A Decline in the Numbers of Honest People

The hadiths report that close to Doomsday, the number of trustworthy people will diminish and that people will seize and use that which has been entrusted to them. Moreover, we are told that people will fall behind in their obligation to give alms:

 

When the spoils are restricted to a few people, when goods entrusted to one are regarded as booty, when giving alms is regarded as a heavy burden... (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji,
Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 114)

 

 

Emanetin ganimet, zekatın da (altından zor kalkılacak) bir borç olarak ittihaz (kabul) edilmesi...(Kıyamet Alametleri, s. 139)

 

 

Goods entrusted to one being regarded as booty, and the giving of alms being regarded as a loan [which is hard to repay]... (Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p.139)

 

 

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