Friday, 2 November 2018

Mahdi is Appointed and Sent by Allah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والصلاة والسلام على خاتم النبيين

وعلى آله واصحابه اجمعين

آمين يا رب العالمين
Like the Nabi (prophet) and Mujaddid (religious reformer), the office of the promised Mahdi is a divine appointment. The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said:
لَوْ لَمْ يَبْقَ مِنَ الدَّهْرِ إِلاَّ يَوْمٌ لَبَعَثَ اللَّهُ رَجُلاً مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتِي يَمْلأُهَا عَدْلاً كَمَا مُلِئَتْ جَوْرًا
’’If there was nothing left of time except a day, Allah would raise a man from my household who would fill (the land) with justice as it was filled with tyranny.’’ (Sunan Abi Dawud #4283)
The promised Mahdi is مبعوث من الله ’’sent by Allah’’, like the Prophets and the Mujaddidin. In fact, the promised Mahdi عليه الصلاة والسلام is the Mujaddid of his time, and has within him some of the characteristics of Nubuwwa. When Allah does send the promised Mahdi, he will have the divine right to rule over the Umma. Unlike an ordinary caliph or ruler, the Umma is not able to appoint someone to the office of the Mahdi through mutual consultation. Allah Himself shall appoint and send the Mahdi, and guide him directly:
الْمَهْدِيُّ مِنَّا أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ يُصْلِحُهُ اللَّهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ ‏
’’The Mahdi is from us, Ahl al-Bayt. Allah will rectify him in a (single) night.’’ (Sunan Ibn Maja #4085)
When the promised Mahdi does appear, undoubtedly there will be some Muslims, especially the oppressive rulers, regimes and governments of the time, who will not only reject him but seek to fight him. They will have to answer to Allah Himself for having opposed the one whom Allah appointed and sent for the rectification of this Umma. The name Mahdi means the guided one. He will be guided by Allah and it is not permissible for any Muslim to reject or oppose him. Those who do so will jeopardize their faith and are answerable to Allah Most High.
The cancer of nationalism and patriotism is spreading in the Muslim body. It is quite foreseeable that when the promised Mahdi does emerge, those so-called Muslims who oppose and reject him will likely do so on the basis of their nationalism and attachment to these nation states. Likewise, those who have been infected with the virus of secularism and liberalism will likely reject the promised Mahdi who will be sent by Allah Most High to establish a pure Islamic state based on the Shari’a and the Sunna of Prophet Muhammad صلوات الله وسلامه عليه

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