Muhammad al-Mahdi

Posted on February 20, 2012

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One thing that interests me is all the islamaphobia about al-Mahdi.
My sister is a Christian and some of the crazy things she says about Islam, in a way, make me laugh, because I know they come from the fear of the unknown, not based on actual facts (btw I don’t consider anything from Glenn beck as factual). But lately she has been on this whole al-Mahdi is the anti-Christ thing and it’s getting on my nerves. So if she thinks this, I’m assuming others think this as well.

Al-Mahdi, who is he really?  He is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will rule for seven, nine or nineteen years- (according to various interpretations before the Day of Judgment (yawm al-qiyamah / literally, the Day of Resurrection) and, alongside Jesus, will rid the world of wrongdoing, injustice and tyranny!

The term “MAHDI” is a title meaning “The Guided one”. Mahdi is a normal man who is going to follow the true Islam. His name will be Muhammad and his father name will be ‘Abdullah. He is a descendant from Ali and Fatima (daughter of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) so he will be descendant from al-Hasan or al-Husain. Mahdi will be very just. Allah told us that Jews will master the world two times and Mahdi will appear between those two periods and will rule through the last one. Mahdi is NOT a prophet but he is the final Rightly Guided Khalifa. Mahdi will lead Muslims to a great victory against the Christian Romans. This great war is called al-Malhamah al-Kubrah or Armageddon. It will end up with a great victory to Muslims against Romans after six years. Muslims will take over their capital Rome (this can be any city). In the seventh year, the Anticrist will apear and a greater war will start between Jews and Muslims for 40 days (longer that usual days) and will end when Jesus comes. All people will convert into Islam. Peace will pervade the whole world.

The prophet(PBUH) said, “The Mahdi is one of us, the clan of the Prophet. God will reform him in one night.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Maqah)

For Jews the Messiah is the long-awaited man “anointed of God”, Moshiach ben David [Messiah, son of David],  to provide the chosen people and the world at large with a just, durable and peaceful social order in accordance with the Torah and God’s ultimate purpose for mankind. Orthodox Jews believe that Moshiach will usher in great changes, and will inspire people to return to the Laws of God. Furthermore, they also believe that the Third Temple will be built during his soon-coming reign. To those Jews he is an earth-born human being who will obtain both political and military victories for Israel.

For Christians Jesus was the Messiah (Greek: “Christ”) who came to fulfill that hope, teach men the religion of love, serve as an example of what God expects of His children, cleanse them of original sin, joint them toward the kingdom to come wherein God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. Since the first advent didn’t fully accomplish this, traditional Christianity looks forward to the return of the Messiah to complete the restoration of the world.

Sunnite doctrine teaches that at some future time, a Mahdi will come to establish the kingdom of God on earth. Shias believe that this Mahdi to come will be the hidden Imam they have long awaited.

Jesus Christ                                Christian Messiah
Moshiach ben David                Jewish Messiah
Muhammad al-Mahdi              Islamic Messiah

John the Baptist                         Jesus’ forerunner
Moshiach ben joseph              Moshiach ben David’s forerunner
Al-Yamani Muhammad         al-Mahdi’s forerunner

Jesus Christ                                 defeats the Beast & False Propher
Moshiach ben David                will be victorious over Armilus
Muhammad al-Mahdi              will defeat Masih al-Dajjal and Sufyani

Jesus Christ                                  will establish Kingdom of God on Earth
Moshiach ben David                  will establish worldwide Judaism
Muhammad al-Mahdi                will establish worldwide Islam

Looking at the chart above you can see the similarities between all three moshiachs.

You can read part two here

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