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 (12/20)

Hazrat Mahdi's (as) Characteristics Which Resemble the Prophets and the Walis (Saints)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Rule The World, Just Like Dhu'l Qarnayn (as) and The Prophet Solomon (as)

It is revealed in the Qur'an that Dhu'l Qarnayn (as) and the Prophet Solomon (as) caused Islamic moral values to prevail throughout the world. In the hadiths it is revealed that, just like them, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do the same:

Four people became kings on Earth. Two are believers, two are unbelievers. The believers are Dhu'l-Qarnayn (as) and the Prophet Solomon (as); the unbelievers are Nimrod and Bakhtinasr (Nebuchadnezzar). One from the people of my house [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will come as the fifth, and he will be king on Earth. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 10)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will rule the world just like the Prophet Solomon (as) and Dhu'l-Qarnayn (as). (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 30)

Hazrat Mahdi's (as) Characteristics are Mentioned in The Holy Books Revealed To The Prophets

In the accounts, it is stated the the characteristics and the signs of the emergence of the Hazrat Mahdi (as) are mentioned in the books revealed to the prophets. It means that information about the Hazrat Mahdi (as) are heralded in the Gospel, Torah, Psalm and the formerly revealed pages and the books.

It is pointed out in the books on Prophets that, "Hazrat Mahdi's (as) task is not cruelty and doing harm." (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 47)

I find Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the books of the Prophets as follows: Neither cruelty nor shame does exist in Hazrat Mahdi's practices." (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 21)

In the Qur'an it is revealed thus:

We wrote down in the Zabur, after the Reminder came: "It is MY RIGHTEOUS SERVANTS WHO WILL INHERIT EARTH." (Surat al-Anbiya', 105)

Islamic scholars interpret this verse as follows: It is reported from Imam Baqir and Sadik that "the RIGHTEOUS SERVANTS here are HAZRAT MAHDI (as) AND HIS COMPANIONS." (Al-Hussayni al-Shirazi, p. 113)

In the Torah we find the following information:

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling [a] together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah, 11:1-9)

In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it one from the house [a] of David one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. (Isaiah, 16: 5)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Resemble The Prophets in Many Ways

BUT HUJJAT [(HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] WILL RECOGNIZE THE PEOPLE. BUT THE PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNıZE HIM. JUST LIKE THE PROPHET JOSEPH(AS). ALTHOUGH JOSEPH (as) KNEW THE PEOPLE, THEY DENIED HIM. Then the blessed Ali read this verse, "Shame on the servants, they mocked the messenger when he came." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 162)

HE [(HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] IS a MERCY ON THE WORLDS. HE HAS THE MATURITY OF MOSES (as), THE WORTH OF JESUS (as)AND THE PATIENCE OF JOB (as)... (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, pp. 69-70)

IN THE SAME WAY THAT ALMIGHTY ALLAH GAVE a BOOK, THE PROPHETHOOD, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM TO THE PROPHETS JESUS (as), SON OF MARY, AND JOHN (as), SON OF ZAKARIYYA (as), SO HE GIVES KNOWLEDGE TO THIS IMAM [(HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] FROM AN EARLY AGE.
The evidence for this lies in the words of our imam Jaffar Sadik: HE RESEMBLES THOSE FOUR PROPHETS. ONE IS THE PROPHET JESUS (as), SON OF MARY. BECAUSE IN THE SAME WAY THAT ALLAH GAVE HIM WISDOM, PROPHETHOOD, a BOOK AND KNOWLEDGE FROM AN EARLY AGE, SO HE GAVE THOSE TO HIM FROM AN EARLY AGE... (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 213)

... HAZRAT MAHDI (as) WILL RULE WITH THE LAW OF DAVID AND THE LINE OF DAVID AND WILL SEEK NO WITNESS OR PROOF FROM ANYONE. (Shaykh al-Mufid, Kitab al-Irshad, pp. 365-366)

Shaykh al-Mufid says: "WHEN THE QAIM [(HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] APPEARS HE WILL RULE WITH SECRET KNOWLEDGE, JUST LIKE THE PROPHET DAVID (as), and will rule with no need for witnesses. ALLAH WILL INSPIRE HIM THE COMMAND AND HE WILL RULE ACCORDING TO THAT DIVINE INSPIRATION. (Shaykh al-Mufid, Kitab al-Irshad, p. 365-366)

Aban Ibn Taglib says: I went to a mosque in Mecca with Imam Jaffar Sadik. He took my hand and said: "... He will then command a herald, and the herald will cry out: HAZRAT MAHDI (as) WILL RULE LIKE SOLOMON (as) AND DAVID AS). HE WILL SEEK NO PROOF OR WITNESS IN HIS COMMAND." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 374)

