The Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi will come this century

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Part 2 Characteristics of Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the Hadiths (8/20)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Initially not be Recognized by the Great Majority of People

People will See Hazrat Mahdi (as) in Their Homes and on the Streets and will Frequently Watch Him; But They will not Realize He is Hazrat Mahdi (as)

Sadr al-Sayrafi says: I heard from Imam Abu Abdullah Jaffar Sadik that: ... Our modest imam and the owner of this [occultation] [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)], who is deprived of his rights and denied will MOVE AMONG THEM AND WANDER THROUGH THEIR MARKETS AND WALK WHERE THEY WALK. BUT THEY will NOT RECOGNIZE HIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] until Allah lets them to know him, just as with the Prophet Joseph (as). (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 189)

Amr ibn Sa'd relates from Commander of the Faithful Ali ibn Abi Talib (as): "... I swear by Ali's Lord that hujjat [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] will BE UP AND WALK IN THE PATHS OF THIS WORLD, AND will ENTER HOMES AND PALACES, AND will TRAVEL IN THE EAST AND THE WEST OF THIS PLACE, AND HIS WORDS will BE HEARD AND HE will SEE AND GREET THE COMMUNITY, but he will not be known until the promised time and until this voice comes from the sky." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 167 )

Our Prophet (saas) states that in the period prior to the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as), he will frequently be seen among people, that people will see him as they sit in their homes and walking on the streets, and will see images of him and hear his voice on the television and the Internet, that they will hear his name, but that they will still fail to grasp that he is Hazrat Mahdi (as). It is also stated that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will walk among people in the bazaars and markets, but that nobody will recognize him as they do not expect him to be Hazrat Mahdi (as). This information provided in the hadith shows that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be someone who is known, someone with a high profile, whose fame and renown are familiar to all, but that nobody will recognize him by his title of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not Say, "I Am Hazrat Mahdi (as)" But He will Permit Them to Grasp "The Truth of the Mahdi" by Lifting the Fog of Unawareness from Their Eyes

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will never say, "I am Hazrat Mahdi (as)." Allah will reveal him to people through the signs described through the mouth of our Prophet (saas). One of these signs is that "HAZRAT MAHDI (as) IS AGAIN THE PERSON WHO BEST DESCRIBES HAZRAT MAHDI (as)." Hazrat Mahdi (as) will present Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the best possible way, through his work and by his wise and accurate interpretation of the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) and statements of Islamic scholars. One hadith reveals that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be someone who has personal knowledge of the information about the End Times imparted by our Prophet (saas), for which reason he will be the only person best able to interpret the hadith of our Prophet (saas) concerning the End Times:

Abu Bashir says: I heard Imam Muhammad Baqr say: "... He said: When Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears he will follow in the path of the Messenger of Allah (saas). ONLY HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] CAN EXPLAIN THE WORKS OF THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH..." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 191)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will sharpen people's foresight and understanding through these wise accounts. He will not openly say, "I am Hazrat Mahdi (as)." But he will spiritually clear the fog of unawareness in front of people's eyes by indicating the existence and power of Hazrat Mahdi (as), thus enabling them to see "the truth of Hazrat Mahdi (as)." the more Hazrat Mahdi (as) speaks about Hazrat Mahdi (as), the more people will form a definite opinion regarding him and wish to follow him spiritually.

One of the Pieces of Wisdom Behind People's Inability to Recognize Hazrat Mahdi (as) is That He is Under Allah's Protection

BUT ALLAH will HIDE HIM (HAZRAT MAHDI (as) FROM PEOPLE AGAINST THE OPPRESSION, CRUELTY AND WASTE OF PEOPLE'S EARTHLY DESIRES. (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 162)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Initially be Reluctant for His Name to be Known

It appears from the information provided by the hadith of our Prophet (saas) that Hazrat Mahdi's (as) name will not be well-known in the run-up to his coming. The only way for his name not to be well-known is the use of a pseudonym. For that reason, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will conceal his own name in the early days of his activities, and will use another name rather than his own.

