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Hazrat Mahdi (AS) and The End Times

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ADNAN OKTAR: The coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a certain fact. The return of the Prophet Jesus (as) is a certain fact. This is a fact, a reality, in the Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliqi and Sha’afi schools. Nobody has ever denied it. No Islamic scholar, no Sunni scholar has ever denied it. It is a reality. The portents, all the signs, have come about. The time, according to Said Nursi’s descriptions, has come in its true sense. In this case we cannot conceal such a fact at such a time. We will of course make it obvious, we will of course give its glad tidings. Our Prophet (saas) also tells us to give the glad tidings of Hazrat Mahdi (as), and we do so. We tell the truth, but whether we do so or not, Hazrat Mahdi (as) has come and the Prophet Jesus (as) will return.
ADNAN OKTAR: He will appear with the sword and banner of our Prophet (saas). This will be very, very exciting and very, very astonishing, spiritual shaking, and then Hazrat Mahdi (as) will assume the spiritual leadership, insha’Allah.
ADNAN OKTAR: …this justice will come about even if no more than a day remains until Doomsday, and then Allah will send an individual from my Ahl al-Bayt. He will send Hazrat Mahdi (as) and will fill the world with justice, just as how it was filled with injustice. (Sunan Abu Dawud, 5/92) Hazrat Mahdi (as) is descended from me, and the world will be filled with injustice and oppression; it is certainly filled with injustice and oppression now. But he fills it with truth and justice. They say that the hadith about Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the Sunan Abu Dawud are not trustworthy, but the Sunan Abu Dawud is one of the most trustworthy books of hadith.
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will fill the world that people had previously filled with injustice with justice instead. As it is related Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do so. Where does it say this? In chapter 10/348 of the trustworthy book of hadith the Sunan Ibn Majah says that after the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) the world will overflow with justice when it was formerly filled with corruption. (Al-Qawl Al-Mukhtasar Fi alamat Al-Mahdi Al-Muntazar, page 20) There will be so much justice in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as) that everything forcibly confiscated will be restored to its rightful owner. Again from the Al-Qawl Al-Mukhtasar Fi alamat Al-Mahdi Al-Muntazar.

ADNAN OKTAR:The word Mahdi means someone to whom Allah has imparted a special path to salvation. It means a person whom Allah makes instrumental in people’s guidance. It comes from one of the names of Allah, Hadi, and originates from the idea of guidance.
ADNAN OKTAR: Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a leader. Not a prophet, of course. Jesus (as) is a prophet, but he will not bring a book with him; he will abide by the Qur’an. He is a guide. Hazrat Mahdi (as) is the greatest guide there has ever been. He is extremely important. There are many hadiths of our Prophet (saas) that praise Hazrat Mahdi (as). Some even say he will be superior to the prophets of People of Israel, superior to Hazrat Abu Bakr and Omar. In other words, he says he is very important and encapsulates the characteristics of many prophets. He cites these at length, as if Hazrat Mahdi (as) encapsulates this prophet in one aspect and another prophet in another aspect. Hazrat Mahdi (as) embraces all the beautiful aspects of other prophets. His dominion will be the first such in the history of the world. Allah will use him as His instrument, for which reason Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a very important person.
The Hazrat Mahdi (as) who will come will also be so. It is stated that he will reign from his home. He is a spiritual leader. He is a leader of love. He is a leader of affection. He is a leader [guiding people] to love of Allah. He is the leader that tells Allah to people, spreads His Word to humanity. He is not a leader who tyrannizes, who uses force. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will advocate freedom, democracy, brotherhood, peace, modernism, culture, love, belief in the light of Ahl al-Sunnah, bliss and happiness and he will turn the world almost into Paradise.
That is his attribute. Prophet Jesus (as) comes for him. As you see, a highly devout prophet like Jesus (as) is sent by Allah so that he can serve as a vizier to Hazrat Mahdi (as) and he is sent miraculously. Also a verse in the Qur’an indicates this. Allah tells that He took an oath from the prophets in the dhar world, from all the prophets. Allah says that He took an oath from you, “you” here meaning our Prophet (saas). He says He took an oath from Jesus (as), from Prophet Musa (as) and Prophet Ibrahim (as). Then He asks if they accepted it. He says that He would send a messenger, a person who is charged with duty, that is, someone who would spread the message of Islam. And Allah wants them to help him.
And asks if they accept this duty? In the dhar world, all the prophets say, “We accept it, our Lord”. They say that they accepted this duty. Now, according to this verse, this oath is also taken from our Prophet (as). Because our Prophet (saas) also gives this promise. Jesus (as) also promises. When Hazrat Mahdi (as) comes, Jesus (as) helps Hazrat Mahdi (as). That is one of the meanings indicated by this verse. That is one of the aspects implied in this verse. This is how one implication of the verse is manifested. Hazrat Messiah (as) will come and he will be subject to Hazrat Mahdi (as) and be his vizier. We can understand Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) extraordinary nature from here. A highly devout prophet becomes a vizier to Hazrat Mahdi (as).
ADNAN OKTAR: Hazrat Mahdi (as) is like a magnet, the light of Allah, a manifestation of the light of Allah. The path to salvation that Allah imparts in him will have a very powerful effect. And he will attract the whole Ummah of Islam like a magnet. In other words, people will be bound to him in a manner over-riding their free will.

