In Letter 261 of his Letters, Imam Rabbani says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come 1000 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF OUR PROPHET (SAAS), "Between the first and second millennia:”
(Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, vol. 1 , 261st Letter, p. 628)
Here, Imam Rabbani is speaking very clearly and distinctly OF THE TIME AFTER THE DEATH OF OUR PROPHET (SAAS), NOT AFTER HIS OWN DEATH. This statement is significant, because some people MISINTERPRET Imam Rabbani’s statement, “IN OTHER WORDS AFTER THE DEATH OF OUR PROPHET (SAAS),” which is too clear to bear any other interpretation, as actually meaning “after the death of Imam Rabbani.”
These people, uncomfortable with the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), are trying, at least in their own eyes, to put back the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) as far as possible and thus to supposedly win themselves 500-600 years.
The fact is, however,THAT ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT BY IMAM RABBANI ABOVE, INSHA’ALLAH, (BY ALLAH’S WILL) THE PROPHET JESUS (AS) AND HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL COME BETWEEN THE FIRST AND THE SECOND MILLENNIA.