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AL MAHDI, JESUS  and MOSHAIKH
[the  ANTI-CHRIST]

Narrated by the late Grand Muhaddith of Morocco,
Shaykh Abdullah ben Sadek, Ph.D. (1914 - 1993) may Allah be pleased with him

Translated by Shaykh Ahmad Darwish

This book is divided into four parts. The first part is the translation of the work of the late Grand Muhaddith of Morocco, Shaykh Abdullah ben Sadek, may Allah have mercy upon him, and consists of hadith pertaining to coming of Al Madhi and his circumstances. It also mentions a few hadiths concerning the false Messiah, and Prophet Jesus.

The second part contains hadiths extracted from "The Gardens of Righteousness" by Imam Nawawi in which there are more authentic hadiths pertaining to the arrival of the false Messiah and the second coming of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him.

The third part is a summary written in layman's terms of the preceding hadith however, they should not be used as a substitute for the study of the hadith that are the actual sayings of Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, that have been verified and transmitted verbatim from one generation to the next since his time.

The fourth part consists of questions and answers replied to by Shaykh Abdullah.

Muhaddith Abdullah ben Sadek, a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, was not only the foremost Muhaddith of Africa but one of the top seven scholars in the world on the Science of Hadith, which is the science of the transmission of the sayings and practices of Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him.

At an early age the Muhaddith became a Professor of Hadith at Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, and to his credit several of his former students include Grand Muhaddiths and Islamic officials in many parts of the Islamic world. During his lifetime he wrote over one hundred books on Islam, including an encyclopedia of hadith falsely attributed to Prophet Muhammad. His also originated the Science of the Innovations of the Explanation of the Holy Koran.

Muhaddith Abdullah was born in Tangier, Morocco in 1914 (A.H. 1328). As a child he learned the Holy Koran by heart and studied the Koranic science of calligraphy. Later, he studied the complete sciences of Malik Jurisprudence and the Explanation of the Holy Koran at Kairouan Mosque in Fez, Morocco. In December, 1931, he began his studies at Al Azhar Mosque where he took and passed its final examination within the short period of one year after which he was offered a teaching position in the prestigious university of Al Azhar. In 1942 he received his Ph.D. then returned to Tangier where he continued to teach in the Mosque and Center founded by his father up until the time of his death, may Allah be pleased with them.

Although Muhaddith Abdullah was a Sunni scholar he was extremely well versed with the Shi'ite doctrine and nominated by the late Imam Yahya of Yemen to revise the Zaydia Encyclopedia of Shi'ite.

 

TRANSLATOR'S NOTES:

The first part of this book was first printed at the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Revolution and was so well received that it was completely sold out in the first week of its publication, in Cairo, Egypt.

Until now there has never been such a well documented book in English on the subject of Al Mahdi from the Sunni point of view, which incidentally, with the exception of a few minor issues, is very close to that of the Shi'ite. It was decided to make an abridged translation of this book in the English language for the enlightenment of all English speaking Muslims, and those interested in the return of Jesus, as well as the anti-Christ and the lands of the prophets.

When we refer to the book as having been abridged, we refer to the omission of the chains of narrators with the exception of the Prophet's companions, because this matter is only of real interest to the scholars of the Science of Hadith Terminology to which the average western reader is unfamiliar. However, these omissions do not detract from the information contained within this book, rather, it simplifies it's reading.

Also omitted in this translation are the false statements which unscrupulous liars tried to attribute to the Holy Prophet, praise and peace be upon him. This has been undertaken so that the reader does not confuse the false with the truth. However, for those who wish to study these false statements we refer them to the original Arabic version of this book.

In the original Arabic version, Muhaddith Abdullah draws the attention of the reader to the falsely attributed statements by using the expression "very weak". In Hadith terminology we are forbidden to use such statements as an argument, or that it has been reported as being an 'hadith' of the Holy Prophet, praise and peace be upon him.

In the section "The Prophetic Sayings transmitted by Thirty-Three Companions" , the reader will observe that more than thirty-three hadith are mentioned. This is because some of the companions transmitted more than one hadith relating to Al Mahdi, or, that the hadiths have been combined.

PREFACE
by Muhaddith Abdullah ben Sadek

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Veneration and peace be upon our master Muhammad, the honest Prophet. Surely, Allah is pleased with his purified family and his righteous companions - the supporter and migrator.

I have written two other books, the first is called: "Establishing the Proof of the Descent of Jesus from Heaven at the End of Time", and the second: "The Islamic Belief in the Descent of Jesus."  Both books have been translated into Urdu but are no longer in print.