Mufaddal ibn Umar says: I was in the presence of Imam Abu Abdullah Jaffar-i Sadik, and there were others with me, too. The imam told us, "NEVER MAKE THE NAME OF HAZRAT MAHDI (as) WELL-KNOWN..." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 174)

Our sheikh Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulayni relates the same hadith: May Allah increase your salvation, WHAT DOES THE IMAM SAY IN THE HADITH ABOUT THE NAME OF HAZRAT MAHDI (as) NOT BEING MADE WELL-KNOWN? "DO NOT MAKE HIS (HAZRAT MAHDI'S (as)) NAME WELL-KNOWN..." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 175)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Visible to People, But Allah will for Long Conceal the Fact That He is Hazrat Mahdi (as)

Almighty Allah will draw a veil between him [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] and other people, and they will see but not recognize him. (Qamal ud-din Vol. 2, p. 351)

Sincere Muslims will Love and Appreciate Hazrat Mahdi (as) and His Followers in Time

... Hazrat Prophet (saas)... said this: Jibril told me that, my Ahl al-Bayt [my Descendants] will be opressed after me. This opression will last until Hazrat Mahdi (as) who is one of them will appear, UNTIL THEIR [HAZRAT MAHDI (as) AND HIS STUDENTS)] GLORY IS EXALTED AND MUSLIM COMMUNITY will UNITE IN LOVING THEM. IN THAT TIME, THOSE WHO REVILE AGAINST THEM will DECREASE, THOSE WHO DO NOT LOVE THEM will BE DENIGRATED AND THOSE WHO PRAISE THEM will INCREASE. [Hidayet Önderleri, Hz. Muhammed Mustafa, (The Pioneers of Salvation, the Prophet Muhammed Mustafa (saas)), 1st Volume, p. 314]

In the End Times; before the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as), Muslims will be subjected to severe oppression, violence and suffering. However people will understand that Hazrat Mahdi (as) has come by the successive manifestation of the portents of the End Times. In this period, the names of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers who are devoted to Allah with sincere faith will begin to be mentioned a lot. Their reputation will spread all around the world. Then Islamic community will slowly begin to unite in loving Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his students. But until then cruelty, oppression and maltreatment against Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will continue and there will be those who slander Him. However in time the number of these people will decrease – except for those who repent and change their intentions – and these people will fall into a despicable and inferior position. The number of people who love and praise Hazrat Mahdi (as) will greatly increase in time.

Hazrat Mahdi's (as) Name and Renown will Constantly Spread before His Coming

One of the important clues in the recognition of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is that "Hazrat Mahdi's (as) name and renown will constantly spread worldwide before his coming." Even if they do not realize that he is Hazrat Mahdi (as), they will , in various ways set out in the hadith, frequently see Hazrat Mahdi (as), hear his voice, learn his ideas, follow his work and activities and make frequent reference to him. The hadith describe this time, when everyone makes frequent reference to Hazrat Mahdi (as), mentions his name, speaks about him and will feel great love and affection for him:

HAZRAT MAHDI (as) will APPEAR AND EVERYONE will SPEAK OF HIM, ABSORB HIS LOVE AND TALK OF NOTHING ELSE. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 33)

When Hazrat Mahdi (as) comes, PEOPLE will EMBRACE HIM WITH LOVE AND AFFECTION. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 37)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) is the most auspicious of people (in his time). His followers and those who swear allegiance to him... will have Gabriel before them and Michael behind. HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] will BE LOVED BY ALL LIVING THINGS. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 58)

Salama Ibn Zufar says: "... HAZRAT MAHDI (as) will APPEAR AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EVIL, CRUELTY AND OPPRESSION, AND WHEN NO PERSON LIVING IN OCCULTATION will BE AS LOVED AND ADORED AS HIM." (Al-Hawi lil-fatawi, Vol. 2, p. 159)

Certain it is that he [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will not appear UNTIL HE IS THE MOST BELOVED OF ALL because of the evils that people face. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 27)

ALLAH will FILL EVERYONE'S HEARTS WITH LOVE OF HIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)]. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 42)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Encounter Difficulty and Hardship

