Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Conversation on A9TV dated December 12th, 2013
Adnan Oktar: Feeling aspiration and love for the system of the Mahdi is a characteristic of Muslims. Even our Prophet (saas) felt a profound love and yearning for the Mahdi back then. He loved Mahdi very deeply and talked about his son with love and affection. The Messenger of God (saas) always spoke about the Mahdi with admiration. The companions of our Prophet (saas) asked him about the Mahdi (pbuh) day and night. Right after each prayer, they used to ask our Prophet (saas) to tell them about the Mahdi. Discourses about the Mahdi, discourses about the End Times were the ones they liked the most. Actually the hadiths related with the End Times were the ones commentated on the most. Here, I am drawing your attention to the points which attracted the attention of the companions the most. What does Fethullah Hodja say? Regarding the hadiths about the Mahdi, he says; "Even the matters regarding the Islamic law have not been related by this many companions." Look, he says the hadiths related by the Companions about the Mahdi are far more than the hadiths related about matters regarding the Islamic law. Companions had a great admiration for the Mahdi; in fact those who abided by the Companions were looking for the Mahdi among their ranks while they were performing their prayers right after our beloved Prophet (saas) passed away. He was constantly being talked about; this was the extent of their admiration. They did not strive to cover it up like it is being done globally with an unprecedented effort right now. The propaganda claiming that "the Mahdi is not going to come" has never been seen before. Yet in the End Times, propaganda claiming that "the Mahdi is not going to come" is being carried out as it has never been seen before in the history of the world. Look, while propaganda was being carried out extensively in the past to state that "the Mahdi is going to come," now an unprecedented propaganda claiming that "the Mahdi is not going to come," is being carried out as it has never been seen in the history of the world, as it has never been seen in the history of Islam.