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Is Dajjāl a person or a movement?

The Martyr Sayyid Muḥammad Ṣadr wrote in his valuable book:

“Dajjāl is a specified culture, civilization and ideology which is the enemy of Islam.”

He believed Western materialistic culture and civilization, is the very Dajjāl in narrations.

And he introduced Dajjāl, as a symbol and allusion of anti- material and anti-Islamic movements.

The most famous word amongst the Sunnis

Have you known, Mahdī (mgehr)is the most famous title for Imam Zaman (mgehr)?

[And], have you known the word Mahdavīat is more famous amongst the Sunnis?

In narrations the title Mahdī (mgehr) has mostly referred after his emergence, and the title Qā’im (mgehr) before his emergence.

Imam Bāqir (pbuh) stated, ‘Indeed he was called Mahdī, because he is going to be guided via the secret [Divine] path.

Another book from Sunnis scholars about Imam Mahdī (mgehr)

‘It’s a chapter, in which I collected the hadiths and traditions about Mahdī (mgehr)

I briefly mentioned, the forty hadiths that “Hāfiz Abu Na’īm” had presented.

In addition, I added and encoded in “K” whatever he hadn’t mentioned.

[Well], the whole hadiths that were collected in this book_ both narrated and added by Abu Na’īm_ are more than two hundred hadiths…

Remarkable greetings of a Sunni elders

In his book Ibṭāl al-Bāṭil, Faḍl Ibn Rūzbahān wrote some sentences about the truth of prophet (pbuh&h)’s Ahl al-Bayt [household]. He ends the text as:

How good I wrote about them:

Peace be upon Mustafā۱ (pbuh&h); Mujtaba 2. [The Prophet (pbuh&h)]

Peace be upon Sayyid4 Murtaḍā۵ [Imam Ali (pbuh)]

Peace be upon our lady Fāṭimah (pbuh), whom God assigned her Khayr al-Nisā’ ۵

“Bounty after the Emergence” in Sunni Sources

In the Last Era [of my people], there comes a caliph who donates abundant wealth and doesn’t count it.

[Then], a man will come to him and request him, ‘O, Mahdi (hgr)! Grant me [something]! Grant me…’

And Mahdi (hgr) will donate him as much as he can carry.

Another book from Sunnis scholars about Imam Mahdī (mgehr)

Abd al-Raḥmān ibn Abi-Bakr Siyuṭi [Deceased in 911AH], started his book “Al-Ḥāwī Lilfatāwā” with these sentences:

‘It’s a chapter, in which I collected the hadiths and traditions about Mahdī (mgehr)

I briefly mentioned, the forty hadiths that “Hāfiz Abu Na’īm” had presented.

In addition, I added and encoded in “K” whatever he hadn’t mentioned.

Sufyāni

“I am seeing1 Sufyāni who deployed [his troops] in Kūfah square.

And his crier calls,” Whoever brings heads of Ali’s Shiites, will be gifted one thousand Dirham.”
۱-           Imams, Prophet Muhammad, other prophets (pbu th), and other great majesties had the power of spiritual seeing; because of their piety and other spiritual features. So, the word” seeing” here refers to this type.

The Interesting Answer by an Important Wahhabi Center

When a Sunni Muslim (from Kenya) asked about Imam Mahdi (hgr)’s status, the time and place of his emergence and other issues of Mahdīsm,

the Wahhabi religious center in Saudi Arabia “Rabitah Al-‘Alam al-Islami”  responded like this:

“Mahdi (hgr), Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh b. Ḥasani1, is Alawi and Fatimi (pbu th).

And he is the promised and awaited Mahdi (hgr)!!

He will emerge in the Last Era

Another book from Sunnis scholars about Imam Mahdī (mgehr)

Abd al-Raḥmān ibn Abi-Bakr Siyuṭi [Deceased in 911AH], started his book “Al-Ḥāwī Lilfatāwā” with these sentences:   ‘It’s a chapter, in which I collected the hadiths and traditions about Mahdī (mgehr) I briefly mentioned, the forty hadiths that “Hāfiz Abu Na’īm” had presented. In addition, I added and encoded in “K” whatever he hadn’t mentioned. […]

A Strange Distortion and Deletion!

It has been about one thousand and two hundred years that, the book Sunan Abī Dāwūd was compiled.

And for many years, there has been a part named” Kitāb al-Mahdī’” in the fourth chapter of this book.

So all the people who have quoted contents from that part, would refer to the same [Kitāb al-Mahdī]…

But unfortunately when the book Sunan Abī Dāwūd was reprinted in 1408 (AH) in Egypt

Issues about Imam Mahdi (mgehr[1]) in Sunni Sources

Perhaps a lot of Shias and Sunnis do not know, how many various issues in Sunni sources have been about Imam Mahdi (mgehr) and his emergence. [Here are] some examples:

۱۲ caliphs after the Prophet (pbuh&h); they are as many as the chiefs of Israelites.[2]

۲-    Rightfulness of a man from Quraysh; named “Mahdi (mgehr)”

Dajjāl

Dajjāl literally means “to rub oil on something” or “to turn on something that is internally worthless”.

And it is so- called “a very liar, hypocrite, and deceitful person”.

Dajjāl is mentioned very brief and succinct, in Shia sources and there are just a few narrations about him.

