There are divergent views about the future. There are some who believe that
adversity, distress, disorder and mischief are the lot of humanity and on that
account life has no value. In the eyes of such people the most judicious action
would be to put an end to life.
Some others think that human life has already been thrown into disarray. They
believe that, following the marvelous technological progress and the
accumulation of huge stockpiles of the means of mass destruction, mankind has
reached a stage where its final annihilation is Imminent.
The English philosopher, Bertrand Russell, says in his book, 'New Hopes' that
there are people, including Einstein, who see the possibility of man having
completed his span of life and think that with his wonderful scientific skill he
may, in a few years, succeed in completely exterminating himself.
According to this theory there is a great possibility of the total extinction of
the human race just when it is on the threshold of attaining maturity. If we
rely on perceptible evidence only, such a possibility cannot be ruled out.
• According to a third theory distress and disorder are not a part of human
nature. Nor will the tragedy of collective suicide ever take place. In fact, a
very happy and bright future awaits humanity. A great man will appear who will
uproot all corruption and mischief. This is a religiously inspired theory and it
is in this context that Islam gives the glad tidings of Mahdi's revolution. Its
salient features will be:
• Final victory of righteousness, virtue, peace, justice, freedom and truth over
the forces of egoism, subjugation, tyranny, deceit and fraud.
• Establishment of a world government (one government in the whole world).
• Reclamation and rehabilitation of the whole earth so that no area remains
• Attainment of full sagacity by mankind, adherence to ideology and emancipation
from animal impulses and undue social restrictions.
• Maximum utilization of the gifts of the earth.
• Equal distribution of wealth and property among all human beings.
• Complete eradication of all vices like adultery, fornication, usury, use of
intoxicants, treachery, theft and homicide and total disappearance of abnormal
complexes, malice and ill-will.
• Eradication of war and restoration of peace, friendship, cooperation and
• Complete coherence between man and nature.
All these points require detailed discussion and analysis but here the idea is
just to acquaint the readers with the nature of the Islamic tidings and
* Book: The Awaited
Saviour. By: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari- Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Baqir As-Sadr