Some religious scholars claim that Hazrat Mahdi (as) should have been immediately recognized as of the year 1400, the date of his coming, and that since the first quarter of the 1400s has passed, the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will take place in another century. The fact is, however, that Scholar Sayyid Muhammad Ibn Rasul Al-Husayn Al Barzanji of Medina, the great Sunni mujaddid (restorer of the faith) of the 11th century (1040-1103 according to the Islamic calendar) makes the following statement on page 301 of the 10th edition of his expanded work “Al-Isha'at li Ashratis Saa'at' ie” (Portents of Doomsday):
“Or four, five or even ten of the first hundred years may be counted. Accordingly, Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) appearance seven, nine or thirty years before the hundredth year cannot prevent his coming at the beginning of the century... Even if he appears after that time, the situation will still be the same.”
Al Barzanji thus states that even 4, 5 or 10 years after the year 1400 according to the Islamic calendar can be accepted as the early 1400s, which the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) will happen in, In other words, the fact that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be recognized 7, 9 or even 30 years before or after the year 1400 is no obstacle to Hazrat Mahdi (as) the greatest guide there has even been, coming in the year 1400. Even if these situations do prevail, the greatest and last guide, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have emerged at the beginning of the 1400s but will not initially be recognized.
Master Said Nursi, the greatest mujaddid of the 13th century, also says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not be recognized when he first appears:
However, as we said, this world is the arena of trial. The door is opened to the reason, but the will is not taken from the hand. SO, WHEN THOSE INDIVIDUALS [Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Hazrat ‘Isa (as)], AND EVEN THE TERRIBLE DAJJAL, APPEAR, MANY PEOPLE AND EVEN HIMSELF WILL NOT KNOW TO START WITH THAT HE IS THE DAJJAL. Those individuals [Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Hazrat ‘Isa (as)] of the end of time will be known through the insight and the light of belief.
The Words / Twenty-Fourth Word - Third Branch - p.355
... THEN IT IS CERTAIN THAT HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) RESEMBLES THE PROPHET YUSUF (AS) AND THAT HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)] WILLL SEE PEOPLE BUT PEOPLE WILL NOT SEE HIM [HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)] and that as Hazrat Ali (ra) states, HE [HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)] WILL NOT BE SEEN UNTIL A VOICE CALLS FROM THE SKY.
(Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Nomani, al-Ghaybah al-Nomani p. 167)
He said: "Look for them at the edges of the world. Their lives are simple, their homes are on their backs, even if present they are not recognized, IF THEY ARE LOST NONE WILL LOOK FOR THEM, IF THEY ARE SICK NONE WILL VISIT THEM, and if they wish to marry none will come to them. If THEY DIE, NONE WILL ATTEND THEIR FUNERALS. They share their possessions equally among them and visit one another’s graves; their wishes are all the same, even if they are in different cities."
(Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Nomani, al-Ghaybah al-Nomani, p. 23)
"Abu Basr says: I heard Imam Muhammad Baqr (as) say:" “HE WHO POSSESSES THIS OCCULTATION [HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)] WILL HAVE THE SUNNA OF FOUR PROPHETS. :... I SAID, WHAT IS THE SUNNA OF YUSUF (AS)? AND HE SAID: IMPRISONMENT AND DISAPPEARANCE. "...
(Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Nomani, al-Ghaybah al-Nomani, p. 190)
"Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one of us, from the Ahl al-Bayt."
Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 14
… We are such a household that Allah has preferred the Hereafter for us over this world. It is certain that after me my ahl al-bayt (my line) will suffer disasters, kidnappings and exile. After me, my ahl al-bayt (my line) will be confronted by troubles and difficulties and suffer heavy blows.
Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, Ali Ibn Husamaddin al-Muttaki, p. 14
... He [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will perform two complete prayer (namaz). When he turns round from the namaz he will say: "O People! The Ummah of Muhammad and especially his ahl al-bayt have suffered great troubles and we have been exposed to suffering and injustice.”
Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 55
He will continue his struggle until people return to the truth.
