have left you upon clear white ground, its night is like its
day, no one deviates from differences (controversy). So stick to
what you know from my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly
acting (Rashideen) rightly guided (Mahdiyeen) Khulafa (i.e. Abu
Bakr, Umar, Usman, Ali), cling to that with your molar teeth and
stick to obedience even if it is an Abyssinian slave, since the
believer is like the submissive camel, wherever he is led he
follows". [Ahmad (4/126), Ibn-e-Majah (no. 43), Al-Hakim (1/96)
and others - Hasan]
will come from the East towards Arabia. The East here refers to
Khurasan, (Afghanistan). They will pave the way for the
establishment of Imam Mahdi's kingdom. This army will carry
black banners. Nothing shall stop their onward march, and
eventually they will plant their flag on the soils of
Among the major signs of the Day
of Judgment is the advent of Imam Mehdi. The Messenger of Allah
(Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) predicted the coming of Imam Mehdi
towards the end of this worldly existence, i.e. just before The
Day of Judgment.
Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu
anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi
only one day is left for the end of the world, Allah will
lengthen that day until a man from my family, whose name will be
the same as mine, rules the world. (Tirmizi Shareef)
This indicates the emphasis, which
The Holy Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam laid on
the coming of Imam Mehdi.
This booklet contains all the
details about the life and advent of Imam Mehdi, and all these
facts are derived from authentic sayings on this topic.
There is much speculation nowadays
on whether Imam Mehdi has already been born and if so, what
would be his present age, and when the impending appearance.
Some Ulama have claimed that he is already born.
However, Muslims should realize
that mere speculation does not represent concrete evidence upon
which any firm and clear-cut ruling could be based. Hence, the
best course of action is to believe that Imam Mehdi will appear'
before the Day of Judgment, but exactly when, only Allah knows.
The date and time of his arrival we leave to The Knowledge of
Allah. However, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi
wasallam) did give certain signs, which will herald the arrival
of this great Imam. The sayings on this issue leave no room for
rejecting or even doubting the coming of Imam Mehdi. Neither do
the facts leave us in the dark as to recognizing this great Imam
when he eventually does arrive.
The term "MEHDI" is a title
meaning "Guided one". The Mehdi 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) so he will be descendant from
al-Hasan or al-Hussain or both. The Mehdi will be very just and
his capital will be Damascus. The Mehdi is NOT a prophet but he
is the final Rightly Guided Khalifah. The Mehdi will lead Muslims
to a great victory against the Sufyaani and the Romans. This
great war 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 Dajjal (antichrist) will appear and a greater war will start
between his followers and the believers for 40 days (longer that
usual days) and will end when 'Eessa ("Jesus") will come, slay
the Dajjal along with his followers. All remaining people will
convert into Islam. Peace will pervade the whole world.
DETAILS OF IMAM MEHDI
The following are facts taken from
the sayings of the Messenger of Allah( Sallallahu alayhi
Name and Title
His name will be the same as that
of (The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), i.e.
Muhammad. In addition, his father's name will be Abdullah. His
title is the-Mehdi, meaning the guided one. The Holy Prophet
Sallallahu alayhi wasallam also called him Khaleefatullah,
meaning "the Deputy of Allah".
Imam Mehdi will belong to the
tribe of Quraish and the family of Fatima, the offspring of
He will have the character and
morals of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
In one night Allah will grant him unique qualities of faith,
piety, leadership and knowledge, hence the title Mehdi.
He will be born in Madina
He will be tall with a fair
complexion, having a broad forehead and an aquiline nose, with a
mole on his right cheek.
SIGNS BEFORE HIS APPEARANCE AS THE
The world will be filled with a
great amount of injustice and oppression. There will be
widespread evil in which all people will be heavily involved.
Muslim countries and their people
will have become so weak that even animals would defeat them in
Muslims would be totally
disunited, hence their state of weakness. On the other hand, the
Kuffar of the whole world would be united under one leader.
Their rule would spread over the entire world, and would reach
as far as Khaibar, a mere hundred miles from Madina Shareef.
Such would be the dominance of Kuffar during that era.
The Muslims would also be under
severe persecution and oppression from the Khalifah (i.e. the
Sufyaani) of that time and they will have no place to run.
The Ahl-ul-Bait (Family of Prophet
Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) will experience
difficulties and persecution.
Throughout the world earthquakes
would occur frequently. Innocent people will be put to death. A
man by the name of Harith son of Harith will emerge from
beyond the Euphrates River, and before him will be another by
the name of Manzoor. The former (i.e. Harith) will be preparing
the minds of Muslims to-accept Imam Mehdi when he comes. He will
perform the same task for Imam Mehdi, what the Quraish
performed for The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
in Madina before Hijri. Manzoor will aid him in this
It is compulsory upon every Muslim
to help this Harith, or to respond to his call.
The Abdaals and pious leaders will
all be on the lookout for Imam Mehdi, knowing that only he could
bring relief to the failing Ummah.