Hazrat Mahdi (as) Being Subjected to Troubles and Difficulties

All of the Messengers sent to warn peoples living far removed from religious moral values and to call them to the true path have been rejected by the peoples to whom they were sent and subjected to various false accusations and slanders. We are told in hadiths that Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will be from Ahl al-Bayt [descended from the line of the Prophet (saas)], will also encounter such troubles and difficulties.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) is among us, one from the Ahl al-Bayt... We are such a household that, for us, Allah preferred the Hereafter over this world. After me, my Ahl al-Bayt will surely be subjected to trouble, abduction and banishment. After me, my Ahl al-Bayt will meet trouble and torment, and be subjected to expulsion. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 14)

The following hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saas) also refers to such a situation, "During the oath of allegiance, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will announce he had been subjected to many injustices and troubles":

... Mahdi (as) will emerge at a time when, one after another, disasters befall people and people lose hope of his appearance. He perform two rakaats of prayer (salat). When he returns from the prayer he says: "People! the Community of Muhammad and especially his Ahl al-Bayt have undergone many troubles and we have undergone suffering and injustice..." (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 55)

The following hadith reveals that Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will spiritually capture Istanbul, and his follower will suffer various troubles before that spiritual conquest, and that these will be eliminated afterward.

Allah will capture Constantinople [Istanbul] through his beloved friends [Hazrat Mahdi (as)]. ... He will lift sickness and sorrow from them. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 181)

Allah has revealed in the Qur'an that many prophets were rejected by their societies, falsely accused of magic and sorcery and subjected to many attacks and much oppression. The messengers remained steadfast in the face of all these attacks and responded to them in the finest manner:

Messengers before you were also denied... (Surat al-An'am, 34)

... We will be steadfast however much you harm us.... (Surah Ibrahim, 12)

But then they turned away from him and said, 'He is an instructed madman!' (Surat ad-Dukhan, 14)

Equally, no Messenger came to those before them without their saying, "A magician or a madman!" (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 52)

But he turned away with his forces, saying, 'A magician or a madman!' (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 39)

He (Pharaoh) said, 'If you take any god other than me, I will certainly throw you into prison.' (Surat ash-Shu'ara', 29)

You who have iman! do not be like those who abused Moses... (Surat al-Ahzab, 69)

They said, 'Build a pyre for him and fling him into the blaze!' (Surat as-Saffat, 97)

Then, after they had seen the Signs, they thought that they should still imprison him for a time. (Surah Yusuf, 35)

... Those who are unbelievers all but strike you down with their evil looks when they hear the Reminder and say, 'He is quite mad.' (Surat al-Qalam, 51)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Subjected to Plots and Slanders From the Unbelievers, Like All the Prophets and True Muslims

Since some people claim that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be a being with extraordinary powers and that he will therefore be invulnerable to tanks, guns and even the atom bomb, they ignore the various troubles that will probably befall Hazrat Mahdi (as) as described in the hadiths. The fact is, however, that our Prophet (saas) has stated in the hadiths that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will resemble the Prophets in various ways and that, like them, he will have to strive against difficulties. Like the Prophets, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be slandered, tested by false allegations, various troubles and afflictions, and will confront all the snares set by the unbelievers. Hadith transmitted from our Prophet (saas) state:

Imam Zayn al-Abidin stated:
"OUR QAIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] will RESEMBLE THE MESSENGERS OF ALLAH IN VARIOUS WAYS. HE will INDIVIDUALLY RESEMBLE NOAH (as), ABRAHAM (as), MOSES (as), JESUS (as), JOB (as) AND MUHAMMAD (SAAS) AND THE OTHER PROPHETS. He will resemble Noah (as) in being long-lived, Abraham (as) in his birth being concealed [at home] and away from the public eye, to Moses (as) in his state of fear [the intensity of dangers directed to Hazrat Mahdi (as); his being face to face to all kinds of danger like murder, plotting, arrest, taking into custody and exile] and his constantly spending his life hiding; to Jesus (as) in people being in conflict about him [some people will say Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come while others will say he will not]; to Job (as) in being delivered to salvation after trouble [Hazrat Mahdi (as) will also suffer many difficulties, diseases and trouble; however just like the Prophet Job (as) he will be saved by Allah's mercy)]; to Muhammad (saas) in his appearing with his sword [our Prophet's (saas) holy relics will be with Hazrat Mahdi (as)]. (Qamal ud-din p. 322, Chapter 31, Hadith no. 3)

