The True Mahdi in the light of Sunnah
Ibne Kathir rahimahumullah:
The Mahdi will come at the end of time; he is one of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and Imams. He is not the Mahdi who is expected by the Shiah, who they claim will appear from a tunnel in Samarra. This claim of theirs has no basis in reality nor in any reliable source. They allege that his name is Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Askari, and that he went into the tunnel when he was five years old.
The matter we intend to discuss has been proven by Ahadith narrated from the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam): that the Mahdi will appear at the end of time. I (Ibne Kathir rah.) believe that he will appear before Jesus the son of Mary comes down, as the Ahadith indicate.
Hajjaj said that he heard Ali (May Allah be pleased with him)say, The Prophet ﷺ said…
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