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The Appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the Coming of the Prophet Jesus (as)

“On the basis of the hadiths regarding the Messiah and Hazrat Mahdi (as) and of the conviction of the Community, it may be said that belief in the return to earth of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is an expression of trust and confidence in our Prophet (saas).” 1


Hazrat Mahdi (as) Will Be Descended from Our Prophet (saas)

“It will be appropriate to cite examples of two hadiths regarding Hazrat Mahdi (as): ‘Hazrat Mahdi (as) is from us, from the Ahl al-Bayt (family of the Prophet (saas)). Allah will bestow victory upon him in one night. Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one of the sons of Fatima (ra).’(Ibn Majah, al-Fitan, 34; Darimi, Mahdi, 1). ‘Even if but one day were to remain to the end of this world, Allah will send a person from the Ahl al-Bayt to fill this world full of oppression with justice instead.’ (Ahmad ibn Hanbal, II, 117-118).

As the work of His mercy, Almighty Allah, at times of degeneration in the community (when Muslim communities have degenerated), has sent a restorer (who purifies), a mujaddid (one who revives faith to its original), a glorious caliph (a spiritual leader of Islamic community), a qutb al-azam (who is the greatest leader in faith of his time, a spiritual pole), and a perfect teacher (superior guide), or a kind of Mahdi to eliminate this degeneration (prevent sedition) and to restore the faith of the ummah and preserve the religion of Islam.

Bediuzzaman who cites as an example such figures as Mahdi al-Abbasi (used as a comparison for successful people) in the political sphere, and Ghaus-ul-Azam (Abd al-Qadir Jilani, the greatest scholar of his time), Shah Naqshbandi (Muhammad Bahauddin, founder of the Naqshbandi order), aqtab al-arbaa (the people known as the four great Sunni scholars) and the 12 imams (the 12 caliphs descended from the line of Hazrat Ali (ra)) in the spiritual sphere, and says,  “Since the law of Allah operates in this way, He will definitely send a luminous person at the time of the grievous mischief of the End Times as the greatest mujtahid (jurist who makes pronouncements when needed on the basis of verses and hadiths), the greatest mujaddid (reviver), also a ruler and Mahdi, a teacher (who guides people), and qutb al-azam (greatest religious leader of the time), and that person will be descended from the Ahl al-Bayt (the family of the Prophet [saas]).”Bediuzzaman also answers the claims that the hadiths about Hazrat Mahdi (as) are weak (of doubtful authenticity,) and says, “Is there any matter that cannot be related to in some books? Some scholars have reported with destitution that even such a great hadith scholar as Ibn Jawzi narrated some trustworthy hadiths as doubtful. Every weak or doubtful hadith does not necessarily mean that it conveys a wrong message.”2
 

After the Yoke Has Been Placed on the Ground

“We all have a very powerful hope along with our people. We trust in the Messenger of Allah (saas). The lord of the universe, the Prophet (saas) who at the head of the Ummah commanded the Companions (ra) has long since given us the glad tidings that after the yoke was placed on the ground (after being in despair) it would be lifted in the End Times. The Messenger of Allah (saas) has said that ‘La ilaha illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah’ [faith] will be restored to life, revived and will bear fruit across the entire world, and in this he told the truth.”3

 

The Young Man We Await

“In speaking of the Conqueror; how lovely is that commander, a young commander aged 21-22. He sacrificed from his physical and spiritual feelings of manifestation. The great ruler was of the age of THE YOUNG MAN we await who will protect the values of the Qur’an in the 20th century.”4

 

313 People

“The number of people who defied the world at Badr was 313. I read their names in entering your presence in important places like reading the names of the angels, I hope for intercession and then enter your presence. A person who was at Badr is so great in my understanding. Why great? Because they are nar-i beyza [white light] from head to toe. If there were 313 men like white light today, it is possible to have the dominion of the world, we hope, insha’Allah, that this vineyard, this garden, this orchard will produce these 300, these 313 people.”5

It is narrated in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have 313 followers.
 

