The Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) are two of the most valuable individuals foretold by our Prophet (saas) and whose appearance has been excitedly awaited for some 1400 years. However, for the first time in those 1400 years some people are now striving, in their own eyes, to cover up these glad tidings and conditioning masses to think that “The Prophet Jesus (as) will not return and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not come.” These people make intensive use of such tools of mass communication as the radio, television, the internet, newspapers and magazines and are trying to influence both Muslims and the majority of the world population. Muslims must therefore neutralize this mass conditioning by constantly remembering Allah, constantly recalling that we are living in the End Times, telling others that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) are at work and striving for the unification of the Islamic world and the global dominion of Islamic moral values.
The antichrist would be striving in a thousand and one different ways to conceal and distract people from the system of the Mahdi. It therefore causes a great many people to turn their backs on it by causing some people to deny the system of the Mahdi entirely; by making others talk about the system of the Mahdi as if it is something totally unbelievable; by ensuring that some never speak about it at all; by making it seem like it would take place hundreds of years later; by causing some people to think that the Mahdi is a “collective personality” and finally by convincing other people to believe in the lie that “the Mahdi has already come and gone,” which is far from the reality. It distracts many people with unimaginable quibbles and tales they would never attach any credence to under normal circumstances so they are unable to recognize even the existence of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
One of the dictionary definitions of the word “antichrist ” is someone who subverts the truth, portraying good as evil and evil as good. The antichrist, who wants to see people come to physical and spiritual harm and aims to spread strife and corruption, will cover up everything that is fine and good, conceal the facts and thus try to prevent people discovering the truth. The greatest and most excellent reality of the End Times is that we are living in the age of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as). The antichrist will therefore work mostly on that subject. The antichrist and his supporters will strive by a thousand and one means to conceal and gloss over the coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the system of the Mahdi and, in their own eyes, to deflect these subject matters. Almighty Allah tells us in the Qur’an that those with a sickness in their hearts will say, ‘What Allah and His Messenger promise us was mere delusion.’
When the hypocrites and people with sickness in their hearts said, ‘What Allah and His Messenger promised us was mere delusion.’
(Surat al-Ahzab, 12)
Figuratively, this verse also alludes to the situation of those people who lose hope in the coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as). That is because under the influence of the antichrist, these people deny ‘the coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as), as our Prophet (saas) reveals in the hadiths, and maintain that our Prophet’s (saas) words on the subject are “unfounded.”
Today articles, which state that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not come, appear in many places. More importantly, some people regarded as Islamic scholars issue statements agreeing with this view, as well. The fact is, however, all these people believing that “the coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) is untrue” and supposedly an “empty promise” is actually one of the phenomena that our Prophet (saas) has promised will take place. It is revealed in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) that one of the signs of the End Times showing that the coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) is imminent is for people to increasingly say, “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not come, there is no Hazrat Mahdi (as)". Some of the hadiths relating this are as below:
"ALLAH WILL SEND HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) when people
are in despair and say, “THERE IS NO MAHDI”
… (al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 55)
HE (HAZRAT MAHDI (AS)) WILL APPEAR AT THE MOMENT THE PEOPLE LOSE HOPE OF HIS COMING!
How happy those who live to help him will be! Woe to those who harbor enmity toward him (Hazrat Mahdi (as)), who oppose him or his commands and to his enemies! (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 301)
Dawud ibn Kathir Riqqi says: I asked Imam Abu Abdullah: ...He [Hazrat Mahdi) (as)] is long in coming, our hearts are saddened and we are dying from a profound sorrow. He said: "HIS COMING WILL TAKE PLACE WHEN THERE IS EVEN GREATER DESPAIR AND SORROW.”
(Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 208)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi also reveals that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will only be recognized through the light of faith and that only a few people will thus recognize and take their places beside him:
The force and spiritual army this duty depends on is some followers in full possession of titles of loyalty and solidarity. No matter how few they may be, they are spiritually as powerful and valuable as an army. That abundant and capable army is the family of the Messenger of Allah (saas) and a very pure army of Hazrat Mahdi (as). (Emirdag Addendum, p. 259).
