English Translation of Al-Quran
.Surah Ar-Rum [The Romans]
Ayat 47. And indeed, we did send Messengers before you (O Muhammad [SAWW](PBUH) to their own peoples. They came to them with clear proofs, then, We took vengeance on those who committed crimes (disbelief, setting partners in worship with Allah, sins, etc.), and (as for) the believers it was incumbent upon Us to help (them)
Tafseer of Surah Al Rum (The Romans) Ayat 47. Allah did indeed send, before thee, messengers to their (respective) peoples, and they came to them with Clear Signs: then, to those who transgressed, Allah meted out Retribution: and it was due from Us to aid those who believed.
English Translation of Hadith
Hazrat Imran bin Husain (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah [SAWW](PBUH) said, “The best of you, are my contemporaries, then those who follow them, then those who will come after them. (`Imran said, I do not know if he said this twice or thrice). Then, they will be followed by those who will testify but will not be called upon to testify; they will betray the trust, and will not be trusted. They will make vows but will not fulfill them, and obesity will prevail among them.”
[Al-Bukhari Book 03, Chapter 48, Hadith # 819]
Lesson : In this Hadith, three eras have been called as the best of ages in a graded order: first, the Prophetic era, second, the Successors’ era, and third, the Followers of the Successors’ era. Goodness and religion collectively prevailed during this time. Then gradually there was an overall deterioration and every new era that the pass of time brought it, proved to be worse than the preceding one. Today’s Muslims have fallen due to their weakness in character. Now, the majority of Muslims lack morals and belief as described in the Qur’an and the Hadith. The complaint is to be lodged only with Allah!