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ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT WILL ESTABLISH HAZRAT MAHDI'S (AS) IDENTITY IS HIS DESCENT
FROM HAZRAT HASSAN (RA)

People descended from the Hazrat Hassan (ra), grandson of the Prophet (saas) through his daughter Hazrat Fatima (ra) are known as "sayyid" in Islamic culture. People descended from the Prophet Muhammad's (saas) other grandson Hazrat Hussein (ra) also used to be referred to as sayyid, but such people later began to be known as "sheriff."

In the hadith, our Prophet (saas) has revealed that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have "distinctive and distinguishing features" so that Muslims can recognize him. One of these is that "Hazrat Mahdi (a.s.) will be descended from the Hazrat Hassan (ra)."

We are told in some detail in the hadith and in the works of Islamic scholars who handed down the hadith that Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a sayyid and a descendant of Hazrat Hassan (ra). Some of these hadith read:

"HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) IS A CHILD OF FATIMA AND DESCENDED FROM HASSAN." (Abu Dawud, Hazrat Mahdi (as), 1)

Abdul-Ghafir ibn Isma`il al-Farisi in his book Majma al-Gharaib and Ibn al-Jawzi in the fi Garib al-Hadith and in An-Nihaya Ibn al-Athir have stated that Hazrat Ali said this about the hadith:


HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) IS DESCENDED FROM HAZRAT HASSAN. (Ali Ibn Husamaddin al-Muttaqi, Hadith from the  Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti collection - Portents of the Mahdi of the End Times, p. 22)

Tamman in his Fawaid and Ibn Athaqir relate from Abdullah Ibn Amr that he said: A CHILD OF HASSAN [the mahdI (as)] will appear from the east, and even if mountains stand against him, he will crush them and use those mountains as roads. (Ali Ibn Husamaddin al-Muttaqi, Hadith from the Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti Collection - Portents of the Mahdi of the End Times, p. 22)



According to another hadith that has come down from Hazrat Ali, he looked at his son Hazrat Hassan one day and said:  "As named by the prophet (saas), this son of mine is a sayyid. (gentleman, dovelike, elegant) Someone [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] known by the name of the prophet WILL COME FROM THE LINE OF HASSAN, and will resemble him [the Prophet (saas)] in moral values, but not in his nature (physical and body features)." (Al-Taj V, 363)

 

 
 

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