Imam Zayn al-Abidin (as) stated:
"There are some similarities between our Qaim [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] and Allah's Messengers. He has similarities to each one of the Prophets Noah (as), Abraham (as), Moses (as), Jesus (as), Job (as) and Muhammad (saas)
.... to Jesus (as) in people being in conflict about him (some people will say Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come while others will say he will not)
(Sheikh al-Saduq, Kamal al-Din, p. 322, Section 31, Hadith number 3)
All the efforts made to conceal the return of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) are in vain. These two holy events are Allah’s promise and will come about. This period, in which the portents of the End Times have taken place one after the other, shows that the second coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as) are imminent. By Allah’s leave, these two holy individuals will appear exactly as described in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) and install the moral values of Islam across the world.
Many people have fallen into a variety of errors on the subject of the coming and existence of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Some of these are as follows:
Even Though All the Portents Have Come about, Why Is It That Some People Still Deny That the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) Will Come As Individuals?
It is a great miracle for Hazrat Mahdi (as) to remain unknown despite all the portents of his coming having taken place and these signs being so clear and so explicit. However, a veil has come down over most people’s eyes and they are unable to recognize Hazrat Mahdi (as) despite all these evident facts. This shows the severity of the End Times, and how much foresight has disappeared, and the kind of thought structure that people now possess. However, by Allah’s leave, the whole world will eventually see that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) are both individual people and will wage their intellectual struggle in this century.
By how many means is the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) concealed?
The claims of those who try to conceal the coming of the Hazrat Mahdi (as) are:
Hazrat Mahdi (as) has come and gone. He appeared in the past.
Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a collective personality, in other words, an invisible spirit. And there is therefore no point in waiting for him to appear as an individual.
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come, but in many centuries’ time.
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be a regular human being. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be an ordinary political leader who will not perform the second and third of the tasks that Bediuzzaman described in his works in the words "Hazrat Mahdi (as) has three duties," who will not wage an intellectual struggle against materialist, Darwinist and atheist philosophies and who will not tell people of the signs leading to faith. He will be an ordinary political leader who will merely read the Risale-i Nur Collection, and therefore will not be a spectacular personality.
There is no such person as Hazrat Mahdi (as) and he will never come.
Hazrat Mahdi (as) may come but it is wrong to investigate these matters. Hazrat Mahdi (as) must find us busy working when he comes, so there is no need to investigate him. If he comes, he comes, and if not, then he does not.
There will be an Angel over his head telling people, “This is Hazrat Mahdi (as), follow him,” and he should be immune to tanks and guns. Someone lacking these attributes cannot be Hazrat Mahdi (as).
Many Mahdis will come in the End Times. Three, five or ten Mahdis may come. They will all work silently and discharge the duties of the Mahdi and then die, so very few people will be aware of this fact.
Trying to confuse, complicate and cover up this issue, which the Messenger of Allah (saas) sets out so clearly in trustworthy hadiths and which Bediuzzaman Said Nursi describes so clearly and explicitly, is one of the peculiar characteristics of the End Times.
Hundreds of millions of people have fallen into the errors concerning the existence and coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) listed above. In the beginning there will be very few who think that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come in this century. The reason for this is the misconceptions we have listed above. Some people would really not understand the existence of Hazrat Mahdi (as), and some will pretend not to understand because of their evil aims and this will continue to be like that until the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
It is a great miracle for Hazrat Mahdi (as) to remain unknown despite all the portents of his coming having taken place and these signs being so clear and so explicit. However, a veil has come down over most people’s eyes and they are unable to recognize Hazrat Mahdi (as) despite all these evident facts. This shows the severity of the End Times, and how much foresight and perspicacity have disappeared, and the kind of thought structure that people now possess.