Imam Zayn al-Abidin said: "THERE WILL BE MANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN OUR QAIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] AND THE MESSENGERS OF ALLAH. HE FULLY MATCHES EACH ONE OF THE PROPHETS NOAH (as), ABRAHAM (as), MOSES (as), JESUS (as), JOB (as) AND MUHAMMAD (SAAS). He resembles the Prophet Noah (as) in being long-lived; the Prophet Abraham (as) in the secrecy of his birth and his keeping away from people; the Prophet Moses (as) in his state of fear [intensity of the dangers facing Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his facing such threats as being killed, traps, arrest, detention and exile] and his living in constant hiding; the Prophet Jesus (as) in people falling into dispute regarding him [as some people say, 'Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come' and others say, 'He will not come.']; the Prophet Job (as) in finally being saved after tribulations [Hazrat Mahdi (as) will suffer many difficulties, sickness and woes but, like the Prophet Job (as), he will escape them all through Allah's mercy] and the Prophet Muhammad (saas) in appearing with a sword [Hazrat Mahdi possessing the sacred relics of our Prophet's (saas) holy standard, sword and shirt]." (Sheikh al-Saduq, Kamal al-Din, p. 322, 31st ch., 3rd hadith)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Possess The Knowledge of All The Prophets

Imam Mahdi (as) IS THE PROTECTOR OF THE REPOSITORY OF KNOWLEDGE, THE HEIR TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THE PROPHETS, AND IS AWARE OF ALL THINGS. (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 95, p. 378; Vol. 102, p. 67 and 117; Mikyaal al-Makaarem, Vol. 1, p. 49)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Be Long-Lived, Like The Prophet Noah (as) and The Prophet Adam (as)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will possess certain characteristics of earlier prophets. Among these is his being long-lived, LIKE THE PROPHET ADAM (as) AND THE PROPHET NOAH (as). (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 51, p. 217)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Resemble Khidr (as) and Dhu'l-Qarnayn (as)

Ahmad b. Ishaq says: "I went into the presence of Imam Askari ... who said: ... O, Ahmad b. Ishaq! HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] IS LIKE KHIDR (as) AND DHU'L- QARNAYN (as) IN THIS COMMUNITY... (Sheikh al-Saduq, Kamal al-Din, Vol. 2, p. 384; Abdullah Turan, Hz. Mehdi (as) [Hazrat Mahdi (as)], Al-i Taha Press, p. 157)

The information provided in the hadith shows that the stories in the Qur'an about Khidr (as) and Dhu'l-qarnayn (as) are also applicable by analogy to Hazrat Mahdi (as).

It accordingly appears that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have Khidr's (as) moral values and manners, will have his knowledge of the consciousness of Allah and will act in the light of that knowledge.

In addition, in the story of Khidr (as) in the Qur'an, in the same way that the Prophet Moses (as) reacted in ignorance of the wisdom behind Khidr's (as) actions, so in the End Times people will be unable to properly understand and appreciate the Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will act out of knowledge of the consciousness of Allah. People will misunderstand the Hazrat Mahdi (as) and will therefore react very strongly to him. In fact, however, all of Hazrat Mahdi's (as) actions will be full of secret knowledge and wisdom as a blessing from Allah.

In another hadith of our Prophet (saas) it is also revealed that from start to finish the story of Kahf refers, analogically, to Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will free mankind from the corruption of the antichrist. The hadith above and all those below regarding the story of Kahf regarding the End Times show that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will rule the world like Dhu'l-qarnayn (as), who is described in the story of Kahf:

Whoever of you lives to see the antichrist, LET HIM READ THE BEGINNING OF SURA AL-KAHF IN HIM, the end of this sura is your salvation from the corruption of the antichrist. (Sunan Abu Dawud, 5/121)

The Name of Dhu'l-Qarnayn (as) That Appears in The Qur'an will Contain Signs of Hazrat Mahdi (as) of The End Times

THEY WILL ASK YOU ABOUT DHU'L-QARNAYN. SAY, "I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT HIM." (Surat al-Kahf, 83)

Many of the hadith of our Prophet (saas) report that Surat al-Kahf of the Qur'an contains references to the End Times and to Hazrat Mahdi (as) bringing Islamic moral values to prevail across the world and his intellectual elimination of the antichrist. Looked at in the light of these signs in the story of Kahf, it does indeed appear that the events described also contain important information regarding the End Times. One such piece of information is concealed inside the name of Hazrat Dhu'l-qarnayn (as), who appears in the story.

