Imam Mahdi: What every Muslim should know…
Hadhrat Ali (Radiallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Even if only a day remains for Qiyamah to come, yet Allah will surely send a man from my family who will fill this world with such justice and fairness, just as it initally was filled with op-pression.” (Abu Dawood)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radiallhu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “This world will not come to an end until one person from my progeny does not rule over the Arabs, and his name will be the same as my name.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left (before the day of judgment, Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person from my Ahlul-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will fill the earth with peace and justice as it will have been full of injustice and tyranny (by then).”
Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radiallahu anhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Al- Mahdi will be from my progeny. His forehead will be broad and his nose will be high. He will fill the world with justice and fairness at a time when the world will be filled with oppression. He will rule for seven years.”
Other ahadeeth inform us that Imaam Mehdi will be tall, with a fair complexion with facial features similar to those of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). His character will be exactly like that of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). His father’s name will be Abdullah his mother’s name will be Aamina. He will speak with a slight stutter and occasionally this stutter will frustrate him causing him to hit his hand upon his thigh. His age at the time of his emergence will be forty years.
His Emergence and Rule
Hadhrat Umme Salmah (Radiallahu anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ” After the death of a ruler there will be some dispute between the people. At that time a citizen of Madina will flee (from Madina) and go to Makkah. While in Makkah, certain people will approach him between Hajrul Aswad and Maqaame Ibraheem, and forcefully pledge their
allegiance to him.
Thereafter a huge army will proceed from Syria to at-tack him but when they will be at Baida, which is be-tween Makkah and Madina, they will be swallowed into the ground.
On seeing this, the Abdaals of Shaam as well as large numbers of people from Iraq will come to him and pledge their allegiance to him. Then a person from the Quraish, whose uncle will be from the Bani Kalb tribe will send an army to attack him, only to be overpowered, by the will of Allah. This (defeated) army will be that of the Bani Kalb. Unfortunate indeed is he who does not receive a share from the booty of the Kalb. This person (Imam Mahdi) will distribute the spoils of war after the battle. He will lead the people according to the Sunnat and dur-ing his reign Islam will spread throughout the world. He will remain for seven years (since his emergence). He will pass away and the Muslims will perform his Janazah salaat.” (Abu Dawood)
According to a Hadeeth, Sayidena Eesa (Alayhis salaam) will lead the Janaazah of Imam Mahdi (Alayhi salaam).
While the people will be pledging their allegiance to Imaam Mahdi, a voice from the unseen will call out:
“This is the representative of Allah, The Mahdi, listen to him and obey him”
This announcement which will be heard by all those pre-sent will establish his authenticity.
Hadhrat Abu Umamah (Radiallahu anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans. The fourth agreement will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadhrat Haroon (Alayhi salaam) and will be upheld for seven years.”
The people asked: “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), who will be the Imaam of the people at the time?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “He will be from my progeny and will be forty years of age. His face will shine like a star and he will have a black spot on his left cheek. He will don two “Qutwaani” cloaks and will appear exactly as a person from the Bani Israeel.
According to hadith narrated by Abu Saeed Khudri (Radiallahu anhu) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “…(regarding the rule of Imaam Mahdi) the skies will rain down in abundance and the earth will yield forth its crop in abundance, and those alive will desire that those who have already passed away should have been alive to enjoy this prosperity…” (Tirmidhi)
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Dajjal: What every Muslim should know…