Some Signs of The Hour
عن أبي هريرة -رضي الله عنه- قال:
( بينما النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- في مجلس يحدِّث القوم جاءه أعرابي فقال: متى الساعة؟ فمضى رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- يحدِّث. فقال بعض القوم: سمع ما قال فكره ما قال. وقال بعضهم: بل لم يسمع. حتى إذا قضى حديثه قال: أين أُراه السائل عن الساعة؟ قال: ها أنا يا رسول الله. قال: فإذا ضُيّعت الأمانة فانتظر الساعة. قال: كيف إضاعتها؟ قال: إذا وُسِّدَ الأمر إلى غير أهله فانتظر الساعة )
البخاري برقم (59، 6496)
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Companions were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when a Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked him about the exact date of the Hour. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) however proceeded with his speech to the audience. Some of the audience thought that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) heard what the man said but disliked his question and some others thought that he did not hear it. When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) finished his talk, he said: “Where is the one who asked about the date of the Hour? The man informed him of his existence. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) then said: “If the trust is betrayed and neglected, then expect the coming of the Hour”. The man further asked about the trust and how it can be wasted or betrayed. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “When the matter is entrusted to those who are unqualified to implement its duties, then wait for the Hour” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari, Hadiths no.59, 6496)
An example of this is the conduct of some people in authority, who charge unqualified persons with the religious affairs, such as judicial office, Ifta’ (issuing legal judgements, etc.).
Allah entrusts the people in authority with the affairs of the people and commands them to take care of their interests. So, if they employ unqualified persons, this will mean that they misuse the responsibility which Allah has entrusted them with.
There will not be a sign of the Hour unless after the disappearance of knowledge and the spread of ignorance.
If this happens, it will be a sign of the Day of Judgment as mentioned in the Hadith.
In Fath Al-Bari (1/142,143) (11/334) Imam Ibn Hajar mentioned some great benefits of this Hadith.