The aim of this book is to destroy the false statements made concerning the rejection or denial of the Prophetic statements relating to Al Mahdi, Al Muntazar, the Expected, Guided Leader, by proving these statements to be 'mutawatira1
 Whosoever denies these statements is considered to have fallen into the error of innovation and is thereby classified.

I call this book "Al Mahdi Al Muntazar", and Allah is the One who should be asked to benefit the reader through its reading in the way in which He benefited the readers of it's two brother books. Surely, He is near us, and answers supplications.

 

THE VERACITY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S SAYINGS
Unfortunately, there are many people, including some who are knowledgeable, who believe there will be no Mahdi. This is because they are ignorant of the Prophetic sayings prophesying his appearance towards the end of time.

I was told by someone, during the course of a meeting in which Al Mahdi was mentioned, that a knowledgeable teacher stated that the Hadiths bearing the news of Al Mahdi were false. I asked that person why he had not questioned their falsehood by asking which authoritative source from the Science of Hadith had judged them false. By Allah, if he had asked these questions the teacher would not have been able to reply. It is impossible that the Hadiths which have been proved to be 'mutawatira', by Al Hufaz (the highest authorities in Hadith terminology) to be false.

Hafiz2 Abu Hussain Al Abiri said in his book: "The Merits of Imam Al Shaf'i", may Allah be pleased with him: "The news reported via the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, of Al Mahdi was spread far and wide and has been verified as 'mutawatira'. He is from the family of the Holy Prophet, and when he comes the earth will be filled with justice, and Jesus, upon whom be veneration and peace, will follow him and assist him in the slaying of al masiikh often referred to as ad-dajal - the lying, false messiah, the anti-Christ."3

Al Muhaddith, Idris Al Iraqi Al Hussaini wrote: "The Prophetic sayings concerning Al Mahdi are 'mutawatira' or extremely close, however, the first opinion has been certified by many Al Hufaz4.

Ash-Shawkani said in his book: The Authentic Proof Concerning Transmissions about the Expected Imam, the false Messiah and the Messiah, " ... there are fifty transmitted prophetic sayings concerning Al Mahdi. Amongst them are those classified as authentic, good and also the amended. There is no doubt that they are all mutawatira." The expression 'mutawatira' can also be applied to Hadiths of a lessor degree according to all the expressions listed in the principle of this science. On account of so many of the companions reporting the same narration it is impossible to say that these statements were generated from themselves and are not from the Holy Prophet because the information contained therein is above their capability.

The King of Bohpal in India, Al Muhaddith Al Kinnawji said in his book: "The Broadcasting of what Happened and what is Going to Happen before the Hour of Judgement, "  '... the Prophetic sayings concerning Al Mahdi together with their various narrations are numerous and are classified as being 'mutawatira'. This fact has also been recorded in other references of Hadith and Islamic records such as dictionaries together with their chains of narrations of each transmitter ...' Then he added: 'Some of the Prophetic sayings concerning Al Mahdi are extremely high in their soundness, some sound, whilst others are lessor in soundness. One must also take into account that throughout each generation his circumstances have always been very well known."

The scholar, Abu Abdullah Jasus said: "The news concerning Al Mahdi has been reported in many hadiths and Al Hafiz As-Sakhawy judged that they had reached the level of 'mutawatira.'"

Ash-Shaykh Al Arabi of Fez said: "Every science has been delivered through the authentic news via the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him. That which has been prophesied is a truth to be expected and will, indeed, occur ...  and the news of Al Mahdi is transmitted in numerous narrations so therefore it is powerful."

The scholar Abu Zayd Abdur-Rahman of Fez commented: "There is an abundance of news about Al Mahdi and he will be sent at the end of Time ..."

As-Safarini wrote in his poem describing the articles of belief: "Everything came in the Prophetic text from the true science. There is no deviation amongst them concerning the eloquent seal - Imam Muhammad Al Mahdi and Jesus."

Explaining his poems, As-Safarini said: "There are many opinions concerning Al Mahdi -- even the false -- and it has been said that there is no Mahdi except Jesus. The authentic reports followed by truthful people is that Al Mahdi is other than Jesus and that he will come before Jesus descends from the heavens. There are many narrations reaching the degree of 'tawatur' and because of this it became very well known among the scholars of the Sunnah5,  so that is was included as being an article of belief." After this As-Safarini mentioned some of the Hadiths reported by a group of the Prophet's companions and commented: "These have been reported via the companions together with others who are also mentioned in numerous chains of narrations. It has also been mentioned via the second generation of Muslims from which we glean great benefit with the absolute knowledge of him. Therefore, belief in the coming of Al Mahdi is obligatory because it has been confirmed by knowledgeable scholars and listed in the Articles of Faith of the people of the Sunnah."