ADNAN OKTAR:As far as we can tell from the accounts, he is reminiscent of the Prophet Jesus (as). But in terms of the mole on his cheek he will resemble the Prophet Musa (as). Since they come from the same family line, genetic similarities will of course be passed on. For example, he has the mark of the Prophet (saas) on his back. That mark is handed down genetically. For example, there is a mark on Abdulkadir Gaylani’s back, and that has also been passed down. Genetically down the generations... And Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have it.
ADNAN OKTAR: He says, “Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a mercy on the world, a mercy on all the worlds.” “He has the perfection of the Prophet Musa (as), the worth of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the patience of Ayyub (as),” he says.
“Almighty Allah has given the imam Hazrat Mahdi (as) knowledge from an early age, just as he gave a book, prophethood, knowledge and wisdom to Jesus, son of Maryam (as), and Yahya (as), son of Zakkariya (as).” In other words, he will be given knowledge and wisdom from an early age. “He resembles the prophets, one of whom is Jesus (as), son of Maryam. Because in the same way that he was given wisdom, prophethood, a Book and knowledge from an early age, so will knowledge be given to him from an early age.” Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be given them.
There are many hadiths about that, regarding how he resembles the prophets. For instance, he says: “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will rule with the sovereignty of Dawud, of Al-i Dawud, and he will seek no evidence or witness in his pronouncements.” In other words, people will know him from his face and language, he says. “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will rule with the sovereignty of Dawud, of Al-i Dawud, and he will seek no evidence or witness in his pronouncements.” “The one who will take our place, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have various similarities to the messengers of Allah. He will have similarities to Nuh (as), Ibrahim (as), Musa (as), Ayup (as) and Muhammad (saas). He will resemble Nuh (as) in his longevity and Ibrahim (as) in his birth being secret.” In other words, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be born at home. That is what is meant by his secret birth.
“And he will be far from the people in his concealment.” He will be far away from people. This will have to be so, because of his duty. Said Nursi says; “Time and condition will not permit.” In other words, “he will have no time for matters requiring lengthy research and investigation.” He says his time will be very, very limited. He refers to “Musa (as) in his retirement from people and his state of fear.” In other words, he says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be exposed to intense threats, how he will face dangers such as being killed, plotted against, arrested or exiled, he will continuously hide. He resembles the Prophet Musa (as) in those aspects, he says. “People will argue about him as about Jesus (as).” Meaning he will resemble the Prophet Jesus (as) in some people saying that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come and others saying he will not.
There will be argument, he says. Some people will have doubts about the return of the Prophet Jesus (as), some saying he will come and others saying he will not. “He will resemble Ayyub (as) who attained salvation after many tribulations, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will suffer many troubles and difficulties, and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will resemble him in being freed from them by the mercy of Allah. “He will resemble Prophet Muhammad (saas) in appearing with his sword.” He will appear with the sword of our Prophet (saas). He will put on Our Prophet’s (saas) own sword. That means the original sword, the sword that is in Topkapi Palace. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will resemble our Prophet (saas) in having the sacred relics, his holy banner, his sword and his robe, insha’Allah.

ADNAN OKTAR: He says on page 316 of his Words that his [Hazrat Mahdi’s (as)] coming will be 1400 years later, that they have imagined it is imminent. He described it very clearly, saying that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear in the year 1400 (Islamic calendar). On page 108 of the Risalat al-Huruj al-Mahdi it is stated that people will gather around Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the year 1400. As you see, the date is quite specific in the Risalat al-Huruj al-Mahdi. Said Nursi’s sermon to the Islamic world in 1371, saying ‘he will come... if not now, then in 30 or 40 years’ time’, saying Allah will send him with true knowledge, with all the knowledge taught with science and scholarship, with human love, and that insha’Allah he will rout the community of his nine foes half a century later, the same thing, refers to 1981.

Said Nursi explicitly told the location where Hazrat Mahdi (as) would appear. Yet the source is our Prophet (saas). There are so many hadith mentioning Constantinople and Istanbul that only those I am aware of amount to 20. Istanbul and Constantinople are always mentioned. Said Nursi explains this thus, “The incident of the End Times.” He calls them as the incidents that would appear in the future. He told that people assumed incidents of the end times would appear in locations such as Basra, Kufa, Damascus, Mecca and Medina.
He said the reason for this is that the people who related the accounts assumed that the capital of Islam would always remain, for instance in Basra or Medina, or Kufa. However, as you know the last capital of the Islamic world was Istanbul. With the abolishment of the caliphate it ceased to be the capital of the Islamic world. Yet there exists a spiritual aspect. Consequently, Said Nursi said all the incidents of the End Times would take place in Istanbul.
Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) appearance and the descent of Jesus (as) are also included. He says, the “incidents related to persons.” It is stated that all of them would take place in the End Times, in Istanbul. Incidents take place in a single place. Istanbul was the capital of both Islamic and Christian world. It is also the location where al-Khidr (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) meets; the place where the two seas merge. Istanbul is of vital importance; it is the center of the world. It is the point. All events take place in Istanbul. Whatever happens, they happen in Istanbul. All events take place in Istanbul.
He says, ‘..a truth that will take place 1400 years later’. That is, Said Nursi gives an exact time. He explicitly says that he will appear in Istanbul. He said that scholars assumed that the persons of the End Times would appear in cities like Basra, Kufa and Damascus. That is, Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Jesus (as), the persons of the End Times. He said they assumed them to appear in locations such as Basra, Kufa and Damascus. The reason is that, he continued, they thought the capital of Islam would always remain there. However, the capital of Islamic world moved lastly to Istanbul. Then caliphate was abolished. Thus, Istanbul ceased to be the capital of Istanbul. Yet, in the hadith it is indicated to be the location where the incidents of the End Times would take place. He also states it very explicitly. He said wherever the last center of caliphate was, the events would take place there.
Istanbul is a blessed place. As you know it was also the capital of Christians. Then it became the capital of Muslims. It is the most beautiful city of the world. It is the most important city. The place where Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear and Jesus (as) will descend. Istanbul is the place where the greatest events will take place. But it will always be the symbol of compassion, love, mercy and peace. And in the spread of justice and peace, Istanbul will again be the center.

