a leader in Shia eschatology who is assumed to appear, save the world and make peace worldwide.
Origin: "rightly guided one"
among Mohammedans, the last imam or leader of the faithful. The Sunni, the largest sect of the Mohammedans, believe that he is yet to appear
Origin: [Ar., guide, leader.]
In Islamic eschatology, the Mahdi is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will rule for seven, nine or nineteen years- before the Day of Judgment and will rid the world of evil. In Shia Islam, the Mahdi is believed to be the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, whose return from occultation will be the return of the Mahdi. Isa will return to aid Mahdi, or the guided one, against Masih ad-Dajjal, the false messiah, and his followers. He will descend at the point of a white arcade, east of Damascus, dressed in yellow robes with his head anointed. He will then join the Mahdi in his war against the Dajjal. Isa will slay Dajjal, and unite humanity.Sahih Muslim, 41:7023 Sahih al-Bukhari, 3:43:656: Narrated Abu Hurairah: Jesus Christ has been foretold to return at near the end of the world. The Qur'an says:[ ]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mä′dē, n. the great leader of the faithful Mohammedans, who is to appear in the last days—one pretended Mahdi overthrew the Egyptian power in the Soudan in 1884-85.—ns. Mah′dism; Mah′dist.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a name given to any Mohammedan fanatic who arises in the interest of the Mohammedan faith, summons the Moslems to war, and leads them to repel the infidel; a kind of Mohammed Messiah armed with the sword for the conquest of the world to the faith.
The numerical value of mahdi in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of mahdi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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