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The Awaited Savior


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The Awaited Savior

  1. 1. The Muslim Students’ Association The Awaited Savior
  2. 2. Who is the Quran talking about? <ul><li>&quot; And he shall be a Sign for (the coming of) the Hour. &quot; (Quran 43:61) </li></ul><ul><li>Ibn Hajar wrote that: </li></ul><ul><li>Muqatil Ibn Sulayman and those who followed him among the commentators of Quran said that the verse was revealed about al-Mahdi . </li></ul><ul><li>Reference: al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar, Ch. 11, section 1, p247 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Justice?
  4. 4. <ul><li>&quot;And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah. &quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>(Chapter 3, Verse 54) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Day of Judgment <ul><li>&quot;Of a certainty, God will gather all His creatures on the day of resurrection, all His deeds are inspired by knowledge and wisdom&quot; (15:25). </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;At the time of resurrection, We shall set up the scales of justice, and none will be wronged on that day. Everyone will be requited in accordance with his deeds. We shall take into reckoning the smallest of deeds, even if it be no greater than a mustard grain, for it is We Who shall call them to account&quot; (21:47). </li></ul>
  6. 6. According to hadith what must happen before the DOJ? <ul><li>The Prophet (PBUH) said: &quot;Even if the entire duration of the world's existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left (before the day of judgment), Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person from my Ahlul-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will fill out the earth with peace and justice as it will have been full of injustice and tyranny (by then).&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Tirmidhi has recorded this hadith in his Sahih and comments: &quot;This hadith on the Mahdi is reliable, and has been related by 'Ali b. Abi Talib, Abu Sa'id, Umm Salma and Abu Hurayra&quot;: </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Mahdi (a.s.) will be from the progeny of Hazrat Fatimah (s.a.) the daughter of our Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) : </li></ul><ul><li>This has been mentioned by Imam Bokhari in (Al Tarikh Al Kabeer, vol IV, 2nd edition, p. 406) It is narrated through Umme Salmah the wife of the prophet, who said &quot;I heard the Holy Prophet saying 'Mahdi will be from my descendants, the progeny of Fatima.'&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>This narration has been accepted by all Muslims and is mentioned in the books of Ibne Hajar al-Maliki, Allamah Tabrezi, Imam Hakim Naishapuri, Hafiz Ganji Shaf-ai, Allamah Jalaluddin al-Suyuti. Hafiz Abu Naeem Isphahani in &quot;Al Arbaeen hadithan fee Al Mahdi&quot; narrated that Huzaifah narrated </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Holy Prophet gave a sermon and told us of what was going to happen in the future. Futher he said that if even one day remains before the world ends, Almighty God will extend it to such an extent that one person from my household will manifest himself whose name will be like mine. Hearing this, Salman stood up and asked: &quot;O Prophet of God, he wil be from the progeny of which of your sons?' The Holy Prophet putting his hand on Hussain ( r.a.) said &quot;from this son of mine.&quot; </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>In Sahih Muslim, in the Chapter of al-Fitan, there are some interesting traditions on what will happen in the last days of the world. I would like to quote two of them here: </li></ul><ul><li>Abu Nadra reported: We were with the company of Jabir Ibn Abdillah... Jabir Ibn Abdillah kept quite for a while and then reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said: &quot; There would be a Caliph in the last (period) of my Ummah who would freely give handfuls of wealth to the people without counting it .&quot; I said to Abu Nadra and Abu al-Ala: Do you mean Umar Ibn Abd al-Aziz? They said: NO, (he would be Imam Mahdi) . </li></ul><ul><li>[ NOTE: What are inside the parentheses in the above tradition are NOT my comments. They are the words of the translator of Sahih Muslim (Abdul Hamid Siddiqui).] </li></ul><ul><li>Similarly, we read in Sahih Muslim: </li></ul><ul><li>Abu Sa'id and Jabir Ibn Abdullah reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: &quot;There would be in the last (phase) of the time a Caliph who would distribute wealth but would not count.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The more recent fatwa in this issue is given in Mecca by the Muslim World League (Rabitatul `Alamul Islami) on Oct. 11, 1976 (23 Shawwal 1396). This fatwa states that more than twenty companions narrated traditions concerning al- Mahdi, and gives a list of those scholars of Hadith who have transmitted these narrations, and those who have written books on al-Mahdi. The fatwa states: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The memorizers (Hafiz) and scholars of Hadith have verified that there are authentic (sahih) and acceptable (hasan) reports among the traditions related to al-Mahdi. The majority of these traditions are related through numerous authorities (Mutawatir). There is no doubt that the status of those reports are Sahih and Mutawatir. (They have also verified) that the belief in Mahdi is obligatory, and that it is one of the beliefs of Ahl al Sunnah wal Jama'a. Only those ignorant of the Sunnah and innovators in doctrine deny it.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>&quot;Allah has promised to those of you who believe and do good that He will most certainly make them rulers in the earth as He made rulers those before them and that He will most certainly establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them and that He will most certainly, after their fear, give them security in exchange, they serve Me (and) do not associate aught with Me...&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>[Surah Nur : 55] </li></ul><ul><li>Jafar al-Sadiq has commented that &quot;This verse is revealed in connection with al Mahdi and his companions&quot;.