It is narrated from Muhammad ibn Hanafi that: “Their numbers are those of the people of Badr. In the same way that those who went before could not surpass them, those who come after will not be able to catch them. Their numbers are the number of those who crossed the river with SAUL.” (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 57)
 

He will defy those around with 313 people under his command, like the soldiers at the battle of Badr, because these 313 people will worship at night and be heroes by day. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 169)

 

There Is No Possibility of Denying the Hadiths about Hazrat Mahdi (as)

“In the four revered books of hadiths in the Al-Kutub As-Sittah; in al-Hakim’s Mustadrak, in al-Bayhaqi and in al-Tabarani there are hadiths regarding the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) that cannot possibly be denied. Bukhari and Muslim Sharif not only refer to this individual who will come by name, but they mention someone who will come and fill the world with justice.
The same person referred to in Bukhari and Muslim is revealed to bear the name “Muhammad” in the others, or by the Prophet (saas) saying, “He will bear my name. There is exactly an agreement.”6

 

When Those Suited to the Matter Come

“Glorious Muslim, I have drawn your attention to things that need to be said with various examples in order for you to advance and not to falter in this most holy duty, and I have sought to provide you means, and there is no need to admit this again. I am not the one whose work this is; we will continue this work, together with people like me, until he comes, that is how it appears. We will abandon this work when the right one comes, we are not those most suited to it. The ones who are merited will be the real interpreters of the truth and what is right and will restore our dead hearts to life. I hope for this with a mature sincerity, I await this from my Lord, but we shall continue to speak of it until that day.”7

 

NOT­ES

1) From the article, Where is the Messiah? Who is Hazrat Mahdi (as)? http://tr.fgulen.com/a.page/eserleri/kirik.testi/a12729.html

2) http://tr.fgulen.com/a.page/eserleri/akademi.yazilari/2000.akademileri/a2290.html)

3) Ruh Ufku Serisi, 1st CD, Toward the Light, 7th cassette, Nil Yapımcılık A.Ş.

4) Ruh Ufku Serisi, 1st CD, The World of Our Hearts Conference, 1st Cassette, Nil Yapımcılık A.Ş.

5) Ruh Ufku Serisi, 5th CD, Justice Assembly Conference, 2nd cassette, Nil Yapımcılık A.Ş.

6) Conversations, Series B, 14th cassette, 1979

7) Conversations, Performance, 11th cassette, 11 January 1980

 

HEKIMOGLU ISMAIL (Omer Okcu)

In the same way that officials and soldiers have positions and ranks, so every Muslim has a spiritual position and rank. Omniscient Allah knows this. In fact, Allah, the Omniscient, bestows these positions and ranks. The All Knowing Allah reveals some of His Knowledge to some of His servants and these people are know as “ahl al-kashf” (the people of kashf) or popularly as workers of wonders. Wali [saint] is a general title given to them.

Not every guide can work wonders, and there are many guides unaware of their own spiritual rank. In order for the marvelous things a person does to be regarded as wonders, that person has to live in compliance with the Sunnah. Marvels produced by people who do not live in compliance with the Sunnah are known as “istihraj” [deductions], and these have nothing to do with wonders.

“Karamat” [working wonders]; if the means of service of a person who serves Islam are restricted in some way, his persistence in that service (by Allah’s blessing) as a marvel is intended for him to strengthen the devotion of the people around him to Islam.

And there is also “ikram” [great blessing]. It appears to be like a wonder, but is not. For example, a religious Teacher answers a question of someone without actually being asked. The person concerned then says, “He read my mind,” but the Teacher will know that this is “a great blessing of Allah” and he will give thanks for it. But he will not become proud and will not and must not regard himself as a worker of wonders...

Allah says He will sustain Islam until the Day of Judgment and sends servants to serve His religion; and they serve Islam.

