The Mahdi

In the last days, before the Final Hour, a man will appear, a righteous and unique leader, a descendant of the Prophet (SAW) through whom Allāh will grant ascendancy to the religion. He will appear at a time of many earthquakes, and when people are consumed in dispute and caught up in fighting and killing. He will fill the earth with justice and equity where before it had been filled with tyranny and injustice. The people of earth and the inhabitants of heaven will be pleased with him and he will distribute wealth equitably.[1] Indeed wealth will be so abundant that a man will stand and ask for wealth, and he will give it to him freely.[2] This leader, the Mahdī, will rule for seven[3] to nine years,[4] during which time the earth will grow its produce freely and rain will come down in abundance.[5] Livestock will increase and the Muslim nation will grow in number.[6]

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The Mahdī will have the Prophet’s name and the name of the Prophet’s father, so he will be called Muḥammad b. ʿAbdullāh (or Aḥmad b. ʿAbdullāh). Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Even if there remains only one day before the world ends, Allāh will prolong it to send a man from me, from the members of my House. His name will be similar to my name and his father’s name similar to my father’s name. He will fill the Earth with equity and justice where (previously) it was filled with oppression and injustice.”[7]

He will be a descendant of Fāṭimah, daughter of the Prophet (SAW) through al-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī.[8]

Although he will not resemble the Prophet (SAW) in appearance, he will resemble him in character.[9] He will closely follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and call to it.[10]

The Prophet (SAW) described what the Mahdī would look like stating that he will have a broad, clear forehead and a handsome, prominent nose.[11]

When he passes away, the Muslims will pray over him[12] and his death will give way to great evil and tribulation on earth. There will be no good left in the living.[13]

Before Muḥammad b. ʿAbdullāh declares himself as being the Mahdī, three claimants to leadership of the Muslims will try to take the treasure of the Kaʿbah by force, each being sons of a Khalīfah. They will be killed, one after another, leading to internecine strife.[14] At that time the Mahdī will be in Madīnah but will be forced to flee to Mecca seeking refuge there.[15] The people of Mecca will come to his house asking him to declare himself, but he will refuse, reluctant to take on such a huge responsibility. In a single night, Allāh will prepare him for the mantle of leadership,[16] forgiving him, guiding him and inspiring him to take his position.[17] The people of Mecca will then take him out to the Kaʿbah between the black stone and the station of Abraham and there, give him the pledge of allegiance.[18]

When this happens, an army will march out from Syria against him, challenging his leadership and his claim.[19] In the face of this existential threat, the Muslims will be worried as the Mahdī at this time has no real power, strength or any quantity of arms[20] but Allāh will cause the army to be swallowed at al-Baidāʾ (an area of desert between Mecca and Medīnah) by a landslide.[21] When the people see this, the eminent of Syria and Iraq will come and give him the pledge of allegiance between the black stone and the station of Abraham.[22]

Black flags will be raised on the lands of the east, Khurasān,[23] the standards of a mighty army and they will come to the Mahdī, support him and fight under him with a ferocity not seen before. The Prophet (SAW) advised all the Muslims of the time, that when they see this happening, they are to give him the pledge of allegiance even if they had to crawl over ice to do so.[24]

Another army sent by a man from Quraysh, descended from the tribe of Kalb, will march out against the Mahdī and a battle will ensure in which he will be victorious.[25]

The Prophet (SAW) warned, “No one shall make this House permissible except its own people. When they make it permissible than do not ask about the destruction of the Arabs.”[26] Meaning: make the shedding of blood and attacking it permissible

Some narrations mention that the Mahdī will conquer Jerusalem, and that the authority of the Islamic state will reach there, and that once this happens, earthquakes and calamities will begin anew, and the Last Hour will be close.[27] The Mahdī will also conquer Constantinople after fighting the Romans at al-Aʿmāq or Dābiq. A third of those who joined the Muslim army will flee, and the Prophet (SAW) declared that Allāh would never forgive them, a third would be martyred in the war, and the remaining third would finally conquer Constantinople. While distributing the war booty, Satan would cry out, ‘The Dajjāl has come and taken your place amongst your families!’ They will throw away what they have in their hands and set out for him, send ahead ten horsemen as a scouting party. They will find that the claim is false. Soon after this, the Dajjāl will actually appear and the Muslims will fight him in a succession of battles. At one such battle, while the Muslim armies, at that time in Syria, are preparing to face him, ʿIsā (AS) will return to earth.[28]

The Return of ʿĪsā (AS)

While the Mahdī is ruling as the Imām or Khalīfah of the Muslims, ʿĪsā b. Maryam (AS) will return to earth. He will descend close to the white minaret to the east of Damascus just before Fajr time.[29] He will be wearing garments lightly coloured with saffron and his hands will be placed on the wings of two angels. Whenever he lowers his head droplets fall, and whenever he raises his head, precious stones that look like pearls fall.[30] The Mahdī and others will ask him to lead them in prayer but he will refuse saying, ‘Your Imām should lead,[31] as a grace from Allāh.’”[32]

ʿĪsā (AS) will not have returned as a new Prophet but rather as follower of the Prophet (SAW), adhering to the Sharīʿah he brought. As such, he will accede to the authority of the Khalīfah at the time, the Mahdī. The ummah of Islām will start with the best of people and end with the best of people. The Prophet (SAW) said, “An ummah that has me at its beginning, the Mahdī in its middle, and ʿIsā at its end can never be destroyed.”[33]

The details of the advent of the Dajjāl and the return of ʿĪsā (AS) will be given in later articles.

