Hazrat Mahdi (as) will first appear in Turkey with the Turkish flag; he will then assume the spiritual leadership of other countries with green flags
Jabir Ibn Yazid al-Jo'fi narrates from Imam Muhammad Baqr:
"...The reason why Hazrat Mahdi (as) is known as Hazrat Mahdi (as) is this; he will be directed toward a secret matter, will extract the Torah and other Divine books from a cave in Antioch and will RULE AMONG JEWS WITH THE TORAH AND AMONG CHRISTIANS WITH THE GOSPEL.
(Al-Mahdiy al-Mawud, Vol. 1, pp. 254-255)
| "The reason why he is called Hazrat Mahdi (as) is that he will head to one of the mountains in Sham. From there HE WILL PRODUCE THE (TRUE) BOOKS OF THE TORAH AND RAISE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE JEWS.” |
(Suyuti, al-Hawi al-Fatawa, II. 81)
Harun Ibn Maruf narrates from Zamra Ibn Rabia from Abdullah Ibn Shawzab: "It is certain that Hazrat Mahdi (as) is known as the ‘Mahdi.’ (as) Because he will be directed to salvation to one of the mountains of Sham, FROM WHERE HE WILL EXTRACT THE BOOKS (VOLUMES) OF THE “TORAH” AND WILL ENTER INTO DEBATE WITH THE JEWS ON THE BASIS OF THESE AND (EVENTUALLY) A GROUP OF JEWS WILL BECOME MUSLIMS BY HIS HAND.
The reason he is called the ‘Mahdi’ (as) is this. HE WILL EXTRACT THE BOOKS OF THE TORAH from inside one of the mountains of Sham where the Jews go on pilgrimage, AND ONE COMMUNITY FROM THE JEWS WILL BECOME MUSLIM BY HIS HAND.
(Hadith from Jalaluddin As-Suyuti’s Commentary, Portents of the Mahdi of the End Times Muallif Ali Ibn Husammaddin al Muttaqi, Kahraman Publications, p.77)
Our Prophet (saas) reveals that Hazrat Mahdi (as) who will appear in the End Times will expound the Torah. By Allah’s will, the Torah being rid of its corrupted passages and the production of sections compatible with the Qur’an will be one of the portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
When Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears, having been sent from the sight of Allah, he will explain the true essence of the Torah, which had been corrupted by certain people with ulterior motives, that part which is compatible with the Qur’an. Indeed, some Jews will in this way become Muslims.
Looking at the surface meaning of the expressions that appear from time to time in the hadith, people have looked for the Torah in caves. But it seems from the accounts that the true texts of the Torah and the Gospel revealed by Allah will be found in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as).
In addition, the “True Torah” lies hidden within the present-day Torah. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will produce the true Torah, that has been hidden from people’s gaze, and remove all the heretical and incorrect passages that have subsequently been added to the real Torah. (Allah knows the truth.)
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will also call on Christians to abide by those parts of the Gospel compatible with the Qur’an.
Our Almighty Lord Allah clearly reveals that the Jews should be ruled with the original of the Torah and Christians by the original text of the Gospel:
| We sent down the Torah containing guidance and light, AND THE PROPHETS WHO HAD SUBMITTED THEMSELVES GAVE JUDGMENT BY IT FOR THE JEWS – AS DID THEIR SCHOLARS AND THEIR RABBIS – BY WHAT THEY HAD BEE ALLOWED TO PRESERVE OF ALLAH’S BOOK TO WHICH THEY WERE WITNESSES. Do not be afraid of people, be afraid of Me. And do not sell My Signs for a paltry price. Those who do not judge by what Allah has sent down, such people are unbelievers. (Surat al-Ma’ida, 44) |
Under the just rule of the Imam az-Zaman [Hazrat Mahdi (as)], ALL THE DIVINE BOOKS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THEIR ORIGINAL FORMS AND WITH NO CORRUPTIONS. Imam Mahdi (as) will rule the people of the Torah with the Torah, the people of the Injil with the Injil, the people of the Psalms with the Psalms and the people of the Qur’an with the Qur’an.
Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 52, p. 351