Islamic reference sources provide the following information about the name Dhu'l-Qarnayn:

The word Dhu'l-Qarnayn is Arabic. It is made up of the words Dhu and Qarnayn. DHU MEANS OWNER AND RULER. QARN MEANS FRINGE OR TASSEL, TIME AND SUN. QARNAYN MEANS TWO OF QARN. (Al Fairuzabadi, Al-Qamus al-Muhit, Cairo, 1332, IV, 257 vd)

One of the names of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is "SAHIB AZ-ZAMAN." That means "OWNER OF TIME." The name Dhu'l-qarnayn consists of the words "Dhu: Owner", "Qarn: Time" and "Qarnayn: Two times." The name Dhu'lqarnayn therefore means "THE OWNER OF TWO TIMES." The fact that the names of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Dhu'l-qarnayn (as) mean the same thing is an important indication that the events described in the Qur'an in the story of Dhu'l-qarnayn (as) also contain information about events in which Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be instrumental in his own time. Indeed, in one hadith our Prophet (saas) notes this fact by saying "The time of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be like that of Dhu'l-qarnayn (as):"

Ahmad Ibn Ishaq says: "I approached Imam Asqari ...And he said, O Ahmad Ibn Ishaq! HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] IS LIKE "KHIDR" (as) AND "DHU'L-QARNAYN" (as) TO THIS COMMMUNITY..." (Sheikh al-Saduq, Kamal al-Din, Vol. 2, p. 384)

All this information shows that Dhu'l-Qarnayn will be the owner of the time of the Prophet Jesus (as) and of his own time.

It is related from Madan ibn Abu Talha: "WHOEVER KNOWS 10 VERSES FROM THE FORMER PART OF THE SURAT AL-KAHF BY HEART, HE WOULD BE CERTAIN OF THE ANTICHRIST'S FITNAH."
Abu Dawud said: "Related from Dushtu Waida, Katada but he said so: "WHOEVER KNOWS 10 VERSES FROM THE LATTER PART OF THE SURAT AL-KAHF BY HEART; HOWEVER SHUBA NARRATED FROM KATADA: "FROM THE LATTER PART OF THE SURAT AL-KAHF." (Sunan Abu Dawud, 5/122)

Hazrat Abu Darda (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saas) saying, "Anyone who reads the first three verses of Surah Kahf, he will be protected from the trial of the antichrist." (Sunan Tirmidhi, 5/30)

Whoever of you lives to see the antichrist, LET HIM READ THE BEGINNING OF SURA AL-KAHF IN HIM, the end of this sura is your salvation from the corruption of the antichrist. (Sunan Abu Dawud, 5/121)

Related by Abu Umamah al-Bahili: Whoever enters his [the antichrist'] Hell, let him seek refuge with Allah and recite the opening verse of Surat al-Kahf, and it will become cool and peaceful for him, as the fire became cool and peaceful for Abraham. (Ibn Kathir)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Much Loved

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Much Loved By People

Certain it is that he Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not appear until he is the most beloved of people due to the evils they suffer. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 27)

The people of the Earth and sky will approve of him [Hazrat Mahdi (as)]. (Al-Haysami, Vol. VII, p. 313; from Abu Nuaim, as-Suyuti, Vol. II, p. 58; Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 31)

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 come to people and they will embrace him with love and passion, like a new bride... (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 35)

The people of Earth and sky, all wild animals, birds, and even the fish in the sea will approve of his [Hazrat Mahdi's (as)] rule. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 31)

The last of this strife will be the killing of innocent people, and then Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear, to the approval of all. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 38)

Allah will place his [Hazrat Mahdi's (as)] love in the people's hearts. Thus they will be a community who are lions by day and who worship by night. (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 remain no individual who will not be pleased within the Community of Muhammad (saas). (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 163)

He is fair of face, fragrant, imposing, but lovable and close to people. (Mehdi, Deccal, Mesih [The Mahdi, the Antichrist, the Messiah], p. 102)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be Spoken of Everywhere

In the hadiths it is stated that there will be much discussion of the name of Hazrat Mahdi (as) in his time. and this shows that the name of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be known all over the world:

When a herald from the sky cries out, "Truth lies with the Family of Muhammad," Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear. Everyone will speak of him alone; they will absorb his love and speak of nothing else. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 33)

After a herald from the sky has cried out, "Truth lies with the people of Hazrat Muhammed (saas)," love for Hazrat Mahdi (as) will settle in people's hearts and they will talk of nothing else. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, p. 20)

