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There is no Hadith that tells us explicitly the actual name of the Mahdi. However, there are Hadiths in which Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه وسلم states that the Mahdi's name will be similar (or have connection) to the name of Prophet Mohammad , but do not state that the Mahdi's name will be Mohammad. In addition to being called Mohammad, Prophet Mohammad (p) is also referred to in the Quran as Al-Mustapha (the Chosen or Anointed), Al-Huda (Guide or Guidance), and Taha. Unfortunately, many Muslims believe these Hadiths about the Mahdi indicate that the Mahdi's name has to be Mohammad or Ahmad. These Hadiths should be analyzed prophetically to better understand what is meant by them.
Abdullah bin Masood has reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "The World will not pass away before the Arabs are ruled by a man (referring to the Mahdi) of my Ahl Bayt (family) whose name will be like mine." (Abu Dawud & Tirmizi)
Abdullah. Ibn Masood reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "Even if there remains only a day before the World ends, the almighty Allah will greatly prolong that day to send a man from me (my progeny), from members of my House (family). His name will be similar to my name and his father's name similar to my father's name. He will fill the Earth with equity (fairness) and justice, as it (previously) was filled with oppression and injustice." (Abu Dawud)
The sufi view is wide ranging between those who subscribe to the Sunni belief of the Mahdi and others who subscribe strictly to the Shia view as well as combinations of the two.
The Shia believe that the Imam's name is Muhammad Hassan Al-Mahdi. This widely held tenet developed mostly as a result of yet another mistaken belief; that the Imam was born in 868 A.D. They allege that he is the biological son of the 11th Imam, and as such, his father's name must be Hassan. The first names Muhammed and Mahdi are assumed for the same or very similar reasons as the Sunni school of thought.
EVIDENCE AGAINST BOTH THEORIES:
1. He Was Not Born! (SHIA)
The Shia's belief is based on the THEORY of a Living(biologically born) Imam. If you subscribe to the belief of an Imam in hiding then you will find answers to your so-called "Hard Evidence!" by clicking on the link below: Birth Issue.
2. You Can't Know His Exact Name! (BOTH)
From the NATURE OF PROPHECIES section, I pointed out that the purpose of the prophecies concerning The Mahdi is to help recognize him when he emerges, otherwise they would not be prophecies. Logic would dictate however, that this can only be done as strong hints that would lead the seeker in the right direction without explicitly exposing his [The Imam's] Identity, prior to his announcement. It would be illogical for the people (friends and foes) to know the exact name of the person they are all looking for! So when the phrases "his name will be similar to my name" and his "father's name similar to my father's name" are interpreted, it is very odd that some "scholars" are propagating the idea that this Hadith is explicitly telling us his exact name! For starters, this interpretation implies that The Prophet felt the need to go out of his way to unnecessarily try to sound mysterious. As a matter of fact, if we examine the traditions of The Prophet's and The Imam's concerning this matter, we would find much obscurity surrounding the way they spoke about The Mahdi, and rightly so. It would make little sense for prophecies about the messianic age to be anything but obscure.
The following gives support to what I am saying:
He (the twelfth Imam) is a righteous offspring. His patronymic is Abu al-Qasim. He is the one invested with God's command (al-qa'im bi-amr allah), the proof of God's existence for God's creatures, the remaining one (baqiyyat allah) among the servants of God, the Mahdi who will guide people to the mysterious matters. But I do not like to mention his name, except the way the Imam ['Askari] has mentioned it, that is, mim, ha, mim, da.
There must be a reason for the Imam's recommendation to not disclose The Mahdi's name. I would say it was made to avoid locking a specific name to The Imam (whose name cannot be revealed before his advent), as some scholars are attempting to do now. It was more important at that time to speak to the people about his titles derived from his Purpose, or what he was sent to do. Because it would be easy to fool people if they were expecting a certain name when any group seeking power could scheme to introduce someone with the exact prophesied name. Unfortunately, I have to pave the way with a discussion about the name due to the general population's ignorance of the more important things. And ironically, at the rate and manner people are evaluating and interpreting prophecies, my name could soon turn into grounds to dismiss my claim rather then a supportive piece of evidence.
Here are two more narrations that back this up:
From Abe Khaled Cable said:
When Ali Son of Al-Hussein (AS) passed, I went to Mohammed Son of Ali and told him: May I be sacrificed for you, I have come to know the sorrow of my separation from your father, and my longing for him from among the people.
He said (AS): truthful you are, O Abu Khalid. What is it you want?
I said: May I be sacrificed for you, your father has described to me this master of the command in such a way that if I see him on the road I would grab hold of his hand.