Imam Mahdi (as) possesses the FORBEARANCE OF THE PROPHET DAVID (as) and the PATIENCE OF THE PROPHET JOB (as). (Kefaayah al-Asar, p. 43)

All the Prophets have been tested with various difficulties, flase accusations and sicknesses. All them have been subjected to the pressure and snares of the deniers. The deniers have sought to kill them, and they have been called "sorceres" and even "mad." When our Prophet (saas) read them the Qur'an, they said that "He is quite mad." (Surat al-Qalam, 51) the Prophet Hud (as) was accused of being "a fool and a liar." (Surat al-A'raf, 66) the Prophet Joseph (as) spent years in prison despite having commited no crime, the Prophet Moses (as) was called "a magician or a madman." (Surat al-Dhariyat, 39) the Prophet Abraham (as) was thrown into the flames by the leading members of his community (Surat al-Anbiya', 68). and as our Prophet (saas) tells us in the hadiths, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be subjected to difficulties and the snares of the deniers, like all the Prophets. He will struggle against corruption and false accusations and will lead a life full of hardship and troubles.

That is our Prophet's (saas) description of the "Mahdi" in the hadiths. There is absolutely no question of our Lord creating Hazrat Mahdi (as), whom He will appoint as a Qutb al-A'zam, with superhuman characteristics unique to the angels. No such reference appears in any trustowrhty hadith. On the contrary, many hadiths state that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will have difficult and troubled lives, and that many people will oppose them because they are Muslims and live by the moral values of the Qur'an.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Followed and Watched and They will Try to Pressurize Him

In Abu Said Al-Khudri's account, the Messenger of Allah (saas) said: When the antichrist appears, a man [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] from among the believers will oppose him. MANY PEOPLE CARRYING ARMS, PEOPLE BEARING ARMS IN THE CENTERS OF SURVEILLANCE OF THE ANTICHRIST, will MOVE AGAINST THAT BELIEVER. (Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, Mehdilik ve Imamiye [Mahdism and Imamate], 37; Sahih Muslim, 11/393)

In this hadith of our Prophet (saas), we are told that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be watched by armed men of the antichrist, that he will be followed and that efforts will be made to neutralize him in this way. In the Qur'an Allah also reveals that similar efforts were made to impede those messengers preaching the true faith by placing them under surveillance in the same way:

He is nothing but a man possessed so wait a while and see what happens to him. (Surat al-Muminun, 25)

However, as our Prophet (saas) has said, these activities on the part of the antichrist will serve no purpose; on the contrary, they will be instrumental in Hazrat Mahdi's (as) influence and strength increasing still further and of his fame and glory spreading ever wider across the world.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) Being Out of People's Sight

He will be busy with worship at night and will be secret in the day... (Al-Uqayli, An-Najmu's-saqib fi Bayan Anna'l Mahdi min Awladi Ali b. Abu Talib Ale't-Tamam wa al-Qamal)

There will be Negative Propaganda about Hazrat Mahdi (as)

When that Muslim personage (Hazrat Mahdi (as)) sees the antichrist, he says: "People! This is the antichrist of whom the Prophet (saas) mentioned." Antichrist gives his order about him right away and that person is laid upon his stomach and from his back it is said: "Take him and beat him." Then that person's back and stomach is broadened by beating. (Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, Mehdilik ve Imamiye [Mahdism and Imamate], p. 40; Sahih Muslim)

The reference in the hadith to Hazrat Mahdi's (as) "back and stomach being broadened by beating" is a figurative one. The author of the book the Mahdism and Imamate says, in reference to this passage, that "Hazrat Mahdi's (as) fame will constantly be announced and spread all around." But since this will be done by the supporters of the antichrist, this propaganda will be intended to denigrate Hazrat Mahdi (as).

