Thread: The Mahdi
03-24-2005, 10:33 PM #1
Since that thread was talking about the End of Days, I would like to talk about the Mahdi.
The Mahdi will not defeat the false Messiah, known as Dajjal; that will be done by Jesus, who will slay the pretender. Once Dajjal is defeated, Jesus and the Mahdi will live on Earth for a number of years. According to some traditions, Jesus will get married and have a family, and then die. There are claims that a grave is dug for him next to Muhammad's in the Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, but whether or not this is factual is unknown.
According to other reported sayings of the Prophet Muhammad some of the features of al-Mahdi are:
- He will be tall
- He will be fair complexioned
- His facial features will be similar to those of the Prophet Muhammad
- His character will be like that of the Prophet Muhammad
- His father's name will be Abdullah [same as Prophet Muhammad's father]
- His mother's name will be Aamina [same as Prophet Muhammad's mother]
- He will speak with a slight stutter
- He will occasionally hit his hand upon his thigh when he stutters
- His age at the time of his emergence will be forty years
- He will born in medina (literally a city or township)
- He will receive Knowledge from Allah
Who is the Mahdi?
Therefore, it is of great importance whether or not an individual supposed to be the Mahdi actually possesses those features. These are: being descended from the Prophet (pbuh), bringing Islamic moral values to prevail over the whole world, cleansing Islam from all the additions and beliefs that evolved after our Prophet, bringing peace and security to the world, establishing Islamic union, eliminating sects, for the entire Islamic world to submit to him, and forming an ******** with the people of the book. When these things take place, then we may consider that this person is the Mahdi or an extraordinary human being.
The Mahdi will be active in the political arena and be present at the highest level of state administration. Indeed, for him to be active in politics, in religion and in communicating the message requires the very broadest means. We can see from this that the Mahdi will have such very broad means, and that these duties can only be fully carried out with the use of state powers. This is the major difference between the Mahdi and those individuals believing themselves to be the Mahdi in the end times. The Mahdi will be active worldwide, will not be held back by limited individuals, will wage a major intellectual struggle in all spheres, and will, by God's leave, cause Islam to prevail over the whole world.
The Great Mahdi will have numerous functions. He will carry out duties in the world of politics, the world of religion, the world of government, and in the many spheres of the world of Islam. Similarly, since every century at a time of despair people are in need of a sort of Mahdi to strengthen their morale or for the possibility of a Mahdi appearing at that time to assist them, through Divine mercy, every age or perhaps every century a sort of Mahdi has appeared from among the Prophet's (PBUH) descendants, and preserved his forefather's Shari'a and revived his Sunna.
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi has set out the attributes of the Mahdi's blessed person in great detail. In describing the duties of the Mahdi, Bediuzzaman states that the establishment of an Islamic Union will be one of the three greatest of these. The passage in question reads:
THE THIRD DUTY OF THAT INDIVIDUAL(the Mahdi) is to build an Islamic Caliphate on an ISLAMIC UNITY AND TO SERVE ISLAM by allying himself with Christians. This duty can be fulfilled by A GREAT CALIPHATE and force and the sacrifices of millions. The first duty is three to four times more valuable than the other two. However, since the second and third duties will be in a very bright and broad sphere and in a glittering manner they will appear more important in the eyes of the people and the community." (Sikke-i Tasdik-i Gaybi, p. 9)
As Bediuzzaman makes clear, the Mahdi will first construct an Islamic Union. He will then draw strength and support from the Islamic Union and cause religious moral values to prevail across the world. In fulfilling this sacred duty, by the leave of God, he will possess great power, strength and dominion. When the blessed person of the Mahdi appears, by God's leave, the Mahdi's great deeds will be the greatest proof and evidence that this holy individual has actually emerged. It is reported in one hadith that "people will pledge allegiance to the Mahdi, albeit against his wishes:
What kind of relationship will there be between the Prophet Jesus and the Mahdi when both are on the earth?
According to the hadiths, when the Prophet Jesus returns to earth he will act together with the Mahdi, and the two will combine all their powers to bring religious moral values to prevail in the world. The Prophet Jesus will eliminate the Anti-Christ (Dajjal), the leader of the atheistic system in the world, and the Mahdi will assist him in that struggle. The Prophet Jesus and the Mahdi are two brothers with great love for one another in this world and in the hereafter. They will share the same thoughts and beliefs. The Mahdi will be the spiritual leader of the Islamic world, and the Prophet Jesus that of the Christian world. Under their twin leadership the world will enjoy great peace, security and happiness.
What will the Mahdi do?
When the Mahdi causes Islamic moral values to prevail on earth, poverty, hunger, suffering and troubles will come to an end and bloodshed will stop, and people will attain the true happiness, peace and security for which they have longed for so long. This climate of love, peace and plenty, which the Mahdi will be instrumental in bringing about, is described thus in the hadiths.
Once the earth is full of cruelty and enmity, one of my line will emerge. He will fill the Earth with equity and justice, just as it was previously filled with oppression and tyranny. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 11)
Heaven will send down rain upon them in torrents, the earth will not withhold any of its plats, and wealth will be available to all. (At-Tabarani)
The younger ones wish they were grown-ups, while the adults wish they were younger... The good become even more good, and even the wicked ones are treated well. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 17)
As can clearly be seen from the information in the hadiths, the Mahdi will treat people with love and compassion, provide solutions to disagreements by peaceful means, and patiently call people to faith and proper moral values.