Al-Qawl Al-Mukhtasar Fi alamat Al-Mahdi Al-Muntazar, p. 23
When the one who believes [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] sees the Dajjal, he will say, “O People! This is the Dajjal of whom Rasulullah (saas) speaks.” The Dajjal will immediately issue his command regarding him, and that person will be stretched out on his stomach, and from behind him he will say, “Take him and wound him.” That person’s back and stomach will be expanded by beating. This time he will seize him by his two hands and feet and cast him away. People will imagine that the Dajjal has cast him into a fire. But he will really have been cast into paradise.
The Mahdi and the Imam, Ibrahim Suleymanoglu, p. 40
After you, the most auspicious of Muslims [the community of Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will emerge to strive against them, and they are the people who feel no condemnation from any critic nor any backbiting on the path of Allah…
Sunan Ibn Majah, 10/259
She brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, ‘Maryam! You have done an unthinkable thing! Sister of Harun, your father was not an evil man nor was your mother an unchaste woman!’ (Surah Maryam, 27-28)
Pharaoh said, ‘Have you believed in him before I authorized you to do so? This is just some plot you have concocted in the city to drive its people from it. (Surat al-A‘raf, 123)
The ruling circle of his people said, ‘We see you in flagrant error.’ (Surat al-A‘raf, 60)
They said, ‘Have you come to us to turn us from what we found our fathers doing, and to gain greatness in the land? We do not believe you.’ (Surah Yunus, 78)
Equally, no Messenger came to those before them without their saying, ‘A magician or a madman!’ Did they bequeath this to each other? Indeed they are an unbridled people. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 52-53)
They say, ‘You, to whom the Reminder has been sent down, are clearly mad. (Surat al-Hijr, 6)
But he turned away with his forces, saying, ‘A magician or a madman!’ So We seized him and his armies and hurled them into the sea, and he was to blame. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 39-40)
The ruling circle of those of his people who were unbeliever said, ‘We do not see you as anything but a human being like ourselves. We do not see anyone following you but the lowest of us, unthinkingly. We do not see you as superior to us. On the contrary, we consider you to be liars.’ (Surah Hud, 27)
Thamud denied the warnings. They said, ‘Are we to follow a human being, one of us? Then we would truly be misguided, quite insane! Has the Reminder been given to him of all of us? No indeed! He is an impudent liar.’ ‘They will know tomorrow who the impudent liar is. (Surat al-Qamar, 23-26)
And then when he became a full-grown man, We gave him knowledge and right judgment too. That is how We reward all doers of good. The woman whose house it was solicited him. She barred the doors and said, ‘Come over here!’ He said, ‘Allah is my refuge! He is My lord and has been good to me with where I live. Those who do wrong will surely not succeed.’ She wanted him and he would have wanted her, had he not seen the Clear Proof of his Lord. That happened so We might avert from him all evil and lust. He was Our chosen slave. They raced to the door. She tore his shirt at the back. They met her husband by the door. She said, ‘How should a man whose intention was to harm your family be punished for what he did except with prison or painful punishment?’ (Surah Yusuf, 22-25)
|You who believe! Do not be like those who abused Musa. Allah absolved him of what they said and he was highly honored with Allah. You who believe! have taqwa of Allah and speak words which hit the mark. (Surat al-Ahzab, 69-70)|
AS I HAVE INDICATED MANY TIMES IN MY LETTERS, THE COLLECTIVE ENTITY OF THE HOLY COMMUNITY REPRESENTED BY MAHDI AL RASUL HAS THREE DUTIES. If Doomsday does not happen soon and if all people do not turn from the path, then we may expect from the divine mercy that his community and the sayyid (the descendants of the Prophet (saas)) will perform those three tasks. And he will have three great duties.
(Emirdağ Addendum, p. 259)
Some verses and hadith speak in allegorical terms OF THE GREATEST RENNOVATOR, WHO WILL APPEAR IN THE END TIMES. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE THREE DUTIES OF THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL COME AND HIS COMMUNITY, and that which appears on the surface to be the smallest, is to salvage faith and illuminate the truths leading to faith like a Sun…
(Tilsimlar Magazine, p. 168)
FIRST: Under the effect of SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY, and the contagious plague known as ATHEISM AND MATERIALISM, and its spread among people, he will first of all save the faith in such a way as to silence PHILISOPHY AND MATERIALISM.
(Emirdağ Addendum, p. 259)