People who serve Islam have various spiritual ranks. But the rank of Mahdi is the greatest of them all. In the same way that a general who wins a battle is promoted to field-marshal, so a guide who struggles against the Bediuzzaman is raised to the rank of Mahdi. So we must look for Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the time of the Bediuzzaman. But recognizing Hazrat Mahdi (as) or not is not as important as people imagine.

Since it is certain through the hadiths, the rank of Mahdi must not be denied.

But not recognizing him does not require responsibility. Because everyone who abides by the Sunnah is Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) follower. But if someone who is close beside and sees Hazrat Mahdi (as) every day does not abide by the Sunnah, then he is in fact far removed from Hazrat Mahdi (as) spiritually and this world and the Hereafter will both be hell for him.

Our Prophet (saas) suffered great hardships for the salvation of mankind. Those who approach our Prophet (saas) in terms of his rank, also come close to him in terms of suffering, in other words suffer much hardship. But the most eminent figure of the End Times cannot be killed.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do the exact opposite of the antichrist. The antichrist confuses truth with superstition, but Hazrat Mahdi (as) will distinguish between truth and superstition.He will show the truth as truth and superstition as superstition. The antichrist is a liar and deceives people. Hazrat Mahdi (as) tells what is right, the truth.The antichrist disseminates sin. Hazrat Mahdi (as) prohibits people from sin and leads them to enjoin the Sunnah. The antichrist depends (relies on, trusts) on diplomas, status, position and political power. He has much treasure. Hazrat Mahdi (as) depends on none other than Allah. He has no material power. He may have no diplomas, money, status, position or financial and military strength.Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do much despite the lack of means available to him, so that his supporters learn, understand and live by Islam by seeking refuge in Allah (against all the means of the antichrist).

In the same way that a gendarme officer who trusts the state can round up a whole village on his own, so every believer who can be a (spiritual) soldier of Allah can defy all forms of irreligion. Therefore, the most noteworthy element in Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) work is his lack of physical means, or his bestowing no worth on physical means.Physical means are aims, not ends in themselves. The aim is divine approval of Allah.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will bring about Islamic Union and will bring all Muslims together.If a person bears a sign of being a Muslim, he will rule that he is a believer. He will look at everyone in terms of faith. Because being a believer means to have faith. According to the Qur’an, “Believers are brothers.” Hazrat Mahdi (as) will base himself upon that verse, regard believers as brothers and advance toward Islamic Union.

A believer is one who has faith and a Muslim is one who lives by Islam.

Therefore, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will support the members of all sacred religions against the tide of irreligion.On the one hand, he aspires a billion Muslims will seek to rise up as one nation, and on the other hand he will make agreements with the Christians and seek to prevent the spread of irreligion and to protect Muslims and even Christians against it.

That being the case, the place of the antichrist is irreligion, and that of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is religion. Therefore, irreligion will clash (spiritually) with religion with all their might in the End Times; Islam will survive until the Day of Judgment. The Day of Judgment will not fall while a single believer remains. The Day of Judgment will break on the heads of the unbelievers, and that is why believers must persist in their faith.

There will be a price to pay for being a Muslim at the time of the antichrist, this condition is tribulation. But tribulations do not stem from religious devotion alone. All kinds of disasters may strike one, such as going mad, being crippled, suffering a traffic accident, having cancer, going broke or being dismissed. Only one tribulation is due to having “religious devotion”, and that is a possibility, whether it comes or not ... It is irrational to have no fear of a hundred potential disasters and to only fear one that may come because of being “religious.”

In the same way that thousands of problems are solved with the laws of physics, every verse of the Qur’an and every hadith is also a law, and many economic, administrative and governmental problems can be resolved with them. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will open the way of this and reveals the boundless meanings of the Qur’an.

The Holy Qur’an is itself a miracle. It is such a miracle that it turns people capable of all forms of evil away from committing evil and leads them to do all kinds of goodness instead.

This will be apparent in the supporters of Hazrat Mahdi (as). The Qur’an addresses all kinds of people in all ages and has made this world and the Hereafter a Paradise for them. In the same way that everyone picks those fruits he can reach, so everyone can benefit from the Qur’an. The supporters of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will include people of all ages and all cultures.

