The Muslim must understand that evidence from both the
Qur’aan and Sunnah are of the same level and must be followed equally. Both the Qur’aan
and Sunnah are Revelation (Wahy) from Allaah and must be followed. Allaah
says concerning His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) (interpretation of the meaning):
“Nor does he speak of (his own) desire.
It is only a Revelation revealed”
It was narrated from al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’dikarib that the
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Beware! I have been given the Qur’aan and something like it, yet the time
is coming when a man replete on his couch will say: ‘Keep to the Qur’aan;
what you find in it to be permissible treat as permissible, and what you
find in it to be prohibited treat as prohibited.’”
(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4606; classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani – may Allah have mercy on him – in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood,
Allaah has enjoined that His Messenger is to be obeyed
independently of the Qur’aan. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger
(Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority”
“And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take
it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)”
It is not narrated in either the Qur’aan or the Sunnah
precisely when the Mahdi will emerge, but he will emerge at the end of time.
However we must point out the following:
The emergence of the Mahdi will
be one of the last minor signs of the Hour.
Many people claimed that the Mahdi has emerged or will emerge to support their personal aims and misguided beliefs, such
as the Qadianis (Ahmadis), Baha’is, Shi’ah and other deviant groups. This
has led some later scholars to reject the ahaadeeth which speak of the Mahdi
or to misinterpret them by saying that what is meant by the Mahdi is the
descent of ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary – peace be upon him) at the
end of time. Some of them quote a hadeeth that is attributed to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) which says, “There is no
Mahdi apart from ‘Eesa ibn Maryam.”
This hadeeth is da’eef (weak) and cannot be soundly
attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
See al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah, 1/175, by al-Albaani (may Allaah have
mercy on him).
Many scholars have written
books confirming that the Mahdi will emerge, and describing that as part of
the belief (‘aqeedah) of the Muslim. For example: al-Haafiz Abu Na’eem, Abu
Dawood, Abu Katheer, al-Sakhaawi, al-Shawkaani, and others.
It is proven in the Sunnah that
the Mahdi will meet ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him) and that ‘Eesa will
pray behind him.
Muslim (156) narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah
be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) say, ‘A group of my ummah will continue to fight for the
truth and prevail until the Day of Resurrection. Then ‘Eesa ibn Maryam will
come down and their leader will say, “Come and lead us in prayer.” But he
will say, “No, you are leaders of one another” – as an honour to this
The leader mentioned in this hadeeth is the Mahdi. According
to a report narrated by Abu Na’eem and al-Haarith ibn Usaamah, “Their leader
the Mahdi will say…” Ibn al-Qayyim said, “Its isnaad is jayyid (good).”
The Muslim should not wait for
the emergence of the Mahdi, rather he has to strive hard and devote his
efforts to support Islam, and to do whatever he can for the religion. He
should not hope and wait for the emergence of the Mahdi or anyone else,
rather he should correct himself, his family and the people around him, so
that when he meets Allaah he meet Him having done his best.
See Al-Mahdi Haqeeqah wa laa Khuraafah by Shaykh
Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel.