Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh.
Imaam Mahdi (radhiallaahu anhu) will be born among this Ummah, and according to the most authentic opinion, he will be of Arab origin. He will be born and grow up normally, but will only be recognized as The Mahdi at the age of forty. He will be the Imaam (leader) of the Muslims.
As for 'Iysa (alayhis salaam), though he will not descend from the heavens as a member of the Ummah of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), he will not practise nor preach Christianity (his own creed). He will descend as a Khaleefah (Calpih) of the Prophet, with the mission of establishing the creed of the Prophet, and as an assistant to the Ummah of the Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). During his era the entire population of the world will be united on one creed, the creed of Islam. (Mirqaat, pg. 440)
*Abu Hurayrah (radhiallaahu 'anhu) narrates that the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "By the oath of the being in whose control lies my soul, it is very soon that the son of Maryam will descend amidst you as a just ruler. So he will break the cross (invalidate Christianity, and rule by the the upright creed, Islam), and kill the swine (render its acquisition/purchase and consumption as Haraam),......." (Bukhaari, Muslim)
And Allaah knows best.
Answer last updated on:
15th May 2012
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