The Symptoms Of Hadrat Mahdi


Hadrat [1] Imam-i Rabbani says in the 67th letter of the second volume of his Maktubat:

Somebody in India claimed to be the Mahdi, and he was believed by many ignorant people. According to them Hadrat Mahdi came, died, and his grave is in Fara city. [Also, some ignorant people in our country call those who say and write what they translate from the books of tasawwuf [2] "Mahdi". They think that those people write their own inspirations. ] However, a hadith declares, "There will be a cloud just above Mahdi's head. An Angel from the cloud will say: 'This is Mahdi. Believe what he says!," Another hadith [3] declares: "Of all the people you have heard about, four persons took possession of the earth, [that is, most of the countries known]. Two of them were Believers and the other two were disbelievers. The two Believers were Hadrat Zulqarnein and Hadrat Suleyman. And the two disbelievers were Nemrud (Nimrod) and Buhtunnassar (Nebuchadnezzar). Fifthly, the earth will be owned by one of my descendants, Mahdi. "

A hadith declares: "Before Doomsday, Allahu ta'ala will create one of my descendants, whose name, father's name and mother's name will be the same as those of mine, and who will fill the world with justice. The earth, which will have been filled with cruelty before him, will be filled with justice during his time. " Another hadith declares: "The As'hab-i kahf will be Mahdi's assistants and Isa (Jesus) will descend from heaven during his time. As Isa fights the Dajjal, Mahdi will be with him. During his reign, unusually, contrary to calculations, there will be a solar eclipse on the fourteenth day of the blessed month of Ramadan and there will be a lunar eclipse on its first night. "

Then, let them be reasonable enough to see if these symptoms exist [in those people whom the ignorant suppose to be Mahdi or] in that abovementioned dead man. Many other symptoms of Hadrat Mahdi have been predicted by Mukhbir-i Sadiq 'alaihissalatu wassalam'. Hadrat Ahmad ibni Hajar-i Makki wrote almost two hundred symptoms of Hadrat Mahdi in his book Alqawlulmukhtasar fi-alamat-il-Mahdi. While the symptoms of the reported Mahdi are so obvious, those who think of others as Mahdi are so ignorant. May Allahu ta'ala bless them with the lot of seeing the truth!

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] tasawwuf: (Islamic sufism as defined by Islam) knowledge and (after adapting oneself to fiqh) practice of the manners of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) which strengthens iman, makes the practice of fiqh easy and provides one to attain ma'rifa; 'ilm at-tasawwuf. [See the book Maktubat by Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alaih)].
[3] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).