(AS) said: So what do you want Abba Khaled?
I said: I want you to tell me his name so I may recognize him by it
He said (AS): you are asking me about something I am never to discuss with anyone. If I were to ever discuss this matter, it would be discussed with you. But you asked me about a matter if the sons of Fatima were to know, they would have been torn to pieces before revealing it.
عن ابي خالد الكابلي قال
لما قضى علي ابن الحسين (ع) دخلت على محمد بن علي فقلت له :جعلت فداك قد عرفت انقطاعي الى ابيك وانسي به ووحشتي من الناس
قال (ع): صدقت يا ابا خالد تريد ماذا ؟
قلت :جعلت فداك لقد وصف لي ابوك صاحب هذا الامر بصفه لو رايته في بعض الطرق لاخذت بيده
قال (ع):فتريد ماذا يا ابا خالد ؟
قلت: اريد ان تسميه لي حتى اعرفه باسمه
فقال (ع):سالتني عن امر ماكنت محدثا به احد ولو كنت محدثا به احد لحدثتك ولقد سالتني عن امر لو ان بني فاطمه عرفوه حرصوا على ان يقطعوا بضعة بضعه
Jabir Aljafee narrates-I heard Abu Ja'far (AS) say:
Omar Ibn Khattab (ra) once asked the Commander of the Faithful Ali (AS): Tell me about the Mahdi, what is his name?
Then Ali (AS) said: As for his name, my beloved [The Prophet] has entrusted me to never discuss the matter of his name until he is sent forth by God.
عن جابر الجعفي :قال سمعت ابا جعفر (ع)يقول
سال عمر ابن الخطاب (رض)امير المؤمنين علي (ع) قال (رض) اخبرني عن المهدي مااسمه
فقال علي (ع) :اما اسمه فان حبيبي عهد الي ان لااحدث باسمه حتى يبعثه الله
3. He Will Reveal His Name! (BOTH)
Abu Bashir says: I heard Imam Muhammad al-Baqr say: "He said: When the Mahdi appears he will follow in the path of the Messenger of God. Only he [the Mahdi] can explain the works of the Messenger of God.
This alone should pull the rug from under all guesses and other assumptions or "interpretations" of Scriptures and Hadiths. This concept should be obvious, without any need for a Hadith to back it up, if one understood the position being debated, or simply, the proper means to evaluating a core issue or principle.
The sources listed above offer plenty of reasons to debunk or at least suspend any absolute belief in the accuracy of all previously assumed names of Imam Mahdi. But in order to be on the safe side when we make a determination of any kind, it would serve us well to examine any and all alternative theories present prior to making a final determination of what is more "believable". In our case, we will examine the evidence that supports my theory for the real name of Imam Mahdi.
EVIDENCE FOR THE NAME:
MAHDI IBRAHIM FAHS
1. His Name
The video above asserts that the name Mahdi is considered one of The Prophet's names
2. His Father's Name
The video above reveals how The Prophet used to refer to Ibrahim (pbuh) as a father
From the horses' mouths, the scholars agree the name Mahdi and Ibrahim, both fit the description highlighted by the Prophecy.
3. Named After His Grandfather
In a speech of Imam Ali (A.S.) :
He said: The Mahdi will demand punishment to whomever does not know our rights and he is the witness of the truth and God's representative to his creation and his name is the same as his grandfather.
في خطبة لامير المؤمنين (ع):
انه قال :الا وان المهدي يطلب القصاص ممن لايعرف حقنا وهو الشاهد بالحق وخليفة الله على خلقه واسمه كاسم جده
This of course has been presumably interpreted as "Muhammed" after The Prophet's name. It can also be applied to my grandfather who was also named Mahdi.
4. His Mother's Name: Amina
In addition to his father's name being similar to the name of the Prophet's father, a few lesser known traditions state the name of the Mahdi's mother will be the same/or similar to the Prophet's mother's name Amina. Whether these are authentic or not, it might be worth mentioning that my grandmother's name is Amina.
5. His Mother's Name: Fatima
Building on the information above, it wouldn't be any less valid to accept my paternal grandmother's name as the another sign when we consider the plethora of references to The Mahdi as the son of Fatima; My grandmother's name being Fatima.
6. Named By His Uncle
The underlined phrase actually translates into "named by his uncle". Scholars have not been able to figure out what was meant by this saying of Imam Hussain (A.S.). Their best guess has been interpreting it as Imam Mahdi (the presumed living version) will be called by his uncle's name rather than named (given his name) by his uncle, as the prophecy and grammar is suggesting. Their justification for this interpretation is a statement made by Imam Ali (AS) when he told Abu Abbas to "Open the book and read, you are an Imam for the people". I think the expression "grasping at straws" is an understatement in this situation. Without going further into why this interpretation is inappropriate, I say the hadith is a strong indication towards the fact that my name was changed from Bilal (the name my mother originally intended) to Mahdi, upon the wishes of my uncle Muhammad is a much better explanation.