In the time of our Prophet (saas), the enemies of Islam used poets, the equivalent of the publishing organs of the day, to underestimate him, in their own eyes. Poets uttered ignorant false accusations about him in the streets and markets, calling him mad and a sorcerer. and in the End Times, too, the supporters of the antichrist, the enemies of Islam, will also underestimate Hazrat Mahdi (as), in their own eyes, and seek to damage his prestige in the public eye.

The hadiths describe how Hazrat Mahdi's (as) first years will be ones of struggle filled with troubles and difficulties. The "Golden Age" refers to Hazrat Mahdi's (as) final years. Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Muslims will only attain ease, peace and plenty in that time, and only then will they live lives of love, peace and brotherhood.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have Two Occultations

It is related from Abu Abdullah Hussain ibn Ali that he said: the lord of this rising [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will have two occultation. ONE OCCULTATION (PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT) will BE SO LONG that they will say, "He is dead." Some will say, "He has been killed." Others will say, "He has gone..." Neither those who love him nor the others will know where he is. Only his close servant will know his location. (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 93, Egyptian edition)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Chained Hand and Foot

When that Muslim personage (Hazrat Mahdi (as)) sees the antichrist, he says: "People! This is the antichrist of whom the Prophet (saas) mentioned." Antichrist gives his order about him right away and that person is laid upon his stomach and from his back it is said: "Take him and beat him." Then that person's back and stomach is broadened by beating. This time THE ANTICHRIST will CATCH HIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] BY HIS TWO HANDS AND FEET AND CAST HIM AWAY. People will imagine the antichrist has cast him into the fire. But he has actually been cast into a Paradise. (Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, Mehdilik ve Imamiye [Mahdism and Imamate], p. 40)

Our Prophet (saas) notes in this hadith that in the End Times the antichrist will chain Hazrat Mahdi's (as) hands and feet. It appears from this information in the hadith that at the time when Hazrat Mahdi's (as) hands and feet are bound by chains he will be thrown into prisons and mental asylums.

Hazrat Mahdi's (as) Struggle Against the System of the Antichrist in the End Times in the Hadiths

WHEN THE ANTICHRIST APPEARS, A MAN [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] FROM AMONG THE BELIEVERS will OPPPOSE HIM. MANY PEOPLE CARRYING ARMS, PEOPLE BEARING ARMS IN THE CENTERS OF SURVEILLANCE OF THE ANTICHRIST, will MOVE AGAINST THAT BELIEVER. (Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, Mehdilik ve Imamiye [Mahdism and Imamate], p. 37; Sahih Muslim, 11/393)

When the believer [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] sees the antichrist, he will say, 'O People! This is the antichrist of whom the Messenger of Allah (saas) spoke.' the antichrist will immediately issue his command regarding him, and that personage will be spread out on his stomach, and from behind him, he will say, 'Hold and wound him.' That personage's back and stomach will then be broadened by beating. This time he (the antichrist) will seize him by both hands and feet and cast him away. People will think the antichrist has cast him into the fire. But he will have been actually cast into paradise. (Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, Mehdilik ve Imamiye [Mahdism and Imamate], p. 40)

A SECTION OF MY COMMUNITY will CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT AND OVERCOME THEIR OPPONENTS TILL THE LAST OF THEM FIGHTS WITH [WAGES INTELLECTUAL STRUGGLE AGAINST] THE ANTICHRIST. (Ahmad Diya ad-Din al-Kamushkhanawi, Ramuz al-Ahadith 4/72; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad; at-Tabarani; al-Hakim; Sunan Abu-Dawud)

... We are such a people of the house that Allah has preferred the Hereafter over this world for us. It is certain that after me my Ahl al-Bayt will suffer scourges, abductions and exile. After me, my Ahl al-Bayt will suffer tribulations and troubles, and will receive heavy blows. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 14)

