there will be an unprecedented abundance of
crops and goods, all of which will be distributed without measure:
During this (period), my ummah (people) will lead
a kind of comfortable and carefree life that they have never known before.
(The land) will bring forth its yield and will not hold anything back...
In the last of times there will be a khalifa who will distribute wealth
without even counting it. (Muslim)
The inhabitants of the heavens and the inhabitants
of the earth will be pleased with him and such plants will be produced
by the earth that the living will wish the dead could come back to life.
(At-Tabarani and Abu Nu'aym)
The land will turn like the silver tray growing
vegetation... (Ibn Majah)
Technological developments will provide abundance in
the Golden Age
People will reap 700 measures of wheat for every one
they sow ... People will throw down a few handfuls of seeds and reap 700
handfuls ... Although much rain will fall, none will be wasted. (Ibn Hajar
al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p.
This hadith refers to an increase in agricultural production that will
occur in the End Times by transitioning to modern agriculture, developing
new agricultural techniques, improving seed stocks, and using rainwater
more efficiently by constructing new dams and artificial lakes.
The high cost of living and poverty will end
As the Golden Age will be a time of welfare and great wealth, all people
will receive more than they demand. Nothing will be measured or counted.
Our Prophet (saas) said that his people will live in blessings, especially
during the Last Days:
A time will come when a person, with his golden alms
in his hand, will go around, finding no one (in need) who is willing to
receive the alms. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah Qurtubi)
Then will my Ummah be blessed, the number of animals
will increase and the land will bear its fruits. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami,
Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 26)
Definitely possessions will be in abundance
then, flowing like water. Yet no one will (condescend) to take any. (Mukhtasar
Religion will be restored to its original state
Another news revealed by the Hadith literature regarding the End Times
is that the original religion will no longer be misunderstood. In the
Golden Age, all heretical misunderstandings that entered Islam after the
Prophet (saas) will be eliminated, and the original religion will be restored.
Just as in the case of the Prophet, the requirements of the religion will
After the death of our Prophet (saas) and his Companions, history records
that unrelated heresies and forms of worship were introduced into the
original religion, and that countless hadiths and judgments, most of which
have survived to our day, were fabricated and attributed to our Prophet
(saas). Despite the best efforts of true Muslims to eliminate these fabrications,
many practices done in the name of Islam today are not based upon the
As the Qur'an is the only source that can distinguish between the correct
and mistaken practices, only its guidance can expose and remove these
fabricated heresies. This way, the true religion will resurface.
In the End Times, Allah will restore the religion to its original state
and make the Qur'an's morality prevail. When this time comes, He will
remove all deviations that hinder people from living by His religion,
and will purify Islam from all heresies, false beliefs, and forms of worship.