TO SAY THAT SOMEONE IS THE MAHDI MEANS THAT THIS PERSON “IS NOT SUBJECT TO TESTING AND IS CERTAINLY DESTINED FOR PARADISE,” AND THAT IS A GRAVE SIN. BECAUSE NOBODY CAN BE SAID TO BE “CERTAINLY DESTINED FOR PARADISE” UNLESS THIS IS BASED ON A REVELATION FROM ALLAH’S OWN PRESENCE.
Rays of Light, p. 365:
... Said stated in his protestation: "I am not a sayyid, THE MAHDI WILL BE A SAYYID, [DESCENDED FROM OUR PROPHET (SAAS)]” and refuted them.
Emirdağ Addendum -1, p. 267:
And I told them… I do not know myself a sayyid [descended from the line of our Prophet (saas)]. Generations are not known at this time. Yet, that great figure of the End Times will be descended from our Prophet (saas).
The Seal of Affirmation of Hidden Things, p. 10:
It is wrong to give the name of that person who will come and perform three tasks. Both the purity in the Treatise that cannot be misused will be harmed, and the truths will become deficient in the eyes of believers with little knowledge of spiritual things; even indisputable arguments will turn into an opinion that is only partly the truth, and the victory over stubborn proof and arrogant atheism will begin to not be seen among the confused people of faith. Political circles and some religious teachers will begin to feel doubts. Therefore, it does not seem appropriate to give that name to the Rays of Light. IT MAY BE SAID THAT HE IS A REFORMER, A PRECURSOR."
Barla Addendum, p. 162:
I believe I am a servant of this wondrous person who will appear in the future, a rear-guard to set a background for him, and a pioneering soldier of that great commander.