... Mahdi (as) will emerge at a time when, one after another, disasters befall people and people lose hope of his appearance. He perform two rakaats of prayer (salat). When he returns from the prayer he says: "People! the Community of Muhammad and especially his Ahl al-Bayt have undergone many troubles and we have undergone suffering and injustice..." (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi,Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 55)

A GROUP FROM MY COMMUNITY will strive [wage an intellectual struggle] for the truth and overcome their opponents until the the the Day of Judgment [until the struggle with the antichrist]. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 80)

HE will HAVE WITH HIM A MOUNTAIN OF BROTH, COOKED MEAT THAT NEVER COOLS, A FLOWING RIVER, A FOREST OF BRIGHT GREEN GARDENS, A MOUNTAIN OF SMOKE AND FIRE... AND HE will SAY TO PEOPLE, this is my paradise and that is my hell... BEHOLD FOOD AND DRINK, HE will SAY... (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 214)

"SOME PEOPLE will CONVERSE WITH THE ANTICHRIST. and they will say: WE KNOW HE IS AN UNBELIEVER; WE ARE HIS FRIENDS IN ORDER TO EAT HIS FOOD AND ENJOY HIS TREE. When the wrath of Allah comes, it will come to the antichrist and all of them... (Nuaim ibn Hammad; Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 231)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Unaffected by Certain People and He will Never Compromise from Abiding by the Qur'an

Hazrat Ali (ra) says this about what the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will bring:
HE will NOT HEED PEOPLE'S INDIVIDUAL OPINIONS AND JUDGMENTS; HE will BEGIN ACTING BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE QUR'AN. (Mikyaal al-Makaarem Vol. 1, p. 81)

Hazrat Ali (ra) says of the events that will take place with the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as): "Hazrat Mahdi (as) will take no notice of people's individual opinions and comments, and will be unaffected by them." Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be unaffected by the hostile words and accounts of some people who speak against him. His sole criterion will be the provisions of the Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Prophet (saas), and will begin to apply these pronouncements.

Allah will Clear Hazrat Mahdi (as) of Slanders Pointed at Him

Al-Mahdi [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] who is among the family of Muhammad (saas)... has a wide stomach, his eyebrow are very close, his legs are very energetic, his shoulders are wide... his night shall guard the stars by his bowing down and prostration to Allah. He whom the blames of those that blame him will not affect him before Allah, he is a luminous candle... (Bihar al-Anwar, pp. 86-91)

In the hadith, it is mentioned that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be descended from the line of our Prophet (saas). The physical features of Hazrat Mahdi (as) that his having a wide stomach, his eyebrows being not far from but close to one another, Hazrat Mahdi's (as) legs being very energetic and his shoulders being wide are mentioned in the hadith. In the hadiths, it is pointed out that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will spend his nights by praying and carrying out scholarly activities for the sake of Allah. In addition it is also mentioned that there will be people who unjustly accuse Hazrat Mahdi (as). But inshaAllah Allah will clear Hazrat Mahdi (as) of slanders pointed at him. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be like a candle casting a heavenly light with his pure Islamic morality, which instantly shines out among the dark features of morality experienced by society in general.

As He Did with the Prophet Abraham (as), Allah will Lead Hazrat Mahdi (as) to Safety from all the Deniers' Snares

As with the Prophet Abraham (as), Imam Mahdi (as) will also EMERGE SAFELY FROM THE BURNING FLAMES. (Mikyaal al-Makaarem, Vol. 1, p. 181)

As part of the test to which sincere Muslims are subjected to in this world, all prophets have been exposed to pressure, difficulties and sufferings from deniers in order to bear witness to their love of and loyalty to Allah and the profundity of their faith. When we look at the lives of the Prophets Noah (as), Moses (as), Joseph (as), our Prophet (saas) and the other Prophets, we see that on Allah's path they have been exposed to snares, slanders, false accusations and death threats and threatened with exile by deniers. This is the secret of the test created by Allah in order to distinguish sincere Muslims who believe in Him unreservedly and place their trust in Him, from dishonest people of weak faith and hypocritical natures and who harbor sickness in their hearts.

