Imam Al Mahdi, The Twelfth Khalifah In The Sahih Sunni Ahadith

Who is the Mahdi of Islam? According to both Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, the "guided one" will rise during the end times to conquer all nations. With Jesus Christ, he will bring an end to aggression and injustice, and will establish the Kingdom of God on earth. However, Sunnis and Shi'is disagree about the identity of the Mahdi. According to Shi'is, the Mahdi - an extraordinary human being who will perform extraordinary miracles - is Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Husayni. He was born over a thousand years ago, and is still alive on this earth, but living in occultation, and will reappear during the end times. For Sunnis, however, the Mahdi will be an ordinary and mediocre man by the name of Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah al-Hasani. In "Imam al-Mahdi: The Twelfth Khalifah in the Sahih Sunni Ahadith", author Toyib Olawuyi argues that the identification of the awaited Mahdi with Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah al-Hasani is not established in any reliable Sunni or Shi'i hadith, but is based on only a few unreliable Sunni reports. By contrast, Olawuyi demonstrates, Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Husayni is confirmed as the Mahdi in both authentic and authoritative Shi'i and Sunni sources. "Imam al-Mahdi" is a carefully balanced work of scholarship that will both inform and challenge the views of many Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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  1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Preface
  4. 1. The Awaited Mahdi
  5. 2. The Amir Over ‘Isa B. Maryam
  6. 3. Is The Mahdi Superior To The Masih?
  7. 4. He Is The Khalifah Of Allah
  8. 5. The Black Flags From Khurasan
  9. 6. His Holy Companions
  10. 7. Birth Of A Little Paradise
  11. 8. The Mahdi Claimants
  12. 9. Finding The True Mahdi: He Is A Sinless Fatimid Imam
  13. 10. Finding The True Mahdi: He Is The Twelfth Of A Sinless Dynasty (Part 1)
  14. 11. Finding The True Mahdi: He Is The Twelfth Of A Sinless Dynasty (Part 2)
  15. 12. The Sunni Chase Of Shadows: Is There Really A Man In The Cellar?
  16. 13. The Sunni Chase Of Shadows: Is The Mahdi Really From Imam Hasan?
  17. 14. The Sunni Chase Of Shadows: The Name Of His Father Is ‘Abd Allah?
  18. 15. The Sunni Chase Of Shadows: The Mahdi And The Shi’i Communities
  19. 16. Issues Of The Ghaybah: Reason For The Disappearance
  20. 17. Issues Of The Ghaybah: The Two Roles Of The Imam
  21. 18. Issues Of The Ghaybah: Regency Of The Shi’i ‘Ahadith And ‘Ulama
  22. 19. The Mahdi’s Conquests: Ordinary Events Or Mammoth Miracles?
  23. 20. Some Commonly Misused Shi’i Ahadith On The Mahdi
  24. 21. Will The Mahdi Burn Or Crucify Abu Bakr And ‘Umar?
  25. Bibliography