Some of the Verses of the Qur’an Indicating the Coming of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the Global Dominion of the Moral Values of Islam
And other things you love: SUPPORT FROM ALLAH AND IMMINENT VICTORY. Give good news to the believers! (Surat As-Saff, 13)
We wrote down in the Psalms, after the Reminder came: ‘It is My servants who are righteous who will inherit the earth.’ (Surat Al-Anbiya, 105)
Allah has promised those of you who believe and do right actions that HE WILL MAKE THEM SUCCESSORS IN THE LAND as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their religion with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security. ‘They worship Me, not associating anything with Me.’ Any who are unbelievers after that, such people are deviators. (Surat An-Nur, 55)
Our word was given before to Our servants, the messengers, that they would certainly be helped. It is Our army which will be victorious. (Surat as-Saffat, 171-173)
Allah has written, "I will be victorious, I and and My Messengers." Allah is Most Strong, Almighty. (Surat al-Mujadala: 21)
It is He Who sent His messenger with the Guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other religion and Allah suffices as a witness. (Surat al-Fath, 28)
It is He Who sent His messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other religion, even though the idolaters detest it. (Surat at-Tawba, 33)
Then We appointed you after them to be successors on the earth so We might observe how you would act. (Surah Yunus, 14)
And We bequeathed to the people who had been oppressed the easternmost part of the land We had blessed, and its westernmost part as well. (Sura al-Ar'af, 137)
They desire to extinguish Allah's light with their mouths but Allah will perfect His light, though the unbelievers hate it. (Surat as-Saff, 8)
He bequeathed their land, their houses and their wealth to you, and another land you had not yet trodden on. Allah has power over all things. (Surat al-Ahzab, 27)
Those who, if We establish them firmly on the earth, will establish prayer and pay alms, and command what is right and forbid what is wrong. The end result of all affairs is with Allah. (Surat al-Hajj, 41)
It is assumed that Islam is not spreading in the world because the Qur’an and the hadith are not being told. However for attaining true devotion to religion, signs leading to faith should be told and false idols should be destroyed.
Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar’s interview on Kaçkar TV on 5 September, 2010
The Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) Will Come in This Century
However by the leave of Allah the whole world will come to realize in the near future that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as), in fact, will wage an intellectual struggle in this century.
Great and entirely reliable Sunni scholars have made it clear in their works, such as the Sunan Abu Dawud and the Maktubat of Imam Rabbani, that an individual is sent by Allah once every hundred years in order to revive the religion and rid it of later additions:
According to Abu Hurairah’s account, the Messenger of Allah (saas) said: Allah will raise for this community AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY HUNDRED YEARS the one who will revive its religion for it. (Sunan Abu Dawud 5/100)
One hadith revealing that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come in Hijri 1400 has come down from our Prophet (saas) as follows:
People will gather around Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the year 1400. (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 108)
The moral values of Islam will rule the world in a specific process during this hundred years and the system of the antichrist that opposes the moral values of the religion will be entirely eradicated. However, following this period of rising which will last 100 or so years, the world will again enter a period of degeneration in the Hijri 1500s.
According to a hadith narrated by many scholars, including Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, the great hadith scholar and founder of the Hanbali school, the Prophet (saas) refers to the beginning of a certain calendar, saying, the time that had passed in the world up until him was 5600 years:
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal transmitted in his 'Ilal: FIVE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED YEARS HAVE PASSED FROM THIS WORLD. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 89)
On the other hand, other hadiths contain explicit references to the life span of the world being 7000 years:
Anas Ibn Malik narrates that the Messenger of Allah (saas) said: THE LIFE SPAN OF THE WORLD IS SEVEN DAYS IN THE DAYS OF THE HEREAFTER.
Almighty Allah has said: ONE DAY IN THE SIGHT OF YOUR LORD IS LIKE A THOUSAND OF YOUR YEARS. ALLAH WILL ASCRIBE THE EQUIVALENT OF GOOD DEEDS OF THE SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS OF THE AGE OF THIS WORLD
to the one who meets the need of any of his brothers in the faith on the path of Allah as if he spends his days in fasting and his nights in worship. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 88)
Narrated from Daqqaq Ibn Zaid Al-Juhani: I told the Messenger of Allah (saas) of a dream I had had. In that dream the Messenger of Allah (saas) was at the top step of a seven-stepped pulpit. He said: THE SEVEN-STEPPED PULPIT YOU SEE IS THE SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS OF AGE OF THIS WORLD. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 89)
Said Nursi, the mujaddid of the Hijri 1300s and the greatest one of the last millennium, cited the Hijri 1400s as the period of dominion of Islamic moral values. He stated that Muslims would enjoy a time of clear and explicit victory up until then. He said that in the years after that, the rise of the moral values of Islam would come to an end and that the Last Day would break for the unbelievers in the Hijri year 1545. (Allah knows the truth.)
“A group from my community will remain in truth until Allah’s command [the Judgment Day].”
The abjad calculation of the clause “A group from my community...” which is 1542 (2117) implies its [the community’s] time of survival. The abjad calculation of the clause “will remain in truth” (when the gemination mark is counted) gives 1506 (2082); it indicates until that date it will continue its work of enlightenment evidently and obviously, and maybe victoriously;
then until 1542 (2117) in secrecy and defeat. The abjad calculation of the clause “until Allah’s command” (when the gemination mark is counted) suggests that THE JUDGMENT DAY WILL BEFALL the unbeliever in 1545 (2120).
