Hazrat mahdi (as) will be born in a large city and then come to istanbul

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Hazrat mahdi (as) will be born in a large city and then come to istanbul

Post  Pretoria on Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:01 pm

The Prophet (saas) said: “… a man [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] of the people of Madina (a large city) will come forth to Mecca. Some of the people of Mecca will come to him, bring him out against his will and swear allegiance to him between the Corner and the Maqam. …

(Sunan Abu Dawud)

The word Medina is used in a metaphorical sense in the hadith handed down from our Prophet (saas). In other words, our Prophet (saas) uses the word Medina to mean very different things. There are many large cities or “Medinas” in the Islamic world. For that reason, one can only tell in what sense the word Medina is being used by looking at other accounts on the subject.

In the hadith cited above, our Prophet (saas) says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will come from Medina, whereas in another hadith he says that Hazrat Mahdi (as) “will come from the village of Land.” Imam Qurtubi’s At-Tadhkirah refers to Hazrat Mahdi (as) coming from the western part of the Islamic countries. This statement shows that the large city in which Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be born is in the western part of the Islamic nations.

In another hadith, our Prophet (saas) tells his interlocutor that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will perform the spiritual capture of Medina, in other words, a large city. In the account, because there were many Medinas (or large cities), the person speaking to our Prophet (saas) was uncertain which Medina, in other words which large city, Hazrat Mahdi (as) who will achieve the spiritual conquest of. He therefore asked our Prophet (saas) which Medina (or large city) he meant.

Our Prophet (saas) answered that this Medina (city) was Constantinople (Istanbul).

Ahmad recorded a hadith by Allah ibn 'Amr, who said: "… The Prophet (saas) said, 'Six things will happen to this Ummah: … The sixth is the conquest of a city.' I asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, which city?' He said, 'Constantinople.'"

Therefore, the word Medina is used by our Prophet (saas) in this hadith in the sense of a great city in order to refer to Istanbul.

Another hadith reveals that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will emerge from the city that contains the sacred relics, including the sacred banner, of our Prophet (saas). The banner and other holy relics of our Prophet (saas) are currently kept in a special section of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace.

It is related from Abdullah ibn Shurafa that: The banner of our Prophet (saas) will be adorned, together with Hazrat Mahdi (as).

(Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 65)

He will appear with the camel hair banner of our Prophet (saas). That banner has four corners, is unstitched and black in color. There is a halo on it. It has not been unfurled since the death of our Prophet (saas), but it will be opened when Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears.

(Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-zaman, p. 23)

As for signs, he will have with him the shirt, the sword, and the banner of our Prophet (saas). That banner has never been unfurled since the death of our Prophet (saas). And, it will not be unfurled until the appearance of the Mahdi.

(Portents of Doomsday, p. 164)

It appears from the above hadith that the sacred relics of our Prophet (saas) are where Hazrat Mahdi (as), and that the banner will be opened up when he appears. Since the holy relics are in Istanbul, it is clear that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be in Istanbul, too.

However, one can also see from looking at other accounts that the city of Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) birth and the city in the west of the Islamic world is a different Medina or city from the one that he will spiritually conquer. For example, it can be seen from the description in this hadith that the city that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will capture, Istanbul, is one in which a dry path will be opened up in the sea, in other words, in which a bridge system will be used.

During the conquest of Constantinople he [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] will plant a standard when he goes to make ablution for the morning prayer, and the water will divide in two and withdraw from him. He will cross to the other side through this path that opens and say, “O people, learn from this. The sea has parted its waters for us, just as it did for the tribe of Israel.” They will utter the takbir again and again and with twelve takbirs the twelve towers of the city will collapse.

(Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi Alamat al-Mahdi al- Muntadhar, p. 57)

The hadith also states that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will plant a standard in this city, making it clear that the city is the one that contains the holy banner of our Prophet (saas).


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