Salamu Alaikum Shaikh what is the difference between the sunni view of imam mahdi and the shia rawafida view?
Wa alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu
Since the very time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) down to this present age, it has always been the unanimous (Ijmaa-ee) belief of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah (the Followers of the Four Math-habs) that Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) will appear during the last of ages, namely, during the age when Hadhrat Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam! and Dajjaal will make their appearance.
The Shiahs subscribe to a concocted and baseless view regarding Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam). They believe that at the age of five or six years in the fifth century, Imaam Mahdi disappeared with the origi- nal Qur’aan and is until this day hibernating in a cave in concealment and fear. He will appear according to their baseless concoction, during the final era of this world and exhume the bodies of Hadnrat Abu Bakr, Hadhrat Umar and Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anhum) and punish them severely after having restored them to life.
In these days, modernists—or some deviant modernists — have cast aspersions on the authentic ahadith which report and establish beyond any vestige of doubt the Ahlus Sunnah’s belief regarding the advent of Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam). All authorities of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah —of former and later times—unanimously proclaim the correctness of the belief regarding Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam).
These modernists rejecting the belief regarding Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) endeavour to create doubts in the minds of unwary and igno- rant Muslims. These miscreants usually are those deviates who are averse to the Four Math-habs. But, their views are baatil —having no validity in the Shariah.
The narrations which establish the belief of the Ahlus Sunnah regard- ing Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) are of the Mutawaatir category. This is the highest category of Ahadith which have the force of Qur’aanic aayaat. There is no compromise on this belief.
Those who deny this authentic belief expose themselves to kufr.
HADHRAT NABI ISAA’S (ALAYHIS SALAAM) PLACE OF BURIAL
The same deviants who reject the Islamic belief pertaining to the bur- ial of Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) alongside the Holy Grave of Ra- sulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) after his dissension and reign dur- ing the last of eras, also refute the narrations which categorically men-tion the burial place of Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam).
In the ensuing pages copious authentic narrations and rulings of the au- thorities of the Shariah have been furnished to prove both beliefs of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, namely:
(1) The appearance of Hadhrat Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam)
(2) The Burial place of Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam).
May Allah Ta’ala protect our Imaan and save us from the shaitaani de- ceptions of the people of baatil opinion about whom Hadhrat Sayy- iduna Umar Ibn Khattaab (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “Verily, the people of opinion are the enemies of the Sunnah.”
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Jamaadil Ulaa (July 2002)