The Mahdi of Sudan & Yemen: Vision of the Prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam)

In many of the Islamic circles a person is told too see the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in a vision or a dream is highly beneficial, the best thing in the world and such an occasion is blessed and rightly so. Since the one who sees the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam IS indeed a blessed individual who has been given a great gift many in their entire lives do not get to see nor not many can attain. Although the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam can come to anyone in a vision or a dream he Sallahu alihi wasallam nonetheless does not tend to do that to everyone. Rarely will the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam will come to a person in a vision or dream without the effort to excel in piety already being put in by the visionary. In most cases, a person who is blessed with a constant or even a once-in-a-lifetime vision of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam must have or must be doing some extra effort in trying to please Allah and the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in private or public, hence forth the reason for such a blessing.
As my teacher says,
“if you want Allah to bless you with extra blessings more than the normal amount, then you must go that extra mile for Allah. you must do that extra special thing which the majority of Muslims are not doing. For instance: praying thahadjjud, when others are not, having the concern and worry of the ummah, when other are not, going out on the path of Allah, or sticking to the sunnah like glue, when others have left it. When you do this, then you will see Allah will automatically give you the extra blessings and his closeness that others do not get. One of which is having the vision of the best of creation – the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam.”

As proof of authenticity that one can see the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam the following Sahih Hadith is:

Abu Huraira (ra) narrates: The Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam said: “Whoever has seen me in a dream, has in fact seen me, for Satan does not appear in my form” (Sahih Muslim, vol. 4 p 1225 no 5635)

There is a catch to this though, a person may claim to have seen the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in a vision or a dream but how do you know you have actually seen the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam? My shaykh (may Allah continually bless him) has said and continues to say that many times people think they have actually seen the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in a vision/dream when they have not. Although we know that the Satan cannot take the form of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam and come to a person claiming to be the noble Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam, but who is to say he cannot simply take the form of someone else (another prophet, companion, a friend of Allah) and come to you pretending’ to be the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam? making the the visionary (the person seeing the dream or vision) be completely oblivious it is not really the noble Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam at all!
Many people of the past and present have been deceived like this where the devil has taken them on a detour and often into the abyss of disbelief.
So what is the criteria we can check to make sure that if we are blessed with the gracious noble vision, then we have indeed seen the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in our dreams and visions? Again my shaykh, my the light of guidance, has given us a criteria on how we can do this.
This is by using the established scriptures, the hadiths and shamails of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam that describe in great detail as check boxes, marker points to see if our vision of him Sallahu alihi wasallam matches with what has been recorded of him by the companions May Allah less them all.  If they do not then we can clearly and safely say the person we thought was the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in our dream was not him, but instead someone else. To use the established sources as check boxes is crucial many people, like it was mentioned earlier have been deceived by the Satasn into thinking they were receiving direct instructions from the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in their lives when in reality they were not.
This teaching of how to use the established sources to check oneself against  doubtful inspirations and visions of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam was reinforced in me recently, when i read the book, “Sword of the Prophet: The Mahdi of Sudan and the Death of General Gordon” by fergus nicoll which is a fascinating book to say the least!
In brief, the book recalls the events during the 18th century of the rise and fall of a Sudanese man named Muhammad Ahmad, an individual who would frequently see the so-called vision of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam.

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The so-called  Mahdi

This then eventually lead him to claim himself as being the expected mahdi and hence start a revolution against the Egyptian/British rule of Sudan where the British had sent General Gordon to put down this uprising. He claimed to receive direct instructions from the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam and in turn Allah Azzawajal. The book also has a number of his visions included to show the ‘apparent’ instructions which he received and one of his instructions to his followers was anyone who disagreed with him was to be put to the sword. His defence was that he had been directly instructed by the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam himself! – Nauzi’billah!
Below is one of the instructions he received, supposedly in a vision inspired to him in which it mentions:

“But those who reject him will drink draughts of boiling fluids…*”