ADNAN OKTAR: Our Prophet (saas) speaks of certain phenomena. These have almost all come about in the space of just 30 years. If any ordinary person had said this it would have rocked the world. Great things would have happened. But he said these things 1400 years ago, making it a truly significant phenomenon. But everything our Prophet (saas) said has come about. For instance, he says there will be two eclipses of the Sun in Ramadan at the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). In the year of his coming, he says. And there were both lunar and solar eclipses in 1981 and 1982 during the month of Ramadan.
ADNAN OKTAR: Yes. He said there would be war between Iran and Iraq. And that happened in October, 1980. He said that Afghanistan would be occupied, and that happened in 1979. He says that the waters of the Euphrates will be stopped, that blood will flow in the same region, and that has also happened. The waters were stopped with a dam, and, as you know, anarchy broke out in the region. He says there will be eclipses of the Sun and Moon in Ramadan. And in 1981 the Moon was eclipsed on the 15th day of Ramadan and the Sun on the 29th day. In 1982 the Moon was eclipsed on the 14th day of Ramadan and the Sun on the 28th day. Our Prophet (saas) says a comet will appear in the same period.
And that happened right after, in 1986. Our Prophet (saas) says there will be an attack on the Kaaba in the year when Hazrat Mahdi (as) comes, and that blood will flow from the Kaaba. And 402 people were killed during the massacre in 1979. The Hijri year 1400 is the year of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Our Prophet (saas) says a sign will appear in the Sun. And there was a huge solar explosion in 1996, the greatest sunburst of the last century.
He says an army will vanish in the desert, and the Iraqi Army disappeared in 2003, during the Iraq War. The Prophet (saas) says that Baghdad will be ruined by fire, and that also happened during the Iraq War in 2003. He says that Iraq will be reconstructed, that its buildings will be re-erected, and that has also come about. He says that the Iraqi unit of currency will be abolished, and that also happened.
Our Prophet (saas) refers to a corruption of smoke and dust at the same time. And that happened on September 11, 2001. He says there will be hurricanes and tornados in that period, and we had Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. The Prophet (saas) especially refers to the technological equipment and features of the time. He says people will be able to see and speak to one another from great distances. He says people will speak to one another through the tip of a whip.
That is a reference to the telephone and its cables and antennae. He says people’s own voices will speak, a reference to tapes and videos. He describes just about all the technological devices of that age. He says that there will be agriculture with no oxen or ploughs, using technical equipment. If anyone else had said these things, it would have been something really major, but it may have escaped people’s notice.
ADNAN OKTAR: Our Prophet (saas) referred to that in the hadith. He stated in great detail that there would be an economic crisis in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as), that it would involve the whole world, and even that rainfall would decline. He told the decline of the rainfall in great detail. Following that, he said, he stated that the cost of living would rise and there would be widespread lack of productivity. Our Prophet (saas) even says that people in the markets will complain that they were unable to make any money, to earn any money, today. And since this is also a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), it is also for the best.
ADNAN OKTAR: The economic crisis is metaphysical. Everyone, all the economists, scientists, industrialists, capitalists and the like is struggling with it but they are unable to stop it, and they will be unable to stop it, and it will bring the entire system down. In other words, you will see all the major companies in the world collapse, one by one. And this will go on for 7 years, which is no little length of time. Seven years. There will be famine in many countries, he says, and indicates that great importance will be attached to storing wheat and raising livestock.
As you know, the Prophet Yusuf (as) was in charge of the country at that time. He said there would be a famine lasting 7 years. He recommended that wheat be stored as a precaution, and stocks of wheat were duly established. And in the same verse, he also stresses the importance of raising livestock. Things happened just as the Prophet Yusuf (as) said they would. And the great famine lasted for 7 years. The same thing is happening again now.
The crisis started in 2007. And the law of Allah is that it will go on until 2014, Allah knows the truth. And the crisis will persist until the whole global system collapses. And the system will oblige people to see the power of Allah.
IMF made a declaration about this issue, stating that the crisis would continue until 2014. That is true, till the end of 2013 there will be a deceleration; not 2011 but towards the end of 2013. A gradual recovery will begin. But it will openly begin in 2014. Therefore I do not see the deceleration in 2013 as an important one. It will be a very weak deceleration. But beginning from 2014 there will be a definite, certain economic recovery. Everyone will see this insha’Allah.
ADNAN OKTAR: Look, the dams are currently full to overflowing. It keeps on raining. We are told there will be plentiful rainfall in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). The rain will initially come to a halt, will stop in the early days of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), and then will become more plentiful again, we are told. We have seen both. Both have happened. And Said Nursi says there will be an economic crisis. That also appears in the hadith, that it will happen in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). And so it has. The economic crisis is a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), in other words. These things will all happen one after the other, as a result of which those who do not understand will have to grasp their significance, and there will be no alternative.
He says a comet will appear at the same time. But he also speaks of a second comet, and that appeared in 2009. The Prophet (saas) says that this second comet will be in the shape of a crescent, a shape never before seen in a comet. The comet Lulin, and let me show you a picture if there is one here, or I can show you later.

ADNAN OKTAR: There is a feature to this comet. All other comets travel from east to west, but this moves from west to east. Our Prophet (saas) says that this comet will travel from west to east. And that it will have two horns. And the comet is indeed double-horned.

REPORTER: Just as it is written.
ADNAN OKTAR: And he says it is bright, that it sheds light. It is six times brighter than other comets. It shines very brightly and is green in color.