At times when man-made ideas spread, the Qur’an imposes its superiority over all ideas and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will answer all unanswered questions with definitive evidence.

Allah, Who creates the people that make computers, has programmed some of His servants’ brains in such a way as to answer unanswered questions. This will reach the highest peak in the person of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

At a time when they draw Muslims with all their means away from Islam, the Holy Qur’an will tear down the walls around it and impose its own dominion. Some people will look at the superior moral values of Muslims and form their own contentment on the truth of the Qur’an... Some people will strengthen their faith with the verses of the Qur’an and by seeing their harmony and propriety. And some people will be amazed at the profound meaning of the verses and turn away from superstitious movements and toward the true faith.

These things will be much seen in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

It was our Prophet (saas) who first told people of and interpreted the Holy Qur’an. When he would tell people about Islam in the House of Al-Arqam, he said nothing about the Persian and Byzantine Empires, the super powers of the day, and he read and discussed no book other than the Qur’an. The Companions (ra) who learned about Islam called everything not conforming to Islam superstitious, and drew strength from Islam and so Empires of Islam were raised on their spiritual shoulders.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear like a chief physician in his own day, and will diagnose the sickness.He will say that the cure lies in the Holy Qur’an. In the same way that a prescription tells us what medicine to take and the instructions say how it should be used... Every verse is a medicine.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear at a time of spiritual sickness among Muslims, and he will tell them what verse will solve what problem. And Muslims will begin to turn to the right path and will be cured. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will direct everyone’s attention to the Holy Qur’an, to the hadiths and to the book of the universe that is compatible with human nature. He will so abide by the Sunnah that he will bring the humility of the Prophet (saas)’s way of living to his own age and will seek to be a role model for Muslims in all ways. Those who still seek to slander him will say, “He thinks he is the Prophet (saas).” 

They will seek to discourage Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) supporters by disparaging his mortal person. But in the same way they will be unable to harm him, so they will be unable to harm his supporters. Any harm arising will be negligible beside the giant scale of their services.

The Qur’an is our Prophet’s (saas) greatest miracle. And the greatest miracle of the Qur’an is our Prophet (saas). The way that the Qur’an addresses people of all kinds of knowledge and in all times, even though our Prophet (saas) could not read and write, is significant evidence that it is the word of Allah. It is a miracle of the Qur’an how our Prophet (saas) came to have the loftiest moral values through adopting the moral values of the Qur‘an. Saintly figures, masters, imams and scholars produced over the last 1400 years have spiritually signed up to the dominion of Islam. The significance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will arise from his following the Sunnah and being virtuous. The moral virtues of his supporters will baffle the supporters of the antichrist. Many people tired of immorality will repent and line up alongside Hazrat Mahdi (as). Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one person, but his supporters will grow apace in numbers, and everyone will be amazed by this.

In the same way we have metaphysics, we also have metachemistry, metabiology and even metahistory. Researchers know that historic events are not random and do not happen by coincidence. Events may give rise to great men, or great men may give rise to great events... At the end of the day, in the same way that man cannot be his own work, neither can events come about spontaneously. Whoever created the atmosphere is He Who also created storms, and it is Allah Who does not let storms blow above a certain speed and Who rules the entire universe. Events of all kinds take place and serve within the order of the universe. There is order even in great disorder.

Events draw a time frame as they take place in the course of time. In other words, the number of events does not rise or fall over time. We can take the 14th Hijri century as an example, and the 15th century, so we can understand them both as 2 different periods.

We entered Hijri 1300 in 1882. Thus the 14th Hijri century began and continued until 1979. Let us now have a look at the personages who appeared on Earth in the 14th century. Your knowledge of history will remind you of what they did.

Soldiers such as the British Montgomery (1887), scientists such as Einstein (1879-1955), physicians such as Freud (1856-1939), novelists such as Russia’s Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) and spies like Britain’s Lawrence of Arabia (1888-1935) all played major roles in the 14th century.