In the Time of Hazrat Mahdi (as), All the Entities in the World will be Content with Him

Abu Said reports the Prophet (saas) as saying: ... THE DWELLERS IN THE EARTH AND SKY WILL BE CONTENT WITH HIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)]... (Al-Bayan, p. 72; Sawaiq al-Muhriqa, p. 161; Yanabee'-al-Mawadda, vol. 2, p. 177)

Believers Would Wait for the Emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as) with Aspiration

... the inhabitant of Heaven and earth will be in grief for missing him, how many believing men and women that will be in regret and perplexing when he is missed. (Kifayat al-Athar: 158; Al-Bihar 36: 337; and 51: 109)

Our Prophet (saas) let us know in his hadith that both believers and unbelievers, the living things in the heavens and on Earth would be waiting the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Emphasis has been made on the fact that the believers would have a constrained living under oppression. Besides, he informed us that the people woul be in difficulty because of living in a world order where Darwinist and materialist system dominates. But still they would have hope of an environment of peace and tranquility, provided by the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as), who they miss deeply.

Truly the lovelessness, greed and spirit of enmity that will rule the world before the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), and the climates of disquiet, disorder and anarchy that this spirit will give rose to, will further strengthen believers' longing for Hazrat Mahdi (as).

The Importance of People Running To Hazrat Mahdi (as) By All Possible Means, Following and Never Abandoning Him

It is related that our Prophet (saas) said: The Hour will not come until the Qaim [Hazrat Mahdi (as)], my descendant, appears. This will be a time permitted by Allah. Those who follow him will be saved, while those who hang back will be perished. O servants of Allah! Fear Allah: WHEN HAZRAT MAHDI (as) APPEARS, ABANDON EVERYTHING AND RUN TO HIM BY ALL POSSIBLE MEANS. Because he is the caliph of Allah [Muslims' spiritual leader] and my heir. (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 51, P. 65; Al-Hurr al-Amili, Ithbat al-Hudat, Vol. 6, p. 382)

... If Allah permits you to see this RUN TO SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO HIM [FOLLOW HIM] AND NEVER ABANDON HIM. IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL, NEVER ABANDON HIM IF YOU REACH HIM AND FIND THE TRUE PATH. Ah – and he pointed to his chest – how I long to see him." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 252)

LET NOTHING HOLD YOU BACK FROM SWEARING ALLEGIANCE TO HIM [FROM BEING HIS FOLLOWER, FROM FOLLOWING HIM] those who hold you back are those who have always sought refuge in corruption. If they speak, they speak evil, and if they are silent, they are impious and perverse. (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 252)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be the Benefactor of All Muslims; Plentiful Goods and Gifts will be Distributed To People in His Time

From Humran Ibn A'yan: "Imam Muhammad Baqr said: It is as if I see this faith of yours stirred up and stained with blood. and none but one from my Ahl al-Bayt [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will be able to restore it. HE WILL BRING YOU GIFTS TWICE a YEAR AND GIVE YOU SUSTENANCE TWICE a MONTH, and knowledge and wisdom will be given you in his time. So much so that a woman in her own home will run it according to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saas)." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 216)

It appears from the hadith that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will distribute goods and gifts to Muslims through the people he appoints; when he is among people, he will also distribute large quantities of goods and gifts by his own hand.

Great Love will be Shown for Hazrat Mahdi (as) When He Appears

Salama ibn Zufar relates: "When one said 'Hazrat Mahdi (as) has appeared' one day when he was near Hudhayfa, Hudhayfa said: "If Hazrat Mahdi (as) has appeared, you are people close to the time of the Messenger of Allah (saas) and his companions are still living among you. In that case, you will be very happy and contended people. But no, this is not true, HAZRAT MAHDI (as) WILL APPEAR WHEN PEOPLE ARE WEARIED OF EVIL, SAVAGERY AND OPPRESSION AND WHEN NO PERSON LIVING IN RECLUSION IS AS GREAT OR LOVED AS HIM." (As-Suyuti, 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 PEOPLE due to the evils they suffer. (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)

In the Accounts It is Revealed That Everyone Must Follow Hazrat Mahdi (as) When He Appears

Imam Riza narrates: ... HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (as)] MUST BE OBEYED WHEN HE APPEARS... (Yanabee'-al-Mawadda, Vol. 2, p. 197)

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will Earn People's Love and Concern, Even At Time When He is Unknown To Them, and He will Never Leave Their Minds

Even if he [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] is in occultation when all is quiet, he will still never leave people's minds. (Muntakhab al-Asar, p. 277)

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