ADNAN OKTAR: And this is a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). There are so many portents of his coming, and they have all come about. For example, our Prophet (saas) says there will be an attack at the Kaaba. Blood will flow that year, he says. And this has happened. There will be great fire and smoke, he says. As you know, one of the world’s largest tankers caught fire in Istanbul, resulting in stupendous flames and smoke. He says it will kill some people and waken the sleeper.
The newspapers covered it, saying that people asleep leapt up in the air. The accounts say that people will imagine that night was day, look how the Prophet (saas) supplies such detail, and that also happened. That is the time we are in now, and in that period, he says, there will be an economic crisis. Look, the economic crisis has begun. He does not actually say crisis, but he refers to shortages, economic shortages, high costs of living and scarcity in the economy. He even says how people will complain in the markets, how they will say they have been unable to earn any money that day. First, he says, the rains will cease, and then they will start up all over again, which we have seen happen. First they said that the rains had stopped, because of global warming, but now the reservoirs are all full again, so they have to open the gates, and these hadith are all coming true.
Another sign is the comet I just spoke about. Accounts say it is like a horn. From both sides it really looks like a cattle head. And it is green and travels from west to east. Imam Rabbani knew this, centuries ago. Science has only recently discovered it. It discovered it in 2009, and it was the first time we encountered such a phenomenon. It is related with all its details. Scientists first said it was flat. Then they say it assumed this angle. There is no such cavity on the front of a comet.
In other words, this is a most peculiar phenomenon, not something regularly encountered, but very different. And it travels from west to east. This is also a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Imam Rabbani speaks of this in his Letters. Let them look it up in Imam Rabbani’s Letters. He’s the mujaddid (reviver) of the millennium. They will see this, and it is a great marvel. It is also a miracle of our Prophet (saas). Our Prophet (saas) has died but his miracles continue. He described this 1400 years ago. But science has only just realized it.
ADNAN OKTAR: We are told there will be great smoke and fire when Hazrat Mahdi (as) first appears. As you know, there was a huge tanker explosion in 1979. There was a huge pillar of smoke. And there was a thick layer of smoke many kilometers long that stretched towards the Bosporus. The hadith also say that the noise of it will wake sleeping people up, and the newspapers reported exactly that. Another account gives further details, saying that people will think that night is day, and we again saw exactly that in the papers, from the force of the explosion.
And the accounts say these explosions will go on for days, and they did indeed continue for days. Then he says that this fire is today in underground, as petrol, and that is highly significant, in other words our Prophet (saas) says it is somewhere around Arabia. He says it is underground in the form of oil, and that when the time comes it will be brought to the surface, and this was indeed one of the largest oil tankers in the world. It emerged with a huge explosion. And our Prophet (saas) says that many people will die, and many people did lose their lives through the force of the explosion. This was a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Surat ad-Dukhan of the Qur’an refers to this incident, speaking of the coming of smoke.
For instance the hadith also say that Azerbaijan will be invaded and in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as) blood will be shed there. As you know Azerbaijan is also invaded and Karabakh was captured. With the encouragement of freemasons and atheist-zionists some Armenian troops attacked the region, you know. Enormous blood-shed and massacre occurred. Our Prophet (saas) told this in details.
The abolition of caliphate is also a portent of Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) coming. That is, it is also a miracle Allah created to lay the ground for Hazrat Mahdi (as). That is, it is an extraordinary incident. It is prepared merely for the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) because Hazrat Mahdi (as) could not have appeared when there was the caliphate. They would execute him. That is, his appearance would be impossible. For this reason Allah abolished caliphate and laid the groundwork [for Hazrat Mahdi (as).]
ADNAN OKTAR: Our Prophet (saas) says that Doomsday will not happen until one speaks with the heel of his shoe, and he says in summary that this is a portent of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Phones in shape of shoes have now been made. That is just what our Prophet (saas) refers to. He says that Doomsday will not happen until people speak with the heels of their shoes, and we are told that this will come about in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). It has happened just like that, and people can pick up their phones with earphones just like shoes and speak using them.
Rome will also be captured insha’Allah. With the takbir, that is it will be captured with the remembrance of Allah. It is also an important city, there are also very important relics there insha’Allah. Vatican also, as you know. Likewise Rome. Rome will be Muslims all over. This is also made clear in the hadith.
Rome also will be captured with the takbir in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Our Prophet (saas) refers to this in the hadith. There will be an earthquake and it will be torn down. That may be the earthquake in question. Because it happened once in 1980. That is the date of Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) appearance. And it happened now, in 2009 and in Rome. That is the earthquake in question The epicenter is the church. There is, of course, a goodness also in this.
It will be instrumental in making them see the righteousness, the truth more. It will open the hearts of people there. It will be instrumental in making people have more affection for Allah. And indeed this has been the case. It endowed them a spirit that would draw them close to Allah with love. There was again a ceremony today, a ceremony in which the Pope participated. If I am not mistaken it was broadcasted live. I do not know it was a live broadcast or a repeat. These are very meaningful. Rome is a city in which devout people are dense, a city populated with devout Christians.
Earthquakes, ordeals increase one’s love of Allah. It adds affection. So we see this effect in them and insha’Allah it will lead to goodness.
For instance, these portents that have appeared; AIDS has always been a great fitnah in the End Times. It appeared for the first time in the world. AIDS is one of the disasters of the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). So does this swine flu, for instance. Growing more effective at times and diminishing at others, it will become a great threat for the entire world. As a result of swine flu no swine will be left on the world. This is a feature of the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). For instance in Egypt they have begun killing swine. As a precaution, they have killed hundreds of thousands of swine. This incident is going on in accord with the hadith.
Another sign is the appearance of irreligious religious scholars. The man speaks very explicitly. He says it out in the open. He says there is no Paradise, there is no Hell. There is no destiny. Soon he will also say, Allah forbid, Allah does not exist. He will say it so some time later. Look, I am telling this right now. Some time later he will also say, Allah does not exist and being people who teach religion to people, the government pays them salaries. This is very striking.
He does not believe in Allah, does not believe in Paradise and Hell and the prophets but earn salaries because it is their duty. Whereas they are charged with communicating the religion, they act as if their duty is to spread irreligion and they tell irreligion. And they are paid for this. This is a very abnormal situation. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will also struggle with them but none of them will be able to cope with Hazrat Mahdi (as). That is, Hazrat Mahdi (as) can not be stopped. With his opinion, attitude and style, he is a very amiable person, he is a very compassionate person. Our Prophet (saas) says that he will not shed any blood and awaken a sleeper.
ADNAN OKTAR: One account even says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will reign over the Jews with the original Torah and over the Christians with the original New Testament, and that he will call them to the true path, and that a great community from among them will attach themselves to him. It even says that he will find the Ark of the Covenant and the Sacred Relics, for which reason a great many Jews will come to believe and follow Hazrat Mahdi (as).
It is stated that in the End Times an image resembling a human hand will appear in space and this is one of the portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). Asma binti Umays related: “THE PORTENT OF THE COMING OF HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) IS A HAND EXTENDED FROM SKY AT WHICH PEOPLE STARE.” It is stated in the hadith that something resembling a hand will appear in space. This is stated in Hadith from the Collection of Jalaladdin Suyuti, page. 69.