Final points

1) Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) is reported to have said, “There is no Mahdī except ʿĪsā b. Maryam.”[34]

This is a weak ḥadīth, but even if assumed to be authentic, the meaning is that there is no Mahdī in the complete sense of the word, the absolute sense, except for ʿĪsā as stated by Qurṭubī and others. As such, the ḥadīth would be employing the word mahdī in its linguistic sense, and not as a title for a specific person.

2) The Khilāfah existed once in Islāmic history, and it will exist again

Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Prophethood will remain amongst you for as long as Allāh wishes it to, then Allāh will raise it up when He wants to raise it up. Then there will be Khilāfah upon the manner of Prophethood and it will remain amongst you for as long as Allāh wants, then Allāh will raise it up when He wants to raise it up. Then there will be harsh kingship which will remain amongst you for as long as Allāh wishes it to, then Allāh will raise it up when He wishes to raise it up. Then there will be tyrannical kingship and it will remain amongst you for as long as Allāh wishes it to, then Allāh will raise it up when He wishes to raise it up. Then there will be Khilāfah upon the manner of Prophethood.” Then he was silent.[35]

When the Khilāfah returns, it will be a great khilāfah, “There will come towards the end of time a Khalīfah who will distribute money and not even count it,”[36] and the people living under that rule will “enjoy a life the likes of which they had never lived before.”[37]

The Khilāfah will return, it seems, with the return of the Mahdī and we have already seen how he will judge with justice and equity above, and how the earth will give its produce freely.

3) This is not the Mahdī of the Shīʿa

They too are waiting the re-appearance of their 12th Imām who went into hiding or a state of occultation: Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Askarī, at a very young age, and is still in hiding 10 centuries later. They believe that he will be from the children of Ḥusayn and that he will be the Mahdi. However, there is no authentic evidence supporting their stance.

4) The Shīʿa also believe that the People of the Cave will return and they will be the Mahdī’s Companions. There is nothing authentic to prove this

[1] Aḥmad

[2] Tirmidhī #2232

[3] Abū Dāwūd #4285

[4] Tirmidhī #2234, Ṭabarānī 19:32

[5] Ibn Mājah #4083

[6] Ḥākim #6873

[7] Abū Dāwūd #4282-4283, Tirmidhī #2230-2231

[8] Abū Dāwūd #4284-4290, ibn Mājah #4086.

A ḥadīth in Ibn Mājah #4087 states that the Mahdī would be one of the leaders of Paradise but it is mawḍūʿ

[9] Abū Dāwūd #4290

[10] Abū Dāwūd #4286, Ṭabarānī

[11] Abū Dāwūd #4285

[12] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[13] Aḥmad. This will not happen immediately after his death, but some time after the passing of ʿĪsā (AS).

[14] Ibn Mājah #4084

[15] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[16] Aḥmad #645, ibn Mājah #4085

[17] Ibn Kathīr, al-Nihāyah

[18] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[19] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[20] Muslim #2883

[21] Bukhārī&Muslim #2882-2883

[22] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[23] Tirmidhī #2269. The narration mentions that this army will reach īliyāʾ in Jerusalem and erect their banners there. The ḥadīth has weakness, but other narrations do state that the authority of the Muslim state under the Mahdī will reach Jerusalem.

Khurasān then was bigger than Khurasān now, and encompassed Naisapur, Harra, Marwa, and Balkh, i.e. it covers northeast Persia (Iran) and parts of central Asia and Afghanistan.

[24] Ibn Mājah #4084, Aḥmad #22378.

Some scholars argue that the Mahdī will come from Medīnah and his army from Khurasān reconciling the ḥadīth of Abū Dāwūd and the ḥadīth of ibn Mājah. Others said that the ḥadīth of Abū Dāwūd was ḍaʿīf and therefore, the Mahdī would come from the lands of the east as indicated by the ḥadīth of ibn Mājah