These are people who took their places on the stage of history and strove with all their might against their opponents. They caused very great events to happen or played a role in very great events... By the 1980s we saw no more leaders dragging masses of people in their wake, as if suns were sunk and only stars remained. Because in 1980, we entered the 15th Hijri century. We were at the beginning of the century. The important figures of that century were still just children or in their youth... But the year two thousand is very important.The odd thing is that both the right and the left attach great importance to the millennium. Both sides have felt the force of events to come.

When these lines were being written, there was a struggle between capitalism and socialism, even in the Islamic world. One wonders if Islam will appear on the stage of history in terms of economics, governance or culture in year 2000?

As a matter of fact, the importance of the year 2000 goes beyond that: Either Islam will appear at the point of DOMINION or else people will lose their humanity and long for the Day of Judgment with all their hearts.Because near to the Day of Judgment, even the most evil person will long for the Day of Judgment, and the world will become uninhabitable because of evil people. People who abandon Islam do very little in the name of good but they accomplish big things in the name of evil... That is why people have lost their humanity and are so wretched.

Allah, Who gave order to the universe, has sent the order that is Islam for people. In the same way the Day of Judgment comes when the order of the universe will break down, so the Day of Judgment comes when the order of those people who do not belong to Islam will break apart.

But everyone must look to his own day of reckoning, his own death, before the Day of Judgment. Everyone will pass through the door of the tomb and be judged in the palace of the Hereafter and have to account for his own life. Sinners will go to hell, and those without sin, or who are forgiven, will go to Paradise. European civilization has impaired people’s beliefs and eliminated belief in the Hereafter. Architects unaware of their selves’ architecture have been produced, and the number of engineers unaware of their selves’ engineer has grown. Since people think that everything they do is for their own profit in such a materialistic world, people have turned out to be wolves against one another. Belief in the Hereafter ensures that people are beneficial to one another, but how is that belief to be instilled? From that perspective, people preoccupied with the millennium and the Day of Judgment must not forget themselves, their death and the Hereafter if our world is to recover. (Hekimoglu Ismail (Omer Okcu), Musluman ve Para (Muslim and Money), Timas Publications, March 2005, (Türdav Publications, 1st edition, 1978)

 

HUSEYIN HILMI ISIK

“THE MAHDI:”
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come to Earth in the End Times. He will be descended from the Messenger of Allah (saas). He will meet with the Prophet Jesus (as), do away with schools of religious thought, leaving only his own, he will take over all places, there will be justice everywhere, the Companions of the Cave will waken and leave the cave, and they will be the followers of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

Some naive people refer to some people they imagine to be great as Hazrat Mahdi (as). The Messenger of Allah (saas) has revealed the portents of Hazrat Mahdi (as). There are some two hundred portents in Ibn Hajar al-Haytami al-Makki’s book (Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar - Portents of Awaited Mahdi) and in that of Jalaluddin as-Suyuti (Al-Burhan - The Evidence). Volume 2, page 297 of the Al-Futuhat al-Islamiyya says: “The awaited Mahdi will be descended from the line of Hazrat Fatima.” He will appear in Mecca. At that time, Muslims will be without a caliph (they will not have a spiritual leader). He will be made caliph (spiritual leader), albeit unwillingly. (The date of his appearance, his age and lifespan are uncertain). The fact that there will be no successor (spiritual leader) when Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears and that those who declare themselves to be Hazrat Mahdi (as) are not actually so can be seen from this.

It is stated in several hadiths that “There will be a cloud around the Mahdi’s head. An Angel from the cloud will say: This is the Mahdi, listen to his words!” In one hadith it is stated that “Of the people whose names you have heard, four people have ruled the world. Two were believers, and two were unbelievers. The two believers were Dhu’l-Qarnayn (as) and Solomon (as). The two unbelievers were Nimrod and Nebuchadnezzar. The fifth ruler of the world will be one of my children, the Mahdi.” In another hadith it is stated that: “Before the Day of Reckoning, Almighty Allah will create one of my children, whose name is like mine and whose father’s name is like my father’s name, and he will fill the world with justice. The world will be filled with oppression before him, but will be filled with justice in his time.”

In another hadith it is stated that:

“The People of the Cave will be Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) followers, and Jesus (as) will descend from the sky in his time. Jesus (as) will be with Hazrat Mahdi (as) in his struggle against the antichrist. In the time of his reign, and contrary to all other times and calculations, there will be an eclipse of the Sun on the fourteenth day of Ramadan and of the Moon on the first night.”

Therefore, let them be honest, did these signs exist or not in that man who died (and in the people they ignorantly imagined to be Hazrat Mahdi [as])? The Speaker of Truth (saas) has provided many more signs of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

In his book “Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar,” Ibn Hajar al-Haythami has listed nearly 200 signs of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). How ignorant are those who imagine that others are Hazrat Mahdi (as) when the signs of Hazrat Mahdi (as) whose coming is foretold are in the open. May Almighty Allah permit them to see the truth! (The portents of Hazrat Mahdi (as) are also reported in Jalaluddin as-Suyuti’s book al-'Arf al-Wardi fi Akhbar al-Mahdi, p. 60-61)

In letter 68, Vol. 2, of his “Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih,” Imam Rabbani says that in the hadith it is said that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not come until heresy enfolds the world and until heresy and the unbelievers are everywhere. From this it can be seen that denial and heresy will spread all over before the coming of the Hazrat Mahdi (as), and that Muslims and Islam will be fragmented.(H. Hilmi Isik, Eternal Happiness, p. 350)
 

MAWDUDI

… But it is a fact that a mujaddid [reviver] who will establish the sovereignty of Allah all over the world will come.It makes no difference when this happens soon or very much later as he is the Imam Mahdi clearly described in the hadiths of the Prophet (saas).Various signs regarding him have been personally revealed by our Prophet (saas).

These signs have been set out by Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and in other books of hadiths. We would like to relate just one of these accounts here.

We believe that whenthe Imam Mahdi comes he will be the most ideal commander and leader of the time.By ideal I mean thathe will be someone who knows all the facts of the age, who possesses a complete executive ability. I fear that the first to reject him will be none other than the conservative ulama [Muslim scholar] class and some Sufis.Because they will see that this person has nothing to do with Hazrat Mahdi (as) in their minds.

When Hazrat Mahdi (as) comes, he will seek to cleanse all the filth of the system of ignorance from Muslims’ thoughts and beliefs and will reveal Islam in the purest form. He will strive to prevail Islam in all spheres. He will have no claim or case of his own, nor any constituted by himself. The system of ignorance will not hold back in the face of this and will strive with all its might to make “fallacious” prevail. Yet with the help of Allah, Muslims will emerge victorious from this great struggle for the truth and will vanquish the system of ignorance.

All Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) endeavors for the true cause will be a means whereby Islam comes to rule, and an Islamic order will be established all over the world. It is wrong to think of this dominion of Islam solely in terms of a form of administration. Because, the dominion of Islam will take place in all spheres. At the end of this “everyone on earth and in the sky will be content,” as it is stated in the hadith.

As Muslims, we wish to see the dominion of Islam. We may or may not see it; that is not what is important. What matters is to strive and labor to that end. If we imagine the commander of the final victory in our minds, we will see that there is no similarity between the imam of such a victory and the imam imagined by the public. It is beyond power not to be amazed at those who are astonished at the belief in the coming of such a leader…(Mawdudi, A Short History of the Revivalist Movements in Islam, pp. 52-55)

 

MAHMUD ESA’D COSAN

… I told some of my friends: “Look, Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one of the portents of the End Times, and he will appear. People living in his day must go to him and be his follower, even crawling over ice!...”

