|“When you hear that people say that people have appeared from the east, who are highly intelligent and whose dress people look on with amazement, then the shadow of the Day of Reckoning will have fallen upon you.”(Nuaim ibn Hammad, Kitab al-Fitan, -121)|
This hadith reported from our Prophet (saas) notes how Hazrat Mahdi (as), who will appear in the End Times, in other words the final age in the history of mankind, and his followers, will be highly intelligent and well-dressed.
By referring to them being ‘highly intelligent’ in the hadith, our Prophet (saas) is noting that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will reach the highest possible level of human reason and understanding. Another important feature our Prophet (saas) refers to in the hadith is their elegant dress. The fact that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers dress in a very different way to other Muslims will be instrumental in Muslims feeling an open or secret admiration for them. The fact that people will form such a good opinion of them shows that Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will dress in a manner that is different to the traditional style generally employed by Muslims. Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will gain people’s approval by their spotless and immaculate way of dressing, and will thus also stand out in the community. Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers will show that it is genuine Muslims who possess and deserve to use all the blessings bestowed by Allah in the world, and that dressing spotlessly and elegantly is commanded by Allah in the Qur’an and also represents the Sunnah of our Prophet (saas).