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VARIOUS CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MAHDI

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His being given the glad tidings of paradise >>>

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The Mahdi Will Be The Most Auspicious Person Of His Time >>>

3 The Books Revealed To The Prophets Describe The Mahdi's Features >>>
4 His good moral character >>>
5 He will be much loved by everyone >>>
6 His being a Fighter >>>
7 The Power of His Preaching >>>
8 His Innate Knowledge >>>
9 His Jifr (Abjad) Knowledge >>>
10 His Purification >>>
11 His Being on the Path of Prophethood >>>
12 His encounter with tribulation and difficulties >>>
13 His being spied on - followed >>>
14 The Dajjal's Efforts to Torment the Mahdi >>>
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Negative propagandas will be spread against him >>>

16 His Emigration (Hijra) >>>
17 His Physical Appearance >>>
18 His Speech >>>

His encounter with tribulation and difficulties

 Mahdi is from one of us, from my Ahl al-Bayt.
... from Abdullah ibn Masud (ra); the Messenger of Allah (saas) said:

"We are such a household that Allah has preferred the Hereafter to the world for us. The Family of my House will surely suffer tribulations, be kidnapped and exiled after me.

The Family of my House will encounter trials and tribulations and be exposed to violence.
Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, 14

All the anbiya (as) and awliya (as) have not been understood by the people because of communicating and spreading the religion sent by Allah, the Exalted, and they were exposed to various accusations and slanders of them.

The Mahdi (as), who will come from the Ahl al-Bayt, will also suffer such trials and tribulations. Our Prophet Muhammad's (saas) hadith reports that, "The Mahdi will explain to the people that he has suffered trials and tribulations during allegiance".

  Naim ibn Hammad narrated from Ali (ra):
"...The Mahdi will emerge with the banner of the Messenger (saas), when people suffer tribulations one after the other and when the people have given up hope of his emergence. He will pray two rakah of prayer and when he finishes his prayer he will go to them and say: "O people, continuous trials came to the nation of Muhammad (saas) especially to the Ahl al-Bayt, and we have been put up with trouble and have suffered wrong."
Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, 55


The Messenger of Allah (saas) said:

- The troubles to be suffered by the ones who are strong and solid in their religion will be serious. (1)

- If Allah, the Mighty, loves or wants to draw near Him one of His servants, He sends troubles and disasters to him one after the other. (2)

- When Allah, the Exalted, wishes goodness for a person, He gives him troubles and disasters. (3)

(1) Ibn Hibban
(2) Ibn Abi'd-Dunya
(3) Imam Malik and Bukhari

The following hadith informs that the Mahdi (ra), who will conquer Constantinople (Istanbul), and his assistants would suffer illnesses, distress and grief before the conquest, but that these distresses would be removed afterwards:

Allah will conquer Constantinople (Istanbul) for the people of His most loved friends... He will remove illness and distress from them.
Portents of the Judgment Day, 181

Allah, the Mighty, the Glorified, informs in the Qur'an that many prophets suffered many trials and torments such as being rejected, being accused to be mad and magician, illnesses, unjustly being imprisoned in dungeons, etc. but that they should be patient.

Verse interpretations in the indicated meaning:

Messengers before you were also denied but they were steadfast in the face of the denial and injury they suffered until Our help arrived. ...  (Surat al-An'am: 34)
But then they turned away from him and said, "He is an instructed madman!"
 (Surat-ad-Dukhan: 14)

Equally, no Messenger came to those before them without their saying, "A magician or a madman!" (Surat-adh-Dhariyat: 52)

He is nothing but a man possessed so wait a while and see what happens to him.
 (Surat-al-Muminun: 25)

He (Pharaoh) said, "If you take any god other than me, I will certainly throw you into prison." (Surat ash-Shu'ara': 29)

You who believe! Do not be like those who abused Musa. Allah absolved him of what they said and he was highly honoured with Allah. (Surat al-Ahzab: 69)

They said, "Build a pyre for him and fling him into the blaze!" (Surat as-Saffat: 97)

Those who are unbelievers all but strike you down with their evil looks        when they hear the Reminder and say, "He is quite mad." (Surat al-Qalam: 51)

So be steadfast as the Messengers with firm resolve were also steadfast.And do not seek to hasten it for them... (Surat al-Ahqaf: 35)

 
 

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