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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 >>>

Negative propagandas will be spread against him >>>

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

His being spied on - followed

In the narration of Abu Said Al Khudri (r.a.), The Messenger of Allah (praise and peace be upon him) said:
"When the Dajjal (the Antichrist) comes, a man from among the believers (the Mahdi) will confront him. Many armed men, Dajjal's armed men that spy on at the centers, will oppose to that believer."

Mahdism and Imamiye, 37, narration from Sahih Muslim, 11/393

Note: This hadith is a long one, the whole of the hadith will be explained later.

It is informed at the beginning of the hadith that the Mahdi would be spied on and followed by the armed men of the Dajjal (the Antichrist). We know from the Qur'an that some prophets, who struggled for unification in the previous periods, were also spied on similarly to keep them under control.

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

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

The owner of the research titled "Mahdism ve Imamiye" makes the following explanations regarding the whole hadith:

Although narrators such as Abu Ishaq and Ma'mer meant that this person was Hidhr (as), we are of the opinion that he is the Mahdi (as). The whole context of the hadith indicates this. In the beginning of the hadith, the Dajjal's armed soldiers making observations at the center are mentioned. It indicates that the Dajjal will have a big army or a governmental power. He will torment the Mahdi, who opposes to him, and try to render him ineffective using his power. According to the hadith, that person will be beaten down in such a way that his back and abdomen will widen. That is to say, it will be continuously announced and spread. By that time, thinking that he has rendered the Mahdi ineffective, the Dajjal sees the Mahdi's army coming onto him like an avalanche. Then, the Dajjal will not be able to keep the Mahdi anymore; the hadith explains this matter as follows: "O people, it is certain that the Dajjal will not be able to do what he has done to me to any of the people. Just at that moment the part between the neck and collarbone of that believer becomes a copper plate, so that the Dajjal cannot find any way to cut it."

These final expressions are highly remarkable. As for the neck and the collarbone, we all know that the crimes of a person to be executed are written on a piece of paper and hung on his neck. Since the hadith says that this part will become a copper plate, then the Dajjal will not be able to use his sword against the Mahdi anymore (will not be able to do anything to him). (Mahdism and Imamiye, 39)


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