“… We all of us have love for Hazrat Mahdi (as). We all wish to bind ourselves to Hazrat Mahdi (as)…” (Mahmud Esa’d Cosan, Guncel Meseleler [Current Issues])

Abu Sa`id al-Khudri (ra) relates from Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (ra) and Baverdi (ra). It is a matter set out in many hadiths with several witnesses. I shall set it out in brief. "O community of Muhammad (saas), Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come, hear the glad tidings.” Hear the glad tidings of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), for such a Mahdi will come. What kind of person will come? "One from my family, from my line, someone from the tribe of the Quraysh." There are accounts he will be from the line of Hazrat Fatima (ra). There are other accounts. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear when Muslims are in dispute with one another and when they are rocked by spiritual earthquakes and are much in conflict with one another. He will rule the world and fill it with justice and truth. Before he establishes this rule, the world will be full of cruelty, harshness and oppression, but he will change that and fill it with truth and justice. Cruelty and oppression will vanish. He will be so liked, people will like him so much and be so content with him that even entities in the sky, angels and birds, and people and animals on the earth will be content with his reign. He will hand out goods unrestrainedly. They asked what unrestrainedly means. And he answered, “without limit.“ It means he will hand them out equally, treating nobody unfairly, handing goods out liberally. Everyone will have possessions and property through that generosity of the Mahdi‘s. He will fill the hearts of the community of Muhammad, of Muslims. Riches of the heart will come to Muslims. Everyone’s heart and eye will be satisfied. There will be no more greed or thirst for possessions. He will give to all, plentiful goods such that nobody will have any more greed, in other words, he will satisfy them with that justice. Because plenty will come with that justice. He will hasten to the assistance of all and will leave none behind. This generosity and justice will embrace all. And it will be such that he will tell a herald to announce that anyone in need should come to him.

Even though he declares that, nobody will come because everyone will be satisfied and possess their own goods. And nobody will come. Only one man will come and ask for goods. He [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will say, go to the minister in charge of my treasury, the person in charge of goods, the civil servants who hands them out, and ask him. And he will go. He will go and say that he was sent by Hazrat Mahdi (as). I asked him, and he sent me to you. He sent me so you can give me things, so you must give me some. At that, the civil servant in charge of those goods will say, here you are ... He will be given so much he will not be strong enough to carry it. He will have filled his robe and his pockets and be unable to carry it all. He will then cast some of it away. As he cannot carry it. He will cast away what he cannot carry, and throw it away until he can carry what remains. He will leave the rest behind, there wil be so much of it. He will then leave the treasury, the place where the goods were given to him, with them. But he will be regretful. Would it not be better for me the most devout of heart of the Ummah of Muhammed? Why am I so greedy. Why did I come here. Everyone was invited to come and take things away, but nobody came. Everyone apart from me stayed away. Only I came. And he will regret it. Our Prophet (saas) thus describes that abundance. In this way, this excellent state of affairs, this plenty and abundance will last for 6-7 or 9 years. There are other accounts. Almighty Allah will confirm Hazrat Mahdi (as) with 3000 angels. They will eliminate his opponents. There are accounts saying he will be 30-40 years old. There is this sentence about what he will do after: He will then die, and Muslims will then pray for him. He is someone with excellent qualities. After that, disasters will manifest themselves. After that, life will not be pleasant. This hadith reveals that this will happen because evils multiply. Our Prophet (saas) revealed the future coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) from his own century. This is one of the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) that reliable foretell the future state of the world, and one group is... (From conversations with Prof. Dr. Esad Cosan)

In this hadith, our Prophet (saas) tells us about Hazrat Mahdi (as). Black flags will come from the direction of Khorasan. Black flags will come from Khorasan. Join them if you see them. Join them even if you have to crawl. Because he is the successor of Allah, the Mahdi. The coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is known to be one of the portents of the Day of Resurrection. This is the Mahdi, and he will come from the direction of Khorasan. He will have black banners and Muslims must join him. Khorasan is an area in the northeast of Iran. He will be from the line of the Messenger of Allah (saas). He will bear his name, and his father will bear his father’s name.  (From conversations with Prof. Dr. Esad Cosan)
 


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