There are many vital issues in religion. Religion demands profound fervor. Without profound fervor, there is no religion. Faith is built on profound fervor. If there is a weakness in faith, something is wrong. Our Prophet (saas) shows us a way for profound fervor to form. Our Prophet (saas) produced a map of the End Times. This is very exciting, because it is backed by revelation. It is guaranteed by. He speaks of a system that will always end up successful. The second path is the one people will investigate as they wish. Nothing will come of that. To tell the truth, it was built with the aim of Islamic Union, the union of Muslims that makes them the sole force. Islamic Union, in other words. But this can never come about in practice so long as Muslims have no leader, no spiritual leader. One has to behave rationally and sincerely on this. One must act with the moral values of the Qur’an. Almighty Allah says nothing in the Qur’an about Muslims being leaderless. Muslims always have a leader in the Qur’an. Or Muslims beseech Allah for a leader. There is a verse about it, saying send us a leader. Allah approves of the way Muslims ask Him for a leader in the Qur’an. And Almighty Allah tells us of Hazrat Mahdi (as). This is very exciting. If Muslims ask, I will build a very good system and you will all be able to relax, He says. But they say they do not like it. And when they say that, they are ruined.
In the time of the way of the Mahdi, everything will be very regular, even people’s sleep patterns. The way of the Mahdi is true. It is amazing and astonishing, but true. The coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) is true, the way of the Mahdi is true, and it is true that there will be Islamic Union. But it will appear impossible right up to the end, let me say that. It will appear impossible right up to the last moment. That is indicated in the Qur’an with a sign. Prophets even ask when the conquest will take place. It is always thus. That is the law of Allah. There are clear signs that they will understand in 2012 or 2014. But some people will still regard dominion as very difficult. Then around 2017-18-19 the dominion of Islamic Union will come about at a breathtaking speed. Masses of people – 30, 60 or 100 million all in alliance together. Not just in small groups. It will take place all in a moment, like a single wave. Bediuzzaman also emphasized that, saying, “There will be sudden winter in the spring, and sudden spring in winter.” “A storm suddenly blows up on a calm sea,” he says. But Hazrat Mahdi (as) will strive with all his might right up to the last moment. In secret. We will be unaware of it. Then after his intellectual dominion will come a period of 40 years together with the Prophet Jesus (as). But that is not the time of Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) youth. It is the time of his old age. He and Jesus the Messiah will be together for 7 or 9 years. Then Hazrat Mahdi (as) will die suddenly. He may die of no natural cause, but he will suddenly be martyred. He will even die in his vehicle. Our Prophet (saas) says he saw it. He saw his birth and his death. But since the test is very valuable, there will be uncertainty in the years ahead, and that uncertainty will enhance the value of the test. That uncertainty is very important. As it becomes clearer, the value of the test will decline. Since Allah wishes Hazrat Mahdi (as) to earn much merit, there will be no clear signs until right at the end. But it will be very clear in the final years. But despite all this, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will of course make no claim to be the Mahdi.