In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The coming of the promised Mahdi is amongst the ‘major’ signs of the Hour as prophecised in Truth by the Last and Final Messenger of Allah (saws).
Regarding all the advents of events of the past, present, and the future, we believe with certainty only in what is said by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran, and what is recorded in the authentic narrations of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Although the Holy Quran is silent on this issue, there are several authentic hadiths where the Messenger of Allah (saws) has prophesized the advent of a Righteous Ruler near the end of time, who will unite the believers and rule the world according to the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah. If we combine the hadiths, they reveal that this righteous person will be from amongst the descendants of the Prophet (saws), and his name will be similar to the Last Messenger of Allah (saws) and he will be known as Al-Mahdi or the Rightly Guided. The scholars have opined that his name will be either Mohamed ibn Abdulla, or Abdulla ibn Mohamed. The era of the anti-Christ and Liar Ad-Dajjal, and the descent of Prophet Isa (a.s.) from the heavens, will also take place during the time of Imam Mahdi (a.s.).
We absolutely and positively believe in the advent of this Righteous Ruler near the end of time called Imam Mahdi (a.s.); because the Prophet of Allah (saws) told the believers about his coming and reign…..and Allah is our witness brother, the Prophet Mohamed (saws) spoke naught of his own desire but related in Truth whatever he received by inspiration from his Lord Most Majestic, Most Supreme!
There are several hadiths recorded regarding the era of Imam Mahdi (a.s.), as narrated from the Messenger of Allah (saws). Here are some of them:
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4272 Narrated by AbuSa’id al-Khudri
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
The Mahdi will be of my stock, and will have a broad forehead a prominent nose. He will fill the earth will equity and justice as it was filled with oppression and tyranny, and he will rule for seven years.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5455 Narrated by AbuSa’id al-Khudri
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in the course of the story about the Mahdi, that a man would come to him and say,
“Give me, give me, Mahdi,” and he would pour into his garment as much as he was able to carry.
Tirmidhi transmitted it.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 6278 Narrated by Ja’far as-Sadiq
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Rejoice and rejoice again. My people are just like the rain, it not being known whether the last or the first of it is better; or it is like a garden from which a troop can be fed for a year, then another troop can be fed for a year, and perhaps the last troop which comes may be the broadest, deepest and finest. How can a people perish of which I am the first, the Mahdi the middle and the Messiah the last? But in the course of that there will be a crooked party which does not belong to me and to which I do not belong.”
Razin transmitted it.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4271 Narrated by Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The Mahdi will be of my family, of the descendants of Fatimah.