The Mahdi's struggle against atheistic ideologies will be an intellectual one, in which he will be victorious, by the blessing of God, using very rational and wise methods.
According to the hadiths, this great struggle of the Mahdi's will be waged in great calm, tranquility and order:
In this time, neither a man will be awoken from sleep, nor will a person's nose bleed. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar, p. 44.)
The Mahdi will follow the way of the Prophet. He will not wake up a sleeping person or shed blood. No Sunnah will fail to be brought to life, and no bid'at (innovation not sanctioned by the Qur'an) will fail to be eliminated ... (Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rasul Barzanji , Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 163)
As stated in the hadiths, Islamic moral values will prevail over all the world by means of the Mahdi. He will provide just solutions to tensions and disagreements that will be acceptable to all sides, and all problems will be resolved peacefully. The Mahdi will call people to the compassion, patience, goodness and beauty commanded by Islamic moral values and, in this as in all other matters, will represent a role model for people with his superior values and attitudes.
This call of the Mahdi's to people is reported thus in the hadiths:
After performing the evening prayer, he (the Mahdi) will speak in the loudest voice: "O people! I remind you of God. I tell you what your place will be in the presence of God tomorrow, on the day of judgement. God has sent you much evidence and the prophets, He has revealed to you the Qur'an and commanded you to ascribe no partners to God but to maintain your obedience to God and His prophet. Reanimate what is given life by the Qur'an, forbid what is forbidden and assist and support the Mahdi. Because the world is about to experience ill and to come to an end. I call on you to labour with His book, to eliminate superstition and to reanimate the Sunnah'."
(Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, pp. 55-56)
Our Prophet (pbuh) has given notice of the great change that will take place with the coming of the Mahdi:
The world filled with oppression and tyranny WILL OVERFLOW WITH JUSTICE AFTER HE (THE MAHDI) COMES. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar, p. 20.)
Again according to the hadiths, there will be no more enmity or hatred in the time of the Mahdi, and violence and terror will come to an end. Some of the hadiths on this subject read as follows:
Enmity and hatred between people will cease. Scorpions and snakes will not be poisonous, and even children will play with snakes without being bitten… Wolves will be among sheep like sheepdogs. THE WORLD WILL FILL WITH RELIGIOUS UNITY LIKE THE CUP FILLS WITH WATER. Nobody but God will be worshipped. NOTHING WILL BE LEFT OF WARFARE AND CONFLICT. (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Then the Earth will become safe so that LIONS MAY GRAZE WITH CAMELS; TIGERS WITH COWS, WOLVES WITH SHEEP; and so that children may play with snakes without being harmed. (Ibn Ahmad Hanbal)
Harun Yahya views.
Another point by Harun Yahya -
The Mahdi is actually here now, but is concealed. The reason for that concealment is to protect himself from political and other forms of attack by atheists, materialists and deniers.
In my view, the Prophet Jesus has also returned to earth, but he too is hidden. He is obliged to conceal himself because of the terrorist and political attacks he would be exposed to. However, he too will emerge in the very near future and together with the Mahdi will embark upon his intellectual struggle.
03-24-2005, 11:13 PM #2
03-25-2005, 04:57 AM #3
(only reason i put that is because i noticed some people who have posted, which means there are probably more that havnt posted, arent too versed in religion. i try to put a reference to the christianity when i talk about it so people dont get my beliefs mixed up with islams or mormonism or whatever...)
03-25-2005, 05:39 AM #4Originally Posted by max2extreme
I dont think anyone would be confused, about it, its pretty obvious.
No other religion has the concept of the Mahdi.
03-25-2005, 08:17 AM #5
someone not knowledgable who didnt know what the mahdi was wouldnt know. I had no clue what the mahdi was but since im a christian, i knew it wasnt christianity. if you said if i heard about the mahdi, i wouldnt know if it was jewish, islam or satanist even. but only because i know you, i knew it was islam. not a big deal, just tryin to help keep people on the right track with what beliefs each religion has and dont get them mixxed up.
03-25-2005, 08:20 AM #6
Caucasian...........very informative, thanks
08-16-2005, 11:49 AM #7
08-16-2005, 12:22 PM #8Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
08-16-2005, 12:29 PM #9Originally Posted by Mesomorphyl
But there will an ally with Jesus (PBUH) at the end, who will be the Mahdi. I dont think Christianity has an ally of Jesus (PBUH) when he comes back?
08-16-2005, 12:36 PM #10Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
08-16-2005, 04:39 PM #11
Ive heard the man exist, he was jailed as a political prisoneer in Saudia!
08-16-2005, 05:05 PM #12
08-16-2005, 05:33 PM #13
Its amazing to me how people from all over the world create these religions with such complexity and detail. I've always been one to believe in fact and see religion as a figment of our imaginations.
What would our true potential be if we did not rely on one form of savior or another, but just in our inner strength, commitment and determination.
I see this as a dependency, which is the human spirit, to always rely on something or someone for our own redemption.
08-16-2005, 05:39 PM #14Originally Posted by Theatrix
It is human nature to try and understand the things that go on around us. Where science and empiericism fail to explain, we make shit up.
Good post BTW.
08-16-2005, 07:03 PM #15
Good post Causasian ............. Alhamdulillah !
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