Issa Al Khashab said:
I said to the Hussein bin Ali peace be upon him: You are the owner of this thing?
He said: No, but it's the owner of a homeless fugitive, motor father, named by his uncle, puts his sword on his shoulder eight months
عن عيسى الخشاب قال:
قلت للحسين بن علي عليه السلام: أنت صاحب هذا الامر ؟
قال: لا، ولكن صاحب الامر الطريد الشريد، الموتور بأبيه، المكنى بعمه، يضع سيفه على عاتقه ثمانية أشهر.
Abd ibn Husayn Supreme Thalabi, from his father
He said: "We met with the father Ja'far Muhammad ibn Ali (peace be upon them) in the pilgrimage, or umrah I said, I grew up a Sunni, and rang the bone you do not spend more knowledgeable to me or not meeting your Valld to the era told me when the vagina?
He said: The only unique homeless fugitive, single of his family, the motor of his father, named by his uncle is the owner of bunting, named the name of a prophet
.عن عبد الاعلى بن حصين الثعلبي، عن أبيه
قال: " لقيت أبا جعفر محمد بن علي ( عليهما السلام ) في حج أو عمرة فقلت له: كبرت سني، ودق عظمي فلست أدرى يقضى لي لقاؤك أم لا فاعهد إلي عهداً وأخبرني متى الفرج ؟
فقال: إن الشريد الطريد الفريد الوحيد، المفرد من أهله، الموتور بوالده، المكنى بعمه هو صاحب الرايات، واسمه اسم نبي
Abu Jaarood from Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Ali (peace be upon them)
He said: The owner of this thing is a homeless fugitive, deeply connected to his father, named by his uncle, singled one from his family, his name is the name of a prophet
عن أبي الجارود عن أبي جعفر محمد بن علي ( عليهما السلام )
أنه قال: صاحب هذا الامر هو الطريد الشريد الموتور بأبيه، المكنى بعمه، المفرد من أهله، اسمه اسم نبي
Without any need to go into why this interpretation and reasoning are extremely weak, I say the hadith is a strong indication towards the fact that my name was changed from Bilal (the original name intended by my mother) to Mahdi, upon the wishes of my uncle Muhammad is a much better explanation. My uncle had no boys of his own and with my father being the youngest of my uncles, my mother saw it as a strong possibility there might not be another chance to grant him his wish. So she decided to name me Mahdi despite her intense desire to name her first born Bilal.
In exchange, God granted her a daughter Hadil and the youngest and spoiled of the 3, my brother Bilal. And he made her Mahdi King over his Creation.
7. Similarities To The Prophet's Name
At this point, I can start listing some similarities the name Mahdi shares with the name Muhammed: The following sections will highlight how and why the name Mahdi belongs to a very short list of names. A list perhaps exclusively grouping the together the two names. This should shed some light to why The Prophet referred to Mahdi being similar to his name.
A. Both Derived From One Of God's Names
From the previous narrations from The Prophet, he states that Mohammed is derived from Mahmoud, one of God's names. The same applies to Imam Ali and other members of the House.
From that, the Imams' children, who were not infallible, were given linguistically proper names; as for the infallibles, their names are derived from the names of the Lord of the Worlds; Because the Almighty took the good-derived names from his, and gave it to his apostles and prophets and his heirs. In traditions we find: I am The Mahmoud (to whom belongs all praise) That is Muhammad (madel praiseworthy), and I'm The Alii (the most high) and this is The [Imam] Ali (elevated one), I am The Fatir (revealer/unveilery) and this is The [Lady] Fatima (concealed/veiled), and I am The Mohsen (creater of good) and this is The [Imam] Hassan (good), and I am The Ihsan (creater of good-doing) and this is The [Imam] Hussein (greatest-doing).
ومن ذلك تكون تسمية الأئمّة أولادهم غير المعصومين بأسماء حسنة لُغَو يّاً ، أ مّا أسماء المعصومين فهي مشتقة من اسم ربِّ العالمين ; لأ نّه جلّ وعلا اتّخذ الأسماء الحسنة المشتقة من اسمه أسماءً لرسله وأنبيائه وأوليائه ، فقد جاء في الحديث : أنا المحمود وهذا محمّد ، وأنا العليّ وهذا عليّ ، وأنا الفاطر وهذه فاطمة ، وأنا المحسن وهذا الحسن ، وأنا الإحسان وهذا الحسين.
And from him (Allah bless him and his family): God Almighty has named me from above his throne, and has chosen for me a name from his names, for he named me Muhammadan (one who is madel praiseworthy) and he is the The Mahmoud (to whom belongs all praise) .
وعنه(صلى الله عليه وآله) : سمّاني الله عزّ وجلّ من فوق عرشه وشقّ لي اسماً من أسمائه فسمّاني محمّد اً وهو المحمود.
In protest: they said, why was it you were named Muhammad? He said: Allah named me Muhammad, after he derived it from his name, for he is The Mahmoud (to whom belongs all praise) and I am Muhammad (madel praiseworthy) , and my nation are the hamidon (those who praise) in every matter
وفي الاحتجاج : قالوا : ولِم سُمِّيتَ محمّداً ؟ قال : سمّاني الله محمّداً واشتق اسمي من اسمه ، وهو المحمود وأنا محمّد ، وأمّتي الحامدون على كلّ حال
The name Mahdi is also a derivative of Al-Hadi, another one of God's names.
B. Both Named By GOD
Named by other than mother, Originated from a prophecy
Online Source: Famous Story About The Prophet's Name
As for naming him Muhammed, there is a story behind it. Abdul-Mutallib was on a journey in al-Sham with three of his companions. Along the way they met with a group of rabbi Jews. The Jews asked, 'From where did you come?' They replied 'We are from Makkah'. So one of the rabbis said to them 'That from your country a Prophet will emerge'. They asked, 'What is the name of this Prophet?' He replied 'His name will be Muhammed'. Until then, the name Muhammed was not used by the Arabs. These four companions, when they returned, each one of them decided to name any of their new offspring Muhammed. Abdul-Mutallib could not have anymore children, so he wanted to name the first child that would be born to any of his children Muhammed. And so it happened to be the Prophet (peace be upon him) and so he named him Muhammed.
We can consider any deviation from the standard naming procedure as an external, albeit circumstantial interference, as Divine Intervention. God named the prophet because on account that the name originated from a prophecy (Prophet Isa's revelation of the coming Ahmad), and external forces (his grandfather) intervened to determine his name. Similarly, my name was changed from Bilal to my grandfather's name (Mahdi) by my uncle (who could not have children). It could be said that my grandfather played the key role in the determination of the name itself, considering the name wasn't the essence behind the intent but rather for honoring my grandfather (who happened to be named Mahdi). In addition, The name Mahdi originated from the prophecy just as the name Muhammad was, as the above excerpt indicates.
B. Both Linguistically Similar
In make up & In conjugation
Below, I changed the D (د) to R (ر), letters that are similar in terms of Arabic grammar, to use as a conjugational analogue between the two names in simulating a deep, yet very profound (at least in my opinion) connection. This relation between the two will play a key role as a background to section 9.
9. Named In The Qur'an
In Section 7. B. I highlighted how God named the prophet by playing a relatively direct role, through The Prophet's Uncle, in naming the Prophet. This subtlety is evident by the divine intervention which took place and led to his name changing from Ahmad to Muhammad. The meaning of the names offers us the clue for the reason behind this. The Prophet is praiseworthy (Ahmad) to us because God made him praiseworthy or (Muhammad). In other words, from our perspective he is "most praiseworthy" (Ahmad) but from God's perspective he is "made to be most praiseworthy" (Muhammad). In a sense, because the Divine made him highly praised he became praiseworthy to this creation.
This idea is crucial in understanding the Prophethood. The two names of The Prophet illustrate to us the two inseparable co-existing and co-interdependent positions held by The Prophet. The first is Muhammad, representing who he is in respect to the divine and by this virtue he became Ahmad to creation. This means that who we are in relation to the divine ends up determining who we are to creation. This will become very obvious when my work on "Absolution" is completed and explained.
Once we understand this role played by the two different names of The Prophet, let us examine The Qur'an to see if there is evidence that supports this view. If I am right, The Qur'an (a book perfect in consistency-to qualify for divine authorship) will be the Judge. If we examine the Holy text we find the The Prophet's name being mentioned a total of 5 times. In 4 of the 5 mentions, God is speaking in first person and addressing us directly:
وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ ۚ أَفَإِنْ مَاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انْقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِكُمْ ۚ وَمَنْ يَنْقَلِبْ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَنْ يَضُرَّ اللَّهَ شَيْئًا ۗ وَسَيَجْزِي اللَّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ
مَا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِنْ رِجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِنْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَآمَنُوا بِمَا نُزِّلَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَهُوَ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ ۙ كَفَّرَ عَنْهُمْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ وَأَصْلَحَ بَالَهُمْ
مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ ۖ تَرَاهُمْ رُكَّعًا سُجَّدًا يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانًا ۖ سِيمَاهُمْ فِي وُجُوهِهِمْ مِنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مَثَلُهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ ۚ وَمَثَلُهُمْ فِي الْإِنْجِيلِ كَزَرْعٍ أَخْرَجَ شَطْأَهُ فَآزَرَهُ فَاسْتَغْلَظَ فَاسْتَوَىٰ عَلَىٰ سُوقِهِ يُعْجِبُ الزُّرَّاعَ لِيَغِيظَ بِهِمُ الْكُفَّارَ ۗ وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ مِنْهُمْ مَغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
We can see that God addresses The Prophet as Muhammad in the previous 4 verses. However in one and only one of the 5 verses, we see The Prophet referred to as Ahmad. When we examine the verse we can see why. God is quoting Prophet Isa when the name of The Prophet to the people. This means that God is not talking freely from a divine absolute perspective, there is a specificity that comes along the perspective of Prophet Isa when dealing with his people. Thus the names and language is in the form relative to the human beings' perspective:
وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِنْ بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ ۖ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَٰذَا سِحْرٌ مُبِينٌ
This is perfectly consistent with I have presented earlier about the . Therefore we can conclude that God doesn't address his Prophets and Chosen ones by their names from a "human-the created" perspective. Rather, God addresses them from a Divine-Creator's perspective with the consideration that it is He who has made them what they are to his creation (and in a material sense, the one who named them-Identified/defined them). This is also observed when Imam Ali's name was given to him by The Prophet (another incident of divine intervention), after his mother had chosen the name Haidar, to reflect the position God has chosen for him when he made him as "High" from humanity's perspective and granted him the official (divinely) authority as God's representative. The same is transmitted to us about the names of the other 11 imams in narrations that mention the Prophet naming them before they were born. In summary I am trying to explain to you that we must understand the Prophet referring to the 12th Imam as The Mahdi, in the same manor we understood the name Ahmad revealed by Prophet Isa as a reference to The Prophet Muhammad. This means that the name of The Mahdi in The Qur'an will be stated as Mohtadi*, if directly quoted by God; and Mahdi, if the source is someone else.
* We saw how name Mahdi (guided one-to our human perspective), becomes Mohtadi (made or becomes guided reflects the perspective of being guided by God).
So let us examine to see if The Holy Text supports my claims and shows evidence consistent with my "theory". A quick search reveals that the word "Mohtadi" appears a total of 4 times while the word "Mahdi" appears 3 times. Looking at the Mohtadi mentions:
مَنْ يَهْدِ اللَّهُ فَهُوَ الْمُهْتَدِي ۖ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ
وَمَنْ يَهْدِ اللَّهُ فَهُوَ الْمُهْتَدِ ۖ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَنْ تَجِدَ لَهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِهِ ۖ وَنَحْشُرُهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَلَىٰ وُجُوهِهِمْ عُمْيًا وَبُكْمًا وَصُمًّا ۖ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ ۖ كُلَّمَا خَبَتْ زِدْنَاهُمْ سَعِيرًا
وَتَرَى الشَّمْسَ إِذَا طَلَعَتْ تَزَاوَرُ عَنْ كَهْفِهِمْ ذَاتَ الْيَمِينِ وَإِذَا غَرَبَتْ تَقْرِضُهُمْ ذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ وَهُمْ فِي فَجْوَةٍ مِنْهُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ ۗ مَنْ يَهْدِ اللَّهُ فَهُوَ الْمُهْتَدِ ۖ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَنْ تَجِدَ لَهُ وَلِيًّا مُرْشِدًا
a special one
indefinite and explains the mentioning of bad folks.
stressing the focus on the guiding aspect rather than the naming Identifying aspect
وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ وَجَعَلْنَا فِي ذُرِّيَّتِهِمَا النُّبُوَّةَ وَالْكِتَابَ ۖ فَمِنْهُمْ مُهْتَدٍ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ مِنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ
As for the "Mahdi" verses, they are:
وَيُكَلِّمُ النَّاسَ فِي الْمَهْدِ وَكَهْلًا وَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
فَأَشَارَتْ إِلَيْهِ ۖ قَالُوا كَيْفَ نُكَلِّمُ مَنْ كَانَ فِي الْمَهْدِ صَبِيًّا
10. HIS NAME IS MAHDI!
Additionally, a name can even be changed or a person may have different names according to different people. Despite my name being Mahdi, most people still think and call the awaited Imam, Muhammad. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, most people who have claimed to be the Mahdi, did so by taking the name on as a title. Similarly, the Prophet's being Muhammad shouldn't be a reason to dismiss his claim as the prophesied prophet. So the name can never be a serious evidence against any claims of this nature. However, the fact that a name happens to fit so many of the prophecies, and in many instances, offers a better explanation to some hadiths which were previously obscure and surrounded with mystery and confusion, makes the Name of the Claimant an asset not a liability. What bigger sign can one ask for when The Mahdi's name ends up being Mahdi? Even if there weren't any narrations that explicitly state his real name, to be Mahdi or whether his official title is explicitly Mahdi, the fact that he ends up in fact being named Mahdi is a clear sign from God. Because there is disagreements among the sects about almost everything concerning the Mahdi, but one thing that they all seem to agree on and unanimously recognize is that we can all call him The Mahdi. Now this obviously doesn't mean anyone who's name is Mahdi is already half way to be the real one, and even with all the extra evidence that are related to the names of family and the naming process, this page should at the most intrigue you to read more and explore other sections on this site. This entire section isn't meant as proof, but simply one of its many legs. An entry point to much bigger and greater evidence. But I thought spending some time on this section would help in terms of accepting things that may feel very contrary to previous Islamic teachings. I felt that perhaps by recognizing that there is more here than just someone who matched a few prophecies and it got into his head that he's been chosen. This should make you more open minded and hold off any judgments until you examine and look at the entire picture. No one thing on here will prove anything, no one thing ever could. But what you will have to decide, ultimately, is can everything I introduce on this site be a coincidence or is there a divine message here. Don't expect any easy answers or walking on water, any such expectations are baseless and the work of those who chose an entertainment based view of matters that are everything but.
I'll leave you with these final two narrations-
Imam Baqir says:
The Master of the Command was named as the Mahdi because he will dig out the Torah and other heavenly books from the cave in Antioch. He will judge among the people of the Torah according to the Torah; among the people of the Gospel according to the Gospel; among the people of the Psalms in accordance with the Psalms; among the people of the Qur'an in accordance with the Qur'an.
lmam Baqir also said:
Mahdi (the Guide) is named as such because it is he who will guide (Yahdi) us in the secret teachings.”
11. THE MESSIAH IS SHILOH (JUDAISM)
The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until SHILOH comes; And to him [Shiloh] shall be the obedience of the people.
GOD's GIFT is His MAHDI
His Gift means Gifted
When something is a Gift from someone, it is an item that was Gifted.
The Word Mahdi, in Arabic, also means Gifted. This is due to the root word (M, H, D) being the original root for the action of Giving. So when God gives, he is giving guidance towards the straight path and that is why Mahdi is the guided one as he was given that gift from God. And he is also a Gift to humanity from God, as he is becomes God's instrument and the means by which humanity is guided.
We just saw how the Old Testament agree on the name Mahdi through the meaning of:
Sent by God or Gift of God
12. IMMANUEL (JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY)
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel."
Immanuel --> Anointed Imam
13. MALACHI (JUDAISM)
THE BOOK OF MALACHI
Malachi means King in Arabic
Malachi (or Malachias; Hebrew: מַלְאָכִי, Malʾaḫi, Mál'akhî) is the last book of the Neviim contained in the Tanakh, the last of the Twelve Minor Prophets (canonically) and the final book of the Neviim. In the Christian ordering, the grouping of the Prophetic Books is the last section of the Old Testament, making Malachi the last book before the New Testament.
The book is commonly attributed to a prophet by the name of Malachi. Although the appellation Malachi has frequently been understood as a proper name, its Hebrew meaning is simply "My [i.e., God's] messenger" (or 'His messenger' in the Septuagint) and may not be the author's name at all. The sobriquet occurs in the superscription at 1:1 and in 3:1, although it is highly unlikely that the word refers to the same character in both of these references. Thus, there is substantial debate regarding the identity of the book's author. One of the Targums identifies Ezra (or Esdras) as the author of Malachi. St. Jerome suggests this may be because Ezra is seen as an intermediary between the prophets and the 'great synagogue'. There is, however, no historical evidence yet to support this claim.
Some scholars note affinities between Zechariah 9–14 and the Book of Malachi. Zechariah 9, Zechariah 12, and Malachi 1 are all introduced as The word of Elohim.
The Book of Malachi draws upon various themes found in other books of the Bible. Malachi appeals to the rivalry between Jacob and Esau and of Yahweh's preference for Jacob contained in Book of Genesis 25–28. Malachi reminds his audience that, as descendants of Jacob (Israel), they have been and continue to be favoured by God as God's chosen people. In the second dispute, Malachi draws upon the Levitical Code (e.g. Leviticus 1:3) in condemning the priest for offering unacceptable sacrifices.