(Al-Ghaybah, p. 126) </li></ul><ul><li>This Quranic verse about the reappearance and uprising of al Mahdi ~ the belief common to Ahle-Sunnat too - mentions four characteristics and aims of the universal rule of the Mahdi • The establishment of a Universal Government. • Absolute Power to the religion of Islam. • The atmosphere of complete security and peace. • The annihilation of polytheism (Shirk). </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>&quot;Abu Hanifa sat for a long time at Imam Baqir's feet and acquired from him much valuable knowledge of Fiqh and Hadith not available anywhere else. Shia's and Sunni's are agreed that Abu Hanifa derived much of his learning from Baqir. He learned a great deal from the Imam's son, Ja'far al-Sadiq also, which fact is generally mentioned in the history books. For all his greatness as an original thinker and master of fiqh, Abu Hanifa could not compare in learning with Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq. The Ahl'ul bayt were the fountainhead of Fiqh and Hadith and, in fact, all religious learning. &quot;The master of the house knows best what is in it&quot;, to quote a well-known Arabic saying&quot;. ( Imam Abu Hanifa, by Allamah Shibli Numani page 40 ).   </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I have not seen a jurist of high rank like Imam Jafar al Sadiq - Imam Abu Hanifa   </li></ul><ul><li>[taken from Tabayeen page 69 by Shah Moinuddin Ahmed Nadvi]&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Imam Abu Hanifa had also remarked 'I have never seen a greater scholar of fiqh than Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as)'. </li></ul><ul><li>Abu Hanifa was Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as)'s student, as has been vouched for by Hafidh Ibn Hajar Asqlani, Ibn Ammar Hanbali, Ibn Hajar Makki, Allamah Shiblinji, research scholar Abu Zohra and many others. </li></ul><ul><li>  Abu Hanifa was highly respected by those friends of Ahlulbayt for they heartily endorsed a remark made by Abu Hanifa concerning Mansur and all such oppressors whether of the Banu Umayya or Banu Abbas. Abu Hanifa eloquently declared that if such men would build a Masjid and command him to the simple task of counting the bricks, he would not do it, &quot;for they are dissolute (Fasiq) and the dissolute are not worthy of the authority of leadership (Majlisi,Tarikhul Aiemma). Ultimately Mansur heard this remark and cast Abu Hanifa into prison where he remained until his death. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Jabir Ibn Abdillah al-Ansari (RA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;A group of my Ummah will fight for the truth until near the day of judgment when Jesus, the son of Marry, will descend, and the leader of them will ask him to lead the prayer, but Jesus declines, saying: &quot;No, Verily, among you Allah has made leaders for others and He has bestowed his bounty upon them.&quot; reference: </li></ul><ul><li>Sahih Muslim, Arabic, part 2, p193 </li></ul><ul><li>Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v3, pp 45,384 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;And the Unbelievers say, &quot;Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord?&quot; (O' Muhammad!) You are truely a Warner, and for every community exists a Guide .&quot; (Quran 13:7) </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>* The dark of night will not be deemed necessary for the commitment of sins. * Extravagant mansions will be constructed. * Singers will be considered respectable. * War shall be prevalent . * Gambling will be prevalent. * People will fear living in their own houses. * Dajjal shall come and shall have one eye * Land shall be turned into deserts * Earthquakes and Volcano's and other natural disasters shall be common. * Good deeds will be few and far between. * False guides will mislead the multitudes. * Posts will be many, but practical teachers a few. * Mosques will be decorated profusely but urge towards adoration will be absent. * The rate of accidental deaths will be on the rise. * The rich will become godless and the devout will become sinful. * Leaders of opinion will be corrupt and overbearing. * False witnesses will be accepted and true ones rejected * The Quran will be considered as an old ancient book </li></ul><ul><li>* A person spending money on sinful purposes will not be criticised. * People will thrust their personal opinions in the religion. * Usury (Interest) will be considered lawful. * The virtuous will be despised for their faith in God. * Human beings will be followers of selfish desires. * Pride will be taken for oppressive tendencies. * Good people will observe silence due to fear of wicked persons foul speech. * Tale bearing and backbiting will be considered as good and will be prevalent. * A wealthy person will command more respect then a pious person. * Children will curse their parents and will pray for their early death. * Payments will be taken for rendering religious services in Mosques. * There will be two eclipses in the Month of Ramadhan. * Recitaton of the Holy Quran will be considered as a burden * Homosexuality will be prevalent * The land will crumble and sink thrice in the East, the west and Arabian peninsula. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Dajjal <ul><li>Dajjal a.k.a The Anti-Christ, will come out before the re-appearance of the Mahdi and Prophet Jesus, both of whom will bring truth and justice and kill Dajjal. He will claim to be Allah (astagfurullah) and then later claim to be a Prophet. Alot of people will believe him and fall for his trickery, because he will be able to perform certain miracles. Dajjal will have an army of 70,000, those who accept him, will live in luxury, those who don't, will have the opposite. Dajjal would be of the worst kind ever to afflict mankind. Every Prophet has warned his nation about him, there will be a lot of turmoil in the world. Also, it is said, that he will have one eye (either literally, or blind in the other) and on his forehead will be written 'Kaafir', but only the true believers will be able to see it. May Allah (swt) protect us from the fitnah of Dajjal. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Why is this important? <ul><li>Recognizing the Mahdi </li></ul>