(Kastamonu Addendum, p. 33)
The great Sunni scholar Barzanji also states that the life of the world will not reach Hijri 1600, in other words, that the Day of Judgment will come in the Hijri 1500s. (Allah knows the truth.)
THE LIFE OF THIS COMMUNITY WILL EXCEED 1000 YEARS, YET BE LIMITED TO 1500 YEARS...
(Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 299)
As-Suyuti’s statement made on the basis of the hadith handed down from our Prophet (saas) is as follows:
THE LIFE OF MY COMMUNITY WILL NOT EXCEED 1500 YEARS.
(As-Suyuti, Al-Kashf 'an Mujawazat Hazihi al-Ummah al-Alf; As-Suyuti, Al-Hawi Lil-Fatawi, 2/248; Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan. Burusawi 4/262; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Kitab al-`Ilal, p. 89)
As can be seen from the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) and from statements by great Islamic scholars, the Hijri 1400s we are living in are the age of the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as). The Prophet Jesus (as) will return to Earth in this century, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear and, by Allah’s leave, Islam will rule the world.
Statements on the subject by Mr. Adnan Oktar
"The hypnosis of the system of the antichrist also represents a veil for the system of the Mahdi. Hazrat Mahdi (as) makes progress by means of this hypnosis. Those who pierce that hypnosis immediately see the truth.”
“That spell casted by the antichrist is currently partially broken by the light of the system of the Mahdi. But not completely. Hazrat Mahdi (as) is advancing by breaking that spell and hypnosis. The luminosity in Hazrat Mahdi (as) burns it up. In other words, Hazrat Mahdi (as) is the anti-dajjal, the anti-satan. Satan burns in the presence of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and cannot withstand him. The antichrist also burns. Our Prophet (saas) says, “I would immediately eliminate him if it were my own day. But he will come in the future.” In other words, he will burn it with his radiance and luminosity. It can have no effect. But Almighty Allah does not totally do away with that hypnosis, so that it can act as a foundation for Hazrat Mahdi (as). Because the system of the Mahdi is advancing within it. At the same time, it is also a veil for the system of the Mahdi. I mean, the presence of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is not felt under this hypnosis and it thus develops. “He will be known through the light of faith,” says Bediuzzaman. Muslims are unaware of him because of that hypnosis, the hypnosis caused by the antichrist . But those who pierce that hypnosis see Hazrat Mahdi (as) perfectly clearly. They immediately understand. They say “It is very explicit, Allah knows the truth”. They feel him, in other words. That is what Bediuzzaman means by “the light of faith.” Faith has an illuminating and burning effect. It pierces spells and hypnosis. It is something that burns and crushes the satan and demolishes his influence. A believer’s eyes destroy them when he looks through insight. Hazrat Mahdi (as) eyes, for instance, will burn satan. His glance burns. He burns wherever he looks. That is one of his attributes. That is why satan avoids him and the people around him. If he approached, he would burn, insha’Allah. See that Bediüzzaman says; "through the light of faith" the Prophet Jesus (as) will also be recognized by "his close followers and disciples". In other words, “his elect, faithful followers will recognize him through the light of faith.” By that, the spells and hypnosis would be removed from them. (From Mr. Adnan Oktar’s interview on Kanal Avrupa and Çay TV on 3 October, 2010)
"Let us pray for the hypnosis of the antichrist to be broken. Prayer is the best thing against this hypnosis. The spell of the antichrist is being partially broken by the luminosity of the system of the Mahdi.”
Let us pray against this hypnosis, let all Muslims pray for the hypnosis to be broken. Prayer is the best thing against the hypnosis of the antichrist. Because the antichrist obtains that by begging it from satan, by summoning him. This system, the system of the antichrist, is in its own chain of command at the moment. And it has hypnotized innocent Muslims. People feel a heaviness in their brains. They should be feeling it as a peculiar idol. Almost everyone feels it, in other words. But they will suddenly awake. In the time of the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as), they will enter in a state of perfect clarity as if they were awaking from a sleep. When they come out of that hypnosis they will say, “It is obvious. That is what Bediuzzaman meant. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come. It is explicitly stated that he will come as an individual.” They will understand then. They will clearly understand the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) at that time. (From Mr. Adnan Oktar’s interview on Kanal Avrupa and Çay TV on 3 October, 2010)