Although many Christians believe that the messianic prophecies of the Book of Malachi have been fulfilled in the life, ministry, transfiguration, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, most Jews continue to await the coming of the prophet Elijah who will prepare the way for the Lord.
In many places throughout the Hebrew Scriptures – particularly the Book of Hosea – Israel is figured as Yahweh's wife or bride. Malachi's discussion of divorce may also be understood to conform to this metaphor. Malachi could very well be urging his audience not to break faith with Yahweh (the God of Israel) by adopting new gods or idols. It is quite likely that, since the people of Judah were questioning Yahweh's love and justice (1:2, 2:17), they might be tempted to adopt foreign gods. William LaSor suggests that, because the restoration to the land of Judah had not resulted in anything like the prophesied splendor of the messianic age which had been prophesied, the people were becoming quite disillusioned with their religion.
Indeed, the fourth dispute asserts that judgment is coming in the form of a messenger who "is like refiner's fire and like fullers' soap . . ." (3:2). Following this, the prophet provides another example of wrongdoing in the fifth dispute – that is, failing to offer full tithes. In this discussion, Malachi has Yahweh request the people to "Bring the full tithe . . . [and] see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down on you an overflowing blessing" (3:10). This request offers the opportunity for the people to amend their ways. It also stresses that keeping the Lord's statutes will not only allow the people to avoid God's wrath, but will also lead to God's blessing. In the sixth dispute, the people of Israel illustrate the extent of their disillusionment. Malachi has them say "'It is vain to serve God . . . Now we count the arrogant happy; evildoers not only prosper, but when they put God to the test they escape'" (3:14–15). Once again, Malachi has Yahweh assure the people that the wicked will be punished and the faithful will be rewarded.
In the light of what Malachi understands to be an imminent judgment, he exhorts his audience to "Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, that statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel" (4:4; 3:22, MT). Before the Day of the Lord, Malachi declares that Elijah (who "ascended in a whirlwind into heaven . . . [,]" 2 Kings 2:11) will return to earth in order that people might follow in God's ways.
The Book of Remembrance
16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Although many Christians believe that the messianic prophecies of the Book of Malachi have been fulfilled in the life, ministry, transfiguration, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, most Jews continue to await the coming of the prophet Elijah who will prepare the way for the Lord.
13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”
Primarily because of its messianic promise, the Book of Malachi is frequently referred to in the Christian New Testament. What follows is a brief comparison between the Book of Malachi and the New Testament texts which refer to it (as suggested in Hill 84–88).
14. Mahdi Meer (SIKHSM)
In Dasam Granth, the Sikh scripture attributed to the tenth Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh prophesizes the Mahdi (referred to as "Mahdi Meer") to be born for a purpose of defeating Kalki, an avatar of Vishnu. As Kalki becomes egoistic and begins referring to himself as the Almighty, the powerful Mahdi will slay him and rule the world.
ਤੋਮਰ ਛੰਦ ॥
ਜਗ ਜੀਤਿਓ ਜਬ ਸਰਬ ॥ ਤਬ ਬਾਢਿਓ ਅਤਿ ਗਰਬ ॥ ਦਿਯ ਕਾਲ ਪਰਖ ਬਿਸਾਰ ॥ ਇਹ ਭਾਂਤ ਕੀਨ ਬਿਚਾਰ ॥੫੮੩॥
When Kalki conquered the whole world, his pride was extremely increased; he also forgot the Kaal Purakh(Hukam) and said this;
ਬਿਨ ਮੋਹਿ ਦੂਸਰ ਨ ਔਰ ॥ ਅਸ ਮਾਨਿਯੋ ਸਭ ਠਉਰ ॥ ਜਗ ਜੀਤ ਕੀਨ ਗਲਾਮ ॥ ਆਪਨ ਜਪਾਯੋ ਨਾਮ ॥੫੮੪॥
Kalki Said, There is no second except me and the same is accepted at all the place; I have conquered the whole world and made it my slave and have caused everyone to repeat my name.
ਜਗ ਝਸ ਰੀਤ ਚਲਾਇ ॥ ਸਿਰ ਅਤਰ ਪਤਰ ਫਿਰਾਇ ॥ ਸਭ ਲੋਗ ਆਪਨ ਮਾਨ ॥ ਤਰ ਆਂਖ ਅਉਰ ਨ ਆਨ ॥੫੮੫॥
I have given life again to the traditional and have swung the canopy over my head; all the people consider me as their own and none other comes to their sight.