*extract from the book

From the outword form this looks like a good vision, a vision saying what the quran and the sunnah already say, of submitting to the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam and Allah. However, these sorts of misguided visions begin like this with good beginnings which quickly turn ugly.
This is a perfect example of how, one may think he/she is having a vision of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam but in fact it is the devil who is behind it. If he had checked himself against the established sources which clearly describe the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam. He could have easily seen that if his image of the individual in his vision matched the descriptions of the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam in the scriptures then it is a true vision or dream otherwise it is an attempt by the devil himself toying with him. The followers of Muhammad Ahmad still exist today in parts of Sudan and claim he was the Mahdi, just like the apostate followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani (the cursed) was also one of those who claimed to be the Mahdi in Pakistan as well as many other people. Many people in the past falsely claimed to be Imam Mahdi one of these false claimants was Muhammad bin Tumarat, a tyrant who spread corruption and even buried some of his companions because they did not believe that he was the Mahdi described by the Ahaadith of Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam. Some believe it was Muhammad bin Al-Sakari who disappeared at the age of five and went into hiding and has been hiding 10 centuries. Beside those mentioned there were many others who claimed the office of Mahdi, the most recent being somebody from Manchester who claimed the position for himself and the recent one by a man called Nasser Muhammad Al Yemeni. It should be noted that none of the above or anybody else who claimed to be the Mahdi in the past fulfilled the conditions laid down by the Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam.

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Hipster looking Mahdi of Yemen (chuckle!)

For a start, for Muhammad Ahmad, the Sudanese “Islamic” revolutionary to have been the Mahdi, there must have been a number of ‘end of times’ signs to have predated his arrival and occurred before his appearance, foremost of which is the arrival of the dhajjal. The appearance of the Mahdi, who will appear before the Dajjaal and before the descent of ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This is indicated by the hadeeth of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “ ‘Eesa ibn Maryam will come down and their leader the Mahdi will say to him: ‘Come and lead us in prayer.’ But he will say: ‘No, one of them should lead the others in prayer, as a sign of honour from Allaah to this ummah.’: Narrated by al-Haarith ibn Abi Usaamah in his Musnad. And Ibn al-Qayyim said in al-Manaar al-Muneef (1/147): its isnaad is jayyid. The hadeeth is narrated with a mawsool isnaad in Saheeh Muslim, without naming their leader. Muslim’s report says: “… ‘And ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) will come down and their leader will say to him: ‘Come and lead us in prayer.’ But he will say: ‘No, one of them should lead the others in prayer, as a sign of honour from Allaah to this ummah.’” Narrated by Muslim, 225. So ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) will follow the Mahdi in prayer, which indicates that the Mahdi will appear before ‘Eesa, and ‘Eesa will kill the Dajjaal, which indicates that the Dajjaal will appear during the time of the Mahdi.
* Side note- For those who have a true shaykh, it is recommended that they present their vision to the shaykh before they say it to others, should the shaykh allow. As the true shaykh will be the one who can establish if the vision or the dream of Prophet Sallahu alihi wasallam which the student has seen is a true vision. This is why it is very important to check all our actions, states, and dreams with that of the established sources of Islam, given to us through the understanding of the true awliyah.

Signs of the true Mahdi:

Imam al-Mahdi will be a righteous man from among the descendants of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who will appear at the end of time, through whom Allaah will set mankind’s affairs straight, and will fill the earth with fairness and justice just as it was filled with wrongdoing and oppression. His name will be the same as the name of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and his father’s name will be the same as that of the father of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So his name will be Muhammad ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Mahdi, or Ahmad ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Mahdi. He will be descended from Faatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), through al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). The sign of his appearance will be widespread corruption and the earth being filled with wrongdoing and aggression.

There are a number of ahaadeeth which point to his appearance and attributes being as described above. When taken together these reports reach the level of tawaatur (i.e., narrated from so many people by so many people that it is inconceivable that they could all have agreed upon a lie).

 Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Al-Hanafiyyah said: “For our Mahdi, there will be two signs that have never occurred since the creation of the heavens and the Earth: The moon will be eclipsed (lunar eclipse) on the first night of Ramadan, and the sun will be eclipsed (solar eclipse) in its middle (of Ramadan).”  (Imam al Akbar Ali bin Umar Al-Daraqutni’s Sunan Al-Daraqutni )

   – “There are two signs for the Mahdi… The first one is the lunar eclipse on the first night of Ramadan, and the second is the solar eclipse in the middle of this month.”  (Ibn Hajar al-Haithami’s book Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 47)

   – Lunar eclipse will occur in the first night of the Ramadan. In the middle of the Ramadan, solar eclipse will occur.”  (Muhammad Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha’ah li Ashrat AsSa’ah, p. 199)

   – During his reign, on the 14th of the Ramadan, solar eclipse will occur. On the 1st of that month, moon will darken…”  (Imam Rabbani, Letters of Rabbani, 380; Letters of Rabbani, 2-1163).

 As we heard full steam ahead into the last days of the end of times, more bizarre and strange occurrences will take place on earth throwing many things into confusion and doubt and causing people of weak, little or no faith to follow these fools whole hardheartedly as they seek to find a way out of their empty  and spiritually dead lives they lead.

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