In accordance with the verses, "For truly with hardship comes ease; truly with hardship comes ease." (Surat al-Inshirah, 5-6), Allah always makes things easy for people who have a great love for Him and who live for His approval alone, and makes His mercy, love and protection felt at all times by helping them in their difficulties.

For example, the Prophet Abraham (as) wished to save the society he lived in from its heretical beliefs, and was exposed to severe pressure from the tribe for calling on them to adopt the religion of Allah and proper moral values. Indeed, the hostility of the community reached such a level that they elected to cast the Prophet Abraham (as) into the flames and burn him. But Allah saved him from this ruthless snare by commanding the fire to "be peaceful and cool for Abraham!" (Surat al-Anbiya', 69)

By saying "As with the Prophet Abraham (as), Imam Mahdi (as) will also EMERGE SAFELY FROM THE BURNING FLAMES" in this hadith, our Prophet (saas) compares Hazrat Mahdi (as) to the Prophet Abraham (as) as someone who will , WITH ALLAH'S HELP, EMERGE SAFELY FROM THE MOST DANGEROUS SNARES, THE WORST ACCUSATIONS, SLANDERS AND EVILS.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Continue His Work Even During the Time of His Occultation

The hadith indicates that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will continue working even during the time of his occultation. There will be strong pressure on Hazrat Mahdi (as) from unbelievers because of his preaching the moral values of Islam and successful activities. For that reason, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will at times be imprisoned or else be concealed from public gaze. Our Prophet (saas) has revealed that during these times Hazrat Mahdi (as) will continue to strengthen people's faith and tell them of the existence of Allah.

Asked "What use will the existence of Hazrat Mahdi (as) during the time of his occultation be?" the Messenger of Allah (saas) replied "I swear to Allah Who sent me as His Prophet that during the time of his occultation they will benefit from him as they benefit from the Sun when it is behind a cloud." (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 52, p. 93)

There will be No Information Against Hazrat Mahdi (as), and All the Traps Set for Him will Fail

From Nahjul al-Balaga: the lord of believers (saas) said: He [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will hide from people, AND EVEN IF TRACKERS LOOK FOR HIM THEY will FIND NO TRACE OF HIM... (Kitab al-Ghayba; Muhammad Baqir Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 51, p. 186)

The hadith says that AS A RESULT OF TIP-OFFS BY THE HYPOCRITES, described as "vile and loathsome entities like the weevils that try to damage the wheat from the inside," TRAPS will BE SET FOR HAZRAT MAHDI (as). But even if trackers seek to gather information in order to arrest, exile or imprison Hazrat Mahdi (as), they will never succeed. THEY will BE UNABLE TO UNEARTH ANY INFORMATION AGAINST HIM AND THEIR TRAPS will NEVER WORK.

All the Pressures and Attacks will Further Strengthen Hazrat Mahdi (as)

When the believer [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] sees the antichrist, he will say, 'O People! This is the antichrist of whom the Messenger of Allah (saas) spoke.' the antichrist will immediately issue his command regarding him, and that personage will be spread out on his stomach, and from behind him, he will say, 'Hold and wound him.' THAT PERSONAGE'S BACK AND STOMACH will THEN BE BROADENED BY BEATING. This time he (the antichrist) will seize him by both hands and feet and cast him away. PEOPLE will THINK THE ANTICHRIST HAS CAST HIM INTO THE FIRE. BUT HE will HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY CAST INTO PARADISE. (The Mahdism and Imamate, Sahih Muslim, p. 40)

The analogical expression 'that personage's back and stomach will be broadened by beating' shows that the Hazrat Mahdi's (as) fame and honor will spread still further as a result of the pressure and attacks against him and figuratively, indicates that his effect will increasingly spread across the world.

The reference in the hadith to "the antichrist has cast Hazrat Mahdi (as) into the fire" shows that although the antichrist wishes to do harm to Hazrat Mahdi (as), he will actually strengthen him. The supporters of the system of the antichrist will claim that they will burn Hazrat Mahdi (as), like the Prophet Abraham (as), in a spiritual fire. But Allah will make those flames cool and healthy. and He will thwart the snares of the deniers and will make every move they make instrumental in increasing the glory and influence of Hazrat Mahdi (as).