ਨਹਿ ਕਾਲ ਪਰਖ ਜਪੰਤ ॥ ਨਹਿ ਦੇਵ ਜਾਪ ਭਣੰਤ ॥ ਤਬ ਕਾਲ ਦੇਵ ਰਿਸਾਇ ॥ ਇਕ ਅਉਰ ਪਰਖ ਬਨਾਇ ॥੫੮੬॥
No one repeats the name of the Lord-God or the name of any other God goddess;" seeing this the Kaal Purakh created another purusha.
ਰੱਚਿ ਅਸ ਮਹਿਦੀ ਮੀਰ ॥ ਰਿਸਵੰਤ ਹਾਠ ਹਮੀਰ ॥ ਤਿਹ ਤਉਨ ਕੋ ਬਧ ਕੀਨ ॥ ਪਨ ਆਪ ਮੋ ਕਿਯ ਲੀਨ ॥੫੮੭॥
Mahdi Mir was created, who was very angry and persistent one; he killed the Kalki incarnation within himself again.
15. Isa "Jesus" Spoke Of Mahdi
Contrary to what many seem to believe, God tell us in the Qur'an that Prophet Isa spoke or preached a great deal about the Mahdi, or as he is known to his followers today (Christians), The Son of Man, King, Christ or Jesus with a presumption that Isa was preaching about himself! (An issue that shall be addressed later on).
And He (Jesus) Preached About The Mahdi
وَيُڪَلِّمُ ٱلنَّاسَ فِى ٱلۡمَهۡدِ
And He (Jesus) spoke of The Mahdi to the People
I will translate the entirety of the article above when I find the time, but for the time being I will summarize the meaning since this is additional evidence and there is no need to believe it if you don't want to.
The miracle was first published on 12/20, the day God established the Imamah on earth. It equates the Mahdi to the Word of God and gives indicators to his birthday, his authority, and the date of appearance.
IMAM MAHDI IS THE TALKING QUR'AN
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
DECLARING THE NAME ON THE DAY OF GHADIR
FIREWORKS EXPLOSION ON 12/20
فَارْتَقِبْ يَوْمَ تَأْتِي السَّمَاءُ بِدُخَانٍ مُّبِينٍ
BEHOLD THE DAY THE SKY BRINGS FORTH A REVEALING SMOKE
December 18th into 19th , 2016
Update : 457pm Dec 19, 2016 - MIMIC has issued a statement via twitter saying this is a mistake, an error in their system...
A large wave of energy impacting the entire planet has UNINTENTIONALLY been detected by the MIMIC TPW microwave background imagery. Currently ONGOING as of 12/19/2016 at 1:20am US central time)
link to see the event here:
This is not a glitch, computer error, or fake -- unless someone at the University decided to fake data for some reason.
This system usually only shows precipitation / water vapor , yet in some rare instances large energy returns can be seen when solar, spaceweather, and other energy events impact the planet.
We have seen examples of X class flares, and large Earth facing Coronal Mass Ejections cause large disruptions of this very same feed -- however this "wave" of energy produces a return that crosses the same bandwidths detected (and used by) the MIMIC microwave background system.
The energy spans the planet on both (all) sides over several hours time. This wave of energy started to form on 12/18 at about 15:00UTC, and is currently ongoing.
A check of the X-ray flux monitors from GOES shows low activity, minor solar winds, no major solar storms, Total Electron Content in the ionosphere shows "minimal".... thus the source / cause of this event is still "unknown".
If this "event" really occurred (if it's "real") then we're looking at a huge amount of energy impacting the planet causing a planet wide microwave return going off the scales.
Microwaves convert to DC energy in a natural "rectenna" process when the waves become trapped in the Earth's magnetosphere-- the radio waves convert to DC power, and are taken to ground. Ground ultimately being the core of the Earth.
If the event is really occurring, then the potential amount of energy going to the core of the planet would be tremendous -- this of course could increase volcanic activity, and cause large earthquakes.
I don't know what to make of this -- this is the first time I've ever seen something this large over such a vast area show up on MIMIC like this. Keep watch -- the next week may tell the tale on what happens (if anything) from this strange event.
This stream is showing the past 48 hours of USGS reported earthquakes + the last 50 EMSC reported earthquakes internationally.
No voice in this video unless a large earthquake strikes.
Marker height off the globe = depth into the Earth.
The feed may show double earthquakes in some locations due to both USGS + EMSC agencies reporting the events.
When an earthquake strikes, you will hear a rumble, ding, and a bell toll. The bell will toll the number of times = to the earthquake which occurs. (example : M4.0 will ring 4 times).
The most recent earthquake has a green placemark / flag on it.
Blue flag / placemark = the last earthquake which was looked up
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