This is also stated in other hadith. An image made by Chandra X-ray Observatory (NASA) a pulsar in the shape of a hand is seen as if to grasp another pulsar. Indeed it is seen as if it grasps something of a coal. I will show it in a moment. The phrase of hand stated in the hadith refers to an image NASA calls God’s hand, it is an image caused by a celestial event. Of course Allah knows the truth. Let me show this photograph. This is the photograph of a very big pulsar taken by NASA.
As you see it is seen as if a hand in space grasped something of a coal and clenched it with its fingers. In the photograph taken by Chandra X-ray Observatory of NASA is seen as if a pulsar grasps another pulsar. The hand referred to in hadith is the picture of a celestial event referred by NASA as God’s Hand. Yes, we can see it very clearly right now. Yet, of course, its diameter is very very very great. It is made up of pulsar. It is a very big object.

2021, or 1506 according to the Islamic calendar, is the prevailing lifespan of the Ummah. But look, all great Sunni scholars such as Muhammad Hamdi Yazir of Elmali, Suyuti, Manavi, Ibn Kasir, Barzanji, Tabari, Said Nursi, Ahmed bin Hanbal, the founder of the Hanbali school, Daylami and Bistami all put the life span of the Ummah at the 1500 years. Said Nursi also says up to 1500 years. He says 1506 at most. He says in 1545, or in 2120the Doomsday will fall upon the disbelievers. That is the Sunni belief.
ADNAN OKTAR: If we put credence in statements by Sunni scholars, if we trust the hadith of our Prophet (saas) and descriptions given by Said Nursi, these subjects are crystal clear. People can look at the works of Suyuti. They can look at the works of Barzanji. The life span of the Ummah is up to 1500. This is made crystal clear in Suyuti. And in the works of Berzanji. It is quite clear in works by other great Sunni scholars. Said Nursi also says the life of the Ummah will extend up to 1506. “Indeed…” he says “… it indicates that Doomsday will befall the unbelievers in 1545.” We are now in the year 1430 according to the Islamic calendar.
ADNAN OKTAR: Hazrat Mahdi (as) will not come in any century other than this one. According to Suyuti and Barzanji, and also to Said Nursi and other Sunni scholars no other century applies. “At most…” says Said Nursi “…his victorious struggle... will extend up to 1506…” He says that 1506 “will be the last period of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers.” “And by Allah’s leave...” he says, “Doomsday will befall the unbelievers in 1545.” And since the subject is as clear as this, predicting later centuries means placing no credence in the statements of the Sunni ulama. It means placing no credence in the explanations of Said Nursi.
It means placing no credence in the explicit accounts of hadiths. They can look at the works of Suyuti, or of Barzanji. They can look at the works of other Sunni scholars. Said Nursi describes it very clearly and in detail. They can see the subject quite clearly there. There is therefore no question of Hazrat Mahdi (as) appearing in any other century. And all the portents cited have taken place in this century. They have never all come about together in the last 1400 years. This is the first time. Including this comet. Including the occupation of Afghanistan, the stopping of the waters of the Euphrates, solar and lunar eclipses in the month of Ramadan and bloodshed at the Kaaba.
The rising up and multiplication of tall buildings and adultery and such signs, furthermore these are the minor portents. These things have also happened. If people still talk about later centuries even though they have seen all these things, that comes from their inability to have faith for this subject. Said Nursi says: “Some people who are weak in faith but strong in ego... have sought to deny it.” There are other statements on the same subjects. Some people say that he has already come and gone. Other say, “he will not come” and still others say, “he will come in the far distant future.”
ADNAN OKTAR: Said Nursi says, “They have imagined that a marvel that will take place after 1400 years will happen in their own centuries.” In other words he says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come in the year 1400, according to the Islamic calendar. Such a great scholar as Suyuti says that the life of the Ummah, that is Community of Muslims will not exceed 1500 years. Barzanji says that, too, the great scholar of the 11th century. Said Nursi says, “Excluding nunnation, it suggests that it will persist until 1542.” “It suggests that he will persist openly and overtly and victoriously until 1506, and then implies that up until '42 he will continue its task of illumination in secret and in concealment.
If the gemination mark is included, then numerological calculation suggests that Doomsday will befall the unbelievers in 1545.” As you see, 1545 at the latest. Said Nursi says the life of the Ummah will extend up until 1545. Since Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear in 1400 according to the Islamic calendar and since Doomsday is to be expected after 1500, there is no other person to be awaited after 1500. According to Suyuti, Barzanji and Said Nursi, there is nobody else to be anticipated. So he must appear in this century.
All the portents that never took place in the last 1400 years have taken place in this century. For instance, the stopping of the waters of the Euphrates, the attack on the Kaaba, bloodshed at the Kaaba, the invasion of Iraq, the invasion of Azerbaijan, war between Iraq and Iran and the appearance of a comet. Imam Rabbani speaks of a double-tailed comet, the appearance of a horn-shaped comet. And he says that it will travel in the opposite direction to other comets. And that has come true.