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Establish the Dominion of Islamic Moral Values Under very Difficult Conditions

From Abdurrahman ibn Salid; Imam Hussain ibn Ali ibn Abu Talib narrated "... IT IS HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] WHO will APPEAR WITH THE TRUTH. ALLAH will BRING THE EARTH BACK TO LIFE, BY MEANS OF HIM, AFTER IT HAS DIED, AND ALLAH will MAKE HIS RELIGION VICTORIOUS OVER ALL OTHER RELIGIONS, WHETHER THE IDOLATERS WISH IT OR NOT... THEY will BE OPPRESSED AND TOLD, "IF YOU ARE TELLING THE TRUTH, WHEN will THIS PROMISE BE MADE GOOD?" Know that, DISPLAYING FORTITUDE IN THE FACE OF OPPRESSION AND WOES DURING HIS OCCULTATION IS LIKE STRUGGLING WITH THE SWORD (KNOWLEDGE) ALONGSIDE THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH (SAAS)." (Ibn Qutaybah, Uyun al-akhbar, vol. 1, p. 68)

The verses of the Qur'an contain references to Hazrat Mahdi (as). In one account handed down by Hazrat Hussain, our Prophet (saas) said that verse 17 of Surat al-Hadid referred to Hazrat Mahdi (as). He said the words "Know that Allah brings the earth to life after it was dead..." in the verse "Know that Allah brings the earth to life after it was dead. We have made the Signs clear to you so that hopefully you will use your intellect" were a reference to Hazrat Mahdi (as).

And the religion will certainly be restored to life through Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will appear in the End Times, and Muslims will begin to live by the moral values of the Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Prophet (saas). The number of Muslims will increase and Islamic moral values will rule the world. In the next past of this hadith Hazrat Hussain also says that verse 33 of Surat at-Tawba refers to Hazrat Mahdi (as), and that in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as) Islam will be superior, whether the idolaters wish it or not.

The same hadith also says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will be mistreated, imprisoned, slandered and defamed by the deniers, and that the hypocrites will be suspicious of Hazrat Mahdi (as), that they will have worldly expectations of him and will fail to exhibit fortitude on the subject of Islamic moral values ruling the world.

This hadith also described how Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will keep on refuting these claims in other words continue to speak the truth in the face of these slanders and this oppression. Our Prophet (saas) says that opposing all the slander and oppression visited on Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will be as difficult as struggling with the sword alongside the Prophet (saas). It appears from this part of the hadith that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will spread Islam under very difficult conditions and that their lives will be subjected to all kinds of danger.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Never be Defeated in Any Way; Nobody will be able to Harm Hazrat Mahdi (as)

By Allah's leave, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will cause Islamic moral values to rule the world, wage a great and glorious intellectual struggle and achieve a hitherto unseen victory. On the intellectual plane, he will eliminate ideologies such as Darwinism and materialism that turn people away from religious moral values and lead to denial, and will lead people to live by religious moral values in great numbers. During this great intellectual struggle, the system of the antichrist will set innumerable snares for Hazrat Mahdi (as), will imprison him unjustly, seek to wear him down with false accusations and even attempt to take his life. But Hazrat Mahdi (as) is under Allah's protection, and by His leave, no trap will do him any harm. Even situations that may seem on the surface to represent troubles and difficulties will be instrumental in Hazrat Mahdi (as) growing even stronger and increasing his global influence. HAZRAT MAHDI (as) will NEVER BE DEFEATED BUT will ALWAYS, BY ALLAH'S LEAVE, EMERGE VICTORIOUS. One verse that alludes to his never suffering any defeat reads:

IF ALLAH HELPS YOU, NO ONE CAN VANQUISH YOU. If He forsakes you, who can help you after that? So the muminun should put their trust in Allah. (Surat Al 'Imran, 160)

 

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