Amongst those who describe the Prophet's sayings relating to Al Mahdi as 'mutawatira' is the shaykh of some of our shaykhs, the Imam, the Seal of the Scholars of Hadith in Fez, As- Sayyid Muhammad, son of Jafar Al Kittani. In his book: "Organizing the Scattered Mutawatira Prophetic Sayings" via twenty companions, he reported statements similar to those already stated by the previously mentioned scholars.

He also said: "In his introduction, ibn Khaldun traced the chains of the Prophetic sayings concerning the coming of Al Mahdi according to his knowledge, however, he approached them incorrectly." Accordingly, the scholars criticized him saying that the Prophetic sayings reported about Al Mahdi are numerous and reach the height of being 'mutawatira.' It is reported in the references of Ahmad, At-Tirmizi, Abu Dawood, ibn Majah, Al Hakim, At-Tabarani, Abi Yal'ly, Al Bazaar and others that they were able to trace them directly to a group of the Prophet's companions." Consequently, the denial of this together with all the above are illegal because the Prophetic sayings support each other and become powerful with witnesses and arguments. The Prophetic sayings pertaining to Al Mahdi either reach the highest degree of soundness, or are determined to be sound, or some are classified as being lessor.

Scholarly witnessing to these statements are numerous, however, it is not our aim to gather them all, neither is it to defeat the opinion of ibn Khaldun, because this has already been dealt with in "The Appearance of the Hidden Delusions from the Sayings of ibn Khaldun" by my brother As-Sayyid Ahmad. This book defeats all ibn Khaldun's criticisms word-by-word, in a way that leaves no room for anyone else to add to it.

Our aim is that we mention the Prophetic sayings relating to Al Mahdi with their references as reported by the scholars of this Science of Hadith, together with their chains of narrations with an examination of these chains that sustain the proof of their degree of soundness according to the indisputable regulations of the Science of Hadith with its high principles thus making it 'tawatur' clear to everyone.

Al Mahdi is mentioned in the Prophetic Sayings reported by thirty-three of the companions - they are:

  1. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib
  2. Imam Hussain ibn Ali
  3. Al Abbas ibn Al Muttalib
  4. Ibn Abbas
  5. Ammar ibn Yasir
  6. Abi Sa'id Al Khudri
  7. Abdullah ibn Masood
  8. Lady Ummu Salamah, Mother of the Believers, may Allah be pleased with her
  9. Thawban
  10. Abdullah ibn Al Harth
  11. Anas ibn Malik
  12. Uthman ibn Affan
  13. Hudhayfah ibn Al Yamam
  14. Jabir ibn Majid As-Sadafi
  15. Abu Ayyub Al Ansari
  16. Kyrrah Al Muzani
  17. Lady Ummu Habibah, Mother of the Believers, may Allah be pleased with her
  18. Abi Umamah Al Bahily
  19. Abdullah ibn Amru ibn Al As
  20. Tamim Ad-Dari
  21. Lady Ayesha, Mother of the Believers, may Allah be pleased with her
  22. Abdu Rahman ibn Awf
  23. Abdullah ibn Omar ibn Al Khattab
  24. Talha ibn Ubaydillah
  25. Ali Al Hilali
  26. Imran ibn Hasan
  27. Amru ibn Murrah Al Juhani
  28. Awf ibn Malik
  29. Abi A Tafil
  30. A man from the companions
  31. Kays ibn Jabir via his father, via his grandfather.

Al Mahdi has also been mentioned in the Prophetic sayings reported by five of the friends of the companions:

  1. Sa'id ibn Al Musayyab
  2. Al Hasan Al Basri - student of Imam Ali
  3. Kitadah
  4. Shahr ibn Hawshab
  5. Mumar

Christian's Messiah vs Jew's Moshiakh

It is imporant for the reader to know that many Arabic and Hebrew words are very close in pronunciation. At this point we would like to draw the attention of the reader to an important issue:
The Arabic word "Masiih" = the Messiah.
The Arabic word "Masiikh" = the false messiah, which is equivalent in pronunciation to the Hebrew word "Moshiakh"  =  the Messiah.
However, when the Arabic language is compared to the Hebrew, it is found that the Arabic letter 's' is equal to that of the Hebrew 'sh', as in the Arabic word 'Salaam' and the Hebrew word 'Shalom'. The Jews await the coming of the 'Moshiakh' to lead them, therefore one understands the Jews will follow the false messiah, and once again reject Jesus who is the true Messiah.

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