Imam Rabbani says this is a portent of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as). But there are so many other portents. He says that the Iraqi Army will vanish in the desert, and that also happened. Our Prophet (saas) says the Iraqi unit of currency will be invalidated, and that also happened. He says that Iraq will be rebuilt, and that has happened. All the signs, more than 100 accounts, have all come about. But they all took place between 1400 and 1430, Islamic calendar, and this is very important. And they have never all happened in any other century. In other words, this is the first time since the days of our Prophet (saas). And since Suyuti says that the life of the Ummah will not exceed the year 1500 and since Said Nursi says it will not survive past 1500, then Hazrat Mahdi (as) must already have appeared.
There is no alternative. There is no alternative according to Sunni belief. Look what Muhammad ibn Rasul al Husayni al Barzanji says: “The life of this Ummah will exceed 1000 years but will not exceed 1500 years. From various signs it appears that the life of this world...” And he says: “The great scholar Jalaladdin Suyuti provides various pieces of information from the Al Kashfu al-Fi..., the name of his work is very lengthy. Look, a great scholar such as Suyuti, the mujaddid of the 11th century, cites a Sunni scholar and expert in the hadith as a reference source and says, “The life of this Ummah will exceed 1000 years but will not exceed 1500 years.
” We are now in 1430, Islamic style, and Hazrat Mahdi (as) must absolutely certainly already have appeared. There is no other alternative. In addition, more than 100 portents have come about, all of them, which also means that Hazrat Mahdi (as) must certainly have already appeared. In fact, when we look at developments in the Islamic world we see that there has been serious progress toward a Turkish-Islamic Union. We see that the Islamic world is heading toward unification. The collapse of Darwinism and materialism and communism shows that the light of Islam has spread everywhere, and these things are all signs that Hazrat Mahdi (as) has already appeared.
ADNAN OKTAR: Said Nursi says that Doomsday will befall the unbelievers around 1545. We are in the last stage of the world. People ask how anyone can say such a thing. Our Prophet (saas) says so, transmitted in the hadith. Think of a newborn child, but a normal person’s life expectancy is 60-70 years, maybe 70-80, or 100 at the very most. People will assume that a young person of 10 or 20 is going to keep on living, but that someone aged 80-90-100 may die at any moment. The earth is now like a 80-90-100 years old person. In other words, the days of youth are over. People expected Doomsday in its youth, when it was 10 or 20 or 30 years old, and someone aged 20 or 30 years can indeed die.
But death is far more imminent for someone aged 90 or 100. Now the Earth is 90 or 100 years old, in the year 1500 according to the Islamic calendar. Said Nursi says that Doomsday will take place around 1545. There are people who say that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear after this century, even much later.
According to Sunni belief, the life span of the Islamic Ummah is nearly over. It ends in 1500, so it is impossible for Hazrat Mahdi (as) to come in 1600. It is impossible for him to come in 1700. For that to happen, all the portents would have to be repeated again. All the portents, the occupation of Afghanistan, the stopping of the waters of the Euphrates and everything. The prophet (saas) says that people will speak through the heels of their shoes. But it is impossible for that to be discovered again, since people are already doing it.
The waters of the Euphrates have already been stopped and cannot be stopped for a second time. Our Prophet (saas) is referring to the first stopping of the waters. He says they will be stopped once. And the waters of the Euphrates have already been stopped. The invasion of Iraq, that does not mean an invasion that will take place many times over. There may be such an invasion, but the fact these things have all happened together is highly significant. More than 100 such portents have happened. All within the space of 30 years. The attack and bloodshed at the Kaaba has already happened. The appearance of the comet Lulin is a one-off. There is no question of it appearing again in 1600 or 1700.
Scientists say it will not return. It is a one-off. It is a very rare phenomenon. It happened in the past and they do not know whether it will appear in the future again. That is why they are distracting the Ummah and Muslims by talking about 1600 or 1700. They have distracted them and not told the truth. If our Prophet (saas) says the life of the Ummah will end in 1500, that is what will happen, since all the portents of that have happened. Said Nursi says we must expect Doomsday in 1545. And he is not alone in saying that. Almost the entire Sunni ulama say the same thing. In addition, we need to investigate and reflect very deeply on the way that all these portents have come about together.
Look, at the time when the comet Lulin appears, the other comet should appear, too. He said that the rains would not fall for 2 years before the comet Lulin appears, and it did not rain. It did not rain for 2 years. Then he says that a great deal of rain will fall, and that people will be troubled by such heavy rainfall. And that also happened. Yet some people imagine that all these things will happen all over again, in 1600 or 1700. According to the Sunni ulama, the life span of the Ummah is over. But it is odd how they conceal that and never mention it. Said Nursi makes that clear, as well as Imam Hanbal and other Sunni scholars. Tabari says so, for example, and the entire ulama. It is wrong to hide this and thus mislead the Ummah. This is the truth. Only this century will be that of the rule of Islam. Everywhere has been captured and ruined, and oppression is everywhere, but this century will be that of salvation, insha’Allah.