There will be a fight in Makkah
between three people, each one being the son of a Khalifah,
over leadership of the Muslims. However, none of them will gain
the Khilafat. This fight will take place in the month of
Zul-Qa'dah, and even in Mina during Hajj, there will be
quarrelling. All this will occur in the same year as Imam
An army will come from the East
towards Arabia. The East here refers to Khurasan, i.e.
Afghanistan. They will pave the way for the establishment of
Imam Mahdi's kingdom. This army will carry black banners.
Nothing shall stop their onward march, and eventually they will
plant their flag on the soils of Jerusalem.
IMAM MAHDI'S EMERGENCE AS THE NEW
Imam Mehdi will inspired, and
preparations will be made for him in one night to carry out his
task successfully. They will actually lead him by the hand
towards the Hijre Aswad, where people will then formally pledge
their allegiance to him as the Khalifah. This pledge will take
place in front of The Holy Ka 'ba, between the Hijre Aswad and
the Muqame Ibrahim, during or just after the days of Hajj.
Initially the number of people to
take the bay 'at pledge of allegiance at his hands will be 313,
which is the number of Sahabah that took part in the battle of
Badr. He will be forty years old at the time of his appointment.
PROTECTION AND ACCEPTANCE BY ALLAH
Immediately upon his appointment
as the new Khalifah Imam Mehdi will witness the direct Help of
Allah. Before the Mehdi, a man from the heart of Damascus, known
as Sufyaani (from the family of Abu Sufyaan) had begun a
horrendous campaign of bloodshed and killing, during which no
tribe or community will be left alone. Even women and children
will be mercilessly butchered. His chief supporters and
followers will be the tribe of Kalb.
When this Sufyaani hears of Imam
Mehdi, he will immediately dispatch an army towards Makkah
(where the Mehdi will be). The Imam and his handful of followers
will easily defeat this army. Then this Sufyaani will himself
lead a contingent from Syria towards Makkah to fight against
This army will be destroyed by an
enormous earthquake at Baidaa, a place just after Zhul-Hulaifa,
on the way to Makkah. First the rear of the army will be
devastated, and when those in front go back to see what had
happened, they too will meet the same fate. All but one member
of this army will perish, and this sole survivor will take back
the news of this disaster. There will be many in this army who
had been brought along by force, people who did not intend to
oppose Imam Mehdi. Such people would also be destroyed along
with the others, but on the Day of Judgment they will be raised
up according to their intentions. When the story of Divine Help
being granted to Imam Mehdi spreads through the Muslim world,
the Abdaals of Syria and the pious people of Iraq will come to
pledge allegiance to Imam Mehdi and join his ranks.
Similarly, other Muslim armies
from Madina and elsewhere will also come to Makkah and offer
their support and allegiance to Imam Mehdi.
Imam Mehdi then moves forward to
Syria, where he fights the armies of the Sufyaani who has the
backing of the tribe of Kalb. He too will send an army against
Imam Mehdi, who will yet again, through The Grace of Allah,
inflict heavy defeat on his enemies.
The Prophet of Allah actually
castigated those who do not participate in this battle against
the Kalb. The inhabitants of the heavens and the inhabitants of
the earth will be pleased with him.
It will be compulsory upon all
Muslims who hear of Imam Mehdi to pledge their allegiance and
full support to him.
HIS LEADERSHIP, BATTLES AND
With his army now bolstered by
saintly and pious people Imam Mehdi will defeat his enemies, as
we have seen in the initial battles mentioned above. Upon
releasing Syria from the oppressive rule of the Sufyaani, whom
he captures and executes, he regroups his forces there, and
prepares to engage the oppressive Zionists in Jerusalem. He will
fight them, and also release Jerusalem from their oppressive
rule. All the lands Imam Mehdi conquers were before him under
Tyranny and Oppression, which he replaces with Equity and
He will become the supreme leader
and reformer of the Muslim Ummah. He will rebuild the sanctuary
of the Masjid al-Aqsa as it was destroyed before him by the
There will be a great Islamic
revival, and this Deen will reign supreme. He will fill the
world with justice after it had been plagued with oppression.
He will practice and lead people
according to the Sunnat of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi
He will rule for seven to nine
years, with complete justice and righteousness, and all this
time Islam will be the predominant religion of the world. .
During his rule, the Muslims will
experience great economic enrichment. There will be no droughts
and lands will be exceptionally fertile. The earth will yield
crops in abundance and of the best quality. This rich
agricultural state will ensure a glut of money and food. In
fact, so much that people who come to the Baitul-Maal for
assistance will be given as much as they can take away.
In short the Muslims will live a
most luxurious and comfortable life, something they will never
ever experience again in this world. Imam Mehdi will distribute
lands equally among people.
The hearts of people will become
so independent of wealth and so dependent on Allah that when an
announcement is made for the needy to come forward, only one
person will stand up. When this person will be given wealth in
such abundance, he will feel ashamed and would want to return
the wealth, but the answer will be: "We do not take back what
has been given. It's all yours to keep."