Khasf al-Baydā’

Baydā’ is the name of a land between Mecca and Madinah.

It is one of the signs of Imam Mahdi (hgr)’s emergence,

which has been raised in both Shia and Sunni authentic books.

In several Shia narrations, this sign has been counted as one of the “certain and definite signs of the Emergence”…

Black flags

[Fluttering black flags], is of other signs of the Last Era or the Emergence time.

It was mentioned in Shia and Sunni Narrations, [Yet, it is not from the imminent signs.]

[Those are] the flags to support and guide [people] to the path of Imam Mahdi (hgr),

which will be raised from Khorasan.

 The Emergence time in Sunnis References

Epiphany [here it refers to what Muslims believe about the emergence and manifestation of his majesty Jesus (pbuh)]:

Abū Hurayrah has quoted from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh &h):

How will you be [will you have been morally prepared], when Maryam (pbuh)’s son descends among you?

Death of ignorance in Sunnis’ narrations

On page 13 of the second volume of the book “Sahih Bukhāri” it reads:

The Holy Prophet stated, “Whoever goes out of their ruler’s reign of a governor [even] one span[1], s/ he dies of ignorance!”

Right! Even if we leave ” The Battle of Jamal [camel]”[2] in which Talhah, Zubayr, and ‘Ā’ishah ‘s went out of Ali ibn- Abitālib (pbuh)’s reign more than one span, there remains two questions…

Of the Prophet (pbuh&h)’s Ahl al-Bayt [household]. . .

Abu Dāwood is one of the Sunni scholars and elders.

In the introduction of the book “Sunnah Abu Dāwood” Ibrahim ibn Ishaq Al-Harbi wrote: The knowledge of the hadith for Abu Dāwood was as same as Iron in Prophet David (pbuh)’s hands [means Abu Dāwood was completely fluent in Hadith].

 True Sunnis

Allama Manāwy [a Sunni scholar] wrote:

In the Hadith of Thaqalayn, it has been not only mentioned but stipulated that;

the Book of God [Qur’an]and the Prophet (pbuh&h)’s Itrat [his family] are the very twins.

[The ones] that the Prophet (pbuh&h) advised his Ummah about them,

Qur’an, without you [Imam Mahdi (hgr)]?! Would it be??1

In the book “Sunan of Termethy” [one of authentic books of Sunnis], it reads:

In Hajjat-ol-Vida’e [the last Hajj], Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&h) has stated:

I have left among you two things you will never go astray as long as you hold fast to them:

[They are] God’s holy writ [Qur’an] that is [like] a string hanging from heaven to the earth, and my Household and family.

People are foes toward what they don’t know!

Since the subject” Imam Mahdi (hgr)” is so important item, and on the other hand, “Al-sihāh Al-sittah”[1] are the most valid and authentic narration books of Sunni, in next posts you will read some contents which are documented to these six books.

I hope Sunni brothers address the issue of Mahdaviiat [Mahdism] more accurately, God willing.

The statistics of Mahdavi ʼAḥādīth, in some authentic books to Sunnis

۱- “Sunan” of Abu Dāwood has 5274 ʼAḥādīth [Hadiths].

And twelve of them in the volume four, part “Kitāb al-Mahdi” are about Imam Mahdi (hgr).

۲-“Sunan” of Tirmidhi: In Abwāb al-Ghadr, there is a chapter named “Mā Jā’a fi al-Mahdi”.

In this chapter four ʼAḥādīth are explicitly [mentioned] about Imam Mahdi (hgr).

The Old books of Sunnites, on the theme of Imam Mahdi (hgr)

A lot of Sunni scholars have written books regarding Imam Mahdi (hgr).

For example, the first one who wrote an independent book about Imam Mahdi (hgr)

was “Ibād ibn Ya’qūb Rawajati”.

His book is “Akhbār Al-Mahdi”.

He lived in Imam Askari (pbuh)’s lifetime,

It’s clear like daylight…

A large number of Sunni scholars have stated that, believing in the Promised Mahdi (hgr) is an agreement case for Muslims.

Evan some people say, “The denier of Mahdi (hgr)’s emergence, is a heathen.” They also have quoted some narrations in this area.

Some of them believe that “The denier of Mahdi (hgr) must be kiled.”

Names of some Non-Shiites poets whom composed poems about the Ahl Al-Bayt

[Here are] the names of some Non-Shiites poets whom composed poems about Ahl Al-Bayt1 and their love toward them; especially to Imam Mahdi (hgr):

Shams Al-Din Muhammad Ibn-Ali [deceased 955 AH], who was of Sunnite scholars and had high dignity to Damascus’s scholars.

Ahmad Jāmi who was entitled as “Shaykh Al-Islam” [deceased 536 AH] was Sunni and of the Sufi [mystic]’s great men.

Attār Neyshāburi [deceased 618 AH], who was of famous Sunni and Hanafi’s mystics [in Islam].

A remarkable poem of one of prominent Sunnite about Shittes’ ۱۲ Imams (pbu th)

“Abulfazl Yahyā Ibn-Salāmah” was from Shafe’ei sect and one of prominent scholars of sixth century [deceased 551 AH], who was probably the first Sunnite that expressed his believes in poem format about Imams (pbu th); specially Imam Mahdi (hgr).

Among his poets [are these verses]:

Oh you! Who ask me about the Ahl Al-Bayt’s[1] kindness