ADNAN OKTAR: “Allah will send Hazrat Mahdi (as) when people despair and say there is no such person as the Mahdi.” Ali Ibn Husamaddin al Muttakqi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 55. Look, when people fall into despair. “He will appear when people have lost all hope of his coming. How fortunate those who live to help him” says our Prophet (saas). Woe, he says, to those who “harbor enmity toward him and who oppose his commands,
and to his enemies..” Allah says He will destroy them. Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Nomani, al-Ghaybah al-Nomani p. 301. He says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will appear when people have fallen into despair and hopelessness. Dawud ibn Kasir Rikki says: I asked Imam Abu Abdullah. The coming of this leader, of Hazrat Mahdi (as), has been so delayed that our hearts have been tightened and we are dying of a profound sorrow, meaning that we are severely troubled. He replied, “His coming will be at a time when there is even greater despair and sorrow.” In other words, his appearance will be after even worse sorrow, he will come after an even more intense period of affliction. That is what the al-Ghaybah al-Nomani says on page 208.

ADNAN OKTAR: “Humran ibn A’yan says: Imam Muhammad Bakr said Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have slanting eyes. “Abu Basir says: Imam Muhammad Bakir or Jafar-i Sadk said: There will be a mark between his two shoulder blades.” As was the case with our Prophet (saas). A mole, as you know, is something on the surface of the skin. But a second detail is also provided. “There is a leaf to the left of and below his left shoulder bone, like a myrtle leaf.” In other words, he says there is a second mark,
but this will be three-dimensional, in the shape of a tree leaf. This is a glorious detail. “There is a mark reminiscent of a pearl on his cheek, like a star illuminating the Earth.” Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Rasul Barzanji. He says there is a mole on his cheek. For example, he says, “There is a black mark on Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) right leg. On his right leg, that is another detail. Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Nomani. He says, “There is a scar on his forehead.” He says there is a scar on his forehead. “Humran Ibn Ayan says: Imam Muhammad Bakr said: There is a scar on his forehead, and a mole on his face.”
“Rasulullah said: Hazrat Mahdi (as) is one of my children. He has a beautiful face. The radiance of his face will rise to his head and the black of his hair. His face is like a star shining in the sky.” Muhammad al-Qari al-Hanafi says in his book Risalat Mashrab al Vardi fi Mazhabi’l Mahdi: “He has a beautiful face, and the radiance of his face lends him majesty.” He says his teeth are bright, his thighs are broad. These are things I know by heart. He says his eyebrows are curved, his hair is black and his nose is small and pointed upward.
He says he has a beard, he is broad-shouldered and broad-chested, and he thrusts his feet outward when he walks. In speaking, when he has difficulty speaking he uses his hands for emphasis. Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar. That means he looks like the Israelis in appearance. He is a majestic individual with a broad forehead. That is in the book Ikdud Durar. But these are books going back 800, 900 or 1,000 years. His body is like those of the Israelites, he says, and in another account he says he has a broad forehead.
In other words, so many details have been provided that we know about his appearance and character and everything. For instance it is stated that he will have a big abdomen, that there will be a space between his thighs, that he will have a large carcase. From Ukayli Al-Najmu's-saki fi Bayan Anna al-Mahdi min Avlad? Ali ibn Abu Talib Ala al-Temam al- Wamal. His eyebrows are curved, Hazrat Mahdi (as) is Arab in coloring, a reddish white.

ADNAN OKTAR: Our Prophet (saas) says of Hazrat Mahdi (as) that his hair and beard are very beautiful. He says there is a cleft between his eyebrows, meaning his eyebrows run in a single line. Most normal people have two, but our Prophet (saas) says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) has only one.
PRESENTER: In the hadith, Hazrat Mahdi (as) has thick hair and a broad brow. There is a concavity on his forehead and his nose is small. What will this concavity on Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) brow be like?
ADNAN OKTAR: Everyone has a very slight one on their forehead. You have a slight curvature there yourself. Yes, by concavity a curve is meant here. Some people have a flat forehead while others have a mild concavity. A concavity that causes their eyebrows to protrude slightly.

ADNAN OKTAR: Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) complexion is normally Arab, something between red and white, though it sometimes becomes darker, he says. It will probably become darker under the effect of the sun, and when he stays out of the sun from time to time it will become lighter again, that is what is being referred to, insha’Allah.

ADNAN OKTAR: Like the Prophet Ibrahim (as), he [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will be born at home; it will not be anywhere people are familiar with. His birth will be concealed, and a home birth is indicated. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be born at home. This is a distinctive feature of his. And he will remain apart from people, he will keep his distance for his own security, but he will remain apart from the public, just like the Prophet Ibrahim (as).

ADNAN OKTAR: For example, in his Deductions, Sayyid Ahmad Husamaddin says this about the birth of Hazrat Mahdi (as): "An individual will come from the Muslims, this honorable person will shed light all around from the greatest mountain of the Caucasus like the Sun sheds its rays.” He says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come from the Caucasus.
ADNAN OKTAR: "An individual will come from the Muslims, this honorable person will shed light all around from the greatest mountain of the Caucasus like the Sun sheds its rays.” He will shed light all around. It is said that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come from Caucasus.

ADNAN OKTAR: For example, the accounts say there will be a radiance in Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) clothing, and that he will radiate light. Now people imagine that when Hazrat Mahdi (as) comes he will literally emit light in the way the Moon does. The fact is that he will wear light-reflective clothing, bright clothing, that it will be made out of that kind of fabric. We are told that the eyes of Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) horse will shine. Its eyes will shine in the dark and radiate light.
ADNAN OKTAR: He says it is black and white, a reference to black and white cars and their headlights. The accounts say that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will lead the way, and that they will act as a convoy. Now people will immediately think of as in the films, in science fictions, of a horse with shining eyes radiating light, strange creatures like that. But that is not the case. Our Prophet (saas) reveals it ambiguously for people to understand but still to keep it concealed.