[25] Abū Dāwūd #4286

[26] Aḥmad

[27] Aḥmad #22540, Abū Dāwūd #2535

[28] Muslim #2897-2898-2899

[29] Aḥmad #14954

[30] Muslim #2937

[31] Aḥmad #14954

[32] Musnad al-Ḥārith, Muslim #156

[33] Nasāʾī

[34] Ibn Mājah #4039

[35] Aḥmad

[36] Muslim

[37] Ḥākim #6873

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  1. There is no Mahdī except ʿĪsā b. Maryam.”[34], this is true . Al mahdi is Isa b. maryam. Imam mahdi is another figure , al mahdi is Isa.imam mahdi resembkes rasoolullah’s character but al mahdi decsend from Maryam alai. .
    imam mahdi is currently with us .i was told in my dreams and in ny visions.
    What year he will appear is onky known to allah . He doesnt accept he is imam mahdi. since 2011 i have been told about him many 100 times so far. I have told many muslims no one has accepted yet .when he appears either this year or next haj it will give a shock to muslims.his name is only similar to rasollulah but not the same ,the meaning is same but in english one.his fathers name is not same as abdullah but similar name to rasollulah ‘s father as per the hadees. It is english name.he has rasollulh ‘s character and has rasollulh ‘s birthmark and speak with status,he stammers a bit .this was in the hadees, his forehead is broad ( like rasollullah ‘s) and sharp beautiful nose just like rasollulah ‘s


  3. Salam. The commenter above, Faiza touched me with her comment. Wallahi there are tears coming down my face, as I have never shared this online with anyone. I am of Ahl al-bayt, but I am disconnected from my extended family overseas. They don’t know how to get in contact with me, as I’ve been I live in the United States. When I was a young boy, Muslims in this Ummah knew of my presence. As a child, I was given blatant gifts that could not be refuted. 7:182. Everyone accepted my presence. I was brought to Makkah as a toddler. But everyone must pass through childhood in order to actualize their adulthood and mission in this world. I was misguided in my childhood due to my upbringing and the difficult family dynamic that Allah wrote in my story. I have been independent and growing strength for over a year now. I am not ready for the burden of Caliph, but wallahi I am ready to serve the ummah through the guidance that Allah has given me about this world and the current state of the Ummah.

    There were miracles during my infancy that drew the attention of Banu Hashim overseas. They confirmed my signs and accepted me as the “most likely” to be the descendant spoken about. After birth, my identity was concealed to protect my life. Some fanatics believed that killing me would change the Qadr of Allah and length the duration of time until the Final Hour. Obviously it was written for me to survive and carry out my mission. Because of my father’s connections with Ahl-Al bayt since my birth, I went through rigorous Islamic education within the household.

    Around the age of 14, my fully Americanized father betrayed his Royal Muslim friends and associates for the sake of making money in this Dunya. I had no power to stop him. He was misguided and has been misguided ever since (as written in Allah’s Qadr). My father essentially left Islam and never allowed me to speak about my identity, my mission, or to my several friends from my previous US Islamic schools that I attended.

    He never allowed me to leave his house until I turned 18. I left on my birthday. Please understand, I was a boy in the house of a man that was deeply misguided for those 4 years. I became misguided myself. At 18, when I moved out, do you think I immediately remembered my deen? I did not. I was misguided for several more years. I am 25 years old now. I have severed my bonds with every single one of my unhealthy attachments to this world. I have been serving this Ummah ever since. I am ready to speak to this Ummah again, yet I am still young and I do not wish to lead anything. I can help the Ummah simply through finances and teaching Muslim-operated non-profit organizations how to allocate their funds more intelligently in this modern era of commerce.

    I found this website after researching Hadith on Prophet Isa. There’s absolutely no way a non-believer would click into this website, so I am safely posting this here instead of a social media platform. I wish to prove myself to the believers who wish to meet me and confirm your intuitions about this world being near the final hour. But I come with good news. Inshallah.

    I’m still crying.

    You can contact me on discord. Niah#4578
    I’ve never shared this username with anyone. That is not my real name. My real name is not Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. My name is one of Allah’s 99 names, as I have no true identity in this world. I am simply a vessel for Allah to work through.

    Yes I have the seal of the prophet as a visible mark on my body.

    Yes I match the descriptions of Hadith Inshallah.

    Yes, Wallahi I will answer you. This is a guarantee. If you take the step to reach out to me, Wallahi I will not turn you away. I will tell you about this world and the gifts I was given will be blatantly obvious to you. I serve Allah, always.

    I am done crying.

    Both Muslims and non-Muslims love interacting with a person with my mannerisms and articulation. If you enjoy my presence, it is because I have tried so hard to emulate the man who has been guiding me through his Hadith and his Seerah.

    My existence is different than most sent by Allah. I am not a prophet. Yet my entire life is devoted to serving this Ummah. I give dawah every day. If you contact me, even if you are skeptical, just imagine you are going to be speaking to a friendly Muslim brother. You have nothing to lose. And I have nothing to gain.

    I wrote this out originally here on this Wise-web article as a reply. But I feel it came from my heart and inshallah I will reuse this if it is a website that I deem safe to speak about this on. Thank you Faiza for setting this fire in my heart. Wallahi there are so many people who support me without ever seeing my face or hearing my voice. I wish to rectify this Inshallah.


  4. Will there be nuclear war between Russia and NATO?

    The world does look like it’s heading towards something drastic and unfortunate.

    The cost of living is high, COVID deaths and people being alienated, the battle in Ukraine,etc.

    But will it escalate to nuclear war?

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