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 there will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse (Sahih Bukhari)

 

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.34 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.35 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."36

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.

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34. "Young People and Sexually Transmitted Diseases," WHO Fact Sheet No. 186 (December 1997).
35. WHO, "Report on the Global HIV/ AIDS Epidemic," June 2000. Online at: www.unaids.org/ epidemic_update/report/Epi_report.htm#aids.
36. Ibid.

 

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