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al-Mahdi is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions),
will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim. Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the
mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles. Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has
manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and more recently in the ongoing
Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of former Iranian
President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin
might be the (occulted) Mahdi. Now in 2014 Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra
claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new "Islamic State/caliphate" spanning
Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria. This site will track such Mahdi-related movements, aspirations, propaganda and beliefs in both Sunni and Shi`i
milieus, as well as other Muslim eschatological yearnings.
For a primer
on Mahdism, see my 2005 article, "What's Worse than Violent Jihadists?," at the History News Network: http://hnn.us/articles/13146.html; for more in-depth info, see the links here to my other writings, including my book on Mahdism.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Nancy Pelosi's Not the Only One Picking Out an Office...
9:00 am edt
According to "Iran Press News:"
"Ahmadinezhad and Nasrallah are in contact with the Imam-i Zaman....;" that is, with the Hidden Imam, soon
to return as the Awaited Mahdi.
Here's the link: http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/016144.htm
[Special thanks to Mr. Brian Kranick for alerting me to this!]
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Jake, Elwood and...Mahmud?
8:54 am edt
Seems the Blues Brothers are not the only folks convinced they're "on a mission from Gahd," according to a new report
October 19, 2006
Iran President Ahmadinejad: "I Have a Connection With God,
Since God Said That the Infidels Will Have No Way to Harm the Believers"; "We Have [Only] One Step Remaining Before We Attain
the Summit of Nuclear Technology"; The West "Will Not Dare To Attack Us"
To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit:
In an Iftar address to an audience of his supporters, including members of the Union of Islamic Engineers and supporters
of the Khat-e Emam,(1) on October 14, 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
stated that he had a connection with God, and promised that Iran would continue to develop nuclear energy, and would
not give in to the West's demand to suspend its uranium enrichment "even for one single day."
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Militant Sufism: Fertile Ground for Mahdism
3:37 pm edt
In the October 2, 2006 issue of "The New Republic," Andrew Lee Butters reports from Syria that Sufis (Naqshabandiyah
order?) in eastern Syria/western Iraq have turned their meetings into "forums for expressing anger at the U.S. occupation...."
("Clerical Era. Syria Gets Religion").
He expresses concern that this might bode ill for the al-Assad regime in Damascus (as if we should worry about that?!).
But the bigger issue is whether some branch of militant Sufism might transmogrify into a Mahdist movement, for historically
Mahdism has often materialized within, and emerged from, a Sufi context (most notably Muhammad Ahmad's Mahdist movement
in Sudan, 1880-1885). Heretofore the yearning for the Mahdi in the Sunni world seems to have been limited to certain
elements of the jihadist persuasion; but if even some Sufis converge with their non-mystical brethren and decide that they
will go on jihad, an openly-proclaimed Mahdi becomes that much more likely.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Maybe the Mahdi won't like the Islamic Republic
7:09 am edt
Critical cleric arrested in Iran - reports
TEHRAN (Reuters) - A senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric who has challenged Iran's system of clerical rule was arrested on Sunday
after his supporters clashed with police outside his house in the Iranian capital, Iranian news agencies reported.
Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi was detained with several supporters, Iran's student news agency ISNA quoted the
deputy governor of Tehran, Abdollah Rowshan, as saying.
The Iranian authorities are wary of any challenge, particularly from top clerics, to the system of clerical rule that was
established after the 1979 Islamic revolution by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
More than 200 of Boroujerdi's supporters clashed with police using teargas on Saturday during a protest outside his house,
newspapers reported. Some reports said his followers feared the cleric was in imminent danger of arrest....
A senior police officer was quoted as saying Boroujerdi had said he was a representative of the "hidden" 12th Imam,
who Shi'ite Muslims revere, and this prompted some people to make donations.
"This is misinterpreting religion and is sheer lies," the police officer was quoted by Seday-e Edalat as saying.
(Thanks for the Free Republic folks for alerting me to this!)
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Mahdism: It's Not Just for Ahmadinejad Anymore
11:02 pm edt
Intl. Conference of Mahdism Doctrine opens in Tehran
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Iranian officials, and over 110 foreign guests participated
in the opening ceremony.
TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (MNA) – The Second International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine (belief in reappearance
of Imam Mahdi (AS) as the savior of the world) opened at the conference hall of Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting (IRIB) in northern Tehran Wednesday.
culture of Mahdism, teaching Mahdism, Mahdism and political and social doctrines, Mahdism and modernism, Mahdism and morality,
as well as Mahdism and mysticism are the main topics of the two-day conference.
I found out about this conference sooner, I would have submitted a paper and attended (hey, I'll go to Tehran on the ayatollahs' tab). This sounds very much like a conference I attended,
and presented at, in London in 2004:
Bottom line: The coming of the
Mahdi/Return of the Hidden Imam is NOT some fringe belief, but mainstream.
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Ahmadinejad's U.N. Prayer
10:09 pm edt
In case anyone missed it: President Ahmadinejad of Iran prayed for the coming of the Mahdi at the U.N. on September 19,
2006 (referring to the Mahdi as the "Perfect Man"):
"[T]oday's world, more than ever before, longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanity; and above all
longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish
justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet. 0, Almighty God, all men and women are Your creatures and You have ordained
their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirsts for justice, the perfect human being promised to all by You,
and make us among his followers and among those who strive for his return and his cause."
If the Dajjal is here, can the Mahdi be far behind?
8:41 pm edt
Ayman al-Zawahiri last week is said to have referred to Pope Benedict XVI as al-Dajjal, "the Deceiver"--the
Islamic equivalent of the Antichrist who, according to the Hadiths (traditions), will lead the forces of evil and battle both
the Mahdi and Jesus before the end of time.
Is this just al-Zawahiri pushing propaganda buttons for his jihadist brethren, or does al-Qa`idah's number two man have
an eschatological mindset? My money's on the latter, since as I point out in my book Holiest Wars there are jihadists
convinced that Usamah bin Ladin is the Mahdi.
George Bush knows the Mahdi is Coming?
10:47 am edt
The Times of London this morning:
THE followers of Moqtada al-Sadr believe that the US invaded Iraq
to prevent the return to Earth of their sect’s messiah-like figure, the Mahdi, or 12th imam.
Hojatoleslam al-Sadr claims that his militia is preparing for the day when the Mahdi,
the last direct descendent of the revered Shia figure Ali, reappears. Shia believe that the Mahdi, who disappeared in 868,
will bring justice to Earth.
At a prayer service in the central Iraqi city of Kufa
on September 15, the cleric told a crowd of thousands that the Americans were collecting a dossier on the Mahdi to prevent
his return. “Did you ever ask yourself about why all of this, the bloodshed and the prisons? Why are the brothers fighting
each other for a political game planned by the Americans? This all happened because they (the Americans) are waiting for the
Mahdi. This planning started ten years ago. They have a big file for Imam Mahdi and they just need his picture to complete
Hojatoleslam al-Sadr and his advisers are convinced that the Americans want to destroy
Islam and stop the Mahdi. “The Americans are trying to hijack Islamic movements. They think that these are serving the Mahdi’s
interests. Whatever they did in Afghanistan and Iraq are all attempts to hijack the Mahdi’s return.”
Sound familiar? Check out my opinion recently featured here from FrontPageMag,
in a symposium entitled "Ahmadinejad's Armageddon:" http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=24199
|Jamkaran Mosque near Qom, Iran (during my trip there Aug. 2008)