PRESENTER: In one hadith, Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) clothes are described as like fire, and his face is sometimes light in color like bright gold, and sometimes darker in color like the Moon. Could you expound on that hadith, our viewers wonder?
ADNAN OKTAR: It means that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will wear bright clothes, spotless clothes. Many people today wear bright clothes. Your clothes are bright, and that is quite common. A real miracle, beautiful fabrics from shining fibers, has come about in the End Times. That is the kind of clothing Hazrat Mahdi (as) will wear. Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) complexion will normally be of the Arab type, between red and white, but the hadith say it will sometimes become darker. It will probably become darker under the effect of the Sun, then from time to time it will grow paler again when he stays out of the Sun, that is what is referred to here, insha’Allah.

ADNAN OKTAR: And that also applies to Hazrat Mahdi (as). He says he will not be recognized when he first comes. It is the same in other hadith. Our Prophet (saas) says, “He is like the Prophet Yusuf (as).” “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will move among the people and through the markets. He will know the people, but the people will not recognize him.” And that is what has happened; Hazrat Mahdi (as) has come but nobody is aware of him.

ADNAN OKTAR: He says that “They will see Hazrat Mahdi (as) from where they sit at home, from their armchairs.” Everyone will see him in their homes. What does that mean? It means you will see him on the television. Our Prophet (saas) even goes on to add, “You will see him walking on the streets.” People can enjoy such forms of communication using their mobile phones. That is what he is referring to, and it is a miracle.

ADNAN OKTAR: Our Prophet (saas) makes it very clear, saying: “He is like the Prophet Yusuf (as).” He says he will disappear. They ask our Prophet (saas) how he will disappear. In describing his disappearance, he says that he will be cast into a dungeon, into prison, just like the Prophet Yusuf (as). He does not say anything about him becoming like a wraith and moving about invisibly among people. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will suffer pain and difficulty, but can someone who is invisible suffer? Can you put an invisible man in prison? An invisible man can just walk out of that prison. You cannot hold an invisible man behind bars. He will just walk out, like a spirit. He says that his concealment will last a long time and that he will be under threat just like the Prophet Musa (as). He says, “He will resemble the Prophet Musa (as) in terms of fear.” That is in terms of being threatened, at risk and in danger. Accounts even say that “The dajjal’s armed men will have Hazrat Mahdi (as) under surveillance.”
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be concealed from them. So why should he be concealed in spirit form? Think for a moment, why should someone in spirit form bother to conceal himself at all? Why should he end up in prison? He will suffer. Our Prophet (saas) says that “Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be chained hand and foot.” He will have chains on his hands and separate chains on his feet. But how can you chain someone in the form of a spirit? That is obviously impossible. Sunni sources make it perfectly plain that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be born to a physical mother and father and that he will be a sayyid. But because they were unable to explain this disappearance of his they said he would vanish in a spirit-like state. That is how the Shiites have interpreted it.
But our Prophet (saas) perfectly made it clear that “He will go to prison, and he will be concealed like the Prophet Musa (as).” These are his two disappearances. Ghaybat al-Sughra and Ghaybat al-Kubra, a minor disappearance and his major disappearance. In other words, he will be concealed in prison, one, and then there is his normal concealment from people, one that takes place for his personal safety. “The dajjal will persecute Hazrat Mahdi (as)” he says. ‘he will constantly beat him on his abdomen and on his back, and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will begin to expand as he beats him.” In other words, he says that his name and fame will begin to spread across the world. The media and the television of the time will attack Hazrat Mahdi (as). The more they attack him, the more Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) renown will spread. That is what he means by his being beaten on the abdomen and back.
REPORTER: There has been such a misconception among the Shiites for hundreds of years.
ADNAN OKTAR: Yes, but that is also for the best. It was a cover for Hazrat Mahdi (as), but Allah has now lifted that cover. It allowed Hazrat Mahdi (as) to remain concealed. There is also a verse referring to this. I take refuge in Allah from the cursed satan: “O he who has been covered up,” He says, “rise and frighten them.” In other words, start preaching the word and spreading the faith. This is one of the verses that refer to Hazrat Mahdi (as) being concealed for a time. That is the figurative meaning of the verse.

ADNAN OKTAR: Allah knows the truth, his life will be long. According to the hadith of our Prophet (saas), “He is like the Prophet Ibrahim (as).” He says he will live for “120 years.” That depends, Allah knows the truth, and we will see whether or not it is true when it happens. Because the reliability of the hadith is established when they come true.

ADNAN OKTAR: Of course Hazrat Mahdi (as) and Khidr (as) will meet. Both the Qur’an and the hadith indicate that. And they will meet with the Prophet Jesus (as). Because Khidr (as) will have an important job in the establishment of the Turkish-Islamic Union. Khidr (as) has always been involved in such brand new structures and such great developments. In other words, nothing has happened without his involvement. He was also involved in the capture of Constantinople. He was seen by many people. That is a known fact. But meeting with Khidr (as) is only possible by passing from a bodily state to a spirit one. It is only possible if he returns as a spirit. Contact will be made in that way, insha’Allah.

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will give them love of Allah, love of prophet, love of angels back. He will spread that beauty in them. And he has no interest in this world. He will have no possessions. He will also not be married. If he were married, people would say, “Does he want to leave possessions for his kids?” They may wonder whether he is concerned for the future. If Hazrat Mahdi (as) had possessions, people might consider the possibility of his keeping them. For this reason All-Mighty Allah has taken such a precaution for him. He grants him neither sons nor possessions. On the contrary he is a person of trials. He will go through all sorts of ordeals and trials.
His sole aim is love of Allah, fear of Allah, the prevalence of Allah’s love over the world. Consequently he will have no claims. He will maintain democracy, human rights and social justice. Our Prophet (saas) stresses two important goals of Hazrat Mahdi (as). First, justice and freedom. Second, to improve humanity, welfare and peace. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will attach importance to these two aspects. And we will insha’Allah see its consequences in the coming years. Now, it may sound surprising for the moment but as the events unfold, they will be more bewildered and amazed.

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