Imam Mehdi will conquer the city
of Constantinople (presently known as Istanbul). The story
behind this conquest is as follows:
After the earthquakes, which
destroyed his enemies, and the subsequent amassing of Muslim
armies under his leadership, the Imam will leave Makkah for
Madina, where he will offer salaam at the Rozah Mubarak (The
Grave of The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Having done this his next step
would be to proceed on to Damascus, where the bulk of the
Nasara (Christian) forces along with the tribe of Kalb would be
deployed, as was previously mentioned.
In Damascus, the Imam will set up
his headquarters. From here, he will conduct military operations
against the enemies of Islam and defeats them (such as the ones
in Jerusalem), and from here, he will rule.
In response to this, the Roman
forces will attack, and destroy the city of the Prophet (Madina),
and start to gather their forces against its inhabitants.
At a place known as either A 'maaq
or Daabiq, somewhere near Allepo Syria, 960,000 Roman forces
would be assembled under 80 banners representing 80 nations,
quite clearly to annihilate the Muslims.
Imam Mehdi will send a battalion
of Muslim fighters, from among the best people on earth, to
engage them. When the two groups encounter each other face to
face, the Romans will request that the Muslims hand over to them
those who had fought and captured their Roman brethren. The
Muslims will refuse, saying: By Allah, We will never hand over
our Muslim brothers thus triggering off a fierce battle. A
third of the Muslim army will flee, and Allah will never ever
grant them Taubah (repentance). A third will be slain, and they
will be the noblest martyrs in The Sight of Allah. The surviving
third will be victorious, never to suffer defeat thereafter.
This battle will last four days.
Each day the Muslim troops will resolve on oath that they will
not return but as victors. For three days, they will fail to
crush the enemy, with many men becoming martyrs. On the fourth
day, the Christians will falter and succumb to a tremendous
onslaught from the remaining Muslim troops. The ensuing
slaughter will be unprecedented in history. This decimation will
utterly shatter the morale of the Romans.
Thus, Imam Mehdi will smash the
might of the non-Muslims forces in that period, forces which had
come together from all parts of the world.
Pressing forward, the next
destination will be Turkey. From the Syrian coast, Imam Mehdi
will dispatch seventy thousand soldiers of the Banu Is-Haq tribe
to re-conquer Istanbul, liberating it from Roman rule. They will
cross the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Turkey and will conquer
Istanbul without the use of a single weapon. Parts of the city
will collapse upon the Takbeer and Tahleel of these warriors.
They will recite' Laa ilaha illal-laahu wallahu Akbar' and
simply walk over the city. The Muazhzhins of the Muslims will
then establish the five times daily Azaan throughout the city.
This will occur about six years
after Imam Mehdi had come to power.
Imam Mehdi will also arrive at
Istanbul and set up the structure for his rule, appoint people
to govern there and most importantly, make arrangements for the
implementation of Islamic law.
This conquest will deliver untold
fortunes into the hands of the Muslims. As he and his men busy
themselves capturing and rounding up these vast riches a rumor
will spread that "the Dajjal has broken loose in Syria and is
wreaking havoc among your families. This news will be very
disturbing to the Imam, and so consequently, he will hurriedly
leave for Syria. In the meantime, ten men will be sent ahead to
ascertain the truth. About these ten The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu
alayhi wasallam) said: I know their names and the names of
their fathers they will be among the best warriors in that era.
Prophet e Kareem (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) even knew the
color of their horses.
One of them will report that the
whole story is false. Dajjal has not yet emerged. This was a
lie fabricated by Shaitan/Evil to try and disrupt the progress of
the Muslims. Imam Mehdi will resume his return journey to Syria
with greater ease and comfort once he learns that Dajjal is not
He will stop over in all the towns
and cities along the route to survey the situation and make
necessary arrangements for government.
Meanwhile the conquerors of
Istanbul will march on and invade parts of Western Europe
(Greece, Italy, etc.) in the same manner, with the Takbeer and
Kalimah. All this area will fall under the rule of Imam Mehdi.
A few weeks after Imam Mehdi
reaches Damascus the great imposter, Dajjal will now truly
emerge and begin his campaign of mischief and corruption between
Syria and Iraq.
Since the Dajjal will have a
large following of mainly Jews and illegitimate people (those
born out of marriage), the Muslims under Imam Mehdi will resume
preparations for war. They will be busy arranging the formation
of their troops during the time of Fajr. The Jama'at Salat will
be almost about to start when suddenly Sayyidina Eessa (Alayhis
salaam) son of Maryam will descend from the heavens and join the
ranks of Muslims for Salat. Imam Mehdi will lead the Fajr Salat
and Prophet Eessa will offer the Salat behind him.
After the slaying of Dajjal by
Prophet Eessa, Imam Mehdi will not live for very long. A few
months will elapse and this great Imam, a man who provided the
perfect sequel to Allah's Supreme Religion -ISLAM, will pass on
to the realms of the hereafter. The Muslims will perform his
Janazah Salat and bury him, and the Messiah son of Maryam will
then become the new ruler of the Muslims.