It’s not me who is claiming this, but a number of hadiths, one of which is:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
While the Prophet was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, "When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?" Allah's Apostle continued his talk, so some people said that Allah's Apostle had heard the question, but did not like what that Bedouin had asked. Some of them said that Alllah's Apostle had not heard it. When the Prophet finished his speech, he said, "Where is the questioner, who enquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?" The Bedouin said, "I am here, O Allah's Apostle." Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday)." The Bedouin said, "How will that be lost?" The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday.)"
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, Hadith 56
Close your eyes. What do you see now? Whatever you see is not the reality but was born by your imagination. This image used to be nourished by reality, what created a memory out of it, and has come forth from it. Your brain is a storage space, just like your whole body. Depending on your mood and state of mind, your brain will retrieve memories from this storage, and if you close your eyes, your imagination will project them for you. Now open your eyes. You see the reality that your eye transmits to the brain to store new elements from it. It depends on your intelligence what you select and how you compile the info.
If we are beyond that and understand what you see when you close and open your eyes, then move on. Who is the One, Who gives you the most info when you open your eyes? Who is the One, Who brings the reality to you? Who is the One, Who opens the way to the infinity when he lets you to get a glimpse to the reality? Allah (SWT)! It is He who allows you to see the truth to be revealed to you, in order to replenish your brains and feed your memories from it. From here, you are the one who projects from the memories the image what we call imagination. The imagination is a combination of memories that is different in every human being. Everyone sees, stores and combines images in a different quality. Therefore, never be angry with someone if they see something differently than you.
Now we come to the human dimension. If you have seen in the case of Allah that He opens up all the spaces in front of you to see, who is narrowing these spaces? Who pushed him/herself to stand before the real world in order to be only him/her seen and heard? Yes, it’s the man. Who is the one who distorts this image further by allowing you to look through only a narrow gap in order not to be aware of that there is a creation, a world, but exists only him/her and what he/she says? Who forces you into the world of his/her tight box, to consider it to be the only space in which you can live and serve him/her? It’s the man!
He/she is the one who lets you fill up your storage with information that comes from a tight space, and doesn't even allow you to set up your imagination by your own. He/she is the one, "he helps", too. He/she determines how you combine your memories and how should you see them. That's why when you close your eyes, nothing more than a chaotic cavalcade comes out. Slowly even the imagination is running out! Where do we flee to keep at least our imagination?
We say that prayer, worship is the place that helps to clarify the vision again. We are fleeing here to revive the vision and understanding in Allah. But it's culture-dependent. Some call it meditation, some call it yoga, but some simply escape to the silence, nature. Just as your glasses need to be wiped off, when it gets polluted, also the spiritual vision needs recreation. If you do not do this, you will never see the reality and will be imprisoned in a narrow world created by man. If honesty is lost, it makes no sense to maintain this world.
That's what the hadith is about. When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour!